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”

Sharing in Our Lady’s Sorrows

And you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. Luke 2:35 I meditate on the Seven Sorrows of Mary, and I find myself on the outside looking in. I’m not a mother yet, so I can’t relate to losing a child. I’ve never watched one of myContinue reading “Sharing in Our Lady’s Sorrows”

An Open Thank-You to FOCUS

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42 To all FOCUS missionaries, especially Becca, Emily, Jacob, Thomas, JD, Brian, Courtney, Maddi, Molly, and Peter, who served at SRU, and Shannon, my friend from SRU who said yes to FOCUS. Moving in with FOCUSItContinue reading “An Open Thank-You to FOCUS”

This Sunday’s Gospel: May 3, 2020

John 10:1-10 Jesus said:“Amen, amen, I say to you,whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gatebut climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber.But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice,as the shepherd calls his own sheep byContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: May 3, 2020”

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”

4 Ways to Prepare for Your Vocation

Many people confuse our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus. St. Teresa of Calcutta I often dream about what my vocation will be like. I wonder all the time when it will start, as if the more I think about it, the quicker it’ll begin. I sometimes think that whenContinue reading “4 Ways to Prepare for Your Vocation”

My Second Home, The Newman Center

The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:25 Going to the Newman Center is like going back inside your warm house after playing in the snow. Playing outside is nice for aContinue reading “My Second Home, The Newman Center”

How is Halloween Catholic?

Yes, Catholics celebrate Halloween, and some research on this holiday will show that it has very Catholic roots. The Holy in HalloweenI grew up Catholic and I grew up celebrating Halloween, but I never knew how Catholic Halloween was until recently. I knew that it meant “All Hallow’s Eve,” the night before All Saint’s Day,Continue reading “How is Halloween Catholic?”

Holy Hour How-To’s

When he returned to his disciples he found them asleep. He said to Peter, “So you could not keep watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:40-41 Meeting Jesus on MissionI was probably in second gradeContinue reading “Holy Hour How-To’s”