Joy in Believing

A couple weeks ago, we, the Atlanta missionaries, were helping out on a retreat called “Cardboard Box City” with a local Atlanta parish. The concept is simple: you sleep in a cardboard box to be in solidarity with the poor, and then at each Mass, you collect money and canned goods for St. Vincent de […]

Coffee Stains

One morning last week, I spilled coffee on my skirt. This is a typical thing for me. I am often clumsy – so much so that someone has actually asked me to pray for them every time I spill my drinks. This particular day however, I didn’t notice the stain until after I had already […]

Dear Jesus, Today I will be Imperfect for You

I was running today – huffing and puffing up and down hills, past people and their dogs, with a dry mouth, looking awkward and wishing that I still lived in Florida where I could run on flat ground. I don’t run because I’m great at it. It takes me about eleven minutes to run a […]

The mission-Leading Teens Closer to Christ

Eight years ago I encountered the living Christ in adoration for the first time.  I was kneeling in front of Him, face to face, holding on to a piece of the altar cloth in front of me, crying hysterically. I was so confused.  I had no idea what was going on.  Why was I crying? […]

Receiving His Love

As a human being, I am used to striving for things, accomplishing things, and getting things done. It’s part of our lives in the world. I loved being in college and working hard. I miss writing papers. I like “To Do” lists, and feeling as if I have accomplished something at the end of the […]

The Living Word

We are adding something new to our prayer this year as missionaries that we learned from Fr. Roland at the missionary base in Germany. We refer to it as “Living the Word”. Every morning whoever is leading morning prayer that day will read the Gospel.  They will choose a word or phrase that spoke to […]

When God is Silent

I just went home for Easter. I had one of the best breaks that I’ve had in a long time, but I felt very busy. On Saturday morning, I had a few moments to pray before the rest of my family woke up. I thought a lot in that prayer time about how the apostles […]

Surrender – Ugh!

For probably a good portion of the past six months, I have been been praying a lot about surrender. While I would expect that it would be really difficult for me to surrender my future, the most difficult prayer for me has actually been, “Lord, I surrender to where you have me in my life […]

My Life is Messy

This week, one of my best friends from college asked me in an email how she could pray for me. So I sat and typed on my computer for an hour and a half, telling her how messy my life is. About five minutes after I started typing, I thought, “Wow, I really haven’t said […]