Ask a College-Aged Catholic Part II

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(I will only entertain earnest inquiries. 😀 )

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What Young Catholics Truly Want.

Catholic With A Vengeance +++

Attention Pastors, Youth Pastors, Music Directors, Deacons and Catechists:

I have oft heard the complaint from you that “The young people aren’t interested in Catholic faith, they don’t come to Mass and they don’t volunteer to sing, lector or help with ministries…it seems there is little hope these days!”

I’ve come to tell you, there is hope! The young people can be drawn to Catholic faith, Mass, choir and any church-related ministry. You can get them interested!

The Problem:

Frequently, young Catholics feel ignored, not that they aren’t being pampered or praised or given special attention, I mean they are trying to tell you exactly what they like, what they expect from the Church, what they are yearning for deep in their souls… but you simply aren’t listening.

I am in my twenties, part of the tail end of what they call “the John Paul II generation” I came into…

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Poll!

I just recently discovered that you can post polls on WordPress! I’m curious about the readership of this blog so I know whether my target audience is the audience I’m actually getting!

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Dilemma

You’ve probably heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. For the past couple of weeks, the news-feeds of my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts have been BOMBARDED with people pouring buckets of ice water over their heads. Pretty soon the inevitable happened: I was nominated. 

In case you are unfamiliar with the challenge, allow me to explain. A friend who took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge nominates you to also take the challenge via social media. Here’s how the challenge works: either you dump a bucket of ice water overhead and/or you donate to the ALS Association. Then you nominated about three other people to take the challenge. This challenge has raised a LOT of money for the ALS Association in the past few weeks. 

ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is an awful neurodegenerative disorder which slowly and painfully destroys the nervous system, eventually resulting in death. My heart and prayers go out to all those suffering with this terrible disease. 

…. But, I didn’t take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge when I was nominated. And I feel good about that decision. Here’s why I didn’t participate:

– The ALS Association uses adult and EMBRYONIC stem cell research. Obviously I would never donate to an organization that takes advantage of the unborn. 

– Even if I dumped ice water over my head and didn’t donate to the ALSA, I would nominate people (who would in turn nominate people who would…) that might donate to the ALSA and thus encourage embryonic stem cell research. 

– Taking the challenge seemed like more of an opportunity to make a funny video of myself than to actually raise awareness. And narcissism should not be my goal.

Despite confidently choosing not participate in the challenge because of the ALSA’s support of embryonic stem cell research, I can’t help but feel insensitive. 

Do you feel this dilemma too? I know I could never support embryonic stem cell research, but at the same time I wish I could show ALS patients that I care. It makes me seem like I’m insensitively saying, “Well, I’d rather you die than the unborn baby.” Really, I want them both to live! I would gladly support a cause that morally searched for ALS cures! And that is entirely possible with adult stem cell research. People donate blood all the time; why don’t they donate stem cells?

I can’t imagine how bad the pro-life view looks to those with ALS or those with a relative with ALS. Gosh, we must seem awful! Attempting to deny them / their loved ones of a possible cure! The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a lose-lose for Catholics. If we took part, we’d be supporting the murder of babies. If we don’t take part, we appear to be condemning to death those with ALS. 

Here’s where the distinction comes in, a distinction that most pro-choicers will most likely never understand. While the ALSA’s end (finding a cure for ALS) is great, its means is inappropriate. Let me attempt to offer an analogous example. What if we wanted so badly to eradicate the ebola virus that we decided to kill everyone with ebola to minimize the risk of transmission? Would that be morally just–killing the vulnerable in order to save the living? Well, some people might support this…but c’mon, we know that’s wrong. Likewise, it is wrong to kill vulnerable babies in order to save those living with ALS. 

However, we should strive to stop ALS and the suffering it causes through morally just means. ADULT stem cell research would be one option. 

