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I formally joined the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Mass in 2014, but my belief had been Catholic for months before that. Since that time, I have remained certain that becoming Catholic was the single best decision I’ve ever made or will ever make. Closeness to Christ through the sacraments, especially the Eucharist (communion) is something I could never again live without. Unity of belief with the successor of St. Peter, the Pope and...

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It’s 98 degrees outside. Humidity is at 80 percent. You dressed for this weather “” sporting shorts, a t-shirt and a ball cap to keep the sun off your face, yet the walk from Mabee to history class leaves you spent and sticky. Awkwardly aware of your sweaty state, you sit down in class under the refreshing blow of the air conditioning vent. As the lecture progresses, the sweat dries off your forehead and is...