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It's simple yet essential. Community.

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I used to think that there were these weirdos who felt compelled to talk with others about their faith. I rationalized "it's great that they are called to do that!" And when it came to myself, I figured I was called to do other things.
Francis starts with our mission - to love others. From there he states something many forget: you will burn out. You can be on fire for God and you might even lead a few to people to understanding it, but eventually you will crash. Whether it be finances, your family, or just something going on in you, you cannot be effective by yourself and you will lose motivation to keep up the fight. But that's where God's plan steps in and brings you into a community.
I'm sure you've been in communities before. But let me ask you this: can you tell me what your friends were struggling with? Have you ever asked your friends how their relationship with God is? The temptation is to get to know people and then plateau because it's mor…

Hard Times

Love.... is tough.
Love.... hurts when it's rejected. Love.... gives you hope through the hard times.
God is love. There is no statement more powerful yet more complex than that. I would say that we cannot even grasp how much God loves us. For some weird reason, God loves all of us no matter how much we hurt him or his creation. I can't imagine why sometimes, but when I embrace his love, it makes my hard times have hope.
I'd like to say "just embrace God's love and the hard times will be easy". But I can't. You see, I've been there, and that didn't work. I needed friends and family to tell me it was going to get better and I had to be honest with myself. When I broke up with my ex, it hurt - a lot. I learned that you've got to let yourself grieve openly and that you can't try to be strong when you're not. It is counter-productive to lie to yourself by holding it all in.

Hard times, by nature, are hard. But I promise you this: there is …

Sociology and the Catholic Church: Who is it and why does it exist?

Sociology attempts to look beyond just the visible connections in the world and tries to determine how they are connected and why. There are different beliefs each person brings into the world and they are all backed by some reason, whether it be what they found on the internet or what years of research have discovered.

The Catholic Church has been around for centuries. Without getting into too many details, the Catholic Church believes we are free to follow God and that Jesus is the only way to be saved. A large difference between Catholics and Protestants, two groups who share a belief in God, is where they place their trust and authority. According to Steve Ray, Catholics believe that leadership is necessary to interpret the Bible whereas Protestants believe the only authority come from the Bible (n.d.). While I may have my own beliefs, I am going to attempt to keep those out of this posting. I am going to try and focus on the Catholic Church rather than my opinion or bias on such.

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1960's Counterculture Movement: Is it relevant?

In the 1960s, there were many pressures and values that a group of individuals didn't agree with. They felt society should have different values, and so they took an 180-degree turn on the typical American values. These individuals were called the Hippies, and their goals and strategies were similar to the Beatniks.

It's the 1950s. You made it home after fighting for your country in WWII and all you want is to never leave them again. Money, fame, power, all that pales in contrast to stability, but they would still be nice. What if you could have both? Well, that's what a lot of individuals in the 1950s and 60s wanted. They valued material possessions and stability. They went through enough hard times, the War, the Great Depression (to just name a few), and they wanted it to end. Little did they know that their decisions would have impacts on others.

It's the 1960s. You look around and see everyone fighting over territory, trying to hold jobs, and grabbing at money ever…

Immigration Today: Is it flawed?

There are 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants in America, 8 million of which are employed (Pew Research Center, 2014). Around two-thirds of those adult immigrants have been in the US for over a decade (2014). What this means is that there are individuals living in America who want what America offers, they are willing to obey are laws, and they desire the American Dream, but our process does not allow them to become citizens. According to Marilyn Hepler, her friend lived in America for 22 years (unauthorized). They wanted to become a citizen but could not. Out of a desire for citizenship, they attempted to become a citizen of Canda. After 18 months, $1500 and some paperwork, they were able to work legally in the country and obtain a sponsor. Then after four years they were able to apply for citizenship (Marilyn Hepler, 2014). This story brings light to a problem America has: our immigration process needs reform.

One out of five of Canada's population is foreign born (National Hou…

Why do gender norms define us?

Norms categorize our everyday lives and, to some degree, affect everyone. Gender norms are no different, except that with the LGBTQIA+ movement going on they have attracted more attention. A group of sociologists, including myself, decided we would test out what it is like to break a gender norm. What norm did we choose? Walking in/out of the wrong bathroom.

Some background. A norm in sociology is something society does that holds it in some form of cohesion. William Graham Sumner coined the term more, which are norms society requires. In some places walking into the wrong bathroom might break a more, but because of recent events individuals are realizing it doesn't have to be polar. Karl Marx would say that these norms create our roles that allow us to function in society. He continues to say that these norms sustain and uphold our social order.

I'm sure it has happened to everyone. You are walking along and you really have to go to the bathroom. I'm sure you don't wa…

One Question Everyone Asks:Why?

It's halfway through my last class of the day and I just want to leave. But my professor is going on about equality between men and women. Then he says something that perks my ears: a statistic. "Women earn less in their careers than men," he states. In my head I am already poised against him, wondering where he is getting this fact from and if it's reliable. So I whip out my smartphone and Google it.

Nathan Pulmer explains a similar account, but from a different perspective. In his blog post, Why a Student Yelled at Me & I Thanked Him for It, Pulmer describes a student who confronted him on one of the class topics. The student was so pleased to have found a piece of evidence that proved his professor wrong, yet he was the one who ended up being incorrect (as it reveals latter in the story). Why was the student so pleased at the chance to prove his professor wrong?

From a young child through to when you graduate, high school or college, you go to school and learn…