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I cannot remember a time when I did not have faith. That is, I cannot remember a moment when I believed God did not exist. And I really don’t know if this is common or not, only that it is my experience. Blessed John Henry Newman—my Confirmation saint—says somewhere that he believes God exists like he believes that he—Newman—exists. I like this. Growing up in a Southern Baptist church in Oklahoma, I was very much in the buckle of the Bible Belt, and conversations about issues in family, school, politics always had the backdrop of Christianity, even if it was an outright rejection of this faith. What this upbringing taught me is the presence of God, of the reality of God and our duty towards Him. At the very least, the question of God’s reality was forced upon my imagination at a very young age and by people who believed in one and acted like it. What remained to be seen—and still has—is what God is like, how God has shown Himself to us, or has God shown Himself to us?

I had in a particular sense a conversion experience like many—at a youth camp before my eighth grade, after which I was baptized (albeit for the third time, but that’s another story…). That mark never left me, and my friends and leaders in my Baptist churches, and a Presbyterian church later on, showed me Christ in their teaching and actions.

I am currently a PhD student studying religion and literature, but I went to college so I could be a foreign missionary. The people I’d known to be most fully consecrated to God’s will were these people, and my church emphasized the need to evangelize the world. And this is true, for all desires are for the heart of Christ. But I had a different kind of conversion in undergrad, this time to literature. It was sort of like St. Augustine’s “tolle lege”, but I started grabbing for Tolstoy, Flannery O’Connor, Shakespeare, and C.S. Lewis. I found that consecrating my time to art and the written word was a way not only of answering—if ever in part—questions about who I am, but also a way of loving God with my mind. Beyond this, I have found it another kind of witness, of God as he has shown Himself to people across time, space, cultures, beliefs.

Much of this exploration, through books, church, and conversation lead me to begin praying the Divine Hours with some professors of mine at Oklahoma Baptist University. This, for reasons I cannot explain, lead me across the street to St. Gregory’s Catholic University, where they had an active abbey along with the university. These brothers—monks, we still call them—were the first Catholics I knew outside of those I read of, and I had never known anyone so committed to Christ in every way—in money, time, and marriage to the sacraments. This relationship grew into a time of exploring the Church, almost exclusively in books and Protestant worship, that lead to my confirmation in the Catholic Church in Easter of 2012.

My life in the Church has been in most every way wonderful, though also with its difficulties. These difficulties come with responsibility of knowing Christ more fully, and therefore knowing the reality of rejecting Christ; and so often we do this—I do this—but a more unimaginable glory is found in His forgiveness when we seek it. I have found a lot of ways of describing what it’s like to be in the Church, and right now I like to think of it as a house with many rooms of all shapes and décor. Better yet a house within city, with many more and beautiful houses. Better yet, we find out, that it is only a person, and the person is Christ, somehow in every part of all this and in all of us. Baylor has been an excellent place to continue discovering this, and my friends are impossibly good examples in fulfilling the faith. Anyways, I’m out of space here, but feel free to come talk anytime. Grace and peace!

I don’t know about you, but the transition period between summer and fall is always tricky – especially with flighty Waco weather. One day it’s warm, one day it’s cool. One of my favorite ways to dress for this “in-between” season is skirts! They’re so fun and add instant casual style to an outfit. Best of all, you can either add tights if it’s cooler outside or opt for bare legs if it happens to be one of those warm, sunny, humid days that we’re all familiar with in Waco.
Whether it’s a chic pencil skirt, a shorter fun skirt, a comfortable maxi skirt, or a swingy midi one, a skirt is always a classic piece to have in your wardrobe. Plus, they look adorable with cardigans + boots. What’s your favorite style skirt?
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Blessings!

Grace

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To start off, my name is Chris Tasler. I am a first-year missionary here at Baylor, hailing from the northern lands of Iowa. I pursued my undergraduate degree at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. There I received my diploma in Mechanical Engineering.

​The reason I’m a FOCUS missionary can probably be traced back to a particular evening my sophomore year of college. It was a quote I remember reading which said, “Few people are willing to step up to be a leader. That’s why it’s so valuable.” I prayed to God that night that He’d make me into a leader. Something shot into my heart to desire this. I had always shied away from positions of leadership, of responsibility, of people looking to me for guidance because I was afraid to fail. For some reason now though, I wanted it. Even though I was still as useless as a limp fish out of water, I trusted God would build me up into who I needed and desired to be.

