When it Doesn’t Feel Like God is a Good Father

God doesn’t stop all our pain, because we have the will to make our choices freely; as does everyone else, even if their lives affect ours. But God can use each of those choices to bring good to the world, if we let Him work in our lives.

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The 10 Books You Should Read Before Heading Back to School

10 books, what they’re about, and why you should read them.

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You and Shame

Even shame is not big enough for God’s mercy. If you are tired of letting shame run the show, I’m happy to share some insight and heal with you.

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Holy Hobbies: Finding God in Things You Love

I have a lot of hobbies. Or at least, I’ve had a ton: knitting, reading, rock collecting, painting, bird-watching — these are just a few of the ones I’ve tried out over the years. Some have stuck with me, some didn’t quite click, and some temporarily dropped off, only to […]

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He Trusted in the Cross: the Addicted Saint

Do we think we have to stop sinning so often or get our lives together (whatever that even means) before we can really come before Him? Yes, He’s the ultimate healer, and we get that (or at least we think we do), but right now…we’re just too messy. Too broken. Too sinful. Too lost. Too far gone.

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The Terrifying Question

When we hit the brink of potential despair with any of the trials we face, Christ is longing to carry our crosses with us and never abandons us in our suffering. Christ gives us hope and the grace to heal and grow.

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You Probably Don’t Need to be Thinking About Marriage

Have you ever seen someone really cute at Mass and become frightened by how quickly your thoughts go from “I hope we get a chance to meet later” to “I hope our children have his/her eyes”? It’s easy to get overly caught up daydreaming about or living out your love […]

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Only the Beginning: Why Your Conversion Never Ends

Overall, my first Steubenville conference played out as a major conversion point for me in my life. But… That was it. That was all I discussed about when it came to my faith life at the time. My life turned around at the conference and that was it.

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Why Mass?

Yes, we prayed to God and talked about love.
Yes, we made the effort to be in a house (well, field) of worship.
Yes, there was even bread to symbolize the Last Supper.

But, I knew, in my heart of hearts that this wasn’t what I was entirely created for.

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Embracing the Many Stories of “American”

I think a big part of the struggle to celebrate the concept of “American” and apply it to myself was because everything I knew about that identity — whether from history, the media, or lived experience — was centered around people who looked and lived nothing like me or my friends.

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