Nature of the Church Reflection


This course was very informative, and I found it quite interesting. I was expecting it to be, honestly, very dull. I got a lot out of it. Well, maybe it was that I was disinterested in learning how the Catholic Church works because I have been a Catholic all my life and thought I knew everything. I didn’t then, and still don’t now. Nature of the Church helped me realize this. I was only really intending to take the course and get it over with for my major, but in retrospect, I realize what learning about the church and the evangelical part of her nature brought me: joy.

The Joy of Evangelization

The topic of evangelization was particularly striking to me.  Prior to taking this course, I had read Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on proclaiming the Gospel. I had no idea that this document was about evangelization. Now, I understand it.  Evangelization seems to be a very Protestant concept, and it scares a lot of Catholics away, probably because it seems like brow-beating. However, even Catholics need to be evangelized…Catholics must evangelize each other.  “There are Christians whose lives seem like Lent without Easter. I realize of course that joy is not expressed the same way at all times in life, especially at moments of great difficulty” (Evangelii Gaudium 6). At these moments of great difficulty, evangelization is important. Evangelization with a renewed joy is also important for “Christians whose lives seem like Lent without Easter” (Evangelii Gaudium 6), because they do not have the joy of Christ.

Conversion Caused By Love

When someone speaks joyfully and passionately about something, it is easy to tell. Joy is a personal thing, an emotion that is felt differently by each person “Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures, even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved” (Evangelii Gaudium 6). Evangelizing is speaking joyfully about the love of God. Conversion is the goal, but it is a response to realizing that “we are infinitely loved” (Evangelii Gaudium 6). To paraphrase St. Thomas Aquinas, If you want to convert someone, take them by the hand and guide them.

Why We Lack Joy In Evangelizing

“Sometimes we are tempted to find excuses and complain, acting as if we could only be happy if a thousand conditions were met.” (Evangelii Gaudium 7). We all have the “what’s in it for me?” attitude, and we want results immediately, because we are conditioned for instant gratification.  Our “technological society has succeeded in multiplying occasions of pleasure, yet has found it very difficult to engender joy” (Evangelii Gaudium 7).  We get frustrated if something doesn’t work quickly or if we don’t get answers immediately. Evangelizing is not like texting. There is not an instant result. Because of our frustration, we don’t have joy, which turns people off from conversion. They don’t want to become Christians who live life that is like Lent without Easter. Joy and the evangelical nature of the Church go hand in hand.


Tia Rosie

Sts. Peregrine and Jude, pray for us!
Tia Rosie is my Theology and all things Catholic nerd buddy. If it wasn’t for her pushing me to major in Theology and minor in Philosophy, I wouldn’t be a Theology major and Philosophy minor at all!! She is one of the people I have to thank for helping me find something that I’m good at and that brings me joy, and thanks to her, I have come fully alive! I was so blessed to be able to meet her for the first time in the summer of 2014 when I was out on the west coast in the Bay Area…along with other family members as well. Tia Rosie is an amazing and strong woman. God’s going to get you through this, Tia Rosie. I know He will. I love you, and I am praying so hard for you while you undergo treatment for cancer. I can’t be out there in San Leandro with you physically, but I can be there in spirit!

15 Struggles Only People Who Are Painfully Uncoordinated Understand

Again. This is me.

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1. You’re counting the days until the Zumba craze finally subsides, because honestly, are they trying to kill you.

2. People think you’re really good at dancing horribly on purpose, but you know that that dancing is just you trying your best.

3. Dance crazes like Gangnam Style or the Soulja Boy were your own personal hell because you couldn’t stand in the back and fake it without everyone noticing that you have no idea what you’re doing.

4. People are always trying to give you tips on how to dance, and you need to figure out a polite way to say, “Your effort is honorable, but literally a waste of time.”

5. The Dance Dance Revolution phase that all of your friends went through meant that you “had a cold and couldn’t hang out” for a solid two years.

6. Sometimes you dance alone…

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14 Things Only Neat Messy People Understand

Hahahaha this is me.

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Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 11.26.59 AM1. You like a little bit of clutter, because it makes your place look lived in, rather than like a hospital waiting room, where everything is sanitized and you kind of want to cry all the time.

