Director of Lifelong Faith Formation – Sacred Heart Church (Newton, IA)

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DIRECTOR OF LIFELONG FAITH FORMATION
Religious Education, FT Employee
Sacred Heart Church (Newton, IA)

The direct responsibilities of this position include collaborating with the pastor and staff; supervising and providing support to the K-12 Coordinator and Youth Minister; directing all aspects of lifelong faith formation; overseeing sacramental preparation; coordinating and directing all stages of RCIA process for adults and children; coordinating and directing intergenerational faith formation; providing liturgical formation and leadership; supporting deanery and diocesan programs; and participating in on-going formation.

The ideal candidate will: be a practicing and active Catholic in good standing with the Church; a Bachelor’s degree in education, religious studies, theology, pastoral ministry, or related field is preferred; 3-5 years of experience in parish ministry is desired. Applicants should be highly motivated, organized and have strong interpersonal and leadership skills. Applicants must be proficient in the use of media and technology, including MS Office, Publisher, internet, and use of social media.

Please send resume and cover letter to Father William Reynolds/ Sacred Heart Church/ 1115 South 8th Avenue East/ P.O. Box 1478/ Newton, IA 50208 or by e-mail to [REMOVED - SEE ORIGINAL LISTING] Telephone 641-792-2050. (2)

Clinical Director of Counseling – Catholic Charities of Solano (Vallejo, CA)

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CLINICAL DIRECTOR OF COUNSELING
Counseling, PT Employee
Catholic Charities of Solano (Vallejo, CA)

Catholic Charities of Solano seeks a Clinical Director of Counseling to manage the day-to-day operation of our New Pathways Counseling program. This is a key administrative position of Catholic Charities of Solano, and as such requires professional administrative, supervisory, outreach, and clinical management skills.

Position title: Clinical Director of Counseling
Salary: DOE
Benefits: 25-30 Hour work week, health, dental, vision, pension, paid holidays

Education and Experience Required
•Minimum of a master’s degree in a social service or mental health field
•Possess a valid and current California license (LCSW or LMFT) to practice psychotherapy
•Minimum two years of supervisory experience.
Summary Description of Responsibilities

Administrative:
•Direct, plan, organize, coordinate and supervise the Counseling programs and staff, including the school counseling program
•Meet regularly with the Executive Director to coordinate and receive general direction for the department
•Represent the agency in the community and actively participate in community networks to develop interagency relationships and a referral base for counseling programs
•Prepare a variety of statistical, narrative and analytical reports especially in conjunction with the Department’s annual program review, and plan and budget for the new fiscal year; manage to the budget, while fulfilling the objectives of the mission
•Help prepare, coordinate, and manage counseling grants
•Submit utilization reviews for County Managed Care cases as required.

Clinical:
•Ensure appropriate care and treatment planning for all clients
•Provide direct individual and group supervision of clinical counseling staff, and school counselors
•Provide direct clinical services to clients in crisis situations, serve as clinical backup for all counseling staff, and may carry a small caseload
•Maintain contact with local universities to negotiate placement and supervision of student trainees
•Be responsible for ensuring the Department’s compliance with federal, state and local statutes; accrediting requirements; and standards for ethical, professional practice
•Review all intakes and assign cases to counselors for ongoing treatment.

Personnel:
•Implement the agency’s recruitment and selection process in filling vacancies for the department
•Conduct scheduled employee performance evaluations
•Provide orientation to new program employees
•Plan and coordinate in-service trainings for program staff including HIPAA training.

Conditions of Employment
•Proof of educational degree and current professional license, and legally and/or professionally required fingerprint and/or other clearances
•Must possess a valid California driver’s license, auto insurance.

