The Marian University Blog

  • Fasting: A Lost Art
    March 27, 2014

    Millions of Americans are overweight and obesity is rampant in the United States. Medical professionals tell us that two leading causes of death that are related to obesity are heart attacks and diabetes. It is clear that obesity is a complex issue, involving both physical and psychological components; however, if the Catholic tradition is correct, it is also a spiritual issue, since obesity indicates a form of concupiscence or errant desire (Robert Barron, The Strangest Way, 2002, 63). If the center of the Christian life is Jesus the Christ, then the appetites for unhealthy food and drink need to be quelled and disciplined into control. The ancient Christians knew this, but our contemporary, fast-paced world seems to have forgotten this truth.

  • Whole Life: Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love
    March 24, 2014

    Over Spring Break, I read a book called Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love by Edward Sri, which is more or less a modern interpretation for youth to understand the message Blessed Pope John Paul II was trying to convey in Love and Responsibility. There were many enlightening points; however, a few stuck out in light of the Lenten season.

  • Living Word: Picking Up My Cross
    March 18, 2014

    Going back to 2nd Timothy, I know why it stands out to me. I have recently been going through times of uncertainty and waiting. I thought I listened to the Lord, and was answering His call, but somewhere along the way I tried to take control. This never really ends well for me . . .

  • Alternative Break Update: Nicaragua Final Update
    March 17, 2014

    Hi all! Today [Friday] was our final day working in Nicaragua. Everyone headed to San Marcos after a morning of breakfast and devo. The community of San Marcos, as always, welcomed us with joy and open arms. We spent our morning digging more trench and laying a bit more of the pipe. After lunch we had Mass with the community one last time.

  • Subsidiarity Alive in Nicaragua!
    March 14, 2014

    When it comes to the Catholic social teaching principles of subsidiarity and solidarity, Amigos for Christ (see has got it right! Amigos has collaborated and integrated and empowered leaders in rural communities here, to bring clean water to their homes, along with promotion of education beyond second grade, economic development and healthy lifestyles to counter disease.

  • Alternative Break Update: Nicaragua #6
    March 14, 2014

    We are getting close to the end of an awesome week! Even though we were not there to help yesterday, the community still worked out on the trenches. It was incredible to see how far the community had progressed! Today was another work day out in the sun in San Marcos. We were able to dig on the other side of the river, so things are moving along really well for the project. Although we are all pretty exhausted, we still continued to work hard alongside the members of the community. While some of our members dug in the trenches, others found joy in playing baseball or playing soccer with the kids. They are beyond adorable and they truly never stop smiling.

  • Alternative Break Update: Nicaragua #5
    March 14, 2014

    Today was a beautiful day. Some of our team started the day off by watching the sunset from an upper area of the property! Then we had breakfast and Mass here on the property at 7:30. After Mass we enjoyed our morning Devo (devotional) time. Our word for today was "rest." We are all definitely grateful for a day of rest! . . .

  • Alternative Break Update: Nicaragua #4
    March 14, 2014

    Today was nothing short of awesome. We started off the day a little earlier than usual (6 AM!) with breakfast and chores. We wanted to get to San Marcos as soon as we could in order to work along side the community. Once we were at San Marcos, we immediately jumped in with the community and continued our work from yesterday. Just after lunch, we were able to lay down 200 yards of pipe in the trenches! . . .

  • Alternative Break Update: Nicaragua #3
    March 11, 2014

    Today was a long day of hard work but it was filled to the brim with blessings. It was a big day of firsts. One Monday a month, all the Amigos staff comes to work in a community with the trip participants and today was that day. Not only was that special, but we were the first group to work on the water system in the village of San Marcos.

  • Alternative Break Update: Nicaragua #2
    March 11, 2014

    Hello Family, Friends, and Loved Ones! We have all arrived safely at the Amigos home site. Yesterday we had the opportunity to go to a town called Granada about an hour away from the airport. We enjoyed the markets and authentic Nicaraguan food! It was a long day of traveling, but the Amigos staff has been so welcoming and friendly. Today we started with mass at the local church. It was a Spanish mass and we celebrated with many people from the community.

  • Alternative Break Updates: Nicaragua #1
    March 11, 2014

    Marian's ASB Program's motto for this year is "Get comfortable with being uncomfortable." We will definitely have chances to do just that. ​So please keep us in your prayers! Know that your loved ones are in good hands . . .

  • Lent, Liturgy and Life
    March 5, 2014

    "Full, conscious, and active participation." That is one of the most notable phrases to come out of all of Vatican II (the monumental gathering of the world's Catholic bishops from 1962-1965). The phrase is a call and a challenge regarding the liturgy, specifically the mass, but, also, the entire prayer life of body of Christ. But what does that participation look like, and what does it have to do with Lent which is both celebrated on Sundays, but also is a prayer that envelops every moment of the forty days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday?

  • Faith 101: Ash Wednesday
    March 4, 2014

    From ashes on our foreheads to the cleansing waters of the Baptismal font we travel this journey of repentance as sinners needing, waiting for the salvation offered to us at Easter. We must first put on our ashes except our mortality and remember we are dust and to dust we will return...

  • Seat of Wisdom - Description
    March 3, 2014

  • Living Word - Description
    March 3, 2014

  • Crossroads - Description
    March 3, 2014

  • Faith 101
    March 3, 2014

  • Whole Life
    March 3, 2014

  • Welcome
    March 3, 2014

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