Full of Grace Is Joining Oblation

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Dear Readers, Starting Monday, December 8, 2014 (the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception), “Full of Grace” will become part of the “Oblation” blog.  We are really excited about this move because it will enable readers of Oblation and Full of … Continue reading

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Freedom in Receiving Grace

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Ann Anosike 2014 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2016 Contact Author   From a very young age, I was very self-aware. I knew that I was not the nicest kid around. I was mean to my siblings … Continue reading

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Shelter and Safety: A Father’s Love, the Love of God, and Weather Amnesty

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Emma Fleming 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2016 Contact Author     4:37am As I sit here at the Catholic Worker in darkness, I think back to a camping trip I took with my sister and … Continue reading

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What Saints Sound Like

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Leonard DeLorenzo, Ph.D. Director, Notre Dame Vision and Student Engagement 2002-2003 Mentor-in-Faith Contact Author   [This reflection previously posted in 2012] I ask for your prayers for our son and for our family. This is not a path we would … Continue reading

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To Rest in the Knowledge of God

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Elizabeth Owers 2012 & 2014 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   Be still, and know that I am God. This line from Psalm 46 is the basis for one of my favorite meditative songs. … Continue reading

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Love Your Neighbor (But Lemons Are By Request Only)

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Lauren (Ungar) Mulholland 2014 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) Saint Mary’s College, Class of 2014 Contact Author   My whole life, I thought I was pretty good at loving others. It wasn’t until I decided to work as a server at a restaurant … Continue reading

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A Study in Three-Letter Abbreviations

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Maggie Skoch 2014 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2016 Contact Author   In this brave new world of technology, texting, and Twitter, the English language has been drastically abbreviated and, dare I say, dumbed down, to accommodate … Continue reading

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To See and See Again

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Anna O’Connell 2014 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2017 Contact Author   You know that shiny, reflective surface? The one that shows you what your hair looks like when you wake up in the morning? I believe … Continue reading

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Divorce and Rebirth

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Alex White 2014 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2016 Contact Author     Io ho una gran famiglia italiana pazza.  I have a crazy and large Italian family.  The first 18 years of my life were drenched … Continue reading

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After

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Madeline Jarrett 2014 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author     Notre Dame Vision came at an interesting time in my life’s journey. Only a few weeks prior to beginning Vision, I graduated from Notre … Continue reading

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The Fifth Joyful Mystery

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Maya Jain 2014 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2017 Contact Author   “The Fifth Joyful Mystery: the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple,” the voice of Ryan McMullen floated upwards toward the darkened treetops. “Our … Continue reading

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By the Grotto’s Light

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McKenna Schuster 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) Saint Mary’s College, Class of 2015 Contact Author   Lying on the couch in my dorm room late that Saturday evening, fresh off of a Notre Dame victory against Purdue I was feeling … Continue reading

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Forgotten Memories: On Calcutta, Mother Teresa, and the Memory of Christ’s Sacrifice

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Renée Roden 2012 & 2014 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   “What’s it like to have India inside your head?” At my friend’s simple question, my face lit up like the warm … Continue reading

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The (Non)Vocal Leader

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Ashley Bowman 2014 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 (J.D. Candidate ’17) Contact Author She understands that her ability is gift, which means she has not its ownership All week long, I had been scurrying around in … Continue reading

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On Bullying

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Chris Siemann 2013 & 2014 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   My childhood consisted of many things that might sound familiar to you, and may be pretty standard for a kid growing up in … Continue reading

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Courage for Reconciliation

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Jessie Kusina 2012 & 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   I have a confession to make—I hate going toConfession. While I find it theologically and theoretically beautiful, in practice it makes me want … Continue reading

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Surprised by Joy

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Molly Daily 2013 & 2014 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   “When have you been surprised by joy?” For the longest time I didn’t understand this question, which I posed to so many high … Continue reading

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It’s Okay to Be Smart

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Molly Daily 2013 & 2014 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   My name is Molly, and I suffer from severe smart-shame. A few weeks ago I found out that I was going to receive … Continue reading

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Why Can’t You Let Me Be?

