Amy Smith is the Register’s associate editor who edits features for the “Culture of Life” section. Fueled by prayer and coffee, she enjoys writing about everything from Jane Austen to saints for the Register. She is the author of The Plans God Has for You: Hopeful Lessons for Young Women (Emmaus Road Publishing, 2020). Her writing has also appeared in various other Catholic publications. She has a master’s degree in journalism and a B.A. in English. Find her online at Instagram.com/hopefulwordsmith/ and Twitter.com/hope_wordsmith.
Pop culture revolves around an ever-changing mix of headlines. I am happy to see that many deal with Christianity lately.
“Tebowing” is part of the American lexicon now due to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow’s Christian faith on and off the field.
I think it’s great how Tebow is glorifying God in all things, standing up for faith, life and purity.
So does another quarterback: Philip Rivers, who just happens to be Catholic (yay!).
The San Diego Chargers quarterback lives his Catholic faith well. (Our article has links to his Catholic Answers’ videos and appearance on Life on the Rock.)
Then there’s actor Mark Wahlberg’s commitment to his faith of late (he carries a prayer book with him and is learning the new words at Mass; he even looked up what “consubstantial” means). Nice to hear “consubstantial” mentioned on TV!
Given all the other topics out there, it’s great to see this dialogue. I like commenting on faith and literature and faith and life in general. I have written about Jane Austen on this blog before, not to mention the saints and other Christian-life matters. For more on Austen, my favorite song and why coffee is so good, see here, too.
I love how these recent stories get all of us talking. My young-adult friends and I certainly have.
Many question public statements and expressions of faith from the pop-culture world, but we need this.
We and our fellow Catholics and other Christians need to proclaim the Gospel visibly. Crossing ourselves before meals at restaurants, explaining theological points to relatives, co-workers and friends, etc. — even “tebowing” (we Catholics do that already before the Blessed Sacrament: We call it genuflecting).
More of this — and other expressions of faith — is exactly what this world needs.
Yes, I have a unique perspective because I have always been a faithful Catholic and was blessed to go to a university with an excellent Newman Center. And I am a Catholic journalist (thanks for the prayers, St. Francis de Sales!).
The Pope has called for a Year of Faith later this year. Let’s join in boldly. We can start now (it is the Church’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, after all).
Perhaps the best witness of all is to, as St. Francis de Sales, put it: “Live joyfully!”