Application Information:
Interested applicants can email or fax cover letter and resume to:

Tom Cashman, Executive Director
Catholic Charities of Solano County
125 Corporate Place, Suite A
Vallejo, CA 94590
Fax: 707-644-6314
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Mom 3:22-30 Calling All Christians

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Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
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By KATIE GROSS


Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables,
“How can Satan drive out Satan?
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
And if a house is divided against itself,
that house will not be able to stand.
And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided,
he cannot stand;
that is the end of him.
But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property
unless he first ties up the strong man.
Then he can plunder his house.
Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies
that people utter will be forgiven them.
But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will never have forgiveness,
but is guilty of an everlasting sin.”
For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

There is a popular sentiment out there today that we can be ‘spiritual’ but not ‘religious.’ Church-going Christians are mocked on television. A spoken word video titled “Why I hate religion but love Jesus” has twenty-nine million hits on Youtube. Young people are overwhelmingly choosing to not attend Mass when they leave for college– the list goes on. Sure, it can be a tempting trap to fall into. After all, if we want to stay home instead of going to Mass in the freezing cold weather, why do we still have to go to Mass? We can decide for ourselves if the Cowboys game is more aligned to our good feelings, right?  Jesus says overwhelmingly in this Gospel reading that the answer is no. Even in the twenty first century, the Church is still a necessity.

If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. Excuse me if I take these words out of context, but I think they make a great point. In school, we recently read an essay titled “Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Among many other things that Emerson disliked was organized religion—in particular, Christianity. He poses the following question: “For every Stoic was a Stoic; but in Christendom where is the Christian?” Even though it fried my nerves a little to read his essay, Emerson raised a good point. In our Christian nation, the United States, where are the Christians? It’s not that we’ve gone missing, it’s just that we’ve gone a little, well—lukewarm. We bring our families to Church on Sunday but remain relatively unchanged by what we hear. We conform to the culture.
Imagine you aren’t a Christian, but are seeking the truth. Then someone comes up to you wearing a crucifix, cursing and complaining about something, or bragging about a wild party they went to last night. Would you align Christianity with the truth, or would you call it a façade employed by an otherwise apathetic group of people? Probably the latter. We are dividing the Church against itself by professing one faith and living by an entirely different one. When we do this, we cause the Church to fall. After all, our sin never just affects us—sin affects the entire community, the entire Church.

But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house. Another reason why we may not understand the need for organized religion is that we have lost our sense of evil and sin. This reminds me of a quote that I read once: “You say you don’t believe in Satan? Satan believes in you.” Evil is alive and well in the world—it’s just masked beneath all of the things we have accepted in our modern culture. I equate it to feeding a dog a pill in a spoonful of peanut butter; the dog is so convinced that the spoonful of peanut butter is good and normal that he forgets what he is swallowing. Satan is still alive and attacking us as God’s children. We are still all too ready to give in and let ourselves be tied up. We are weak! This is one of the major reasons why we can’t go at our faith alone—we aren’t just deciding what is good and bad according to our own constitution when we think about our faith. We are waging war against a real enemy who lurks around every corner.

But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.”For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.” The Pharisees were so convinced that Jesus did not conform to their laws that they couldn’t bring themselves to acknowledge His goodness, even when it was obvious. I feel like this is another major reason that our culture rejects organized religion: we have it ingrained in our heads that every institution is bureaucratic and corrupt. Even when the Church fosters figures such as Mother Teresa and Maximilian Kolbe, many still refuse to recognize her goodness simply because she is an institution. We can’t be so skeptical. Sometimes the truth is right before our eyes—we just have to be open to it.

Let’s pray that we will have greater faith in our Church and have the courage to hold true to her, even when everything around us tells us not to.

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Prayers offered upon death of prominent dissenting theologian

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Hartford, Conn., Jan 26, 2015 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Richard P. McBrien, a Notre Dame theology professor who came to prominence for opposing Catholic teaching on several issues, died on Sunday in Connecticut at the age of 78.

“While often controversial, his work came from a deep love of and hope for the Church. We pray for eternal rest for his soul,” University of Notre Dame President Father John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. said of Fr. McBrien Jan. 25.

Fr. McBrien chaired the University of Notre Dame Theology Department for 11 years and chaired the Faculty Senate for three years. He joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1980, with the initiative of then-president Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, Fr. McBrien’s official website reports.

Before arriving at Notre Dame, he taught at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass. and directed the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College. From 1975-1976, he was the first visiting fellow at Harvard University’s John Fitzgerald Kennedy School of Government. He was president of the Catholic Theological Society of America from 1973-1974.

Fr. McBrien was a television commentator on Catholicism as well as the author of over 20 books and an opinion column. He served as the theological consultant for The DaVinci Code movie, based on Dan Brown’s much-criticized fictional novel about a centuries-long plot to cover up Jesus Christ’s marriage to Mary Magdalene.

