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“Forgiveness, can you imagine?”  I think about this line from the musical Hamilton quite frequently. My biggest issue with it is the implication that our society cannot comprehend forgiveness.  The line appears in the song “It’s Quiet Uptown” which tells the story of how Alexander Hamilton and his wife Eliza reconcile their marriage after the […]

Can You Imagine?

Megan Byers

I’ve been wanting to write about the ways I have encountered the Lord as healer recently, and yet every time I sit down to put it into words, I find myself staring at a blank screen.  It is difficult to put into words the experience of Jesus as Healer, for it is vast and intimate and […]

Knowing the Healer.

Shelby Hawks

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted, a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to […]

Spring Cleaning

Maria Powell

What is your favorite season?  I always thought I was a fall gal. Oversized sweaters, hot cocoa, pumpkins, the crisp, cool air, colorful leaves. With the major holidays just around the corner, there is this sense of returning home, comfort, leisure that hangs in the air. Not only did I prefer the season, I wanted […]

Springtime

Megan Byers

The biggest lesson of today is this:              Even when all seems lost,             When all is stilled, and completely silent,             Even in the mourning season,             When there clarity or healing has yet to be found,             He is moving.             Today, we learn the meaning of hope. Having journeyed with Jesus through the Last Supper, His passion and […]

Holy Saturday

Anne Marie Schlueter

For the Morning There’s a stillness in the air that lingers as the sun creeps over the tops of the mountains.  An uneasiness begins to take the streets as the sound of doors opening pierce the silence of the morning. Feet begin to shuffle in the dirt and the soft murmur of voices enter as though […]

You are Good, Friday

Kateri Leonard

Today, on this beautiful Holy Thursday, I’d like to take a moment to enter into the footsteps of Jesus and His Disciples. Holy Week calls us to pause and reflect on what really happened those two thousand years ago and meditate on why the Church finds it significant to recount every year. I invite you […]

The Footsteps of Holy Thursday

Maria Powell, Soul

Are you ready to accompany Him? Is your heart prepared to walk all the way—through the Cross and into the glory? We must begin by first receiving what He seeks to give us, by approaching the table and bowing before Mercy. We must take and eat, so that we are strengthened for the long and […]

Wednesday of Holy Week

Shelby Hawks

“What you are going to do, do quickly.” Judas leaves in John’s gospel. I couldn’t tear myself away from this detail. Judas leaves the intimacy and friendship of Jesus to betray Him.  Then there is John, the beloved disciple, who leans against Jesus’ chest and remains in the intimacy and friendship of Jesus. I love […]

Tuesday of Holy Week

Megan Byers

“Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.” John 12:3 As we begin our last days of lent and enter Holy Week, we are greeted with the story of […]

Monday of Holy Week

Isabella Gessler

I am one of those people who starts projects, thrives off of excitement, and gets stuff done.             I also am acutely aware of my tendency to lose excitement, let frustration deeply affect me, and procrastinate when excitement is gone. All in need of constant conversion, constant seeking of excellence.             Within the last year, I’ve heard […]

Feeling Stuck

Anne Marie Schlueter

Help me, O Lord, that my heart may be merciful…             Several years ago, I was introduced to a beautiful litany found in the Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska that I now strive to read every day. What is so inspiring about her diary is that it is no ordinary diary just recounting all of […]

Growing Daily In Mercy

Maria Powell

On today’s episode we talk with Taylor Schrock, a high school special education teacher with a passion for her students, art, and the pro-life movement. Taylor shares with us her beautiful story of her unexpected teenage pregnancy and that path that led her to chose to place her son in an open adoption. Taylor talks […]

S02 E09: The Gift of Adoption with Taylor Schrock

Podcast, Season Two

|| Part One || Last week I shared Part 1 of my series “Divorced from the Reality of Death”. I talked about how with the ability to “control” death comes the danger of being controlled by a fear of death. And the danger of placing all of our trust and security in the shaking foundation […]

Divorced from the Reality of Death Part Two: Light of the World

Mary Kate Anthony, Narrow Way

The other day my boss came up to my office and looked slightly startled to see me. “Hi!” I said, also surprised to see him. “Hey!” He replied, noticing that I was confused by his reaction, “I’m just not used to seeing people’s teeth anymore.” I had my mask off because I had been alone […]

The Slow Boil

Body, Kateri Leonard