Faith–by Megan Haller

Do you remember singing the “Jesus loves me” song as a child? I’ve heard a few variations, but a popular version seems to be “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” As a child, this “knowing” was head knowledge. It would be years before it became heart knowledge. And this chasm between the two—this is where faith comes in. Growing up I attended Catholic grade…Keep Reading

Justice–by Peter O’Keefe

One of the first words many people think of when they think of “justice” is “equality.” In fact, justice and equality are so intertwined that they are often incorrectly thought to be the exact same things, but they differ in important ways. A just society is one in which all people are respected equally, but equal disrespect of all people is often mistaken for justice. Case in point: when organizations…Keep Reading

Complacency–by Ashley Bramer

complacency (n)-self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies I have always viewed complacency as laziness. The act of doing nothing. But it is such a slippery slope in a world of “treat yourself’ and “love yourself first” and “you deserve it.” There was a time in my life where I didn’t take care of myself as I should. I didn’t prioritize myself at all and my…Keep Reading

Independence–by Ryan Bahr

My first taste of independence came August 2012 in the doorway of 359 Wolpers Hall. Mom and dad pressed their faces into mine for a long, wet hug goodbye; perhaps tears or the full day’s move or my dorm’s lack of air conditioning—or some combination of the three—were to blame for the still-damp streaks on our t-shirts. “We love you,” they said with one voice. “I love you too.” One…Keep Reading

Trust — By Kayla Essner

“Jesus I Trust in You” The first thing that come to my mind when I think of trust is trust falls. Those silly team building activities we’ve all done before. They are the ones where someone stands behind you with arms outstretched as you fall back maybe two feet. Pretty simple, right? Most people have no issues with this, but I know of at least one person who cannot do…Keep Reading

Charity–by Blake Gorman

The word that I am going to talk to you about today is charity. When someone thinks about charity, they often think about a nonprofit organization that they can give money to for a tax deduction. Like most words, we often overlook the definition of charity. Charity by definition “is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves…Keep Reading

Community–by Isaac Gillen

As Catholics, we believe deeply in the strength and power of communities. In fact, our Church was founded on communities. The Apostles went out to the corners of their immediate world and developed these communities. I am always fascinated by people who can create and develop their own ideas whether they be a business venture or simply coming up with helpful life tips. I envy people who can come up…Keep Reading

Home — By John Fohey

It’s pretty ironic that I would be writing about the topic “home” right now because I’m about to enter into my first summer away from home here in a couple weeks, which will be a big step in the opposite direction of my traditional home. Also, just this afternoon I arrived in Palmyra, Missouri, — my hometown — for my sweet childhood friend’s mom’s visitation and funeral. As I’ve been…Keep Reading

Family–by Kayla Essner

When I hear the word family, these are the first words that come to my mind: big, loving, fun, crazy, Catholic, Mizzou, and irreplaceable. Let me describe my family so you know what I mean. I am the youngest of 4 kids from my incredible parents who celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary a few weeks ago. We are a true Tiger family, considering all 4 kids graduated from Mizzou with…Keep Reading

Final — By Isaac Gillen

The first words that come to mind after I hear the word “final” are usually either “last” or “exam,” depending on what time of the year it is. But is anything truly final? For us, sure, death is pretty final. There will be a final time we see our parents, siblings, spouses, friends, children and other loved ones. There will be the final time we receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation…Keep Reading

Harmony — By Kayla Essner

Harmony.  According to Google, harmony means the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords and chord progressions having a pleasing effect.  As someone who took voice and piano lessons lessons growing up, this word really strikes a chord with me (yes, pun intended).  Some of my favorite harmonies I had the privilege of helping create occurred while in Concert Chorale at Mizzou or as part of the nun…Keep Reading

Health — By Jessica Le

Think back to January 2017. Did you have a New Year’s resolution of eating healthier or exercising more? It is so easy to slip away from the goals we set for ourselves, but what does it truly mean to be healthy? In the past four years at Mizzou, I have taken courses including psychology, public health, health literacy, clinical ethics, and health care in the United States in order to…Keep Reading