I encourage you this Advent to prepare for the coming of our Lord by avoiding comfort and complacency, embracing silence, and allowing your suffering to be redeemed, to truly make yourself open and receptive to God’s word. Enough distractions. Enough avoidance.
"This Advent, instead of falling once again into the endless cycle of preparing for the day of Christmas and not the season of Christmas, let us yearn to prepare our hearts and souls for the coming of Christ, and to use these days as days of penance and prayer, so we are ready to meet the Lord when He comes."
To see Jesus as the “ultimate nice guy” serves as a stumbling block in our discipleship. We preach Christ crucified: bloodied, beaten, coarse, and raw, rudely thrown up on the mean and cruel execution device of the Roman Legions. We must learn to be like Christ through His Cross and our crosses as well.
"While we give up dating during the fast, that’s not actually the point. The point is to come to know and fall in love with Jesus in a deeper and more personal way."
"If there is one clear action item you can walk away with from this post, it’s this: talk less, ask more." Check out the first of our new monthly series of blogs by young adults breaking open the Scriptures!
"Like you, my faith has a story, and I'm happy to share it with you here."
To judge the state of a person's soul as irrefutably being in Hell because their death was self-inflicted is unacceptable. Instead, we are called to not only join with the Communion of Saints in praying for their repentance and salvation, but to offer ourselves in support of those the individual left behind.
Pope Francis says in "Gaudete et Exsultate" that you (yes, YOU), are called to be a saint. But how? By not being bland, by not relying on yourself, and by remembering the saints.
Easter is here today! Alleluia! But no matter the season we can and should always be Easter People.
"When youth and young adults who have left the Church are asked why they left, a recurring theme in their responses is the lack of authenticity in those they encountered while a part of it. We would be foolish (and this finger points at myself as much as at anyone else) to think that a lack of authenticity doesn't indicate a lack of humility as well."