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Catholic Mens Conference
Teresa Tomeo, Keynote Speaker
Teresa Tomeo Keynote Speaker
March 29th - 30th
"In Search of Truth" Conference
St. John the Baptist
Rapids City, Illinois
Teresa Tomeo Keynote Speaker
Teresa Tomeo is considered one of today's leading contemporary Catholic thinkers and teachers. Here you will find her popular Eye on Culture column published through Our Sunday Visitor newspaper as well as her thoughts and reflections on issues of the day.
“We can no longer hear God. There are too many frequencies filling our ears.” Benedict XVI
So what will you be doing for Lent this year? If you’re like most Americans you might be giving up some time in front of the television, maybe chocolate or other sweets, or maybe that glass of vino you like to have every once in a while as a special treat. I did a bit of research and discovered that sweets, media usage, and alcohol are indeed among the top ten items or activities we try to let go of during this 40 day period. It’s not that giving up any of those items is a bad thing. But are you sure that is what God is calling you to do this Lent?
As I continue to defrost and thaw out from the 40th Annual March for Life in Washington, I have had a chance to reflect on being once again among hundreds of thousands of pro -life activists. I have served as a field correspondent for several years now. Each year I am encouraged, inspired, and motivated by those in attendance who brave the frigid January weather to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. I am grateful for the opportunity and proud of EWTN for the time, effort, and money they put into covering this massive pro- life rally and March.
This year, however, something was different. First of all, it wasn’t just braving the cold this time around; it was braving a major blizzard; a blizzard that blanketed the northeast with several inches of snow and temperatures below zero, that were by far the most brutal in the last few years.
Have you given up on your New Year's resolutions already? The New Year represents a time of new beginnings for many, but do you make your resolutions based on emotions and feelings tied to temporal things like saving money, losing weight, or reducing the clutter in your life? Is that where God wants you to focus your effort and energy right now? What resolution can you make to deepen your relationship with Christ during this coming year?...for a lifetime?...for eternity? Sometimes a simple resolution is better.
I read a story recently that I found very profound and I thought I would share it with you.
Standing on the deck of a fishing boat in the waters of Panama, Denise Leblanc’s heart beat fast when she realized a blue marlin was on the other end of her fishing pole. Deep-sea fishing with a group of friends in the Caribbean was a dream vacation—something on her “bucket list” of things to do. Since Denise had caught one the day before, she handed the pole to a friend to have the opportunity.
A fierce fighter like the marlin usually takes a couple of hours to exhaust enough to reel in. It was late afternoon and the boat's captain wanted to get back so he put the boat in reverse, allowing slack in the line to reel in faster. They had the still-green fish to the boat within about half an hour. The first mate estimated it to be twelve feet long and approximately six hundred pounds.
You’ve probably been asked about the “what” when it comes to your bucket list; top goals to accomplish, dreams to fulfill, or fantasy items to obtain before you kick the proverbial bucket. Maybe it’s the chance to own that villa in Italy or the south of France. Maybe it’s finally taking that dream cruise or going on that African safari. But how many of us ever stopped to consider the “who” when it comes to drawing up that list?
In a sense I guess I did but the answer wasn’t very deep. As a matter of fact it was pretty typical of the life I was living before I came back to my Catholic faith. If someone had asked me about the designer of my list I would have responded quickly and proudly with “well me, myself, and I of course.” Those few words pretty much summed up my life’s philosophy back then; an approach that led me down a destructive and empty path even though on the outside everything looked just fine.
So what’s on your “to-do” list today? Thinking about all the lists we make during our life-time was the thought process that led to “God’s Bucket List.” It is good to be organized. It is certainly not a bad idea to even establish a long term list of goals. What I have found however, in my own life and the loves of many who are still searching for happiness and fulfillment, is that we make our list and then take it to God for His stamp of approval. For years I was famous for telling the Lord “okay this is what I want to do with my life and if you can help me accomplish these things sooner than later that would be great.” What I should have done, and what it took me years to learn is, is to instead seek God’s will in my life first. In other words ask, seek, and knock to discover the plans God has for me verses my own plans.
Earth to journalists everywhere; read the Catechism. It’s all in there and it’s old news.
We all know that marriage is under attack in the country and our world. One of the best ways to stand up for marriage is by living out that sacrament to the best of your ability! My husband - Deacon Dominick Pastore and I, along with Fr. Leo Patalinghug, are leading a 10 day Retreat for Couples to Rome, the Amalfi Coast, and Pompeii in Italy, in May 2014. Savor wonderful food, breathtaking views, amazing visits to historic Catholic sites, even the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum, plus much more.