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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…

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    Dear Journal: A Joyful Weekend

    Dear Journal,  I am learning to be okay with taking less time for things and not finishing things so far in advance. I’m learning it’s okay to not be glued to my desk. It’s okay to finish assignments the day before they are due.  I’m in a season of great joy right now. Praise Jesus for all the positive vibes, including living with my friends, leading Young Life, having a supportive family, and gaining confidence in myself.  This weekend was so refreshing, I had to share in a raw journal entry post. On Friday, I woke up at 5:30a.m. to meet our high school friends for our first Campaigners, Young…

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    Working for Little Victories: My Junior Year Goals

    January isn’t here yet, but I want to do more this year. Will I have time for any of this? Probably. Will I reach all of these goals perfectly? Probably not. I know there will be a lot going on this year with class, extracurricular activities, and internship preparation. These will be habits I plan to incorporate daily, whether it is before, after, or in between the homework, projects, extracurriculars, and friendships I have. Academics My parent’s hard work and Tara Westover’s “Educated” taught me not to take my own education for granted. I’m taking these last two years in my undergraduate to truly learn the material and not get…

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    A Day in My Life: Camp Counselor Edition

    One of our area directors shakes my shoulder, waking me up for our daily meeting. Shoving my feet into my Chacos, I step out into the morning light. I join the other counselors at a picnic table, our Bibles open before 7a.m.. We’ve been exploring the Gospel of Mark. Each day, section by section, we read parts of Jesus’ ministry and look for ways we can apply it to the work we are doing this summer.  The day has just begun. After a few announcements, it’s back to the cabin to call our campers away from sleep and get them ready for breakfast. Every meal is filled with Disney music, second…