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Grace Urankar 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) Saint Mary’s College, Class of 2014 Contact Author   I am constantly frustrated. Similar to a crotchety old person or a petulant child, I regularly get annoyed by everyday occurrences around me. Could this person … Continue reading

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The Challenge of Brotherly Love

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Jessie Kusina 2012 & 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   In one of my psychology classes I learned that memories high in emotion stick around the longest. This can explain why I have … Continue reading

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Piercing through the Cold

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Patrick Calderon 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   I come from a beautiful city. Sometimes a hauntingly beautiful city. In Vancouver, the Canadian city nestled by mountains and forest and sea, when fall … Continue reading

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God Beyond All Planning

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Tirza Pena 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   Elementary school is full of big moments in everyone’s life:  The first time you read a Harry Potter book, your big crush on the coolest … Continue reading

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The Basics of Giving

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Shanna Gast 2008 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2011 Contact Author   I grew up Catholic, in one of those large immigrant families in which all my family members live within a three mile radius of both … Continue reading

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Remembering to be Remembered

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Aimee Shelide Mayer Assistant Director, Notre Dame Vision 2005 Mentor-in-Faith Contact Author   Psalm 106:19-23 Our fathers made a calf in Horeb and adored a molten image; They exchanged their glory for the image of a grass-eating bullock. They forgot the … Continue reading

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Abiding in Trust

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Megan Shepherd Associate Director, Notre Dame Vision Contact Author     Psalm 23:1-6 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose; Beside restful waters he leads me; He refreshes my soul.  He guides … Continue reading

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A Puzzling Desire

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Alex Hanna 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2016 Contact Author   This semester, my girlfriend and I were putting together a 1000-piece puzzle. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Totes adorbs. We had decided to put the … Continue reading

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At the Catholic Worker

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Raquel Falk 2010 & 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2013 Contact Author   John and I had been dating for two years. We met when we both accepted the opportunity to be Mentors for Notre Dame … Continue reading

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The Memory of Communion

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Victoria Kay 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   In my sophomore year of high school, I decided to take the early morning AP European History class with all of my over-achieving friends. To … Continue reading

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Suffering to Love

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Sean Driscoll 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   I had just finished what in my mind was a very successful first semester at the University of Notre Dame.  I had done well academically … Continue reading

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Moments of Return

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Aimee Shelide Mayer Assistant Director, Notre Dame Vision 2005 Mentor-in-Faith Contact Author   A reflection on Joel 2:12-28 In the Book of Joel, we hear the Lord calling out to the People of God: “Return to Me with your whole heart.”  … Continue reading

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With Your Whole Heart

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Megan Shepherd Associate Director, Notre Dame Vision Contact Author     “The Winter is Cold, is Cold,” by Madeline L’Engle The winter is cold, is cold. All’s spent in keeping warm. Has joy been frozen, too? I blow upon my hands … Continue reading

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Songs of Praise

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Lucinda Krahl 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2016 Contact Author   Music is something that has always clicked for me. According to my parents, the first time I touched a piano, I was four years old. … Continue reading

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Bella

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Emma Fleming 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2016 Contact Author   I love being in control. It’s safe. It’s stress free. Yet, it’s stagnant. It’s constricting. When thinking of my relationship with God, I often resisted … Continue reading

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A New Man

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Andrew Fritz 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2016 Contact Author     As a young teenager I struggled a lot with the question: Who is the man God is calling me to be? From middle school … Continue reading

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New Pathways

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Ashley Scott 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   I am a worrier. Now, this is not something I am particularly proud of and not something I like to admit to those who do … Continue reading

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Words to Live By

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Laura Gauthier 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   Hi, I’m Laura, and I have a problem talking. I’ve been talking since I was one, and I’ve gotten pretty good at it.  I can … Continue reading

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Imagine the Beauty

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Duncan Campbell 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   One of the most breath-taking moments of my fall semester abroad was walking into the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. This massive … Continue reading

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A Sea Change

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Ashley Currey 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   My friends used to complain about how lame their parents were and I couldn’t help but smile because I knew my parents were pretty darn … Continue reading

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Perspectives

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Mike Ryan 2010 & 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2012 Contact Author   I’ve been thinking a lot about perspective for the past few months. It started with an argument I had with one … Continue reading

