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The Marian University Blog

  • Faithful Stewards
    December 24, 2014


  • Marian University: Dedicated to Catholic and Franciscan Faith and Leadership
    December 24, 2014


  • El Festival Mariano Celebrates Hispanic Heritage and the Blessed Virgin Mary
    December 24, 2014


  • Living Word: My New Journey with Prayer
    November 14, 2014

    “For me prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look towards Heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” -St. Therese of Lisieux

  • Whole Life: Christian Leadership
    November 7, 2014


  • Living Word: Do unto Others
    November 7, 2014

    Everyone has those sins that they struggle with. Luke 6:35 says: "Rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and give, expecting nothing back." Just think what would happen if the world practiced love more? We have so much war, hate, jealousy, and anger out there.We try to fix it while failing to realize that the only thing that fixes it, is loving one another the way God wants us to.

  • Faith 101: All Saints
    November 3, 2014

    There are two different types of saints; Uppercase ‘S’ Saints and lowercase ‘s’ saints. The distinction is that Saints have been Canonized, which means that Catholic Church as affirmed that these people exemplify living for Christ. The Church holds them up to say, “hey look these women and men are role models in holiness.” Lowercase “saints” are all those in heaven. We take November 1 as a day to honor all.

  • Whole Life: Circles are better than Rows
    October 29, 2014

    Pray, Encourage, connect. Everything we do should ultimately lead to Christ. We must be aware of ourselves and our actions and strive to do everything through the guidance of God, regardless of our vocation, and to let His will be done.

  • Whole Life: Service and Social Justice
    October 9, 2014

    I had time this summer to actually read a whole book— it was a gift that was sent to me by a friend who knows me well, is an avid reader, whom I respect greatly and who often puts the right book into my hands at the right time! Tattoos on the Heart, by Gregory Boyle, was written by a Jesuit priest who founded Homeboy Industries. Homeboy Industries is a gang intervention program located in Boyles Heights, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. Father Boyle’s honest, reflective and probing vignettes of his experience with gang members was helpful to me in addressing the tension I feel between promoting service work and working for social change. One is popular, one not so much. As Archbishop Don Helder Camero is quoted as saying, “When I fed the poor, they called me a saint; when I asked why they were poor, they called me a communist.”

  • Living Word: Which Brother are You?
    October 2, 2014

    The last two Sundays of September’s gospel readings have been parables that transpired in the vineyard. The vineyard in these teaching moments is symmetrical to the seasons of a Christian’s life. A seed is planted in fertile ground, watered by the rain, nourished by the sun, pruned by human hand, blessed with bounty and then shrivel and lay dormant for another season. So too, our Christian lives are grounded in rich soil (the Church/Jesus) and God provides all the tools we need to become bountiful. Our responsibility is to feed our souls daily with praise to the Father, humility, grace, compassion, patience and more. Easier said than done – right?

  • Being a Sister of St. Francis
    October 2, 2014

    When I became a Sister, there were not many careers which were open to women. I chose to go to Oldenburg because I felt called to religious life and because I wanted to become a teacher. I did not know that I would find a family which would be a support my whole life.

  • Whole Life: Centering Prayer
    September 24, 2014

    When I was in graduate school, my priest asked me how my coursework in theological ethics was affecting my faith. My response? "I feel as dry and desiccated as a bone." He invited me to join a small group of parishioners to whom he was teaching a prayer form called Centering Prayer. His invitation changed my life. I consider centering prayer one of the great gifts of my life.

  • Living Word: The POWER of YES: Reflections on the incarnation and the free will of Mary
    September 17, 2014

    It is easy to assume that the conception of Jesus was a done deal and tend to disregard the power of Mary’s YES. The students were silent. Yes, Mary had free will. She was free to say Yes or No to the offer to carry the savior of the world in her womb!!

  • Crossroads: It Was Never Good Enough
    September 12, 2014

    Forgiving others is so incredibly important, but the struggle that’s always been on my heart in regard to reconciliation is forgiving myself. It’s always been a fight and I know that it probably always will be, but I think the take-away point and the thing that I learn out of all of this. . .

  • Living Word: Francis and the Leper
    September 10, 2014

    Take a moment to reflect with John on the the meeting of Francis and the Leper. Where are you in this story?

  • Crossroads - What are my gifts?
    September 2, 2014

    Everyone has difficulty in finding who they are who they want to be. The first step at finding who you are called to be is finding your gifts. This is not a suggestion. It is your responsibility to find your gifts and your calling. Sometimes people fall into the trap of thinking that this is based only on things that they are good at. I used to be good at soccer, I have always had interest in sports. But even though I really like sports, and I used to be an above average soccer player, I never considered that as a plausible career; even as a child. So how do we find the gifts that we have that will lead us to our calling, our vocations?

  • "Make Us One" presented at the Ecumenical Prayer Service
    August 29, 2014

    Given at the Ecumenical Prayer Service by Daniel Conway on August 19, 2014 Unity in diversity is what God calls us to accomplish in his name. God himself is one, wholly undivided, and complete unto himself. But God is not isolated or alone. God’s very nature is to be in relationship with others in the divine communion that is the Blessed Trinity and in the constant outpouring of his love and grace. We do not understand the mystery of God, but we accept the call to: Love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength.

  • Lay Leaders Learn about Marian University’s Commitment to Catholic Identity, Franciscan Sponsorship Values
    August 27, 2014


  • From the Office of Campus Ministry
    August 27, 2014


  • Franciscan Corner
    August 27, 2014


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