2. You secretly despise it when a roommate describes your living space as “dirty.” It’s not dirty; it’s cluttered aka a bunch of clean stuff piled on top of other clean stuff.

3. Unlike what your mom might say when she visits, you do in fact know where everything is, just instead of always keeping your keys on a peg by the door, you keep them on the coffee table under your Entertainment Weekly.

4. You actually really enjoy cleaning; you just like doing it once a month for an entire weekend.

5. Whenever you do laundry, you will promptly fold everything, then stick the folded stacks on your desk chair, where…

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15 Things Ambitious Girls Do A Little Bit Differently When They’re Dating


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1.Their relationship will not take up 100% of their life, but they will put 100% into their relationship. It’s important to ambitious girls to have other priorities and things going on outside of their relationship. But that doesn’t mean they won’t give it their all when it comes to being happy with someone.

2.They’re not looking for a challenge, but they are looking for someone to challenge them. They’re not interested in the chase or winning the game. But they’re interested in being with someone who’s going to challenge them to be better and to grow every day.

3.Romance usually means something different to ambitious girls. They love dates and surprises just like the next girl. But in their minds, the most romantic thing in the world is being with someone who they can truly relate to, and someone who supports them in everything that…

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20 Things A 20-Something Guy Says That Straight Up Tell You He’s Just Not Into You

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1. “I don’t really use labels.”

He’ll call someone his girlfriend at some point. He’s just not ready or interested in using that label with you.

2. “Sorry I just got your text.”

No he didn’t. His phone is always in front of him or in his pocket. He saw your text a while ago. It just wasn’t a priority for him to respond right away.

3. “I think you’re awesome. But…”

He probably does think you’re awesome. But this is also probably his way of letting you down easy.

4. “I’m not sure what I want right now.”

You’re not what he wants right now. If he wanted to be with you he would make that clear.

5. “This week’s crazy for me.”

Maybe he is really busy, maybe he is not. The only truth you can count on from this is that it’s not gonna happen…

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25 Quotes About Love And Dating All Badass, Ambitious Single Women Should Abide By

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“Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.”

– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

“Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.”

– Mae West

“I will not fall in love with your bones or skin. I will not fall in love with the places you have been. I will not fall in love with anything but the words that flutter from your extraordinary mind.”

-Andre Jordan

“Men are from Earth. Women are from Earth. Deal with it.”

-George Carlin

“I have to go. I have a finite amount of life and I don’t want to spend it arguing with you.”

-Jenny Trout

“The girls who were unanimously considered beautiful…

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19 Things Only Women With A Low Maintenance Fashion Sense Understand

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1. You have three hairstyles: down, ponytail, and bun.

2. You have one pair of shoes that you wear with 95% of your wardrobe.

3. Most of your outfits are just some combination of t-shirts and jeans.

4. This makes getting ready massively easy. What are you going to wear? Throw on the first pair of jeans and t-shirt you can find. Put on aforementioned shoes. Boom. Done.

5. Sundresses are also great because they look like you put more effort into getting ready, but you definitely didn’t.

6. You have to be very clear with your hairstylist that you need a cut that’s easy to maintain, because you’re not about that life. Your idea of styling your hair is making sure the part is nice, and if you’re feeling fancy, throwing a clip or headband up there.

7. You find make up a little terrifying. You understand…

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Cards Against Humanity: Disney Edition

I’m dying.

The New Serg Beret

In order to make up for the great delay of Film A Week-Week 2: The Running Man, Jesus Figueroa of, Danny Vasquez of ELAC Campus News and I have made a Disney Edition expansion to Cards Against Humanity.

Hey, own Cards Against Humanity? Do you also love Disney? 
Well, awesome because now you can combine the two by downloading the fanmade Disney Edition expansion pack for your convenience.


There are a total of 200 cards (140 White Cards, 60 Black Cards) all referencing your favorite Disney films, theme parks, actors, shows and music you love. Nothing like making jokes about the innocence of classic Disney romance along with the horrors of Nazis, Michelle Obama’s arms and more.


Below are the PDF links to download to add for your collection:


DisneyCAH 1 DisneyCAH 2

DisneyCAH 3 DisneyCAH 4

DisneyCAH 5 DisneyCAH 6

DisneyCAH 7


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