I don’t think there is anyone who enjoys waking up in the morning. I mean, it’s better than the alternative (not waking up… because you’re dead), but no one is like, “Yay! I get to get out of bed now!” Every day, it’s the same struggle. Yet, we need to rise for our day to begin. Similarly, we need to rise to allow our Catholic faith to truly begin.

Many of us have been hitting snooze button on our faith for too long—laying in bed and refusing to rise up and take our relationship with God to the next level. The theme for our inaugural Shift Conference this weekend was Rise because the time to rise up is now. Whether you’re in middle school, high school, or you read this as an adult, you are not the future of the Church. You ARE the Church, and it’s time we started acting like it.