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Weakness

  August 17th, 2017 0

This summer I spent six golden weeks in middle-of-nowhere Dahlonega, GA at LifeTeen’s summer camp Hidden Lake, and it wrecked my life. As has every mass since. At camp we woke up exhausted and went to bed exhausted, and we did everything as a community (including peeing our pants (if you didn’t pee your pants at every dance party was
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Trusting in God Alone

  June 8th, 2017 2

* photo by Casey Johnson Jesus I trust in You. Hello everyone! For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been at Life Teen’s Camp Covecrest as a summer missionary for the last 3 weeks. Camp Covecrest is a camp in Tiger, GA where Catholic teens from all over the US come for a week-long encounter with Christ. Please pray for
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A Parent’s Joy

  September 2nd, 2016 1

As most of you are aware, I recently arrived at the Mundelein Seminary in Illinois for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. While the transition has been, at times, the best thing I have ever done – at others, it’s been a time of extreme struggle and strife – as the storm rages in the heart of anyone following the will of
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Control – Chisel

  May 18th, 2016 1

A few months back, my co-teacher and I were planning our weekly PSR (or CCD) class, and the topic was on God’s plan for your life. He shared a video with me and wanted my thoughts on sharing it with the class. The first time I watched it I was only half paying attention but the video had some funny
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In Savannah ♫

By Georgianne Carpenter
  March 21st, 2016 0

On Sunday March 13th, the UNG’s Catholic Campus Ministry took the Mobile Missions’ bus on a trip to Savannah, Georgia for a Spring Break Mission Trip. For those of you who don’t already know, the bus has been completely overhauled and renovated by our campus minister and her husband, Jaime & David Roberts (who run the Mobile Mission Ministry). There are benches that
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Made For Greatness

  March 18th, 2016 0

What kind of person do you want to be? Some might say successful, others, happy, and yet others might say fulfilled. These are all beautiful answers and all have their individual values but none of them paint the whole picture. We have all been created with dignity and an intrinsic value that God wants more for you then just happiness
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3…2…1…The Jump of a Lifetime

  March 7th, 2016 2

Have you ever been called to do something but felt that you were unqualified or unworthy to do so? Maybe you were asked to be the best man, or maid of honor at a wedding, or maybe been asked to lead a team at work in a new direction. There are countless times in our lives that we are called
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A Letter to My Freshly Single Brothers and Sisters

  November 10th, 2015 0

My dearest siblings, It’s hard. Whether you just got broken up with, or you did the breaking, I know that it is. I am currently sharing this struggle with you, and I want to tell you something so important. Everyone has probably been telling you the usual, “it will get better” speech, and they are not wrong. It most definitely will
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The Mobile Mission in Missouri!!!

By The Mobile Mission
  November 1st, 2015 0

We love retreats! And we love putting them on for teenagers! So when we were asked to help out with the Spirit Alive Youth Conference in Wentzville, Missouri we were ecstatic! This was a bit different for us because we weren’t putting the retreat on ourselves, instead we were working with a team of other people who had been organizing this conference for
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What a Beautiful Mess!

By Brian Middleton
  October 6th, 2015 0

Mud, dirt, sawdust, grease, sweat….you name it, I love being messy. It usually means that I have been doing something I really enjoy. Or working on a project I know I will be particularly proud of when it’s finished. And who doesn’t like to be proud of what they’ve done? When I choose to get messy, boy, oh boy do I embrace it.
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The Roofed Wrangler

  October 4th, 2015 2

Hello friends! It’s been a while since my first blog post, but I am here to tell you about the best experience of my life! The week of September 17-24th I decided to visit Washington D.C. My boyfriend, Erik, is doing an internship up there and I wanted to visit and tour a city I’ve never been to! This was
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Grief Snuck In

  September 29th, 2015 1

    You’re never truly over the loss of someone you love. You don’t get over it, you move past it. Jesus gives us the blessing of time. The Bible shows us that Jesus is never closer to us than when we are brokenhearted.  “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” Psalm 34:18   
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Be who you are. Stay true to yourself. Be different.

