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Finding God's Grace

  • Lord, If You Had Been Here
    ***This past month I have been completing the editing of my book, A Storytellers Guide to a Grace-Filled Life, that I hope to publish this September.  As I work to complete the book, I have had several emails and calls from readers who miss my weekl…
    - 54 days ago2 Apr 17, 1:48pm -
  • Quit Your Complaining!
    “If you are not grateful for the things you have, what makes you think you will be grateful for the things you want.”  –Tony Agnesi Every March, Diane and I are blessed to spend the month in sunny Naples, Florida. We love the nearby Vanderbilt…
    - 68 days ago19 Mar 17, 6:57pm -
  • Who are the Lepers of Today?
    “The Lord gave me, Brother Francis, thus to begin doing penance in this way: for when I was in sin, it seemed too bitter for me to see lepers.  And the Lord Himself led me among them and I showed mercy to them.  And when I left them, what had see…
    - 96 days ago19 Feb 17, 3:14pm -
  • Homeless in Nashville
    “The people in the parks, the alcoholics, the homeless, they are looking at you.  Do not be those who look and do not see.”  -Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta I recently returned from a business trip to Nashville.  It was a great time spent w…
    - 12 Feb 17, 3:00pm -
  • An Irregular Guy
    Father, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so th…
    - 29 Jan 17, 2:44pm -
  • Well Known or Worth Knowing?
    “Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.” –Confucius “Seek To Be Worth Knowing Rather Than Be Well Known” – Anonymous We live in a time of instant stardom and notoriety.  People go from relative obscurity to fame ov…
    - 22 Jan 17, 3:02pm -
  • Scars- We All Have Them!
    “Other times, I look at my scars and see something else: a girl who was trying to cope with something horrible that she should never have had to live through at all. My scars show pain and suffering, but they also show my will to survive. They’re…
    - 15 Jan 17, 2:04pm -

Lisa Graas

  • Judicial Watch: Obama Travel Totals Nearly $100 Million
    WASHINGTON, May 17, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Judicial Watch announced that it obtained records from the Secret Service and the Air Force in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that show Obama family travel cost taxpayers a g…
    - 9 days ago17 May 17, 8:07pm -
  • Kentucky Printer Can Refuse LGBT Message
    LEXINGTON, Ky., May 17, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — The Kentucky Court of Appeals ruling on Friday affirmed a printer who objected to promoting a message for Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) which conflicted with his sin…
    - 9 days ago17 May 17, 7:56pm -
  • Pope Disagreed More with Obama
    NEW YORK, May 17, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Bill Donohue comments on Obama’s opposition to Pope Francis on key moral issues: The media spin on how widely Pope Francis disagrees with President Trump is not only exaggerated, it offers no context…
    - 9 days ago17 May 17, 7:46pm -
  • Parents Learn School Choice Options at Virginia Homeschool Convention
    RICHMOND, May 17, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — School choice remains a hot debate across the country and the conversation shows no signs of cooling down. Just recently, Congress considered a new tax program that includes a school choice tax credit.…
    - 9 days ago17 May 17, 2:10pm -
  • Soros Gets AP Whitewash
    NEW YORK, May 16, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Catholic League president Bill Donohue responds to an AP story, “Demonization of Soros Recalls Old anti-Semitic Conspiracies,” written by Vanessa Gera: The AP news story is a wholly indefensible wh…
    - 9 days ago17 May 17, 1:49pm -
  • Bathroom Policy Back in Court
    RICHMOND, Va., May 16, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Yesterday, Liberty Counsel filed an amicus brief at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a Virginia school board on the so-called bathroom transgender decision in G.G. v. Gloucester C…
    - 10 days ago16 May 17, 9:45pm -
  • Holocaust Survivor Arrested at Kentucky’s Last Remaining Abortion Mill
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 16, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — With mounting troubles recently, the last thing Kentucky’s only remaining abortion provider needed was an unusual act of interposition this past Saturday morning. World War II survivor, Eva Edl…
    - 10 days ago16 May 17, 3:37pm -

