Josh Low | Class of 2008

 
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Seasoned traveller Josh Low (Class of 2008) is embarking on an evangelisation mission with the Missioners of Christ in Comayagua, Honduras – an avenue for service that will allow him to serve the poorest of the poor.

It’s a calling that the journalist felt compelled to answer after reflecting on all the blessings bestowed on him in his own life, and what the Lord was calling him to do to put his faith into action.

‘More than 66% of Hondurans live in poverty, with many living on less than $2 USD a day,’ Josh explained. ‘I’ve been very blessed in my life, in all I’ve seen and experienced across the world, so giving back from what I’ve received is at the heart of this decision.’ 

Josh was most recently a media content producer at the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth / The Record magazine. However, if someone had asked him in his high school years if he would ever take on such a selfless challenge, he says he’d probably have responded in the negative.

He explained that his years in high school saw him not overly involved in his studies - preferring soccer to academics, and being present at Av԰ and his parish without whole-heartedly participating in faith formation.

Although he eventually completed his tertiary studies at Murdoch University,  the experiences afforded to him through travelling to 56 countries  – whether for army service, study, work or leisure –  is where he says he gained the most valuable life skills, which include acquiring and developing Mandarin, Italian, Spanish and Russian (and some Croatian). 

The true lesson in his faith journey, however, manifested on recent trips to South America and Europe, where God consistently made himself known to him in deep and lasting ways, experiencing encounters beyond the realm of coincidence or luck.

It was through these unique moments that he realised God hadn’t been at the centre of his life. Essentially, he felt that life had been all about himself, and said the travels, experiences and all the enjoyment along the way had all been self-focused, instead of on God and His will. 

Because of this, spurred on by the words of St Teresa of Avila, that ‘Christ has no body but yours’, he desired to turn back to God, step out of his comfort zone and serve others out of love for the Lord and His Church.

He cites Romans 8:28 as a key, recurring sign that he is on the right path: ‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, and are the called according to His purpose.’

‘The evangelisation efforts of others over the past decade have had a profound impact on me and has led to where I am now, with a desire to humbly offer myself and my gifts and talents in a more radical way,’ he said.

When asked for a piece of advice for current Av԰ students, Josh offered a quote he himself was recently told.

‘Being a good person is not enough. The difference between being a good person and a holy person is the source of the standard. To be a good person, we set our own standards for what it means to be good, whereas to be holy, God sets the standard. And holiness is worth striving for right here, right now.’

‘And in the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort, you were made for greatness.’

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