  September 18th, 2015 1

How many of us have heard this throughout our lives? It sounds like the perfect advice. Simple really. Be who you are. On the other hand, our heads and society tell us fit in, fit in, fit in!! No matter the cost. Sometimes we tend to sacrifice little pieces of who we are in order to please others. We try
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The Heart of Mary

  September 8th, 2015 0

What do you think of when you hear the name Mary? Does Mary remind you of your best friend from your childhood, or maybe a “random” girl you had a math class with? For me, I automatically think of the great Mother of God, Mary most holy. I think of a loving mother who is always there for her children.
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Eucharistic Adoration

By Marian Visintainer
  August 31st, 2015 0

Have you ever felt confused? Like you didn’t know what to do with your life? Of course you have; you’re a college student. It’s practically a requirement. Luckily for you, your best friend just happens to be the King of the universe, and He already has a perfect plan for your life! However, the process of discerning His plan for
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Running Away From God

  August 27th, 2015 0

Distraction. We’ve all had it. It’s thrown in our face everyday. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are just a few examples of distractions. But I’m not just talking about social media here. I’m talking about the mindless and seemingly innocent things we use everyday to distract ourselves from our loving God. It is in the innocent things that we are blinded.
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A Simple Seed

  August 14th, 2015 0

Seeking God in everyday life can be very challenging. It was challenging for me for a very long time. I sometimes get caught up in society, not life. Society is the way that humans interact with each other. Society may often disguise itself as life but it isn’t truly life. Life is God’s ultimate creation. It’s in the book of
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My Encounter With Demons

  July 30th, 2015 2

I feel compelled to write about my own personal experience with spiritual warfare. I’m thinking back to a time when I went to a military boarding school. At this point in my life I was not yet firm in my faith, although I thought I was very spiritual and that this was something that was separate from religion. While away
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Hashtag: Worth It

  July 14th, 2015 0

It was different. It was weird. A couple of times I wanted to leave the group and go searching for people. But I couldn’t; my job was to hold the stick so the group knew where to meet up. I spent last weekend at a conference full of 3,000 teenagers and I was responsible for keeping track of 35 of them.
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Take Up Your Cross Daily

  June 22nd, 2015 0

Have you ever been in that place where you are so upset or so mad that you throw your “Christianity” out the window? I have. I am in the military and am currently at a training event. We were sent out to an area that was nothing but ankle-deep mud so we could help resupply a unit that had been
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How Porn Kills – Mind, Body, & Spirit

  June 15th, 2015 0

Addiction to pornography has become a growing problem. A recent study by theporneffect.com shows that 50% of Christian men and 20% of Christian women admit to being addicted to porn. There are three main struggles to the addiction to pornography: mind/emotional, body/physical, and spirit/spiritual. The emotional struggle of the addiction is where the person goes to porn to self-medicate some deep
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Support Catholic Missions!

By The Mobile Mission
  April 27th, 2015 0

It’s no surprise that Nicole Wynn will be working with Catholic Mission Trips again this summer! She is so on fire for serving others and she needs your help! Please prayerfully consider offering a monetary donation for her important work, as she needs to raise $3,000 for her trip! If you cannot donate at this time, you can commit to praying for
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He Has Risen!

By The Mobile Mission
  April 5th, 2015 0

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More Than Just A Meal

By The Mobile Mission
  April 2nd, 2015 0

Meals these days; they aren’t what they used to be. Are meals for you and your family a conversation or a convenience? Jesus took the time to share a meal with his followers before taking up His cross. We should take the time to remember the last supper on Holy Thursday and to really share a meal with the people
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Jesus Had Worth

  March 30th, 2015 0

Hello all! I have important news for you!! I am very passionate about everyone knowing their own self worth, and that you know that YOU ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN YOU COULD IMAGINE! God doesn’t make mistakes, and He knew that when He made you. I know that it makes me upset when I hear other people tell me: “I’m
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Urgent Message For All

  March 28th, 2015 2

I write you with the utmost of urgency. Yesterday a friend sent me a message on Facebook and all the message said was, “Watch God is Not Dead.” I have thought about watching it a few times, but I happen to be a big movie critic and Christian movies tend to have a cheesiness that I can’t stand. But, I
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200 Hugs a Day

