Wednesday, August 7, 2013


I just got home from spending yet another fanfreakingtastic summer working at the greatest place on earth — Camp Tekakwitha.

This summer was unlike any other I've ever experienced. This summer I learned what it really means to keep the flame of faith alive. This summer I discovered how to really make my life count.

This world we live in tells us to be just like everybody else. It tells us to follow all society's fashion trends. It tells us we'll be cool if we buy a certain thing. It tells us to blend in. It tells us to be low impact human beings.

No thank you.

Christ calls us to live for something bigger. It tells us to leave our mark on this world. I know I don't want to go through life, leaving no trace that I was here. I want to live — REALLY LIVE — and change the world. I know, I know... It sounds kind of crazy. But it's what each and every one of us is called to do.

We're called to #makeitcount. We're called to be saints. We're called to live extraordinary lives. The crazy thing is that those extraordinary things don't have to be huge. We can do ORDINARY things with EXTRAORDINARY love.

When we look at our bucket lists, the first thing at the top should "TOMORROW." Day by day we can make a difference in the lives of those around us. It might be the small things: passing on a smile to the lonely kid at school, making your little brother or sister a PB&J sandwich for lunch when they're running late for school, or asking a friend to pray with you or over you.

Our world needs saints. It needs people who do the small things with big love. It needs people who want to be high impact and make a difference. It needs people who will go out of their comfort zone to make things happen. It needs people who are here to make their lives count.

So let's start right now. How about that? Let's do it.

Be high impact.
Be a saint.

Lord, we need you. Oh, we need you. Every hour we need you.