Summer as Opportunity

Game nights, movie nights, bible studies, mass and lunch days, baseball games, ultimate frisbee games, praise & worship nights… the list of summer planning opportunities is endless. I’m not referring to the mission trips, Steubenville Conferences, Life Teen Camp, or other “big” events that would demand long-term planning and fundraising. […]

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Yeah…but…

I walked into the retreat almost completely defeated. As I shared with my small group, people’s faces went from empathetic to confused as I shared: Things this year have been amazing. We see more and more teens every week. We have a great peer group. We built a brand new […]

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Ten Things Your Student With Autism Wishes You Knew: Part II

Welcome to Part II of my blog series entitled “Ten things Your Student With Autism Wishes You Knew”. In Part I, we first discussed five key insights to educate and minister to teens on the spectrum. Part II, we will explore five more concepts that will help you serve in […]

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Pentecost and the Priesthood

In my life, I have been blessed to attend a few ordinations, and I have to say, an ordination is hands down my favorite sacrament to witness. I know, I should say it’s a wedding or a baby’s baptism, but they just don’t compare. Witnessing men willingly lie prostrate on a […]

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Cruise Control Engaged?

I love long road trips. My kids are trained, and can go a full day in the Millennium Falcon (that’s what we call our van) with just a few stops for restroom and stretch breaks. We’ve driven across the country, and up and down the coast numerous times, and our […]

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Spiritual Motherhood

A comment was made to me the day before leaving a training week for summer missionaries. “Sister, I bet you will be glad to say good-bye to us and get back home.” Little did she know that it was the furthest from the truth. In fact, my heart was already […]

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The Holy Spirit Will Teach You Everything

A few years ago, I traveled to Philadelphia for a Theology of the Body course taught by Christopher West. I was both excited and nervous and found myself in a ministry setting where I knew no one, which is a bit strange for me. After the introduction session, I moved […]

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Tired and Exhausted

I’m tired. I’ve been wondering what I’m doing in ministry with teens. I come home most nights feeling defeated and rejected. Our Core is tired. Our numbers at Life Nights are down. And it seems like every time I turn around someone is telling me how things can be improved […]

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Unfinished

God isn’t finished. For the times that we look in the mirror and think, “That’s it – I’ve gone too far, messed up too much, and I’m way too broken,” God responds, “I’m not finished with you.” In the moments we believe we’ve done all we can in ministry, that […]

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EDGE REVAMP

Have you ever played the game – what would my life be like if I never found Jesus? All the times that I have it has ended up quite humorous and I usually get pegged as being a pagan hippie in Colorado living in a tree house … But for […]

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