  March 12th, 2015 0

So last friday I arrived at my new apartment. I was greeted by Dulce, the contact person I have been talking to this whole time. She works with Catholic Mission Trips (CMT – the organization that I worked with this past summer). She is an extremely kind woman who lives in the states with her husband and their children are
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Mangoes on the Mission Field

  March 7th, 2015 0

Sorry for not blogging in a while, but I have been keeping very busy, in both good ways and bad. So I took a little trip to the Emergency Room two Thursdays ago. I love mangoes, but apparently the feeling is not mutual. I had an allergic reaction. Fortunately, the hospital is only a 5 minute walk from my house
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Deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me

  February 26th, 2015 1

Being a Christian is easy. As long as you pray everyday and go to church you will never have struggles and everything will be peachy. But wait, did Christ not say in John 15:20 “Remember the word I spoke to you,* ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept
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St. Joe’s – Are You Ready?!

By The Mobile Mission
  February 24th, 2015 2

Teens of St. Joseph’s: Do you like music? Sure, you do. Who doesn’t? Do you like having fun? Of course. Games? Why not?! Are you looking to get away for the weekend, experience something new, learn about your faith, meet new people, or just have fun? Or are you just curious about this crazy group of young adults called the
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Two Bananas and a Newspaper

  February 7th, 2015 1

Big exciting things have happened the past few days. Wednesday, Marion (a German girl who seems to have traveled all over the world), Brandon and Kelvin (two guys from Washington D.C.) and I went to Boca Chica, a beautiful beach about a 30 minute ride away from Santo Domingo, in the car that Brandon and Kelvin rented. So we held
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All The Sounds

  February 2nd, 2015 5

Hispanic families love the airport. I came out of the terminal and there were hundreds of people lined up on either side of the gate, waiting for their loved ones to get off the plane. I would have felt like a rock star … but none of them were there for me. So I just awkwardly smiled as I felt
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The One With the One-Way Ticket

  January 31st, 2015 3

What am I doing? This seems to be the question. The question everyone keeps asking me, including myself. The short answer is, I am leaving for the Dominican Republic on February 1st. Which, if you are reading this today, happens to be tomorrow. The first month I am there I will be living with a host family and taking Spanish
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First Blog Ever

  December 3rd, 2014 1

It’s the best time to wear a striped sweater, sweater. Welcome to my first blog, first blog. Ever 🙂 Hey guys! I was just thinking, while eating my punkin’ pecan ice cream, that holy cow Christmas is in three weeks. THREE WEEKS. I have, like, SO MUCH to do. I have projects to complete and speeches to write and Taylor
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Not What You Expected?

  November 30th, 2014 2

It’s the first day of the Advent season – a time for anticipated waiting. I wrote something that is several years old now, but pertinent still today. I’ll set the scene… Our high school youth group was having a night about Advent, called ‘Hopeful Anticipation’. The room was decorated for Christmas and we had a fun night planned. We had
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Work as if everything depended on God (Part II)

  November 20th, 2014 0

If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, that might be a good place start. This side of things is a little bit harder to expand upon. How do I work as if everything depends on God? After all, everything I do is a result of my own actions, right? When I get down to the meat and potatoes of it,
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Pray as if everything depends on you (Part I)

  November 17th, 2014 1

Living in today’s world, we see so much; we hear so much. At times we may feel there isn’t much we can do about the problems in this world. With today’s methods of communication we hear about deadly disease outbreaks and natural disasters soon after, if not before they happen. When I see all this stuff, I think to myself,
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Deus Vult (God wills it)

  November 14th, 2014 0

The very first time I saw this phrase, I absolutely loved it. Then I found out what it meant! These two words have so much power behind them. When Pope Urban II declared the first crusade, the people cried out, “Deus vult! “. Today, however, there are no bloody crusades (authorized by the Church) for us to rally behind. The
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What? I’m a Blogger now?!

