To Anyone Thinking of Going On Kairos

To Anyone Thinking of Going On Kairos

You will thank me later.

Dear Friend,

Why, hello there! You may know me, you may not; it doesn't really matter. I would just like to take the time to give you a little piece of advice and some guidance.

Let's cut to the chase: you're thinking of going on a Kairos retreat, and you should. So, just sign up now.

They say that Kairos comes at the right time for everyone, so if it's not quite your time yet that's OK, and I encourage you to continue to pray about it until your time comes.

Whether the right time for you is now or later, Kairos is something that you absolutely need to experience before you no longer have the chance.

What exactly is Kairos? There actually isn't much that I, or anyone who has gone on a Kairos retreat before, can actually tell you, as we want you to experience it for yourself. What we will all tell you is that Kairos, or "God's time", is the best thing ever. It's a weekend full of reflection, lots of tears, getting to know yourself and God, making new friends and most importantly, love!

Kairos is a once-in-a-lifetime experience like no other. You might be saying to yourself, "I'm not Catholic" and that is totally OK. You don't have to identify as Catholic to go on Kairos, or even be a practicing Catholic.

"I'm not religious."

That is totally fine! Go to get to know God or your higher being.

"I don't like retreats."

Now that is no excuse. Everyone is invited to tap into "God's time" for one weekend out of the semester, regardless of who you are or who you worship. You will thank me later.

The way that you feel after Kairos, the "Kai-High" as it's so deemed, is unlike anything that you have felt before; that I can guarantee. Personally, I have never felt anything like that before I went on Kairos, and probably never will again in my life. Even though it would be amazing to experience it all over again, and I'm sad that my one shot is over, I'm thankful that it happened when it did. I honestly want to sign everyone that I know up for a Kairos retreat because I want everyone to feel the amazingness that comes as a result of it.

Kairos led me to make so many new great and lasting friendships around campus, and caused the ones that already existed to only grow stronger. I went into Kairos 100 percent blindly as a first semester freshman, totally not knowing what to expect or even what it was all about, just knowing that it was awesome and I should go.

It made the experience that much more special.

It's amazing to get or feel something that you have never imagined was attainable; something that you definitely never expected in a million years, and that was Kairos for me. My relationships to my family, my friends and my relationships with myself and God grew so much stronger, and for that I am forever grateful.

So, my dear friend, I just want to leave you with this advice. You are so so loved. How much are you loved? Go on Kairos; you'll find out.


A Kairos Alum

Cover Image Credit: Becca Lyons

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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The Burning Of Notre Dame Has Actually Strengthened My Catholic Faith

Corinthians 5:17 says, "Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."


Every year, Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week in the Christian faith. As the most sacred time of the year, those who believe Jesus died on the cross for our sins hold these days dear in our hearts. 2019's Palm Sunday, however, is now held in infamy. The very next day, the precious Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris started to burn.

As the world now knows, the famed and historic Notre-Dame de Paris was spontaneously engulfed in flames on April 15, 2019. The cause has not yet been identified precisely but is most likely due to complications during the $6.8 million renovations the cathedral is currently under. Completed back in 1345, the nearly 800-year-old church has withstood the test of time relatively well.

Until now.

The modern world watched as one of the biggest treasures of the past burned away before our eyes, Twitter even erupted in an unprecedented coverage of this world-wide tragedy as many took to social media to pour their condolences and share memories of this French icon. Religion, race and personal beliefs aside, the world collectively grieved and lent support.

While this is truly a loss on a global scale, the blow comes as a particularly harsh one to the Catholic community after a particularly difficult season of Lent. From the Pope addressing allegations of sexual assault, to backlash over the controversial theatrical release of the film "Unplanned", this latest development seemed like a cruel joke in the days leading up to Easter Sunday. I myself felt affected by this fire hundred of thousand miles away in North Carolina. One of our most beloved holy churches was ebbing away in front of us and all God could do was watch.

However, despite all that, we must look forward.

Despite much of the church being reduced to ash, some of the priceless artifacts and objects that were hidden away in the cathedral have been able to survive the ordeal; such as the crown of thorns, numerous pieces of art, the rose windows, the altar cross shown above and the iconic bells of Notre Dame. Once news of this broke out, I was strengthed to my core knowing God was indeed there.

It seems like such an oxymoron to see such a tragedy as a sign of hope, yet the Bible itself is full of those. The 7 plagues that tormented Eygpt, the Great Flood, and even the death of Christ as examples.

As children of Christ, we are told at a very young age to never question his plan. He is all knowing and has a way of making everything fall into place. God sensed that Catholics were in the midst of a troubling time and brought us this opportunity of a new beginning. The burning taking place during Holy Week can also be taken as perfect timing.

The whole premise of this week revolves around the death of Jesus at the hands of Pontius Pilate, yet miraculously returned three days later before joining Our Father in Heaven, the cathedral can very well do the same and return better than before.

It is a devastating loss but already we are seeing evidence of joyous aftermath. As I noted before, people from all walks of life are offering support and condolences to a faith they were scorning just a week prior. Priceless artifacts have miraculously been recovered and plans for rebuilding have already started. This is a sign of a new beginning, that God is backing us through it all.

Do not question His plan, just have faith. The rest will fall into place.

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