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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

The stronger the community, the stronger the faith

The stronger the community, the stronger the faith Since Mission Evansville and the Source Summit follow-up, I have thought a lot about the community of the Church. After these diocesan events, I developed more of an awareness that the wonderful people I met truly motivated me to improve myself, and the support we continue to offer each other is in...
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Seeing the Lord in nearly everything

A great blessing of my husband is that I can bounce column ideas off him, and he gives me good feedback. However, sometimes that means that he encourages me to change or better process my topic. That happened this month, and I found myself somewhat reluctantly but humbly in search of a new topic. A...
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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Choose joy, not cynicism

Choose joy, not cynicism Cynicism sucks the joy out of every moment in life. It seems an unwritten rule that to be respectable or intelligent, one must first possess the imperious glance of a skeptic. People bond over their complaints and derision for minor inconveniences; and most heartbreakingly, they refuse even to see...
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Thursday, July 05, 2018

What are you waiting for?

I’m currently in a period of transition. It’s the summer before I start law school, and most of my friends and loved ones now live or will soon live in different cities. This time is wrought with a sometimes-chaotic blend of excitement, faith, uncertainty and a hearty dose of anxiety.&#...
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Thursday, June 28, 2018