Love Alone Creates

  • Christian Coloring Pages
    ***I would like to introduce to you Kris, who started and wanted to share his story about fatherhood and how/why he created this website for families with small children. He has been generous enough to make all of his pages free…
    - 2 days ago24 May 17, 12:00pm -
  • Out of the Darkness and Into the Light
    **Note**I wrote this during Lent and before our recent move out of town. I believe the principles still apply to our everyday lives, regardless of season or time. A recent Lenten homily spoke to my heart in a profound manner.  Our rural Catholic com…
    - 9 days ago17 May 17, 12:00pm -
  • Fatima: The Apparition that Changed the World
    I’ve had the honor of knowing Catholic author Jean Heimann for a couple of years. Her books are honest, thought-provoking, and deeply inspiring. She herself is a faithful woman, one who is gentle, deeply prayerful, and a trusted friend. As we appro…
    - 18 days ago8 May 17, 12:00pm -
  • God Loves Mommy and Me
    God Loves Mommy and Me is a heartwarming and charming book for babies and toddlers who love to snuggle up with mommy for some shared story time. Travel through the day and night as mommy and baby bunny experience ups and downs – boo boos and singin…
    - 28 days ago28 Apr 17, 12:00pm -
  • Be the Gateway
    Being a creative professional isn’t the romantic fantasy many envision it to be. In fact, it is extremely hard work if one truly longs for success. Dan Blank, author of Be the Gateway: A Practical Guide to Sharing Your Creative Work and Engaging an…
    - 30 days ago26 Apr 17, 12:00pm -
  • My Parenting #Honestmoment
    It’s not easy for me to pinpoint a specific parenting moment that somehow taught me everything I needed to know about what it means to be a mom. There are so many little things that add up each day in which I have to face myself – my fears, my pr…
    - 37 days ago19 Apr 17, 12:00pm -
  • She is Joan of Arc
    Every parent wants their children to grow up and make an indelible mark on the world in some significant way, yet most of us fail to understand what it means to do this by way of holiness rather than worldly success. Unfortunately, the world tells us…
    - 44 days ago12 Apr 17, 12:00pm -

David Torkington

  • The Harrowing of Hell
    I first began to understand certain mystical truths as I prayed at the place where Jesus was crucified on the first Good Friday. I have written about some of these insights when I spent a night in the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem,  but some  were to…
    - 29 days ago27 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • A Cautionary Tale for Lent
    Some years ago, I shared a flat with a man called Caruthers. If ‘morals make the man, and manners make the gentleman’, then Caruthers was the finest gentleman I had ever met, or so I thought for the first few weeks.The post A Cautionary Tale for…
    - 75 days ago12 Mar 17, 11:57pm -
  • Mystical marriage
    When Helen, said to be the most beautiful woman in Greek antiquity fled with her lover to Troy, she did not receive the reception that she expected.The post Mystical marriage appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 87 days ago28 Feb 17, 11:17pm -
  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 9 – The Whole World is a Friary
    When St Francis of Assisi had rebuilt a tumbledown little church given to him by the Benedictines he called it St Mary of the Angels. It was here, over 800 years ago that he heard God speaking to him through the Gospels whilst attending Mass.The pos…
    - 94 days ago21 Feb 17, 10:48pm -
  • Christian Mysticism and its Counterfeit
    The Vatican document on New Age Spirituality is subtitled, Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life – A Christian reflection on the New Age. Published in 2003, it insists that a clear understanding of our own tradition is the best antidote to…
    - 98 days ago17 Feb 17, 10:49pm -
  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 8 – The Gospel Way of Life
    Francis chose a very specific way of life in which to embrace ‘Lady Poverty’ and it was quite unique. It was quite simply the way of life as lived by Jesus and his followers before the Resurrection.The post St Francis of Assisi – Part 8 – Th…
    - 4 Feb 17, 11:18pm -
  • The Resolution to end all Resolutions
    A hermit I know used to say, “When you stop falling you will be in heaven, but when you stop getting up, you will be in hell.” The fact of the matter is, we all fall. The secret of spiritual growth is how long we take to get up again. The post T…
    - 3 Feb 17, 11:21pm -

