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Following Jesus today is harder than it used to be, but modern day disciples do exist. Christians try to see Jesus in other people and they follow Jesus' example and teachings.

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A02 Following Jesus today is harder than it used to be, but modern day disciples do exist. Christians try to see Jesus in other people and they follow Jesus' example and teachings. An everyday Christian would try to see the good in everybody, try to forgive others when hurt or unhappy and apologise for things that they do wrong. Caring for the poor, putting others before themselves and trying not to be racist or prejudiced are all important qualities that an everyday Christian should live their lives by. In our everyday lives as children, adults, workers and families we can, of course, communicate with God; we can listen and respond to the call of Jesus even today. Through church, prayer, priests, and by fulfilling the sacraments we can be at one with God at any time. To get a call would be to have such a strong faith that you want to drop everything to follow it. Nowadays, to do as the first disciples did today, monasteries with monks, and convents with nuns allow people who wish to dedicate their lives to God to go and do so. ...read more.

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Both the widow and the poor person who I was talking about above are showing Christian like qualities, they are giving every thing they have to god whereas the rich men and the people donating are just giving what they have to spare. They are giving half heartedly. In my eyes an example of a modern day disciple would be Mother Teresa. She was a Roman Catholic nun, founder of the Missionaries of Charity, and Nobel laureate. Originally named Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, she entered the Order of the Sisters of Our Lady of Loreto in Ireland at the age of 18. She trained in Dublin and Darjeeling, India, before taking her religious vows in 1937. While serving as principal of a Roman Catholic high school in Calcutta, she was moved by the presence of the sick and dying on the city's streets. In 1948 she was granted permission to leave her post at the convent and begin a ministry among the sick. In 1950 Mother Teresa and her associates were approved within the archdiocese of Calcutta as the Missionaries of Charity. ...read more.

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They have to also give up many of what we would call "life essentials". They sacrifice things they care about for their religion and what they believe in. To be a modern day disciple, you need to do as the first disciples did, suffer. There are costs and rewards, and the costs of dropping everything to follow your faith as a monk would do means that suffering occurs in the form of no luxuries, no entertainment, no sex, no relationships and total obedience. But then reflecting that, the satisfaction a monk must get from what he does must simply overcome all the things we experience on a daily basis. Priests also experience suffering, having to handle with non-believers attitudes, mocking and shunning, as well as the vows of chastity and obedience. Priests and strong Christians want to make the world a better place; they want everyone to believe in Christ and his love for everyone. They believe that if they concentrate on doing what god wants then they will be rewarded in their life to come in heaven. ...read more.

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