Check out The Dating Project and Gaudete et Exsultate....
St. John Paul II repeatedly called for a "New Springtime" in the Church. He had the vision to see that the wheat and the weeds were growing together at the beginning of the third millennium of Christianity. Yet he also had the wisdom to focus his attention on the wheat, which is destined to become the bread of life for the world.
In the face of ongoing geopolitical crises, ecclesial turmoil, and cultural collapse, dare we "rejoice and be glad" about the new beginnings which continue to spring to life all around us? Here are two opportunities to consider:
- 4.17.18--The Dating Project in movie theaters--The way people find love has radically changed in an age of swiping left or right. The Dating Project follows five single people, as they search for meaningful relationships. Presented by Pure Flix and Paulist Productions, this is the perfect event for every single person!
- 5.1.18--Subscribe to read one-paragraph-per-day of Pope Francis's new Apostolic Exhortation on the call to holiness in today's world.
Jesus Christ is the ever-present Sower who continues to plant seeds which are destined to bear fruit unto eternal life: May we continue to say "Yes" to his daily invitations to bloom where we are planted!
P.S. For a sampling of Gaudete et exsultate, check out the Holy Father's commentary on this timely Beatitude:
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God”
"Peacemakers truly 'make' peace; they build peace and friendship in society. To those who sow peace Jesus makes this magnificent promise: 'They will be called children of God' (Mt 5:9).... It is not easy to 'make' this evangelical peace, which excludes no one but embraces even those who are a bit odd, troublesome or difficult, demanding, different, beaten down by life or simply uninterested. It is hard work; it calls for great openness of mind and heart, since it is not about creating 'a consensus on paper or a transient peace for a contented minority,' or a project 'by a few for the few.' Nor can it attempt to ignore or disregard conflict; instead, it must 'face conflict head on, resolve it and make it a link in the chain of a new process.' We need to be artisans of peace, for building peace is a craft that demands serenity, creativity, sensitivity and skill. Sowing peace all around us: that is holiness." (GE, nn. 88-89)