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Middle school was the worst! It was an awkward time of voice changes (for guys), odd height differentials (for girls), and pimples (for everybody). For me, it was one of the first times I can remember really wanting to be liked and accepted. Sure, in elementary school I wanted to […]

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Which of Them Will Love Him More?

Saturday night I went to vigil Mass and absorbed the readings and Gospel. I paid close attention to the judgment and disgust the Pharisees had for the “sinful woman” and the mercy and forgiveness Jesus showers on her. I was shocked at the courage this woman had to enter a […]

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Arise and Shine (Luke 2: 41-52)

If you’ve been a youth minister for a few years, you have to confess that (at one time or another) you’ve had teens sneak out of their room on a retreat, camp, or mission trip. For me, it was a Confirmation retreat when eight of the brightest teenagers I have […]

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I got you. Trust me.

A year ago, I was at Camp Covecrest with a group of teens from my parish (It really is the best camp ever, you’ve got to go if you haven’t been). Wednesday rolled around, and it was ropes course day. Now I am 5’7 and deathly afraid of heights. My […]

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