Thursday, July 30, 2009
When my mother was pregnant with me, my parents went to Indian lake with my father’s side of the family. While on this trip a priest friend of the family asked my dad, “Are you ready to have a son?” “I am ready financially, but I just don’t know what I am going to do with him,” my dad answered. Then, Father said, “Don’t worry, God knows what He is going to do with your son.”
Just a few years later when I was about 2 years old my grandmother was reading me a story about the birth of Christ. About half way through, I asked my grandmother “Is there more than one God?” She was amazed that someone as young as I would even is capable of asking such a question, and she knew that God was at work in my life.
Then when I was five years I went to Christmas Eve Mass with my grandparents and the priest let all of the children come around the alter during the homily and Eucharistic prayer. Well, I went up and stood by the priest, and during the consecration I started to interrupt him and ask, “Is that really Christ’s blood?”
Now I should make it clear that even though up to this point most of my experiences have been Catholic while I was not baptized. Throughout the next few years of my life my only involvement with church was Christmas Eve Mass with my grandparents.
During my senior year of high school I started attending a Baptist Church every Sunday and was baptized. I also applied to the Naval Academy and a few Christian Colleges (my dream was to enter the Naval Academy and become a fighter pilot). Then on my last night of spring break, I prayed to God, “Do you want me to join the military, or enter the ministry?” The next day, I came home from school and got the mail. I received two letters in the mail; One being a rejection letter from the Naval Academy, and the other being an acceptance letter to a Christian College. I knew that was a clear sign! After receiving the answer to my prayers, I asked my pastor, “What is it like to preach?” He then asked me the youth minister and let me preach once a month.
While attending a community college, I frequently made trips to New Hope, KY and stay with my great aunt. The people there had a huge impact on my conversion! After going there a few times, they asked me, “Are you ready to become Catholic yet?” And I would respond with, “No, I believe everything you have taught me, but I want to get married and become a preacher. And I definitely do NOT want to become a priest!”
I then asked my pastor where I should go to study for the ministry and he suggested Liberty University (LU). I applied, was accepted and received a substantial scholarship from Dr. Jerry Falwell himself. Well, the summer before I attended LU, I went to the Ignite Your Torch Catholic Youth Conference. During this conference there was Eucharistic Adoration every night. And during the last Holy Hour at the conference I realized that Jesus was really present in the Eucharist. This changed my life!
Well, I was only at Liberty for a few months before I realized that the Holy Eucharist was missing in my life. It was then that I knew I couldn't preach something I didn’t fully believe, so I became Catholic during my first year at LU. It was during this time that I lost many of my closest friends, but I knew I was following God’s will. In fact, during my first class of RCIA, they went around the room and asked each person why they wanted to become Catholic. And when it was my turn to answer the question, I said, “I am supposed to be a priest.”
As time went on at Liberty, my vocation to the priesthood seemed to be confirmed more and more. I went on a retreat for Catholic Campus Ministry leaders and a Campus Minister from Radford asked, “Have you ever thought about becoming a priest?” This was NOT what I wanted to hear. In fact, just before I went on this retreat I prayed, “God I will go where you want me to go, I will do what you want me to do; I will become what you want me to become! Just make it my will and make it clear to me.” Well, after what this campus minister told me, I knew my prayers were answered.
After being on this retreat, I started the group called “Catholics at Liberty.” There I started to meet other Catholics at Liberty and I spent most of my time working with this group. It really did help me discern my vocation for the Catholic Priesthood.
It wasn’t until I entered RCIA, that I knew I had a vocation to the priesthood. But now, looking back all throughout my life, I can see the signs there. I can see how God has placed this vocation in my life, even before I was born!
To fulfill this vocation, I now plan on entering the seminary for the Arch-diocese of Cincinnati! But as you can imagine, after graduating from Liberty University, I have some debt that needs to be paid first. Luckily, the Laboure Society is an organization that helps men and women in this same situation. They have so graciously agreed to help out with this debt. But they can’t do this alone; they need our prayers and support! The Laboure Society is doing their best to help support vocations. Your donation to the Laboure Society will not only be supporting many different vocations, but it is also tax deductible!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Later on that Sunday, I gave a very brief testimony of how this conference helped me convert and helped me discover my vocation to the priesthood. I also realized, that it was 3 years ago from Corpus Christi Eve that I was at my first "Ignite" and I met Jesus for the first time in the Eucharist! It was less than a year later that I entered the Catholic Church!
For more info on Ignite Your Torch please go to www.igniteyourtorch.org you will be able to find some slide shows of past Ignites and information on future ones!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
We are actually overbooked for this year, and some of the priests are actually pitching tents and camping out (this is how little room we have)!
You must come next year if you haven't signed up for this year. Check out the website here: www.igniteyourtorch.org
Please do keep the conference in your prayers. Our biggest day is going to be Sunday, most of our activities are going to be outside on Sunday and it is supposed to rain. Please pray for good weather!