Patti Maguire Armstrong

  • Some Notre Dame Graduates Flee Their Ceremony
    Nothing says higher learning these days like plugging your ears and running away. This past weekend around 150 graduating seniors from the University of Notre Dame ran—well, walked at a serious clip—from their own graduation ceremony as commencem…
    - 4 days ago22 May 17, 3:38pm -
  • The 21-year Wait for Mother's Day
    Carrie Olson originally told this story about her renewed marriage and then a 21-year wait for motherhood in Amazing Grace for Mothers. Here is an adaptation of it.When Carrie Olson played baby dolls as a little girl, she never doubted that…
    - 15 days ago11 May 17, 3:51am -
  • 10 Ways to Reduce Distractions During Prayer
    “A hungry man does not have to be reminded to eat.”  Those were the words of my pastor after I confessed that I often allow myself to be distracted.  “If you hunger for God more, you will be distracted less,” he said.We are humans not robot…
    - 21 days ago5 May 17, 4:28pm -
  • Weapons for Our Time: Divine Mercy and The Blessed Mother
    For such a time as this, we have all we need. God has actually increased our spiritual riches during the last century through the messages of Fatima and the Divine Mercy devotion.Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, the director of the Association of Marian Helpers,…
    - 37 days ago19 Apr 17, 4:20pm -
     1. Speak as little as possible about yourself.2. Keep busy with your own affairs.3. Do not interfere in the affairs of others.4. Accept small irritations with good humor.5. Do not dwell on the faults of others.6. Accept censures even if unmerited.7…
    - 37 days ago19 Apr 17, 11:44am -
  • Do You Let Jesus be God?
    “The Pharisees would not let Jesus be God,” the priest said during a homily this morning referring to the Gospel of John 8: 51-59“Jesus said: "Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad.”“You are not yet fifty years…
    - 50 days ago6 Apr 17, 6:19pm -
  • Stigmatist Priest, Father Dolindo Ruotolo
     "It is the duty of every Catholic to contribute to the salvation of souls," -Fr. Ruotolo.St. Francis and St. Padre Pio are two much loved saints that bore the wounds of Christ.  But how many know about Father Don Dolindo Ruotolo, a contemp…
    - 55 days ago1 Apr 17, 3:32pm -

Footprints on the Journey

  • Auto-pray
    I started watching a new show on Netflix last weekend. I was completely immersed in the story and interested in the characters so I went to the next episode. Then I watched one more, and another and another. I kept my eyes fixed on the television unt…
    - 58 days ago29 Mar 17, 9:14pm -
  • Check Your Messages…
    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to check my cellphone because I thought I heard it ding or felt it vibrate in my bag only to find that I haven’t received any new messages, emails or updates on social media. If the statistics I’ve se…
    - 71 days ago16 Mar 17, 8:20pm -
  • Elevator Music
    The offices for Catholic New York are on one of the top floors of the high rise in Manhattan—which means the elevator ride in the morning is pretty packed. Given the early hour, its generally safe to say that enough caffeine hasn’t been consumed…
    - 85 days ago2 Mar 17, 2:32pm -
  • Giving Up and Letting Go
    The one-bedroom apartment where my husband and I live hasn’t looked as good as it does right now since we first moved in. We have both been on a purging kick lately so there is a sizeable difference in the amount of clutter around.   I think our p…
    - 92 days ago23 Feb 17, 8:59pm -
  • Death of an Icon
     Mary Tyler Moore, famous actress and producer, died Jan. 25 in Greenwich, Connecticut at the age of 80. Best known for her roles on the “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Mary Tyler Moore Show” which aired in the 60s and 70s, respectively, she l…
    - 26 Jan 17, 4:44pm -
  • Down for the Count
    In elementary school, any time I was sick and had to stay at home, I’d watch one of the Rocky movies. You see, one of my older brothers used to work nights loading trucks and those movies were his favorite. I’m not sure when the tradition started…
    - 20 Jan 17, 3:27pm -
  • Songs and Stories of the Season
    The voice of Christmas crooner Andy Williams came through the radio this morning as my husband and I made our way to work. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” he sang from the classic song of the same name. A few years ago, I would have…
    - 2 Dec 16, 4:16pm -

