How Can You Make Christ Known?

I read this very inspiring story from the Catholic Herald today: “Pilgrim walks 1,800 miles to Rio ‘to show people that God is alive.” Fabio Matues, a Catholic pilgrim from Brazil walked 1,800 miles from his home to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day with aims of making Jesus known to others. Walking past over 70 cities and towns, his journey was not an easy one with many nights spent sleeping in his hammock up between trees or along the roadside. After hearing this story it made me think how can I do something similar. It doesn’t have to be a long walk, but how can you make Christ known?

With his endeavor catching the media’s attention, he sure was able to make an impact on the whole world and not only to the people he met in his journey.

Can you make the same sacrifice that this man did? Would you be willing to leave your work and family for months so you could evangelize for Christ? Are you taking part in sharing the good news to the world? There are many small yet significant ways you and I can evangelize to others. There are a lot of people in our community that need to hear about the love and grace of Jesus.

Take this day to think about the ways you can take part in the sharing of the Gospel. How can you make Christ known to more people?

White Smoke! Habemus Papam!

Habemus Papam! After only a little more than a day, a plume of white smoke has been spotted above the Vatican, signaling that a new pope has been chosen. And the new pope is 76-year-old Jesuit Archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina, who will now be known as Pope Francis I.

Our new Pope is said to be a pope of many firsts. He is the first non-European pope of the modern era, the first from Latin America, the first Jesuit, and the first to assume the name Francis (in honor of St. Francis of Assisi). The chosen name of our new Pope is said to symbolize poverty, humility, simplicity, and rebuilding the Catholic Church.

As we welcome our new pontiff, may we always remember his first words in the balcony: “Let’s pray always for each other. Let’s pray for the whole world.”

If you want to know more about Pope Francis, you can do so here: “Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio: a profile“.

Pope Paul VI Steps Closer to Beatification

This week Pope Benedict XVI helped to move along the movement to beatify Pope Paul VI. On December 10th all of the Cardinals voted to a unanimous decision that Pope Paul VI should be beatified. There is a collection of documents for those being considered for beatification, and the Cardinals unanimous vote paired with Pope Benedict finding a “heroic virtue” of Pope Paul VI’s means he is just steps away. If everything goes smoothly the beatification will likely be sometime late in 2013, and would be a nice end to the Year of Faith.

To read more about Pope Paul VI and his road to beatification read this: The Cause of Paul VI Proceeds

Pope Benedict XVI Twitter Handle Announced: Tweets to Follow

Today marks the beginning of Pope Benedict’s existence in the Twitter world. Pope Benedict XVI’s Twitter handle has been announced this morning (@Pontifex) and also news that he will tweet for the first time next week. The date that was announced is December 12, and apparently these tweets will be in a Q and A format. I know that I am thoroughly excited to see what the Pope will tweet about. It is very crazy that social media has become so embedded into our every day lives.

Read more about this story here: Pope Benedict XVI Launches Twitter Account

Pope Benedict XVI Will Join Twitter Soon

Twitter has grown into an essential social media tool in today’s world. Surely many of your are following your favorite celebrities and athletes on Twitter. Starting soon you will be able to follow Pope Benedict XVI on Twitter. CathNews reported in a post titled, “Pope to Connect with Flock on Twitter” about the recent development. Actors, actresses, athletes, and politicians have all made the jump into the Twitter world and I suppose the Pope thought it would be a good idea as well. Not much more is known as this point other then the fact that a Twitter account for Pope Benedict XVI will exist in the near future. This is exciting news and I look forward to following him!

Following Claire – Dave O’Mara’s amazing tribute to his aunt, a Catholic nun

Today I was over on A Nun’s Life reading some of their quality blog posts and I came across this one in particular. It is the story of a man named Dave O’Mara who has been volunteering his time to a group called Real Options for City Kids for a long time. He has chosen to take his volunteerism to a new level though, in honor of his Aunt Claire. He will embark on a two month journey on bicycle across the country. I thought this whole story was just really great, and it is definitely something that I felt obligated to share with everybody. There are plenty of links in this article to help Dave’s cause and donate money, or to just follow Dave and see how his journey has been going via some social networking sites.

Have you ever come to a point in your life when you wanted to do more? More to help out those in need, more to develop yourself and most of all….more to make a difference? Well that time is now for me. My name is David O’Mara and I am just your average guy looking to make a change. I have spent years volunteering for one of the best philanthropic organizations in the United States, Real Options for City Kids, otherwise known as R.O.C.K. This is an organization that works tirelessly to help create physical and educational development programs for underprivileged kids in San Francisco. They have changed the lives of many young boys and girls and are about to help change mine.

I grew up in Modesto, CA and had the privilege of knowing someone who committed her entire life to helping others. My Aunt Claire was an educator, a missionary and most of all a wonderful role model for me and my family. She has spent her entire life working to better the lives of others. It is in her honor that I have made the decision to embark on this two month journey. I have left my job and will be riding my bike across America to raise money to support the R.O.C.K. cause. Am I a seasoned cyclist you ask? No. Have I done this before? No. Am I a little bit nuts? Probably. This is my chance, however, to make a change. I realized that I have the capacity to do something that could truly change the lives of others. Yes, it will be a challenge. And, yes, it is a big risk – but, if Aunt Claire taught me anything, it’s that the joy you get from enriching the life of someone else is worth every sacrifice that comes with it. Wish me luck! Here’s to you Aunt Claire…. – Dave O (from Dave’s website, Following Claire)

Now meet his 88-year-old great-aunt, Sister Claire O’Mara, OSU, an Ursuline nun and missionary. Writes Dave, “For most of her adult life, she was an educator and missionary in Latin America and in the Bronx. She dedicated herself to working with the poor and less fortunate wherever she was. She was always steadfast in her commitment to her beliefs and values. In 1995, New Rochelle College honored her, along with Rosa Parks, as a “Woman of Conscience.””

Dave is currently somewhere in Kansas on his trek from California to Washington, DC.

I highly encourage you to check out Dave’s website Following Claire and also to keep an eye on him via Twitter and Facebook. Please consider supporting Dave in his mission — he needs help along the way — donations, a place to stay, a cyclist to keep him company on the road, help spreading the word through the Internet and media!

Pretty cool guy, eh?

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