He was an early signatory of an influential dissenting statement against Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical “Humanae Vitae,” which reaffirmed Catholic teaching on the immorality of contraception.

An April 1996 U.S. bishops’ review of Fr. McBrien’s work “Catholicism” was particularly critical of the priest-theologian’s media appearances.

“McBrien gives the press what it wants to hear,” the review said. “He can be counted on to reduce magisterial doctrine and Vatican directives to matters of opinion that can be explained away or rejected when they do not conform to modern norms or the popular culture. He does this by emptying Catholic teaching of its meaning without acknowledging his opposition to it while shifting the focus to his defense of some societal value.”

The review also criticized the book “Catholicism” for some “inaccurate or at least misleading” statements. Among these is its insistence that Catholics may maintain that “Jesus Christ could have sinned.” The work also appears to cast doubt on the Catholic doctrines of the Virgin Birth and the perpetual virginity of Mary.

While acknowledging “many positive features” in the book, the review concluded that Fr. McBrien’s work posed pastoral problems, especially as a textbook for college undergraduates.

The text depicted as “open questions” issues related to contraception, homosexuality and women’s ordination, and treats official Church teaching as “merely one of the options for the reader,” the review said. The text implies that Catholic teaching is “erroneous” on this issues.

The review said that Fr. McBrien’s work is intended for beginning theology students, but its presentation risks confusing them by presenting such “multiplicity of opinion” while providing “insufficient direction for those seeking to know what is truly at the core of the faith.”

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Should the West take on Nigeria’s terrorists? Bishops say yes

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Abuja, Nigeria, Jan 26, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Against the background of continuing attacks by radical Islamist group Boko Haram, bishops in Nigeria are appealing for military aid from Western governments, as well as solidarity and prayer from around the world.

In the past week, Boko Haram has: captured nearly 80 people in Cameroon, freeing 24 of them; seized control of Monguno, a city of more than 100,000 located 85 miles northeast of Maiduguri; and twice attacked Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's Borno state.

“The West should bring in security – land forces to contain and beat back Boko Haram. A concerted military campaign is needed,” Bishop Oliver Doeme of Maiduguri told the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need just a week before the insurgency attacked his city on Jan. 24 and 25.

Much of the territory in the Diocese of Maiduguri is now controlled by Boko Haram. The group has destroyed 50 churches, Bishop Doeme says, and many more churches have been deserted. Of the diocese's 46 priests, 20 have been displaced, many to the neighboring Yola diocese.

On Jan. 23, Nigeria's national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, told the BBC that Nigeria and its neighbors were in “good shape” to fight Boko Haram, and that the assistance of U.N. or African Union troops was unnecessary.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos told Vatican Radio Jan. 23 that he was “quite surprised” at Dasuki's assertion, “because the people are still dying and being displaced so if the government cannot adequately control the violence, I think there is need for international assistance.”

Bishop Doeme added that the Jan. 7 razing of Baga revealed the Nigerian military's “ineptitude,”Aid to the Church in Need reported, adding that he called for senior officers who failed to do their job properly to be sacked “as a lesson to the others.”

“Among the soldiers, there were sympathizers with Boko Haram – some of them were even Boko Haram members and many of them just ran away,” Bishop Doeme said.

This weekend's attacks on Maiduguri were repelled by government soldiers, and a 24-hour curfew has been relaxed. Hospitals are overwhelmed with casualties in the city where thousands of people displaced from elsewhere in Borno have fled for refuge.

Archbishop Kaigama called the situation “very dangerous and very disturbing, because once they capture Maiduguri…then you can be sure that all of the areas around will easily fall to them.”

He said military intervention, not diplomatic, is needed, because “we are dealing with a group that has lost all rationality and kills people at will…whether they are Christians or Muslims, they kill them indiscriminately,” adding that dialogue “cannot happen in such circumstances.”

Elections in Nigeria are scheduled for Feb. 14, though Dasuki has suggested that the vote be delayed. Goodluck Jonathan, who has been president since 2010, is running for re-election against Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress.

In the run-up to the election, Archbishop Kaigama lamented that in Nigeria, “politics is not used for the purpose intended.”