A Living Monstrance

  • Your Payback
    I lived in the Back Bay of Boston for about 5 years. The Back Bay is one of the most exclusive places to live in Boston, maybe even the country, and so that makes it also a destination for homeless people to come to ask for money. At some point early…
    - 17 days ago9 May 17, 9:58pm -
  • Step Into Action
    There is a church in Boston that I used to go to for many years, after my own experience of God’s mercy had begun. In the beginning times, there was an invitation to look for Eucharistic Ministers, both to serve in the church and especially to go a…
    - 19 days ago7 May 17, 9:46pm -
  • Dad’s Hand Does All The Work
    A while ago I was in a local park, and as I was sitting and taking a rest, a man was walking by with an empty stroller. He had turned around and called out to his daughter, who looked to be somewhere around two years old. She was walking along slowly…
    - 32 days ago24 Apr 17, 5:15pm -
  • God Gives the Reward First
    I was in the village Chontal in Ecuador just before Christmastime last year, and one of the reasons for going this time was to bring bracelet gifts for the children there that had been made by some generous people back in Boston. Chontal is the place…
    - 35 days ago21 Apr 17, 10:20pm -
  • God At Work
    Ecuador just recently had its presidential elections, like we had in the States back in November. In Ecuador there are a bunch of political parties, not just two or three, and so there are a lot of campaigns in the run-up to a primary they had in Feb…
    - 46 days ago10 Apr 17, 1:21am -
  • Your Name Is Being Called
    A few months ago I was in a remote part of Ecuador, up in the mountains in an indigenous community that I am getting to know. I was there for four nights, and each night, I joined a group in the community in an song and worship time in the town chape…
    - 61 days ago26 Mar 17, 8:38pm -
  • The Love Effort
    A few weeks ago, I was visiting the town of Hingham in Massachusetts. There’s a shipyard in Hingham that was one of the centers of World War II ship construction. Now, that shipyard has been turned into a high end retail and commercial outlet. As I…
    - 73 days ago14 Mar 17, 4:44am -

These Stone Walls

  • Look at the Cosmos and See the Hand of God
    The distance between science and faith is not the abyss that some believe it to be. Windows of both science and faith open upon the same wondrous Universe. Note from Father Gordon MacRae: In a recent issue of Our Sunday Visitor, Michelle Martin has a…
    - 2 days ago24 May 17, 4:31am -
  • The Sacrifice of the Sacrifice of the Mass
    Of all the Sorrowful Mysteries a priest endures in prison, losing the ability to offer Mass tops the list. If you are Catholic, be careful what you take for granted. The most frequent question I am asked by the readers of These Stone Walls these da…
    - 9 days ago17 May 17, 4:44am -
  • How I Met Your Mother: Mary and the Fatima Century
    Mother’s Day 2017 in the United States is on the day after the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, Mother’s Day for the Universal Church. The only radio available for purchase where I happen to be living is a small ha…
    - 16 days ago10 May 17, 4:51am -
  • Dreamers of Home: The Slow ICE Deportation of Kewei Chen
    Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan wrote that criminal aliens are subject to speedy removal, but the reality is mired in bureaucracy and a troubling profit factor. The news media would have you believe that President Donald Trump is sending teams of a…
    - 23 days ago3 May 17, 5:15am -
  • Prisons for Profit and Other Perversions of Justice
    It’s easy to keep some cold, hard distance from the reality of prison in America until someone you know and care about lands on the dark side of these stone walls. Among the most basic unwritten rules for the 2.4 million people in prison in America…
    - 30 days ago26 Apr 17, 4:26am -

