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    Jesus’ and a Mother’s Love: This Sunday’s Gospel 5/9/2021

    May 9, 2021 by

    For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! Jesus and His disciples are gathered around the table. Having finished the Last Supper, Jesus gives His friends a few last words of wisdom before His Passion begins. I can imagine the disciples listening to Him intently. He shares important instructions, theological truths, and most… Read more

  • We're All Called to be Disciples

    We’re All Called to be Disciples

    May 7, 2021 by

    Growing in DiscipleshipI noticed that I write about discipleship often in my blogs. This subject has become an important part of my faith journey, and as followers of Christ, we’re all called to be His disciples. You might think that the only disciples lived 2000 years ago and encountered Jesus face-to-face, but we can still… Read more

  • This Sunday's Gospel

    This Sunday’s Gospel: May 2, 2021

    May 2, 2021 by

    For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! I sat on a beautiful porch in Florida, changed forever after returning from a mission trip in Nicaragua. My team and I sat in a circle for a debriefing session before we parted ways and returned to our respective campuses for the rest of the… Read more

  • Resting to Restore

    April 30, 2021 by

    It’s been a while!I’m back! It’s been a minute (about 28 days) since I posted a blog like this on Radiant with Joy, and it’s simply because I needed a break. It started as a short one, but I didn’t realize until I was in the middle of it that I needed more time than… Read more

  • This Sunday's Gospel

    This Sunday’s Gospel: April 25, 2021

    April 25, 2021 by

    For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! When I think of sheep, I think of them as adorable fluffy animals. They always look so pure and perfect for snuggling. But they’re also and fragile, and they need to be watched and cared for. Because sheep are so precious, they need to be… Read more

  • Good Friday: The Most Passionate Love Story

    Good Friday: The Most Passionate Love Story

    April 2, 2021 by

    The Greatest Love StoryI used to love dramatic romance novels, the kind where a couple fights to protect their relationship against all odds. I would root for them as they clung to each other through obstacle after obstacle. I would swoon over grand gestures of one’s love and passionate scenes of intimacy. Oftentimes, the story… Read more

  • How the Annunciation Reminds me of Discernment

    March 25, 2021 by

    Revealing His WillI love to reflect on the Annunciation, when Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she would be the Mother of God. It resonates with me for several reasons, including Mary’s fiat, or her response to the Annunciation, meaning “let it be done.” In this moment, Mary learned of God’s plan for… Read more

  • According to His Timing

    According to His Timing

    March 21, 2021 by

    For this Sunday’s Gospel and the other Scrutiny Year A readings, click here! When I pray, I ask God to answer my prayers in His “perfect timing.” I lift up my friends and family and offer Him my intentions. After my laundry list of prayers, I end with “Father, I ask that You answer these… Read more

  • A Lot Can Happen in 23 Years

    A Lot Can Happen in 23 Years

    March 4, 2021 by

    23 Years Later…Today I turned 23 years old, and needless to say, I’ve grown and changed a lot from when I was born. I love to look back on the plans that 3-year-old Madeline dreamed up versus where I am in life now. I spent my days playing dress-up and making crafts. I thought I… Read more

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