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God’s Loving Gaze: This is Us


I don’t know about you, but I’m totally hooked on This Is Us. My sister got me started on it over winter break, and it is so GOOD! If you haven’t seen the show, I totally recommend it!

This week’s episode was pretty intense, but a few scenes in particular caught my attention.

In this episode, teenage Kate is working on submitting a recording of her singing to try to get into college. Like most teenage girls, she doesn’t she her beauty, and doesn’t even believe she is beautiful. While recording herself singing, her father, Jack, starts videoing her singing. She doesn’t notice, but when she does, she is furious. Jack doesn’t understand because he sees her beauty and wants to capture that moment so she can see it as well.


After Kate cools down a bit, Jack approaches Kate.

He tells her, “It would break my heart if you didn’t want to be on camera because you don’t realize how beautiful you are.”

Then Kate goes on to say, “….But I’m older now, and I just don’t see myself the way you see me. And you know what, no one else sees me like that either, so you saying it all the time just hurts.”

Later on, Kate watches the video that Jack took of her. Reflected on the mirror is her father gazing lovingly upon his daughter. He tries to suppress his smile while watching Kate, but he can’t hold it back. Kate sees this, and she keeps rewinding the video to rewatch that moment.


After Kate sees the video she goes to apologize to her father and says something that stuck out to me in a profound way.

“Don’t ever stop. Don’t stop trying to make me see myself the way you see me.”

Jack replies back to her and says, “Okay, Katie. I won’t stop.”

Ugghhh! I have watched this section of the show so many times now, and I love it even more each time I watch it! It is so beautiful and so real.

Sometimes for me it is hard to believe that I am beautiful, but God is always looking down at me and telling me that I am beautiful! We don’t see ourselves the way God sees us just how Kate doesn’t see herself the way her father sees her. Despite what we may think of ourselves, God is constant and He always keeps His gaze upon us.

We might want God to back off, or stop trying to make us see ourselves as beautiful, but He won’t stop.


Also, Kate kept rewinding the video to rewatch the way Jack looked at her. You might be thinking, “What’s so important about Kate rewatching the video?”

The thing is, she is rewatching it because she can’t stop looking at her father’s expression. There’s no pity and no disappointment. He is totally captivated by Kate. That’s what we all want too, right? Our Father in Heaven looking at us with compassion and taking delight in who we are. Well I come bearing good news because all of this is true.

Take a minute right now and think of one thing that you are insecure about, or something about yourself you aren’t confident in. Once you’ve got it in your head, take another minute to imagine how God looks at you. Even at what you think is your worst. Think about how He still gazes upon you lovingly in your darkest moments, in your weakest moments. God is still there.

Sometimes you might want Him to stop, but I challenge you to tell God to never stop trying to make you see yourself the way He sees you.


Prayers and Blessings,

Marissa Rose


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With An Eagle’s Welcome

Welcome to my blog! I’m so excited to share this little corner of the internet with you! With my blog being titled something pretty unique, I thought I would share with you it’s meaning for my first blog post. Grab your coffee or drink of choice, and let’s jump right in!

Deciding to start this blog has been a process, and deciding on its name was something I have been putting a lot of thought into. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux is my confirmation saint. I absolutely adore her. I knew I wanted her to play a big part in my blog because she has made a big impact on how I practice the Catholic faith. I mainly confided in my sister Morgan for ideas. I had been toggling a few around, but I never came up with anything I truly loved.

One day, my sister sent me pictures of a book that she had been reading. And guess what? It was all about Saint Thérėse! Everything that was talked about in that excerpt of the book highlighted what I want to emphasize in this blog. I’ll share with you the few pages that my sister sent me.

One day, Thérèse’s older sister Leonie had decided she’d outgrown some of her playthings. So she offered to her little sister, Céline and Thérèse, a basket full of such items. Céline chose one item that pleased her. But when it came to Thérèse’s turn, the future saint suddenly exclaimed, “I choose all!” and proceeded to take the entire basket.

That story expresses well how Thérèse approached the spiritual life and the path to sanctity in particular. She understood that “there were many degrees of perfection” and she want the highest degree, saying to the Lord, “My God, I choose all! … ‘I choose all’ that you will!”

