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”

My Confirmation Journey

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 Today, I’ve been a full member of the Catholic Church for five years. On May 5, 2015, I made my Confirmation atContinue reading “My Confirmation Journey”

Why I’m Still Catholic

And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:22 It’s been almost 5 years since I made my Confirmation, and it’s honestly one of my fondest memories. Getting Confirmed was something I looked forward to since I made my first Holy Communion. I knewContinue reading “Why I’m Still Catholic”

“With Whom I Am Well Pleased:” Understanding the Baptism of Our Lord

After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17 WhyContinue reading ““With Whom I Am Well Pleased:” Understanding the Baptism of Our Lord”

Away in a Manger

And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:7 We’re familiar with the Nativity story. Mary and Joseph found no room in the inn. She gave birth to the infant Jesus in aContinue reading “Away in a Manger”

Trusting His Mercy

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 Trust… what a beautiful word. I didn’t think to associate it with Confession until I went to Confession recently. The priest kept repeating this little word, encouraging me to trust that I can turn to God in theContinue reading “Trusting His Mercy”