Who consistently wakes up at 4.30am every morning and does the same thing year after year, decade after decade? The answer: monks and surfers. Surfing isn’t a religion, but for many surfers I know it comes pretty close. I’ve been surfing most of my life, and as a Catholic priest I see major similarities between surfing and Christianity.
Unhappiness is a cross. It makes us feel inadequate. It robs us of our awe and wonder at the beautiful life God has blessed us with. Often, the things that leave us feeling this way are out of control, fueled by our deepest doubts and fears. How we react to such things, however, is completely up to us. We can approach lack of joy as a curse and allow it to plunge us deeper into the darkness. Or we can seek purpose in our suffering and reach toward God’s light, trusting it’s there even if we can’t see it.
One Long Island teen found out the hard way that the purported anonymity of Yik Yak has a limit. He posted a bomb threat, the cops presumably got a warrant and went to Yik Yak, and the company fingered their unhappy customer, who is now facing a possible jail sentence. So much for truth in advertising. The firm does have some legal boilerplate on their website to the effect that the only way they will break anonymity is if a duly authorized government entity asks them to. But that can certainly happen.
Chiara Corbella met her husband Enrico while on pilgrimage. Several years later they married and conceived their first child. They were no doubt thrilled with the news of the life growing inside of Chiara, but in the middle of the pregnancy the doctors informed Chiara that the child was not developing properly and would not be able to sustain her own life outside of the womb. Rather than abort baby Maria, Chiara carried her to full term, held her briefly, and watched her pass into the next life.
YDisciple assists parishes in building and multiplying small groups of teens. YDisciple provides an ideal environment for teenagers to come to know and love their faith. Discipleship is not a program – it is an apprenticeship in the Christian life. YDisciple is designed to:
The Catholic Church will open the Year for Consecrated Life on the first Sunday of Advent, with a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.
Typographic Verses is a website run by Jonathan Ogden (@ogvidius) as a place to share great typographic designs of Bible verses and lines from hymns. Designs are done by Jonathan Ogden and also submissions from guest designers (which are all credited in the description).
“We may live in a culture in which bigger has become synonymous with better, but we serve a Lord who spoke of his kingdom in terms of a mustard seed, a widow’s mite and a single lost sheep. I love building a crowd. It makes me feel good. It makes me look good. And because of what building a crowd does for me, I have often mistaken short-term success for long-term effectiveness.” Mark DeVries – Family Based Youth Ministry
The experience of youth ministry in Australia is extremely diverse and challenging at times. Despite recent years of great collaborative initiatives and a growing vision, there continues to be a lack of contemporary resources for youth ministry formation written for Catholic youth ministry leaders working in Australia.
I'm often asked, "How do you keep your cool and give such effective answers when you discuss abortion with pro-choice callers on Catholic Answers Live?" My answers is that I use the following three approaches when responding to these callers. I recommend everyone use these tips when discussing this subject, or frankly, any controversial issue.
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