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

Progress–by Tara McAllister

Reading my bible has been a work in progress. I have been in a bible study for the past four years and, man, do I struggle. I struggle to read it on my own, to find motivation and time, to understand it, to trust it…if I’m being completely honest, I have progressed, regressed, and digressed when it comes to reading my bible. I know I cannot speak for everyone, but…Keep Reading

Rise — By Ric Dickens

It’s not about the rise. Easter is not just about the rise. Say it with me, Easter Sunday is not just about the resurrection. Yes, the resurrection is important and understandably so, but that is not what Easter is just about. It is about so much more than that. Let me explain. Jesus rose from the sepulcher and his wounds from the cross were healed, but his scars undoubtedly remained….Keep Reading

Good–by Brianna Stubler

When I found out my post was about the word good, I saw it as a sign. A huge smile spread across my face and I thanked God instantly. This was a word I didn’t need to spend hours praying about. As a journalism, classics, and political science triple major, I am very careful with words, and when I look into technicalities where politics and philosophy overlap, the word good…Keep Reading

Watch — By Katelyn Rice

“He took with him Peter, James, and John, and began to be troubled and distressed. Then he said to them, ‘My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch.’” – Mark 14:32-34 One of the primary ways we humans are able to receive sensory information is through our eyes. Our eyes help lead us where to go, they help us appreciate the beauty of God’s creation, they can…Keep Reading

Change — By Dayle Dickens

Change is something I talk about a lot. We are all called to constant change. Change in itself calls us to be the best version of ourselves, to be who God created us to be. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus tells us, “be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Right here, God is calling us to be like Him. God is calling us to be perfect, which, if you’re…Keep Reading

Break — By Christine Long

I need a break. It’s something that I’ve been telling myself for a while. And it’s increased as spring break approached. It’s a phrase that runs through my head very often. And as much as I’ve wanted a break, I have the tendency to keep pushing and pushing until someone or something forces me to stop. I was sitting in my car one night after spending the previous hours trying…Keep Reading

Perfect — by Peter O’Keefe

Of all the words in the English language, one of my least favorite is “perfect.” Every time I think of the word “perfect,” the first word that comes to mind is “imperfect.” That is followed by “unattainable,” “impossible,” “failure,” “waste,” “sinner,” or “human.” “Perfect” — that thing everyone tries to appear to be in the hopes of being accepted by others. Deep down, I think everyone is aware of where…Keep Reading

Offer — by Ryan Bahr

I’ve struggled with this topic because “offerings” tend to be measured in “how much” a person is able to contribute to something. I didn’t feel able to offer much to this blog post when I agreed to it. Truth be told, I haven’t been able to offer a whole lot to others in the past few months at all. Back in November, I developed impairing vertigo and a diagnosis of…Keep Reading