As Catholics, we are all called to discipleship, to be not only followers, but imitators of Christ. It’s a lifelong journey, a slow transformation that starts with “humbly recognizing two things — the truth about ourselves and where we fall short, and the truth about what we are made for — living and loving like Christ” (Into His Likeness by Edward Sri). Of course, imitating Christ requires that we first know Christ.
For me, the invitation to a closer relationship with Christ and ultimately the call to discipleship, were greatly enriched by the outreaches and ministry of Chris Stefanick from Real Life Catholic. Stefanick is a young, bold Catholic evangelist who is on fire for his faith. The excitement and spiritual renewal I felt on hearing and seeing him speak for the first time is almost unexplainable. His humble and joyful witness is something truly inspiring and refreshing. You have to experience it, and now you can, because he’s coming to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield on Sept. 19.
Through his series of talks, videos, books and TV broadcasts on EWTN, he enthusiastically and confidently proclaims the Gospel message and applies it to all aspects of modern, daily life in a manner that is both authentic and relatable. It’s the message, the Good News, that we are all created for a purpose, that our lives have meaning, that we are children of a loving and merciful God who has a plan for each of us, and that we are redeemed and destined for eternal glory.
David Curry is a parishioner at St. Agnes Parish in Springfield.
Want to go?
What: REBOOT: Featuring Chris Stefanick
When: Thursday, Sept. 19 7-9:30 p.m.
Where: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield
Tickets: spicathedral.org/reboot $25 each