Daily Grace with Tony Agnesi

  • Guest Post: Addiction Conquered: My Seven-Year Odyssey
    Alcoholism is a terrible disease. It has no interest in who you are. It does not care about how much money you have, where you fit in society, or what you have accomplished in your life. It can take away everything you have, including your own sense…
    - 66 days ago21 Mar 17, 3:46pm -
  • Guest Post- Willing Hearts
    ***Guest Post by Marie Davis and Margaret Hultz*** March is Women’s History Month, and the perfect time to celebrate the contributions of women religious. Among their innumerable stories of kindness, are the poignant stories of Catholic Sisters’…
    - 86 days ago1 Mar 17, 11:49pm -
  • Shalom Tidings February-March Issue
    My thanks to Shalom Tidings magazine for including my article, I’m All In, in the February-March issue.  Shalom Tidings is an outstanding Charismatic Catholic publication featuring great Catholic writing by people like Alan Scott, Strahlen Grace,…
    - 94 days ago21 Feb 17, 1:21am -
  • One Life
    **I saw this post on the Internet.  I don’t know Ray and Mary Jo but I loved their story.  It speaks volumes!** This is the first day of “9 Days for Life” and my wife Mary Jo and I volunteered to participate. This is not about politics, legal…
    - 28 Oct 16, 1:00pm -
  • Seven Sorrows of Mary
    For the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, we reflect on each and offer an Our Father and 7 Hail Marys for each. The Prophecy of Simeon. (Luke 2:34–35) The Escape and Flight into Egypt. (Matthew 2:13) The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple of Jerusal…
    - 15 Sep 16, 2:59pm -
  • Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
    Earlier today, Blessed Mother Teresa became a saint at a mass of canonization overnight in Rome.  Today we get to celebrate Saint Teresa who has long been a personal hero of mine. Today, I like to share a review of the most recent book of her never…
    - 4 Sep 16, 1:30pm -
  • Sandy
    Last Friday, I attended the funeral of a long time business associate and friend.  Sandy was a wonderful woman.  She was manager, mentor and mother all rolled into one person, always available to her staff, friends and the community. For the past d…
    - 30 Aug 16, 1:00pm -

Harvesting Fruits of Contemplation

  • Getting Our Lives In The Right Order

    - 1 day ago25 May 17, 9:30am -
  • Worth Revisiting - Stirring Up Souls
    Thank you Allison Gingras  (Reconciled To You) and Elizabeth Riordan (Theology Is A Verb) for another opportunity to re-publish our favorite posts on Worth Revisiting. Stop for a visit now (and every Wednesday). The gifted writers who post t…
    - 2 days ago24 May 17, 10:09am -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - Don't Walk By His House
    "Pope Benedict XVI said that when we look upon Christ in the Eucharist 'we enter into the very dynamic of His self-giving.' For that reason, adoration of the Eucharist, exposed to our view in the monstrance, is particularly important for us, and a…
    - 3 days ago23 May 17, 9:30am -
  • Monday Musings - Go To Bed
    (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)I found the following gem some time ago. As I travel to be with my suffering sister, I needed to rediscover and share these words of encouragement. Obviously, Father Farrell's wisdom should be reflected not only in t…
    - 4 days ago22 May 17, 9:39am -
  • Pondering Tidbits of Truth - May 18, 2017
    (Photo©Michael Seagriff)Pondering Tidbits of Truth is my simple and inadequate way of providing nuggets of spiritual wisdom for you to chew on from time to time.Juan Donoso Cortes"Those who pray do more for the world than those who fight, and if t…
    - 8 days ago18 May 17, 9:44am -
  • Worth Revisiting - Is This The End?
    Thank you Allison Gingras  (Reconciled To You) and Elizabeth Riordan (Theology Is A Verb) for another opportunity to re-publish our favorite posts on Worth Revisiting. Stop for a visit now (and every Wednesday). The gifted writers who post t…
    - 9 days ago17 May 17, 2:11pm -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - More Than A Ciborium and More Than a Monstrance
    (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)[Would not our world today be much different] “if all of us Catholics had acted always on the conviction that we are His members; that consequently our actions are Christ’s actions?... (Image source: Wikimedia Com…
    - 10 days ago16 May 17, 9:30am -
  • Monday Musings - We Have Forgotten
    When we lose the sense of sin, when we fail to appreciate the eternal value of embracing suffering, when we no longer give any thought to making reparation for our sins and the sins of the world, evil triumphs and souls are lost:“We moderns shrink…
    - 11 days ago15 May 17, 9:30am -

