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”

This Sunday’s Gospel: November 8, 2020

Matthew 25:1-13 Jesus told his disciples this parable:“The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virginswho took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps,brought no oil with them,but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroomContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: November 8, 2020”

The Fruits of the Luminous Mysteries

And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. Matthew 17:2 I used to get distracted throughout the Rosary, and occasionally I still do. I announce the mystery, let my mind wander, and only remember which one I’m on when I pray the ninth orContinue reading “The Fruits of the Luminous Mysteries”

15 Saints Who Weren’t Too Young to be Saints

Ask Jesus to make you a Saint. After all, only he can do that. St. Dominic Savio Saints of All AgesWe often see icons of adults and old men and women, but we know that the Saints come from all walks of life and all ages. There are so many young Saints with steadfast faithContinue reading “15 Saints Who Weren’t Too Young to be Saints”

Following Jesus to the Foot of the Cross: St. Mary Magdalene’s Conversion and Devotion

Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord;” and she told them that he had said these things to her. John 20:18 My Patron and NamesakeSt. Mary Magdalene resonates with me in so many ways. When I was really little, I learned during a Palm Sunday Mass that I wasContinue reading “Following Jesus to the Foot of the Cross: St. Mary Magdalene’s Conversion and Devotion”

The Lily of the Mohawks: St. Kateri Takewitha’s Journey

I am not my own; I have given myself to Jesus. He must be my only love. St. Kateri Tekawitha I remember learning about St. Kateri Tekawitha in Catholic Elementary school. She was canonized in 2012, so while she was still Bl. Kateri Tekawitha, I learned about her during all-school Masses. Fr. Patti would tellContinue reading “The Lily of the Mohawks: St. Kateri Takewitha’s Journey”

We’re Made for Community

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 When I was in college, I learned from the Newman Center and our FOCUS missionaries the importance of community. Looking back on my time at Slippery Rock, I always had something to do at the Newman Center, and someone who I loved was always there.Continue reading “We’re Made for Community”

Christ Beside Me: A St. Patrick’s Day Reflection

Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ inquired, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. St. Patrick Here’s a fun factContinue reading “Christ Beside Me: A St. Patrick’s Day Reflection”

Transfigure Us, O Lord

And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light. Matthew 17:2 What comes to mind when you hear the word Lent? Does it imply a somber season of mourning and penance? Maybe you adopt a gloomy demeanor during this season. You might gravitate towardsContinue reading “Transfigure Us, O Lord”

A Glorious New Morning: My Marian Consecration Journey

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son,” and then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. John 19:26-27 A Glorious New Morning on the First of the YearIn aContinue reading “A Glorious New Morning: My Marian Consecration Journey”