Jesus says that if anyone would come after me, he must follow me. There are not two kinds of Christians — regular Christians and disciples. To be a Christian is to be a disciple.
As I write this I sit waiting to hear if there is any chance of funds being put back towards critical services, like homeless shelters, by our state government. This has been a summer of turmoil and questions.
And we have to seek peace and courage there, a tall order in these days of 24-hour news and constant Twitter access. Maybe that’s the toughest thing: being constantly exposed to the meanness, the politics, while finding our own core.
We used to believe a baptized child would seamlessly pick up the faith of the family and develop a Catholic identity through to adulthood. What was missing in this paradigm was a conversion to Christ.
The Shroud frightens some people, even Christians. The entire body image, both positive and negative, and especially the Holy Face, can raise goose bumps.
May we go forth into the summer, beyond the experiences of ACYC, as stronger missionary disciples who strive to share our faith with others, building loving communities of faith, wherever we find ourselves.
Our refugee clients are the “stranger,” and we at Catholic Social Services are honored to welcome them as neighbors and friends, to know them, and to hear their stories and experiences that inform and richen our lives.