Posts in Faith
Living Out Loud

When it comes to sharing on social media, the trend is that we choose to share with the world what is positive and exciting in our lives, while often glossing over the challenges we face. Well, for two years now, I’ve been glossing over a really positive part of my life, letting it seem like a challenge, when in reality, it’s been nothing but freedom.

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We've Been to the Mountain

Looking back now as a student of divinity, a retreat with my Catholic Campus Ministry as a freshman at the College of William and Mary in 2009 was a first step toward being a graduate student today. On retreat, I experienced a true sense of community within both my faith and my age group—a combination I had never before witnessed.

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Sacred Places

Returning to a space of loss is emotional to say the least, which is why it is so tempting to avoid visiting a gravesite, or a particular room that may remind us of someone we have lost. My visit to the Holy Land in 2015 was unfortunately marked by this loss.

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You Can't Always Get What You Want

Just this week, millions of us tuned into for the finale of HBO’s Big Little Lies, billed as a “limited” series, which I’m finding to be HBO code for “a mini-series that could be renewed for a second season but should be considered as a contained storyline.” This show, and the “limited series” format as a whole, is a rare find in today’s TV landscape because of this exact finite nature. What was satisfying about the finale of Big Little Lies was that it ended.

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But We Return

When it comes to listening, I find that there are a lot of distractions in my way, particularly the little badges and banners of iPhone notifications that beckon me one at a time to dive deeper and deeper out of real life and into my phone. To offset this, a few months ago I began enacting what I like to call, "Analog Sundays."

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Angelic Messengers

Lent is a season for second chances—a “New Year’s Resolution 2.0,” if you will. For all who observe the season, Lent involves giving up or sacrificing something that is “bad” in order to create more room for prayer and reflection. It’s a lot like a New Year’s Resolution: What did I do wrong last year and what would I like to do better now? It can be a response to sin and/or an answer to a call from within.

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Against All Odds

It’s easy to just say that we always pray no matter what. In practice, it isn't always that simple. It can be far too easy to feel defeat and avoid prayer or stop altogether. With Michael and Stephanie, though, this was not the case. My prayer did not come at first with words, but instead through music—in particular, music that we sang together in the choir.

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Here's to the Ones Who Dream

After watching La La Land twice in one week, I couldn't wipe the big grin off of my face. As we march toward the Oscars, La La Land has received a somewhat contentious 14 Academy Award Nominations. Friends and family alike have been divided over what is a rather harmless film. Rather than debate, I simply want to share what I love about this film, and how it’s inspired and affirmed my little life journey of late.

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