Fortunate Fall/”O Happy Fault EP” Audrey Assad
Because of the pill, are fewer people getting married? So the video says. Far-fetched idea?
So technically, one of these women made her debut last week and the other two, well, roughly two millennia ago, but God is outside of time, and (with special thanks to the Church calendar) He makes all things new. Moving on.
With all the recent talk of rights, freedom, and what some have called the Church’s “War on Women” lately, perhaps it’s no accident that these three have hit the spotlight. Maybe we are desperately in need of a lesson on human freedom.
We all know "teh interwebs" are full of dirty, vicious things that are trying to destroy us. Did you know they're also full of awesome Catholic resources? The websites, apps, and podcasts below can help you learn your faith, and even help you with your prayer.
Note: Despite all appearances, I am not actually trying to get you to spend more time on the web during Lent. Please use prudence.
OK, so, don’t actually FORGET him. We should definitely remember him. He’s a great saint, did amazing work and had a crazy life (if you don’t know anything about him, go here).
We're now one week into Lent. That means two things:
1) I've basically forgotten what sugar tastes like, and I miss it with a passion to rival most great literary romances.
2) A lot of us are struggling with our Lenten penances.
After writing Through the Year with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections, one of the most common questions I get is – What is it about Pope Francis? What makes him so effective, so influential, and so relevant?
Discernment is a word Christians often use instead of “making a decision” or “picking a choice,” although it means more than that. Discerning something means taking the choice to prayer and asking where God is leading you. Taking time to pray over a decision instead of shooting from the hip is vital for larger, more important decisions, like which job to take, whom to marry, or whether should you go on a mission trip. In those situations we want to ask God what he’d like us to do. And for that, here’s a handy guide.
“If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire.” St. Catherine of Siena
I heard this quote when I was in college, and it was a game changer in my life. It invigorated something deep inside of me. I was convicted with complete certainty that God had a plan for my life, and that plan would set the world on fire as long as I continued saying “yes” to his will.
Each year, about 1,000 sailors start Navy SEAL training. Only 200-250 make it through. SEALS are one of the best special operations forces (or as the Navy states – unique breed of warriors who conduct special operations) in the entire world. There are only about 2,500 in active duty currently. A major attraction to this elite force is simply that – they are elite, the best of the best, BA. Men are looking for a challenge and to be part of something much bigger than themselves. If you have seen Lone Survivor (or read the book), or read other stories about SEALS, you have seen/heard the level of excellence these men achieve. They are very inspirational in their commitment to being the best.
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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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