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Free to Love

What is the secret to an authentic, Christ centered relationship? Freedom As a newly married couple, Stephen and I have both been unraveling the mysteries of the grace that flows from entering the covenant of marriage. We’ve been experiencing the many fruits and blessings that have come from the years of striving to have our…

Life is Puzzling, Isn’t It?

“We would be in grave danger were we unable to recognize the richness in each human person.” -Saint John Paul II from “A Meditation on Givenness” I LOVE meeting people. I get nervous sometimes because I am hyper aware of awkward situations, but I still LOVE meeting people. Why? You may ask. Well, I enjoy…

The Poverty of Perspective

This past May, myself and 22 other members of the McNeese Newman Club went on a Mission Trip to Jamaica and stayed with the brothers of the Missionaries of the Poor.  This is an entry from my journal that will help give you an idea of how we lived for 10 days: Night 1 The…

Who Am I?

+JMJ+ Identity: Who we are and Whose we are This Summer at FOCUS’ New Staff Training has been filled with the question: Who are you? Now, we could all answer in a number of ways. For example: I am a daughter and a sister, a missionary, a K-State grad (Go Cats!), and a friend. Now…

Unveiling the Mystery of the Love of God

The hardest penance I have ever received was when the priest told me to go sit in the church for as long as it took for me to look and see myself from God’s perspective (Take that in for a second). He didn’t say to meditate on how God loved me unconditionally. He didn’t tell…

Only You Can Suffer This Much

“But rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice exultantly.” 1 Peter 4:13   I was in the chapel at a retreat feeling a bit nauseated for some reason. All of a sudden, the phrase, “Only you can suffer this…

A Message for Men (And Women, We Know You’re Reading This Too)

“In every romance there must be the three characters: there must be the Princess, who is a thing to be loved; there must be the Dragon, who is a thing to be fought; and there must be St. George, who is a thing that both loves and fights.” –G.K. Chesterton *Disclaimer* I will never be…