2nd years in 7th week~

Last week, the 1st years impressed us with a well prepared meeting. And this week, the 2nd years prepared an equally great meeting.

So, we began the meeting by writing our prayers on a huge poster, which led us to the main activity. For the main activity of the meeting, the 2nd years led us through IACTS. IACTS is an acronym that explains the steps that can be taken when you are struggling with your prayers. Sometimes when we are asked to pray, we might feel stuck or lost and, then do not know where to begin. The 2nd years prepared prayers that greatly reflected upon each word and songs pertaining to each word.

To remind us of what IACTS are and mean, here’s a recap:

Invocation: to call upon a higher being, which in this case, God

Adoration: to worship, to praise our God

Contrition: deeply felt remorse, penitence

Thanksgiving: to give thanks

Supplication: an additional prayer

For our after event, instead of doing things that benefited us, we created posters, which proclaimed God’s LOVE. We, then roamed around the whole campus putting up the posters for campus beautification and to share God’s love to everyone.

Another successful meeting!!! I just hope the 3rd and 4th years can do just as great as the first two years!!! GREAT JOB!~ 😀

1st years taking over 6th week!

This week, the 1st years got the chance to direct the entire Kyrie meeting. For the icebreaker, we went around writing thoughtful notes on each other’s back to show our appreciation for one another. Afterwards, in honor of Mother’s Day the following Sunday,  the 1st years prepared three group talks, which acknowledged all the mother figures in our lives.

One group was dedicated to all of our mothers. Everyone expressed his/her gratefulness to his/her mothers and how they have influenced everyone’s lives one way or another.

Another group was dedicated to our Mother, the Virgin Mary. We were enlightened about how she was born without Original Sin and her dedication to God. As the Mother of Jesus, she suffered greatly during the Passion of Christ, to see her son be crucified in order to save us from our sins.

The last group was dedicated to those who were “mother figures” in our lives. These “mother figures” are people who have guided and influenced us in ways so that we are able to grow spiritually.

In all, we must always be thankful for our mothers whether they are our actual mothers or our Mother or “mother figures”; they have sacrificed so much in order for us to live comfortable lives.

After praise and announcements, the 1st years led us to Aldrich Park to play…Glow-in-the-Dark Capture the Flag!! Each person received a glow-in-the-dark bracelet and was split into two teams. Although the grass was very slippery to the point some people slipped and fell, everyone had a great time running around and avoided being caught. We had two very close games and the winners were given a whole lot of LOVE from the 1st years.

Overall, the 1st years did an excellent job for going first and preparing a Kyrie meeting for the first time. We are all so proud of you guys! GREAT JOB!~ 😀

1st half of Spring Quarter!!!~

This Spring Quarter has started off wonderfully!!!~ Unfortunately, this is the last quarter we’ll be able to spend together as the Kyrie of 2010-2011.  Our goal is to have everyone take what they have learned in Kyrie and apply it to his/her spiritual life.  So let’s create great memories during this last quarter together and end the year successfully!

Here are the recaps of our general meetings from Week 1 to Week 5:

Week 1: At our first Kyrie meeting back, we started off with “Line Charades.” After, we played a friendly game of “Jeopardy” to test our knowledge of what we have learned so far throughout the year.  Questions ranged from naming all the Kyrie staff members to listing the themes of the Stations of the Cross. Everyone played really well. And as our after event, we headed down to the Newport Beach pier to get fresh air.  This was a very good way to start off the new quarter!

Week 2: We had a very quick meeting led by Daniel in order to head over the movie theaters to watch a foreign film called “Of Gods and Men.” This film focused on a group of monks stationed in an impoverished Algerian community while being under the threat of terrorists. This film was very inspiring and is there is another chance to watch this film, I highly recommend it for those who haven’t watched it yet.

