Recent Blog Posts

The most recent blog posts from OYM Bloggers.


Rachel Allen's picture

I’m sure no one else has this problem, but frequently in church my mind begins to wander. When this happens, the best way for me to get back on track is to choose something to focus on – opening the missal to follow along with the Mass parts, closing my eyes and envisioning the Gospel, or usually, just staring at the crucifix above the altar. I can’t help but fix my gaze on Jesus’ outstretched arms. Every time I meditate on the image of him hanging there, I always find more love.

But on Good Friday, it was the empty tabernacle that caught my eye. Read more »


Paul Masek's picture

     As the crow flies, I live two miles from what some are calling “ground zero” – the entrance to Harmann Estates subdivision that was devastated by Friday night’s tornado here in North St. Louis County.  My family’s home was untouched, but we – along with many of our friends & acquaintances – have been changed forever by this tragedy.

     There are two sounds that I will never forget – the unceasing sound of sirens on Friday night as emergency vehicles rushed to the scene, and the constant buzz of chainsaws that I heard on Saturday morning and once again this Easter Monday morning as I helped to clear some fallen trees. Read more »

Gossipy Prayer Requests

Let us continue our exploration of the Gospel of Mark

Fr. Thomas Pastorius's picture

Let us continue our exploration of the Gospel of Mark

At once the Spirit drove him out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him. (Mark 1:12-13). Read more »

Opening Day

Fr. Brian Fallon's picture

And then, it was as if cruel winter was merely a dream. The gates open, the tarp is rolled back, and the seats begin to fill with souls searching, longing for that dream they once knew. Read more »

How I Met Your Mother

Pebble Problems

Kathleen McGovern's picture

Going to the gym can be the most annoying encounter I have on any given day. Thankfully, I have my awesome fitness trainer, Sid Andruska who comes up with fun and exciting ways to work out! She’s a motivator, fitness guru, and friend! If only everyone could have their very own Sid! Read more »

Do You Even Go To This School?

Rachel Allen's picture


(No, I just have a lot of feelings…)

Confession time: I really, really, really love the show Friends. I watch all ten seasons regularly, I dominate Friends trivia, and Gretchen and I even sneak Friends references into our talks on REAP retreats. I’m not condoning every message of the show; I know there are many situations that don’t respect the virtue of chastity, in particular. But regardless of some of the lies about sex and sexuality, many scenes in the show scream out truth. Read more »

Dangerous Knoweldge

Greg Robeson's picture


Have you ever heard the expression, “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing”?

Recently I was on a show called “Life on the Rock” and I had the opportunity to talk about a topic that is exciting to me. You can check out the episode here if you like- During the live interview, I got to share some thoughts on youth ministry. Since the show, I have been getting emails from people all over the country asking questions or commenting on something related to the topics we discussed on the show. A topic that often comes up is the relationship between apologetics, or defending the faith, and youth ministry. Exactly how do I teach the faith as a youth minister? This is the topic of my blog. Read more »

Mixed Up Mixers

Paul Masek's picture





Check out this message I received after The REAP Team gave a retreat to a group of high school sophomores here in St. Louis.  I am sharing it with the permission of the young woman who wrote it.



Dear Paul, Read more »