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Figuring it out

I graduated from college last weekend. In other words, I've entered the period during which I'm allegedly obligated to do scary, abstract things like "figure out my future."  As I’ve gathered, figuring out my future means heading down the path that culminates in what we amiably call...
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Go Forth

My younger sister’s high-school graduation at the end of May puts into perspective for me how quickly time passes. It feels like not too long ago that I was up on that stage receiving a diploma myself. Looking back, so much has changed; I regret not taking the new beginning as seriously as I...
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

St. Gianna provides a wondrous example

  The Saints were regular human beings—I have to remind myself that sometimes. We often read snippets about saints, short facts and highlights that undoubtedly share why that person was canonized. Many had religious vocations, but others were called to the single or married life. One Sai...
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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Our future requires a focus on God

As a junior in high school, the future is a common topic of conversation. Where would you like to go to college? What career are you interested in? What is your vision for your life? I like thinking about such things, but recently I was struck by a certain predicament: how do my career goals reconc...
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Aging beautifully

It is an imperative of many industries and fields to be “current,” offering the latest features and the newest models. In fields like medicine, being up to date is decidedly important, as innovations and new research often provide life-saving treatments.  Yet, in other areas, from...
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Jesus died for no other reason but love

    “We sinned for no reason but an incomprehensible lack of love, and He saved us for no reason but an incomprehensible excess of love.” Peter Kreeft’s words remind us how selfless Christ was in his sacrifice on the cross. We must always keep in mind his passi...
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What are you waiting for?!

What are you waiting for?! Recently a colleague shared his experiences of the 2017 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and told us how he was re-energized by the powerful testimonies there. As I listened to him and looked into the event, the theme of the LA Youth Day prior to the congress caught my attention.  ...
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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Confronting those difficult/impossible questions

Last month I wrote about difficult or impossible questions, but I did not expect to be confronted with such questions in the following weeks. On Feb. 18, my aunt and godmother, Kim Sermersheim, died of an extremely rare form of cancer. Then, just two weeks later, on March 7, our teacher and coach a...
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Declaring Dependence

Lent can be a dangerous time.   Lent is the period in the liturgical calendar during which asceticism flourishes most abundantly. It is the period during which we expend a lot of time and energy channeling our willpower – a worthy practice, for, to exercise self-discipline is to celebrat...
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Fasting is uncomfortable...and necessary

I’ll admit that I usually don't look forward to fasting (using today's common church definition). It's uncomfortable, and it can seem like it doesn't do much good, especially if I just end up hungry and grumpy all day. However, we hear in the scriptures that fasting is powerful and can aide p...
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Thursday, March 02, 2017