Week 3: This week, Alex and Fabio gave wonderful talks.  Alex explained to us about the last week of Lent. Holy Thursday is a holy day of obligation and it represents the Last Supper where Jesus breaks the bread with his disciples and washes their feet. Good Friday is the day of mourning, the day we commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. And Easter, which marks the end of Lent and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. On Easter, we celebrate and praise God for sacrificing his son for our sins. After, we got into groups to discuss our Lenten experience and wrote down our sins on a piece of paper. Fabio then gave a testimonial about his growing faith. He moved to America from Paraguay in South America at the age of 7. He explained how he struggled with his faith as he was growing up in America. He confessed that he wanted to renew his spiritual life and, thus, started coming out to Kyrie when he entered college. When bad things happened, Fabio began turning to God for help instead of turning away from him. During Lent, he set high expectations so that he can prepare himself for confirmation. Although it was a tough Lenten experience, he’s hoping that once he is confirmed, he will have a new perspective on life and the Catholic values.  Please pray for Fabio as he is about to embark on a new chapter of his Catholic journey and that he has a successful confirmation.  For our after event, we went to UTC to just chill and catch up with one another.

Week 4: There was no meeting due to the Easter weekend. However, we had our annual Kyrie retreat at the San Onofre campgrounds. We spent most of our time meditating and opening up to God. It was truly a “refreshing” experience being able to camp out and to get in touch with God’s creation.

Week 5: Instead of our general meeting, we had a PRAISE NIGHT. The praise band worked really hard in making the night successful. We had a great turn out and it was just an amazing night altogether. In addition, we had testimonials given by Alex (Kim), Erika, and Ralph. They all gave amazing talks and it’s so great to know they have all grown spiritually in some way. This night was definitely one to remember.

So here are the quick recaps of the first half of this quarter. Make sure to come out to the rest of the meetings! We will have meetings led by each year and our annual banquet is coming up!!!~

Last meeting of Winter 2011

Hello everyone~

I hope first day of finals were not too rough. Last week’s Kyrie meeting was short and sweet summing up the whole quarter’s learning in one sitting by our very own Margaret. Followed by balloon ice breaker, Margaret’s talk and praise, we had our Kyrie’s annual study night.  Since I know how much everyone is tired of READING… (at least I am..) I’m going to also make this blog short and sweet~

This is a prayer for students

Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator,
true source of light and fountain of wisdom!
Pour forth your brilliance upon my dense intellect,
dissipate the darkness which covers me,
that of sin and of ignorance.

Grant me a penetrating mind to understand,
a retentive memory, method and ease in learning,
the lucidity to comprehend,
and abundant grace in expressing myself.
Guide the beginning of my work, direct its progress,
and bring it to successful completion.
This I ask through Jesus Christ, true God and true man,
living and reigning with You and the Father,
forever and ever.
Amen.

 

GOOD LUCK ON ALL YOUR FINALS!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful spring break and see you ALL next quarter 🙂

Ken in Charge~ :)

I asked my dear friend Ken to do the blog for me because i had two finals to take during week 10. Without any questions, he stepped up and did them. Thanks Ken for being a AH MAI JING friend 🙂

Super Awesome Spiritual Concert Time!

Hope everyone’s having a good week so far! Finals week is coming up and I’m sure everyone’s studying super hard right now. You should all take a little break and catch up on what last weeks general meeting was! First we opened up with an awesome opening prayer by Ken. Followed by an energetic talk by our very own Clara Paik about the Stations of the Cross. She did a very good job explaining where it came from, why we did it, and why it’s important during lent.

After Clara’s passionate talk we moved onto a little bit of praise with two slow spiritual fulfilling songs. Setting the mood we all gathered into a large circle and did the rosary. This wasn’t your ordinary rosary group prayer. Staff spiced it up by dimming the lights, having live music play, and lighting intimate candles forming a cross in the middle of prayer circle. Not only that but in between each decade five members of staff came up and said a little prayer that came from within their hearts. It was a beautiful moment that we all got to share. How do we follow up after this amazing activity? By having a super awesome praise session of five super upbeat songs! The entire crowd was into it and praise band did such an amazing job. The atmosphere and energy was awesome.

