An Every Day Surrender

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CASSIE GEORGE: FINANCE MAJOR AT THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA

In my first week at CUA I went to Wednesday night Adoration hoping to make friends, but also struggling because I am a major introvert, and right before it started this girl, Cassie George, ran up to me because of my Life Teen shirt. She grabbed my hands and excitedly said, ‘Hi friend!’ before even introducing herself and from that moment on I knew I had the most beautiful and grace-filled friend one could possibly hope for. Cassie Sue has brought me so much joy this year and, honesty, I can’t remember a time without her.

Something I’ve learned from spending time with her is her love of community. She sees so much beauty in those she is with and thrives when surrounded by those who share her faith and desire to share it with others. Last summer she was a missionary for Life Teen and it was there that she had her first experience of what a true Catholic Community was like, “Our women’s community was so life giving and authentic. I think seeing each other as broken but worthy, and struggling but in constant pursuit of holiness really helped us to sacrificially love each other. My favorite aspect of our community was this culture of intentionality. We were constantly asking how we could pray for one another, or how we could serve one another.”

“I think seeing each other as broken but worthy, and struggling but in constant pursuit of holiness really helped us to sacrificially love each other.”

Cassie has introduced me to this intentionality and it has made such an impact on me and all of my relationships. It’s this idea that we should be intentionally loving those we are with, and truly being present with them, instead of being pulled in a million different directions. This is so important, especially for me, to remember in a society that is constantly moving. Intentional physical touch, intentional listening, intentional prayer – they are all so important in creating a friendship and a community filled with trust and authentic love, “In community, intentionality radically enhances everything. It’s looking at the person in front of you, saying ‘you are worthy of love,’ and showing it in some act or sacrifice.” Next year Cassie will be living in community as a part of CUA’s Campus Ministry and I am so excited to see the way she loves and flourishes surrounded by so many amazing and holy people.

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Part of her ministry next year will be working with freshmen women and ministering to them in probably the hardest year of college. She lives her feminine genius so purely and I am so excited to see her minister to the hearts of these young women, “There is something so precious to me about the feminine heart. I think it’s that it is so loved in a really particular way by our Father. In the past few months, I’ve really been diving into my identity as daughter. As a human, I am so little and helpless and broken, but as a daughter of the King, my Father is always there to listen, hold me close, and love me totally. And that’s who I am. I’m so set free by His mercy and his desire for my heart. It’s a gift to have this tender heart of mine, because by it, I can so clearly see His love for me and His desire to be merciful to me. I think that goes for all women, too. Simply by our femininity, we know Him and love him in such a beautiful and powerful way.”

“It’s a gift to have this tender heart of mine, because by it, I can so clearly see His love for me and His desire to be merciful to me.”

You can see her living as a daughter to Him in the way you see a young child fully trusting that no matter what their Father will take protect them and care for them in everything. When she is stressed, she comes out and says a rosary with us. When she isn’t sure why God didn’t allow one dream to come true she trusts that His plan is so much better. She just sees His love and His plan as the most beautiful and true gift and is completely free in his love. “For a really long time, I felt that a yes to the Lords needs to be some constant huge surrender of every aspect of my future. Recently, though, I’ve been reflecting on Mary’s yes. At first, it was one main fiat, but from that moment, every single blink, breath, and heartbeat was a surrender. So I’ve been trying to live like my everyday is a yes. That has been so good for me, to give him my little moments, as well as my big ones.”

When it comes to her clothing Cassie’s style changes every day. One day it will be running shorts and chacos and the next we will look gorgeous in a maxi skirt and a cute top. She has found a perfect balance between lazy days and dress up days and I look forward to each outfit I see from her. Somehow, even on her lazy days, she is still fashionable. “I’ve really struggled with modesty in the past because of my height, and because I frequented the one store in my town in high school, whose dresses in the junior section were always a little too short for me. I think it really just took courage to break away from what I thought the world thought was pretty, and start building my own style. I stopped shopping in that store, started trying new things, and I’ve found a lot of things that I’m so much more comfortable with and I love!”

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“It’s also such a gift from the Father for Him to be in your body, so the way you present yourself should be a gift back to Him.”

She is just so authentically herself and I love that aspect of her style. “I think the trick to modesty is to respect yourself. It was super important for me to realize that I was dressing to love myself, and not to get love from the world. It’s also such a gift from the Father for Him to be in your body, so the way you present yourself should be a gift back to Him. And I love that that gift is whatever your style is! It’s authentically yours, and it points directly back to Him.”

Cassie Sue, I love you so much. I love your heart that is always outward focused and the way you so fully use your gift of prayer to change lives. You are one of the most beautiful women I know and I love being your sister in Christ. I can’t wait to see how your heart changes the world.

Cassie George’s Favorite Places to Shop:
Francesca’s
TJ Maxx
Old Navy

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