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    How God shared the Gospel with me through the Catechism of the Catholic Church

    God loves you. I’ve seen the same phrase posted in youth group classrooms and spoken in a variety of ways. But it was in prayer with the Catechism that God shared the Gospel with me once again. His love story for the world, for you, for me.  The beginning of the Catechism of the Catholic Church describes man’s search for God. This is not simply a religious pursuit but a need to satisfy the human heart. At the end of a rough day, when you feel alone or afraid, who do you turn to? At the end of a good day, when adventures and the people you love remind you…

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    Don’t you trust Me?

    This is a talk I gave to high school students during Young Life club. Something you should know about me is that I’m a 6 on the enneagram. A 6 is the Loyalist, which on the positive side means I’m a dedicated friend but on the negative side says I’m afraid of everything.  Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the future and who I want to be. The things that excite me about the future such as meeting new people and living in a new place also scare me.  But a couple months ago I was praying about where I wanted to be in the future. I was praying…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    My Word for 2020

    “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members to one another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” – Romans 12: 4-8 There’s a shelf at my school filled with books faculty and…

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    More than a Place

    November 19th was National Camp Day. I know, probably my new favorite day of the year.  I used to be confused when people explained ways they saw God. Some see Him in their friends, in the way the sun peaks through the clouds, or in a church. I see God at summer camp. I see Him in the kids who arrive at the cabin, who show us Christ’s love through their own knowledge, growth, and sense of wonder. I see Him in the counselors who are dedicated to making kids feel at peace, helping spread Christ’s joy, and love them well.  I’m not sure I can fully describe the way…