Young Adults

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An Invitation to Stop Running

We live in a society that emphasizes the importance of being your authentic self. Yet, this same society also places so many expectations on who you are supposed to be. It is honestly overwhelming. Depression and anxiety are so common in our generation. Why is that? Could it be because many of us do not really know who we are? Jeremiah 1:4-5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” You see, our heavenly Father knows who you are now and who you are designed to be. The problem here is that our generation does not see the need for Jesus. Our generation thinks faith is a matter of simply saying they believe in God when in reality it is a matter of having a profound relationship with Him.

In Luke 2:41-52, Jesus at the age of twelve goes to Jerusalem with Mary and Joseph for a feast. At the end of the feast, his parents return home but without them knowing Jesus stays behind. When Mary and Joseph finally realize that Jesus is not behind them, they immediately go back to look for him. When they find Jesus, He is in the temple listening and asking questions to the teacher of the law. In Mary’s caring nurture she says to Jesus, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” To their surprise, Jesus replies, “Why were you searching for me? Don’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Even at the age of twelve, Jesus always knew who He was. The truth is that He was never lost because He always knew what the Father had brought him on earth to do. Many people in this generation are lost because they do not know the Father or what the Father has called them to do. Your identity is not in this world; your identity is in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.

Today, I invite you to stop running. Stop letting society influence the person you are becoming. I invite you to place your trust in the Lord. Let Him, who already knows where you are going, be the guide and light of your life. The Lord in His mercy gave us free will, and the Lord in His mercy also died for us on the cross. He chose to die for you because He loves you, and He gave us free will so we can consciously choose Him and love Him back. God is the only constant in life, so choose Him as He has chosen you.

Join us on September 25, 2023, at 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Zoom to start your journey to becoming the person God created you to be.

Nelly Munoz

Programs and conferences for young adults

Franciscan Action Network: 
Preparing Our Hearts to Be Peacemakers, Thursday, Feb. 29, 8:00 PM Central Time

National Institute for Ministry with Young Adults
FOCUS:  Launching College Students into Lifelong Catholic Mission
SEEK25:  A FOCUS conference for young Catholic adults, Jan. 1-5, 2025, in Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C. Jan. 2-5, 2025.

ESTEEM:  A leadership formation program for young adults on college and university campuses

What issues inspire you to action?

Webinar Series on Environmental Justice
Sisters Against Trafficking
Invisible People: Helping the Homeless
NETWORK: Advocates for Justice, Inspired by Catholic Sisters

Media that inspires, inform and heals

Saint of the Day
Hope and Suffering: The Spirituality of Life and Loss
Franciscan Media
Pure Flix:  Media that strengthens your faith and values, is wholesome, and suitable for the entire family and streamed seamlessly on any device.
FORMED:  Catholic content for parishes, families and individuals
A Nun's Life

News and Culture from a Spiritual Perspective

National Catholic Reporter  
Global Sisters Report
St. Anthony Messenger

Resources for students and young adults

Young Adult Resources from the blog 
"Paws in Praise"(used with permission)

Academics and Faith

The Heart and Love



Work and Faith 

- Empowerment Through Prayer 
- The Meaning of Merit
- We are all parts in the Bone Box: a reflection on One Body, Many Parts
- Spiritual Wellness in Veterinary Medicine 
  (This article can be applied in some way to everyone, not just students of veterinary medicine. Be sure especially to check out the article in the section that begins with "Solidarity Week" and Tails of Wellness on Instagram.)

Food and Faith

- Diving into the Diet 
- Shedding Light on "Livestock's Long Shadow"

Spiritual Direction

Several of our Sisters at St. Francis Woods are trained Spiritual Directors. It is an hour-long session, usually scheduled monthly and offered either in-person or over Zoom. You are invited to share ordinary life experience and be guided to listen for how the Divine is speaking through the twists and turns of your faith journey. The fee is $55.00 per session or $40.00 per session for anyone on retreat at The Portiuncula Center for Prayer on campus.

Norma Janssen, OSF    815.545.0183
Janice Keenan, OSF   815.469.4883
Nancy Roberta Schramm, OSF   224.565.1460
Joyce Shanabarger, OSF   815.464.3803
Mary Shinnick, OSF   815.464.3807
Mary Barbara Hassler, OSF  847.502.6637