Faith isn't one of the many components of life. It has everything to do with the happiness we were made for. Jesus didn't come to take away our "fun." In his own words, "I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete!" (John 15:11)
Catholics have risked their lives for thousands of years to be at Mass. For mere ritual? Nostalgia? Obligation? No. For the most intimate encounter we get with our Maker on this side of eternity, and to tap into the power we need to live the life we were made for.
When the story of human history comes to a close, death and violence don't get the final word. The love of God does. That love, burning bright in the heart of Fr. Emil Kapaun in the darkness of a POW camp in the Korean war, made him a hero.
John Paul II, thank you for standing out like a light in the darkness of this generation, reminding us of who we are.
Stefanick is one of the most engaging young defenders of the Christian faith on the scene today.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
I just wanted to tell you how much I loved Chris Stefanick's talk! I thought Chris was very engaging and portrayed this incredibly important message with great enthusiasm, humor, and added impressive facts. He made me feel, just like all girls should, like a princess worth waiting for.
I hope and pray that the entire audience feels as strongly as I do about this message and will continue to be good examples of purity for their peers. Thanks for everything!
That was the only talk I’ve heard that I actually acted upon...
…I thought I had an idea of what love was, but your talk showed me so much more to love. I recently broke up with a girl that I've been dating on and off for a year and a half, partially because your talk opened my eyes to how bad this relationship was being handled. It was basically sustained by passionate moments. Not love.
Anyway, to sum this all up, I really thank you for spending your time talking to us. You have indeed changed my life, and are one of my heroes.”
Dan from Texas
About Chris Stefanick
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has called Chris Stefanick “one of the most engaging young defenders of the Christian faith on the scene today.” Chris speaks to over 50,000 teens, young adults, and parents every year.