Different but the same

My friend asked me my opinion on CFC-Y and CCO and my reply was so long, I said I was going to blog about it. Lol. Spoiler alert: Please if you are planning on going to a CFC-Y camp, don’t read this post yet.

CFC Y and CCO are not really the same thing. The approaches by both clubs are different but the message is the same.  It makes sense because both groups are Catholic (: Actually CFC Y camp is like a weekend of CCO Faith studies.

CFC-Y’s camp’s first talk is ‘God’s love and his amazing plan for us’ and Talk 2 is ‘who is Jesus?’ (I think that’s what it was called). CCO’s first Faith Study is Discovery (It tells us about how God loves us and has great plans for us. It teaches us about Jesus and developing a personal relationship with him. This study gives the basic message about Jesus…he’s our Lord and savior and it is open to everyone, Christians, Muslims, Atheists etc.)

The third camp talk is ‘ReFaHeFo’ (Repentance,  Faith, Healing and Forgiveness). This talk was so deep! I was really touched because some people shared really deep things about themselves. It’s probably my favorite because it reminded me of the Lord’s mercy. I don’t know if I can classify this as a particular faith study but the messages are in every study. We need repentance, faith, healing and forgiveness.

The Fourth camp talk is Holy Spirit(either it was called Holy Spirit or The gifts of the holy spirit)
This corresponds to the Second CCO Faith Studies: Source. It emphasizes the importance of the holy spirit in our lives and also how to develop a personal relationship with the holy spirit.

Fifth camp talk I think is called ‘Growth’. This is basically the third CCO faith study. I remember being taught  Service, Fellowship and Prayer/Scripture at Camp. CCO basically teaches the same thing and we learned about the sacraments. Maybe in the camp, we spoke about sacraments but I don’t remember. The fourth and fifth CCO faith studies are Obedience and Commission respectively.  One of these days, I will blog about my obedience faith study. It is no doubt the highlight of my Mondays even though it is by 9:30am, and I don’t really like mornings.

Actually Lea made this analysis of CFC-Y’s camp and Faith Studies. She was the one who invited me to camp and took me to the venue. Those days when I had no sense of direction. Hahaha. She asked me to call her back as soon as I got home that day. She was probably more excited than me. LOL. I miss her but I am happy for her.

CCO’s mission statement is “We are a university student movement dedicated to evangelization. We challenge students to live in the fullness of the Catholic Faith with an emphasis on becoming leaders for the renewal of the world.” which to me is a way of ‘Young People Being and Bringing Christ Wherever They Are’ (CFC-Y’s mission statement)

R, if you ever read this, Thank you for praying with me at camp and for the letter that you gave me. All this reminiscing made me realize that I never actually told you thank you. Even though I am almost a year late, thank you!

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May God continue to guide and protect you, Lea in New York.

 Lent with Pope Francis

What recurring temptations do  I allow to distract me from God’s path?

Anxieties and not placing my trust in God.

Distractions with the fleeting things of the world.

If I had a dollar for every time I get worried or anxious, I’d be a multibillionaire. Please teach me to trust in you Lord and to turn to you, when temptations come my way, and when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You. Jesus, You’re my hope and stay.

Matthew 6:25-26 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

Lent with the Saints

List three people in your life that you haven’t forgiven for some slight or offense. Ask God to help you forgive them. Honestly, I can’t think of anyone except myself. Dear God, help me to forgive myself for the mistakes that I make each day.

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