Jean-Marie Bralley is a Humanities and Catholic Culture major and French minor at Franciscan University of Steubenville. She has worked as a writer for the school newspaper, The Troubadour and is currently serving as its copy editor. She has also contributed commentaries on music and on classical ballet to the student publication, The Gadfly.
Dance, particularly ballet, has been a special passion for her since childhood. She has been blessed to be a participant in American Ballet Theatre’s premiere summer program in New York City for two consecutive summers, and she has danced at the professional level both as a trainee with Richmond Ballet and in other venues in her home state of Virginia. She is now grateful to be sharing the joy and art of ballet with others by being a classical ballet instructor through Franciscan. She also served as co-captain of Franciscan’s dance team, The Baronettes for the 2014-2015 school year. In her spare time, she loves to dance, read, write, and have adventures with family and friends.
Growing up Catholic, the message of using one’s God-given talents for a purpose greater than oneself was a lesson instilled in me by parents as well as one I heard preached in church. Jesus exhorts us in the Gospel parable of the talents to utilize the gifts we have been given lest they wither away. In a day and age when defending pro-Iife and pro-family values is of such crucial importance, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve others and to participate in St. John Paul the Great’s “New Evangelization” through writing for the IYc. I pray that God will use what I write to plant seeds of hope in the hearts of the readers and to cause them to think in a new way about some of the momentous issues of our time.
Pope Francis. It seems everyone has an opinion about him. Both sides of the political spectrum claim him. He has shown concern for the environment and exhorted countries to welcome the poor and the immigrants; therefore, he must be liberal. He teaches about the inviolable dignity of life from conception to natural death and the […]
It sounds like something one would read in a history book. Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing their home countries as refugees from war and persecution seeking safety and freedom in Europe. But this is not from the annals of the past. Tragically, this is a modern day crisis, and even more tragically, thousands of […]
The horrifying Planned Parenthood scandal regarding the possible sale of aborted baby parts continues with the release last week of another deeply disturbing video from the Center for Medical Progress. It is, undoubtedly, distressing to learn about such an abhorrent affront to human life and human dignity as the killing of a baby, who survived […]
Planned Parenthood, the United States’ largest abortion provider, has recently found itself in the center of controversy as a series of four under-cover videos released by The Center for Medical Progress have shown Planned Parenthood employees very nonchalantly and sometimes graphically discussing the donating and selling of aborted baby parts. A couple of the videos actually […]
A desire for control is evident in everyone’s lives, in matters big and small. It is only natural to want to control situations, outcomes, even other people, because having something out of our control can be scary. It involves surrender, trust, and humility to allow someone else or to allow God to handle a situation […]
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court’s recent 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage. It reads, in part: “The unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female. … Mandating […]
Here in America, we recently celebrated Memorial Day. It is a day intended for reflection and for gratitude to and for those men and women who courageously sacrificed their lives for our freedoms during their service in the armed forces. This holiday has also come to mark the unofficial start of the summer season with […]