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God in the Margins

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Rose Urankar 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2016 Contact Author   The summer prior to my senior year in high school, my sister and I stumbled upon an interesting article in one of our favorite magazines.  … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Waterslide

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Emily Morris 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   Trusting in others has not always been easy for me.  But I’ve come to see that trust is central to the life of a disciple, … Continue reading

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Memories in the Night

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John Glynn 2002-2003 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2003 Contact Author   I’ve been thinking a lot about my dad. This will be my 13th Christmas without him, and it was during this time of … Continue reading

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The Gift of Giving

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Carolyn Perez 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   It is my second-to-last day at “La Finca” (a family-style orphanage in rural Honduras). I’m walking toward House Two to make Zebra cake … Continue reading

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In Thanksgiving for Silence When the World Is Loud

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Rob Callus 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   Growing up with a twin is pretty challenging. My twin, Victoria, and I ended up sharing everything while growing up; it was just easier that … Continue reading

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Autobiography of a Small Haven

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Madeline Lewis 2014 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2017 Contact Author   I was born on Day 3 of the universe (I don’t have a birth certificate but you can check Genesis 1:1-2:3 to verify). I watched … Continue reading

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Communion of Saints: Where Love of God Becomes Love of Neighbor

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Leonard DeLorenzo Director, Notre Dame Vision 2002-2003 Mentor-in-Faith Contact Author   In November, the Church remembers in a special way its blessed saints and the beloved dead.  As a way of allowing the stories of grace told through this blog … Continue reading

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Misericordia

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Molly Reidy 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall always be on my lips. My soul shall glory in the Lord, for He has … Continue reading

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Echoes of Gethsemane

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Kathleen Clark 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   It was a soggy October Saturday in South Bend, Indiana, and I was mentally and physically preparing myself for the Notre Dame-Stanford football game. I … Continue reading

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Behind the Smile

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Molly Feeney 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   To anyone who hides behind a smile To anyone who holds their pain inside To anyone who thinks they’re not good enough To anyone who … Continue reading

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Healed through Trust

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Patrick Calderon 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   “This blood from my hands / and this wound in my side / I am bleeding to heal the wounds in your life.” It has … Continue reading

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Crazy Enough to Work

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Luke Derrick 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   Recently, I’ve been thinking about the difficulty that many Catholics (including myself) face in articulating their faith in a credible way. The thought … Continue reading

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Break Down These Walls

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Megan Heeder 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   I can still see myself trying to avoid the eagle eyes of my teacher as I secretly opened the lid of my desk to peer … Continue reading

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Mediators of Grace

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Anastasia Wright 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   In the beginning of October 2012, just about a year ago, I was riding high.  I had just joined marching band and was reveling in … Continue reading

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Becoming the Beloved

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Brian Duffy 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   I’m sure more than a few of us have woken up on a particular morning and thought, however briefly, about the possibility of … Continue reading

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Blessed are the Merciful

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Renée Roden 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   Gotong-Royong. Gotong-Royong is an Indonesian word, which translated into English, means: “the joint sharing of burdens.” Essentially, what Simon of Cyrene is famous … Continue reading

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Whispers to the Sky

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Denise Azores-Gococo 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   The summer after my senior year of high school, I joined a small group of schoolmates on a service immersion trip to El … Continue reading

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Praying on the Go

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Katie King 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   I love early morning classes.  This isn’t normal for a college student.  With the newfound flexibility of a college schedule, usually college students avoid early … Continue reading

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Remembering God in College

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Samantha Flores 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   God has always been there for me. I have been aware of that for as long as I can remember, and every time I contemplate … Continue reading

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The Cross, Our Only Hope

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Duncan Campbell 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   We even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint (Romans … Continue reading

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Breaking to Heal

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Katherine Jones 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2013 Contact Author   My high-school dating experience can be summed up pretty simply: I was the hot girl’s best friend, mediator and third-wheel extraordinaire. When I came to … Continue reading

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Shiver

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Geoff Burdell 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   One of my favorite songs of all time is called “Shiver,” by Coldplay. After it opens with an upbeat and melodious electric guitar riff, the … Continue reading