It was a very easy and fun day (as most days are). I am not a life guard (encase you were wondering), no, instead I am Guest Relations. It is my job to sell and collect tickets, pick up trash, rent out inner-tubes, and assist customers with whatever they need.
Today I was able to spend time talking to old friends from work, high school and just from customers who swim a lot. It was very nice to see them all again! It seemed as if we never left from last summer.
It is very interesting working there because most of them know that I am a religious person and that I want to be a priest. They all started asking questions about Christianity and Catholicism and why would I want to be a priest (some are nominal-Catholics, atheists, Protestant-Christians, and I am sure some other beliefs).
It is here at Splash Moraine where most of my summer ministry happens. I don't preach to them with words, but instead with my actions. Over the last 5 years I have had people from all over the city come to me for advice and for someone to just listen to them. This is such a great ministry that God has blessed me with, and I am forever grateful for it!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
For those that don't know, it was a rough day and I barely made it down there in time for the show. Trust me, if you haven't read the story, you have to read it: http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2008/06/power-of-prayer.html
And if you are interested in purchasing it, you can buy it from EWTN's website for only $15! Just go here: http://www.ewtnreligiouscatalogue.com/JOURNEY+HOME+JUNE+9+2008+DVD/keywords=Journey+Home+June+9+2008/page_no=1/edp_no=17054/shop.axd/ProductDetails
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
You can read more here on his blog: http://gkupsidedown.blogspot.com/2009/05/blogger-visit.html
Monday, May 25, 2009
Hi Prayer Warrior friends,
If anyone has it in their hearts to say some extra prayers for a stranger, a
friend of mine's niece in New Orleans needs a huge miracle or a great deal
of grace to carry an enormous cross. She has triplets who are about a year
old. She found out she is pregnant with another child. Last night the
triplets were crying and her husband went to get them. He was carrying all
three, tripped down some steps and fell. He did so in a way to save the
babies from injury but injured his leg in a severe way. He was taken to a
hospital where he was operated on and some complications occurred with his
heart. He is now on life support and not expected to live for more than a
He needs some kind of miracle. He is a chef in New Orleans and not of
great means. I know Our Lord with look mercifully upon any prayers you can offer.
Thanks and blessings to you all!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
What a good week it has been!
I spent the week with my family (most especially my niece).
On Tuesday I met with Fr. Kyle and we were talking about the seminary and what is going to happen this fall.
I had to work on Wed. (not many people get paid to go swimming. I was cleaning the pool).
On Thursday I spoke at Theology on Tap in Dayton, and it was very interesting. I thought I was going to get punched, but luckily I didn't: http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/05/theology-on-tap_23.html
Also on Thursday, I went down to the seminary and had lunch with some of the men down there. I also spoke with Fr. Smith (the rector) about this fall. It went very well!
Then on Friday, I started heading down to Greenville, SC to stay with my friend for the weekend (it is the meeting point for all of us). The cool thing about the drive down, was that my sister and her friends where driving home from SC (her boyfriend graduated from basic), and we saw each other on the highway in NC, so we waved to each other. Tomorrow, we are all going to Charleston, SC for the beach! It is our last time together before most of us split off into different directions.
Since I have been down here, we have just hung out, gone swimming, fishing and eat (man do they love cooking and eating down in the south)!!!
Today, I went to St. Mary's Catholic Church for Mass. It was one of the most beautiful Masses I have gone to! After Mass, we came back to Jon's and watched a movie, then we went over and visited with Fr. Longenecker. (There will be pictures next week, when I have my laptop to put them on).
If you didn't see the pictures from graduation, you can see them here: http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/05/pictures-from-graduation.html
I won't be able to respond to your emails until next weekend. But I will be praying for you, and please pray for me!
-- In Christ,
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I will say that the high-light of the talk was not anything I did or said, instead it was some angry guy that tried to disrupt everything. He came up front and asked if he could say something, and then went in the back and was yelling. He finally was kicked out. So please pray for him!
As soon as I figure out how to add talks on the blog, I will add it for you to listen to (if you so wish).
Well, I have to go. I am in South Carolina for the week, so there will be very little blogging (but that's not really different from normal).
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I am going to be speaking on how to grow intimate with our Lord (through the Sacraments).
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2009
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Oregon Express
Street: 336 E Fifth Street
City/Town: Dayton, OH
This will also be recorded and if someone can teach me how to put them up on the blog, then I will!!!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Group of friends:
Roommate and I from my Sophomore year:
Roommate and I from my Senior year:
Co-founder of Liberty (Dr. Elmer Towns):
Pastor of TRBC (Jonathan Falwell):
Monday, May 18, 2009
Hey everyone! It has been a very busy week. I have traveled from VA to KY to OH.
