December 3

Frankie Machado

Stanford Hall sophomore Frankie Machado explores what it means to grapple with one’s personal relationship with God through the life of a saint.

“But in Sister Ann’s class, we began reading The Confessions by Saint Augustine. Unenthusiastic to start, I couldn’t help but keep reading. Augustine’s quest to know God became enthralling. And with each class, Sister Ann carefully dissected the depth of Augustine’s words with great care. Her joy for the text gave me joy. Amid everything I was going through, my heart was filled with a peace from God that I had never experienced before.”

As we pray through the Advent season, who are those saints and mentors that have guided our feet during difficult times and encouraged us to journey on?



  1. Thank you for sharing your story, Frankie! That experience of peace will stay with you for the rest of your life and will be a guiding point when seas are rough. Always go back to it. As a homeschool mom, I am inspired by how Sister Ann’s joy for the text inspired you. I will try to do the same for the students in my life. Your perseverance and openness inspire me as well. May God continue to bless you. I am thankful students like you are enriching my alma mater!

  2. in the evening before i go to bed i reservedl this time for sacred stories. they are profound. beautiful people opening their hearts to share with us.
    thank you

  3. Hi Frankie. Thank you for sharing your sacred story. It reminds me how good our God is. He continually places people and life experiences within our lives during difficult times in order to sustain us and help us grow in relationship with Him. It is up to us how we respond to His constant invitations of love. Thank you for modeling and sharing your willingness to accept His invitation in the midst of a very difficult time in your life. May God bless you and your family with a peaceful and joyous Christmas.

  4. Thank you Frankie. I will pray for your dad, mom, sister and definitely you during this Advent season. God bless

  5. Hang in there Frankie. There may be a new drug on the horizon that could help your father with his Alzheimer’s. We can only hope. My sister-in-law has this disease and it is painful to watch. I will pray for your father’s intentions & for your family. May God be with you.

  6. Frankie, thank you for having the courage to share your inspiring story. Don’t you love how God enters our life when we most need him. Blessings to you and your family.

  7. Deeply moving and poignant story, Frankie. God bless you and your family – He does indeed use so many wonderful tools to allow us to experience His presence in our lives. Augustin, along with Aquinas, were the twin pillars for me in my formative first couple of years at ND. Great to see some things remain unchanged…

  8. Blessings & prayers. Influential spiritual mentors will be with you your whole life. Coming in & out. Patrick ND’72

  9. Thank you for sharing Frankie-May God continue to bring you His peace this Advent and always as you navigate life’s ups and downs. St. Augustine pray for us🙏🏼!

  10. Please know that you are in my prayers, Frankie. I am sorry that you and your family have seen such tragic events but at the same time know that our dear Lord will guide you with your Faith.

  11. All of this reminds me of how are heart, words and behavior affect others both known and often unknown to us. Thank You.

  12. I will keep you and your father in my prayers. My Mom had Alzheimer’s and although it was a very difficult experience for my Mom & family to go through I felt it was Gods way of allowing my brothers and sisters to now care for her as she had done for each of us when we were at our vulnerable stages of life. Stay close to the saints as they will continue to strengthen and intercede for your enttfamily at this time.

  13. Thank you young man…. This was so meaningful as currently my mother is on my heart with same issues as your dad. I need to hear your words.❤️

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