Hope you all had a nostalgic time reading up on what happened during last weeks meeting. Good luck to you all on your upcoming finals!

 

Kyrie Prayer Buddies

Dear lovely Kyrie Sisters and Brothers,

I hope everyone has a wonderful week. I  know it’s a hard time for all of us trying to get through finals and just life in general, but never forget we’re studying hard to serve God. 

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. “Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

Good Luck everyone!  Sending my prayers and love through this blog 🙂

P.S. Also, enjoy these pictures from a few weeks ago. Remember your prayer buddies? Maybe take a few minutes to pray for your PBs!

P.P.S. I’ll leave with a joke! What did the baby corn ask the mama corn?
Where’s POP CORN! tehehe


Will you be my VALENTINES~

This week, we had the annual Kyrie Valentines dinner. At Kyrie’s annual dinner, the girls decorate and prepare the food while the boys prepare the entertainment. Let me just say.. Boys and Girls.. you guys did a great job. We had a huge group of people show up to the dinner. We had awesome food, awesome entertainment and awesome people all at once 🙂 Our MC of the night was… let me just say Chocolate love. Jason did a wonderful job fitting into the role of that night~ Thank you so much Jason for making the night great! Also, special thanks to Hansol for the amazing music all night long~All the girls worked really hard to bring food for 50 people and the boys prepared for the entertainment for months. The entertainments consisted of Kyrinception, Catholics with Attitude, Kyrie 2PM “I’ll be back”, James’s rap to the First year girls, Alex’s Poem, “Ken, Juan, Daniel, Brian, and Tim’s live performances” along with the joint guy’s performances were ALLLLLL astonishing. Our joint effort of brother and sisterhood made an AMAZING night filled with wonders. Words cant explain how great the night was soooo there are pictures for everyone to see. Enjoy~

drop it like its hot~ :)

Hola~ Kyrie!!

Once again, we had a successful Thursday night!

Aside from our usual meeting, this week’s meeting was special🙂 Through this week’s meeting, we have learned how much our Kyrie brothers loved the sisters. This week was Kyrie’s annual girl auction. All the Kyrie boys got their wallets ready to bid on 15 BEAUTIFUL Kyrie girls.

OMG… the bidding at the auction was crazy. CURAZY!

The night began with an introduction to the auction rule.

Rules
1. BE NICE: remember that we are all human beings! Remember Smile 🙂
2. Girls.. you must treat your buyers out!
3. No group dates (double date max)
4. Send a picture.  Email it to ucikyrie@gmail.com
Warning: STEPHANIE KIM WILL HAUNT YOU DOWN!!! (so please send her                                      a picture)
5. Cash and Check only especially no I OWE YOU
Minimum Bid $10
After the introduction to the rules, we started the meeting off with Girl A.

Girl A
1. What do you look for in a guy?
– Loving caring and God loving
2. What is your worst fear?
– Seeing a ghost when I am alone
3. You only have 15min to get ready for your date what would you do?
– straighten my hair
Girl A- Debby was sold to Ralph for $70. Yes. SEVENTY

Girl B
1. What do you look for in a guy?
– genuine, funny guy who is charismatic. Don’t be rude, respect me and treat me the way I deserve
2. If you were a household item, what would you be and why?
– a lamp, so I can brighten your day
3. Would you allow a kiss on your first day?
– if I’m feeling the chemistry
Girl B- Esther was sold to Henry for $50

Girl C
1. Lets say you won one million in the lottery. What would you do?
– I would give five hundred thousand to my parents, and donate to the needy
2. If you were a household item, what would you be and why?
– tissue box
3. You only have 15min to get ready for your date what would you do?
– listen to eye of the tiger to get pumped up for the date
Girl C- Linda was sold to David for $50

