Three Keys to Evangelization [Video Blog]

This is my first recording of coffee shop confession. So grab a cup of coffee and cuddle up. Here we go!

Last week a stranger in a coffee shop approached me to talk about faith… and this launched me into this weeks topic: Evangelization-It can be daunting, exciting, life-giving and challenging all at the same time. Here are some key things to remember.

3 Key Takeaways to Evangelization:





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Fighting Envy: 3 takeaways from Matt 20:1-16 [VIDEO BLOG]

I need to be honest, sometimes I struggle with envy. In my weakness, when other people “get” more blessing than me, it feels unfair, especially when I am working hard in the God’s vineyard. But the parable of the workers in the vineyard gives insight in the gospel message of grace. Here are 3 points to remember:



A Tender Conversation with a Teen experiencing Same Sex Attraction

conversationSSADo you experience Same Sex Attraction (SSA)?

If so, you are loved and welcome in the Catholic church. Please hear me scream that as loud as I can in this blog: You are loved.

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Help! I’ve Been MACED!

pepper-spray2I’m getting my masters in Theology at ND Seminary. So I get to hang with future priests all day and talk about God and the Church. It’s every Catholic nerd (**ahem** = Me) woman’s dream.

Due to my studies and ministry travel, I haven’t been able to blog. My days are filled with writing papers, reading the Church fathers, talk prep; and exciting moments like Monday’s class:

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#5-10-15 Prayer Challenge

prayerchallengePeople keep asking about the #5-10-15 prayer challenge being posted on Twitter. So I wanted to give the basics and invite you all into some accountability with simple daily prayer.


At Steubenville San Diego. I was in prayer Sunday morning and wanted to give teens a way to start a prayer life that is easy, simple, and accountable. So God birthed #5-10-15

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The Annunciation- NOLA or BUST

The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner 1896Sometimes God surprises us.

On the feast day of the Annunciation, I am sure Mary was surprised.

Boom!… An angel appears–That was a big day.

An angel has never appeared to me, nor have I given birth to God. But there are moments that we are all faced with questions. Not just questions about life.   But questions about trust. Will I surrender “my plan” for God’s?”… Will I trust Him? Continue reading


Beauty In Weakness


I don’t want to be vulnerable, weak, or needy.

Last week, I was meeting friends for lunch. I was just having one of those “I feel crappy about myself days.” I was tempted to give the typical “I’m good” answer when they asked me how I was.

I was afraid to look like I didn’t have it all together. I wanted to be strong, competent, and in control of my life. When, in reality, I was far from it…. CONTINUE READING

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The Good News About Your “Messed Up” Family

Family-Christmas2The countdown is here!!! Christmas is just around the corner. By now you might be jamming to “Grandma Just Got Run Over By a Reindeer” in your car, sippin’ on some eggnog (Okay. Does anyone even drink that stuff anymore?), and anticipating the joy of friends and family. Continue reading


Who Do You Say That I Am?

Do you ever have those days where you feel like you don’t even know yourself anymore? You look in the mirror and think: Who am I? What is my life all about?

In my Freshman year of college, I faced an identity crisis. Okay, I know what you’re thinking – identity crises = 50 year old dude who buys a red Ferrari and moves to the coast. My crisis was on a lesser scale. But it was a time I didn’t know who I was as a college student. In an effort to “reinvent” myself, … CONTINUE READING


Prepared for Advent? 3 lessons from Mama Mary

iStock_000004085167_ExtraSmallAHHHHhhhhh!  I already feel like a Christmas slacker. My tree is still not up, nor is my house decorated. As I confessed my holiday guilt to a close friend, she abruptly interrupted, “Mary, you can’t set up your tree yet. You haven’t prepared your heart for Advent!” Her words sent me into deep reflection and left me wondering…What does “preparing our hearts for Advent” even mean? Continue reading