A Lot Can Happen in 23 Years

23 Years Later…Today I turned 23 years old, and needless to say, I’ve grown and changed a lot from when I was born. I love to look back on the plans that 3-year-old Madeline dreamed up versus where I am in life now. I spent my days playing dress-up and making crafts. I thought IContinue reading “A Lot Can Happen in 23 Years”

5 Secrets to Praying Every Day

When I was really little, Mom taught me how to pray. Before I went to bed each night, we sat in my bedroom to pray an Our Father and a Hail Mary. She taught me how to tell God what I’m thankful for, and how to pray for others. With our nightly prayers, my momContinue reading “5 Secrets to Praying Every Day”

What is Moral Authority?

The Big Girls in the Dance StudioWhen I was a little dancer, I looked up to the “big girls” at my studio. I wanted to be just like the girls who helped my instructors teach my dance classes. They were beautiful dancers, but they were also kind, smart, and fun to be around. These girlsContinue reading “What is Moral Authority?”

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”

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 Preparing While You WaitI 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 sometimesContinue reading “4 Ways to Prepare for Your Vocation”