The Art of Being
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The Art of Being

Something I’ve come face-to-face with many times this year is how simple life really is and how complicated we make it. Oftentimes, we show our life through a highlight reel– the exciting highs and the devastating lows. It’s as if we are trying to prove the worthiness of our lives by saying, “Look at all...

Finding God in the Everyday
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Finding God in the Everyday

Starting anew, in a new place with a new job and roommate, isn’t exactly what I thought it would be. I romanticized the glamour of my 9 to 5 volunteer job and New England fall, but working and living in Methuen is nothing like that idealistic image that I had created in my brain. As...

Turning Lemons Into Lemonade
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Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

Sitting down to write this blog seems like a precarious use of my time. The world is currently enduring through a remarkable period full of unknowns. Yet that is entirely why I want my blog to respond to the question “Where have you seen God present in your week?” This question holds new meaning for...

Growing In Community
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Growing In Community

When I accepted my year of service with the AV’s I had this picture of a three-person community already instilled in my brain. Then the news came in that I’d be living with one person and who to my surprise would be a man. I had this moment of panic because never in a million...

Tying Shoes and Wiping Noses
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Tying Shoes and Wiping Noses

Being a preschool teacher sounds like it would be easy.  Reviewing colors, shapes, and songs everyday, what could be simpler?  Coming into this year, I expected my days to be spent playing with Legos and counting to ten. My reality, however, has been a completely different experience. To say that we preschool teachers are on...

We Commit Ourselves to Never Stop Laughing
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We Commit Ourselves to Never Stop Laughing

When it came time for orientation this August, I was super nervous about living with two strangers in intentional community for the next year. Upon meeting Meg and Hank, I became assured that this year would be one wild ride. The three of us spent the entire week laughing until tears were pouring out and...

Welcome to the Billy Joel Fan Club
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Welcome to the Billy Joel Fan Club

I have very distinct memories of being back home during my high school days, driving my sister to school every morning. Normally, we would be too tired to talk in the early morning but have plenty of jokes to share on the ride home. In the present day, the days begin and end very similarly....

Don’t Take What Isn’t Yours
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Don’t Take What Isn’t Yours

I’ve heard a lot of repeated phrases serving in Campus Ministry at Merrimack College, “It’s wicked cold outside!” and “Can we stop by Dunkin’ first?” On days I serve at the community resource center in Lawrence, I catch myself saying phrases over and over again, “Please listen to your tutor!” and “After you finish your...

When Our Paths Cross
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When Our Paths Cross

My faith has always played a major role in my life, but like many people I have faced challenges and triumphs. I am grateful to have had my faith planted by my parents, shaped at Reicher Catholic High School, and deepened by St. Mary’s Catholic Student Center at Texas A&M University. I have been out...

Apples for My Teachers
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Apples for My Teachers

There are apples to keep the doctor away, Apple computers, apples to pick and apples to eat. However, the best apples, in my opinion, are the ones that should be given to the teachers at St. Augustine Elementary School in Andover, MA. As the AV at St. Augustine, I serve in a jack-of-all-trades type of...

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