Is it possible to love without conditions? Is it possible to have faith without conditions? Is it possible to have joy without conditions? When we love to love God for His own sake, unconditional joy can be a reality.
Mass Readings from December 11, 2016:
Isaiah 35:1-6, 10
Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10
Matthew 11:2-11 Listen to more homilies…
Christian joy is more than a feeling. It is the sense of well-being that is the fruit of something else. It is the fruit of a life lived in God. A life “lived in God” is eminently practical; it simply involves the honest prayer, “Father, Thy will be done”. If a person lives this prayer in every environment, one can experience the joy that thrives in any environment.
Mass Readings from December 4, 2016:
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Matthew 3:1-12 Listen to more homilies…
God desires your happiness. But this happiness is more than mere pleasure and more than mere emotion. True joy, like true love, is a decision. Joy is the sense of well-being that is the result of the certain expectation or possession of one’s heart’s desire.
Mass Readings from November 27, 2016:
Psalm 122: 1-9
Matthew 24:37-44 Listen to more homilies…
My name is Aly and I am a 2015 graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.
My favorite thing about Newman at UMD is the dynamic community centered around love of Christ!
What is my favorite saint? Do I have to pick just one? JP2, Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, Bl. Miguel Pro, etc etc etc….
My favorite Bible verse is… So many….John 10:10 is probably my go-to:
“My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
Of course, I love music too!
All We Ever Knew – The Head & The Heart is one of my favorite music groups, and I just love this song from their newest album! It is the perfect blend of melancholic nostalgia and carefree, adventurous joy! It always lifts my mood and makes me want to dance.
The Arrow by Josh Garrels – One of my favorite musical artists, Josh never fails to impress me with his incredible falsetto…it brings me to a place, you know? And the lyrics of all his songs are so deep, true to our Catholic identity. This song is about seeking reconciliation with God and one another! What a man, what a song.