FaithND Blog

Mysticism is our Birthright

June 8, 2016

The breadcrumbs are there for each of us. My son happens to be one of them for me—he accompanies me on a journey back to knowing my birthright, that I am beloved and God is at the center of my heart. Read more

Capable of Great Gifts

May 5, 2016

As a young family on a graduate student budget we have become accustomed to packing our own food for travel. With this in mind, we often try to pack a little bit extra in case we should meet someone in need. Read more

Charged with Murder, Clinging to Mercy

April 21, 2016

When I volunteered with the Catholic ministry at the county jail, I didn’t know what to expect about the men I would interact with. I’ll always remember meeting a man charged with murder, and the way he clung to mercy. Read more

What 'Inhumane' Looks Like

April 21, 2016

We were escorted through another gate into the prison itself. Even after months, it is difficult to put into words my initial impressions. I can only describe it as a complete overwhelming of the senses.  Read more

Craving Love

March 30, 2016

Ronnie was diagnosed with autism when she was born, and the tag attached to her shoe labeled her as “non-verbal.” I was assigned as her mentor for the very first day of my summer service placement. Read more

A New and Different Way

March 27, 2016

Mercy opened a new and different way at an ordinary intersection; mercy transformed three sandwiches into a kind of communion. Read more

The Embarrassment of Racism

February 9, 2016

I am part of this legacy of separation, distance, and ignorance-at-best. I am prejudiced, I am racist, and it is embarrassing. Read more

Candles in Dark Places

February 9, 2016

I turned around and finally noticed that scores of people surrounded me, kneeling and sitting and praying. We were all in it together. Read more

Visible and Tangible Love

February 9, 2016

All who care for loved ones with dementia know how painful it is to watch them slip away by inches, but this is also where I found God’s visible, tangible love. Read more

Mercy's Unpredictable Path

December 16, 2015

I wonder if the difference between my children and me is that they have an imagination for failure, an imagination for the world falling apart and having to rework it again.  Read more

Grandma, the Deer-Slayer

April 15, 2015

By Josh Noem '98, '05M.Div.

I have this memory of my grandmother shooting a deer that had wandered through her farm. She field-dressed it, and I remember seeing its carcass hanging from a tree in the yard.

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Mom, the Cathedral-Builder

April 15, 2015

By Mitch Day '12

From the Annunciation to the Passion, Mary’s life gave my mom a rough template of how to approach the inevitable seasons of uncertainty and loss. When divorce revealed its ugly face to her when she was 39, and no angel came to visit in the months of sleepless nights to follow, she did her best to accept, without condition, the evolving gift of motherhood and womanhood that this new life could offer.

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A Strong Hand on the Shoulder

January 25, 2015

While I had freaked out about plenty of things in the past—college applications, study abroad, first dates, job searches, wedding planning—nothing terrified me half as much as the prospect of giving birth.

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Practicing Advent II

November 26, 2014

Each evening in Advent, I take a couple of moments to close the day with Night Prayer by an Advent wreath. The Advent wreath is a visible marker of time gone by and anticipation. Unlit candles, stacked in chronological order, cause me to wonder: what hopes, people, challenges, and celebrations might I muse over in prayer throughout the next several weeks? Read more

Practicing Advent I

November 26, 2014

A powerful story within the Christmas narrative is that the birth of something small and powerless ends up redeeming the whole world.  Read more

Evidence of God in My Life

October 8, 2014

By Joshua C. Stagni ’04BS, ’05BA, ’10MDiv
The moment of realization in that hospital room—that I was not alone—became a seminal moment in my faith life. Read more

Nothing but Gifts to Offer

September 30, 2014

By Elizabeth Lent '13
God has a sense of humor. I discovered this while walking the Camino Frances for five weeks in Northern Spain.
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We Help Each Other Bear the Darkness

September 14, 2014

By Laura Kelly Fanucci ‘03 
From what I could gather as an eavesdropping child, Jay needed good doctors and good prayers and good company and good food. I figured I could help with at least three of those. Read more

The Transcendental Foodie

August 18, 2014

By Josh Noem '98, '05M.Div.
A great meal with good company can be a transcendent experience—these are moments when we can see through the thin veil that separates the human and the divine. 
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A Melodious Life

July 1, 2014

By Patrick Manning ‘07, ‘09M.Ed., ‘11M.T.S.
Maybe this is why music is such a wonderful thing. When we sing and dance and play music, we pour out ourselves with an abandon ... Read more

Taking Young Children to Church

May 27, 2014

By Stacey (Stough) Noem ’98, ‘05M.Div.and Josh Noem ’98, ‘05M.Div.
Sometimes at the end of Mass a parishioner compliments us for the behavior of our children. Our standard response is ... Read more

The Sound of Sacrament

May 3, 2014

By Laura Fanucci '03
This morning when I watched two more babies plunged into waters of new life, one silent and wondering, one shrieking and wailing, I thought about the sounds of Baptism.  Read more

Faith is at the center of life at Notre Dame, and this blog gives Notre Dame alumni and friends a place to read and discuss its importance in all areas of their lives. Written by Notre Dame alumni, parents, professors, students, and friends, these reflections focus on spirituality, charity, family life, human dignity, forgiveness, and many more topics.

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