I’m like St. Therese!

Yes, like Saint Therese (of Lisieux)! I’m not from France and don’t speak any French. I also didn’t loose my mom at a very young age. I don’t have siblings who entered the convent and I didn’t visit the Pope to ask permission to enter a religious order when I was 16. I’m 24, but […]

Teetering on the brink

Over the past few months my relationship with the Lord has been a big struggle. I had been feeling very frustrated because I had not been getting any sign of Him being present in my life. Prayer was dead and I had nothing fueling me with the joy I had when I was coaching football at […]

What is mission?

Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, build a family a house. The media portrays all these needs around the world and opens our hearts to charity work, to give generous gifts to help aid these needs. Huge wonderful organizations invite us to go on mission, to a third-world country, and aid the poor and hungry […]

Receiving Christ

As a Catholic, I think the biggest blessing has to be being able to receive Jesus’s body and blood in the Eucharist. Of course I didn’t always see it this way. For me growing up I saw the Eucharist as just another church thing. As I received my first communion I learned more that this […]

Fighting for Vulnerability

I hate sharing. I hate being open. I hate talking about my feelings. I hate being vulnerable. Today, at daily Mass, Christ showed me something. As I sat in the church for a few moments before Mass started, the priest came out to prepare everything. When he opened the tabernacle to count the hosts, I […]

Occupy This Heart

I have a huge heart.  Ninety percent of the time, this is hugely inconvenient. It’s inconvenient to cry in a movie that no one else seems to find quite as tear-worthy.  It’s inconvenient to cry when you imagine the gruesome death of the mouse that’s been living in your home when your housemates think you’re […]

I Am Not Leaving.

Then I thought, “This is for me.” Isn’t this what I long to hear from our Father in heaven “I will never leave you”? Don’t our hearts burn when we read the promise in scripture that God will be with us, He will never leave us, He will never forget us, He will never abandon us.

Become Who You Are

In May, Sara, Sean, and I were on mission in Europe.  We started in Germany, then Holland, Paris, back to Holland, Spain, back to Holland, to Lyon, France, and then back to Holland.  It was a lot of travel over three weeks but were able to share the mission of Life Teen, visit many of […]

What is Your One Thing?

Many of us have that “one thing” that we refuse to give up. We justify our sin or weakness with many excuses and feel uncomfortable when others try to poke holes in our defenses. Or maybe we want to give it up, but feel powerless to it. We all have something, or have had something […]