Day 1 & 2 | Embarking with OPEN Baggage, Part 1


Part 1 – Beginning the Journey

Welcome to the Year of the Fiat! What better way to begin such a glorious new year in our Lord’s Kingship than with a beautiful awareness of His Blessed Mother’s perfect receptivity to Redemption? Such an openness to God’s Will of course is exactly why she becomes the perfect example for us to emulate, and I believe it’s why we have embarked on this exciting journey to World Youth Day in Panama. If you are joining us on the blog, then please feel free to share and reflect with us in prayer during our incredible journey. Otherwise, let Mary’s great Fiat for which all of Heaven so greatly yearned wash over you more deeply in these pilgrim reflections. Continue reading “Day 1 & 2 | Embarking with OPEN Baggage, Part 1”

Live Love Louisville – Sat, Apr 14 @ 11am-2pm

April 14, 2018 @ 11am-2pm – “Live Love Louisville” will be a community-wide festival hosted by Louisville’s Pro-Life Future & the Circle of Life Youth Ministry. This festival will occur with three main features: People, Peace, and Prayer. By addressing difficult issues within a family environment, we hope to reach people in a way they can understand and accept. Our short-term goal is to close the last abortion clinic in Kentucky. Our longterm  goal is to build a permanent culture of life in America by uniting the pro-life community like never before. Our display of shoes will spell out the word “LOVE” & “LIFE” for all to see. That evening @ 7pm we will end in a candlelight prayer procession there at the Walking Bridge to raise awareness about the issues facing our community.

Make sure to come out for our first ever Pro-Life Festival on the Waterfront at the Walking Bridge on Saturday, April 14 @ 11am-2pm. This will be in partnership with various non-profit organizations–imagine tailgating and parish picnic / prayer service rolled into one! Built on people, peace, and prayer–this is sure to be an experience you will never forget!

Bring your shoes in until the end of the month for our  big display!

Click HERE for more information!

Paperwork for Ignite & Mission Trip!

Everyone,

Hoping this reaches you!

  1. The paperwork for both Ignite Your Torch AND the Catholic Heart Work Camp Mission Trip is finally posted and ready to go!
  2. Don’t forget to come to Stations of the Cross @ St. Luke again this Friday at 7pm, and then again next HOLY THURSDAY to watch the “Passion of the Christ” in the sanctuary during after-Mass Adoration…all at the Circle of Life Center @ St. Luke.
  3. LIVE LOVE LOUISVILLE – Sat, Apr 14 @ 11am-2pm at the Walking Bridge. Live Music, Food, Games–come to the Pro-Life Festival to remember! All day long after the main events to raise awareness and build community.
  4. TALENT SHOW – Send me your name, talent, song, routine, etc no later than Friday, March 30 @ 3pm if you would like to be in the Talent Show! A deadline extension only for those on a case-by-case basis! We are doing THREE shows this year, on Fri-Sun, April 27-29. circleoflifeyouth.com/crescendo for more information.
  5. Go to circleoflifeyouth.com/calendar for more opportunities and upcoming events!

In Christ, for Love & Life!

John Sohl, CYM

The Circle of Life Youth

502.428.6757

March for Life (EXTRA SPOTS!)

Everyone,
Please click HERE for all details and paperwork necessary to attend the March for Life with the Circle of Life Youth this January 17-21, 2017. We have received a GRANT of over $3,500 from Students for Life of America that is paying for their conference registration for up to 45 students + $1500 toward our bus. This is an unprecedented opportunity for the Archdiocese of Louisville, and you will not be disappointed in staying the extra day for the conference after the March for Life! Cost will be less than $100/person guaranteed, provided we get the numbers necessary to cover this grant! 
The itinerary is as follows:
Wednesday, January 17 — 6pm, depart for Washington, D.C. (overnight drive)
Thursday, January 18 — 8am-12pm Holocaust Museum
                                — 12pm-3pm LUNCH & Potential meet-up with AB Kurtz!
                                — 3pm onward @ the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Friday, January 19 — 8am @ the Verizon Center for the Youth Rally
                            — 12pm @ the National Mall for the March for Life
                            — 5pm onward for dinner & various museums / post-March gatherings (TBD)
Saturday, January 20 — 8am-6pm SFLA National Conference @ First Baptist Church of Glenarden
                            — 6pm, RETURN HOME
(overnight drive, arriving Sunday morning between 6-8am)
Please contact me with your commitment to the March for Life no later than December 15 @ 6pm. I have to make the bus reservation and cannot finalize this reservation without at least 27 people financially committed!
 
