Two Small Coins

Have you ever received a gift that wasn’t necessarily great because of the price tag, but because of the meaning behind it? When my husband and I went on our first date, I happened to be in the same town as him for the weekend celebrating my 23rd birthday with friends. Before catching up with…

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A Pope of the Times

Today marks one of my favorite saints’ feast day, Pope Saint John Paul II. Four years ago, I had the opportunity to travel throughout Poland and follow the life of this great saint. By the end of the trip, I had heard one phrase most used to describe him, “he was a Pope of the…

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Leading Even If No One Follows

As I spent time in prayerful reflection writing this, I felt convicted. Everyone always talks about counting your blessings, but how often do we actually sit down and realize everything that God has done for each and every one of us? With all that is going on given the current status of the world, it…

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To Whom Shall We Go?

If there is any scene in the Bible I could go back in time to be a part of, it would hands-down be John 6. Jesus has just told the crowds His teaching on the Eucharist, and his followers departed in waves because they couldn’t accept it. All left standing there are his twelve disciples,…

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Grumblings & God’s Blessings

Loaves of bread halved

It’s so funny how a reading can call you out. The other night I was on the phone with my Mom, and I realized that the very first thing I did was start with my complaints. I know she didn’t mind hearing them because our parents are there to listen to whatever we have to…

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The Narrow Gate

There were two rules I clearly remember my parents and grandparents ingraining into my head as a little kid: 1. Look both ways before you cross the street 2. Do unto others whatever you would have them do unto you (Matthew 7:12) I heard my grandmother’s voice instantly as I read the golden rule #2…

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Faith in Times of Trial

Adoration during pandemic

Living through a pandemic has greatly altered many things in our lives, especially living in California. Before the pandemic began, my wife and I used to go to Adoration multiple times a week to reflect on our lives and discern where God was calling us. Once Adoration, indoor Mass and daily Confessions were taken away,…

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The Bread of Life

The Eucharist and the last super with Jesus

Jesus is the bread of life, the Eucharist we celebrate. The priest at my college parish engrained something in my mind that I’ll never forget; if Jesus says something more than once, pay attention. He told us that it was Jesus’ version of a neon sign with flashing lights. In today’s gospel, Jesus referenced the…

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The First Stone

Whenever I go to Confession, I write my sins down on the Notes app in my phone. Sometimes, I get too nervous to go off my memory so I have to write them down in order to say them all and give a good Confession. Well, I once heard a story of a young woman…

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Earthly Life VS. Eternal Life

A Eucharistic item

Ever since I was a kid, my number one goal in life was to be a Major League Baseball player. I wanted to play the game of baseball at its highest level, make millions of dollars and befriend other successful people. Funny thing is, the older I got, and the realization that a career in…

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