NET In Nicaragua

NET Ministries recently completed a request to travel 3,000 miles from their home base in the cold land of Minnesota to the 90 degree tropics of Nicaragua. The goal was to evangelize the youth at St. Augustine Preparatory school. After graciously accepting this...

Missionary Blog | Team 4

Hello from the diocese of Philadelphia, PA! We’ve been hard at work putting on retreats, spending time with each other, and spreading the Good News! At this point in the ministry, we have led over 120 retreats to over 6,000 young people around the country. As we...

Missionary Blog | Team 14

At the beginning of this year, I heard a quote from a NET alum that went a little something like this – “NET is the best thing for you if you love getting really close to people, and then suddenly being ripped away from them.” And when I first heard it, I...

My Name is NO! My Number is NO!

For those readers who don’t know, Meghan Trainor’s new hit single titled “NO” describes a hip swinging bachelorette type of girl who considers herself untouchable. The chorus says, “My name is no, My sign is no, My number is no, You need...

Missionary Blog | Team 12

As a team, we have been very blessed with the opportunity to serve at Cathedral High School this year. We have learned many things about our faith, the youth, ourselves, and each other. Each and every one of us has grown this year in learning to meet people where they...

Missionary Blog | Team 6

While Christ walked this earth, it is easy for us to see that He led a humble and simple life. During His ministry, He moved from town to town not worrying about where He would sleep or what He would eat because He had total faith in His Heavenly Father. Life on the...

Missionary Blog | Team 11

“You too, dear young people, can be joyful witnesses of His love, courageous witnesses of His Gospel, carrying to this world a ray of His light.” He is challenging the youth of the Church to be witnesses to their faith and to carry out the message of the Gospel...

Missionary Blog | Team 6

We read in John 16:33, “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” Every single day provides for us an opportunity to grow in virtue. Every day, God is reaching out to us...

Bunnies Don’t Make This Week Holy

It can be hard to believe that bunnies, beach tans, and Easter baskets have nothing to do with the holiness of Holy Week. Only one week out of the year has the distinction of being called “holy,” which confuses me, especially since there are 51 other weeks full of...

Missionary Blog | Team 11

“Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours, yours are the eyes through which to look out Christ’s compassion to the world, yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; yours are the hands which He is to bless men...

Missionary Blog – Team 6

“This power of rejoicing in the midst of suffering is not natural; it is a supernatural gift of God.” (Father Girolamo Savonarola) Our team was in a van accident back in December as we were traveling from California to Minnesota. Despite the traumatic event, the above...

Why I Need to Give Mercy This Lent

Lent. The time of year where Catholics get some ashes smeared on our foreheads, give up something we like, and eat fish. But that’s not all there is to it.   In my mind, I know that Lent is meant to be a season of repentance and experiencing God’s mercy....

Encountering the Person of Jesus, Not Perfection

“I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” Matthew 9:13 This Lent, let’s aim for encountering the person of Jesus, not perfection. Well, here we go again. Each year, Lent seems to catch me by surprise and before you know it, I’m sitting at Mass on Ash Wednesday still debating...

Labor For An Audience of One

Recently I was talking to a person who was feeling called to greater leadership in the ministry of the Church. He felt like God was asking him to take more boldness in the religious education class he was teaching, to begin writing his first book for the Lord, and to...

Another Force Has Already Awakened

In a galaxy far, far away, the only hope for civilization is a forgotten power. The Force. It surrounds and penetrates; it binds the galaxy together. When I first saw the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, I was surprisingly emotional. The nostalgia of playing Star...

Typical Jock Mean Girl

In high school, I was your typical jock mean girl. Popularity and sports were the most important things for me. I wanted to be the best and look the best. Nothing could get in my way. I tore people down to get to the top and let the idea of being the best consume me....

Spring Routes

Team 1 St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN Jan 9 – May 14 Front Row: Jaime Sanchez, Morgan Mattfeld, Ryan Garrison, Sam Rabassa Middle Row: Sarah Labbe, Gabby Tijerina, Mariah Schultz, Caris Holzapfel, Teresa Wolfgram Back Row: Mickey Carroll, Manny Huerta Benitez, Joshua...

Bieber’s Fever For Jesus

Below is a video of Justin praying during a concert for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris. It’s clear that Justin Bieber is one of the most loved and hated celebrities of our time.   At 18 years old, Justin received a quarter of a million votes petitioning...

I Love The World Series & The Church

Ladies and Gentlemen, the world series is upon us! Those who know me well know that I love three things: Jesus, family, and baseball. And the fact of the matter is, the Mets have made it to the Words Series for the first time in 15 years, and prior to last...

The Pervasiveness of Pornography

Maybe I’m emboldened by Pope Francis having been in the United States. Maybe spending time on sabbatical has given me way too much time to think. Maybe it’s just seeing where our culture is going, but I’m going to go there: Let’s talk about pornography. The...

The Francis Effect

Joe Boehner cried. A lot. 100,000 people stood in hushed silence. Schools closed, selfie sticks emerged, and Mark Wahlberg shared the stage with Jim Gaffigan. Welcome to the Francis effect. It’s been a few weeks since Pope Francis captured the American news...

Choosing a College & Forgetting Jesus

Applying for college – what an exciting and somewhat terrifying time in your life! With the whole application process, essays, ACT’s, SAT’s, it’s easy to get lost as you embark on this new phase of your life. In the midst of this chaotic time, it’s...

8 Ways Of Loving Before Labeling

Two week ago I wrote about the Church’s teaching on homosexuality. One of the biggest obstacles to dialogue with non-believers on this topic is that we’re operating off fundamentally different ideas about the human person. Here are 8 Ways Of Loving Before Labeling. 1....

Are Pro Athletes Paid Too Much?

Latrell Sprewell was one of the best basketball players on the best team in Minnesota Timberwolves history. But what he’ll be most remembered for is his reminder to local sports reporters that, “I’ve got my family to feed.” Why did he feel the need to remind them of...

What’s The Next Fad In Worship Music?

Quick, stop everything you’re doing! Turn off Netflix, put that jelly donut down, shut up your cat, and think of your top three praise and worship (P&W) songs. Now that you’re done: Wasn’t it fun deciding your top 3? Or did it hurt you in your innards? Do...

Let’s Talk About Love: Pt. 1

“The limitation of marriage to opposite-sex couples may have long seemed natural and just, but it’s inconsistency with the central meaning of the fundamental right to marry is now manifest.” -Pope Benedict This blog has two parts.  This month we’ll be...

Tebow Time To Quit?

Despite a decent performance this past Sunday, the Eagles have been struggling to find rhythm on offense which has prompted their coach, Chip Kelly, to echo the sentiments of many other critics when he described his team’s performance as “embarrassing.” Their...

Why is Mark Wahlberg Emceeing for the Pope?

Mark Wahlberg dropped out of school at the age of 15 to join a gang, was in trouble with the law over a dozen times for drug-related crimes, and claims to have been addicted to cocaine during this time. At age 17, Wahlberg’s life drastically changed after being...

Pope Facts

In the event you haven’t heard: Pope Francis is in the United States!  This is an exciting time for Americans and for the Catholic Church. The Pope (the representative of Christ on earth) is on our soil, to speak to us! During his time in the U.S. (September 22-27),...