All posts tagged: Notre Dame Vision

Stories of Grace: Episode 13

“I think that, if we’re lucky in this life, we’ll get to come across perhaps three or four really really good ponds.” Visit here to listen to Notre Dame senior Madeline Lewis tell the story of finding the grace to sit with things for long whiles. Subscribe to the free Stories of Grace podcast on iTunes U and receive automatic notifications when a new story is published. Read the full text of Madeline’s reflection below. Really good ponds I think that, if we’re lucky in this life, we’ll get to come across perhaps three or four really really good ponds. This story begins with one such pond: a koi pond at Balboa Park in San Diego. This particularly good pond was something that I happened upon while ambling around the park one sunny June afternoon in the company of someone I dearly love. We weren’t alone in thinking it the perfect day to take advantage of such a treasure: there were dog-walkers and stroller-pushers, families and friends, couples old and young. Loveliness seemed to flutter all around …

Vision for Young Adults: A Summer Retreat for 20- and 30-Somethings

The goal of Notre Dame Vision for Young Adults (YA) was simple. Bring together a group of individuals for a week of prayer, reflection, and rest. The idea was to set a simple schedule where people gather together to pray Morning and Evening Prayer and attend daily Mass together, to listen to and reflect about professionals living out their faith, and to delight in the company of others and the quiet of a summer on campus at Notre Dame. If I am totally honest, my expectations were pretty modest. Perhaps the modesty of my expectations was due to my doubt about the saints. One of the many spiritual pitfalls is treating the communion of saints as (and only as) historical Christian giants who have made it possible for me to consider the different roads that lead to Christ. Ignatius taught me to consider the experience of God; Francis led me to constant material critique; Blaise to be careful when eating chicken wings; and Cecilia to make music part of my prayer. The litany of the …

Stories of Grace: Episode 12

“It’s a messy business, drowning in God’s love and grace.” Visit here to listen to senior John Lee tell the story of encountering the humbling grace of God in the breaking of the bread. Subscribe to the free Stories of Grace podcast on iTunes U and receive automatic notifications when a new story is published. Read the full text of John’s reflection below. Humility After Pride On the 29th morning of October in the year 1994, my mother lost her favorite rosary when she flung it across the hospital room, and broke my father’s hand as she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. They named him John after John the Baptist, because like Elizabeth, my mother had given birth to her first child later in life. They brought him back home to love and cherish forever. Growing up as a cradle-Catholic, I thrived within my Catholic bubble. I absorbed everything in my religion classes, and I loved the stories in the Bible. However, my family and I lived in Los Angeles, and trying to keep a …

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Stories of Grace: Episode 3

“I started to think about how often I had told others I would pray for them.  I used it as a meaningless phrase to convey that they were in my mind.  But had I ever really prayed for them?  Really prayed?“ Visit here to listen to Notre Dame senior Andy Miles tell the story of encountering the God who never tires of our prayers, through the witness of his mother praying the rosary. Subscribe to the free Stories of Grace podcast on iTunes U and receive automatic notifications when a new story is published. Editor’s note: This is the third episode of a regular podcast featuring Notre Dame undergraduate students and others from the university community. In Stories of Grace, listen to others share their encounters with God and his workings in their lives.

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Stories of Grace: Episode 2

“Something as simple as laundry couldn’t possibly be a way to draw me closer to God- could it?” Visit here to listen to Notre Dame junior Stephanie Reuter tell the story of her dread for doing laundry, a story of finding and glorifying God through the most ordinary routines. Subscribe to the free Stories of Grace podcast on iTunes U and receive automatic notifications when a new story is published. Editor’s note: This is the second episode of a regular podcast featuring Notre Dame undergraduate students and others from the university community. In Stories of Grace, listen to others share their encounters with God and his workings in their lives.

Sunset over ocean

Stories of Grace: Episode 1

“Has anyone ever felt just like, a little bit lonely, and had the urge to just see a really big whale?” Visit here to listen to Notre Dame senior Madeline Lewis tell the story of her first summer away from home, a story of finding the grace to look not for what we want, but for what is given. Subscribe to the free Stories of Grace podcast on iTunes U and receive automatic notifications when a new story is published. Editor’s note: This is the first part of a regular series featuring Notre Dame undergraduate students and others from the university community. In Stories of Grace, listen to others share their encounters with God and his workings in their lives.  

The Mystery of Mercy

Seeing through mercy changes what we see. With conferences for four distinct communities this summer (and two already completed), Notre Dame Vision has ventured into the mystery of mercy in three moments: revelation, reception, and response. Mercy is first revelation, because God always makes the first move. In the Book of Exodus, God is introduced as the one who hears and acts (Ex 2:23-25). By what He does, God reveals who He is. Our first task in the journey of mercy is to be attentive, to be still, to take a chance on being the ones upon whom the dawn of mercy breaks. Mercy demands the discipline of reception, of learning how to receive the gift of God’s love that comes to meet us in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is among the most challenging of tasks, especially in modern life, because receiving the gift of God’s mercy will require us to change, accommodating grace in our lives. In some respects, we will have to see ourselves and each other by a …

God in the Darkness: Full of Grace

Senior year of high school started just as one would expect it to. I hit the ground running juggling school, sports, student council, clubs, and the dreaded college application process. My friends and I trudged along with hopeful anticipation for second semester. Our minds were occupied with the anxieties of college decision letters and the typical stresses of senior year. Nothing else seemed to matter beyond application essays and SAT scores. That is until March. I remember getting the news at my soccer banquet in line for pizza. I got a text in a group chat that read, “Greg fell on his long board and is in the hospital.” I knew a group of guys in my class rode up and down different hills around the valley. They documented almost every long boarding session with a GoPro. The 5-minute videos often appeared in my newsfeed. I figured he had fallen and broken an arm or leg, but certainly nothing serious. Surely they got it on film and there’s probably a funny story behind it. My …

God Doesn’t Create Boring People: Full of Grace

A rocket scientist, a college athlete, and a perfectionist walk into a bar… This is not the start to some cliché joke; rather, this is actually what it looks like when my siblings enter any room.  I, on the other hand, am the younger and seemingly less accomplished sibling who is running, desperately, trying to catch up with them. I have grown up being called “little Bourb,” which I don’t really mind.  My siblings are super amazing people and my three best friends. They’re the ones with whom I can make fun of my parents, get into heated monopoly trades, or simply sit and say nothing.  I love them and being compared to them is pretty flattering.  However, I have struggled with the universally accepted idea that I will be just like them or should be just like them. Coaches, teachers, family, tend to have expectations of me based off of my siblings, which can be a little daunting at times. My oldest brother, Jack, graduated as the salutatorian of his high school class and …