Week 6: Luke Carey – So I Told God I Hated Him

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Luke Carey is the director of the young adult office for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Luke Carey is co-host of the podcast Catching Foxes and has a church job; his employer shall remain unnamed. He once worked for a Catholic record label with rapper Righteous B.

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Week 5: Emily Macke – Practical Femininity

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Emily is a mother, has nine younger brothers, and is author of a high school Theology of the Body curriculum, Called to be More, published by Ruah Woods Press.

Further Reading

Week 3: Fr. Steve Dos Santos, C.PP.S. – Rejoice and be Glad

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This week, Fr. Steve gives an overview of Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be Glad).

About Fr. Steve

Fr. Steve Dos Santos is the vocations director for the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. He has been a priest for 12 years, grew up the youngest of nine children in California, and says he was brought to Dayton out of obedience.

Week 6: Chris Komoroski – The power of silence in a noisy world

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Chris is a fifth-year seminarian in Cincinnati.

Further reading

Week 3: Trevor Gundlach – Learning How to Celebrate

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About Trevor

Trevor Gundlach is a native of Wisconsin who loves to hike, bike, drink beer, and explore God’s creation. He holds degrees in Theology and Philosophy from Marquette University and a M.A. in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton. Trevor acted as the founder and director of Totus Tuus in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and recently worked in Campus Ministry at the University of Dayton, where he taught a class titled “A Theology of Alcohol: Learning How to Celebrate.” He is currently editing a book on the subject and is on track to have it completed in 2018. Trevor lives in Dayton with his wife, Kayla, and works as a Project Manager for Kettering Health Network. He is a lighthearted and thought-provoking speaker who loves to ask ethical questions about daily life. Cheers!

Summary

We’ve always celebrated but never thought about why.
It’s right in front of us, but we misunderstand it.

What do we celebrate?
Why do we celebrate?
Who celebrates?

Replace “what” with “who.” Who do we celebrate? It’s easy for our celebration to become self centered without another face to put on it

Why do humans need to celebrate?

  • Celebration is a balance to the suffering
  • Celebration is a season of sorts

Why do Christians celebrate?

  • Scripture is a series of celebrations
  • St. Francis
    • Renounced his wealth (textiles) so that he could announce the good news
      • Canonized streaker — if you hear just this part of the story, Christianity sounds miserable
  • We fast so we can feast

Who celebrates?

If celebration is an art, who is the artist of celebration?
Those around you who give of themselves.

The saint asks these questions:

  • What can I give to you?
  • What can I bring to this?

Putting into practice:

  • Modern day saints celebrate not actions, but the people around them
  • Giving toasts
  • Don’t only look at what suffering is going on now; look back at what good has happened to you (chirological)
  • Introspect; figure out what gift you have to give

Quotes and Resources

Ecclesiates 3:1-8

Questions

  • What church did you get married in?
    • St. John the Baptist in Maria Stein
  • Why is it meaningful to celebrate someone or something?
  • What advice can I give to college aged family and friends to prevent them from adopting the party mindset I had?
  • How does celebrating make us holy?
    • Celebration is the story of the scriptures
    • Holiness – being set apart from the ordinary
    • It takes something we’re usually doing and raises it into something good and beautiful
  • The best way to celebrate is to give? Correct.
  • How does celebrating the person equate to giving to them?
  • God calls us to be counterintuitive. How does that work?

Week 2: Fr. Greg Konerman: Active Waiting

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Fr. Greg has been a priest for 25 years and is currently pastor at Holy Angels and St. Anthony parishes in Dayton, Ohio. This week, he talked to us about waiting.

Summary

Life is a series of waitings―one following another. All waiting is ultimately about waiting for God, for the full encounter with Him that comes after death. However, to some degree the waiting is over: God entered into our time, with Jesus leading us from one day to the next.

How do we live each day in the present, while looking toward the future? How do we experience God’s presence, especially in light of all the distractions and noise in today’s society? Fr. Greg proposed five things:

  1. Slow down. We need time to experience God’s presence.
    • We’re busy not because we’re bad people, but because it’s all we know in our culture.
    • Try scratching out an activity or two in your planner this week.
  2. Silence and meditation. Our usual hubbub can drown out the voice of God.
    • Consider starting your prayer with silence.
    • Breathing exercises, repeat a phrase as a mantra, etc.
    • St. Mother Teresa: The fruit of silence is prayer; the fruit of prayer is faith; of faith is love; of love is service; of service is peace
  3. Lectio divina. Ancient method of prayerfully reading sacred scripture
    • Any revelation likely won’t be an immediate eureka moment, but you’ll have an idea to reflect on throughout the day.
  4. Encounter of the sacraments. Eucharist, reconciliation, anointing, are powerful (if disguised) ways of encountering the Lord.
    • Mass isn’t just about getting (peace, communion, a good homily)―it’s an encounter with God, right then and there
    • Unsure about something in a homily? Reflect on it throughout the day.
  5. Interpersonal encounters. Christ is present in the people we meet. Watch your words.

Quotes and resources

Questions

  • How do we balance waiting and seeking God’s will?
    When we seek God’s will, it should be for today. “Give us this day our daily bread.”
  • As a non-Catholic, how can I participate in the sacrament of penance?
    You cannot receive the sacrament, but you are welcome to enter the confessional during that time seeking counseling and an encounter with the Lord–most priests should be okay with this
  • What is your favorite way to bring Christ to others?
    The Eucharist. Preaching and teaching.
  • How to understand God’s plan in light of free will?
    • He thought you into being before you were created.
    • We can violate His plan by free will.
    • Theologian: “If I didn’t follow God’s vocation for me, is that a sin? Not unless you intentionally rejected it.” Doing that is rare; life is complex and we may have thought we were making the right choice at the time (and we must remain in whatever sacrament we may have entered).