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True Discipleship...

What makes a disciple a disciple? And what does the word disciple mean?  If someone asked if you were a disciple, what would your response be?

I think disciple is a word that probably brings to mind different things to different people. Some associate it only with people from Jesus’ time. Others associate it with really holy people or people who work for the Church. According to Webster’s Dictionary, a disciple is “someone who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another.” I like that definition because it points to the fact that we’re all called to be disciples. We shouldn’t shy away from that.

And we have a truly great example of this in our current spiritual leader, Pope Francis. He obviously accepts the doctrines of Jesus and he’s aggressively spreading the doctrines of the Church. Pope Francis is embracing technology and reaching out on video, radio, on-line, and through whatever media he can to preach the Good News.

 “Faith is not something decorative or for show. To have faith means to put Christ truly at the center of our lives.”  -Pope Francis (via Twitter)

As we near the end of the Lenten season, let us continue to be shining, spiritual examples of discipleship by putting Christ at the center of our lives and in all our actions.

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."