  November 11th, 2014 0

I’ll be honest right off the bat – I’ve never considered myself to be a writer. Getting thoughts down on paper, or in this case, onto a word document, has always been difficult for me. My mind runs a million miles a second and my thought processes usually don’t make much sense. In conversation, I jump from one topic, to
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We are all one body…

  November 10th, 2014 0

Today was a peculiar day. It’s funny how life goes sometimes. When I woke up this morning I didn’t expect to be crying at 11:00am in my American Literature class among my fellow peers. Our assignment was to bring in a song that meant something to us and to discuss it. When I presented my song there was no issue.
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What’s in a Saint?

  November 10th, 2014 0

My confirmation saint was Anthony of Padua, or as most people probably know him: the Anthony that finds things. He is a great match for me because I’m a guy that loses things so we work well together. What makes a saint? They come in all shapes and sizes, from all different backgrounds. It’s important to remember that everyone who
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What I learned from a child

  November 10th, 2014 1

I think I’m slowly learning what Jesus meant when He said in Matthew 18 1-5: “At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not
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The Greatest Miracle of All: Letting God be in Control

  November 4th, 2014 1

So…a few weeks ago I was on a retreat with my parish’s Life Teen youth group. I was asked to be the emcee for the weekend and leading up to the actual retreat I started to feel more and more pressure. You see, there is a lot of work that goes into making a retreat happen and being the emcee
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Catholic Mission Trips

  September 3rd, 2014 1

This summer God had crazy plans for me. I have never been to summer camp, so I thought now the only option was for me to be a camp counselor! So I started looking into different options. The beginning part is kind of blurry, I was researching all sorts of different places but I ended up applying to be a
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Ireland, Summer 2014

  August 31st, 2014 0

Four best friends going to Ireland. First week, vacation. Next two weeks, working with Franciscan friars at a summer camp for underprivileged kids. God plans awesome things if we are open to letting Him make them for us. My love for Guatemala never diminished, but all of a sudden I couldn’t stop thinking about Ireland. I need to go to
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Guatemala Summer 2013

  August 31st, 2014 0

The day I got home from my first mission trip to Guatemala in December of 2012, I was on the computer looking for a way to go back. I found Adventures in Missions and I would be leaving the day after my high school graduation to go back to the country I had fallen in love with. But this time
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Guatemala December 2012

  August 31st, 2014 0

My parents never knew that the mission trip to Guatemala they paid for as my Confirmation gift would be an experience that would turn my life upside down. But that is exactly what happened. In December 2012 my mother and I left for Guatemala after an embarrassing incident involving a fanny pack and me leaving one of my bags at
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The Eucharist from 35,000 Feet

  August 25th, 2014 0

Even at 35,000 feet, it’s amazing when God can reach you on a plane full of people in the most unusual place. Do you know how much faith it takes for someone to fly? You have to trust the pilot that they know what they are doing and are able to handle any problem. You have to trust the mechanics
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Innocence

  September 3rd, 2013 0

Innocence…what does that mean to you? When we are younger we have no worries, no responsibilities. We don’t worry about the past or the future. The only worry is about “right now”. What happened? What happened to the part of us that took the world for what it was, not what we think it is or even for what know
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Sitting and Thinking

  August 12th, 2013 0

It’s a cloudy day and I’m sitting, yet again, thinking about my life and the wonders and worries of my world. It seems to follow the same cycle of ups and downs and no matter what I cannot stop it. To go from understanding my faith to being completely disgusted at the fact that I even exist. For some reason, all
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Rooted…but what is this feeling?

  July 25th, 2013 0

You’re at a football game, it’s the 4th quarter and your team is down. All you need is one field goal to win it…you feel the excitement, the head pounding terror that is taking over because this is it. Or maybe you’re at the concert for your favorite band and about to hear them live for the first time. What
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Easter

  March 29th, 2013 0

Yesterday was Holy Thursday, today is Good Friday, tomorrow will be Holy Saturday, and Sunday will be Easter – the day our Lord has risen. What do these days mean to you? I’ll be honest, before this year they really didn’t mean that much to me at all. I know we’re supposed to be thoughtful, prayerful, sorrowful and eventually happy
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