Later, Thérèse would express her bold desires for holiness in an even more audacious way, saying that she wanted to love God even more than Teresa of Avila, the great Carmelite Doctor of the Church! However, she also realized her weakness and littleness. And so, for Thérèse, saints like the great Teresa of Avila were like eagles, soaring on the heights of holiness; whereas, she simply saw herself as a weak little bird without strength and unable to fly. In fact, she readily admitted, “I am not and eagle.” Nevertheless, she went on to explain, “but I have … an eagle’s EYES AND HEART.” Then, she continued, “[ So, ] in spite of my extreme littleness I still dare to gaze upon [ the Lord ], and my heart feels within it all the aspirations of an Eagle.”

Such is the boldness that led Thérèse to discover the Little Way. Rather, it’s more accurate to say that the Lord couldn’t help but reveal it to her: “Because I was little and weak He lowered Himself to me, and He instructed me secretly in the things of His love.” In the following passage, she sets up this joyful revelation of “the things of His love”:


I have always wanted to be a saint. Alas! I have always noticed that when I compared myself to the saints, there is between them and me the same difference that exists between a mountain whose summit is lost in the clouds and the obscure grain of sand trampled underfoot by passers-by. Instead of becoming discouraged, I said to myself: God cannot inspire unrealizable desires. I can, then, in spite of my littleness, aspire to holiness. It is impossible for me to grow up, and so I must bear with myself such as I am with all my imperfections. But I want to seek out a means of going to heaven by a little way, a way that is very straight, very short, and totally new.


So, the little bird with the heart of the eagle, the little bird who is well aware of her weaknesses, is also totally confident that God could not have given her the heart of an eagle without also providing her the means of realizing her desires. Therefore, there must be such a path! There must be a path for little souls like her: a “straight,” “short,” and “totally new” way. Well, Thérèse is a great Doctor of the Church because she discovered such a way – rather, she rediscovered it. Yes, she rediscovered the very heart of the Gospel, the Good News that God lifts up the lowly:


We are living now in an age of inventions, and we no longer have to take the trouble of climbing stairs, for, in the homes of the rich, an elevator has replaced these very successfully. I wanted to find an elevator which would raise me to Jesus, for I am too small to climb the rough stairway of perfection. I searched, then, in the Scriptures for some sign of this elevator, the object of my desires, and I read these words coming from the mouth of Eternal Wisdom: “Whoever is a LITTLE ONE, let him come to me.” And so I succeeded. I felt I had found what I was looking for. … The elevator which must raise me to heaven is Your arms, O Jesus! And for this I had no need to grow up, but rather I had to remain little and become this more and more.

If you read that whole passage, then congratulations! When I received this from my sister I knew that this is what my blog needed to be about. This is exactly what I imagined it to be! All of us should strive to become saints. We should all strive to choose all that God has to offer to us. Even though I am not an eagle right now, I have the heart of an eagle. I want to become a great saint. Like Thérèse said in that passage, “God cannot inspire unrealizable desires.” Therefore, if I desire to become a saint, then it’s not that far out of reach. God can make me into a great saint and bring me to Heaven through my willingness to live out a life of holiness and littleness.  

With that, let us pursue all that God has for us with an eagle’s heart. Let God inspire our hearts and our minds to strive to become saints. I believe that as a community we can all build each other up to take the elevator to heaven. So let’s go on this adventure with Christ and see where He leads us!

Prayers and Blessings,

Marissa Rose



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I Stand For Life

“America you are beautiful…and blessed…. The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless. If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then America, defend life.”

-Pope John Paul II

“I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? … By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”

-Mother Teresa

“It is a poverty that a “child must die”, So that you may live as you wish.”

-Mother Teresa

Abortion was legalized throughout the U.S. in 1973 due to the Roe v. Wade court case. Since then, more than 59,115,995 babies (and counting) have been aborted in the U.S. alone. The March for Life started in 1974, and every year since people have been going to D.C. to stand up for the lives of others. The tradition continues this week as thousands of people from all over the country are joining forces in Washington, D.C. and marching for this most important cause  one very important cause: Life.


Abortion is an important issue that is not talked about enough. It breaks my heart to see the numbers of lives that have been taken due to abortion. Every life that God has created is precious and deserves to be celebrated. Pope Francis said, “All life has inestimable value.Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.”


