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I Have Found My Peace: The Radical Joy of Unfulfillment

"In you, oh Lord, I have found my peace, I have found my peace." These sung words* reverberated through the church at Holy Cross College in South Bend, Indiana. 180 of us high school freshmen sat in dimly lit pews and listened to the concert prayed at every Confirmation retreat in my parish for the… Continue reading I Have Found My Peace: The Radical Joy of Unfulfillment

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations: Coronavirus Edition

Hello! Today marks 50 days of quarantine for my family - and while lock-down is beginning to loosen up in my state, it doesn't look like things are changing drastically anytime soon. It's weird - at 50 days, life is beginning to feel normal. Zoom is as commonplace as scrolling Facebook. Charging out of the… Continue reading World Day of Prayer for Vocations: Coronavirus Edition

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The Abject Misery of the First Holy Week: Why I am Hopeful About Easter Under Quarantine

Hello! Well, here we are in the final stretches of Lent. The journey is almost complete. In only a matter of days, we will be welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem and the great drama of Holy Week will cause time to stand still. Except in April 2020, time already seems to be standing still. This year,… Continue reading The Abject Misery of the First Holy Week: Why I am Hopeful About Easter Under Quarantine

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Seven Sorrows Series: Jesus is Buried

“Keep your eyes fixed on Him.” Ever since her adolescence, this has been Mary’s solution to life’s difficulty and sorrow. When experiencing the initial rejection of Joseph, she kept her eyes fixed on Jesus in her womb. When hearing the prophecy of Simeon, Mary looked into Jesus’ eyes. Even on the Cross, Mary did not… Continue reading Seven Sorrows Series: Jesus is Buried

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Seven Sorrow Series: Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

Mary watches as Joseph and Nicodemus rip the nails out of her son’s limp body and struggle to carry him down from the Cross. Her arms open just as they opened when she was handed Jesus to hold for the first time in Bethlehem. Now sobs rack her body as she cradles her dead child.… Continue reading Seven Sorrow Series: Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

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Seven Sorrows Series: The Crucifixion of Jesus

Long ago, Eve, the first woman and mother of all the living stood at the foot of a tree and grasped for what was not hers. “God’s holding out on you,” the serpent had told her. “If he really loved you, he would let you have this gift. But you can’t expect to find satisfaction… Continue reading Seven Sorrows Series: The Crucifixion of Jesus

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Seven Sorrow Series: Mary Meets Jesus on the Way to Calvary

A Scripture passage that is deeply loved and analyzed by St. Therese of Lisieux is Song of Songs 1:4: “Draw me, we will run.” Running was not considered to be dignified in the time of Jesus and Mary, and yet, I have no doubt that the Blessed Mother sprinted towards her child as the weight… Continue reading Seven Sorrow Series: Mary Meets Jesus on the Way to Calvary

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The Small Shadow and the Smiting Light – Reflections on March 25th

“There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him… Continue reading The Small Shadow and the Smiting Light – Reflections on March 25th

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Seven Sorrows Series: The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple

Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in… Continue reading Seven Sorrows Series: The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple

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Seven Sorrows Series: The Flight Into Egypt

Behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for… Continue reading Seven Sorrows Series: The Flight Into Egypt

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Seven Sorrows Series: The Prophecy of Simeon

Hello! As part of my Lenten prayer, I spent every day last week meditating on one of the Seven Sorrows of Mary. The Seven Sorrows devotion is one I loved as a child, and it was a gift to delve into these episodes of the Blessed Mother's life once again. In particular, it was beautiful… Continue reading Seven Sorrows Series: The Prophecy of Simeon

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The Tenderness of, “I am He”

Dear Sister, Today's Gospel at Mass is the story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well. My heart sings at this time of Lent, as we hear the Gospel passages that are read every single Lent without fail. Despite the fact that many of us were not in churches today, the Holy Spirit… Continue reading The Tenderness of, “I am He”

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Queen of Christmas Angels, Queen of Martyrs

Dear Sister, Merry Christmas!! Yes, it is still Christmas, regardless of what the secular world may tell us. Continue to rejoice with the Church, who is still savoring and deeply reflecting on the wondrous love of our Incarnate God. Today is the Feast of St. Stephen, and I feel like this Tweet says it all:… Continue reading Queen of Christmas Angels, Queen of Martyrs

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8 Mental Health Tips for Christmas Time

Dear Sister, Ahhhh there's nothing like Christmas. With the soft firelight, the glittering snow, the peaceful family overflowing in love and gentle joy, the solemn liturgy, and the affordable gifts that are perfect for everyone. Right? Right? I love Christmas more than I can articulate. But the truth is that the holiday rarely feels, "calm… Continue reading 8 Mental Health Tips for Christmas Time

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“What Are You Willing to Give Me?” – A Palm Sunday Reflection

While there is quite a lot to unpack in this long passage, Judas’ question to the chief priests haunts me: “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?”