Girl D
1. What is your specialty dish?
– any recipe that sounds different and delicious
2. what do you look for in a guy?
– be kind, smart and have a sense of humor.
3. If you were a household item what would you be and why?
– I would be a box of tools so I can fix the broken and create something beautiful
Girl D- Kelly was sold to Kevin for $55

Girl E
1. What is your specialty dish?
– really really really good Ramen
2. What outfit on guys particularly attracts to you?
– black black black
3. you only have 15 min to get ready for your date what would you do?
– eyeliner, perfume, lip gloss then wait
4. would you allow kiss on your first date?
– only if he can do it RIGHT
Girl E- Clara Yang was sold to Alan for $50

Girl F
1. What is your specialty dish?
– I don’t really have one, but I will learn how to perfect a dish that a guy asks
2. Who’s our favorite Disney character and why?
– Belle
3. what is your worst fear?
– I don’t really have one because God greater than all of it
Girl F- Erica was sold to Henry for $50

Girl G
1. Lets say you won $1 million lottery. how would you spend the money?
– VEGAS….. JK plane tickets for family get together, give to parents, and repay debt (i think she was half serious :])                                                                                                           2. if you were a household item, what would you be and why?
– i can only think of inappropriate jokes
3. what outfit on guys particularly attracts you?
– in general, plain shirt and jeans but specifically, gray short sleeves pocket shirt with jeans
4. Name a title of a song that you would sing to your boyfriend?
– Kiss me by sixpence none the richer
Girl G- Stephanie was sold to Brian by $51

Girl H
1. what is your specialty dish?
– bake goodies, and preparing cereal
2. what do you look for in a guy?
– I look for a good personality, outgoing unconditionally love God.
3. If you were a household item, what would you be and why?
– video game so you can play with me
Girl H- Michelle Paek was sold to Fabio for $50

Girl I
1. What do you look for in a guy?
– The four Cs : catholic, cultured, catchy and capable
2. Lets say you won $1 million lottery. how would you spend the money?
– give it to parent so they can retire
3. If you were a household item what would you be and why?
– anything with kitchen, she loves food
4. Name a title of a song that you would sing to your boyfriend.
– Man up by omarion
Girl I- Margaret was sold to Brian for $45

Girl J
1. what is your specialty dish?
– a great panini
2. Lets say you won $1 million lottery. how would you spend the money?
– I don’t know but I would love to find out
3. would you allow kiss on your first date?
– as long as he keeps it classy
4. If your mom doesn’t approve of your boyfriend, what would you do?
– ….. lets find one first
Girl J- Helena was sold to Alex Kim for $70

Girl K
1. what do you look for in a guy?
– athletic, funny, easy to talk to
2. Lets say you won $1 million lottery. how would you spend the money?
– spend it on this date
3. If you were a household item what would you be and why?
– blanket so I can keep you warm oooo~
Girl K- Eunji was sold to Daniel Seo for $ 55

Girl L
1.What do you look for in a guy?
– if you really want to know buy me for a date
2. What is your worst fear?
– brothers saliva
3. If your mom doesn’t approve of your boyfriend, what would you do?
– first, ill try to convince, if it doesnt work, get I’ll get her a Louis Vuitton purse
4.Name a title of a song that you would sing to your boyfriend?
– heartbeat by 2pm
Girl L- Jessica was sold to Alan for $ 60

Girl M
1. What do you look for in a guy?
– someone who has the same values as her (funny, caring, adventurous)
2. If your mom doesn’t approve of your boyfriend, what would you do?
– tell her to give him a chance and show her how great he is
3. Name a title of a song that you would sing to your boyfriend?
– halo by beyonce
Girl M- Karen was sold to Fabio for $50

Girl N
1.  what  do you look for in a guy?
– he has to be respectable, can’t be last and gots to take control
2. who’s your favorite disney character and why?
– mushrooms in fantasia
3. If you only have 15 min to get ready for your date what would you do?
– smiley face. (it was too long to sum up) but she is very prepared.
Girl N- Angie Kang was sold to Henry for $65

