Saturday, October 23, 2010


I am regularly inspired by the powerful, courageous voices of those calling for nonviolence and an end to war. Most inspirational is the personal commitment to living a nonviolent lifestyle. True peace radiates from within, and those I admire most radiate peace. There is no more powerful witness. Check out Voices for Creative Nonviolence:

Peace, Anthony

Monday, October 18, 2010

Litany of Humility

A prayer that I’ve grown incredibly fond of in recent years is the Litany of Humility. It’s a prayer that I often find incredibly difficult to say and really mean. If I had a dollar for every time in a week that I find myself desiring praise…or approval…or consultation… or acted out of fear of embarrassment or being wronged… then I could pay my (and probably your) college tuition for the year.

Humility is not easy, but is so necessary. We are called to humility, to cast out our sins of pride and selfishness. Christ was the essence of humility – God took the form of a human to bear our sins, was born in a stable, and died a humiliating death on a cross between two criminals…. all for us. There is quite the link between holiness and humility.

My favorite line in this prayer is “That others become holier than I, provided that I become as holy as I should”. Such a beautiful, selfless statement – to pray that all those around you become holier than you, yet still asking to become as holy as God wants. I hope I never lose that desire.
Reflect on your own desires and fears as you pray this prayer. Add it to your daily prayers and check out the youtube video below to hear it sung beautifully by Danielle Rose.

Peace of Christ,

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus. (repeat after each

From the desire of being loved,

From the desire of being extolled,

From the desire of being honored,

From the desire of being praised,

From the desire of being preferred to others,

From the desire of being consulted,

From the desire of being approved,

From the fear of being humiliated,

From the fear of being despised,

From the fear of suffering rebukes,

From the fear of being calumniated,

From the fear of being forgotten,

From the fear of being ridiculed,

From the fear of being wronged,

From the fear of being suspected,

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
(repeat after each line)

That others may be esteemed more than I ,

That, in the opinion of the world,

others may increase and I may decrease,

That others may be chosen and I set aside,

That others may be praised and I unnoticed,

That others may be preferred to me in everything,

That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I


You'll have to excuse the language in the title of this Youtube clip, I felt the need to share it despite the title. You may need to click on the video to go to Youtube to watch it. Part of it gets cut off in the published post! Wait for the video to load at least 2/3 of the way before you being to watch it so you can watch it without choppiness! :)

I think this proves how similar AND how unique we are as a world and as a people. We all sing, dance, smile, and laugh no matter where we come from.

Also, all of the different locations are simply AWESOME! Such beauty found in the nature, in the cities, and in the people.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Ministry and His plan

Living in our society many of us have become busy individuals. We plan out our days, months, years with appointments, meetings, classes, work, practices, rehearsals, games, parties, work outs, exams, etc. We want to have control over everything we do, we want to do what we want when we want to. Although deadlines and time constrictions consume our daily lives we need to not let our busy schedules consume us. It is easy to become stressed and overwhelmed and to let it get the best of your personality.

When I was a freshman and sophomore in high school I didn't make my spiritual life part of my daily life. Since I have made time for reflection and prayer I find myself living my life to the fullest and living as a minister of God's Word. It took time for me to realize that spiritual life shouldn't be separate from my busy schedule it should be a part of it. I constantly remind myself that I have been given great opportunities and that I can handle anything that comes my way. He has faith in what we can do and has a plan for us. We just need to take the time to listen and believe in ourselves and what we are able to do with His help and guidance.

Peace and love,

Excerpt from Whatever You're Doing by Sanctus Real

Time for a milestone
Time to begin again Reevaluate who I really am Am I doing everything to follow Your will Or just climbing aimlessly over these hills So show me what it is You want from me I give everything I surrender... To Whatever You're doing inside of me It feels like chaos but somehow there's peace It's hard to surrender to what I can't see but I'm giving in to something Heavenly

Friday, October 15, 2010

Campus Ministry

When I first started at Notre Dame College I was concerned at first that I wasn't going to continue on with my faith. I felt that once I started college that I wouldn't have time and that I would be more focused on the academics, instead of balancing both faith and school. There was just one day where I just heard a calling from God saying "You need to grow in your faith, so go to mass". When I heard those words I knew that there had to be reason why God was calling me to go to mass that Sunday. Once I walked through the doors of the chapel I felt welcomed with open arms by people that I had just met and it made me realize that I found a home where I feel safe. Going to mass that night change me, from that day on and I knew that I wanted to be more involved with Notre Dame's Campus Ministry. I felt like God was calling to do it. Since I have been at Notre Dame College and have been so involved with Campus Ministry I am happy, changed for the better and I have found a family that loves me for who I am. Without Campus Ministry I don't know what I would be doing in my life right now.

Thank you,
Mackenzie Brown