Grow in Virtue

  • Living a Life of Gratitude Will Transform Your Life
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Lately I have begun a practice at the end of the day, where I sit quietly, with no distractions, and think about what I’m grateful for and the people I’m grateful to have in my life. This new approach has…
    - 18 days ago8 May 17, 4:38pm -
  • Right Where God Wants You to Be
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.I have noticed for most of my life that there seems to be this ever-present, underlying feeling with many people that they should be or perhaps could be, doing something different with their lives. Perhaps so…
    - 54 days ago2 Apr 17, 11:18pm -
  • When Life Disappoints You
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Sometimes, life just smacks you a good sucker-punch right to the noggin. And often that blow nearly takes your breath away. Life disappoints you beyond measure. Someone you love dies, you lose a job, someone…
    - 8 Feb 17, 3:14pm -
  • Prayers. Sacrifices. Trust in God. (An Update on My Mother and Me)
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Many kind and thoughtful people have been sending me messages asking about my mother. Offering their prayers. Offering their help and support. And I am humbled and grateful to a level that I can’t possibly…
    - 29 Jan 17, 10:57pm -
  • Please Pray for My Dear Mother
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Many of you may be aware from my Facebook page that my mother, Margaret Rose, suffered a terrible stroke on December 28th. Currently she has been left with the inability to swallow (leaving her on a feeding t…
    - 9 Jan 17, 2:10pm -
  • New Years Resolutions for the Soul
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.It’s that time of year again. Time to make New Year’s resolutions. Actually, that’s the easy part. The hard part as we all know, is sticking to them. So much so that many people decide never to make res…
    - 31 Dec 16, 1:49am -
  • Combating Stress – 2 Ways to do it!
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.I don’t need to describe stress. We’ve all become stressed at times, and we all know when it’s happening. But what is important to learn is how to rid ourselves of stress. When stress enters my life, in…
    - 8 Dec 16, 8:00pm -

It Makes Sense to Me

David Gray

  • 3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Worship Experience at Mass
    It is a paradox that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a great Mystery that demands our whole self to be captured by so that our whole self might be set free. Yet, how difficult it is to always be offering the full self at all of the Mass?
    - 30 Jul 16, 4:09am -
  • Pictures of Catholic Churches in St. Maarten, Bonaire and Puerto Rico
    These are some the pictures I took on our Honeymoon from June 22 through June 30, 2016. We boarded the Royal Caribbean 'Adventure of the Seas' Cruise Ship from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and over the course of seven days visited Saint Maarten, Aruba, Bon…
    - 12 Jul 16, 1:35am -
  • Jesus Connects Faith and Humility with Love (Pardon of Sinful Woman)
    The sinful woman doesn't have a bowl of water, a wet cloth, or even a dry cloth, but she gives Jesus everything of value that she believes she does have. She brings to Him all that she has of value; her whole self and an alabaster flask of ointment a…
    - 14 Jun 16, 4:15pm -
  • Final Thoughts on Teaching Theology to Teens
    "My Daughter LOVED Mr. Gray's class. He found a way to make the class fun and interactive. Sometimes he would wear a costume or silly hat that fit the topic. He is an excellent teacher, perfect for Kolbe. I love how Mr. Gray found a way to make the…
    - 8 Jun 16, 3:23pm -
  • Fr. Longenecker and the Longnecking of RadTrads
    If the best Fr. Longenecker can do is a longnecking of the line at Krispy Kreme and close with echoing "We must pray for them, for their healing and conversion!” he's nothing better than those who wonder how in the heck is the country this close to…
    - 28 May 16, 5:23am -
  • The History of the Catholic Idea of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and a Series of Propositions on how Two Become One Flesh
    Using sacred Scripture, writings from the fathers, councils, popes, doctors, Catholic theologians and those who are opposed to the Catholic teaching on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, I intend to communicate the history of the Catholic idea of marri…
    - 20 May 16, 5:11pm -
  • Protestant Convert Adam Crawford on ‘My Catholic Conversion’
    Adam Crawford (of A Faith-Full Life - comes on My Catholic Conversion to talk about how the pursuit of truth and consistency lead him and his whole family home the Catholic Church. Come and listen to this powerful conversio…
    - 19 May 16, 3:54am -

