Giving God Our Daily Fiat

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 Our Will or His Will?How often do you dream about the day when God reveals His plan for your life? I used to daydream of having some great epiphany. I dreamed up an elaborate scenarioContinue reading “Giving God Our Daily Fiat”

3 Intentional Ways to Practice Gratitude

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wondrous deeds. Psalm 9:1 An Attitude of GratitudeHow often do you practice gratitude? Lately, I’ve been learning that when you practice gratitude, you’re more receptive to the blessings that God gives you, and when you’re happy with whatContinue reading “3 Intentional Ways to Practice Gratitude”

How to Practice Holy Leisure

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 What is Holy Leisure?I first heard about holy leisure when I started discipleship in college. Courtney, my discipler was teaching me about six-step planning, and she reminded me to take time for holy leisure. She advised meContinue reading “How to Practice Holy Leisure”

The Weeds in Your Soul

Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.” Matthew 13:30 Chores with the CommunityLiving in intentional community is great because we get to do everything together. It’s fun whenContinue reading “The Weeds in Your Soul”

How Our Lady and the Rosary Improved my Prayer Life

Although the repeated Hail Mary is addressed directly to Mary, it is to Jesus that the act of love is ultimately directed, with her and through her. The repetition is nourished by the desire to be conformed ever more completely to Christ. St. John Paul II My First RosaryWhen I learned how to pray theContinue reading “How Our Lady and the Rosary Improved my Prayer Life”

Guardian Angels Aren’t Just for Children

Angel of God, my guardian dear to whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule, and guide. Amen The Guardian Angel Prayer My First PrayerI feel like when you’re a child, angels are cute and magical, like fairytale creatures. We would want to dressContinue reading “Guardian Angels Aren’t Just for Children”

How My 1st Year of Blogging Changed my Faith Journey

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall always be in my mouth. Psalm 34:2 Happy birthday, Radiant with JoyI’m not known for making spontaneous decisions, but I made one a year ago today that I’ll never forget or regret. A year ago, I got my rejection email from FOCUS, and IContinue reading “How My 1st Year of Blogging Changed my Faith Journey”

How to Stay Catholic in College

I plead with you–never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid. St. John Paul II You moved into your first college dorm. You hugged your mom and dad goodbye, and you’re on your own for the first time. Now, you’re tasked with making sure you wakeContinue reading “How to Stay Catholic in College”

Confessions of a Catholic Sad Girl

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 When I’m Not JoyfulPeople often tell me that they love how happy and energetic I am. One priest that I knew in college would always say to me, “thank you for your joy.” I love to share my joy with everyone around me.Continue reading “Confessions of a Catholic Sad Girl”

This Sunday’s Gospel: August 30, 2020

Matthew 16:21-27 Jesus began to show his disciplesthat he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatlyfrom the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,and be killed and on the third day be raised. Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him,“God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.” He turned and saidContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: August 30, 2020”