Girl O
1. what do you look for in a guy?
– honestly, what people say, looks are important. willing to get to know me. be my best friend
2. what is your worst fear?
– being alone
3. what do you like to do during your free time?
– honestly, facebook and music
Girl O- Michelle Song was sold to Clara for $54 (lol not tim)

Thank you to all the guys for participating in the Girl’s auction. You guys/girl are AH MAI JING 🙂 <3<3

Not only was today a special auction day… we found out the ending of our interesting staff skit.

Previously in the Kyrie Staff Skit, all staff members (who were from different schools) met at Yonsei University in Korea for EAP. We found out that Stephanie was in need of a new Kidney and that Alex collapsed.

This week’s skit:

Scene 1: Everyone gathered at Stephanie’s funeral. Stephanie has passed away and everyone is devastated.

Scene 2: We are gathered at the church where Debby was praying. One by one, all the EAP students joined her. Fabio prays to God and tells him his true feeling. All of sudden, everyone joins together with an our father.

Scene 3: Everyone is back to the states and finds out that Alex is awake and everything was back to normal.

Through this skit, we wanted to portray the miracles of God. Even though Stephanie has passed away, she was able to go to the place where God is. Alex, who was in a coma for several months,  was able to wake up to go back to his normal life.

Finally, our fun-filled Thursday night was concluded with a great time of praise.

Remember Girls… You must take your date on a dinner before the quarter ends. Please make sure to send in a picture to ucikyrie@gmail.com or stephanie kim will haunt YOU down.Also keep in mind that the dates can only go up to be a double date. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE follow the rules. Thank You 🙂

Lastly, I just wanted to remind everyone that next week is our annual Valentines dinner. Please be prompt to the meeting so there are no delays. Also, please dress according to the theme of this year which is “Beauty and the Geek”.

Have a great week and see you guys next Thursday~!

Now We Know~

Hello fellow brothers and sistaasssssss 🙂

We are rapidly approaching WEEK 6! Let us all pray for each other as we get ready for our next set of midterms!

We started off our general meeting by building BRIDGES! YES, BRIDGES hehee you gotta love CAP LOCK TEHE.. anyways, we were numbered off into five teams with bunch of popsicle sticks and Elmers glue 🙂  We all got into our middle school science project mode and started building the bridges! While the bridges were drying.. we had a special guest speaker!

Our wonderful guest speaker, Patrick Huh came to speak to us about his experience as a former Kyrie president and how being a member of Kyrie Eleison has influenced his life. Patrick reminded us that Kyrie is not just about meeting friends but a “catholic club that strives for Spritual growth through scripture, fellowship and servitude”. Through Kyrie, we are expected to grow as a leader of our community and society. As a fellow Kyrie member we should remember that we are students, and our priority should always be school. However, always keep in mind that God is always the highest priority we have no matter how busy we are! Although it is hard find the balance between school,work, friendship and God, it is our duty to give God the effort to be a good catholic. Like what Patrick said, Its not easy being Catholic”.

After Patricks’s talk, we had our two and only president Daniel Seo. He started his talk with his own life story of taking 6 classes this quarter. Yes.. this is not a typo. Our president is taking 6 college classes. He has a crazy schedule that goes from 8AM-9PM plus Kyrie staff meetings and praise practices. Before I go any further.. I would like to give out a shout out to Daniel. As a living witness, Daniel never stops putting his 100% effort in anything he does. He is very passionate about Kyrie and gives his all to God. He never misses 11Pm- 1AM praise practices even when he looks like he is about to faint! Thanks for being an AH MAI JING president 🙂 Going back to Daniel’s talk, he continued his talk by handing out a sheet of paper with weeks broken down into hours. He told us to fill out our schedule on the paper. This activity allowed us to see that even when we feel busy and tired, there is always time left in our schedule that we can fill with God. Every moment we live, God asks us to be a follower. However, we have the choice to decide if we want to be a follower or not. During his talk, he asked us a question that we all should think about as we follow through on our daily lives.

