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Jesus’s Gift: The Poor

In May I accompanied 15 members of the McNeese Newman Club on a mission trip to Kingston, Jamaica, where we stayed with the Missionaries of the Poor. One day as a few of us gathered around to lead praise and worship with the residents, one of the brothers of the Missionaries of the Poor said…

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…