Hannah, a member of the AMU women’s soccer team and senior, practices soccer every day in addition to her classes. She shared that in the insanity of her schedule, it is especially important to prioritize the faith.
“Remain patient with yourself.” It’s easy to dive into all the events and things going on, but Hannah encourages students to “find something where the Lord really speaks to you and calls you to go deeper. Focus on that.” God wants everyone to find where He is present in their life.
When trying to grow in her faith life, Hannah turns to the Blessed Virgin Mary. “I got here [to Ave] and I thought, ‘it’s funny that I go to a school called Ave Maria but I know nothing about Mary other than that she is Christ’s mother.’ When I started looking to her and doing her devotionals, I started to see different things like my femininity, my role, and the true beauty behind our faith. She has been really powerful in my entire conversion and getting to where I am now.”
In the difficulties of balancing everything, it is important to focus on doing one’s best with what God has given for that day. Hannah’s patron saint is St. Francis of Assisi. She referenced a quote by him saying, “‘I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, He can work through anyone.’ I really like that quote because I may have it all together on the outside, but we are all always working hard to get there on the inside. It’s a constant struggle and sainthood is a pursuit.”