“How can we as UCI students maximize everything we do as student on this Earth to utilize God given talent to the fullest?”

– If you are reading this.. lets really take a moment to ponder upon this question and have our own answer to utilizing our talent that God gave us 🙂

* Please keep in mind that our main purpose of living is to spread the love of God and that if you firmly believe in this, you should make sure to go in that direction, for your life has a purpose.

Daniel continued his talk by introducing us to a book Mother Teresa wrote called “No Greater Life”. In this book, she focuses on certain things that we should continually keep in the back of our head as we live our daily lives. As a long term goal, we should learn to keep aside a time for God everyday.

In this book, Daniel quoted Jesus talking in the Book of John Chapter 14:12-14. It says “Very truly, I tell you, one who believes in me will also do the works that I do. In fact they will do greater works than these. If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.” As we live our college lives, we are often worried for our future. However, Daniel ensured us with his personal story that if we truly follow God and do works as if God would have done it, we have nothing to worry about.

Followed by John Chapter 14:12-14, we were introduced to a quote by Mother Teresa. This quote was about acting on little deeds with larger goal in mind. “We must know exactly when we say yes to God what is in that yes. Yes means ‘I surrender,’ totally, fully, without any counting the cost, without any examination: ‘Is it all right? Is it convenient?’ Our yes to God without any reservations. We will allow only God to make plans for the future, for yesterday has gone, tomorrow has not yet come, and we have only today to make Him known, loved, and served.”

From Daniel’s talk, we learned that, if we truly say YES to our lord, he has our lives under control!

After his wonderful talk, followed praise. As always.. our praise band was amazing. I don’t know how much I can say to emphasize how much we as Kyrie Eleison appreciate the time and effort they put in every week to make the weekly praise possible.

To conclude our general meeting, we finally got to find out who made the strongest bridge! We had the bridge hanging in the middle of two chairs and started stacking encyclopedias. Team 1’s bridge was able to hold 13 encyclopedias. Team 2’s bridge was able to hold 18 encyclopedias. And both team 3 and 4’s bridges were able to hold 22 books. With shocking amazement, we went onto team 5’s bridge. Team five’s bridge was really AH MAI JING… after stacking all the encyclopedias we had at interfaith, which was 24, we had our very own Eunji to stand on the bridge. However.. the bridge was too invincible to break. A popsicle bridge was able to hold a person with breaking!

Lastly, as our after Kyrie event, we had a discussion about the upcoming VALENTINES DAY dinner 🙂 ❤ The discussion was divided into boys and girls. In the girls meeting… we talked about… hehe its a secret 🙂

However, we girls did come up with a great theme for the dinner!

This years annual Kyrie Valentines Day Dinner theme is…. DRUM ROLL PLEASE..

“Beauty and the Geek” :] so pretty please with cherry on the top dress accordingly!

Please remember that the Kyrie Valentines dinner is the Thursday of week 7!

Until we see each other again.. let us remember that we live to spread the love of God. Now that we know… Let us put it into ACTION 🙂

One step closer

Hi everyone~

First off, I hope everyone did well on their midterms! I can’t believe we are headed towards week 5 already! Time sure flies when we are having so much fun RIGHT?? 🙂

I want to start off the blog by doing a shout out for few people who have become a huge part of Kyrie. We shall try to do shout outs every week from now on! 🙂

Our first Shout out will go to Clara Yang! Clara is one of the most friendliest person you will meet when you come out to Kyrie meetings. She makes everyone feel so welcome and at home. She sets up many gathering events so everyone can get to know each other! Sometimes, I feel like she is part of staff because she knows everything that goes on during the meeting (literally). Clara expresses her love for Kyrie through coming out to every meeting and events. Keep up the good work Clara 🙂

