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
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.
Some people say that college leads to a good job and others affirm that college is the self-discovery of truth in one's life. So how did I traverse a collegiate path? What did I want to learn? The answers are related to joy and energy. Today, potential college students answer these questions through analytic influences such as job forecasting and economic trends. It is a sure thing to get on the right path, right? Well, sometimes graduates later discover that status quo has interfered with a good education. Most agree that what brings them joy and energy in the workforce has very little to do with job forecasting before college. Instead, a question to ask is, “what brings me joy and energy now?” The practice of reading scripture and contemplating on Christendom brings me joy and energy. So, I asked myself one day “How do I learn more about this?” I sought answers by volunteering at my parish. I thought it would be a good way to get some answers. Initially, this was e