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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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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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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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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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Answer The Call

This past weekend, we had the amazing opportunity to speak at the Women’s Conference in our hometown parish. This isn’t something that I ever saw myself doing because speaking in front of people isn’t my favorite thing and I didn’t think that I would have anything to say. What I failed to realize is that it isn’t about what I have to say to a room full of women, it’s about what God wants to say through me.

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Prayer is Necessary

As I was watching the P-W Girls Varsity Basketball Game, I couldn’t help but reflect on my own high school basketball experiences. I specifically remember on the amount I spent practicing for the sport. The games, season practices, weightlifting, 4-person workouts, AAU teams, summer basketball, physical therapy, and the list goes on and on. I WANTED to do all of this to become the best basketball player for my team.

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He Will See You Through

In mass this past weekend, I was thinking about how much different life would be just if suffering didn’t exist. After hearing that my dads cancer had returned, I have pondered about how simple life would be suffering free. Everyone happy, and healthy. But there is something about those situations that’s show us who we are and who God is.

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What Do I Need?

I often pray for other people in my life who are having a difficult time with things but for some reason I have a very hard time asking Christ for things in my own life. I was at confession the other week and I was speaking with the priest about everything that was heavy on my heart at that moment. After we chatted for a few minutes, he told me to ask God for what I needed. I am not a person to admit to other people that I need help very easily and that has also been true for my relationship with Christ.

Ask God for what I need. What do I need?

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God Provides

As World Youth Day approaches next week, I can’t help but reflect on my experience at World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland 2016. The trip began a little differently then we all expected. The flight from Detroit to Chicago was short and flawless. We then boarded a plane in Chicago that was supposed to take us to London and from there we would fly to Warsaw. Because a storm was going through, all the planes stayed on the ground until the storm passed. As we were waiting, the plane shook and the lights went off.

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Trust in Him

As you know, over the past year each of us chose a word to focus on. At this time last year, I found out I didn’t get into one of the physical therapy schools that I applied to, my dad was going through chemo, I was discerning my religious vocation, and I was graduating in May with no idea of where my life was headed. With all of that going on, there was only one word that would ease my mind.

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Reason for the Season

I can’t help but to get excited when I see the snow fall or hear Christmas music because this is my favorite time of the year. During this season, people are more giving, more kind, and genuinely care more about one another. Although everyone is busy running around trying to get things done for Christmas, it’s important to take a step back from all of the craziness and realize what we actually celebrating…

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Made for Greatness

When I was a sophomore, I chose St. Therese of Lisieux to be my confirmation saint, but I never really prayed for her intercession or for any other saints’ intercessions very often. My interactions with saints typically was a prayer to St. Anthony when I had lost something or saying a Hail Mary without realizing what the prayer was for. It wasn’t until I went to Poland on World Youth Day that I really understood how amazing the saints are.

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Gina Riding Shotgun

A few years ago, I was driving home from Grand Valley in 5:00 traffic during a blizzard. I have driven that route countless times but that day was different. I was nervous because of the snow and the lack of visibility, but I just decided that I would drive carefully.

I was driving down Lake Michigan Drive when the airbag signal suddenly came on for the passenger’s seat and I noticed the song “Spirit in the Sky” came on my Pandora station. At one of the many stoplights I started to clear off the seat until there was just my phone laying the seat. The airbag signal still didn’t go off which I thought was very odd. Then it hit me. Spirit in the Sky on the radio and the feeling that someone was with me.

Someone was sitting next to me.

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The Bread of Life

This weekend I was blessed to be able to attend the Made for Happiness event through the Lansing Diocese. It was so incredible to walk with Jesus (in the Monstrance) through the streets of Lansing, listen to the amazing speakers, and attend mass where there were more priests than the altar had room for. This assembly was an incredible display of the strength of the community’s faith to the church through the scandals that have come to light over the summer. With the current scandals, it is easy to question the church, her teachings, and doubt your own faith, but there is one thing that I personally could never waiver from.

The mass.

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Here I am, Lord

“Here I am, Lord; but where are You?”

I have often asked this question when I am sitting alone, in a quiet church, waiting for answers. Answers on where my life should be going, who I am called to be, how I am called to serve, and why I am struggling with the storms in my life. The more I asked this question, the more the answers seem to evade me.

Though it is incredibly important to ask these questions, It is as equally important to appreciate where you are in your life right now and how you got here.

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How He Loves

I was watching a Disney movie this weekend and wondered, why do I love watching these movies so much? And then it hit me. Love. In almost every Disney movie, the girl gets the guy and they live happily every after. Each of us longs to be loved and to love others - only the Disney movie love isn't what we're craving. We are each in desperate need of an eternal, unconditional, and pure love - even if we're not aware. This is the kind of love that can only be given by the Father. 

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