7 Quick Takes: Social Justice, Steubenville and Buzzfeed!

I haven’t blogged in so long I’m concerned I’ll forget how to do it properly.

— 1 —

I went to Steubenville Atlantic last weekend and it was glorious. Actually completely wonderful, and completely exhilarating. It was for teenagers, but, I had a blast. I’d never chaperoned anything before and this was my first time doing so but the girls in my group seemed to like me so that went well. Some of them even chose to sit up at the front of the bus on the way back home to sit closer to me. Wins all around.

It was a good time to just sit and be with God. To sing His praises and see him in the Eucharist at Adoration. I haven’t been to Adoration in ages and I knew it was coming and I actually got giddy, because JESUS IS COMING. It’s like Santa, but so so so so much better.

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Some videos not from the one I went to:

 Sister Miriam was so wonderful!

 Father Leo Patalinghug (how had I never heard of him before?! He has cookbooks!)

Watch here: http://new.livestream.com/halifaxyarmouth/steubenville2014

For some silly reason they will not embed. Which is a paaain. But I’ll get over it. 

 

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I saw this article on Buzzfeed earlier (slow day at work…) 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/yezminvillarreal/thoughts-everyone-has-at-catholic-mass

And I realized how far I’d come in my Faith, because, literally about 80 of these were me just a few years ago. I didn’t realize that the Eucharist was actually Jesus. 

I knew Jesus was the source and summit and yadda yadda, but I had no idea what transubstantiation meant. Texting during Church? Yep, I did it. Ugh, dark times people dark, dark time. This article didn’t offend me as it apparently did some (based on the few comments I skimmed) but it made me feel sad for the author, because she doesn’t know what she is missing. Praying for her, for her eyes to be opened.

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I am in the middle of reading 2 books. A Man for All Seasons, which I’ve barely started, and The Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call. I have barely started AMFAS, but, I’m about 1/4 of the way into Urgency, and I am loving it. How do I still know so little about the Church. 10 years of Catholic education and 1 full year since I willingly crossed the Tiber and my goodness, I still know so little. It’s ridiculous. 

I am leading a discussion on Thursday on the New Evangelization, and I don’t even know what it is….so, I get to educate me self. I watch Fr. Barron’s Catholicism: The New Evangelization back in December, but, I’m not sure how much I retained. 

My favourite quote from the book so far: 

“If I were to describe how very many of our fellow Catholics, as was believers in the wider culture, look at these matters today, I would describe it like this: “Broad and wide is the that leads to salvation/heaven and almost everybody is on that way. Narrow and difficult is the path that leads to condemnation/hell and, very few, if any are on that road.” 

He then goes on to discuss Matthew 7:13-14 and Luke 13:23-24, because we know what the Bible and the Church said about certain things and we are willfully disregarding them.

 8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud, and that even your own brethren. 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.  (1 Corinthians 6: 8-11)

3 And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” 4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” 7 They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” 8 He said to them, “For your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery.” 10 The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is not expedient to marry.” 11 But he said to them, “Not all men can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. 12 For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to receive this, let him receive it.” (Matthew 19: 3-12

We need to evangelize, we are called to evangelize, because the narrow gate leads to Christ. There is one truth, one Church, and one way to salvation. Through Christ’s Church. Through being Catholic, because you cannot have Christ without the Catholic Church and you cannot have the Catholic Church without Christ.  Go and make disciples of all nations!

— 5 —

I finished another book Saints and Social Justice by Brandon Vogt. It’s so good. I’m woefully undereducated on Catholic Social Teaching, but this was good. Plus I got to learn about different saints I’d never heard of. If you want to learn about some new saints and Catholic Social Teaching, check it out! 

— 6 —

Losing some steam. But, my goodness, I like Orange is the New Black. Honestly, most hilarious,   and weirdly uplifting show I’ve seen in a while. The power of redemption, consequences and friendship, yes, I’m ignoring the friends with benefits. They don’t count. Watch it, it’s inappropriate, addictive, and hilarious.

— 7 —

This:

I love this song. 

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