Still, though, I can’t shake the feeling that I am insensitive; after all, I don’t have ALS, and I don’t know anyone who has ALS. How would I feel about the Ice Bucket Challenge if I had a connection to ALS? Gosh, I just don’t know. I would like to think I would still not support the means by which a cure is sought. 

So I guess I will end this decisively, yet indecisively. I am confident in my decision not to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but I wish there were a way for me to show ALS patients/family that I still care. 

Liebster Award!

Thank you Cinema Catechesis (http://cinemacatechesis.wordpress.com) for nominating me for this award!

LIEBSTER AWARD RULES:

List eleven random facts about yourself.
Nominate eleven bloggers for the award.
Let them know about the nomination.
Answer the eleven questions you were asked when you were nominated.
Ask eleven questions for the new award winners to answer.

Random Facts about me…
1. I have busily been preparing to go to college this fall!
2. I don’t come from a “mega-Catholic” family.
3. I go to Saturday Vigil Mass.
4. One of my favorite saints is St. Joseph of Cupertino because he’s the patron saint of test-takers.
5. I love lectio divina. It’s one of my favorite forms of prayer!
6. I love chocolate.
7. I love the color purple.
8. My favorite holiday is Christmas.
9. I just got contact lenses.
10. My best friends are a Muslim, a Baptist, and an agnostic. (And there are lots of Catholics too.)
11. I think seminarians are so cool!

Nominated Blogs

1. Socratic Faith Journey (http://socraticfaithjourney.wordpress.com)
2. The Light is White (http://thelightiswhite.wordpress.com)
3. Catholic Cravings (http://catholiccravings.com)
4. Reclaiming the Sacred (http://reclaimingthesacred.com)
5. Roses Near Running Waters (http://rosesnearrunningwaters.wordpress.com)
6. Faithfully Flawed (http://faithfullyflawed.com)
7. 1catholicsalmon (http://1catholicsalmon.com)
8. Where the Light Meets the Dark (http://wherethelightmeetsthedark.wordpress.com)
9. 8 Kids and a Business (http://8kidsandabusiness.wordpress.com)
10. Catholic Teen Apologetics (http://catholicteenapologetics.com)
11. Fire and Snow (http://veronicaestrada.wordpress.com)

My Answers

What pets have you had (species, breed, etc.)? – I had four fish when I was six years old. In general, I’m not much of an animal person, though.

What’s your favorite Movie? Why? – I have a lot of favorite movies! One of them is “Les Mis” because I love the storyline.

What Actor / Actress would you most like to meet? – Shirley Temple

You win the lottery. You’ve paid off all your debts and upgraded houses and cars, what do you do with the rest of the money? – This sounds weird, but I would love to buy sandwiches for random homeless people. Just go to Subway, get a bunch of sandwiches, and start handing them to homeless people and telling them to check out the local Catholic church.

Are you a city or country dweller? Were you raised that way or have you been transplanted? – Suburbia all the way!

What is the background on your computer, phone or tablet? – Well. The background on my computer is a flower. The background on my iPod is a quote from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The background on my iPad is a math meme.

What is your favorite childhood book / book series? – The Magic Treehouse series

What Genre of music do you listen to the most? – Pop and Christian

What’s one thing you think others think is strange about you? – My dedication to the Catholic faith! But I take that as a compliment in today’s world!

What’s one place you really want to visit, but are scared to? – Any third world country. I would love to be a missionary or a teacher there, but it’s a little scary.

What is your favorite quote? It can be from anyone, living dead, famous or not. – “Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point.” -Blaise Paschal

Questions for you

1. Why did you create your blog?
2. What is your favorite post you’ve ever written? Include a link.
3. Why is this your favorite post?
4. How long have you been blogging for?
5. What topics do you think you’ll be blogging about in the future?
6. What is your favorite season?
7. What is your favorite color?
8. PC or Mac?
9. Do you have any quirks? If so, what are they?
10. Morning person or night person?
11. What is your favorite hobby?