Some of the greatest movies out there are superhero movies. Just think about all of them: Spiderman, Batman, Hulk, Superman, the Avengers, all the X-Men movies, Captain America…amazing. Clearly, we, the American public, love superheroes. Why wouldn’t we? They are fascinating, inspiring, intense, and ultimately, they reflect a greater truth – Jesus Christ.
We ended the last post with us saying our goodbyes and gearing up for our new long distance relationship. The care-free days of dancing on rooftops while singing High School Musical songs were over. (Yes that actually happened)...
With all this talk about dating and relationships, Jonathan and I wanted to share our story with you.
It’s not hard to look around and notice that there’s a problem with today's dating scene.
If you lived in a mud-walled house with a tin roof, dirt floors, no running water, and sporadic electricity, what would you really want?
St. Thérèse described herself as a little soul. Most of us are little souls too. Why? In our modern age, we’re used to a comfortable life. Our Mother Teresa’s and Karol Wojtyla’s are few and far between. I think most of us would agree that we’re too weak and little to become a saint. And still, we’re all called to do just that.
Hip hop music, more than any other type of music, has infiltrated the culture of the youth. For your typical 21st century college student, if you grab one of their ear buds out of their ears when they’re walking to class, they’re listening to Drake, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, and all those other artists from hit radio. As a music genre, hip hop has a powerful influence on youth culture: consider how quickly the phrase “YOLO” caught on after being used in one song (“The Motto” by Drake)! An even more recent example is the phrase “turn down for what.” It sounds fun in the song… but then you realize what they’re truly saying… and then the moral implications of it on real people aren’t fun at all.
I didn’t understand the sort of messiness I was getting myself into until about the sixth week of school. I had just made it through the last week of the Crux and was in the middle of doing Gospel presentations with my students in Bible study. After hearing the regular response of “Uh…sure…I think that I could do that….yeah, I think I could try to make Jesus the center of my life…” for about the tenth time, I finally encountered something different.
It’s time to face it: there are fewer things more glamorized in our culture today than being busy. Whether it’s “leaning in” or “having it all,” if you aren’t juggling a thousand different projects, people are going to make assumptions about your work ethic. But managing time is a skill, just like pottery or playing the violin. It can be practiced, and with practice you can improve.
As I share with you a glimpse of a day in the life on a mission trip to Africa, I invite you to look at these pictures and read these encounters with new eyes – although no picture can fully capture the spirit of the African people and the joy they exude.
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Since the pontificates of Pope Paul VI and John Paul II, the Roman Catholic Church has been commissioned to engage and embrace the world with God's message of love once more with ‘new methods, new ardor and new expression.’ It has come to be phrased, 'the new evangelization.'
For FOCUS, this means meeting college students across the nation where they are and challenging them to examine the meaning and purpose of their lives. Through personal relationships and friendship, we offer college students the true peace and fulfillment they seek in the good news of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Catholic faith, inviting them to answer His calling in their lives.
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