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The Redemption of Memory

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Brigid Clary 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   I have been blessed with an incredible memory. It is one of my favorite things about myself. When I was young I memorized random things … Continue reading

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The Grace to See

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Emily Morris 2013 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   It was Friday, July 12, the last day of Week 3 of Notre Dame Vision. My small group was about to break up and go … Continue reading

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Each Day

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Drew Pangraze 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   Each day be open to the mystery of life. Each day be open to the mystery of love. Each day be open to the mystery … Continue reading

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The Turning of the Reasons

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Clare Maher 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) Saint Mary’s College, Class of 2015 Contact Author   I was born and raised in the Catholic Church, and for a majority of my life the faith has been a defining aspect of who I … Continue reading

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Waiting for Daybreak

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Tim Singler 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2013 Contact Author   Why do bad things happen to people? I don’t know, and I’m not sure I ever will. What I do know is that in my … Continue reading

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The Pain of Cruelty and the Balm of Forgiveness

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Allie Greene 2008 & 2009 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) Saint Mary’s College, Class of 2010 Contact Author   It’s difficult for me to muster the courage to confess my sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Admitting my weaknesses is hard enough due … Continue reading

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One in Him

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Ashley Armendariz 2011 & 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2013 Contact Author   For many years, I received the Eucharist alone…well, looking back, I suppose it wasn’t completely alone since the entire congregation was receiving the … Continue reading

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To Whom His Love Commits Me Here

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Marcy Kreimier 2011 & 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2013 Contact Author   In the months leading up to my sixteenth birthday, I dreamed of getting a 2007 Dodge Ram truck.  I did not receive a … Continue reading

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I Know What I Am

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Geoff Burdell 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   I feel like a completely different person from the person I was a year ago. You see, last year was my first year at college, … Continue reading

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Bless Those Who Curse You

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Leslie Aberli 2011 & 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2013 Contact Author   Middle school: the transition in life from child to teenager, marked with unfortunate fashion choices, varying levels of insecurity, and a heavy dose … Continue reading

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Love Them Into Being

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Katy Patterson 2007 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2010 Contact Author   It is finally May.  The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and pollen is everywhere.  Summer is getting closer and closer.  Thank goodness.  … Continue reading

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Strength in Weakness

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Robby Toole 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2013 Contact Author   The summer before my junior in high school, I went on an awesome religious pilgrimage to Medjugorje, a small village in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I … Continue reading

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Let My Love Open the Door

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Emily Puscas 2008 & 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) Saint Mary’s College, Class of 2011 Contact Author   My family is made up of both its regular members and “guest stars.”  By this, I mean that the number of people in my … Continue reading

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Only More Love

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Jake Darnell 2011 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”  –Blessed Mother Teresa Always … Continue reading

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Salvation Lies Within

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Drew Pangraze 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   My story of conversion begins halfway through my freshman year of high school in Greenville, South Carolina.  In November of that year, my Mom received … Continue reading

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Lean Not On Your Own Understanding

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Bethany Tabor 2011 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) Saint Mary’s College, Class of 2014 Contact Author   Up to my senior year in high school, I felt like I was walking on a straight and clear path, which was leading me … Continue reading

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Easter: Christ is Risen, What Do You See?

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Easter Readings and Reflection Colossians 3:4 When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory. John 20:14-18 She turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus.Jesus said to her, “Woman, … Continue reading

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Holy Saturday: Morning Prayer

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Holy Saturday Morning Prayer Reading and Reflection     Hosea 5:15b-6:3 In their affliction, they shall look for me. Come, let us return to the Lord, For it is he who has torn, but he will heal us; he has … Continue reading

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Good Friday: Morning Prayer

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Good Friday Morning Prayer Reading and Reflection     Isaiah 49:1-7 Hear me, O islands, listen, O distant peoples. The LORD called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name. He made of me a sharp-edged sword and concealed me … Continue reading

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My Soul Shall Be Healed

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Denise Azores-Gococo 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   I sing in the University of Notre Dame Liturgical Choir. Three times a week formally, but much more frequently besides, I sing the … Continue reading

