Why So Quiet?

At the beginning of January, all of the first year missionaries went on an eight-day silent retreat. This retreat was very challenging for me, but God moved in ways that I would’ve never expected Him to. I realized how much humor God and I have in our relationship, whether it was through contemplations on scriptures […]

Pray Without Ceasing

After 3 hours of laying sod in 40 degree weather, I was more than ready for a hot shower. As I was walking back to my cabin, I realized I still needed to pray my daily rosary. I knew I wouldn’t have any time later that evening, so I decided to pray while I cleaned […]

What Do You Mean Jesus?

During one of my Desert Days I decided to not make my own plan for my prayers and Holy Hours but to ask God to lead me. I sat down in the chapel before the Blessed Sacrament and said to Jesus: “Okay, here I am, just tell me where to go”. And immediately I heard […]

Haiti: Praying from the Heart

We, the Covecrest missionaries had the opportunity to do a foreign mission in Haiti from Dec. 5th to Dec. 12th. We stayed at an orphanage called Kay Mari Manman Tout Timoun(Home of Mary, Mother of All Children). During our time there, we led a youth night on dignity and chastity for the village of Dandann.  We completed work projects […]

Running With a Purpose

“Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win.” -1 Corinthians 9:24 In high school, I was a runner.  My main event was the 1600 meter (one mile) race.  My senior year in high school I quit the […]

Not Enough Time In the Day

Back in Seattle 6 weeks ago , my heart was restless and it was hard to find peace. My day was spent in sections – time for God was at daily mass and a few random prayers throughout the day. The rest of the day was spent doing whatever I needed to get done. The […]

Healing or Haiti?

Before Paul and I moved to Covecrest, a friend of ours named Jon, who had also been a Life Teen missionary, called Paul on the phone.  I overheard Jon telling Paul that he’s excited for us to be going to Covecrest and that he believed that I would receive healing that I needed while at […]

Back to Basics

Over the last couple of years, I’ve really become a rosary pray-er. I used to pray it sporadically when I was in the car or when others were praying it, but for at least the past year or so, I’ve prayed it pretty much daily. I’ve always had a strong devotion to Mary, so I love […]

Come Together – Haiti Mission 2011!

Two weeks ago, I went on a mission trip to Haiti with thirteen other missionaries, most of whom I live with here at Covecrest. It was an incredibly blessed trip from start to finish! As I started writing this blog, I was listening to a song written by Michael W. Smith shortly after the earthquake […]

Stop, Drop and Pray

A few weeks ago, a couple of us were sitting around the kitchen table doing language homework. Our teacher was supposed to be arriving soon and we were getting some last minute practice in. She was running late and as we sat there, we began to wonder what was up. Then, we got a phone […]