Lucas“I am so grateful that several hundred teens from the Archdiocese of Omaha were able to hear Sarah Swafford’s fine presentation on Emotional Virtue, rooted in our Catholic faith.  I only wish that I had been able to receive such a gift when I was their age.”

– Archbishop George J. Lucas, Archdiocese of Omaha

“Before our actions there are thoughts; before that, emotions; before that, desires of the heart. This is where Sarah Swafford speaks to virtue. Sarah’s dynamic talk makes JPII’s Theology of the Body practical and achievable: Emotional Virtue is a starting point for youth to live God’s plan as they discern God’s will. Sarah’s message has transformed our campus.”

– Fr. Brendan Rolling, Chaplain of Benedictine College

“You truly touched my life, Sarah, and I am so blessed to have heard your talk. You are truly an inspiration to me and I thank you deeply for helping me realize that I am worth so much more than I previously thought I was.”

– Teen, Canada

“Whoa! I just listened to a talk by Sarah Swafford on Emotional Virtue, and my mind is blown! Ladies, ‘Become the women of your dreams!’”

– Steve Duran, Lighthouse Catholic Media

“Thank you for the most HONEST and REAL talk I have ever heard! Our teens need this, our youth leaders need this! Thank you!”

– Youth Minister, OH

“Sarah, I just wanted to let you know how much of an impact your speech has had on my life. Prior to your talk, I was in a very dark place emotionally, recently learning my boyfriend had cheated on me and medical issues arising. I was turning to alcohol, self-harm, and allowing guys to use me in an attempt to fill those voids. From your talk, I realized how important and valuable that I am. Though it has not been easy, I have not drank or allowed anyone to physically use me since hearing your talk. I have turned my sorrows and pain to the arms of our Lord, and I cannot even begin to explain how much better I feel. Although the pain and emotional hurt from being physically used in my last relationship hurts, I am slowly realizing my worth and value in myself. I am learning to put God first and everything else will follow and fall into place, something I would have never learned without hearing you speak. The information you gave was truly life-changing. I can never begin to thank you enough for helping me learn about myself and my worth.”

– Teen, OH

“I have been trying to tell my teenage daughters everything you said in your talk over the past few years. Thank you for saying it for me, and with such truth and beauty.”

– Dad, CA

“Thank you for your amazing talks and ministry! My friends and I go on almost every week and do the Virtue Challenge from the Simply Irresistible Lists! We even have our guy friends doing the Challenge! Thank you for all you are doing!”

– Teen, Australia

“As an adult chaperone, I’ve attended several conferences these past 16 years, and I just want to share with you that your talk was the best talk I have ever heard! I mean that sincerely. I’ve talked to many of our teens and God is using you!  You are the ‘real deal’ and teens need and starve for truth and authenticity. You have a true gift! Not only are you touching the hearts of our high school teens, but the hearts of adults also. Thank you for saying “YES” to God and for letting Him use you!”

– Adult Chaperone, IA

“It wasn’t until I discovered you and the Everts that I finally realized what real love and true masculinity was. It’s more than just feelings and infatuation with each other, it’s a willingness to do what is best for the beloved, even if it means laying your own life down for them. I’ve started to realize how sick I am of perceiving relationships as the end-all-be-all to happiness and the emotional baggage that comes with it. I’ve been praying almost every day for my future wife, for the strength and purity that she deserves in a husband, and most of all, to grow in virtue, emotions included.  Even the way I perceive life is changing for the best since I started doing this! Thank you!”

– College Student, ND

“You were so inspiring! I’d never heard of anything like your “Emotocoaster” and I couldn’t believe how accurate it was! I’ve recently been blessed with opportunities that have helped me start to discover who God has created me to be, which has been a real struggle for me in the past, and I am feeling so much lighter lately. When you explained the “Emotocoaster”, I realized why! I’m starting to realize that, and your talk reaffirmed and extended upon the things that God has led me to learn. Thank you, Sarah! I’m ready to Dance with God!”

– Teen, NE

“Your talk really touched my heart, and I wanted to tell you what happened to me this weekend. I went to confession on Friday night and spoke at length to the priest about my desire for everything to be perfect because of my imperfect body and struggle with my weight. The wise priest told me to listen this weekend and pray I would find some answers to my anxiety and fears. I know you were talking to the teens, but you could have been talking only to me because you spoke directly to me. I cried through most of your talk because I feel so free and happy. I just wanted you to know that I thank God that I was at the conference and I thank Him for you and your ministry. I hope those young women and men were listening so they don’t have to be my age to finally ‘get it.’”

– Youth Minister, NE