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Hi friends and welcome to the Arise, Beloved blog. We have an amazing team of writers behind this blog and our desire is to speak truth into the lies that cripple us and shine light into the darkness that isolates us because we believe that now, more than ever, the Church desperately needs women to be restored so that the world can be set ablaze. Our hope is that you find comfort, solace, and peace in knowing that you are not alone, you are not too far gone and there is ALWAYS hope to be found. 

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Dear Complacency,  I’m bored.  Sincerely,  A future saint. Anyone who has met me knows that I am an avid fighter against apathy and has probably heard me rant about it on more than one occasion. I figured it was time that I put it in writing.  First, let’s define complacency/apathy. The definitions I came across […]

Dear Complacency, I’m Bored

Freedom, Mary Dufresne, Mind, Soul

About halfway through my mission year there was a weird sense of urgency within the community. Out of nowhere, everyone was applying for jobs and starting to think about life after the mission year. It seemed that way at least; one day we were using our free time to rest and play and the next […]

What is the Dream?

Megan Byers, Mind

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”  Proverbs 14:30 I think envy is something that so many people, especially women, struggle with, whether they know it or not. I know this is certainly the case for myself. I’ve recently been super convicted about just how much I truly […]

Green with Envy

Freedom, Gabriella Gagliano, Mind

Do you remember the gospel about the virgins with the oil (Matthew 25)? In the gospel, Jesus talks about the wise virgins that bring flasks of oil and the foolish virgins that don’t bring extra oil.  As I reflected on that verse I thought about how it relates to me. I have been wise at […]

Wise and Foolish

Body, Rosemary Campbell

In today’s episode, we kick off our season two theme of “stories in the middle” with listening to our very own Kateri Leonard’s beautiful story of redemption, the power of Confession, and the continual process of healing. If you relate to Kateri’s story and want to reach out to her directly you can always send […]

S02 E02: Confessions of a Catholic Girl with Kateri Leonard

Kateri Leonard, Podcast, Season Two

There is something that I love about mornings.  I’m the type of girl that loves letting the morning sun pour in through my windows, the type to wake up extra early to enjoy an extended period of prayer time and coffee.  I haven’t always been like this, in fact, when I was growing up, mornings […]

New Love

Kateri Leonard, Mind

My dear sisters, it is so good to be here with you again, sharing the thoughts and wanderings of my little heart.  I invite you to enter into this space with a prayerful heart, calling to mind the reality that you are held in his merciful gaze. Recently, my little heart has been stirring rather […]

Lay it Down and Rest

Shelby Hawks, Soul

I am familiar with being told “no.”  I am familiar with rejection. Usually, a few weeks after an interview, in a well-crafted email designed to make me feel better, but most recently over the phone.  After delivering the bad news, the man I had been in contact with throughout the application process said, “I know […]

I Can’t Handle It

Megan Byers, Soul, Trust

I was recently asked to join the Arise Beloved team, specifically to blog for this wonderful ministry. I was stoked…but then also immediately insecure. Of course, Shame would rear its ugly head when a wonderful opportunity is presented! You’re not good enough, you’re not holy enough, you’re not a writer. These were all the anxious […]

My Old Friend, Shame

Gabriella Gagliano, Mind

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What’s it like? You don’t see it in rooms if you are ill.” “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under earth,” said Mary. (The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett) The Lord stirred my […]

The Spring is Here

Mary Dufresne, Soul, Trust

Hello dear sisters (and brothers), I am truly excited to open our blog back up to content. We have had a crazy couple of months but the Lord is good and our team is incredible and we are all excited for what the Fall will bring. To start with, Kateri and I (your co-directors behind […]

We are not Meant to Struggle Alone

Kateri Leonard, Mary Kate Anthony

Hello dear friends and welcome back to SEASON TWO!!! Kateri and I are so excited to get this season going and to see what the Lord is going to do over the next few months!  While this introductory episode does not explicitly introduce the theme that the rest of the season will be following (we’ll […]

S02 E01: Choosing to be the Light in Social Media

Podcast, Season Two

// Kathleen Merriman // When you’re the gullible friend, you start to resign yourself to a certain number of cheap scares throughout the year. One time, in my high school days, my sister and friends jumped out from behind my living room furniture, wearing cheaply printed masks of Shia LaBeouf’s face, and scared the actual, […]

The Rooms of the Heart

Kathleen Merriman, Soul

|| Megan Byers || There is a product that shows up on my social media platforms as sponsored advertising way too often. I’m not endorsing this product, so I won’t give out the name, but it’s a clothing company that appeals to curvy women. They claim to have the perfect fix for mothers who haven’t […]

An Honest Reminder

Body, Megan Byers

// Catie Welsh // Not too long ago, my family decided to go for a Costco run while my sister was at basketball practice. I decided to tag along, even though I had no real reason to. After getting hit with some serious carsickness, I found myself regretting the trip, especially when after we went […]

A Silent Season

Body, Catie Destatte