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From Disciple to Lay Apostle

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Is it impossible for Christians to be Lay Apostles?  Growing from being disciples of Christ toward being a Lay Apostle might seem lofty, but in fact, its a calling for all Christians. The Church teaches a lot on the subject using scripture and the Catechism of the Church, but my favorite is the Second Vatican Council's document Lumen Gentium .  But what about a simple visual? How would this teaching look in today's world?  Check out this short animated video which describes what it might look like:  This is Discipleship In the comments below, write how you feel when viewing the video.  Is this calling hard or easy? Be brief. 

My Mother's Room

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   There is a room in my house that faces a new dawn each day.   It is located upstairs with a large window of hope, walls of charity, and furniture of past and present.   This once was a room of dialogue and debate but now a space of silence and thought.   An arrangement created out of sudden loss and later choreographed by time, this was my mother’s room that is now a Study.     After her husband’s death, my mother settled in with us and began to acclimate herself to new surroundings.  As you walked into her bedroom you immediately smelled a fusty odor that indicated age was present.  Classical music emanated from a radio that she kept on top of an old chest of drawers.  Noticeably, a long wooden back-scratcher was on the wall by the light switch.  It was cracked and so worn down that it seemed to be out of place among contemporary baseboards and hand crafted closet trim.  On the opposite wall was a Crucifix that reminded us of what we are.  Nearby was a family portrait that remind

Camping in Faith

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For me, a place to worship is as important as that perfect campsite. While driving towards Hot Springs National Park under ominous lighting storms, my family and I found a campsite that provided rest and a whole lot more. The rains receded and the darkness fell to light which made setting up for base camp a lot easier.  After drying off most of our soaked gear, my wife prepared the kitchen for another tasty camping cuisine. In turn, I searched for a place to worship.  For Sunday was right around the corner and we had lots to be thankful for. After a satisfying supper, it was easy to see that our find was a gem!  With its bubbling clear brook and mist permeating from the mountainous hiking trails, Gulpha Gorge Campground was faultless.  Quintessentially, the find of an 1870 church known as Saint Mary of the Springs set in motion our commitment to attend mass Sunday morning. But first, we had to get out and explore!  Connecting with nature is connecting with our Creator, even whe

Uniting God's Mercy with Human Mercy

Jesus' attitude toward people was nothing less than forgiving, healing, and merciful.  His compassionate stance with others always advised reconciling with His Father and other people.  How does this translate to our ability to forgive?    For me, I am grateful.  Christ, who brought me out of the chaos of sin and slavery, redeemed me and the whole world.  This is a gift.  I've learned that the sacrament of confession breaks the bond of sinful slavery and releases my soul to be in union with Christ and His Church.  In this act, I am compelled to partake in the experience of forgiveness by God through Jesus Christ.  Therefore the mercy that Jesus shows other people brings God’s mercy to me.   But God's mercy is for everyone! After this experience, what are we to do?  Liberated from the bonds of our own sin, we should express this freedom to others. This expression can be viewed as a charity through our own  words and deeds. The works of mercy in Catholicism are acts of ch