Our Franciscan Fiat

  • A Beatiful Spring Morning!
    I don’t mean to be self-centered, but when I hinted at taking pictures in my parents’ beautiful back yard, my mom had me pose. So you can ignore the black and white and enjoy the beautiful foliage instead.  🙂
    - 3 days ago23 May 17, 4:15pm -
  • A Little Time Away…
    I know it’s been a little while since I’ve posted here, but I am out of town visiting my family. I do not know when the next post will be on this blog. Have a nice week. 🙂
    - 5 days ago21 May 17, 8:56pm -
  • Blossoms, and Breezes, and Lilacs, Oh My!
    I love this time of year!!! The trees with their white or pink blossoms, the gentle breezes that tease at one’s hair and skin, and – my favorite – the lilacs! Yesterday afternoon, I biked over to the grocery store to pick up stamps for Sr. Rebe…
    - 9 days ago17 May 17, 2:22am -
  • Knots
    The other evening I was visiting with one of our Sisters about a difficult situation that continues to plague me.  Sometimes interpersonal relationships can be a challenge! The particular situation we were discussing has been an ongoing trial and I…
    - 14 days ago12 May 17, 4:07pm -
  • Two Simple Words
    Last evening, I worked our reception desk at St. Anne’s until ten.  About a quarter-to, one of the night aides came in, fifteen minutes early for his shift. I hadn’t had much (if any) interaction with him since this past weekend.  He had been s…
    - 17 days ago9 May 17, 9:10pm -
  • “Drag Your Fingers.”
    I still remember my first and only organ lesson.  It was given by Sister Dianna, who herself had been playing organ since her early childhood. Several years back, I had asked her to give me a little instruction so as to transfer what I knew on the p…
    - 20 days ago6 May 17, 10:31pm -
  • Manna for the Wilderness Journey
    Exodus 16 tells the story of the people of Israel being fed in the wilderness.  This event is alluded to in John’s gospel and serves as the backdrop for the Bread of Life discourse which we hear read during this third week of Easter. This story of…
    - 24 days ago2 May 17, 4:42pm -

Theology is a Verb

  • Worth Revisiting: Freedom Prayer
    This Memorial Day, we remember family members, friends and loved ones who have given their lives in service to our country and for the freedom we so cherish. At the heart of all of this, we long for peace. My Grandpa Ferrell penned this poem while th…
    - 3 days ago24 May 17, 12:00am -
  • People of God: Lumen Gentium & Canon Law
    Have you ever wondered how or even if canon law and Vatican II are related? Let’s take a look at the connection between “People of God” in Lumen Gentium and the Code of Canon Law … From a cursory glance at Vatican II, the understanding that…
    - 4 days ago22 May 17, 12:53pm -
  • Worth Revisiting: Overcoming Disappointment
    “We know that all things work for good for those who love God,* who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 I’d venture to say, that each of us has experienced disappointment numerous times in our lives. There are the daily goals that…
    - 9 days ago17 May 17, 1:33am -
  • Are You Saying Yes.. When You Should Be Saying No?
    Today, perhaps you find that you had  much rather be saying yes to the many things that come your way than even contemplating the word no. Maybe, you do so out of a well intended desire to please others, or the thrill  from successfully multitaskin…
    - 11 days ago15 May 17, 11:00am -
  • Worth Revisiting: Lessons Learned From My Mom
    This morning as I awoke, I thought of both my heavenly and earthly mothers. With eyes closed, my lips whispered to Mary, “Thank you for your yes- to being the mother of Christ but also for remaining with me when my earthly mother could no longer do…
    - 16 days ago10 May 17, 2:36am -
  • Ecumenism: “An Imperfect but Certain Communion”
    With the aspiration of Ecumenism, to be a shared understanding in promoting dialogue and unity within faith, can it be said that there is visible unity? What can be learned from our differences? Likewise, what shape does this take and would be the di…
    - 18 days ago8 May 17, 11:00am -
  • Worth Revisiting: Moving Forward
    If you are reading this you might be thinking to yourself… Well where else would my foot be? Let’s start with the fact that I am by nature a problem anticipator. Typically, my feet are moving forward and mentally I seek to be two or three steps a…
    - 24 days ago3 May 17, 12:00am -

