When I ask you, “How many friends do you have?” what pops into your mind? Is it …
How many “true” friends?
How many Facebook friends?
How many friends in my whole lifetime? Actually, it’s far more than any of those numbers. In truth you have more friends than you can count. The saints in heaven are the best friends you could ask for – and they’re pulling for you. Read more [...]
As a kid I remember being super excited for a road trip from Massachusetts to New Jersey to visit my grandparents. In my five year old brain, “New Jersey” might as well have been the moon and a week was basically forever. I had to pack accordingly. Pulling bags out the closet I filled them with my stuffed animals, dolls, books, art supplies, my sticker collection and a panda poster.
Wisely, my mother did an audit on the bags when I told her I was ready to go. She explained to me that I Read more [...]
There are two kinds of people in this world, the people who struggle with body image and the people who lie about it.
I think that no matter how confident you are, or how much your hair and outfit looks like it’s straight off Wanelo (because it is, obviously) there’s always a part of us that is afraid we’re not good enough. Which is no surprise when skinny, photoshopped people are held as the ideal in everything from advertising to Abercrombie and Fitch stores.
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"God's plan is often wrought with suffering, and if we're constantly trying to avoid suffering, if that's our goal, then a lot of times we're going to miss out on the trials and those things that God may place before us not because He doesn't love us, but because He does."
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This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day.
The day you say thank you to your dad for feeding you, clothing you, and being at your soccer games by giving him a photo mug.
No matter how we show our appreciation: through a craft project, or a family dinner, or a phone call, Father’s Day is truly a day worth celebrating. Our biological fathers are meant to be a gift to us from God, to be a sign of the love God the Father has for us.
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One little bump and I go from calm and collected to, “This plane is going to crash, and I’m too young to die!”
Yes, I’m that dramatic, sometimes.
I think of all the things that I want to still do with my life, things that I want to accomplish, places I wanted to go; I think of children and enjoying the benefits of becoming an old man who sits on his front porch drinking lemonade and yelling at kids to get off his lawn (face it, you know that is going to be awesome).
Fear will grip me the rest of that flight. I can’t focus on anything – not the weird in-flight movie or awkward conversation I am having with the person next to me. I’m gripping the armrest like it will actually steer the plane for the rest of the flight. Read more [...]
Let’s imagine that one day in Phys Ed class you’re playing volleyball and you twist your ankle while you dive for a save. Everything feels all right, but you wake up the next morning with a giant bruise, a swollen ankle and a lot of pain. What would you do? Most likely you’d go to the doctor’s. In fact, if you didn’t go, but kept limping around insisting you were all right, your friends would probably drag you there themselves.
We know when it’s important to get professional help with our physical ailments. It just makes sense to us. But as a society we have problem seeking professional help with our mental health. We often label people with mental illnesses as “crazy,” and think that if we can’t take care of issues that affect our mental health (like stress, anger, or loss) then we must be weak. Read more [...]
Jesus wanted to show us that His heart is constantly, forever, always, eternally loving and forgiving us. He loves you. He loves me. He loves every person so intensely that His heart burns with that love. Look into His eyes and you can’t see anything else. Read more [...]
But, yes, I am getting older, and with that age has come a realization of things I took for granted when I was in high school.
As an adult, and even more as a parent of a little boy who is just over a year old, I have come to appreciate all that my parents went through. So, as we sit in between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, here’s a list of a few things you may not recognize that your parents have done for you:
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Everywhere you look, there's an ad, magazine cover, or commercial telling you what the new hotness is in diet secrets and workouts. It can be confusing and honestly . . . how do you know what to believe? Don't let the smiling, skinny people in the ads convince you; you need someone you can trust. That's why I asked Dr. John Oertle some questions about diets, weight loss, and how you as a teen should approach your health. He's an awesome, Catholic doctor who's passionate about sharing the truth about the wonderful body God gave each of us. Read more [...]
We all have doubts about whether or not God hears our prayers. Today's readings confirm for us once again that He always hears, He will act in His time, and His actions will always bring life. We just have to trust.
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I weighed myself 20 times a day. I allowed myself 100 or 200 calories a day. If I survived the day on 100 calories, I considered it to be a good day. If I had overeaten, which meant 300 calories, I made sure to punish myself the next day by running more miles and eating more meager portions. I went to bed starving and most nights I couldn’t sleep because my hunger pains kept me awake. My body ached.
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In my last blog I talked about the need to care for ourselves, body and soul.
So get ready, put down the pop tart, and listen up because I am serious about this - it’s important!
If you’re anything like me, sometimes caring for yourself is easier said than done. How do we care for ourselves in the midst of our busy schedules? And What does that even mean?
Part of learning how to take care of your mind, body, and soul is learning how to understand what you need. Your Read more [...]
I have a hard time taking care of myself. It isn’t that I don’t want to care for myself. I just always think there are more important things to do. When did life get so busy?
Running into spiritual direction, the truth smacked me in the face like a 2 by 4. After 45 minutes of sharing my busy and over committed schedule, my director said: "Mary, we are mind, body and soul. You are exhausted! If you don't learn to care for yourself first, or you will never be spiritually healthy.”
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"Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied" (Luke 9:16-17).
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“That’s bad karma.” “What goes around comes around.” “You’ll get what’s coming to you.” These are the kinds of things we hear often. It’s that idea that life will always take an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. And if you live a good life, good things will happen to you. If you make mistakes and wrong turns, bad things will happen to you.
So what does that mean for us, a world full of sinners, who constantly fall short of God while being called to holiness? In a Read more [...]