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Here is some information on why and how this blog exists, as well as what it hopes to accomplish!
The Channels of our Mission
Community: Discord provides use with a great opportunity to connect as one, when and where a Catholic community is not possible. We were made for communion and to the extent we can provide, we hope to make it better than any other virtual community by making solely based in charity, mission, and faith.
Information: More often now than ever before, we look to technology to solve our problems. This is a dangerous move but no less, many look to search engines to find what others think about God, life, and love. There is plenty of stuff that is contrary to the truth and even our good by consuming it. We hope to undo that by linking to, creating, or re-presenting the best resources available on the internet to help anyone looking for answers to the most significant questions about faith.
Interactive: We know that technology is best made user-friendly, or it won't be used. This is why we commit to making the user experience one not only of ease but also of goodness and beauty. We hope to engage the deepest longings of the user to grow closer to Christ.
Our Patron Saints
Blessed Carlo Acutis
"People who put themselves before the sun get tanned. People who put themselves before the Eucharist become saints."
Carlo Acutis was born in London on 3 May 1991 to a wealthy Italian family. His baptism took place on May 18 1991 in the church of Our Lady of Dolours, Chelsea. His parents, Andrea Acutis and Antonia Salzano, who were not especially religious, had worked in London and Germany, finally settled in Milan in September 1991, not long after their first son's birth.In 1995, when Acutis was four years old, his maternal grandfather died and was said to have appeared to him in a dream asking to be prayed for. When the child evinced a precocious interest in religious practice, his questions were answered by the family's Polish baby-sitter. Three years later he requested to receive his First Communion at the age of seven. After consulting a prelate and providing instruction, the family arranged this at the convent of Sant'Ambrogio ad Nemus. After that he made the effort, either before or after Mass, to reflect before the tabernacle. Acutis became a frequent communicant and would make a weekly confession. He is said to have had several models as guides for his life, especially Francis of Assisi, as well as Francisco and Jacinta Marto, Dominic Savio, Tarcisius, and Bernadette Soubirous.
On the social side, Acutis would worry about friends of his whose parents were divorcing and would invite them to his home to support them. He defended disabled peers at school when bullies mocked them. Outside school, he did voluntary work with the homeless and destitute. He also liked films, comic editing and playing PlayStation video games. Although he greatly enjoyed travel, the town of Assisi remained a particular favorite.
Those around him considered him a "computer geek" on account of his passion and skill with computers and the internet. Acutis applied himself to creating a website dedicated to cataloguing each reported Eucharistic miracle in the world. He completed this in 2005, having started compiling the catalogue at the age of eleven. He admired Giacomo Alberione's initiatives to use the media to evangelize and proclaim the Gospel and aimed to do likewise with the website he had created.
When he developed leukemia, he offered his suffering both for Pope Benedict XVI and for the Catholic Church, saying: "I offer to the Lord the sufferings that I will have to undergo for the Pope and for the Church." The doctors treating his final illness had asked him if he was in great pain to which he responded that "there are people who suffer much more than me". He died on October 10 2006 at 6:45 AM from the M3 subtype of fulminating acute promyelocytic leukemia. He was buried in Assisi in accordance with his wishes.
Our request to him: We ask your prayers in heaven Blessed Carlo, that this site and those it connects to draw those that view them through Beauty, Goodness, and Truth toward Christ in(to) the fullness of the Christian faith and that our Purpose (given below) be accomplished according to God's Will.
Saint John Paul II
Born Karol Józef Wojtyła (18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) was the Pope of the Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005. He was elected pope by the second papal conclave of 1978, which was called after John Paul I, who had been elected in August to succeed Pope Paul VI, died after 33 days. John Paul II attempted to improve the Catholic Church's relations with Judaism, Islam, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. He taught on matters such as the New Evangelization, the true meaning of marriage, Theology of the Body, abortion, artificial contraception, celibacy, etc.
Our Request to Him: Pope Saint John Paul II, He beseech your prayers for this site and its authors that it may be a vessel of the New Evangelization by which Christ goes to meet His people. We especially ask your prayers for orthodoxy and upholding the beauty of the faith to all that view it. May this site be the fruit of our prayers and continue to bud forth spiritual fruit of which those that read what we publish may partake of and hear the voice of God and experience His love.
The Name of the Site and Its Motto
Vivat Agnus Dei
At first, this name was chosen, as a result of the easy-to-translate Latin. However, this choice proved to be enormously providential. Agnus Dei, or in English "The Lamb of God", is a title realized/attributed to Jesus first by John the Baptist. This title found in John 1:36, brings and binds together all of God's revelation from Genesis to Revelation in the person and mission of Jesus, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity made man, and His Body the Church. In Revelation, we encounter the Lamb standing as if slain. However, the word "vivat" in Latin means "He lives". Thus, the name of this site implies that Christ continually gives Himself in love, grace, and sacrament to those He loves and does so in spite of His death, through His resurrection, ascending to the right hand of the Father, and sending His Spirit to unite and guide His Church on the pilgrim journey through the world and into heaven without dying anymore, for death has no more power over Him.
Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam
This motto is borrowed from the Jesuit Order. The motto, translated from Latin, means "for the Greater Glory of God". This is short for "A Website and Blog for Networking the best of Catholic Resources and Information for the Greater Glory of God".
The Purpose of this Blog/Site
This site and blog was created and re-created to be a means of encountering the Catholic/Christian faith in its truth, goodness, and beauty on the internet. The internet is full of half-truths, lies, and/or other awful things. More and more the internet becomes our mind as a society. Communication has never been easier and more hostile. This website was created to bring the "lumen Christi ad gentes", the light of Christ to the nations. Wherever the many are there also should Christ go. Christ only goes where His Spirit, and His people go. Toward the end of bringing love to the most unlovable parts of humanity, the content of this website is aimed at spreading this love through the beauty, goodness, and truth of this faith given to us by God through the many faithful Christians throughout the centuries and directing users to other sites and resource created to do the same. Then, subsequently drawing those fall in love with not firstly the truth, but the beauty and love of not just the faith but God, Himself, man's end and fulfillment.
Thus, the premise of this site is a sign that society (man) does not have and cannot create what man truly needs. The normal flow of thought and accomplishment is not capable of nourishing man's hunger for happiness. God does not just love, but He is love (cf. 1 John 4:7-21). If we look to God, we do not find condemnation, but love and help. Without God, man is a slave to himself, the world, and the spirits which constantly act against truth and goodness in pursuit of our destruction. God will do any and all that is necessary to save us from these three enemies. Since "none of us lives as his own master, and none of us dies as his own master", we must choose God to be our master. He does not much accept this title as much as friend and lover. What makes us truly happy (independent of activity, or lack or excess of anything) and fulfills, is ultimately what God wants for us and thus makes Him happy.
In conclusion, the t-shirt quotes a couple of verses from the Gospel of Saint John. The first from John 6 states, "the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh". This verse is the first time Jesus insinuates He is to become the Passover Lamb whose flesh must be eaten for salvation and that this world is as a desert compared to heaven and He is truly the nourishment we need from heaven as manna in the desert. Both aspects of His words clearly hold the truth of the Eucharist/sacrifice and meal of the Mass within them. The second, from John 1:11 states, "He came to his own home, and his own people received him not". Our lives are not our own, and this world is not our home. Sin wears away our willingness and ability to recognize and love God as we are disposed to. Would that this blog and site work against that dynamic and help all who encounter it to fall in love with God, and to intentionally encounter Him in all ways especially through prayer and the sacraments. May our use of this site/blog, the websites/resources that share in this mission, and indeed, all technology bring the truth, goodness, and beauty of what we believe to others and inspire a new love for God in ourselves.
"...Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more..."
Prior to 2020, the founder had the resources page published as the faith-oriented part of the site using the rest for academics. This came from a desire to share the opportunity to encounter faith-friendly programs on the internet.
In January of 2020, the founder began studying Theology and felt a call to share what he learned.
In April of 2020, Realizing that the truth he learned must be shared, the founder reopened his Facebook account toward this end.
In May of 2020, the blog was created. The founder put to use the skills and willingness to create a blog site. The blog began producing a weekly post on the Lord's day to help the reader appropriate the day for not just Church attendance but also to learn and (God willing thereby) fall further in love with the Most Holy Trinity.
In August 2020, social media was adapted to grow the audience of the blog.
In December 2020, Webex & the YouTube Channel was used for praying of the liturgy of the hours.
In May 2021, the supplementing website was readapted for resources, more information, etc. that would not be published through a post.
In 2022, the supporting website was adapted for the potential interests of average viewer (evangelization), greater dedication to beauty, and more diverse information as well as greater resources for personal growth in the spiritual life.
See our updates page for 2022 History
However, the Discrod will provide you will moment to moment updates
Our Praxis and Process for Posts
A topic is preposed through prayer-filled thought with as specifc direction
During a Holy Hour an intorduction is constructed with an eye to the interests of our time choosing provocative language, interesting anecdotes, and/or bold claims culminating in a specifc claim the the rest of the post is based in proving
During another prayerful moment, the body is written synthesizing personal drawings of the Spirit as well as other truths of the faith.
In another prayerful context, the conclusion is written summarizing the most important moves of the body and resolving the introduction, as well as answering the question "what does this mean of each of our lives?".
Prayerful poetry is added corresponding to the message of the text usually in a certain dialogue with God the Spouse of the Church and Love Himself.
An image, painting, etc. is chosen as it corresponds to the message of the text or something related to add a visual beauty to each post.
This image is editted and sent to most of our social media accounts it spread the beauty of God's message to the many especailly those closest in our lives and making use of tools commonly used for vanity is thence used for the good of the Kingdom of God.
The post is directly link with the picture with some porvocative line that may make someone interested and/or provide a crude summary of the main point of the post.
Through, prayer and other electronic resources we hope to extend beauty of the faith into the public square.
We hope share the life of the Church in drawing the viewer into the most interesting aspects of Christian life.
Adding relevant citations to allow the reader to enter further into the perspective of each post as time permits us.
Websites We Helped Develop
Pius XII Newman Center
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