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Why Catholics Should Confess Before Communion

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Why Catholics Should Confess Before Communion

I can say I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum. I remember seasons of my life when I was trying to grow in my faith but didn’t take my sins seriously. They were times when I knew I needed Confession but still received Eucharist week after week, in a “God-loves-me-anyway” but “I-make-my-own-rules” sort of way.

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Poisoned By A Mustard Seed

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Poisoned By A Mustard Seed

The Gospel of the Mustard Seed is one of Jesus’s most well known parables about the kingdom of God. Jesus is responding to the question, “What is the Kingdom of God like?” The Mustard Seed demonstrates that while the kingdom started small, with the coming of Jesus, it will and has grown far beyond imagination. Reflecting on this reading in the past I have easily shrugged it off thinking: Ya, ya if you have a little faith that is all it takes to grow into a great, big bush of faith.

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My Family Built Our House... Here's How it Relates to the Gospel

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My Family Built Our House... Here's How it Relates to the Gospel

When I was in high school, my family built our house. I remember spending hour after hour, week after week, year after year, working on our home--framing walls, running wires, plumbing, building cabinets and desks, tiling bathrooms, painting, and so much more. By the end of it, our hard work paid off in the beauty of the design, the craftsmanship, and the integrity that it took to build.

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The Lord Calls Me to Obedience

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The Lord Calls Me to Obedience

The Lord calls me to obedience so that I may live with joy but do I obey the Lord and firmly root myself in a life with Him? Only when I root myself in obedience to His commands and the demands of His love will I be able to receive the life-giving water that He longs to give me.

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Procrastinating Virtue

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Procrastinating Virtue

If I’m honest with myself, these are the same reasons I find myself not growing in virtue. The Lord has called me out.  I must be vigilant, keep watch, and stay awake, not only for the day He comes again, but for what He is calling me to today. 

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I am Not God. He is God.

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I am Not God. He is God.

You see, I build those same towers with my accomplishments, to-do lists, impatience, and even bitterness towards events or people who I feel stand in the way of my goals.

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From Tears to Hope

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From Tears to Hope

When my heart can't handle the sufferings of this world, I weep. I weep at tragedy, at the loss of a loved one, at the brokenness, and at the pain that comes with living. I weep when my husband and I desire a child but another month passes with a negative line on the pregnancy test.

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Prayer is a Struggle for Me

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Prayer is a Struggle for Me

The idea of sitting in adoration for an extended period of time requires me to psych myself up as if I’m about to run a 20 mile race. As frequently as I give friends advice to “take time alone with God” or “pray about it and see what you hear,” it’s advice I’m horrible at accepting. I begin and before long am convincing myself that God wants me to pray by serving others and being joyful in my work.

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One Thing We All Do That Kills Relationships

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One Thing We All Do That Kills Relationships

I’ve turned to gossip so readily because it felt easier, but in the end, gossip usually multiplied the conflicts I had, and often left me more at fault than those who had wronged me to begin with. The gossip I spread came back to me, along with feelings of betrayal and dismay from the friends I had spoken against.

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Cultivating Holy Friendships

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Cultivating Holy Friendships

I didn’t know what to do or say and felt my motivation waning. However, the Holy Spirit was working around me and brought me what I needed most. I needed friends who were searching after Christ with me.

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In Gummy Worms, Wine, and Netflix... I Trust

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In Gummy Worms, Wine, and Netflix... I Trust

Once the weather stops being so hot and humid, I’m going to be so much happier. Once classes start, I’ll be able to focus and feel more connected to other people. I just need to buy two more skirts, and then I’ll feel ready for the school year to start. I just need a snack and a coffee, then I can tackle this project.

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But Am I Feeding The Soul?

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But Am I Feeding The Soul?

Isn’t it interesting that the main task that is given to the servants is to give food to the members of the household at the proper time? These are such specific instructions we are given to prepare for the second coming.

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A Gentle Nudge

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A Gentle Nudge

I find it much easier in life to stay in my comfort zone. It’s easier to be complacent and comfortable. It’s easier to stay at home, to stick with what I’ve known, to stay where it’s safe. But so much beauty in my life has come from following the little nudges that say, “come and see.”

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