• Reflections

    Universal: SEEK21

    Part of me was disappointed to know I wouldn’t get to see St. Louis, Missouri this year. We’d miss out on the plane rides, hotel rooms, running around a conference center, and watching thousands of priests process down the aisle to celebrate mass with thousands of college students and missionaries.  My hope is that we will be able to gather by the masses to celebrate Christ and His Church again soon. But there was a new joy that rose whenever I imagined SEEK21 on campus. The barrier to entry had never been lower. I realized my desire for others to experience Christ through this conference was stronger than my own…

  • Life

    Catholics on Instagram: A Church established over 2000 years ago is represented in the digital age

    It’s 7:50 in the morning when I step into the Basilica of St. Adalbert. I settle into a pew behind the elderly regulars who frequent daily mass with me. Knees pressing into the cushioned kneeler and resting my elbows on the top of the pew’s wooden back, I stare at the large white crucifix behind the altar. On either side, statues of Mary and angels gaze upon Jesus on the cross. Windows line the walls, portraying the life of Jesus and the saints through stained glass. The truth, beauty, and goodness encountered here invites an internal transformation of heart and mind. Yet, on my computer hours later, photographs and videos…

  • Semester in Review

    Truth, Beauty, & Goodness: Fall 2020

    Most of my time this semester was spent in one of two places, in my apartment or in a church. The semester may have looked different, but my experiences were still life-giving and memorable. The Lord works in mysterious and good ways. A FOCUS Fervorino over the summer taught me about the transcendentals of truth, beauty, and goodness, which are qualities of God that we perceive in His creation. I believe I experienced parts of these during the semester. I learned more about the truth of who Jesus is, the beauty of the sacraments and the Church, and goodness of life with those we love.  Starting the day with daily…

  • Book Club

    33 Days to Morning Glory by Michael E. Gaitley

    “If we really love God, if we truly long to work for his kingdom, then we should find the quickest and easiest way to become saints, and thereby return to him. Now the quickest and easiest way to do this…is through the Marian Consecration.” – Michael E. Gaitley on St. Maximilian Kolbe’s desire to be an instrument for Mary Grey links wrapped around people’s ankles and wrists, or medals clinked from their necklaces. What did these chains mean? Why were they so popular? Walking through the airport back to our gate, a FOCUS missionary explained it to me. The Marian Consecration.  Catholicism’s reverence to Mary had been a mystery to…

  • Prayer Box

    A Letter about Mission on Campus

    Dear Jesus,  The final round. With every new year and apartment address, You have worked in ways I could not have imagined. Here I am, days before the beginning of many “lasts.”  But I’m not ready to dwell on the “lasts” of senior year. Not yet. I just want to continue to say yes to the opportunities You provide. Help me to be content in the here and now, taking each day as it comes.  If COVID-19 taught us anything, it’s that nothing is certain. We live in a chaotic and broken world, where unknowns and question marks line the road ahead. But in the anxiety that may come with…

  • Life

    Our Stories: Resources for Catholic Women

    I love hearing other people’s stories. There’s a moment when their passion for whatever subject they’re on takes over, where you can hear the lift in their voice and see the light in their eyes. You can tell that something has changed them for the better.  God works in mysterious ways. I love trying to connect the dots as our lives move forward, as we take new opportunities or as past obstacles are overcome, in order to see where God has worked in our hearts. As I hear other people’s stories and think about where our paths intersect, it’s overwhelmingly beautiful to recognize all the ways God has been leading…

  • Prayer Box

    A Love Letter about Weddings

    Dear Jesus,  “Let us love, since that is what our hearts were made for.” – St. Thérèse of Lisieux As my friends and I kneeled to pray after Mass, a chorus of cheers from the newlyweds and their wedding party erupted from behind the door next to us. Joy rose within me as I reflected on what we had just witnessed. It was the beginning of their lives together, with You at the center.  This was not my first wedding. I’ve walked down the aisle as a flower girl and sat in the pew as a guest in years past. But this wedding was different. I saw it as the…

  • Book Club

    The Vexations: a Q+A with Caitlin Horrocks

    I had the pleasure of interviewing the author Caitlin Horrocks about her novel, The Vexations. Like all of her previous work, this novel was beautifully crafted with care. She left no stone unturned in terms of research. Horrocks ensured the characters were real in the ways they loved. Every act of love looked different from each perspective, as everyone in the relationship worked for the good of the other as best they could. I applaud her hard work and perseverance throughout this project. The story left me in tears, because there is so much about people that we do not know and so much beauty in others that is sometimes…

  • Life

    Reminders of Peace

    Driving back to campus with one of my friends in February, we took turns playing some of our favorite songs and talking about what they meant to us. In these times where people are hurting and seeking justice, I thought it might help to just sit with these songs. They describe how lost some of us may be feeling, the healing our Lord provides, and how we can be made new through Him.  No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus by Steffany Gretzinger  Gretzinger’s simple phrase brings me comfort. Her lyrics guide me to remember where I find true joy. God satisfies in all ways, big and small. Gretzinger…

  • Book Club

    Making Missionary Disciples by Curtis Martin

    We sat in the living room on our last day of training for Work Crew before our month of service at a Young Life Camp. One of the leaders had said going to camp was like being in Narnia, where we were swept up in the adventure and overwhelming feeling of love. But then we have to go home. We never want to leave Narnia, but we have to in order to share what we’ve learned with others.  Several weeks ago, I read Making Missionary Disciples by Curtis Martin. As the founder of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), Martin describes the ways missionaries practice the three habits of Divine…