Mercy is the Refuge in My Storms

I remember this trip to the confessional like it was yesterday. A big sin was weighing on my heart, and I sat face to face with my chaplain. What would he think? “Father, forgive me for I have sinned…” I decided to get the worst out of the way first. […]

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A Drop in the Ocean: Why Missions Matter

As I stepped off the plane during my first mission trip, I hardly expected the ways in which my understanding of poverty was about to be challenged.

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You Can Go Home to His Arms

God has proven time and time again that He’s not going anywhere. Why, then, do we fear the path ahead? Don’t we know He will be waiting for us at the end of the journey, without fail?

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Hope for the Sinner

Just as sin can rewire our brain and change the way we tend to react, virtue can rewire us for greatness.

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Is the Catholic Church Sexist?

Unfortunately, however, when the Catholic Church enters the discussion, it’s immediately branded as a male-dominated institution full of prejudices.

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5 Pieces of Advice From JPII for World Youth Day

Imagine millions of Catholics everywhere you turn. Flags flying, chants echoing through the streets, Pope Francis buzzing through the crowds. Imagine the zeal for Christ, the palpable presence of the Holy Spirit in the air, the celebration of the Catholic—the universal—faith. That’s World Youth Day in a nutshell. Whether or […]

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How Liturgy of the Hours Became a Part of My Life

Liturgy of the Hours: a Catholic, ancient form of prayer that used to intimidate the heck out of me. I walked into our campus’ chapel once to find our priests and FOCUS missionaries praying morning prayer, one of the parts of Liturgy of the Hours. I optimistically tried to follow […]

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Live in the Pain: How to Find Peace Amid Suffering

Until knee surgery, I knew very little about significant pain. And even now, as I recover, I realize that I’ve got things easy in comparison to many others.

But the message of the cross is the same, regardless. From stubbed toes to terminal cancer, there is a beautiful paradox: suffering and hope.

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St. John Paul II Taught Me How to Die

I met a man with Parkinson’s’ Disease last week. He lay sunken into his hospital bed, face blank as he watched the tiny television screen in the corner. Slowly, he was helped to his feet. His hands shook, as is expected in patients with Parkinson’s. As he walked, his foot […]

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Is Abstinence Stupid?

The world thinks this whole thing is stupid. And maybe you do, too. But let’s debunk the myths because, y’all, abstinence is awesome. I’ll shout it from the rooftops if I have to.

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