On Monday I left Lynchburg and headed toward Louisville, KY for a fundraiser for Ignite Your Torch: http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/05/ignite-your-torch-auction.html
Tuesday was a very interesting day. It was some evangelism with a fallen away Catholic. Just some word of advice, if you tell me that you are a Catholic and not going to Mass, don't be a car salesman when I'm around: http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/05/tuesday-in-ky.html
On Wed. I was able to spend some time with good friends from Louisville. We had a lot of fun and went out to eat and then put-put.
Thursday I went to St. Catherine's (where IYT is going to be). Then I spent more time with friends at the community.
Throughout the week, I watched a number of different saint movies with my great aunt (all where very good)!
Friday I spent time with my family (mostly my niece).
Then on Saturday I spent my day at the Coming Home Network Conference on the Catholic Paul. It was very good! http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/05/catholic-paul.html
Now I am planning a trip to Charleston, SC with some friends!
- I am speaking this Thursday at 7pm at Theology on Tap in Dayton, OH.
- For safe travels for the trip to SC.
- For some friends that I have spent time with that really need God and help in their life!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
It was very action pact and really good. They had Scott Hahn, Jeff Cavins, Marcus Grodi and Fr. Mitch Pacwa to name a few.
I think the highlight of the entire conference was Fr. Mitch's homily during Mass. It was amazing! He was talking about how many converts from Islam are coming into the Catholic Church! There are roughly 16,000 each day (mostly from Africa). The Church truly is alive!
Throughout the rest of the day, I spent some time with some good friends that I met at the last CHN Conference in Oct. Overall it was a great conference and a great day!
When I came home on Sat. night, I spent some time with old friends (from high school) and my sister (who turned 19).
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I have an average of about 4 hours sleep for each night since last Friday (some because of being with friends, others from studying).
I haven't had time to eat nor shower in the last 2 days (I know its gross), but that's what you get when you are busy studying.
I have just finished packing and cleaning my room. It had to do be done by 7 tonight for inspection. I am now getting ready to take a quick shower before inspection (because I really smell).
Then I go to the Knights of Columbus meeting tonight, and then over to my friend's house to finish baking the cakes we started on last night (for the grad party).
I am so tired though. But, the good news is, I'M DONE WITH FINALS!!!
PS: I was told today by one of my professors not to worry about doing a homework assignment I was working on because I passed the course...lol.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Well, I am sick of studying and I am really tired, but I need to study more. So how do I get pumped up to study more? Being done for the year? No more homework? Graduation? Or something else...
Yes, the something else!!! All the other reasons are good, but this is the best! I have watched this before every test and it gets me PUMPED UP BABY!!!
If you watch it before a big event, make sure there are other people with you and start yelling at you (it works better, cause they are cheering for YOU)!!!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Greetings with the love of Christ!
I hope this letter finds you all very well. It is hard to imagine what a change I have gone through while attending Liberty University. I am now done with classes and have 2 finals coming up!
This has been a very busy week and this upcoming week will be just as busy. Not with the school work, but with saying the good-byes. I have been trying to spend as much time as possible with my friends here before we move on to bigger and better things.
On Monday I went down to Elon, NC for an interview and also to visit a good friend. We went out to dinner and had a great time catching up (I wish we would have been able to spend more time together this year, but it has been busy for the both of us).
On Tuesday they made me take down the swimming pool in the dorm room :-(. Also on Tuesday Josh spoke to the Catholic class at Liberty and did a great job! The students and the professor really enjoyed it! Thank you so much for the prayers!
Wednesday I received an email from my academic advisor saying that I couldn't graduate because my old advisor didn't transfer my govt. class right. Well, after spending 3 hours walking all over campus 3 times and talking to 6 people, we finally got it straightened out and I can graduate!
Thursday night a group of us snuck out of the dorms at 3 am and went to IHOP (it has been a tradition of mine every semester). It is actually funny because every time I do this (always during finals week) there are a ton of Liberty students there.
Then Saturday night I went the prison for the last time. It was really sad (most guys are happy to get out of prison, I on the other hand was sad to leave). It was a good service as always, but they moved us into a different room and we couldn't hear that good. Hopefully, next week they get the normal room.
Besides all of that going on, my entire week was spending time with friends. Sorry for the no posting on the blog last week. There prob. wont be any posts this week either, because there is no free time.
Remember the party is this Friday from 5-8 PM at St. Thomas More for anyone who wants to come: http://www.stmva.com/
- For Liberty University, there was a professor that died this week and some other professors have gotten in trouble.
- For the Catholics at Liberty.
- For friends who are looking for jobs.
- For finals.
- PRAISE: I AM GRADUATING!!!
-- In Christ,
Friday, May 1, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
I only have one more day left of classes! This Tuesday is my last day of classes at Liberty, and it is a bitter sweet moment. I am so glad to be done, but I can't lie, I am going to miss defending the faith and the Catholic group here at Liberty.
