Posts by Maura

Why Does Lent Matter to Me?

By Christine Elizabeth Lent begins on Ash Wednesday every year. It’s a time of preparation for the death and resurrection of Jesus. The question might arise, What does it mean for me?   If you’re Catholic you know no meat on Fridays, and focusing on prayer, fasting, and alms-giving. These are all external things, but what…

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Finding My Worth Amidst an Eating Disorder

By Faith Mosher I can’t pinpoint one event or experience that caused me to question my worth. I recognize there were many things in my life growing up and going through high school and college that had me thinking “I’m not good enough” or “I will never be worthy”  – and my perfectionism certainly did…

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It’s Not About the Food: My Recovery From Anorexia

By Maura Preszler Two months before graduating from 8th grade, while warming up before field hockey practice, I overheard two high school girls gossiping about a girl in my class who had a heavier build than I. Why are they speaking about her like that? That’s so cruel! My mind raced, I wonder if they talk about me…

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What Recovery Looks Like

By Hannah Addington I don’t remember the exact day my mind started to shift. I don’t remember when the simple choice to eat began to consume me. But I do remember that drowning feeling of being completely taken over by an eating disorder.   It was the year of 2012. I had withdrawn from my dream school, UC…

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Finding our Identity

Consider just for a moment the gaze of the Father over all of creation. As the Father gazes on all of creation, know that he sees you, that you stand out to the Lord.   As He looks upon you, He looks upon you with delight. He sees in your heart something that He has…

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Grief and Loss

By Christine Elizabeth   Grief. It’s a word that is difficult to say or discuss even though it only has five simple letters. Grief is far from simple, and often we wish we could simplify it. If I could just do this one thing, I won’t feel this negative emotion anymore. The fact is grief…

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To the Woman without a date on Valentine’s Day

By Maura Preszler   If Valentine’s Day is an enjoyable day for you, I’m happy for you.   If Valentine’s Day is a hard day for you, I’m so sorry for your pain. I know this can be a difficult and triggering day for many people and if you are feeling sad and lonely today…

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Standing in our Pain

The question is “Can you stand erect in your pain, your loneliness, your fears, and your experience of being rejected?” The danger is that you will be swept off your feet by these feelings. They will be here for a long time, and they will go on tempting you to be drowned in them. But…

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My Best Friend Broke Up With Me

By Christine Elizabeth   Last year I had a break-up with my best friend, and it was honestly one of the hardest things I’ve faced in my life. I’ve experienced sicknesses, deaths, and more but this pain was so unexpected and ripped me up inside emotionally. This best friend had been such a rock and…

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To the Boy I Thought I Loved

By Erin McNew I remember how it felt. To have you always on my mind. To think about the two of us in the context of forever. To desire being held in your arms. To do everything I could to make the two of us work as one. To make your happiness a priority over…

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