A $50 deposit would be due with your commitment. Write checks to St. Athanasius and mail to 5915 Outer Loop, 40219. c/o John Sohl, CYM
We are staying at the Renaissance Montessori School (12652 Fitzwater Dr. in Nokesville, VA 20181) in their gymnasium. We will have a divider made to separate guys from girls. We do NOT have showers, but we WILL have bathrooms so please prepare for a very real pilgrimage but one you will never forget!
SFLA Rally 2017
In Christ, for Love & Life!
John Sohl, CYM

Louisville’s Pro-Life Future
The Circle of Life Youth
cell: 502.428.6757

REGULAR HIGH SCHOOL MEETING TONIGHT AT 6:30-9PM at St A’ s Upper Room in the Parish Hall

Hey everyone dont forget tonight’s meeting at St A in the upper room of the Parish Hall!

Tonight’s topic is To the Heights, talking about Pier Giorgios life n legacy and what it means to go on adventures! Bring a snack or drink to share! Keeping it simple,  pickup will be at 8:30 tonight, see you soon.

In Christ

John,  5024286757

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Reflections on the Sunday Gospel, 9/10/17

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew: Jesus said to his disciples: “if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.  If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.  If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’  If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church.  If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.”  

Yesterday’s gospel goes further than this, but I want to stop here.  This one little passages — five sentences — provides the solution to so many of the dramas and conflicts in the world today.  Don’t believe in simple solutions?  Maybe you haven’t given them a try.

The entire modus operandi of this passage is respect.  Simple, common respect.  You value the person’s privacy and reputation enough to pull him aside and say one-on-one to him, “Hey, you hurt me” or “Hey, you weren’t right in what you said earlier.”  Instead of immediately telling everyone else or confronting the person in front of a large group so as to create humiliation, you’re treating him the way you’d like to be treated — with respect.  This should send a clear message to the person.

But suppose he doesn’t listen to you, as will (sadly) most likely be the case.  Well then, that’s when you start asking for help.  Get just a couple people — people who are involved in the problem and who you can trust to keep level heads instead of flying off the handle if the person gets upset with them.  Then, have another private conversation/intervention.  Again, this shows respect for the person who hurt you — the golden rule isn’t hard to remember, y’all.

Suppose even this isn’t enough.  In the Gospel passage, it says to refer to the church.  Sadly, in our case, many people won’t listen to the idea of a God at all, let alone any authority from an organized church.  But perhaps there’s still some kind of higher authority in that person’s life, whether it’s a parent, a boss, a principle, an RA, or whomever.  Maybe it’s the police, who knows.  Go to this person, whoever it might be.  Give the case over to that individual — notice how you’re still not making a public humiliation out of it.  Even when the case goes to someone outside the situation, you’re still keeping it more or less private.

And some people still won’t listen.  So what does Jesus say to do next?  “Treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.”  What’s your immediate thought about that?  Tax collectors and Gentiles — the ‘bad guys’ of the bible.  They were always the corrupt ones, the pagans, the dogs, and the unclean.  So treating your offender like a Gentile or a tax collector surely must mean to cast him out of your life and shun him for his action, right?  Wrong.  Look at what Jesus did to these people: he loved them, ate with them, cured their diseases, led them to conversion. . . but not once did he commend them for their ways.  He only commended them once they had faith in him and repented.

So what does that mean for us?  You guessed it: WWJD.  It sounds so cliche and Protestant, but it really is the way to go.  If that person who hurt you refuses after all your polite attempts to change or apologize and make amends, then your last resort would be to do what Jesus did: love the person as a child of God, respect him for who he is, but never commend him for his work.  This may take the form of talking or sharing less of your personal self with the other person (e.g. a former best friend would become simply an acquaintance).  It might hurt, the other person might view it as an injustice, but in reality, all you’re doing is treating that person as a child of God — one who has broken your trust, but a child of God nonetheless.

Respect.  Privacy.  The Golden Rule.  It means giving up gossip.  It means giving up drama.  It means giving up sleepless nights worrying about your reputation with another or angrily venting to whoever will listen.  It means giving up a toxic outlook on life.

It’s strange.  To many people, it’s unheard of.  And there will be many times it doesn’t seem to make sense because our emotions are our own worst enemies many times.

It’ll be hard, but I dare you to try it out.