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Mentored to Faith

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Morgan Iddings 2011 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2013 Contact Author   As a child, I never really knew God. I grew up in an agnostic household and was not baptized. I wasn’t Catholic, or … Continue reading

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Habemus Papam! Reflections on an Announcement of Great Joy

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Leonard DeLorenzo Director, Notre Dame Vision 2002-2003 Mentor-in-Faith Contact Author   Habemus Papam! We have a Pope! The first time in my life that I heard these words was in 2005, when Cardinal Estévez announced the election of Joseph Ratzinger as … Continue reading

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In Mysterious Ways

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Scott Boyle 2009 & 2011 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2012 Contact Author One of the main crosses I’ve carried all my life is a profound sense of self-doubt.  I felt that the gifts and … Continue reading

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Redrafting Community

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Sarah Cahalan 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   COMMUNITY. Lowercase community. Uppercase community. Big community. Small community. Community in cursive. Community in block letters. No matter how many times I wrote … Continue reading

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Abba, Forgive

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Cody Ruiz 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   As I sat in the passenger seat of that teal sedan, I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming mixture of emotions: disgust, hatred, … Continue reading

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Into the Desert

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Christina Shannon 2009 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2013 Contact Author   My parents brought me up Catholic and the first faith experiences I can recall were had in a small mission church, San Antonio, … Continue reading

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Between Saying and Not Saying

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Steve Sheridan 2011 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2012 Contact Author   “I love you.” It’s easy to say. It’s only three syllables, three words. It’s so easy that a toddler can say it. It … Continue reading

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And You Shall Be Rebuilt

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Beth Mikolajczyk 2010 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2012 Contact Author   My father was my first best friend.  I was his “Sunshine,” because his favorite nighttime lullaby to sing to me was “You are My … Continue reading

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Return to the Beautiful

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Kurt Nowak 2010 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2011 Contact Author   I begin by apologizing to all women who read this. I am truly sorry for what I have done. During the spring of … Continue reading

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A Father’s Love

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Brian Schwartze 2011 & 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2013 Contact Author   My dad is a pretty sentimental guy. And to be fair, I can be fairly emotional and sentimental at times as … Continue reading

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Inside Out

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Marissa Kinsley 2011 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   So seventh and eighth grade weren’t exactly my golden years…not that they are for too many people. Seriously though, if you look up … Continue reading

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Dinner for Three

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Jim Maslar 2009 & 2010 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2011 Contact Author   Nope. No way. You couldn’t have paid me. It would be close to dead last of all the possible things in … Continue reading

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Whispers of Love

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Lisa DeLorenzo 2002-2006 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor, Music Director) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2004 (M.Div. 2008) Contact Author   I remember vividly the moment my youngest son was born. The doctor placed this tiny, wriggling, pinkish, squealing baby … Continue reading

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Joseph’s Journey

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Fr. Dan Parrish, C.S.C. 2002-2008 Notre Dame Vision (Chaplain) Contact Author     Homily from 25 December  St. Thomas Parish, Redmond, OR   Day One: If I were to be completely honest, I would have to say I don’t like … Continue reading

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Emmanuel for Broken Hearts

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Carolyn Perez 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015 Contact Author   It is December 23rd during my senior year of high school. I’m about to walk up the stairs to my room, when the … Continue reading

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Joyful Mysteries

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Sarah Greene 2005 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2006 Contact Author   And the angel said to [Mary], “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. … Continue reading

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Words of Creation

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Jake Pellegrini 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   Words.  Kind of funny things when you think about it.  They’re a bunch of letters strung together to represent some object, some thought, … Continue reading

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Storm Damage

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Katy Patterson 2007 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2010 Contact Author   It was just a normal Friday.  I left school looking forward to a normal weekend.  But that night, a mandatory evacuation was called … Continue reading

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The Audacity of “Yes”

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Vickey McBride 2009 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2011 Contact Author   We probably all have those moments when we look at our lives and ask: where’s the adventure? How did I become so ordinary? … Continue reading

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Counting Blessings

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Colin Goodman 2010 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2011 Contact Author   So there I was a few days before my graduation on my new laptop, when my mom walks into the room with tears … Continue reading

