An Administrative Ministry of Presence

Ministry in a Non-Profit SettingAt Franciscan Mission Service, we learn and practice a ministry of presence. As lay volunteers and missioners, we make relationships our first priority. While the projects and work that we do are important, we care most about encountering our brothers and sisters in Christ. Joining Franciscan Mission Service has helped meContinue reading “An Administrative Ministry of Presence”

How God Healed My Broken Heart

Him and the Heartbreak“I don’t think this is working out,” he said as he stood in the rain outside my apartment. I met him on an English department trip to Canada the summer before our junior year. We talked all summer, and we made things official the weekend before the fall semester started. Leading upContinue reading “How God Healed My Broken Heart”

The Great Commission and the Holy Trinity: This Sunday’s Gospel 5/30/2021

For the Gospel and other Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, click here! A few days after I came home from SEEK 19, my first FOCUS conference, I sat down to write all of my thank you notes. I fundraised my registration for SEEK, so I wanted to write a handwrittenContinue reading “The Great Commission and the Holy Trinity: This Sunday’s Gospel 5/30/2021”

Come, Holy Spirit: This Sunday’s Gospel 5/23/2021

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings for Pentecost Sunday Mass during the day, click here! On my first day of work at the office, I learned everything that I had to do. I was responsible for processing checks, writing and sending thank-you letters, and more development and operations-related tasks. At first, I didn’tContinue reading “Come, Holy Spirit: This Sunday’s Gospel 5/23/2021”

Good Friday: The Most Passionate Love Story

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 storyContinue reading “Good Friday: The Most Passionate Love Story”

According to His Timing

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 theseContinue reading “According to His Timing”

Sent as a Witness

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Year A Scrutiny readings, click here! We often hear people ask “Why do bad things happen to good people?” I can think of a lot of reasons why, but Jesus gives us an answer in the Scrutiny Year A readings which are optional for this Sunday. Jesus says thatContinue reading “Sent as a Witness”

Prayer: the First Pillar of Lent

What are the three pillars of Lent?Around Lent, I love to talk about the three pillars of Lent for a few reasons. I never knew about them until I was in college. Fr. Adam would give talks about Lent whenever the season started, and he always stressed the three pillars of Lent, which are prayer,Continue reading “Prayer: the First Pillar of Lent”

What Will Happen to Us in the Desert?

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! I remember hearing this Gospel reading when I was little, and I always compared the season of Lent to being in the desert. Jesus intentionally took time to pray and fast in the desert, and since we’re called to be like Him, we spend aContinue reading “What Will Happen to Us in the Desert?”

This Sunday’s Gospel: February 14, 2021

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! I love seeing how the different Mass readings connect. In the first reading, we see how lepers were exiled from their community. They would live isolated from everyone else, and when they were around others, they would make sure everyone knew they had leprosy byContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: February 14, 2021”