I met with a student at Carroll University for discipleship. “Discipleship” is an intentional meeting with a student (or a couple of students) that essentially aims to strengthen the student’s commitment of being a disciple of Christ through increased prayer, knowledge of the Faith, and receiving the Sacraments. That day, I met with a freshman who I had been meeting with for about a month. As our meeting was coming to a close, I asked him if there was anything in particular he wanted to work on for that week. He asked if I could go to confession with him, and also asked if we could bring along another freshman guy who we knew.
Heck. Yeah. This may seem like something small, but for me this was really exciting and a big step forward for this student. Without knowing it, he was living out his identity as a disciple of Christ. He, like so many characters in the New Testament, saw the goodness attainable in Christ and wished to share it with others.
The three of us went to confession that Saturday in Waukesha, and spent some time in prayer at the Church as well. Because it was around noon, we decided to grab some lunch while we were out. We chose Mexican food, specifically tacos. We perused our options: chicken, beef, chorizo. I had more or less made up my mind when one of the students said, “Woah, look! There’s beef tongue!” We looked, and sure enough, there was not only beef tongue but other peculiar types of meat that we had not tried before, like beef-head meat and barbacoa of goat. Before I knew it, we had agreed to try the “trifecta” as we named it.
Our consensus: we wouldn’t recommended the beef tongue, personally. Maybe it was the idea of tasting taste buds with our own taste buds that was the deal-breaker, but we do plan on making confession and lunch a regular occurrence.
Pax! My name is Joe Wiebersch, and I’m a first-year Brew City Catholic missionary at UW-Whitewater and Carroll University.