Hello Adore Family!!! Let me introduce myself. My name is Allyson Naftanel sometimes known as Crafty Nafty. I am a current student at Texas A&M University and am studying Community Development! My home is the great state of Colorado but this place and these people have definitely made me feel at home. I have been serving my mission this summer at Most Holy Trinity Parish in Angleton Texas, one of Adore's newest missions! I have milked cows, eaten snowcones, eaten too much pizza, painted a mural, praised Jesus, laughed too hard, made new friends, and learned to live in humidity. {Joy is strength. Joy is prayer. Joy is love. Joy is the net of love by which we can catch souls.-Mother Theresa } I can't wait to share my strength, my prayers, and my love with you this week! #lifeofjoy

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adminHello Adore Family!!! Let me introduce myself. My name is Allyson Naftanel sometimes known as Crafty Nafty. I am a current student at Texas A&M University and am studying Community Development! My home is the great state of Colorado but this place and these people have definitely made me feel at home. I have been serving my mission this summer at Most Holy Trinity Parish in Angleton Texas, one of Adore's newest missions! I have milked cows, eaten snowcones, eaten too much pizza, painted a mural, praised Jesus, laughed too hard, made new friends, and learned to live in humidity. {Joy is strength. Joy is prayer. Joy is love. Joy is the net of love by which we can catch souls.-Mother Theresa } I can't wait to share my strength, my prayers, and my love with you this week! #lifeofjoy

It is a great joy to partner with and mission alongside various organizations and dioceses. Last week our missionaries got to spend a week with @fortworthdiocese and what a gift it was!#Repost @jspoolstra・・・Thank you to @adoreministries for another incredible year of #youngdisciples!

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adminIt is a great joy to partner with and mission alongside various organizations and dioceses. Last week our missionaries got to spend a week with @fortworthdiocese and what a gift it was!#Repost @jspoolstra・・・Thank you to @adoreministries for another incredible year of #youngdisciples!

When I was first interested in getting involved with Adore, I was asked two questions: what do you want to do in the future and how can we help you get there? I thought about it for a while and my answer was pretty simple: I don't know what I want to do but I know who I've wanted to be for a while. I want to be the person who can sit with friends and drink a beer and laugh about stupid things without avoiding the hard topics within the same conversation. I want to really be able to see people and love them and not question whether I have time for it. I want to prioritize a Holy Hour but not disregard obnoxiously singing and dancing along to music in the car with friends. I wasn't completely sure how Adore could help me get there, but then I met these people and it all made sense. Thanks for following along with my #lifeofjoy, y'all!

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adminWhen I was first interested in getting involved with Adore, I was asked two questions: what do you want to do in the future and how can we help you get there? I thought about it for a while and my answer was pretty simple: I don't know what I want to do but I know who I've wanted to be for a while. I want to be the person who can sit with friends and drink a beer and laugh about stupid things without avoiding the hard topics within the same conversation. I want to really be able to see people and love them and not question whether I have time for it. I want to prioritize a Holy Hour but not disregard obnoxiously singing and dancing along to music in the car with friends. I wasn't completely sure how Adore could help me get there, but then I met these people and it all made sense. Thanks for following along with my #lifeofjoy, y'all!

Retreats are good and talks are necessary but these moments of playing cards and goofing around with teens are the freakin' best. When I was younger, I didn't know you could have a sense of humor and love Jesus. I had only seen the devout yet grumpy old ladies sitting front row at Mass and vowed to never let myself be one of them. And then I met some of the funniest people I know and they loved Jesus deeply and it convinced a Napoleon Dynamite, belly laugh-loving teen like me to step away from my fears of becoming one of those grumpy old ladies and actually give the Christian life a shot. So here's a glimpse of a few Adore missionaries dispelling the "grumpy old lady" myth for a few more peeps. #lifeofjoy

