Just Breathe

Sit with your back straight. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire next steps. Exhale throughout your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips lightly if this seems...

Giving Thanks in a Broken World

“Thank God ahead of time.” Fr. Solanus Casey It’s not always easy to give thanks, especially when we are surrounded by so much brokenness. But gratitude isn’t dependent on our circumstances. Solanus Casey (a Detroit monk who is under consideration for sainthood)...
Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Agnes Filiatreau

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Agnes Filiatreau

July 2016 was the end of my first year at a Christian summer camp called Barefoot Republic. On the last night our director had us sum our summer up in one word. My word was changed. Proceeding our choosing, she then had us look up in the index in the Bible App the...
Why We Are Doing Mission Year

Why We Are Doing Mission Year

Josh and I grew up in the church, going to church camp, volunteering our time, and doing what was easy. We wanted to do something more, something challenging!  We wanted to stretch our faith and grow with each other and in Christ but we didn’t know what that...
Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Emma-Claire Martin

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Emma-Claire Martin

Campus ministry was not on my list of what to look for in a potential college. For me, God existed at summer camp. God sounded like guitars singing through cheap speakers, smelled like midnight campfires, and faded away as I drove home on Saturday. It wasn’t...
God Was the Light Left On

God Was the Light Left On

This is my first year as a city director for Mission Year, and within that role I have the privilege of walking alongside the team members in Philly as they live out the highs and lows of their year. A reoccurring conversation that I’ve been a part of with a few of...
Being a Person

Being a Person

When I returned back from Spring Break, Sacred Heart’s break had only just begun. This meant that last week was my first week back at work and it had been two weeks since I had been there. Factoring in snow days and missing art on Tuesday, that came to about 23 days...
The Ideal versus The Actual

The Ideal versus The Actual

I have been thinking a lot about the difference between the ideal and the actual. The ideal is who we want to be, what we project ourselves to be to others, and where we believe we are. The actual is who and where we really are. Honestly, it’s much easier to...
Poverty Sells

Poverty Sells

“Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on...