January 3, 2018 | Catholic Encounters is about people engaging the world in a positive way. Each week you will hear about regular people living their faith to be light to the world and make a real difference in the lives of others. Catholic Encounters is a place where you can come to be inspired and think about how you can encounter others to give glory to God.But let me be clear though. Catholic Encounters is NOT about idealistic, goody-two shoes folks who live in ivory towers. It is exactly the opposite. As Pope Francis put it in the Joy of the Gospel, we get involved by word and deed in real people’s lives, bridging distances, embracing human lives, touching the suffering flesh of Christ in others. Catholic Encounters is being in the real world with real people with real problems. People involved in catholic encounters don’t walk past people in need. They stop what they are doing and help however they can.There were two basic motivations behind Catholic Encounters First, it seems we are just surrounded by negativity. It is everywhere dragging us down. But, that is not my lived experience as a Christian. I am constantly amazed by the love, compassion, and mercy shown by everyday people of faith doing amazing things by living out their faith day by day. Second, Matthew Chapter 5, verse 16 says, “Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” Too often we keep our positive deeds hidden afraid of bringing attention to ourselves or being called out as hypocrites when we fail to live as we should. This is understandable, but misguided. We fail often of course, but that does not make us hypocrites, it makes us human. The focus is not on us, but on our Heavenly Father. We need to remember that. Catholic Encounters is about doing positive things in order to put the focus on God. To be light to the world and salt to the earth.On Catholic Encounters you will meet some extraordinary people. For instance, a college student who brings her rosary to class everyday, or a middle school girl who raised over $12,000 to build houses in Haiti after reading about the country online. Or, a woman who decided to regularly visit a man accused of one of the most horrific crimes you can imagine. And many, many others.So join us on Catholic Encounters. If we do our job, you will be inspired by the people you hear about and also start to see opportunities in your own live to engage in Catholic Encounters. ABOUT YOUR HOST:Jeff Gallant is a cradle Catholic originally from Michigan. He currently lives in Broken Arrow, OK with his wife and daughter. He loves to read, run, and stay positive.