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The weeks leading up to a retreat can be more than a little crazy. With skit rehearsals, talk preparations, supply lists, getting the whole Core, and teen leadership teams prepped, arranging priests, icebreaker preparations, etc. our retreat to-do list seems endless. I quite often left one huge thing off of my retreat preparation to-do list: […]

Who is in your sheepfold? I don’t know how much you know about shepherding, but it is a very tiresome vocation. Shepherds work all day and night, herding sheep or goats from one location to another, protecting them from predators looking for their next meal. They often work alone and are isolated from human contact, […]

“See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it does not know Him.” – 1 John 3:1 Recently, I was able to take my teens on our annual Winter Retreat with five […]

“You are witnesses to these things.” (Luke 24:48) That final line in the Gospel should convict you, haunt you, and make you feel incredible joy. It should linger like incense that clouds an altar in mystery and stirs something inside of us that excites our soul – something incredible is happening here. It is a […]

If you’re a youth minister, you know how much change our middle school students go through. The 6th graders are still so young and innocent while our 8th graders are trying to grow up faster than their bodies and age are allowing them. I still think it’s fun watching the 8th grade girls tower over […]

I love cleaning. My vacuum is one of my best friends. Okay, not really, but the OCD nerd inside of me did get excited about the new dustbuster I just purchased. I guess because deep down cleaning gives me a sense of control. I used to say that either my house or my office could […]

Doubting Thomas? (John 20:19-31) “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” John 20:25 Why are we remembered for our mistakes, our moments of doubt and stupidity more than the moments of deep […]

If you have ever been blessed to be by the side of a loved one while they breathed their last breath, you know the sound I’m about to describe. It is a haunting, raspy, rumble that stems from the depth of the lungs, slowly rising to the mouth and escaping the lips. I have never […]

I love to be in the kitchen. I love to cook and bake, and constantly dream up new delicious treats and creative dishes to “test” on my family. Thankfully, they usually turn out pretty good (and at worst, edible) but I never seem to be satisfied. My wonderful husband is always quick to praise my […]

In my fourth grade basketball game, I whipped the ball down the court to my teammate so she could take a shot and we could win the game; in my seventh grade soccer scrimmage, I ran over another girl on the opposing team because I wanted to beat her to the ball; in my high […]

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