Allegra Thatcher, Assistant Editor.
Nationally acclaimed speaker Chris Stefanick brought a message of love and joy during his “Reboot!” event at Northern Kentucky University, Jan. 28. The event was one of several across the country under a tour with the same name.
The evening featured a presentation from the T.V. host and author, who reminded the large crowd that “Life is a love story.”
Only when we remember that we are made for love, said Mr. Stefanick, can we truly realize our identity. “When something is made for a purpose and it’s used for something else, it breaks,” he said.
He encouraged his audience to remember that love makes demands and life isn’t going to be easy.
“If you have a God whose whole mission is to make you feel good about yourself, who lets you do whatever you want, guess who your God is? Your God is you,” he said.
The key, he said, is finding joy despite the circumstances in your life. Circumstances are only a page in a grander love story, and they don’t determine anything.
He then provided a list of five rules to a joyful life, with practical examples to live them out: give thanks, love yourself, love people, engage your body and remember the big picture.
“Joy is knowing you’re loved perfectly,” he concluded.
Mr. Stefanick spoke for over two hours and each attendee received three of his published books. Donna Heim, campus minister at the Northern Kentucky University Newman Center, and Thomas More University student Kansie Disney, whose initiative brought the “Reboot” tour to Kentucky, introduced him.
The event was sponsored by the All Saints Youth Group, Walton, and co-sponsored by Thomas More Campus Ministry, NKU Newman Center and Holy Cross Parish, Latonia.
Mrs. Heim shared that Thomas More University and the NKU Newman Center have collaborated in the recent past by sending students to the SEEK conference in December 2019. The Fellowship of Catholic University Students sponsors the conference. By pooling resources of people and finances, Mrs. Heim said the universities could collaborate to bring quality Catholic speakers and content.
“We were delighted to work with them,” she said.
Ms. Disney, a sophomore at Thomas More University, heard Mr. Stefanick at a Steubenville conference in middle school, and has wanted to share him with the Diocese of Covington ever since. After he agreed to come, she took up a six-month publicity campaign, in which she used resources such as Sacred Heart Radio, parish bulletins and the Messenger to spread the word.
According to Mrs. Heim, this is just the first of many sponsored speaker events that the NKU Newman Center and Thomas More University are planning.
“NKU really supports Catholic ministry,” she said. “And it’s exciting to see the solidarity of the Catholic community to rekindle our faith.”