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How to Keep the Faith this School Year

By Maria Bohan, Interim Communications Manager

This week’s “Embracing Faith” article will focus on Embracing Faith through Self-Care.

Embracing Faith

On the Motherhouse grounds and beyond, leaves are beginning to change color, and a cool breeze can often be felt in the air.

Fall is upon us, and with it, the return of students to classrooms. The academic year is often the most trying season for families—and for their faith. Between mind-boggling homework assignments, soccer practice, tutoring sessions, and college applications, it seems like there’s barely enough time to eat, let alone go to mass.

While there is no one-size-fits-all way to keep the faith, these tips may help you keep God at the forefront of your life.

Be Positive at Dinner—or Wherever

After the commotion of the day, it’s important to take stock of the good—big or small—that God sent your way. At the dinner table or at bedtime, spend a minute remembering one positive thing that happened, and thank God for facilitating it.

Spend the Commute or Carpool Thinking About Your Faith

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Americans drive an average of 11,498 miles annually, the equivalent of two roundtrip drives from Washington, DC, to San Francisco. Why not use those miles to reconnect with God? You could say a decade of the rosary, listen to an audiobook version of the Bible or another faith-related book, or listen to a faith-based podcast.

Try a Daily Devotional Book or App

If there’s time for Netflix, there’s time to complete a daily devotion. Daily devotions are spiritual readings meant to inspire you and remind you of God’s presence in your life. There are beautiful books available for adults and children or mobile apps.

Stay Active in Nature

Being active outside can be doubly beneficial—it will improve your mood and strengthen your faith. Seeing the beauty of God’s creation around you will help you feel good, and remind you that God’s love surrounds you wherever you go. You’ll be ready to take on whatever comes your way at work or at home.


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