​So I began taking on projects in the engineering club and accepting the roles such as being the president of the club. Tears of frustration would come now and again. But with every month that passed I could look back and see how God had held me up. So I knew He was with me now and We’d get through this next month alright. And what’s more crazy is that I knew He had been there with me, listening to my prayer that night and said, “I’ll do it.” Towards the end of the my fifth year at college I began going around the Kansas area helping to host retreats for students in middle school and high school, giving talks. It was an incredible experience and loved it! But of course it was nerve-wracking too.

​This and much more I’ve taken with me into FOCUS. It’s another step in answering my prayer years ago. But what’s amazing is that I get the opportunity to bring other men along with me. I get to build them up and train them into being leaders themselves so they can, in turn, lead many others to Jesus Christ. That’s what Jesus was doing the whole time in the Gospels! He was training the Apostles to be leaders for His Church once He was gone and no longer physically present.

​May God’s grace rest upon you!

This recording was made on Oct. 12, 2014 on the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time, by Fr. Daniel Liu, St. Peter’s chaplain/director.  Please visit http://www.baylorcatholic.org for more information.

 

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Hello, friends! October is in full swing, which means cooler weather, Halloween, Homecoming, and the first real taste of fall.
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As it’s not quite cold enough for coats and scarves in the heart of Texas, one great way to transition into the cooler temperatures is to layer thin clothing!
 Black is always a chic choice, whether for Mass or class (see what I did there?), so thin leggings and a tunic/dress says “I’m ready for fall” with all the classiness + style of Audrey Hepburn. And when in doubt, wear black.
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 Of course, you also can’t go wrong with a pop of color, especially cobalt blue!
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Happy fall, friends!​

This recording was made on Oct. 5, 2014 on the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, by Fr. Daniel Liu, St. Peter’s chaplain/director.  Please visit http://www.baylorcatholic.org for more information.

 

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This recording was made on Sept. 28, on the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time, by Fr. Daniel Liu, St. Peter’s chaplain/director.  Please visit http://www.baylorcatholic.org for more information.

 

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Super sweet Grace Dalton is ray of sunshine around St. Peter’s as well as a fashion icon. We are so excited that she is starting a weekly segment here on the Baylor Catholic blog sharing her faith and fashion! Take it away Grace! 


 

Hello, friends! I’m Grace and I’m a Junior Journalism New Media major at Baylor University. In addition to my love for St. Peter’s, writing, and photography, I love fashion + style.
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Here are some of my tips on putting together a simple, comfortable, but stylish outfit for school weekdays. I think all of us girls can agree on how comfortable leggings are…especially on days when you’re tired and don’t want to dress up. They’re a great resource to have in your wardrobe.
However, as we all know, there’s definitely a fine line between wearing an outfit that is cute, but modest enough that we’re dressing our body  – not flaunting it. Modest is so important, not only for our sake as women of God, but also for our brothers in Christ. When we dress in a way that dramatically calls attention to only our physical attributes, we do not only them a disrespect, but also ourselves. Now, this is not a shaming post or a “better-than-thou-” sermon, but rather some notes from my heart about the incredible and highly important topic of modesty.
So! On to today’s outfit – leggings are extremely versatile. You can add them to an outfit that might be a bit too short, layer them in the winter to keep warm, or even wear underneath a tunic or long shirt without sacrificing either style or modesty. I’m a bohemian at heart, so I love layering flowy pieces like this empire waisted shirt, long drapey cardigan, and leggings.
Other ideas can include: leggings under a long shirt with a cute belt, cropped leggings with a short-sleeved drapey cardigan, or leggings under a swingy tunic on a breezy day. Hope you enjoyed these tips. Have a marvelous Monday!

This recording was made on Sept. 21, on the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, by Fr. Daniel Liu, St. Peter’s chaplain/director.  Please visit http://www.baylorcatholic.org for more information.

 

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This recording was made on Sept. 14, 2014 on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, by Fr. Daniel Liu, St. Peter’s chaplain/director.  Please visit http://www.baylorcatholic.org for more information.

 

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