Do you know what Congressman Paul Ryan identifies as the single most dangerous problem the U.S. faces right now? If you guess “the economy” or “debt” you would be wrong. His answer might surprise you when you listen to this free audio download of an eye-opening interview he did last year with the Envoy Institute.
A committed Catholic, Congressman Ryan is now the GOP candidate for vice president for the 2012 presidential election. Early last year, before he rose to his current prominence, he granted an interview with the Envoy Institute in which he explained candidly what he sees as America’s single greatest challenge today, and how he proposes to confront that challenge and, in so doing, begin the process of curing the country’s dire political, social, moral, and economic ills. You will probably never guess what he identifies as the hidden obstacle to true freedom and equitable prosperity. But you don’t have to guess, because you can download the interview right now free and start listening in moments.
A Goal-Driven Life
By Luke Vercollone
Being a professional athlete is something most people can only dream of. But pro-soccer player Luke Vercollone is, as they say, living the dream. And living it well. As he explains in this article, the world of professional sports can be extremely rewarding and fulfilling, but it also has some unique challenges of its own that can sometimes derail an athlete’s personal and spiritual life if he or she isn’t careful. What’s Luke’s secret of success in this arena? Well, as the title of this article says, he seeks to live a goal-driven life, and not just those of the soccer variety. As he explains, striving to put God first in your life is a winning strategy every time.
The Day I Died
By Melanie Pritchard
This is a truly amazing story about a young, pregnant mom who thought she was going in to the hospital for a routine delivery. As you’ll see, her experience was anything but routine. In this article, Melanie shares the dramatic details of what happened to her and how, in the midst of her own life-or-death crisis, God’s grace and mercy sustained her, her newborn child, and her family and friends, who went through heart-breaking anguish at seeing her nearly die. Melanie explains how her own experience of trusting God can be an encouragement for you, when times get tough in your own life.
The Challenges of Being Catholic in College
By Melissa Guerrero-Beltrán
Going to college is a very special time of growth in maturity and for all young men and women who are blessed with this opportunity. The college years are filled with new friends, new knowledge gained in the classroom, and a new and growing sense of responsibility students feel as they prepare to “go out into the world.” Along the way, plenty of challenges and hurdles will appear that need to be surmounted: on the positive side, things like exams, homework, etc., and on the negative side, things like temptations to do things you know you shouldn’t do, etc. But there are other challenges that many Catholic college students experience, and they are challenges to their Faith — everything from their faith in God to their belief that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. How should they respond to these challenges? In this article, Catholic college student Melissa Guerrero-Beltrán offers her own philosophy of how to deal with them. You may find that her experiences are not that different from yours.