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Identity crises are fundamental to human nature

Identity crises are fundamental to human nature Identity crises are a popular topic, and fundamental to human nature is the desire to leave a legacy, to somehow live on and immortalize ourselves. Take a look at the pyramids and obsession with fame; watch the thousandth movie where a character realizes their identity and their strength in that re...
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Ultimately, our lives are centered on sacrifice

Ultimately, our lives are centered on sacrifice Ultimately, our lives are centered on sacrifice. In one of his talks at TEC 101, Father Tony Ernst said, “Every vocation is death,” and the truth of that statement seared into my heart. Perhaps this assertion is startling, but so are Jesus’ words in the Gospel of John: “Whoe...
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Embrace the seasons of life, no matter how tough

Sometimes  we find ourselves in situations we just can’t explain. Sometimes there are seasons of immense grief and loneliness; other times there can be  overwhelming joy and blessings. But the most complicated seasons of life occur when we feel as if our lives are up in the air, out...
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Thursday, August 09, 2018

God's particular call is anything but common

God's particular call is anything but common Continuing in the general vein of vocations, I felt the need to investigate the contribution of the laity. “The lay faithful” of the Church includes everyone who has not been graced by the sacrament of Holy Orders or a special dedication to the consecrated life, so it encompasses young...
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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Guidance for the incoming college student

Guidance for the incoming college student As I finish my last semester of undergraduate coursework, I find myself reflecting on the steps I have taken throughout this journey. My time at the University of Southern Indiana has given me a purpose; it has further solidified a direction for my future. I know this in my heart now. However, as a...
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Thursday, August 02, 2018

A closer look at consecrated life

A closer look at consecrated life Last week, I mentioned that the Church recognizes the vocation to consecrated life as having “objective superiority.” This week, I want to delve into those details. How is it objectively superior, and what is its true function? Why does consecrated life seem undesirable with so few answ...
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Thursday, August 02, 2018

We are all called to perfect holiness

We are all called to perfect holiness Earlier this week I was confronted with a concept I had never considered before: what if the story of the rich young man (Matthew 19:16-30, Mark 10:17-31, Luke 18:18-30) applied in its most radical form to us all? What if God’s perfect will for all of us is to completely detach ourselves and...
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Learning the Rules

Learning the Rules I’m a voracious consumer of podcasts. Good podcasters can do with their voices what is difficult to do even in face-to-face conversation: make the listeners feel special, intelligent and on this journey of discovery right alongside them – not behind them.    My favorite weekly...
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Living intentionally brings positive change

Living intentionally brings positive change One month ago, if someone had asked me if I’d changed in the past year, I would have said no. I didn’t think I had definitively changed, but I was wrong. In the past month, several specific instances made me realize my answer must be the opposite, for I have changed entirely. After care...
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Stagnation

Summer can be a time of nonstop adventures – family vacations, working a summer job, or helping out with bible school at your church or a making mission trip. For others, summertime can be complete boredom or anxious anticipation. You might find yourself with nothing to do but simply wait for...
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Thursday, July 12, 2018