On Monday I got back from the airport from Texas and it wasn't as an event full trip to Texas. But, the highlight of the day was seeing a long time friend in Houston. Then I saw the president of Liberty's seminary in Atlanta (lets just say it was a very interesting conversation). More on the trip back to VA here: http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/04/back-in-lynchburg.html
On Tuesday I went to speak at Theology on Tap in Farmville for a college out there. Not many people showed up, so we all just sat around and shared about our faith and how we got where we were today.
Thursday I went to VA Tech and Radford to visit some friends from Encounter with Christ! I also took Caitlin out to dinner for her birthday, but she took me out for my graduation (so I paid for her, and she paid for me).
There was another Theology on Tap on Friday, this one was a lot of fun! More here: http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/04/theology-on-tap.html
Saturday I went to the prison for prison ministry. The one thing I got out of it is that the prisoners very much appreciate people coming out to visit them for the ministry. One man said that he always comes in down, but leaves very happy, and that we give them hope! http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/04/prison-ministry-6.html
Then on Saturday night, my roommates and I had some fun!!! (I might get kicked out of LU for this) http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/04/end-of-year-pool-party.html
And now we come to a close of this week on Sunday. Today I was able to see 2 friends (from a near by college) get confirmed! One was baptized and both were confirmed! Then we had a little cookout at Joann's house for the Catholic group at Liberty. This was the 3rd year they did this and it grows every year!
- I cannot speak to the Roman Catholic class on Tuesday, but good news, Josh Johnson is! Please pray for him as he prepares to speak to this (anti-Catholic class). He will speak at 12:45 on Tuesday, so say a Rosary for him!
- For the prisoners and that they stay true to their faith and find hope!
- Ignite Your Torch Youth Conference!!! YOU BETTER SIGN UP YOUR YOUTH!!!! www.igniteyourtorch.org
- The rest of the school year.
And don't forget the graduation party is Friday May 8, 2009 from 5-8 PM at St. Thomas More. All are welcome! http://www.stmva.com/
Deacon Cartwright couldn't make it tonight so the prisoners led the service. The message was great and the one thing that kept sticking out to me was that I can go to confession anytime I want. But these prisoners can't, they can only go when the priest comes and allows them to go to confession. We are so blessed out here, but many times we take it all for granted.
Before the service started however, I was talking to one of the men. And he was telling me how glad the prisoners are when people from the outside come. He said that they are always depressed or upset when they come, but by the time they leave they are happy and upbeat. He said that this is what they need to survive throughout the week.
Man these guys have faith! Please pray for them!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
The first one at H-S was a lot of fun. Instead of giving my testimony, we just sat around and shared life stories and talked about our faith. It was a very small turnout, but was very enjoyable!
The one in Danville was the biggest turnout yet for their ToT's. They had 36 people show up (ages ranged from 0-90)! Yes, Josh's twins where there (0 years old) and then there was a man there that was 90 years old.
We did record it, and as soon as I have time and figure out how to post it up on the blog, then everyone can listen to it. Otherwise you can email me your address at email@example.com and I can send you a copy.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I think I am going to sign out tonight cause idk if I will be back before curfew!
Monday, April 20, 2009
On Tuesday April 21, 2009, I will be speaking in Farmville, VA at Hapmden-Sydney for their Theology on Tap at 5:30 pm. I will be giving my testimony.
On Friday April 24, 2009, I will be speaking in Danville, VA at Bogies Burgers for their Theology on Tap at 7:00 pm. I will be talking about how I have grown closer to Christ in the Catholic Church.
Then on Tuesday April 28, 2009, I will be speaking to the Roman Catholicism class here at Liberty University at 2:00 pm. I will be giving a talk on the benefits of being Catholic and why I converted. (This class is at Liberty, so we know that it isn't pro-Catholic).
Please pray for me!
I got to the airport in Houston a little late and missed my first flight. So by the time I got to Houston, I only had about an hour with a friend (Ali) that I haven't seen in a long time.
We went to breakfast and spent some time catching up. It was a great time seeing her and I already miss her.
On the plane ride to Atlanta I ended up sitting next to a girl that just lost her dad. She was on the way to the funeral. Please pray for her dad's soul.
At the airport in Atlanta I saw the president of our seminary at LU. We had a very interesting convo about the Catholics at Liberty. We'll just leave it at that :)
Then on the ride back to Lynchburg I just sat next to myself and got some sleep. My friends Jon and Jess ended up picking me up from the airport and then we went out to eat.
Overall, it was a long day, and I wish I was still in Houston spending time with Ali!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I know I said that this update would come late, but I didn't know that I would have Internet here.
What a great week/weekend!
On Sunday night (Easter) I went to my 2nd cousins' house and spent some time with them. I haven't been to their house in probably a year (even though they live 20 min. from me). It was really a great time!
