Category Archive: Personal Experiences

May 23

Accompaniment from Top to Bottom and Bottom to Top

mom & baby

What does it feel like to be in front of a group and have open questions? Just imagine when you know they have tough questions; when they are going to question what you do. How does everyone look at you? Let me describe a question session and then how it changed my look. On Thursday …

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May 21

Leaving Myself to Reach Teens

drug addiction

It’s so easy to put up a wall and hide. We can easily present our perfect face. It feels good to be in control and to appear that we aren’t affected by the little problems of the day. Who doesn’t want to seem like the good guy? Yet, if we are like this, are we …

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May 09

Tweet #PrayTheRosary this Saturday at 1pm EST

PrayTheRosary Twitterstorm

On May 3rd, Pope Francis tweeted: “It would be a good idea, during May, for families to say the Rosary together. Prayer strengthens family life.” When I read it, I said to myself, “I can promote the rosary, but how?” Since we organized the #ThanksPontifex twitterstorm a few months back, I figured we could try again. …

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Mar 16

#ThanksPontifex in the Media

thankspontifex late

I usually put more thought into my posts than this one. I figure this may interest some of you who were part of #ThanksPontifex. I just did a search of media and blog coverage and it seemed pretty wide. The Huffington Post has a great gallery. I put these in no particular order. Thanks for …

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Mar 05

Letter to our Pope Emeritus re: #ThanksPontifex

A promotional photo for #ThanksPontifex

Since we sent thousands of #ThanksPontifex messages, I doubt the Pope can read them all. Here’s the letter I sent him to summarize it and thank him. I dropped it off at the Vatican post office this afternoon. I include my original English and a German translation done by a friend which is what I …

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Mar 01

31,742 #ThanksPontifex Tweets

ThanksPontifex Trends 8pm feb28

I want to write this small note to thanks everyone who helped to thank our Pope (Emeritus) Benedict XVI with #ThanksPontifex. Topsy tells me we sent out 31,742 messages with the #ThanksPontifex hashtag, with 3,971 right at the hour he ceased to be Pope. At that point, #ThanksPontifex was trending 3rd in the USA. Many people with …

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Feb 23

#ThanksPontifex Twitter Storm – February 28, 7:45 UPDATED x2!

Benedict XVI

Updates at the bottom! (last: 3pm February 25) Pope Benedict has taught each of how to love Jesus just a little more. By resigning he is showing us humility. Let’s show our gratitude by starting a Twitter Storm when he steps down. I need lots of participation, we need to send off thousands of Tweets to …

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Jan 24

Exams

OK, right now I am in exams. This means I probably won’t post much new till mid-february. Exams are probably not the best way to teach knowledge in many areas. Often we put too much stress on teens to perform. By my age, either I motivate myself or I don’t do well. Since catechesis and …

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Dec 15

Pray for the Priests Being Ordained Now!

Gregorian Chant

At the moment this is posted, the ordination mass of 44 new priests with the Legionaries of Christ will beginning in Rome. (I am there as this was written a few days ago with delayed publishing.) Mass begins at 9:30 Rome time but lasts 2.5 to 3 hours so you have time to pray if …

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Nov 24

Who Am I?

Man with Questions

Who am I? When I started with youth ministry I asked, “What do I do?” However as I spend more time doing it, that seems inadequate. There are many things to do but is that all? Is it enough to run activities, speak to teens one-on-one, and tell them about Christ? Maybe not. Will this …

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Nov 21

Experiences that Change the Heart

Teens are searching for something to fill their heart. As I continue at the ECyD Advisor’s course in Madrid, Wednesday was dedicated to this question. What can fill a teen’s heart? Or better, who can? The first thing we realize is that something can’t, only someone can. In this sense, the experiences we want are …

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Nov 20

How do we look at teens?

binoculars

This week I have the grace of being part of the ECyD Advisors’ Course in Madrid. The first two days have been dedicated to the way we look at teens. Instead of a program, what we want to do is respond to teens as they are. If we want to help them, we need to …

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