So...It's been quite some time since we have updated our blog; in fact, it's been like ten months...but hey, it's all in God's plan. It really is in that we have now revamped, renamed, and now our blog is reborn. (cue the epic music)
Welcome to Fully Alive, a blog written by youth, young adults, and married couples in efforts to Heal the Family. Now with this renewed vision, you already have read my story in our first blog post, so we in the Project decided to now introduce you to some of our online missionary bloggers. Meet Andrew.
Hi, my name is Andrew and I am currently attending high school. I am a part of this great ministry, and movement, to hope, by the grace and guidance of God, to wake up the family and the need and calling to authentic fatherhood. I hope to be one simple guide in restoring the family and fatherhood to its true potential. As one of my favorite saints says, We are NOT called to mediocrity; We’re called to greatness. I hope through God’s divine and loving grace you begin to know more and more about the family through this blog! But hey, I think I'm cool but here is someone cooler. Her name is Katie, and here is why she serves the Project.
So...Why do I serve?
As a busy college freshman and pre-medicine student, I can be so tempted to shut myself away in my dorm with nothing but me and my textbooks. I have assignments to complete, I am often overwhelmed by the volume of reading I have to do every night, and I have at least one test every week. So why take precious time to write a blog post? Why not spend the few moments of free time I do have talking to my family and getting some much needed rest?
The answer comes from an event that took place in my life this past summer. A few months ago, I sat down with Brian to create a talk on marriage and family life for my home parish, Church of the Ascension. Arriving at the coffee shop in the early afternoon, I was expecting the meeting to last a few hours at most. Little did I know that the "few hours" of brainstorming I was expecting, would turn into nearly 12 hours of intense conversation about family life, the secrets of Fatima, and vocation.
When I finally made it home around midnight, I sat in my room and reflected on the events of the day. After a great deal of prayer, it became clear that God was calling me to labor for the family. I now serve with Project Illuminate as a response to that calling. I am very thankful to God for the opportunity to serve in this way, and to you, the reader, for supporting this project and granting me the privilege of speaking to you through this blog.
Overall, we are so blessed to serve the Project online on Fully Alive and are beyond excited to share some beautiful content for the family. We lastly leave you with this thought,
When’s the last time you thought about it? Family. What does that mean to you? Is it a group of people you’re embarrassed to be related to and just get under your skin? Or is it a group of people that you love and enjoy? Either way, we all have family. Some families aren’t the ones we were born into, but some are. In today's world, most have fallen, or are beginning, to fall apart. Like all things though, families have their flaws, we're Human. But God made the family something sacred and precious in his original plan. It's fueled by the most beautiful form of self-giving love, but many times we think, "Did I do something wrong?" You're saying all the prayers, going to Mass, but something still feels lacking. I do not feel Fully Alive.
Trust us. We've all been there, and if someone says different, well...maybe they just haven't crossed that bridge yet. The one thing that may sound cliche is that it is Love. Why love?
So St. John Paul II the Great in Redemptor Hominis, explains in better detail:
"Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it. This, as has already been said, is why Christ the Redeemer 'fully reveals man to himself.' If we may use the expression, this is the human dimension of the mystery of the Redemption. In this dimension, man finds again the greatness, dignity, and value that belong to his humanity."
Parents, you can look to your children or even your spouse and be filled with joy and love, but it's not everlasting. Children can love this toy or that toy, but the desire is never quenched in a constant search for Love in all the wrong places. So if Christ is love and fully reveals himself to man, it is only proper that man through Christ's love becomes fully alive to find again the greatness, dignity, and value that belong to his humanity. It is within Project Illuminate that we are so excited to share with you this journey: a journey to restore the family to God’s beautiful plan and love. A Family that is Fully Alive as Christ reveals himself in his humanity.
Be on the lookout for more content!