Monday I did some homework and then went down to Josh and Katie's in Danville. Katie's family was there and it was really nice meeting them, her mom is a GREAT cook! After that, I came back to Liberty and finished my homework.
The most important day in my college career thus far was on Tuesday. http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/04/theres-not-much-time-left.html After class, I went to Longwood University to visit some friends (it is on the blog too).
Then on Wednesday, I just did a little bit of homework, then went over to my friend's house and spent about 4 hours in his hot tub (no joke, I didn't feel good after I got out). But it was fun!
And now we come to the weekend. I went to my classes on Thursday and then right after class, I flew out to Austin. I am still here until tomorrow morning. I don't think I have ever had so much fun at an airport before (http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/04/im-in-texas.html). The only bad thing about the airport was my batteries didn't work for my camera so I didn't get a picture with the University of Tennessee's softball team (they had some pretty girls).
Most of the trip is written on this post (although there is a little one before it): http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/04/texas.html. There are pictures on the blog of the Church.
- Theo (who is in charge of Ignite Your Torch) she is sick.
- Brian's grandmother who passed away this week.
- Terri who is having surgery.
- Ignite Your Torch Youth Conference.
- And for a safe trip back to Lynchburg.
I feel like I have been on a retreat the entire weekend. I have spent some time in Adoration (they have it 24/7)! Other than that, I have done some homework, watched TV, ate food (I hope Fr. John doesn't get mad), then just hung out in the rectory.
All I can say is that after watching all the different interviews he does with evolutionists and intelligent designests, the evolutionists are the ones who look dumb.
Friday, April 17, 2009
If I get it working, I will take some of the church I am staying at. It is beautiful! 48 acres and they have a school, retirement center for priests and EVERYTHING!!!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I flew out of Lynchburg around 2:30 and sat next to this man named Gary. We ended up spending the next 4 hours with each other. His next flight left Charlotte at 6:10 and mine left at 6:20.
So what do you do when you have 3 hours to spare in an airport? You go get food and drinks! We ended up finding out that he is really into aviation (and I am too) so we talked about that most of the time. We also talked about church and he shared some of his old college stories.
After we parted ways, we gave each other our contact info, and then got on our next flights.
Well, the next flight I was on, was from Charlotte to Austin. On this flight I sat next to a really nice older lady who was flying from NJ to Austin for her sister's funeral (please pray for Mary's soul, that it may rest in peace). I could tell she was really upset, so I tried cheering her up with my dumb jokes (it worked!).
After we landed, I met her son and daughter-in-law and they were very grateful for me trying to cheer up their mother.
After all of that, I am now here in Georgetown, TX and love it! I am staying at the rectory at St. Helen's and man is it nice!
Well, I g2g and hit the sack. Night!!!
PS: I almost got a picture of the women's softball team of University of Tennessee, but my camera died :(
On Monday I will be back at Liberty and go to my classes on Tuesday. However, right after my classes on Tuesday, I am going to Farmville, VA to speak at a Theology on Tap for Longwood and Hampden-Sydney (I will stay the night there afterwords).
Wednesday I will probably head back to school, do my homework for Thursday, then go to classes on Thursday.
Then I will end up leaving on Friday to go down to Danville, VA to speak at a Theology on Tap.
It is going to be a busy week, but I am going to enjoy it! Only 3 weeks left! (I think somewhere in there, I may end up going to VA Beach).
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Yesterday was probably the most important day in my college career thus far. It was the day that graduation was on the line. But good news, I got through it all!!!
I had 2 papers due yesterday (life of Christ paper worth 40%, and NT Backgrounds worth 20%), then I had a test in my computer class (which I am really struggling in), but I got a high enough score on the test to stay a live in the class.
After class yesterday I went to Longwood University to visit some friends from Encounter with Christ. It was great to see them! In fact, I will be going out there next Tuesday to do a Theology on Tap with their Catholic group on campus!
Man, this week is busy, and next week may even be more hectic...
Monday, April 13, 2009
I hope everyone had a great Easter. This week has been very busy for me, and if I can get through this upcoming week, then we are in good shape for graduation.
On Monday, we found out who our graduation speaker is. It is Ben Stein: http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/04/ben-stein-to-speak-at-may-commencement.html
On Wednesday Liberty canceled classes (but it wasn't a free day off). We had to do testing all day: http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/04/is-liberty-doing-ok.html
My aunt and uncle picked me up on Thursday to drive me back home for Easter. It was very nice to see them and spend some time with them. We listened to a really good story on the way home (book on tape, now that's how you read books!) "Bud not Buddy" was the name of it. I would recommend it! When I got home, I went to Holy Thursday Mass and then went and spent some time with my cousin at the University of Dayton.
