Surrender to the Father

Surrender to the Father

Below is an except from my reflections on the eighth week of the Ignatian Prayer Adventure.

In my prayer, I began to contemplate the mystery of God’s creation—from the galaxies of the cosmos to the tiniest of potato bugs—and it was then that I got a taste of God’s mysterious love. There was an infinite amount of activity and excitement happening in God’s created world: bees buzzing, oceans roaring, stars exploding, newborn chicks breaking through their eggs, tiny insects working deep in the earth, a mother nursing her precious child. God’s world is loud and dynamic, and it is constantly active, moving us forward into new life. Continue reading…

 

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Worn Out: The Cause and Cure for Fatigue in Youth Ministry

Worn Out: The Cause and Cure for Fatigue in Youth Ministry

Hi friends,

I was blessed enough to have a second publication from CatholicYouthMinistry.com. Huge shout out to Christina Mead from Life Teen International for believing in me! Here is an except from the blog:

 

The enemy loves the when we get frustrated because it leads to fatigue and self-destruction.

Being a youth minister is a job fit for a humble servant, one who remains constant in their concrete works of charity, serving to create a space for grace — even when it seems like you’re in the bottom of the pit. Continue reading…

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A Eulogy for Jesus

A Eulogy for Jesus

Below is an except from my reflections on the seventh week of the Ignatian Prayer Adventure.

We walked from town to town telling people that God loves them and that God forgives them. What’s more, we told them that we loved them—and we meant it, Jesus especially. If there was one thing he was good at, it was helping people grow into their own human dignity—moving people towards the full humanity that God calls all of us to live.

This is what Jesus did, for all those people, and for me. Jesus saved me. Continue reading…

 

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Covered by the Dust of the Lord’s Feet

Covered by the Dust of the Lord’s Feet

Below is an except from my reflections on the sixth week of the Ignatian Prayer Adventure.

When I imagined Jesus choosing me as one of his disciples, I immediately felt unworthy. I didn’t know enough theology, and my knowledge of Scripture was nearly pathetic. I simply wasn’t good enough. But Christian author Rob Bell brilliantly writes, “Jesus calls the not-good-enoughs.”  Continue reading…

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Two Standards. One Choice.

Two Standards. One Choice.

Below is an except from my reflections on the fifth week of the Ignatian Prayer Adventure.

When we forget to hold God as the center, something else will surely take God’s place. When we take our focus off of God—shoving love, humility, and service to the side—something insidious creeps into us, turning our passion into poison. Sometimes we create our own demons without even knowing it. Continue reading…

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