USD Women Seek Divine Mercy

Our teammate Jennifer was chatting with a student after Bible Study one week. Somehow in the course of the conversation, the young lady felt really compelled that they should pray a Divine Mercy chaplet together. So the two ladies decided to take a walk on campus, praying the Divine Mercy along the way.

After they finished the prayer, the student asked Jen, “Can we do this every week?”

Every desire to pray is a stirring, a prompting of the Holy Spirit. We know, as the Church tells us in the Cathechism that “at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, and to love him with all his strength.”  Our desire to pray is a sign of God inviting us to draw near to him.

This student heard and responded to this prompting to prayer. Now she and Jennifer are praying a Divine Mercy chaplet on campus after Bible Study every week. And even more than that, they have invited others to join them. There’s now a group of 10+ students meeting each week to pray. Praise God for their response to His call and we pray that the Divine Mercy of God would be on us all.


Random Fun Pictures

Here are some fun pictures of the kids from the last few weeks here in the SD.
I hope you enjoy!


Joshua tackling Allie quickly turns into a hug. These two are very snuggly kids!


Grocery Shopping… Just the ‘bear’ necessities?


Here’s Joshua ‘reading’ up on his favorite subject- TRUCKS!


We took a trip to the Black Hills recently where we visited a few state parks. The kids were obsessed about becoming Junior Rangers so here is Allie working on her assignment. It was serious business!


This is a very excited little lady on her first day of ballet!


Allie insisted that Joshua had to drive her to school. He was more than willing to oblige.


Tailgating with the students at USD


It seems that every time we turn around, Allie is in her ballet clothes! She is one dedicated little dance student! :)

First Friday: Who Do You Say That I Am?

This month for our Friday Friday reflection, we would like to offer this excerpt from a homily of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI. Though this homily was given at Palm Sunday Mass, it is always appropriate for us to consider the words Jesus asked his apostles: “Who do you say that I am?”

“Who is Jesus of Nazareth for us?  What idea do we have of the Messiah, what idea do we have of God?  It is a crucial question, one we cannot avoid, not least because … we are called to follow our King who chooses the Cross as his throne.  We are called to follow a Messiah who promises us, not a facile earthly happiness, but the happiness of heaven, divine beatitude.  So we must ask ourselves: what are our true expectations?  What are our deepest desires?…

The decision to say yes to the Lord and to follow him all the way, the decision to make his Passover, his death and resurrection, the very focus of your Christian lives…  is the decision that leads to true joy.

He will give us his life, his body and his blood, his love.  But we must respond worthily to so great a gift, that is to say, with the gift of ourselves, our time, our prayer, our entering into a profound communion of love with Christ who suffered, died and rose for us… Before Christ – the Fathers said – we must spread out our lives, ourselves, in an attitude of gratitude and adoration.”

Click here if you would like to read the full homily which is found on the Vatican website.