Friday, I went to Mass with my grandparents and aunt and uncle. Then I went to my other uncle's house and spent some time with my cousins (also with one of their girl friends). Then my one cousin and I went to UD for a small birthday party for one of his friends.
The big day was Saturday! I started out in the morning by being the Easter Bunny for the City of Moraine! They then let me keep the costume for our cookout at my grandparents. It was a nice cookout and it was great seeing my cousin and his wife there! http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/04/who-was-easter-bunny.html
After the cookout, I then went to the Easter Vigil, and all I can say is, AMAZING!!! http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/04/easter-vigil-2009.html
Overall the weekend was very nice and relaxing! We left to come back to VA around 8:30 on Easter, and it worked out because I was able to have dinner with my other cousins down here. It was a great break!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
On this greatest day of the year, all fasting and somber thoughts are banished. As St. John Chrysostom announces in this famous Easter sermon, all are invited to the feast: "Let all then enter the joy of Our Lord! Both the first and the last, and those who come after, enjoy your reward!Rich and poor, dance with one another, sober and slothful, celebrate the day. Those who have kept the fast and those who have not, rejoice today, for the table is richly spread.Fare royally upon it-the calf is a fatted one.Let no one go away hungry. All of you, enjoy the banquet of faith!All enjoy the riches of His goodness.Let no one cry over his poverty, for the universal Kingdom has appeared!Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again, for forgiveness has risen from the grave.Let none fear death, for the death of our Savior has set us free.He has destroyed it by enduring it.He spoiled the power of hell when he descended thereto.Isaiah foretold this when he cried, 'Death has been frustrated in meeting him below!'It is frustrated, for it is destroyed.It is frustrated, for it is annihilated.It is frustrated, for now it is made captive.For it grabbed a body and discovered God.It took earth and behold! It encountered Heaven.It took what was visible, and was overcome by what was invisible.O Death, where is your sting?O Death, where is your victory?Christ is risen, and the demons are cast down.Christ is risen, and life is set free.Christ is risen, and the tomb is emptied of the dead.For Christ, having risen from the dead, is become the first-fruits for those who sleep.to Him be glory and power forever and ever!
Amen. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!"
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Over 1,100 people have been received into full communion tonight just within the Arch-diocese of Cincinnati alone!!!
Along with them, there were many of my friends who were either baptised or confirmed today!
Some from Encounter with Christ, some from Liberty University, and two children of close friends of mine!!!
PRAISE GOD FOR ANOTHER PENTECOST!!!
HE IS RISEN!!!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I am writing because I have a few prayer requests.
It seems as if this week (Holy Week) is going to be very tough for the Catholic Church here at Liberty. I have already found it very hostile here and getting worse. For example, today in one of my Bible classes, the prof. along with students were making fun of the Catholic Church for believing Mary is a Perpetual Virgin. And they wouldn't give me a chance to answer. Now this is not uncommon, in fact, it is very common here. But I am asking you to please pray for the students and faculty here, especially on Holy Thursday. Every time I miss class, I am told that it becomes anti-Catholic day (from my friends who are in the class). This Thursday I am missing my classes to go home for Easter. So please pray for them!
Second, pray for the Catholics here at Liberty and the Catholic group here on campus. Although I am about to graduate, I know that there is still one more thing I must do for the group before I leave. I can't say what this thing is because it is a surprise, but I need to do it. It will only work however, with your prayers! And please ask for the intercessions of Dr. Jerry Falwell (I know he used to be a Baptist, but he is either in Purgatory (RCIA) or Heaven and is Catholic :)
And finally, please keep me in your prayers as I am trying to figure out what I am supposed to be doing after graduation. And also keep all of the seniors from EWC in your prayers, as we are all prob. in the same boat.
Thank you so much for the prayers! And if you ever need prayers, forward them on to me! I have a great prayer team that would be more than happy to take them on!
Happy Holy Week and 4th DAY!!!
They started today at 9 am (for seniors) and went over each major. Since I am a religion major I had to take a Religion test and then another one for my specialization (Biblical Studies).
I know that I did horrible on the Religion test, which is horrible to say, but nothing on that test had anything to do with what I have learned here at Liberty. Now the Biblical Studies test, I think I did pretty well on.
This afternoon, I, along with the rest of the student body here at Liberty has to do an assessment on the University overall. This is all for Liberty to keep its accreditation and to show them where they need to improve.
I think this is great that the school is doing this, but it really makes me worried about them possibly losing their accreditation.
Please pray for me, as they are giving out a laptop today (along with other prizes). I REALLY NEED A NEW COMPUTER!!!
Monday, April 6, 2009
Stein, a Columbia University valedictorian and Yale School of Law graduate, has taught courses ranging from mass media communications to libel and United States securities law at American University in Washington, D.C., the University of California, Santa Cruz and Pepperdine University Law School.
