Welcome to SEEDS.  This blog shares real-life examples of faith in action – people living out the gospel in their every day lives.  We hope that these stories will take root in your heart and bear fruit in your own life and actions.  Further, that you will sow these SEEDS stories, sharing them with others as a way of spreading the good news of our Lord and encouraging a deepening of their faith.

SEEDS was borne out of a conversation between pastor Father Len and Deacon Candidate Mike Lavallato who was seeking a parish-based pastoral project required as part of his final year of formation.  Leveraging this electronic medium, we hope SEEDS will reach many who might not otherwise visit the parish website --  or connect stories of faith in action with the media, pop culture and every-day life situations.

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“Faith in action is love, and love in action is service. By transforming that faith into living acts of love, we put ourselves in contact with God Himself, with Jesus our Lord.”      --  St. Teresa of Calcutta

A Spectacular Catch

Posted on October 02, 2016

About a month ago, the Florida State University football team visited a local middle school as part of their community service outreach.  As the team was having lunch in the cafeteria, FSU’s star wide receiver, Travis Rudolph, happened to notice a young boy sitting alone at a lunch table.  He went and asked the boy if he could sit down and the young man said “sure why not.”  From there, these two strangers conversed -- one an African American athlete on the verge of fame and stardom; the other an ordinary white boy on the verge of puberty and who is severely autistic.

Someone posted a picture of the two on Facebook and a friend shared the photo with the boy’s mother who was moved to tears, commenting that most days her son eats alone and that she will never forget this gesture of kindness from a complete stranger.  Later Rudolph shared that he did not know the boy had autism; he looked like an ordinary middle schooler.  “It is a blessing; God makes everything happen for a reason.” 

As you might imagine, it didn’t take long for the photo and this story to go viral on social media.  And the two have remained friends on Twitter and through FSU football.

A random chance meeting?  Perhaps.  But Mr. Rudolph acted without thinking, seeing a person in need and responding instinctively to that need.  This is faith in action!  It may remind you of someone else who welcomed strangers, frequented those who were social outcasts, and made room in his heart for the poor, the lame, and for sinners.  It does not require the ability to catch a football for us to do the same.

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# Christian Mele commented on
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Everything happens for a reason, what a great story and act of kindness.

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