Strangers Praying for Me

This past summer during World Youth Day, as my group explored one of the many churches in Spain, I passed by a statue of Our

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A More Visible Witness

In a moment of bravery during college, I signed up for the Students for Life Retreat with the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants in New

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Being Single.

This weekend is my parish picnic, and I’m having a hard time deciding if I should attend.  I’m part of the parish family, so I

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A Pilgrimage, Not A Vacation

The following days were a blur of sessions at the Love and Life Centre, Morning Prayer with my group, spending time in front of the Blessed Sacrament, cheering for Pope Benedict, participating in Mass, and making friends with other pilgrims in the streets. I joined in a dance circle of Spanish pilgrims, traded knickknacks with South Koreans, and brushed up on my rudimentary Italian when squished against a group from Tuscany in the Metro.

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Trista Garttner

Cheering My Love

When I first saw footage of people greeting and listening to the Pope, one aspect struck me as odd: Why did everyone cheer for him?

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