The next shout out will go to Erica, Linda and Hansol. These three FRESHMEN willingly joined praise team starting from winter quarter to give us one AH-MAI-JING praise time. These three are sharing their wonderful talent with us! Erica and Linda have BEAUTIFUL voices. Hansol is GREAT at playing the piano. Due to these three lovelies, our praise team is now double the size. They have been spending countless hours practicing together to give us the spiritually uplifting time we needed to praise God. So the next time you see them.. let them know how much you guys appreciate their presence. ❤ ❤ ❤

So this week’s meeting, we had a special guest speaker come in. His name is Father Al Baco. Father Al Baco graciously took his time off to give us a talk on ecumenism and holiness. Father Al Baco, born and raised in Orange County, grew up in St. Columban. Just like us, he went to a regular high school in Garden Grove and attended Cal State Fullerton. He has been a priest for 21 years. He plays an active role in speaking with different religious sectors and helps people with obsession which are like devils.

Father Al explained to us how the Catholic church works. He informed us that respect and obedience are followed by how long one has served the religious life rather than their actual age in church. He also told us the differences between the Korean church system in Korea and the churches in America.

Father Al started his talk by asking us a question.

Who’s leader of our church? If you answered, Jesus Christ, you have answered correctly. Jesus Chris is the main leader of our church. The Holy Father represents Jesus Christ in the world until his second coming.

So here is a quick question for you guys to see if you were REALLY paying attention. 😀

What is the name of the place where women go into to just serve God and is not allowed to leave?
Answer is… CLOISTER. This is a place where women give up all the things in life just to serve God and only God. They never leave the monastery.

Father Al’s talk consisted of two topics

1. Ecumenism: the principle or aim of promoting unity among the world’s Christian churches. This is one of the most important work in the Church. When Jesus was brought to Earth, he only created one church. However, years after, we now have various different sectors. The catholic church carries on conversation with the other religious sectors not for convergence but unity. We want to improve from “what we look like right now”. The Catholic church is trying to create a Union with the other sectors so all sectors have a congruent belief with different styles of practices.

2. Holiness: In one phrase.. “Holiness is not about being perfect but about being heroic” There are many ways to act heroic in our daily lives. For example, by not cheating and going the right way, we are being heroic in our lives. Usually, going the harder and the difficult way in life is living it the right and heroic way.

So are you guys ready for a challenge?? Here are some questions to recap the meeting!

How many commandments are in the Old Testament? 612 laws

How many of those do we need to follow? 10 commandments

What are the two commandments that Jesus has left us to follow?
Love God with all your heart and love your neighborhoods

What is the only Greek word we still use in mass? Kyrie 🙂

I hope all of you guys were able to answer these questions in no second!

This is just a short summary of his amazing 2 hours with us. Sorry for not being able to summarize EVERYTHING he has told us. But mainly, Father Al has taught us that

1. Ecumenism is an ongoing process that the church is working on.

2. Holiness can be found in our daily lives through living life the “right” way. Do not try to get an easy way out.

3. LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, believe in him even when times are tough. Say that you love him even when you feel like you don’t mean it because if you keep saying it.. you will eventually mean it.

Father Al has given us a really great life lesson today. As we live our daily lives, we tend to live through moments where it is hard to pull through. He reminded us that we are our own worst enemy. We tend to give ourselves the hardest time. We are influenced by factors that pull us away from God. However, remember that if your weaknesses are shown, then it is time to fight against them. Just trust in him and believe!

If any of you who are reading this is spiritually dried, or even if you are strong in faith, pray to him with these words.
“I love you; I believe in you and help the non believed.” Father Al taught us that even when you believe in him, you need to pray for the little corners that doubt him unknowingly.

ALSO, Please continue to pray for Father Al for a fast and perfect recovery!

** Don’t forget that basketball is on Sunday this week 🙂