“Most of our politicians don’t see the common good and the interest of Nigerians as number one priority. They see themselves and their positions in power as the primary considerations. We hope that this will change.”

He urged unity among Nigerians, saying that “when we lack political unity, religious unity, ethnic unity then it is easier for Boko Haram to penetrate and achieve the kind of negative results they are achieving,” adding that the solidarity seen in France after the attack on Charlie Hebdo, which killed 17, is what is needed in his own country.

“This is needed in Nigeria. To go beyond politics, beyond our narrow religious confines, beyond our narrow ethnic groups and really uphold the common good and speak out against evil, against terrorism, against inhumanity and be together as one people. This is what we desire now.”

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sinful,” launched an uprising in 2009 and hopes to impose sharia law on Nigeria. It has targeted security forces, politicians, Christian minorities, and moderate Muslims in Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north.

A state of emergency was declared in Borno in May 2013, as well as in the neighboring Yobe and Adamawa states. The U.S. recognized Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization in November 2013, after a lengthy advocacy effort from human rights and Christian groups.

Boko Haram's attacks have killed thousands since 2009, including at least 4,000 in 2014, according to Human Rights Watch. More than 1.5 million have been displaced by the group.

“The threat we face presents a very bleak future for the Church,” Bishop Doeme said. “Many of our members are scattered and others have been killed. In some areas there are no Christians any more. But the Church belongs to Christ. The Church will remain strong and many of our people have returned after land has been taken back by the Nigerian soldiers.”

“The most important thing is to pray for our people,” he concluded.

“I know people are praying for us and I am very grateful. I want people to pray the Hail Mary – our mother Mary has been championing our cause. We have a lot of devotion to the Blessed Virgin.”

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Walk for Life West Coast Draws 50,000

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By JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND | SAN FRANCISCO — Days before an estimated 50,000 people joined the 11th annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco, two California state senators proposed a “right-to-die” bill that is expected to gain traction in the… (2)

Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, 70 Years Later

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This January 27, 2015 will mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the most notorious of all Nazi death camps – Auschwitz-Birkenau. The name of the camp will forever be linked with man’s inhumanity to man and the unspeakable crimes of Nazi Germany.

Seventy years ago on January 27, 1945, the Red Army marched into Auschwitz after a battle where more than 230 Soviet soldiers died, and put an end to what can only be called hell on earth. When they arrived seven thousand prisoners – the weakest – remained. Upon entering the camp the Soviet soldiers discovered about 600 dead prisoners who had been shot by the withdrawing SS or who had succumbed to the horrible condition of forced labor.

Seventy years later we are still left wondering how could this have happened. It isn’t that evil, murder, and acts of barbarism are anything new – history is sadly full of such episodes. What makes Auschwitz-Birkenau so horrifically unique, however, is the systematic brutality and mechanized mass murder of people whose only crime was being ethnically different or unsupportive of the totalitarian regime. History shows that German companies bid for contracts to build crematoria in extermination camps run by Nazi Germany – it all seems so incredibly ordinary.

One of the greatest scandals of the Holocaust is the collaboration and complicity of well-educated and even religious citizens. We can imagine the pressures and fears that the Nazi regime inflicted on individual people when they gained control, yet one is left utterly speechless at how a highly cultured society could succumb to Nazi media manipulation and propaganda.

What disturbs us when we think of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and the other death camps, is the possibility that perhaps we – under the same circumstances – could have acted in a similar way. There is a human tendency to project ourselves into the same situation and ask – “what would I have done?” The answer is complex and not at all easy to deal with.

The German-born Jewish political theorist Hanna Arendt, who escaped Europe during the Second World War and later became an American citizen, wrote extensively on the nature of power, authority, and totalitarianism. In 1961 she reported for The New Yorker on the Rudolf Eichmann Trial and later wrote a book called Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963). In the book she describes how ordinary a person Eichmann appeared – he had the appearance and demeanor of an ordinary bureaucrat, totally different than the monster one is tempted to create mentally when considering his crimes. Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe the capacity for evil in an ordinary person when accepting orders, or succumbing to mass opinion, without critically evaluating the ramification of his/her actions or inactions.

