Relationship — By Laura Brusati

When I think of the word “relationship,” I cannot help but think of romance. For as long as I can remember, I have been a hopeless romantic. Even as a child I would daydream about my fantasy wedding and the guy I would end up with. It was something that I always expected to happen. I watched my brothers enter the dating world once they hit high school, and I…Keep Reading

Fear–By Hannah Dustman

Jesus was scared. Yep, you read that right. Jesus was scared. That’s not usually a sentence we hear or we share with one another. We (or at least I) think of Jesus as mighty, indestructible and triumphant. And He is all of those things, and more, but He was also scared. I often struggle humanizing Jesus. I think of Him more in His godly form than in His human form….Keep Reading

Welcome–By Dayle Dickens

This summer has been nothing less than an adventure for me. I have spent the last three months, far from home in Little Rock, Arkansas for a business internship. I have learned two major things in the South this summer: 1) How to say “y’all” naturally in conversation, and 2) Southern Hospitality really does exist. Not only is it a bit warmer in the South, but also the people have…Keep Reading

Prepare — By Jessica Le

Usually, I am the type of person that prepares ahead of time for items on my to-do list. The last time I wrote a blog for What’s the Word, I sent in my rough draft two weeks before the due date. This time, I’m currently writing this blog on my flight to Texas. Prepare is an action word that can link to many events. You can prepare for a presentation….Keep Reading

Water–by Megan Haller

There are a multitude of uses for water. Drinking, bathing, washing dishes, swimming, kayaking, water balloons, growing plants and crops. No matter where you live, water is essential for life. It is also necessary for a lot of fun outdoor activities, especially right now in the heat of summer. It’s likely you’ve heard it said that water is life. In the spring of 2010 and again in 2011, I went…Keep Reading

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