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Chris Stefanick speaks during a REBOOT Live! event Feb. 20 at St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Cape Coral. Participants of all ages gathered to hear the internationally acclaimed speaker and author.. (PHOTOS BY BOB REDDY | FC)

REBOOT Live inspires faithful of all ages

Cape Coral  |  Whether young or old, “REBOOT! LIVE! Featuring Chris Stefanick,” which took place at two different Diocesan parishes in February, resonated with those who participated.

“That was so awesome,” said one teen from St. Andrew Parish in Cape Coral following the Feb. 21 REBOOT event at St. Katharine Drexel Parish. “He really made me think about how serious I take my faith.” 

In Cape Coral, some 800 faithful from across Lee County listened to Stefanick, who is an internationally acclaimed speaker and author. 

Stefanick centered the evening around a practical exploration and understanding of the Catholic faith, and all the ways that understanding is meant to impact one’s life through prayer and spirituality including: work, dating, marriage, parenting, health and more. Stefanick challenged everyone to reexamine their personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and if it is absent, to develop one. He noted that most take that relationship for granted and some even view Jesus as an abstract idea versus someone that should resonate deep within their soul.

“Your life is a love story,” Stefanick said. “The love that you and I were born to find. The most beautiful love story ever told, the best news ever, is found in the Catholic Christian faith and in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the best love story ever. That is not just a cheap way to understand your faith, it is the only way to understand your faith.”

George Bradley of St. Katherine Drexel Parish said the presentation by Stefanick resonated because it was both personal and easy to understand. 

“Sometimes it is easy to feel isolated in the faith, but (Stefanick) reminded us of how the power of the Lord should be part of who we are at our core and should be reflected in everything we do. That’s a challenge to remember but something we should all aspire to do each day.”

A second event took place Feb. 22 at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Naples drawing another large crowd from across Collier County.