I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I forget that when Jesus says something, He really means it. Like when He says, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever,” He really means that. Or when He says, “Your sins are forgiven,” they actually are forgiven. It’s just so easy for me to forget that.
As many of you know, Curtis Martin is part of the EWTN series, Crossing the Goal. The Crossing the Goal team has filmed over 100 episodes and the show has become one of the most successful on EWTN.
This is a passionate time of year for the pro-life movement. We hear conflicting reports from newscasters about numbers that we know are deflated. We see people protest and treat us with anger and disrespect. We're told repeatedly that we're marching against women, instead of for life. It's tempting to feel like victims fighting against an oppressive regime. But there’s a subtle yet crucial difference between marching for life and marching against secularism. We’re not here to retaliate, we’re here to stand for life.
In his recent Apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis stated:
“In all its activities the parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelizers. It is a community of communities, a sanctuary where the thirsty come to drink in the midst of their journey, and a center of constant missionary outreach. We must admit, though, that the call to review and renew our parishes has not yet sufficed to bring them nearer to people, to make them environments of living communion and participation, and to make them completely mission-oriented” (#28).
Here you’ll find an easy, how-to guide for a powerful tool: The Discipleship Road Map.
I can't help but think about Mary during this season leading up to Christmas.
When evangelizing we ought to keep three things in mind. Those three things are summed up nicely in a single verse of the first letter of Peter:
1. I thought about giving a brief description of you before the interview. I have plenty of flattering things to say, but I also wanted to let folks hear who you are from the horse’s mouth himself. Who is Brandon Vogt? Where did you come from? What do you do? What is your passion?
October is here!
Along with the changing season, pumpkin spice lattes, and lots of football, there is “Respect Life” month.
In the last few years, FOCUS has developed a tool called the Discipleship Road Map. The Discipleship Road Map was developed organically by FOCUS missionaries on one of our campuses to better explain FOCUS’ vision for evangelization and discipleship. As they found success with the tool, other missionaries and students started adapting it across the country.
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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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