This past Sunday I was at a loss for words. I learned that the assistant principal of my grade school, Mrs. Susan Ponder, passed away that morning. For those of you who have never met this wonderful woman of God, she was the epitome of our school mission long before we stated it. At St. Joseph Cathedral School, the students recite in their sleep: “We will be disciples of Christ and fishers of men.” With the example of Mrs. Ponder, we are certainly on our way to doing just that. Continue reading
The Cotton Ball of Sin
If you’re looking for a sign, this is it. Growing up at a Catholic grade school and then attending a Catholic high school, I have seen many, many signs for vocations awareness. I have heard talks from priests and religious sisters alike, and have been encouraged by many to pursue a future in vocations. What was never really explained to me, or any of us really, was that matrimony is a holy vocation as well. We heard a couple of talks later on in our education from beautiful people who were following the vocation to marriage, but is always seemed emphasized that to live a truly holy life, you must give everything to God, and that didn’t seem to be possible in marriage.
With all of the emphasis that the Church must put on vocations to the religious life, I found myself lost in what God actually wanted me to be. Continue reading
New Year, New Saint
New Year, New You: ten common New Year’s resolutions and five things you can do to make sure you keep them!
Everywhere we look at the beginning of a new year tells us how we can make ourselves, our lives, or our careers better and more successful. Exercise more, eat healthier, be kinder, make more money, find yourself, be the person you’ve always wanted to be. As Catholics we are called to always be looking at ways that we can improve ourselves, mold ourselves into the people God has always intended us to be. We must never be satisfied with the temptations and apathy of human nature. Continue reading