Although much of the focus on the March for Life tends to lean towards the unborn, the Pro-Life movement isn’t just about stopping abortion. The Pro-Life movement is here to defend all life at every stage.


So you might ask, “What can I do to help support life?” Because although it’d be incredibly awesome for all of us to attend the March for Life, not everyone can. In my humble opinion, I think the best thing that we all can do is pray. Pray for the unborn babies, pray for the mothers, and pray for our country.  If you know someone who has had an abortion, show them love. Show them acceptance and comfort them. Additionally, becoming more aware and familiar with how to have conversations about respecting the dignity of life in all stages is a vital part of living out the truths we believe as Catholics.


The end of abortion won’t happen overnight, but in faith, we know that the battle has already been won.

“All of us must care for life, cherish life, with tenderness, warmth…to give life is to open (our) heart, and to care for life is to (give oneself) in tenderness and warmth for others, to have concern in my heart for others.

Caring for life from the beginning to the end. What a simple thing, what a beautiful thing..So, go forth and don’t be discouraged. Care for life. It’s worth it.” –Pope Francis

Just know, whatever you have done, whatever you have been through you are still loved. No matter what, YOU are a child of God.


Prayers and Blessings,

Marissa Rose


Lord, thank you for giving me life.

I pray for all of the babies that have been aborted.

Wrap your loving arms around their mothers as they grieve,

And show them that there is always someone there to accept and love them.

Help me to stand up for life, Lord.

May I never be lukewarm in my beliefs,

or waver in standing up for the rights of the unborn.

Mother Mary, pray for us.


Learn more about the Pro-Life Movement!


Join me in doing the 9 Days for LIfe Novena! Download the app to get a reminder to take a few extra  minutes each day to pray for the protection of each person’s life!

9 Days4Life

Here is a link to a website with an estimate of the number of abortions since 1973. Take a minute or two to see how fast the numbers rise. Say a prayer for all of these innocent lives taken.


This is a moving blog post from the Life Teen website about a person’s journey of learning about abortion. This blog had me close to tears!


Watch this video from Chris Stefanick about dying with dignity! The Pro-Life Movement is about supporting life at all stages.



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The Best of 2017

Happy New Year! 2018 is upon us, and I’ve got a good feeling about this year. Just like how I have a good feeling about every year. All the Instagram pros posted highlight pictures from 2017, so likewise I’ve decided to look back on what I will call the “Best of 2017”.

I keep a Jesus Journal and although I don’t write in it near enough, I love looking back on what moved my heart in the past. I’ve been looking through it and I’d like to share with you my favorite 2017 entries.


FEBRUARY 8, 2017

All I need is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus.

Although my day to day life may make me tired and weary most days, I know that God is the only one that can get my through the day. Coffee may keep me awake for awhile after a long and late night, but God is the one that’s going to give me Eternal life; the life that cannot end.


JUNE 14, 2017

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God; whoever serves, let it be with strength that God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and dominion forever and ever.

1 Peter 4:10-11

Don’t be afraid to wear out your gifts.

-Father Andrews

JULY 12, 2017

Don’t leave camp (LEAD) with just a good feeling. Leave being a better disciple.


JULY 29, 2017

We live here on earth, but we were not made to be earthly.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017

The role of the disciple is not to just be a good person. We want to be something and someone different. Someone who looks like Jesus (people see Jesus when they see you).

Care enough about the people in your life to become uncomfortable. Humble yourself and go after them even when you are sharing your faith. Don’t be afraid of being awkward or uncomfortable.

What does it mean if I’m not willing to share my faith with anybody?

Father Mike Schmitz Podcast

(9/10/17) Look Like Jesus




DECEMBER 3, 2017

“Even if you live on day rejecting passivity, saying, “I’m going to decide. I’m going to choose. I’m going to live on purpose for Christ.”

One day like that, that would not be a waste.

Father Mike Schmitz Podcast

(What a Waste Series)



DECEMBER 28, 2017

“When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.”

Archbishop Fulton Sheen

And there they are! A small snippet of the highlights from my Jesus Journal. I highly recommend starting a Jesus Journal if you don’t have one. Write down prayers, scripture, or quotes that move you. It’s amazing to see how much you have grown you’ve grown in your faith from year to year!


