Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of October 27, 2008
Venus and Mars see themselves through God's loving eyes
Archdiocese youth rally invites boys and girls to take off culture's blinkers
By GLEN ARGAN
“God has a mission in life that only you are able to do.”
- Doug Tooke
Conquering those Goliaths is not a one-time thing, Tooke said. “Every single day, Goliaths come into your life. Every day you have to muster up the courage to face them. If you asked God to help you, did you say, ‘Please reveal to me my sling so that I can conquer (Goliath)’?”
Back in the boys room, Byer talked about “the superheros” Jesus chose to save the world. Many would pick “the strongest people, the coolest people.”
“But who did Jesus pick? Were they ordinary? No, they were sub-ordinary.”
“Jesus does not choose by our standards,” he continued. “God has a mission in life that only you are able to do. God has chosen you.”
Yet, “We don’t believe we have what it takes.” We make up all sorts of excuses – “I’m only one guy”; “No one would listen to me”; “I’m not a natural leader”; “I’m too sinful; I cannot control my own passions.”
“We feel like we are such wrecks. ‘How could God possibly use me?’” Byer said. “God has chosen thousands of people to do things and most of them have been screwups.”
He challenged the boys to consider the priesthood as a way of doing God’s work. “God is calling some of you boys to be priests. But no matter what God is calling you, he is calling you to lay down your life for God.”
Over with the girls, Parillas compiled a list of what makes a woman beautiful, a list she made up by consulting “real life guys.”
A beautiful woman, she says, is one who smiles, is confident, has faith, has a positive attitude, values her self-worth.
“What you get here is more important than what you get from the Clear and Clean ad or from other ads,” she says.
“As a woman in our world today, it’s easy to forget who you are. We are created for a higher purpose.”
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