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Awake My Soul

A reflection from Cowboy Awakening #69 I attended this retreat to fight for my life.   There have been many obstacles that I have faced in life but I have always felt like the obstacles in front of me were extremely rigorous. Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you felt unqualified…

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…

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10 Takeaways from Silence

For months people have asked me if I was going to see the movie Silence, and I always said no. There is no need for me to entertain the possibility that God might ask me to do something immoral so that a greater good can come from it. St. Paul settled that matter long ago…

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