On the trash lined streets of El Salvador, with the smell of urine filling the hot muggy air, I made a vow. Staring down into the eyes of Jose, an infant that would soon die of starvation, I saw God staring back at me. God said to me, “Will you get me out of this suffering?”Read More
On Saturday, September 24, 2016, I accompanied various leaders of the Catholic Community at Stanford for a weekend retreat to the San Jose Mission of the Dominican Sisters. Being as it was my first official event as a member of the leadership team, I quite frankly didn’t know what to expect. When I arrived however, I was met with nothing short of a welcoming, loving, and open community of proud Catholics who were ready to learn, lead, and share their faith. The weekend—marked by the distinct holiness of the mission, the hospitality of the Dominican Sisters, talks given by leaders from the Evangelical Catholic organization, small group activities, prayer, and worship—was a beautiful experience full of spiritual enrichment, fellowship, and faith.Read More
The NCAA used to run an ad on TV advocating its commitment to educating student-athletes. Between highlights of game winning Hail Marys, record-setting long jumps, and dunks worthy of bedroom posters, they portrayed students-athletes studying in the library, preparing Petri dishes in biology labs, and tinkering with robots. The final scene always featured a student-athlete stating: “There are more than four hundred thousand NCAA student-athletes, and most of us go pro in something other than sports.” Now, after four years of preparation in school, sport, and spirit, I have the opportunity to go pro.Read More
A community, a family, a home ‐ that is what the Catholic Community at Stanford is to me. Over the past year, I have had the honor and privilege of being the president of the undergraduate Catholic community. From welcoming freshmen at our annual welcome ice cream social to knitting scarves for the needy in our community to making a warm Lenten meal in solidarity with other Catholic communities around the world, I have seen our Catholic leadership team (CLT) direct fantastic initiatives. Still, what defines this community is not the events we have hosted but, rather, the people that made these events possible.Read More
How do you change hearts and minds about the madness of war and violence? How do you get people talking about families torn apart, running frantically from terrorizing oppression? How do we frame a conversation about the connectedness to our sisters and brothers in trouble? One way is to allow people to cry out, to lament, to be angry and heartbroken, to give voice to the voiceless.