Here’s a question for the ladies: where would you rather spend your Saturday afternoon shopping? Wal-Mart or Anthropologie?
Finals are over, your bags are unpacked (maybe), and you are on summer break! Whether your summer is filled to the brim with work, activities, and trips or if your summer has no real direction at the moment, I have a challenge for you. Take some time to do something for someone else by performing a/some/many corporal works of mercy.
It was May of 2008 and I was flying to Kolkata, India to serve with the Missionaries of Charity with FOCUS. I was a senior in college, and Eric Clark was one of the FOCUS missionaries leading the trip. He was sitting to my left on the plane. Here I was excited for this opportunity to go to India to serve but incredibly nervous at the same time. What will India be like? Will I actually be able to help the people there? I wonder what their reaction to us will be?
The term “The New Evangelization” is thrown around in many Catholics circles today, but what exactly does it mean?
Sooo . . . I’m 22, and I’m a single mom, and I used to be “that girl who got pregnant.” After my crazy conversion story of scheduling an abortion, choosing life, choosing God, and choosing healing, I thought some of you might like an update as well as some insight on being pro-life.
Summers during your college years can be great. For many students, it’s a long anticipated break from the rigor of classes while having time to spend with significant others, family and old high school friends. One thing that is guaranteed though, regardless of whether you will be working 40+ hours a week or if you are vacationing for months at a time, the schedule and routine you had during the school year will change.
"I'm not coming back! I have nothing in common with these people. They probably think I'm from the ghetto!" These were the words of insecurity echoing in my head after I left the Catholic Student Center’s kick-off BBQ of my alma mater. Have you ever felt this way? If you have, you’re not alone! As a first generation Latina, I grew up feeling I was more Nicaraguan and Dominican than American and attended very culturally diverse schools. Coming into college from a predominately black and Hispanic high school, I felt like an odd ball at the University of Maryland's Catholic Center. I wanted to get involved but just felt like I couldn't relate to any of the students I interacted with there. This feeling of isolation was a combination of my own closed off-ness and really being the only non-white person in the place!
It was the summer of 2007 when I moved back into Mom and Dad’s house to take a research position at the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, NE. I really looked forward to my job that summer, but spiritually speaking, I was nervous. Thank God there was a chapel at the office I was doing research at, so I had easy access to a prayer life . . . but what was I going to do for fellowship and accountability over the summer? How would I grow? I knew myself well enough that without the structure of school, the Newman Center community, and FOCUS activities, I would likely begin to slack off over the summer, get a bit half-hearted in my walk with God, and coast on fumes until the fall semester hit.
You’re drowning under stacks of books, loads of laundry, hundreds of emails, job-postings, expectations, finding new friends in a new city, or the monotony of daily life. You remember that time in college when you experienced God deeply; that mission trip, the weekly Bible study, a retreat.
Several months ago I was on my way to Chicago to deliver a talk. During the flight I had the opportunity to share the gospel with a man sitting beside me.
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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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