Yet, having a well-formed critical thought process is in itself insufficient. There needs to be something else – a moral and ethical compass guiding our critical thinking, otherwise the conclusions will be skewed.

An example of this is the notorious and flamboyant figure of Herman Goring – Hitler’s second in command. Goring was an effective critical thinker who according to US Army psychiatrist Douglas M. Kelly – the first mental health expert assigned to examine him at the Nuremburg Trials – was extremely intelligent, charming, cultured, and psychologically normal. Yet Goring was also found to have a complete lack of moral discrimination and a lack of any sense of the value of human life to the point that he refused to look at the graphic concentration camp footage played during the Nuremburg Trials. His amoral compass led Goring’s critical thinking to dismiss the evils of the Third Reich as a mere footnote to the accomplishments of the Nazi Party.

Kelly tried to understand and define the “Nazi character”, but ultimately concluded that none existed. After his evaluation of the 22 Nazi prisoners during Nuremburg, Kelly noted – “I am quite certain that there are people even in America who would willingly climb over corpses of half of the American public if they could control the other half.”

We may never get to fully understand why ordinary people may choose to be apathetic toward great evil, but what is clear is that as long as they are convinced that their actions are efficient in producing the result they want, nothing will stop them. And when such a person has the gifts of charm, sympathy, and magnetism, the results are nothing less than catastrophic for society.

As more of the “greatest generation” fades into history, and no corporate living memory exists of Auschwitz-Birkenau or the tragedy of World War II, it will be increasingly important for new generations to be formed as moral and ethical critical thinkers who can avoid the seduction of power, and come to a morally correct conclusion on the intrinsic dignity of every individual and the basic freedom of individual conscience.

When we look at the educational landscape of our nation today, however, it doesn’t seem that we are preparing the present or future generations for this kind of moral and ethical critical thinking. You can progress today from kindergarten to a three-year bachelor’s degree without ever having to take a mandatory course in ethics, morals, or even civics. The lack of “civil discourse” among our national leaders is already a symptom of this deficiency. This should give us cause for concern and motivate leaders to find a way to correct this.

As we prepare to celebrate the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau we should be aware that we all have a moral obligation to maintain the memory of this tragic event in human history and look critically at our own signs of the times to avoid such pitfalls.

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Marketing Director – Heroic Media (Austin, TX)

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MARKETING DIRECTOR
Marketing/Advertising, FT Employee
Heroic Media (Austin, TX)

JOB TITLE: Marketing Director -Austin, TX

JOB PURPOSE
The Marketing Director is responsible for providing leadership and direction to the client marketing team, developing strategies and processes that deliver results for Heroic Media and its client’s key metrics. The ideal candidate will continuously improve and expand Heroic Media’s client marketing services including advertising, marketing, mobile technology, social media, SEO, user engagement and other areas as assigned. The Marketing Director will oversee the Client Marketing team and report to the Vice President of Operations. This position is located in Austin, Texas and requires occasional travel.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Client Marketing
o Manage Client Marketing Account Management team members to ensure that client inquiries and proposals for service are delivered in a timely, professional manner
o Drive goal setting and measurement to enhance and expand client marketing campaign services (Google Places offerings, SEO services, etc.)
o Implement enhanced measurement and performance on client marketing web properties (increased conversions, A/B testing, etc.)
o Oversee analysis of campaign performance
o Define KPIs, and deliver successful campaign performance reports
o Manage a team to prioritize between dozens of opportunities to choose the most important tasks
o Remain current with industry trends, while continually leveraging new tools and industry best practices to improve Client Marketing business processes Internal Operations and Account Customer Service
o Identify and Implement technology solutions for improved outcomes, reporting and customer service
o Enhance and Automate call reporting (lead generation/responses to Call for Help media campaigns)