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adminRetreats are good and talks are necessary but these moments of playing cards and goofing around with teens are the freakin' best. When I was younger, I didn't know you could have a sense of humor and love Jesus. I had only seen the devout yet grumpy old ladies sitting front row at Mass and vowed to never let myself be one of them. And then I met some of the funniest people I know and they loved Jesus deeply and it convinced a Napoleon Dynamite, belly laugh-loving teen like me to step away from my fears of becoming one of those grumpy old ladies and actually give the Christian life a shot. So here's a glimpse of a few Adore missionaries dispelling the "grumpy old lady" myth for a few more peeps. #lifeofjoy

"There is little doubt, then, that the disciple will spend the greater part of his time and effort, not 'doing God's work', but simply in yielding to the work God wants to do in him…Whatever Jesus may then want to draw out of our companionship with Him for the life of the world, that will be His own work and decision as well. We have only to listen to the call, to respond by going to where Jesus is, and to take up our habitual abode by His side." I often have to fight against the thought that the number of teens I have reached, the number of retreats I have helped with, the number of talks I have given correlates with my degree of holiness. I went through high school helping with all of the retreats, pouting when I didn't get the chance to give a testimony because I really wanted to stand in front of the room and be like the other holy people giving talks.And, to be honest, I'm just grateful that Jesus has been patient with a punk like me. Because He has loved me in the midst of all of my misconceptions of what holiness is, and, as we start this retreat here in Ft. Worth, I know that the time I spend in His presence in this high school chapel is the only thing that is able to cut through the fluff, the desire to appear a certain way, the fears, the lies. I spent too long counting my tshirts from camps and retreats that I helped at and using the number or height of the stack as a gauge for how holy I was. I'd rather spend my time before Jesus, who doesn't care about the stack. He just wants me to be as close to Him as possible. Pray for us and the teens this week, y'all. We are praying for you. #lifeofjoy

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admin"There is little doubt, then, that the disciple will spend the greater part of his time and effort, not 'doing God's work', but simply in yielding to the work God wants to do in him…Whatever Jesus may then want to draw out of our companionship with Him for the life of the world, that will be His own work and decision as well. We have only to listen to the call, to respond by going to where Jesus is, and to take up our habitual abode by His side." I often have to fight against the thought that the number of teens I have reached, the number of retreats I have helped with, the number of talks I have given correlates with my degree of holiness. I went through high school helping with all of the retreats, pouting when I didn't get the chance to give a testimony because I really wanted to stand in front of the room and be like the other holy people giving talks.And, to be honest, I'm just grateful that Jesus has been patient with a punk like me. Because He has loved me in the midst of all of my misconceptions of what holiness is, and, as we start this retreat here in Ft. Worth, I know that the time I spend in His presence in this high school chapel is the only thing that is able to cut through the fluff, the desire to appear a certain way, the fears, the lies. I spent too long counting my tshirts from camps and retreats that I helped at and using the number or height of the stack as a gauge for how holy I was. I'd rather spend my time before Jesus, who doesn't care about the stack. He just wants me to be as close to Him as possible. Pray for us and the teens this week, y'all. We are praying for you. #lifeofjoy

It's funny how living in community becomes less daunting when you realize that impressing people isn't a pre-requisite for their love.Today, 5 of the interns and a few missionaries drove to Ft. Worth to help with a retreat this week. We went out for burgers for dinner and not a single moment was spent talking about resumes or qualifications or ministry experience. We talked about AOL instant messenger screen names, tattoos and piercings, nicknames growing up.Very grateful to serve with a community that loves each other over good burgers and that refuses to settle for a desire to impress each other. #lifeofjoy

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adminIt's funny how living in community becomes less daunting when you realize that impressing people isn't a pre-requisite for their love.Today, 5 of the interns and a few missionaries drove to Ft. Worth to help with a retreat this week. We went out for burgers for dinner and not a single moment was spent talking about resumes or qualifications or ministry experience. We talked about AOL instant messenger screen names, tattoos and piercings, nicknames growing up.Very grateful to serve with a community that loves each other over good burgers and that refuses to settle for a desire to impress each other. #lifeofjoy

