• 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…

  • Book Club

    Letters to a Young Catholic by George Weigel

    Reading this book was a series of gasps in response to feeling awestruck, tears from an understanding of His love, and rereading sentences to fully grasp what George Weigel was writing. This book review will not do it justice or come close to how I felt reading Letters to a Young Catholic.  I’m a beginner when it comes to spiritual reading, but if authors like Weigel continue to uncover the beauty and richness of the Catholic teachings and depth of God’s love for us through books, I am all in.  *Before you continue: I would suggest reading the book before reading the rest of this post, as the purpose of…

  • Life

    The Time is Now

    It’s become clear this is where we’re meant to be right now. Back home, in our childhood bedrooms, waiting for what’s next. At least, this is where I’ve found myself. As the hustle of everyday life has subsided, God is calling us into solitude with Him.  I understand having more free time is not a part of everyone’s life right now. Thank you to those who continue to work and are on the frontlines serving others.  Here are some ways I’ve been trying to be intentional.  Set Up a Morning and Night Routine Sitting cross-legged on my bed, three books are in front of me for my morning prayer. My…

  • Semester in Review

    Change: Winter 2020

    It’s so simple to say the Lord knows each of us perfectly. Every detail of our being and every flaw. He knows the deep desires in our hearts, before we can even give them a name. He has purposefully directed people’s paths to cross with mine. These people have taught me what I would not have decided to learn myself. It is through these conversations, opportunities, and the small encouraging voice inside that invites me to love Him and be loved more than I’ve ever experienced. Through these invitations, calling me to be courageous, my heart is breaking open and accepting change.  This semester began with the FOCUS conference, SLS.…

  • Reflections

    The Power of Holy Week

    Through a study of Holy Week and daily rosary with our FOCUS missionaries, I was drawn deeper into the Lord’s ultimate goodness and love through His human emotion, His power, unbelievable sacrifice, and glorious resurrection. Through Holy Week, we are able to see how deeply Jesus cares for the world and in a way witness His vow to save it.  Monday: After reading parts of the Gospel of Luke and recapping Palm Sunday, Jesus rides in on a donkey to fulfill the Old Testament prophecies, proving He is the Messiah. Jerusalem, which is said to resemble the busyness of Wall Street, the Vatican, and New York City, is waiting for…

  • Life

    Jesus, (this time has been hard, but) I Trust You

    “What are you writing on yours, Rachel?” Last semester, we were painting flower pots on a Women’s Retreat about growth and were decorating flower pots to fill with words of affirmation. I had written trust because it was something I always came back to in my relationship with the Lord. We need to put our trust in God. We need to trust in His plan for our lives, His goodness, and love for us. There was no need to ease back into life on campus after spring break. Everyone was faced with an unexpected reality. The rhythm I had been getting into of attending daily mass and holy hour with…

  • Reflections

    Welcome to Zuni

    “Welcome to Zuni” was not only a greeting, but an invitation to virtuous friendship, a desire for a deeper relationship with our Father, and sharing the Gospel with students. New Mexico reminded me of my littleness compared to our all powerful God in the night’s endless stars, gave me people who showed me Christ’s joy, and opened my heart to growing closer to Him through the Sacraments and service. The rental car’s tires hit the gravel around midnight, after we had driven for miles on empty roads underneath the stars, immersed in conversation. But the night and unknown was intimidating. We were eager to figure out the next step and…

  • Reflections

    Why I Run

    Hundreds of runners pumped their fists, half smiling as worn rubber soles carried them over the last steps through the finish line. They had made it. Their dedication to every mile, every physical therapy exercise, or sore legs had led them to this moment. If not for their commitment to the race, to the sport, and feeling of the breathes that followed when the legs slowed down, the finish line would not have come.  As the laughter subsided and the plates were cleared, one of the Young Life leaders started our devotional before club. She mentioned how we were all tired and stressed. I thought about how my days had…

  • Reflections

    21 Years

    Writing this, it’s a little over an hour until I turn 21 years old. Over two decades on earth, living these years. This is my beautiful, messy, amazing life. I’ve met so many beautiful people, heard unbelievable stories, witnessed the innumerable ways God works daily, taken breathtaking adventures, learned new (and sometimes hard) lessons, and put in my best efforts one day at a time.  Here’s 21 things I’ve learned in 21 years:  1. God loves you. Yes. Our Savior made you and knows you. He loves you more than you know. Jesus is the greatest love story.  2. Community is everything. Thinking about all the people who have cared deeply…

  • Life

    Plan with Me

    If you’ve met my mom, she’ll tell you I’m the worst at making decisions. That statement will begin the retelling of my childhood trip to the toy store when I would stare at the wall of stuffed animals and wonder about which one to choose.  A similar story rings true today, 15 years later, with planners. I love making to do lists to organize my thoughts in the craziness of college.  I’ve collected lots of tips over the years about how to be the most productive, from conquering the most important task first thing in the morning to checking off the top three priorities for the day. Today I’ll be…