Posts Tagged ‘Conversion’

Several years ago, a priest suggested to me and a few other young adults that we go into Birmingham on a Saturday afternoon, and ask people if they knew about Jesus Christ. It sounded terrifying. I thought the priest was being mischevieous, testing us, and, if I was to do it, would only do so with suitable protection, like a stab proof vest! Approach strangers? Stop them in the street? Tell them about Christ? Surely, I thought, there must be some easier way to evangelize…

Nightfever at St Teresa's Carmelite Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin

Ireland’s first Nightfever, St Teresa’s Carmelite Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin

Yesterday, I found myself standing at the top of Grafton Street, a busy shopping and tourist area in the heart of Dublin, wearing a high-vis jacket greeting passers by and offering them a candle.

The reason for this was Nightfever. An idea born out of World Youth Day 2005, it is an ‘open church’ night. Young missionaries go out in in pairs, as Jesus sent the disciples, offering candles to passers-by, inviting them to light the candle inside the church.

Walking down Grafton Street last night, Dubliners and tourists would have heard the tunes from buskers as they ended a day’s shopping, or began a night out. However, when passing St Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, they would have heard beautiful hymns, pouring out of the church onto the street.

Inside, the beauty of the church was illuminated by candlelight, from the hundreds of votive lights placed around the altar. Priests were available for people who had questions, wanted to talk, or go to Confession. People flowed in from the streets to light their candles, hear the music, sit, kneel, think, look, talk, pray… For some, it had been a while since they visited a Catholic church, for others, it was their first visit.

Whether the visitors stayed for a few minutes, a half hour, or the whole evening. Some passers by accepted the candles offered by the missionaries and went on their way. Others simply said “no thank you” and walked on. But even these may remember the warm and welcoming smile of a stranger on a Saturday night. Seeds were planted last night. We pray that the Holy Spirit may nurture these seeds and pour out upon them His inspiration, grace and love.

The next Nightfever in Dublin will take place on 20th June. To get a flavour of the mission, take a look at the video below…

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Generation Benedict

40 days, 40 reflections, 40 young people on how Pope Benedict has touched their hearts & why they are proud to be part of #GenerationBenedict

Pope Benedict has been responsible for the conversion, reversion, vocation and the deepening of faith of many young Catholics. At the time of his visit to the UK, many Catholics were luke-warm, even living their lives completely at odds to the Church. During this visit, and also World Youth Days in Cologne, Sydney and Madrid, he has connected with them through his eloquence, his love and genuine concern. Who is God calling you to be?

Pope Benedict will be truly missed by our generation. Those who have met him look upon him fondly as a gentle grandfatherly figure, as he has pointed us towards Christ, at a point in time when many of us were at a crossroads, telling us not to settle for second best, but to strive for sainthood.

Over the next 40 days of Lent, 40 young people from Generation Benedict will each be sharing how he has touched their hearts and changed their lives and changed their hearts.

Please visit our Lenten blog, our tribute to Pope Benedict. We invite you to comment and share your own experiences on the blog and on Twitter using #generationbenedict

Just heard this talk on Ave Maria radio on Christmas Eve- The amazing Venerable Fulton Sheen compares the coming of Superman to the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Take 20 minutes of your Christmas to listen to it.



Is God the source of your identity or is it your sexual self?

The topic of homosexuality is very prevalent at the moment, especially in countries like the UK where the government and campaigners want to ‘redefine marriage’.

At pro-life events, I have seen counter-demonstrations, where campaigners have waved placards stating ‘I hope the baby you saves will be gay’. It is very sad to see people with a hate-filled, distorted message, who have understood Catholic teaching.

The video above is an informative, catechetical resource that will equip you with the tools to be able to defend the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, and help you reveal to Truth to others.

Online resources:

http://couragerc.org/

http://letterstochristopher.wordpress.com/

http://questgaycatholic.org.uk/

See the video below by Crystalina Everet, who co-authored with her husband Jason, How to Find Your Soul Mate Without Loosing Your Soul.

The video is an extract from the book, a letter born through prayer, which encourages women all over the world.

For more information, visit Crystalina’s website: http://www.womenmadenew.com/

The Huffington Post has reported that, 5 years after beginning her studies of Scientology, cradle Catholoc Katie has ditched the cult and retuned to her roots by registering as a parishoner at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in New York City.

The media has reported the principle reason for the spit is Suri’s increasing part in the Scientology cult, as she gets older. Reading The Daily Telegraph’s Scientology: The Facts, one can see already the impact the cult has already had on this young girl’s life. We have seen pictures of this little girl in make-up, in assorted shoes, and read reports of her $150,000 dollar shoe collection. The Daily Telegraph’s article explains that in Scientology, children are believed to be spiritual beings in young bodies. Therefore, Suri has been treated like a young adult, able to make her own decisions.

Suri is now also enrolled in a Catholic school. I hope that Suri still has time for an innocent childhood. We pray for Katie, returning to The Truth, that she may pass on the Good News to her daugter, and be guided by God throughout their lives. Amen.