Category: Personal Experiences

Letter to our Pope Emeritus re: #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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31,742 #ThanksPontifex Tweets

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

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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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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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Pray for the Priests Being Ordained Now!

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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Who Am I?

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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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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How do we look at teens?

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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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