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Our Faithful Friar was ordained

We have been praying for a spiritual leader for sometime.

Knights of Columbus | Tallahassee

Sir Knight and Deacon Matthew Busch was ordained to the Catholic priesthood by Bishop Gregory Parkes at the Cathedral of The Sacred Heart in Pensacola on Saturday, May 10, 2014.  Fr. Busch, one of the founding members of St. Louis the Crusader Council 12929 and a member of Father Hugon Assembly 0170 has recently been appointed Faithful Friar of that Assembly.  The Faithful Friar is the spiritual Advisor of the Assembly and we have been needing one. This is a blessing from God for him to bring us a Priest of valor.  The accompanying photographs reflect the support he received at his ordination from his fellow Fourth Degree Knights.  He has expressed gratitude to all Knights of Columbus and requests their continued prayers and support as he begins his priestly service at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on July 1st.Fr. Busch Ordination 2014 008Fr. Busch Ordination 2014 077Fr. Busch Ordination 2014 119

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My favorite hobby: Aviation

I received my private pilots license when I was 18 years, a senior in Dunbar High School, and the first graduating pilot from Fayette County Kentucky’s aviation program with AeroTek’s Flight School. I once flew from the Sporty’s Fly-in to the coastline from Mertle Beach to South Padre Island in “good ole’ Julie”; it was the time of my life. I haven’t flown in a few years, but I aspire to continue flying and eventually be certified to give flight lessons. It’ll be my passion/hobby that will pay for itself.

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Ambition vs Patience: God’s time has no clock

“Wow! What a great idea. This has to be done… NOW!” Have your ever thought that? I know I have many times. I would be half way complete with a task from a previous good idea and stop all of a sudden to begin working on the next project. At the end of the day, I would have incomplete work on two great ideas, but that didn’t benefit anyone.

I was overly ambitious. Although this helped in the type of work I was in, my personal life was unorganized. My spiritual advisor strongly suggested that I work on my patience. We came up with a plan to write down the idea and put a time on the calendar to start working on it.  This helped with time management; this helped my ambition become orderly.

I wasn’t the poster child for patience. I repeated a saying, “why put off something you can do today until tomorrow?” After asking myself that question for many years, I finally have an answer: to think about it. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we can listen twice as much as we can speak. By allowing time between the creation of the idea and starting to working on the idea, this gave me time to listen to God’s vision of the idea. Adding patience into my life has given my work diligence.

God’s time has no clock.  An example of divine timing happened to me this week. I had an idea of a fundraiser and I looked up the name of it online. The www.WorldYouthFund.org site was available for purchase. I called the number and spoke with the sales rep. She gave me all kinds of traffic reports and told me the number of counties that frequent the site. When she finally came around to quoting me a price, it was $15,000 only for the domain name. After praying about where I could raise the funds, I thought about putting my inquiry on a 3rd party webpage that would notify me when their rights were released from the domain name. I told myself, “When God wants me to have that domain, he will provide the funds at the right time when I need it.” Would you believe that it was only two hours later that I received an email saying that the website was available? The company who was selling it had a 6 year contract and did not renew the subscription even though they had a possible buyer submit an inquiry that afternoon. I bought the domain name for $18 that night. That’s God’s hand, there’s no other way to explain that timing.

I believe if we allow time for faith into our lives, we will be surprised with what we can overcome. Good will always win over evil, honesty will always trump dishonesty, and God’s timing will always be on time. Since believers will never give up, patience added to ambition gives our works wisdom.

@BenjaminHorbowy

Social Media’s Effects on Self Development in Youth

I grew up on the internet before it was called the internet. When I was 11, I helped the local librarian set up the town’s first community computer and taught her how to search for information online. 20 years later, I see how communicating online is a natural part of peoples’ lives, especially the younger population.

Making a hashtag trending, saying provoking statements for retweets, collecting social likes, and gaining a follower base… all these activities have their benefits. They help deliver or receive a message and emotionally connect people with a digital community. I am happy for those who enjoy this sort of influence, but I wonder how influencing a digital community affects a person’s actions in real life… especially how does being on social media effect youth and their personal development?

There are facebook pages, twitter handles, and instagram feeds for kids who aren’t old  enough to spell. By the time the children reach high school age, they could have more online subscribers than there are people living in their city. It’s not the kids putting this content on the internet; it’s their parents.  If a child is extroverted, they may enjoy this and gain social energy by the feedback. On the downside, they might behave more extreme in real life in order to have stories or photos worthy of massive feedback online. If a child is introverted, they could feel over exposed and have a stronger need for personal space than usual. What if a bully finds a photo from years ago and uses this against the youth? The victim could possibly be harmed with digital ammunition provided by the child’s own parent.

Personally, I am very extroverted. In my last business, using over 400 anonymous social channels, I gained more than 7,000,000 followers. After experiencing both positive and negative feedback from my interactions online, I started to feel a need to step back from the over exposure. I felt that my online community was distracting me from becoming the person I truly wanted to become. I deleted many of my accounts with the most followers because I was getting feedback from a population that I wasn’t interested in subjecting myself.

Finding energy and focus through self-awareness is always a good thing. Subjecting one’s self to the public is a conscious decision. I recommend to any parent who is considering putting their child online to consider my point of view.

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Middle Schoolers Engage in Spiritual Enrichment during College Football Gameday

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In a football town during any game day, the majority of the population can be found tailgating and partying before and during the game. Especially, when the home team is ranked the highest it’s been in years and we are playing our biggest arch rival. Today, Tallahassee is hosting FSU vs Miami. As for the middle schoolers of Good Shepard Catholic Church, you will not find them at the football fiestas, but rather at the church in Christian fellowship, participating in acts of faith, and in prayerful evaluation of self.

When the pastor saw the large turn out, Fr. Mike Foley smiled and said,  “It’s a blessing to see the presence and vitality coming from the youth.” More than 60 middle schoolers participated in the over night retreat. It was a true joy to be around the youth as they ran between different stations of activities that demonstrated works of mercy. The young teenagers were very excited to be learning more about themselves and their faith. “This is evidence and proof that the Spirit of God is still active and alive working in the church. The youth will be witness for the world,” Fr. Tom Dillon.

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The retreat was full of fun things to do, spiritual engagement, religious education, arts and crafts, and they even watched some video clips from World Youth Day Brazil 2013. Deacon Tom McBrearty provided a short talk about his efforts in prison ministry. During questions from the audience, he assured the middle schoolers, “we are all called to love God and sometimes it takes some good time to learn that.” Then, the middle schoolers choose names from a list of inmates who the deacon ministers to and wrote them personal Christmas cards with very short witnesses of faith.

Reactions from the youth about the weekend:

 “The best part about being here is experiencing the love of Jesus with my friends and meeting new brothers and sisters of Christ. Hashtag OMG #CatholicSwag.” – 8th grade girl

 “Adoration was really really… like really cool. Being there with God… He made me feel like He took all my troubles away and, at that moment, nothing else mattered.” – 8th grade boy

 “I love the feeling after confession and during adoration. #GodIsAwesome.” – 7th grade girl

 “Regular people can be saintly too. You don’t have to be the same religion to learn about other groups of faith.” – 7th grade boy

 “This weekend was great. I learned that it’s better to light a single candle than to be mad at the darkness.” – 6th grade girl

 “It was cool that the minister from prison told us that he sees inmates becoming Christians even while they are in prison.” – 6th grade boy  

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By Benjamin Horbowy