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– As Catholics we are called to surrender ourselves to God. But what does this surrender look like? What does it mean to surrender to God? Spotlight guest and music missionary Danielle Rose shares the inspiration she receives from Jesus’ surrender on the cross and the complete gift of himself in the Eucharist. She shares her own story of surrendering to God and how that surrender has led her to discovering her truest self.

 

We have an extraordinary number of choices to make every day. Some of the daily choices we make include what to wear, what to eat and who to spend our time with. Other more long term choices include what high school or college to go to. We also have to deal with choices related to peer pressures and parties. Is it hard to make these choices? Spotlight guest, Catholic Lay Evangelist Colleen Kelly-Rayner, shares how our faith can help us to get better at making the right choice and to heal from our bad choices and consequences.

 

As Catholics we are part of a much larger church….much larger than the church community where we attend Mass and religion classes.  CARA research reported that in 2011 there were 1.166 billion Catholics in the world. When we look at our church from this perspective, we realize how large it is…so how can we connect with this larger church…and make connections with other young people who share our faith and beliefs?

 

Technology has made people all over the world more available to one another in many ways.  Social Networks, texting and video chatting have made it easy for us to connect with our friends at any time of the day or night. But can this technology replace in-person face to face communication?  Does technology interfere with the way we communicate on a human level? Are we losing the ability to talk face to face with one another?

 

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We are connected to people, through our work and school that may never set foot in a church.
Through our words and/or our actions we can demonstrate how our faith gives meaning to our life in our place of work.  How we perform our duties and how we treat others on the job reflects the kind of person we are and what we believe.  Spotlight guest Sean O’Hare, a green energy entrepreneur and motivational speaker, shares his own experience of bringing faith into the workplace.  He also shares how he employed many of the virtues of the Catholic faith in various jobs.

 

Pope Benedict XVI reminded the young people at World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia in 2008, that we are being called to witness to a “divided and fragmented world.”  He explained that the way to approach the world is the same way the apostles did when Jesus was with them.  So like the apostles, how can we use the gifts of the Holy Spirit to share and witness to our Catholic faith in our everyday life?  How does the way we act and treat others also serve as a witness that we are disciples of Christ?