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The relic of Saint Don Bosco arrive in Ireland today, as part of a world wide pilgrimage, to celebrate the bi-centenary of Don Bosco’s birth (1815-2015). The casket has already been to Italy, Spain, the Americas, Africa, Australia and Asia.

Saint Don Bosco was an Italian priest, an amazing man, who dedicated his life to working with under privileged youth, transforming their lives. His approach was to show them love rather than punishing them, and he taught them to do good deeds, live a disciplined Christian life, and of course, passing the Faith onto them. At his canonisation, he was given the title “Father and Teacher of the Youth”.

Remember God does not pay us for results, but for effort

Saint Don Bosco

The pilgrimage began on 31st January 2009, the anniversary of his death and continues in Ireland until 7th March 2013. You can find details of the route on the Salesians visit website- http://www.donboscorelics.ie , where they also have lots of information on the visit, resources and videos.

Itinerary of the visit of the Relic of St John Bosco to Ireland

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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

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Pope Benedict XVI began tweeting in December 2012

I am relatively new to Twitter, a microblogging social network site. In plain English, that means you have 160 characters in which to say, or tweet, what’s on your mind. Pope Benedict joined Twitter in December 2012 and has since been regularly tweeting questions, thoughts, messages of encouragement and prayers to his 1 500 000 followers, and anyone else who searches for Pope Benedict or @Pontifex, as he is known on Twitter.

Since joining Twitter, I have come across two symbols, which are widely used. Firstly, the ‘@’ symbol is used to call out a username, when recognising people in re-tweets and messages referring to them.

Pope Benedict's Twitter header

Shout out to Pope Benedict by using @Pontifex in your tweet

Another commonly used symbol is the hashtag, the ‘#’ symbol. This is used before a keyword or phrase in order to categorise a tweet and help it appear in a search. Popular hashtagged words and phrases become trending topics, appearing in the sidebar as a window of what people are tweeting about at that moment. As I type this, the Dublin trends are #Grammys, #BAFTAS and #6Nations.

One thing that puzzled me was the question of which hashtags to use when I tweet. Where can I find a list of ‘Catholic hastags’? I never found one, but, for newbie Catholic Tweeters, I have compiled my list below!

Using a few hashtags where appropriate will mean that your tweet appears in a search and, if enough people use a hashtag at one time (e.g. an event such as Vigil4life), the hashtag show up in the sidebar of Twitter in that country as a popular topic of conversation.

In his message for the 47th World Communications Day, Pope Benedict said

The ability to employ the new languages is required, not just to keep up with the times, but precisely in order to enable the infinite richness of the Gospel to find forms of expression capable of reaching the minds and hearts of all. 

One simple way we can do this is by making our tweets identifiable to those who are searching.

Below is a list of the Catholic hashtags I have come across the most. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Please feel free to chip in with any that I have missed out!

General

#Advent, #Bible, #Catholic, #CathYM, #Christian, #Christmas, #Church, #Cross, #Easter, #Eucharist, #Faith, #Feastday, #Lent,

#Resurrection, #Truth, #YearofFaith

Prayer

#Adoration, #BlesstheLord, #ComeHolySpirit, #DeoGratias, #Prayer, #PrayForPope, #PrayForUs, #Rosary, #Stormheaven

Prolife

#40daysforlife, #Marchforlife2013, #Prolife, #Prolifearmy, #Vigil4Life

Evangelisation

#Evangelisation, #Evangelization, #Knowwhatyoubelieve, #Newevangelisation,

Marriage

#Marriage, #Onemanonewoman

People

#Christ, #God, #HolySpirit, #Jesus, #Mary, #Saints, #Trinity

Misc

#CathMedia, #Excited, #Thingscatholicgirlssay

A woman should be so lost in God a man needs Him to find her

A woman’s heart should be so lost in God a man must seek Him to find her

 

No doubt about it, chastity is a challenge, especially in this day and age where preserving the dignity of the human being, made in the image and likeness of God, seems to be an ‘odd’ thing to strive for… Unfortunately  many young people make bad decisions based on what society and culture is telling them is the right thing to do ‘because every one is doing it’.

On my own journey, someone once told me a woman’s heart should be so lost in God a man must seek Him to find her… I am not sure who originally said this but it inspired me on my journey to marriage.

For the current generation of teens and young adults, Leah Darrow (former contestant on America’s Next Top Model) is an exceptional role model. In the video below, she has an encouraging message to young men…

How are your Christmas preparations coming along? I read somewhere before advent this year a suggestion to not spend more than two days on Christmas shopping. I set myself that microchallenge thinking it would be easy, thanks to online shopping. However I find even with that I have gone over the two days!

I great online reminder of the reason for the season is Busted Halo’s digital advent calender, complete with short daily jolts and reflections, which help prepare us for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Various celebrities, politicians and singers provide a thought on waiting and patience, as we prepare a way for the Lord (Isaiah 40:3).

As an example, here is a clip from the first day- Zac Effron and Elmo teaching us about, and demonstrating patience!

 

Check out Busted Halo’s digital advent calender for yourself! Add it to your favourites, tweet and tell your friends and family about it, helping them too to make a straight highway for our God accross the desert.

 

Busted Halo advent calender

Busted Halo advent calender

A Hungarian priest has become an internet sensation after being filmed showing his skateboarding skills to some youngsters. He is said to have got the idea from Saint John Don Bosco, who dedicated his life to working with disadvantaged youth.

His skateboarding skills seem to be working as there are new young members of his congregation! He should be applauded for doing things differently, and helping make the Good News accessible to young people. Do you know any priests like this?

We don’t hear much about “celebrity catholics”, that is, celebrities who are Catholics in the media, so I decided to keep an eye out and lo and behold…

Lovely Declan Donnelly, of Ant and Dec fame (AKA PJ and Duncan from Byker Grove) is from an Irish Catholic family. His brother, Dermot, is a priest who works with the young people of the Hexam Diocese.

Ant and Dec have opened this state of the art youth village, after helping make the dream a reality. Isn’t that great?!

Click here to read the full article.

Click here to visit the Youth Village website.