December 14

Evan Figueroa

Understanding that our worth is not defined by what we accomplish, sophomore political science major Evan Figueroa remembers the moment he entrusted his future to God.

“At that moment, I had never felt so much peace and serenity. The presence of my family and my God put my worries at ease and reminded me of the worth I have, regardless of GPA or acceptance letters. No matter what, I would always have someone who sought out my best interest. In that moment, I truly felt God.”

The days of Advent remind us to slow down and focus on the miracle of divine love. Do we understand that this love begins by acknowledging our intrinsic worth?



  1. I have intrinsic worth. Evan Figuera shows that this is quite possible. Thank You Evan for modeling this and stating the simple yet maybe not easy for some of us that “All we have to do is seek.” May we all focus on “the miracle of Divine Love.” I shall appreciate and ponder that this Divine Love begins with acknowledging our Intrinsic Worth.

  2. What a spiritually wise man you are Evan! Your deep faith and trust in God’s love for you at such a young age is admirable and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your sacred story so that people like me can be encouraged to see ourselves as God sees us….with pure, unadulterated love for who He created us to be. May your experience at the Grotto continue to inform your life for many years to come. A blessed Advent and joyful Christmas to you!

  3. Kid you found through your faith, trust and surrender to God the greatest gifts in the world. What I pray for everyone to have- his PEACE AND JOY

  4. As one St. Ed’s man to another, thank you for sharing your story! Your experience – anxious about the future, formerly finding your worth in achievement – is common. I am glad you found peace at the Grotto and can continue to grow in your faith in the years to come.

  5. What a beautiful story. I shared this with my son, a senior in high school, who feels like you did. I pray for him to know that he is so much more than his GPA. Your story gives me hope.

  6. Thank you, Evan, for your wise words. The timeliness of your insightful words are just what I needed to hear and my teenage sons as well.

  7. I am so proud of the young man you have become. I thank God daily for you. Continue to seek, and you will find peace in Him.

  8. Evan,
    Thank you for sharing your story and wisdom! We are all worthy of His divine love. It was fun hosting you when the ND glee club was in Milwaukee. Merry Christmas!

  9. Thank you Evan. So true. Patrick ND ‘72. Resident of St Ed’s 1968-1971. Then off campus senior year. 🍀

  10. Evan, such a wonderful story. When I come across young folks such as yourself, my faith in and hope for a better world are bolstered. Your closing line was so simple, yet so fundamentally powerful – “All we have to do is seek”. Amen. Blessings to you and yours.

  11. Fabulous thoughts, Evan. Have a blessed holiday. From a fellow Glee Clubber and poli sci resident of Saint Edwards in 1957.

  12. Evan, it is an honor to say that I know you. You are an amazing young man of God. Your insight and relationship with God is deep. I pray God’s blessings on your life.

  13. I know the peace of which you speak at Notre Dame. I was able to visit campus before deciding to attend, and it was the tremendous sense of peace and feeling that God was watching over me in that place that helped me overcome my own anxieties of being far away from home and of measuring up academically. Though it was not always easy, being at ND was one of the best decisions of my life. Continued growth and blessings to you.

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