From the category archives:

Faith

If I were to give a new student advice on how to survive college, the first word that would come out of my mouth is, “God.”

It is crucial to have a backbone of faith – in something. By having faith in our Lord, you will have more faith in yourself. When you have more faith in yourself, you feel more motivated to do what you love and live gloriously in college.

I don’t know where I would be without speaking & living with and for God. He walks with me every day…I can feel and hear the Holy Spirit responding to my cries for help and my shouts of joy – especially when I am most distracted by life’s complexities. Those complexities make me so much stronger, and I could not be without the Lord. When I am weak, He carries me, comforts me, and helps me to be back on my own two feet again.

God is not a choice for me. He is necessary and innate. And I absolutely adore my one and only Savior.

P.S. Check out “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young — it’s an amazing devotional that I think would help just about anyone as a morning pick-me-up, nightly read, or daily reminder!

Ta, ta for now!

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Campus Ministry is hosting a Busy Person’s Retreat this week. There was a meeting last and the first session today, and I am already glad to be a participant. The retreat asks each student to read an assigned scripture each day and reflect on it. Then for just 30 minutes Monday through Wednesday, you meet with a spiritual leader (such as a priest) to discuss. My meetings are with one of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. The conversations can also be very open-ended and tailored to whatever you personally want to get out of the retreat. On Friday, there will be luncheon to close the retreat and bring all the participants together.

Because I am very involved on campus, it is easy to get set in a busy routine and forget about setting time aside for prayer. One of the purposes of this retreat is to remind people to see God in all things and not get too caught up in a routine way of life. It is important to trust God’s plan and practice really looking around at life. So many things that we pass everyday get overlooked because of being so “plugged in” to society.

An ongoing goal of mine is to strengthen my relationship with God. Conveniently, Fontbonne is a Catholic school. Therefore, there are always ways to practice my religion through the masses offered, retreats, worship groups, internal and external events, etc. While Fontbonne is Catholic, students do not have to be Catholic to enroll here. All faiths are always welcome.

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A lot of our values growing up have been shaped by movies and television and I’m not ashamed to admit it. This spring break, I’ve been catching up on a TV show called “Supernatural.” It’s about two brothers that fight evil forces in the world. The show is funny, graphic, and full of cool visual effects, but what I take away from it is not that demons or angels exist, but that family is one of the strongest forces one can have. These two brothers will really fight for each other, and I find that really inspirational. But the show also tells you that family doesn’t always have to be blood.

After each show, I think of my own family.  I think of my friends that make my family here. They fight for me in ways that I don’t realize. I also believe that God fights for me. And yet, it’s hard to remember that. On days when it’s hardest to see the light, it’s hard to see how many people are rooting for you!  But hey, they are rooting for you!

That really comforts me. Our inner demons can be vanquished by the power of community and love. It’s a refreshing and comforting thought. And I’m glad that Fontbonne is one of those fighter communities that really reaches out to you when you need it!

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Tim

Life is a test

by Tim on February 10, 2014

in Faith

Pray your way and be worry free. Things rarely make sense if you force them. Just be yourself, do whatever makes you happy and don’t waste your time trying to fix things out of your control. – Jeffery Facchin
I know… we all can change. – Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead)

A wise man told me this recently when I told him that I felt lost. So I took his words of wisdom into my life. I started to focus on what makes me happy, which one of the things was writing poetry. I had thought about changing what I wanted to do with my life. I changed my major to General Studies English. I felt the weight and worry lifted off of my shoulders. The stress that was holding me back just disappeared. I can have more open to my career than what I had previously.

I was not going to worry about trying my hardest to make everyone happy, but I was going to make myself happy again. That meant that I was taking more appreciation into the friendships that I currently have right now, and everything that I have in my life. I wasn’t going to try to force broken friendships to be fixed. If it was meant to be fixed than the broken friendships would be fixed.

Doing things like reading graphic novels, playing video games, and writing have changed my outlook on life. I had recently asked my folks if I could adopt a dog as a graduation gift in December. They said as long as I pay for everything for the dog. This had made my whole year. I felt more grown up because of this. I am looking forward to my dog. I will have something to look forward to when I came home from work. I have changed for the better. I take more pride in what I do.

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Back in the St. Lou Groove

by Tara Jones January 21, 2014

Hello again, readers! It’s so nice to not only be starting a new year, but a whole new selection of classes. Break was most definitely not long enough for a large portion of us I would assume! Even so, it was much needed and well-deserved. What are your resolutions for 2014? Maybe you only have [...]

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My blessed life in 2013

by Penny December 16, 2013

Thank God for blessing me this year, so that I have enough grace to finish everything I should finish in 2013. Here is the list of what I did this year: Continued to be a contributor for Real Life at Fontbonne blog Became a social media specialist for Student Alumni Association of Fontbonne Volunteered to [...]

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Second Semester Frenzy

by Tara Jones December 12, 2013

YAY! I am so proud of all of us for finishing first semester successfully! Soooo, now what? What about second semester? Hmm… I really want to try my absolute best this upcoming semester. That seems cliché, but I want to quit with the mind games and be serious about my education. I don’t want to [...]

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Happy Holidays

by Tara Jones December 11, 2013

I feel so guilty already! My family doesn’t exactly have set holiday plans for Winter break like everybody else. Rather, we’re spending time bonding with each other because I feel like that’s something we can certainly improve on! The Christmas season isn’t about gifts and gluttony, food and folly. It’s about love. Thus, that’s what [...]

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Thanksgiving and Finals Week are coming!

by Penny November 25, 2013

The thanksgiving break is coming, but that also means that our finals week is coming. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays in the United States, because it means family gathering. It’s like the Lunar Chinese New Year in Taiwan. However, it’s sad that the final week of the semester is coming as well. Therefore, [...]

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Yes and No

by Isabella October 28, 2013

Yesterday morning, I went to the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes along Forsyth, hoping to hear Fr. Carl Scheble’s homily. Fr. Carl was not celebrating, but Fr. Sean Martin of Saint Louis University did. I thoroughly enjoyed his homily because two comments stuck out. His first comment was: we are not perfect. God knows [...]

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