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Better Late than Never

I’ll admit it - I’m always late. It seems like no matter what I try to do to get myself to NOT be late (wake up earlier, set reminders, etc.) something always causes me to be late. In fact, it’s the reason that this blog post is a whole week late! Lately, I’ve gotten so wrapped up in the present that I haven’t made time to sit down and write. You see, sisters, that’s the beauty of the way that God made us and loves us and knows us! He already knew that I was going to be late on writing this post. In fact, He also probably knew that someone needed to read this blog post today - instead of last week…

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Unfailing Love

This week in the gospel, we heard about the lost sheep and the prodigal son’s return. These are two stories that have been told to us over and over again. Each time the stories are told, I think about amazing it is how Jesus leaves the ninety-nine sheep to find the lost sheep. How incredibly forgiving the father is when the prodigal son returns. The week was the first time that I asked why. 

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One in A Million

It’s so crazy for me to think about how many people are ACTUALLY in this world. It’s even crazier to think about how many people have actually existed over time! And yet, somehow, none of us have ever had the exact same life experience…

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Be Not Afraid

Whenever I go on a big trip or retreat, I get this fear and anxiety a few weeks before the trip. I pack, unpack and repack multiple times because packing is the only thing about that trip that I can control. I think it is because I know in my heart that the trip is going to be life changing for me. I don’t 'like change so thinking that something could shake up my life is scary for me.

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Increasing Trust

I always struggle with incorporating God into my everyday life. I may be able to do 20 minutes of prayer here, say a rosary there, but then it seems like I go off and live my life, often losing focus.

 

It’s something I’m always trying to work on, and slowly getting better at, but in the end, still failing miserably.

 

One thing I have gotten better at recently is saying a quick prayer before something big, scary, or challenging.

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Imperfectly His

Fun Fact: Humans are not perfect.

It’s something we inherently know, but it’s something that we don’t often act like we know. I, for one, often hold myself (and others!) to a standard of perfection - assuming that we’ll be able to meet these crazy expectations. Then, when we inevitably fail, I am upset that we couldn’t be perfect.

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Human Beings

Lately, it’s hit me how busy life is. I have inherited a gene that keeps me constantly running. If there’s an open two hours on a Tuesday night, I will fill it with someone, some thing. I rarely just sit and relax.

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How Far I'll Go

God speaks to each of us in various ways. He speaks to each of us in ways that we will understand Him. He seems to like to speak to me through music. I often have a song or artist stuck in my head so I listen to it constantly. It takes me a while to understand why a certain song is stuck in my head but after listening to it on repeat more times than I can count, it eventually hits me…

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Wandering Together

I recently directed a retreat with the theme “Lost Sheep” and while that message is powerful and you can spend a lot of time reflecting on how you’ve lost your way, and have been found by the Good Shepherd, lately, I’ve been seeing it with a new twist.

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His Mercy Endures Forever

When was the last time that you went to the sacrament of reconciliation?

At different points in my life, the answer to this question has varied completely. Many times, I’ve been a once-a-year confession attendee (since that is the requirement to remain a Catholic in good standing with the church, not because I wanted to go). Other periods of time has seen me attempt to go monthly, when I’m trying my hardest to better myself, although those periods don’t often last long. The reasons to not go to confession always seem abundant but the root of them all is typically one thing: fear.

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Even Jesus Fell

The Lenten season is one that bring about many emotions in me. Part of me loves that it’s a radical time that God challenges Catholics as a whole to step up their game and show the world how much they love Him. This part of me that loves lent makes me want to completely change my life each lent. 

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Invite Him In

Throughout the school year at the Well, we have been discussing different vocations. I couldn’t help but reflect on my own discernment and what I have learned. During the process of discerning my vocation, I have had the wonderful opportunity to see what life is like as a Sister. I stayed with he Sisters of Life in New York for two weeks and I learned so much about how they live, who they are, and why they are so joyful.

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Be Strong in the Lord

I was listening to The Words I Would Say on my way home from work and thinking about how the meaning of Lent has changed for me over the past years. When I was younger, I would do the same thing every Lent. I gave up sweets and pop because I thought Lent was just about fasting from a little bit of luxury. What I failed to realize is that Lent is so much more than that.

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College, Jesus, & barcrawls

College, for me, was one giant struggle between trying to be a good Catholic, while trying not to fall into typical college life.  I tried to open my heart up to God’s will, but very frequently would close doors and not let Him into certain areas.

Well, this was an ongoing struggle, and it all boiled down to senior year, in my last month before graduation, there was one pinnacle decision that seemed to be the final test of all this back and forth… a nursing bar crawl or helping out at a retreat.

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Turn to Him

What is the struggle on your heart? When you are silent, which pain from deep within becomes central to your thoughts? Who are you when you are all alone?

These questions are deep and if we’re being honest, they’re scary. It’s easiest to tuck our fears away in some corner, hoping they’ll never come out. When our attempts fail us and they do escape, the world feels like it is crushing us, and everything comes crashing down.

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