An accomplished author of several books, Stein also writes a regular column in the conservative magazine “The American Spectator,” the Sunday “New York Times” Business Section and Yahoo! Finance online. He has also contributed to “The Wall Street Journal,” “New York Magazine,” “Los Angeles Magazine” and “Barron’s Magazine.”
Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. worked from a list of about 20 possible commencement speakers over the last several months to select the May 9th speaker, he said during Monday’s convocation.
“This list was compiled after input from seniors, faculty, staff, consultants and board members,” Falwell said. “Student Justin Scott was especially helpful as was online student Jill Hannity, wife of radio talk show host, Sean Hannity. Dr. Elmer Towns, Law School Dean Mat Staver and LU Provost, Dr. Boyd Rist, both vice chancellors, along with board members Mark DeMoss and Jerry Thorpe all played important roles in helping us reach a final decision.”
After the list of 20 speakers was narrowed to three, Falwell polled a group of seniors using text messages to ask which of the three finalists they preferred.
Stein, 64, began his career as a speechwriter and lawyer for President Richard Nixon, and later for President Gerald Ford.
“He has served as a college professor, attorney, author, speechwriter, and even an actor but the most compelling reason for Liberty University’s choice this year is this man’s work
in exposing the evils and dangers of Darwinism through the documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” Falwell said. “This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and a fitting time to have Mr. Ben Stein bring our commencement address.”
Stein has publicly denounced the theory of evolution, which he and other intelligent design advocates term “Darwinism.”
Stein co-wrote and stars in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, a film that is powerful in persuading viewers that the theory of evolution is partially responsible for the eugenics movement, the rise of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and portrays advocates of intelligent design as victims of religious discrimination by the scientific community.
During Monday’s convocation students cheered during a promotional video clip from Stein’s documentary film, Expelled, featuring an LU student.
“Mr. Stein has also been a champion of the pro-life movement, but his work as the nation’s most prominent advocate for bringing integrity and academic freedom back to the American scientific community has been legendary,” Falwell said.
Due in part to the notoriety he received for a talk he gave on economics, Stein was invited to be the commencement speaker at the University of Vermont this year. After the announcement the university president notified Stein that a number of people had complained about him speaking at the commencement.
The complaints were because his views of science were “offensive to the University of Vermont’s evolutionary beliefs.” Due to the furor, Stein “immediately and most graciously declined his commencement invitation.”
Falwell said Liberty’s Class of 2009 needs to be prepared to recognize the fraudulent use of science whether it is the use of global warming theories to advance environmental extremism, the use of medical science to advance the idea that not all human lives are worth protecting or the misuse of biology to give bureaucrats the power to decide what can and cannot be done with private property.
“Like the University of Vermont, the Liberty University community does not share some of Mr. Stein’s theological and political views but, unlike the University of Vermont, I believe Liberty University will welcome Mr. Stein despite of those differences,” Falwell said. “His work in exposing how fraudulent science is being used in this country to destroy freedom and advance tyrannical social and political agendas deserves our attention and respect.”
Sunday, April 5, 2009
HAPPY HOLY WEEK!
I hope everyone has had a great Palm Sunday, and is getting ready for the greatest time of the year!
This past week has been such a relaxing but yet fun week. It started by ending such a great week last weekend at Encounter with Christ. After the retreat, I went down to Danville and stayed the night with Josh and Katie (and the twins). They are all doing great!
On Tuesday I went to the Holy Spirit Prayer Group. And the Spirit was really moving! I wrote about it in my blog: http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/03/holy-spirit-prayer-group.html.
On Friday we had a little party for one of my friends who teaches aviation here at Liberty. He is from Canada and is being deported at the end of the month. So we threw him a surprise good-bye party. It was a lot of fun and a lot of students showed up.
Yesterday I got to finally got to catch up on some much needed sleep! Then I went to the prison for Prison Ministry: http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/04/prison-ministry-5.html. It was the smallest turnout we had, but a great service.
After the prison I went to a birthday party for one of my friend's who is celebrating her 22 next Saturday! I only stayed a little while (because of curfew), but it was a good time.
- I have changed my address bellow. I am now having everything sent to my home address because it is the end of the school year.
- I am going to start sending out emails from a different email: firstname.lastname@example.org because this email will no longer be good after this semester. I am going to send out an email from it tomorrow, if you don't get one, please let me know and I will put you on the list.
- What Holy Week Means to me: http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/04/what-holy-week-means-to-me.html
- MAY 8th FROM 5-8 IS THE GRADUATION PARTY. Please send me your addresses if you would like an invitation.
- For the Catholics at Liberty.
- That I win a new Laptop in the raffle on Wed. (for all students who take the assessment for Liberty).
- That my car will make it through this year (it's making some weird noises).
Jesus' triumphant return to Jerusalem is only one side of the story.
By now many of the Jews are filled with hate for Our Lord. They want to see him stoned, calling Him a blasphemer, especially after offering proof of His Divinity during a winter visit to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Dedication.