Prayers and Blessings,

Marissa Rose



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A Season of Hope

This past Sunday was the start of Advent. A lot of people (including myself) see December and this Christmas season as a time of stress. Worrying about getting everyone gifts, decorating the house, making the treats, and preparing your home for guests. This stress can take a lot of the joy out of the Christmas season.


Now don’t get me wrong, I love the lights, the Target Christmas socks, and wrapping gifts, but in all of the hustle and bustle of doing these little things, I forget what this season is really about. Advent is a time for us to prepare for the coming of Jesus: to prepare our hearts and others’ hearts.


This Advent I have told myself that I am going to make it my best Advent ever. My goal is to really focus on the reason for the season: Jesus. I want to be able to share the joy of Christmas with others. To ensure that I do this I have decided to to three simple things everyday:

  • Journal on a selected bible verse/passage
  • Do a random act of kindness
  • Pray a decade of the Rosary for a friend or family member

Though these things aren’t complicated or over the top, I think that setting my mind to do these things will help me to prepare for Christmas. Small things really can make a big difference. I challenge you to also decide on doing three things everyday in preparation of Christmas. Let’s all make this the best Advent ever and spread hope, joy, and love to everyone around us!


Prayers and Blessings,

Marissa Rose

Advent increases our hope, a hope that does not disappoint. The Lord never lets us down.

-Pope Francis

And just in case you are wondering what bible verses/passages I’ll be journaling about, here is a link to it!



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With a Grateful Heart

Thanksgiving is this tomorrow. That means lots of food and family (with extra emphasis on food). Aside from all of the food, thanksgiving is also about giving thanks. For the past week and a half or so, I have been realizing how much I have been blessed by being a Christian. And most importantly, being Catholic.

I have been reflecting on how people without God have nothing to look forward to after death. They believe that after you died that’s all there is. Dying only means you are going into a grave 6 feet under. But being Christian, I believe that after I have passed on from this world I have more to look forward to. Heaven is my life after death.

Confession time: my biggest goal is to get to Heaven. Not a big shocker, right? But seriously, I find it so awesome that this earth that we live on is not a permanent home for us. The Kingdom of Heaven is meant for all of us. Isn’t that beautiful? God wants us all to be with Him and live eternally.

“Our Lord does not come down from heaven every day to lie in a golden ciborium. He comes to find another heaven which is infinitely dearer to him—the heaven of our souls, created in his image, the living temples of the adorable Trinity.”

-Saint Thérѐse of Lisieux

This quote above is from our beloved Saint Thérѐse of Lisieux. The more I read it, the more I am amazed by it. God wants to touch our hearts and have a relationship with us. We are so dear and beloved to Him, and He longs for us to be with Him everyday.

What am I thankful for this Thanksgiving? I’m thankful that I have been raised Catholic. I am thankful that I believe in something so beautiful, fruitful, and abundant, and I am thankful that I have a Heaven to look forward to.

I pray that you have a blessed, happy, and safe Thanksgiving. Eat as much turkey as your heart desires, and rejoice in the Lord for all that you have been blessed with.

Prayers and Blessings,

Marissa Rose

Thank you Lord for blessing me.

You have blessed me immensely with family, friends, and your love.

I am able to wake up everyday and sing your praises.

Some days I forget all that I have been blessed with.

And most importantly, I forget about others that have less than I do.

Give me a grateful heart Lord.

Bless the ones that are in need of feeling your love,

The ones in need of your grace and comfort.

On my best day I will be thankful for you.

And on my worst day I will still be thankful for you.



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Tune in Tuesday: So Will I (100 Billion X)

We all love music, right? Whether it’s thumpin’ on a speaker in your room, bursting your eardrums at a concert, or on the radio. Personally, my favorite kind of music is Christian music. Or as I like to call it, Jesus Jams. I’ve decided that I want to share my favorites with you. So that way, you can listen to my jams with me! I think these will be called Tune in Tuesday’s. It’s got a ring to it, right? 😉

The special song that I’ve chosen this week is “So Will I (100 Billion X)” by Hillsong United. If you’ve ever heard “Oceans”, which I’m sure you have, Hillsong United sings that one as well. And yet again, they are crushing it in the Jesus Jam department. “So Will I” fills my heart with wonder every time I listen. Each line gets to me and I just think to myself YES! That is now my favorite line. No, now that one is! The song approaches Jesus with so much reverence and respect. I don’t think I will ever get tired of listening to this song. And trust me, I think I’ve listened to it a crazy amount of times.