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Safe in Prayer

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MayaJoy Thodé 2011 & 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2012 Contact Author   One of my favorite bible passages on prayer is found in the gospel of Matthew, where Jesus tells his disciples how to … Continue reading

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Faith in Doubt

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Melanie Fritz 2010 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2013 Contact Author   I was raised Catholic. I love worship music. I say grace before all my meals. This year I’ve started trying to go to … Continue reading

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Just Look

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Mike Ryan 2010 & 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2012 Contact Author   In 8th grade my parents started asking me where I wanted to go to high school, they were kind enough to … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

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Meg Mirshak 2009-2010 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2010 Contact Author   I would like to share a letter I wrote to my good friend, James.  He and I inadvertently met seven summers ago at … Continue reading

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Serenity

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Michelle Mowry 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom … Continue reading

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To See and Be Seen

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Ben Galloway 2011 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2013 Contact Author   Allow me to share with you a very real problem that I have been dealing with for my entire life;  Self-esteem.  Confidence.  Body … Continue reading

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Unpleasing Assumption

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Luke Derrick 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2013 Contact Author     Recently I went on retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, and among the many things that struck me that weekend … Continue reading

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A Fragile Network

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Elizabeth Everett 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   My senior year of high school, I won the award for “most sarcastic,” something in which I took great pride. The previous four … Continue reading

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Into Your Hands

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Bethany Tabor 2011 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) Saint Mary’s College, Class of 2014 Contact Author   Rome. The Eternal City. Some will say that there is no city in the world quite like Rome, and it really is unique in … Continue reading

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Traveling Companions

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Mary Prokop 2011 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author   “Mary, can I be five years old in heaven?  Will I meet Abraham Lincoln?  Will I have all my stuffed animals?  Is that … Continue reading

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Learning How to Be

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Sarah Ruszkowski 2009 & 2011 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2011 Contact Author     Since the very first time I heard the song, my two favorite lines of “Be God’s” were always “Where there … Continue reading

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The Hills Are Alive

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Nathan Williams 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2013 Contact Author     Have you ever been struck by a moment of pure wonder? That moment when you look around you and the trees are … Continue reading

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Thirsting with the Trees

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Molly Flanagan 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) Holy Cross College, Class of 2013 Contact Author     My junior year of high-school, I got a job at a plant nursery. Every day, I would bike down a two mile bike-trail … Continue reading

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A Word of Thanks

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Leonard DeLorenzo Director, Notre Dame Vision 2002-2003 Mentor-in-Faith Contact Author     At 1:48pm on Monday, August 27, 2012, at the South Bend intersection of Twyckenham and Longfellow, a truth from the heart of the world rose up and spoke … Continue reading

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Falling into Gratitude

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Katie Carney 2011 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2013 Contact Author     Not too many people can say that they have ever had one of those dramatic conversion experiences like that of St. Paul … Continue reading

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Known by Name

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Erin (O’Neill) Clarke 2007 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2008 Contact Author     Hi, I’m Erin. Erin Dee O’Neill, to be specific. I am named for both of my parents. I carry my father’s … Continue reading

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Vulnerable to Grace

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Renée Roden 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author     I have learned to be attentive to moments—little everyday occurrences—that I like to call moments of grace. We all experience them: those … Continue reading

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Education of the Heart

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Mr. Ryan Pietrocarlo, C.S.C. 2009-2010 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) B.S, University of Notre Dame, 2011 Master of Divinity Candidate, Notre Dame Contact Author   Love.  It is one four-letter word that we hear all the time in our day-to-day lives … Continue reading

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Muscle Memory

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Rob Goodale 2011-2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2013 Contact Author     “Practicing your faith.” That is kind of a strange phrase. If faith is so important, why are we just practicing it? I … Continue reading

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Somewhere to Stand

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Denise Azores-Gococo 2012 Notre Dame Vision (Mentor-in-Faith) University of Notre Dame, Class of 2014 Contact Author The most moving moments in my life have involved some sort of conversation—with roommates late at night, or professors in office hours, or my … Continue reading

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Launch Date: August 15, 2012

Full of Grace will launch its first post on August 15, 2012 (the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin). New posts will be added every Wednesday from now until the end of time or the end of the … Continue reading

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