Trouble in Paradise: When Disciples Just Can’t Get Along

As the Campus Minister at a Catholic School, I have the unique opportunity of being present for all the little arguments and disagreements that happen throughout the day with the kids I minister to. Sometimes these conflicts are minor; a girl snaps at her friend, or a boy brushes past a classmate a little too … Continue reading Trouble in Paradise: When Disciples Just Can’t Get Along

The Reflection You Didn’t Know You Needed

About a month ago, I was challenged by my spiritual director to examine and process my semester in ministry. In doing so, I’ve been able to go back and reflect on how God has been moving in my life. This semester was the busiest we’ve ever had, and has probably been the most successful as well. With … Continue reading The Reflection You Didn’t Know You Needed

Where Strength Lies

A young man who did not have a left arm wanted to compete in martial arts. He found a teacher to train him, but the teacher only taught him one move. Other competitors would learn many more, and the young man just knew he was going to lose in an upcoming competition. As it turns out, he won not only … Continue reading Where Strength Lies

Busy? Read this. Too busy? Read it twice.

A lot of times when we are too busy to stop and listen to what God is trying to tell us, He sends someone more willing to listen to Him to deliver His message to us. These past few weeks have been a blur for me. From the classes I take as a college student, to … Continue reading Busy? Read this. Too busy? Read it twice.

The Attack on Ministry

There are certain times in our life when things just don’t seem to be going quite right.  We all have those times when we are hit with a trial or get overwhelmed with the circumstances of our lives.  Sometimes this makes us question the direction we are moving, other times it gives us conviction that … Continue reading The Attack on Ministry

Go From Overwhelmed to Peaceful in 3 (Not So Easy) Steps

My husband and I went to the store the other day and noticed the aisles of school supplies, lunch boxes and backpacks, and Christmas stuff that is making its way to the various departments. Already? What happened to summer? August is right around the corner and is typically filled with not only school preparations, but … Continue reading Go From Overwhelmed to Peaceful in 3 (Not So Easy) Steps

Jesus gives us hope… Follow Him

Sound familiar?  If you've had any connection to summer Vacation Bible School at your parish, you or the people around you might have heard this message from the very first day.  Psalm 71:5 says "For you, O Lord, are my hope."  We teach this to the children at an early age and need to be reminded … Continue reading Jesus gives us hope… Follow Him

Why Youth Ministers Need to Miss Youth Group

  Every year I have a youth group session where I’m intentionally not there.  That’s right, I miss it on purpose.  I set it up to occur in the fall semester, usually October or November.  Some might think that by missing youth group I’m not doing my job, but by missing that session I’m able to do … Continue reading Why Youth Ministers Need to Miss Youth Group

From Broken to Healed

    Sometimes things happen that leave you in disbelief, especially when you were looking forward to such hope, joy and excitement. You look back and ask yourself, "did that just happen?" or "how could that happen at such a joyful time?" Your tears can't hide the feelings of being broken down, vulnerable, raw, hurt … Continue reading From Broken to Healed