Here are some of my personal favorite lines from the song. But honestly, all of the lines in this song are my favorite.

If creation still obeys You so will I

If the mountains bow in reverence so will I

If the oceans roar Your greatness so will I

For if everything exists to lift You high so will I

If the wind goes where You send it so will I

If the rocks cry out in silence so will I

And as You speak

A hundred billion failures disappear

If You left the grave behind You so will I

If You gave Your life to love them so will I

Getting into the habit of listening to Christian music on a consistent basis can be hard if you’ve never done it before. I promise you though, your hope, joy, and positivity after listening to this kind of music will skyrocket! Tune in to K-Love or Air1 whenever you’re in the car. You never know when the right song will come on just when you need it. And ending here, I have two challenges for you:

  1. Stop today and find some time to close your eyes and listen to “So Will I”. Meditate on the lyrics and let them fill your heart will love for our Lord.
  2. Whenever you’re in the car this week, tune into a Christian radio station or set the aux to play some Jesus Jams. Notice how your attitude towards things change during the week! It makes a difference!

Prayers and Blessings,

Marissa Rose


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Life Changes

Life doesn’t always happen the way we plan it out to be. I was reminded of that fact this weekend. “What happened Marissa?”, you might ask. Well, that is a good question, fellow follower of Christ. Grab a cup of coffee or your preferred drink of choice, and let’s get into this crazy weekend called my life.

For a while now, I’d been planning on driving to Lincoln to visit my sisters in college. I was going to come down on Friday, and then on Saturday we were going to rock out to Thomas Rhett in Omaha. It turns out, our man T Rhett became sick. The concert was postponed earlier this week, but I still wanted to see my sisters. I used my puppy dog eyes and beautiful good looks to convince my parents to still let me go to Lincoln. 😉

The trek down to Lincoln was great. A jam session definitely happened in the car, and it was most certainly needed. Being college students, my sisters are always busy. Morgan had to work at a French Toast Feed, and Michaela had an event to go to a club retreat at a place called Defying Gravity. Obviously I opted to go to Defying Gravity. I mean, who wouldn’t want to go bounce on a giant trampoline?

Michaela and I went to the place, got set up, and started jumping. Literally within three jumps I tripped and fell. Yes, I am that kind of a person. I tried to get up, but I couldn’t. My ankle was throbbing with pain. My sister and her gracious friend helped me limp off of the trampoline and sit down. Instantly, my ankle was swelling. “Dr. Michaela” diagnosed me with a sprained ankle.

I’m not going to lie, Friday night was pretty rough. I was so excited to spend time with my sisters and actually walk. All night I layed in Michaela’s bed watching an even mix of Gilmore Girls and Once Upon a Time. I kept having thoughts like “Seriously Marissa, why do you ruin everything?” and “Why did this have to happen to me?”

Finally, one positive idea came into my head: “Marissa, you have to trust that God has a plan.” After that, I snapped back into the real world. Things happen. Things that you don’t expect. Things that you may not see the good in at the time. As a Christian though, it is my job to see the good in all of the bad. To make the best out of things, and to still be that light. Even though I’ve felt some sadness and disappointment this weekend, I definitely don’t have it as bad as others do. It’s not even close. Yet, when we hear these stories of people who have overcome great trials, we always see that they are joyful in spite of what has happened to them.

Let us have that same kind of joy in our hearts even when things go wrong or not according our plans. Let us trust in God no matter what is going on in our life. There is no one who can help our hurting hearts as much as Jesus does.

This weekend hasn’t been what I thought it would be, but isn’t that the beauty of life? The unexpected can turn into something great. Currently, I am in a coffee shop writing this post, drinking coffee, and spending time with my sisters. And although I didn’t imagine doing this all with a sprained ankle, I am still grateful because this is exactly where I want to be right now.

Prayers and Blessings,

Marissa Rose

Lord, help me to find joy in the unexpected,

To find happiness in the little moments,

And to always trust in you.


Give me the strength to have a positive heart

And see the good in every situation.


