Treat Yourself: Distinguishing Between Needs and Treats

I moved to Bloomington in August 2016 to begin law school. I was bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to continue acing all my classes and having time for a job, volunteer for the church, and hang out with family and friends. Goodness, how naïve I was! That first year of law school was really… Continue reading Treat Yourself: Distinguishing Between Needs and Treats

Why Christine Pursued Marian Consecration and Why You Should Too

Christine consecrated herself to Jesus through Mary under this image at Immaculate Conception Church in Salem, MA. She renews her consecration there as well. (Photo by Christine) She was first inspired to pursue Marian consecration because her mother did it. She’d been looking for a way to consecrate her life to Jesus, but as a… Continue reading Why Christine Pursued Marian Consecration and Why You Should Too

A Day in the Life of Father Ben

Father Ben begins his day with mass. I arrived early and took a few pictures of the church and set my things in the back. As 8:00AM approached, groups of students with their teachers shuffled in and slid into the pews, each class sitting together. St. Louis Besancon is a small, country church that is… Continue reading A Day in the Life of Father Ben

Reconnected at the Tomb of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

One common misconception about prayer is that we take all the initiative. Au Contraire! As great saints like Therese of Lisieux pointed out, everything is grace. If I'm inspired to pray it is because God has drawn me to do so. However this doesn't eliminate free will; we can acquiesce to these promptings or simply… Continue reading Reconnected at the Tomb of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

My Encounter with Christ’s Merciful Gaze

I've always had a deep desire for hospital ministry. Every time I’ve had the privilege of being in the presence of the sick, I encounter Christ in a very special way. One day I went to the hospital with one of the parish priests, Fr. James. After we took the elevator ride to the top… Continue reading My Encounter with Christ’s Merciful Gaze