After this, Jesus went to Perea, where he was summoned to Bethany. There he raised Lazarus from the dead, a miracle which wins Him such renown among certain Pharisees that they decided finally to end His life.
Jesus took refuge at Ephrem returning six days before Passover to Bethany, triumphantly entering Jerusalem. That evening, He leaves Jerusalem and returns Monday. He spent time with Gentiles in the Temple, and on Wednesday left for the Mount of Olives. Here he foretold the apostles the events of the next several days, including His impending death.
He returned to Jerusalem on Thursday, to share the Last Supper with His apostles. He was subsequently arrested and tried. He was crucified at Calvary on Friday, outside the gates of Jerusalem.
He was buried the same day, and arose three days later, on Easter Sunday.
All of this is done by our Lord for forgiveness of our sins, and for life everlasting with Him.
God so loved us, that He sent His only begotten Son to die for us, so that our sins maybe forgiven.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
This week makes us who we are! Because of this week we are able to call ourselves Christians! It is the last week of our Lord and Savior before He is put to death.
This week also has another meaning (at least for me). It is my 2nd year anniversary of being Catholic!!! It was only 2 years ago that I came into the Catholic Church. It was a week that I almost (and I was very close) to giving up on school, my faith and especially the Catholic Church. Not because of any Catholics though, but mostly because of the people here at Liberty.
But thanks be to God for all of the prayers that people prayed for me. I can say that throughout Holy Week, I actually felt the prayers that people where offering up for me. Because of that, I am where I am today.
Holy Week 2007 for me was my persecution and trials. Now I know that our Lord went through so much more, but it is just one small way that I can relate to His suffering.
Let us truly thank God for what this week, and what it means to us. This week makes us who we are, and none of us would be here if it wasn't for this week! (I would not be at Liberty, this blog wouldn't be here, there would be no churches, all of the ministers would be doing something else), this week made all of this happen. If this week never happened, there would be no Christianity today.
PRAISE GOD FOR HOLY WEEK!!!
I am just now catching up on all of my sleep from last weekend and this week. Last weekend I didn't get much sleep because of the retreat, and then throughout the week I have been doing homework and going to church events.
So last night I just went to bed and got almost 12 hours of sleep, and man do I feel great!
Well, I g2g, it's a big day today. Going to the prison and then a birthday party!!!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
We were in the middle of praying for our good friend Brian, and all of a sudden I heard a noise by the door. With my eyes still shut, I turn my head so that it was facing the door, and I could see a figure standing there. I opened my eyes and nothing was there, then I shut my eyes and I saw an angel.
It was a tall male figure (had to be just under 7 feet tall), dressed in white (with battle attire on). His shoulders where very broad (almost like a football player). He stood strong and just looked straight a head with a spear in his hand. He didn't say anything, but the #7 kept coming to my mind.
Then as soon as we started to pray the "Our Father" he just disappeared through the door.
Before he appeared, I really felt the Holy Spirit come upon me, and as soon as he left, it was as if the Holy Spirit left too. But every time I picture him, the Spirit returns!
I hope you all have had a great week last week! Mine was a lot of fun (mostly this past weekend)!
There wasn't to much going on throughout the week. I just spent a lot of time with friends and doing homework. The majority of last week was spent on a retreat call "Encounter With Christ".
I have attached a few pictures of the weekend, and if you want to know how the weekend went, you can go to: http://christopherosgood.blogspot.com/2009/03/encounter-with-christ-165.html
And if you wouldn't mind praying for me as I am trying to finish up these last 6 weeks of classes, and for further discernment!
Also, don't forget, if you are in or around the Lynchburg area May 8th, I am having a graduation party at St. Thomas More from 5-8 pm. You are all invited!!!
Monday, March 30, 2009
I have been on a retreat called "Encounter With Christ" from last Thursday-Sunday. And what an experience!
From the time I first got there, you could really feel the presence of the Lord! I made a lot of great Catholic friends (something you really need while attending Liberty).
There were a lot of great talks given, games played, inside jokes, and great friendships made. The first night I was there, I joked around about how I can't sleep unless someone tucks me in, and before I knew it, one of the guys from Radford (Matt) came over and tucked me in. I'm not going to lie, I was a little freaked out at first because I didn't think anyone would do it, but, that became the start of a great friendship!
I became very close with my group (Fr. G's Animal Farm) as we would reflect and talk with each other about what was on our minds.
We performed a few skits, went to Mass, had Morning and Evening Prayer, Confession and time for silent reflection.
There really isn't much more I can say about this, except that I was able to meet Christ through all of these great Catholic Students! I really needed this weekend, and I didn't know how much I needed it, until I got back to Liberty!
I am going to take a much needed shower (from working on a house last night), and then do some homework.
Sorry for the late update, but it will be up tonight!!!