But most of all,

Be with the ones who have it worse than I do.

Heal their hearts of any wounds they have,

And comfort them in their sorrows.


Lord, you are who I put my trust in.

I need you everyday.

Thank you for loving me no matter what.





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Back From the Mountain

I love church camps. I absolutely love them. Seeing the joy of Jesus in people’s’ eyes never gets old.

I had the privilege of being able to go to a Franciscan Steubenville conference in Springfield, Missouri. Prior to the Steubenville weekend, (which was a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday event) I attended the Franciscan LEAD camp. This part of the week was Monday through Friday afternoon. LEAD is a leadership camp for teens who already have an established faith life and want to learn how to disciple to others and develop a deeper relationship with Christ. Preparing for this crazy God-filled week, I had no idea what to even prepare for. Before this I had only attended one other church camp. What I was expecting was not what this camp was; it became so much more.

Everyday during LEAD the facilitators gave talks about how to pray, praise, and disciple to others. In between the prayer and the talks, the 39 other teens and I had lots of time to bond. Sometimes you don’t realize it, but praying with and for others actually helps build a strong bond of friendship so quickly. There were so many dance parties, deep talks, and just plain random things that occurred during LEAD that will forever stay in my heart. (Even the people who smashed a bottle, picked up a dead bird, and threw a banana at the ceiling! ♥)

To be honest, during the LEAD week it was hard for me to actually feel God’s presence. I mean I knew he was there, but I struggled with feeling that He is a personal God rather than a God who watches idly. For me, the most spiritual part of this whole week was after reconciliation during my penance. I was told to pray the Our Father prayer. I decided instead of praying it normally, I was going to pray it in a more intimate way:


My Father, Who art in heaven

Hallowed be Thy name;

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven

Give me this day my daily bread,

and forgive me my trespasses,

as I forgive those who trespass against me;

and lead me not into temptation,

but deliver me from evil.



While I was praying this over and over again, tears were pouring down my face. God is not just someone who does things for everyone, He is someone who does great things for me too. He is focused on us as a group, but he is also focused on me as an individual Daughter of God.
The rest of the week  was just as awesome as that night in reconciliation. And towards the end of LEAD, the facilitators really focused on having us make a plan for when we get back from camp. When they mentioned going back from camp we all moaned and said we just wanted to stay here forever. The facilitators countered back with this bible passage:

About eight days after he said this, he took Peter, John, and James and went up to the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But he did not know what he was saying. While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen.

{Luke 9:28-36}


From this passage they told us that even though we have this camp “high” right now (much like the disciples did) and we want to stay here with these people who love Jesus as much as we do, we are supposed to go back down from our mountain and share our “high” with others. As for our plan after camp, they told us to write down two goals that we want to keep  when we get back. Two things to do to keep us on track so our camp “high” is just regular living.

After LEAD, my new friends and I went our separate ways and we joined our own parishes for the Steubenville weekend. Steubenville was great. Although it wasn’t as personal as LEAD, I was blown away every time I walked into the MSU stadium and saw it completely full of Catholic teens who were on fire for Jesus! It was so beautiful to see every soul change there by the power of our God. Seeing all of these kids here also made me realize that I am not alone. And if I’m not alone I don’t have to be afraid to share my faith with others.

Coming back from Steubenville, I’ll admit, it was hard. I had just experienced so many spiritual and life changing moments, and then in the blink of an eye I was back in the real world. Back in the place with temptations, people who are against you, and people that don’t believe in the God you do. Staying “lit” for the Lord has been a struggle, but I keep striving to be that same authentic person I was during Steubenville.

Everyone who has gone to a church camp has probably experienced that post-camp-high. Obviously I have. After awhile though, your fire starts to burn out. Usually I would already be feeling that fire burn out by now, but I am determined not to let that happen again. I want my fire for God to be an eternal fire that will last forever and always burn bright.

I set those goals to help me stay on the Lord’s path for me. I have new friends from different states that will pray for me and check in on me. People do care for you and they want the best for you. So does God. Share with them your struggles and your triumphs. Listen to theirs as well. With faith also comes community. We can’t get to heaven alone. I am praying for each and everyone of you readers, and I hope that you will also pray for me as well.


Prayers and Blessings,

Marissa Rose


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