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

1. A passion for the mission and vision of Heroic Media
2. Bachelor’s degree required; preferably in Marketing, Online Advertising or a related field
3. 3-5 years of Online Marketing experience, including;
a. Experience with implementing and using analytical software (i.e. Google Analytics, WebTrends, Omniture)
b. Extensive keyword research and PPC campaign management
c. Working knowledge of current SEO best practices
d. Experience leading web development/design projects
e. Knowledge of mobile web and mobile app best practices
f. Broad experience in social media marketing (paid advertising, organic strategies, corporate account management, etc.)
g. Experience with third party bid management tools; preferred
h. Google AdWords and Google Analytics Certified; preferred
4. Demonstrate a strong proficiency with Microsoft Excel (i.e. formulas, if statements, pivot tables, formatting).
5. Experience with Salesforce or similar Cloud-based CRM; preferred
6. Demonstrate strong verbal, interpersonal, written, and listening communication skills, with ability to communicate information concisely and professionally to internal and external stakeholders
7. Creative leader with initiative, the ability to analyze data and provide guidance for the team with strong attention to detail
8. Ability to work self-directed, meet agency deadlines, manage multiple projects simultaneously, report results
9. Ability to collaborate and effectively participate in a multidisciplinary team environment
10. Demonstrated experience in working with sensitive information and ability to maintain confidentiality
11. Demonstrated ability to keep pace with market changes, aquire new skills and apply learnings quickly

This is a full-time position (40 hours/week) from 7:30a-4:30p with occasional projects beyond normal hours. Company assisted health insurance benefits are available. Company holiday, vacation and sick time are included. Pay will be commensurate with experience.

Heroic Media is an international, faith-based non-profit organization that utilizes media to connect women with hopeful alternatives to abortion and build a culture of Life. We are small in structure with a global reach, requiring team work, flexibility and superior organizational skills among our staff. We are an equal opportunity employer headquartered in Austin, Texas (5)

Why Fame Is So Attractive

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fame

My 7 year-old daughter can’t get enough attention. Frequently, she will pretend she is a superstar on TV, while singing a song into a play microphone. She loves to have others watch her perform, whether it is acting, making others laugh, or singing. Like a lot of folks, she wants to be famous.

Our world loves celebrity-worship. We can’t get enough of the athletes, movie stars, musicians, and others who are in the limelight. Some think they have “made it”, when they see themselves on TV, find their album at the top of the charts, or when they see their pic in the paper.

There is a deep desire for many to be famous and it can be very attractive. Why?

Psychologists tell us there might be a several reasons. Some say it is a way of resisting having our dignity attacked. Others believe it is the desire to live a high-status lifestyle or to even use their fame for the good of others. Some say it is the desire to be valued.  Finally, it can be a combination of these reasons and others.

Sometimes, even those who long for fame, forget the cost which comes with it. Dr. Seuss wrote:

“Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You’ll be as famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don’t
Because, sometimes they won’t.

I’m afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win
’cause you’ll play against you.”
? Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

The problems with fame are many:

  • Loss of trust, because people value what you can do for them, rather than the person you truly are.
  • The fishbowl that come with fame. You can’t not be noticed by the public in certain situations. The loss of being able to be anonymous in public is huge.
  • The impact on your non-famous friends and family.
  • The fickle nature of fame. You don’t fully control what the public thinks of you.

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”
? Jim Carrey

Regardless of the consequences, our society puts a value on fame that transcends the cost, for most.

Ultimately, I believe the desire for fame comes from a desire to be known. Nobody is an island unto ourselves. We are communal beings who need the company of others.

We want to be known, because we want others to accept us.

We want to be accepted, because we want other to truly value us.

We want to be valued, because we want to be loved.

God made us with this desire for love. When we feel loved, we find our worth. Yet, the only one who can love us fully and perfectly is God. So, the search for fame is ultimately a search for God to love us. There is a truth behind this. You can’t love what you don’t know. So, you must know about someone before you can love them for who they are.

Yet you don’t need to be famous for God to love you. He already knows you and loves you. But, it is up to you to allow Him to do so. Attention, fame, glory, and honors can’t fulfill your need for love. This is why so many famous people live lives that aren’t fulfilling. They can’t get enough. No amount of fame is enough to fulfill your desire. Instead of fame, we need Jesus – the most famous one of all.

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?” – Matt 16:24-26

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Pope Francis Gives a Saint — and a Healing Touch — to Sri Lanka

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By ANTO AKKARA | COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — With his three-day visit to Sri Lanka, Pope Francis has set a record that statisticians will have to figure out the exact details.

More than three-fourths of Sri Lanka’s 1.2 million Catholics traversed long… (4)

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