"Authenticity coincides with sanctity." When I was 15-years-old, I went to a Steubenville Conference. I had never seen anything like it: the lights, the band, the speakers, the thousands of teens with their arms raised in worship. I left that weekend with a real understanding that following Jesus wasn't just for old people, and I was pumped to make up for lost time. But I was also convinced that going to a Steubenville Conference was a magic switch that guaranteed holiness, so I talked a big game and had lots of good intentions, but when I was face to face with my sin or my weakness, I panicked. The switch was flicked, right? So why was I still struggling? I learned that it was pretty easy to convince people that I was holy, even if, especially if, they were catching on that I didn't have it all figured out. Then this lady entered the picture. I was a senior in high school and she was hired as the campus minister. I remember hearing her say that phrase above, authenticity coincides with sanctity, so often throughout the year. I wasn't distressed whenever she said it because there's something about Sara that invites you to bridge the gaps between who you are and who you are meant to be and be real every step of the way. We've been friends for the past 4 years. Today is her birthday. I love you, Sara. #lifeofjoy

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admin"Authenticity coincides with sanctity." When I was 15-years-old, I went to a Steubenville Conference. I had never seen anything like it: the lights, the band, the speakers, the thousands of teens with their arms raised in worship. I left that weekend with a real understanding that following Jesus wasn't just for old people, and I was pumped to make up for lost time. But I was also convinced that going to a Steubenville Conference was a magic switch that guaranteed holiness, so I talked a big game and had lots of good intentions, but when I was face to face with my sin or my weakness, I panicked. The switch was flicked, right? So why was I still struggling? I learned that it was pretty easy to convince people that I was holy, even if, especially if, they were catching on that I didn't have it all figured out. Then this lady entered the picture. I was a senior in high school and she was hired as the campus minister. I remember hearing her say that phrase above, authenticity coincides with sanctity, so often throughout the year. I wasn't distressed whenever she said it because there's something about Sara that invites you to bridge the gaps between who you are and who you are meant to be and be real every step of the way. We've been friends for the past 4 years. Today is her birthday. I love you, Sara. #lifeofjoy

Hey y'all! My name is Kirsten Grandon, I'm from Denver, Colorado, and I'm a senior Theology and Catechetics major at Franciscan University of Steubenville. I got back a little over a month ago from a year in Gaming, Austria, but I'm happy to trade a diet full of schnitzel for a diet full of tacos that are around every corner here in Houston. I'm the youngest of 6 kids, with an identical twin one minute older than me. She always said it was the best minute of her life. I started a few weeks ago at Resurrection in Fifth Ward/Denver Harbor and I've picked up on some great spanish: ¿porque me haces eso? (I asked how you would say, "Why you gotta do me like that?") I got involved with Adore because I wanted to be a part of a group of people who are just really fighting: fighting to love Jesus, fighting to let Him love them, fighting to put family over ministry, fighting to make people a priority, and not only the teens in a youth group, but the homeless man near the stop light on the way home, the waitress taking your order.But aside from that, I also got involved because I really wanted a good reason to post a selfie… Excited to share my #lifeofjoy with you guys.

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adminHey y'all! My name is Kirsten Grandon, I'm from Denver, Colorado, and I'm a senior Theology and Catechetics major at Franciscan University of Steubenville. I got back a little over a month ago from a year in Gaming, Austria, but I'm happy to trade a diet full of schnitzel for a diet full of tacos that are around every corner here in Houston. I'm the youngest of 6 kids, with an identical twin one minute older than me. She always said it was the best minute of her life. I started a few weeks ago at Resurrection in Fifth Ward/Denver Harbor and I've picked up on some great spanish: ¿porque me haces eso? (I asked how you would say, "Why you gotta do me like that?") I got involved with Adore because I wanted to be a part of a group of people who are just really fighting: fighting to love Jesus, fighting to let Him love them, fighting to put family over ministry, fighting to make people a priority, and not only the teens in a youth group, but the homeless man near the stop light on the way home, the waitress taking your order.But aside from that, I also got involved because I really wanted a good reason to post a selfie… Excited to share my #lifeofjoy with you guys.