Miria Via, Belmont Abbey College and the Catholic Stories not Being Told

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Miria Via, Belmont Abbey College and the Catholic Stories not Being Told

Reg: All right, but apart from the san­i­ta­tion, med­i­cine, edu­ca­tion, wine, pub­lic order, irri­ga­tion, roads, the fresh water sys­tem and pub­lic health, what have the Romans ever done for us?

Monty Python Life of Brian 1979

Matthew Kelly: We’ve [Catholics] for­got­ten our story.

A few weeks ago I attended the Catholic Radio Sym­po­sium held at Bel­mont Abbey Col­lege in Bel­mont NC.

There were pan­els, speeches, masses and many inter­est­ing inter­views well worth your time already posted under the Catholic Radio Sym­po­sium tag but the most impor­tant and reveal­ing inter­view of the trip hap­pened totally by accident.

I had excused myself after the first night’s din­ner going to a side area to try to get my inter­views uploaded while a pair of speak­ers addressed the crowd.

One of those speak­ers was the Pres­i­dent of the Col­lege Dr. Bill Thier­felder, and author of the book Less than a Minute to Go the secret for suc­cess in sport busi­ness and every­day life. who after the event was over was engaged in con­ver­sa­tion in the same area where I was upload­ing my video when I heard some­thing that made me leap out of my chair.

Let that sink in for a sec­ond: If you are a young woman in col­lege, find­ing her­self preg­nant, faces the pres­sure to abort your child for the sake of con­tin­u­ing her edu­ca­tion, MiraVia (for­merly Room at the Inn) and Bel­mont Abbey Col­lege will pro­vide room and board for you includ­ing cer­ti­fied volun­teers pro­vid­ing child­care while the Col­lege pro­vides 10 free classes so your edu­ca­tion will not be at the cost of your child’s life.

This is an amaz­ing min­istry that deserves a lot more atten­tion. It’s the pic­ture of liv­ing in the way of Christ, not just protest­ing the evil of abor­tion and fight­ing against it under the law (which is a virtue) but giv­ing those tempted to this evil the means to resist it. It’s some­thing that Catholic Col­leges in con­junc­tion with pro-​life orga­ni­za­tion should be copy­ing nation­wide. (You can donate to their min­istry here)

But what’s even more amaz­ing is how unex­tra­or­di­nary this is within the church. At the sym­po­sium I met many peo­ple from the Kolp­ing Soci­ety hous­ing men in New York to the Open Arms Com­mu­nity feed­ing the hun­gry in El Paso who are doing great work within their com­mu­nity. And there are hun­dreds and thou­sands who will never attend a Catholic Radio Sym­po­sium who are doing amaz­ing thing within their own parishes and com­mu­nity serv­ing the poor, help­ing the depressed and car­ing for those in cri­sis all over the nation in the name of Christ and the Catholic Church.

Yet over and over our sec­u­lar cul­ture, our enter­tain­ment , our news and through our social media hear only a cacoph­ony of voices decry­ing the church as a rich dis­tant not inter­ested in the needs of ordi­nary peo­ple. (Although they, for polit­i­cal rea­sons, avoid hit­ting Pope Fran­cis. One can’t risk upset­ting the latino demo­graphic that absolutely adores him you know).

Now given said culture’s increas­ing hos­til­ity to reli­gion in gen­eral and the Church in par­tic­u­lar it’s not a sur­prise that those who are the gate­keep­ers of infor­ma­tion to the pub­lic ignore these sto­ries that under­mine their meme con­cern­ing the church.

There­fore it is up to us in new media (and Catholic Radio) to not make sure their light is not hid­den under a bushel. but more impor­tantly so that we can help the can con­tinue their fine work obey­ing Christ’s to love our neigh­bor as ourselves.

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Nor­mally I’d put my Tip Jar pitch here but if I might sug­gest if you have a $10 or twenty to spare I can’t think of a min­istry more deserv­ing that the one Dr. Thier­felder is talk­ing about. You can kick in here.

Reg:  All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?

Monty Python  Life of Brian 1979

Matthew Kelly:  We’ve [Catholics] forgotten our story.

A few weeks ago I attended the Catholic Radio Symposium held at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont NC.

There were panels, speeches, masses and many interesting interviews well worth your time already posted under the Catholic Radio Symposium tag  but the most important and revealing interview of the trip happened totally by accident.

I had excused myself after the first night’s dinner going to a side area to try to get my interviews uploaded while a pair of speakers addressed the crowd.

One of those speakers was the President of the College Dr. Bill Thierfelder, and author of the book Less than a Minute to Go the secret for success in sport business and everyday life. who after the event was over was engaged in conversation in the same area where I was uploading my video when I heard something that made me leap out of my chair.

Let that sink in for a second: If you are a young woman in college, finding herself pregnant, faces the pressure to abort your child for the sake of continuing her education, MiraVia (formerly Room at the Inn) and Belmont Abbey College will provide room and board for you including certified volunteers providing childcare while the College provides 10 free classes so your education will not be at the cost of your child’s life.

This is an amazing ministry that deserves a lot more attention.  It’s the picture of living in the way of Christ, not just protesting the evil of abortion and fighting against it under the law (which is a virtue) but giving those tempted to this evil the means to resist it.  It’s something that Catholic Colleges in conjunction with pro-life organization should be copying nationwide.    (You can donate to their ministry here)

But what’s even more amazing is how unextraordinary this is within the church.   At the symposium I met many people from the Kolping Society housing men in New York to the Open Arms Community feeding the hungry in El Paso who are doing great work within their community.  And there are hundreds and thousands who will never attend a Catholic Radio Symposium who are doing amazing thing within their own parishes and community serving the poor, helping the depressed and caring for those in crisis all over the nation in the name of Christ and the Catholic Church.

Yet over and over our secular culture, our entertainment , our news and through our social media hear only a cacophony of voices decrying the church as a rich distant not interested in the needs of ordinary people.  (Although they,  for political reasons,  avoid hitting Pope Francis.  One can’t risk upsetting the latino demographic that absolutely adores him you know).

Now given said culture’s increasing hostility to religion in general and the Church in particular it’s not a surprise that those who are the gatekeepers of information to the public ignore these stories that undermine their meme concerning the church.

Therefore it is up to us in new media (and Catholic Radio) to not make sure their light is not hidden under a bushel.  but more importantly so that we can help the can continue their fine work obeying Christ’s to love our neighbor as ourselves.

 

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Normally I’d put my Tip Jar pitch here but if I might suggest if you have a $10 or twenty to spare I can’t think of a ministry more deserving that the one Dr. Thierfelder is talking about.  You can kick in here.