The Hope of Catholic Ireland
Another story on this Monday of being raised in a Catholic family, but never forming that personal relationship with Christ. This type of story is becoming rather common from Ireland, and youth as a whole on this website. But despite these hurdles in their youth, thanks to organizations like Youth2000, young people are returning to the hope of Christ and his Church.
It was her exterior that looked fine, but on the inside, she was hurting. Questions like, “where is my life going” was a common thought in this young lady’s mind as a teenager. Eventually, family death and personal grief led her to trusting in Christ. The grief was so strong that at times she was inconsolable. Eventually she discovered hope and truth through the family of Youth 2000. Her entire life was completely transformed by the Lord and the other young Catholics of Ireland who invited her into this encounter with the Lord. By the end of the interview, it is obvious that she is not ashamed of the Gospel, and it is this message that we can all take and apply to our own lives. No matter the struggles we face, Christ is always with us and is ready to hear our cries for help.
The future of the Irish Church is alive and well. There are thousands of young Irish Catholics who are excited to be living out the Gospel in a very tangible way through their daily actions. This young lady is just one life that has been laid down for Jesus Christ. May we all take a page out of her book as we go into this new week. On that note, we have some very exciting updates to announce to all of you this upcoming week. May God be praised, now and forever through these ‘one billion Catholic stories.’
Readings for 13th February 2012
First: James 1:1-11
Responsorial: Psalm 119:67, 68, 71, 72, 75, 76
Gospel: Mark 8:11-13
Rosary: Joyful Mysteries
5. Finding Jesus in the Temple