Virginia Lieto

  • Mother’s Day: Sadly, No Reason to Celebrate
    I don’t know about you, but I am always thankful for the day after Mother’s Day, as Mother’s Day is a very difficult one for me. The television ads end. The happy wishes cease. I find the television ads for Mother’s Day gifts difficult to wat…
    - 11 days ago15 May 17, 12:30pm -
  • Seeking Justice: My Time on Jury Duty
    In the United States, a person is presumed innocent, until the State can prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the person, charged with a crime, is guilty. I got to see the wheels of justice turn, first-hand, during the last week in April, while…
    - 16 days ago10 May 17, 12:30pm -
  • The Good News is Meant for Everyone!
    In today’s reading from Acts 11:1-18, the Holy Spirit instructs Saint Peter, via a vision, to eat the food of the Gentiles. Per Leviticus 11:1-47, this type of food had been considered unclean. Any good Jew would refrain from eating such food. Yet,…
    - 18 days ago8 May 17, 12:30pm -
  • Fatima, by Jean M. Heimann – Book Review
    Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World, by Jean M. Heimann, is a wonderful book that chronicles the Fatima apparitions of the Blessed Mother, including beautiful glossy pictures of the town, people and churches of the area. Multiple apparition…
    - 23 days ago3 May 17, 12:30pm -
  • Saint Joseph, the Worker Feast Day
    Saint Joseph is so special to the Catholic faithful, that we have two feast days set aside each year to honor him: March 19th (unless this date falls on a Sunday like it did this year, then it’s March 20th), and May 1st. Typically, on March 19th, w…
    - 25 days ago1 May 17, 12:30pm -
  • Back to Virtue, by Peter Kreeft – Book Review
    In Back to Virtue, Peter Kreeft takes you into the classroom of moral theology, where you will learn why we need virtue to preserve human existence. For starters, Kreeft clearly defines the differentiation between virtue and vice. He discusses the ca…
    - 30 days ago26 Apr 17, 12:30pm -
  • 3 Steps to Mercy for You – Guest Blogger, Kaitlyn Mason
    Today, I welcome Kaitlyn Mason from Simply Divine Mercy as my guest blogger. ***** There’s a lot of mercy talk these days in the Church. Why?  Because it’s the time of mercy! Yesterday was Divine Mercy Sunday. If you’re not familiar with this…
    - 32 days ago24 Apr 17, 12:30pm -

Single Mom Smiling

  • Prayers of a Catholic Single Mom
    In a scene from the movie The War Room Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie) asks Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirer) to describe her faith. Elizabeth says she’s like “most people” with faith that is neither red hot nor ice cold, but  lukewarm…
    - 10 days ago16 May 17, 8:00pm -
  • What if the House Burns Down? – Worries of a Single Mom of 5 Boys
    What if the house burns down? How would I get my boys out in time?The post What if the House Burns Down? – Worries of a Single Mom of 5 Boys appeared first on Single Mom Smiling.
    - 38 days ago18 Apr 17, 9:00pm -
  • So Perturbed & Deeply Troubled, Jesus Lets Death Happen…
    So. One little word, SO much meaning.The post So Perturbed & Deeply Troubled, Jesus Lets Death Happen… appeared first on Single Mom Smiling.
    - 51 days ago5 Apr 17, 11:30am -
  • Coloring Pages by A New Dad Raising His Son in a Christian World
    As young, new dad, I know firsthand that choosing a Christian life is not an easy path in our modern world. Temptations surround us making it is easy to lose what is most important – living a pure life with God’s word in our hearts.The pos…
    - 55 days ago1 Apr 17, 10:00am -
  • Things A Catholic Single Mom Says in Confessession
    It’s amazing the things you’ll tell a girlfriend or post on social media or write about in a secret diary your kids might find one day that you won’t say aloud in the confessional. Maybe this post should be titled, “Things a Catholic Si…
    - 66 days ago21 Mar 17, 12:00pm -

Can We Cana?

  • A Vocation of Change
    Our Spanish relatives, seeped in Old World Catholicism, are a fount of wise sayings like the following: "God doesn't call us to a vocation of sameness. He calls us to a vocation of change." In other words, God doesn't make his will known in a set of…
    - 22 Dec 16, 6:55pm -
  • Sometimes Less is More at Christmas
    "I'm not sending out Christmas cards this year," I defiantly announced to my friend Kristin. "That's okay," she replied. "Many years I've had to choose between Christmas cards and sanity. Choose sanity, and your family will thank you."Sometimes we fe…
    - 16 Dec 16, 5:30pm -
  • 12 Gifts that Keep Christ in Christmas (2016 Edition)
    This year, I'm combining my Christmas gift suggestions with my annual post on Best Catholic Books I Read in the past year. Because if you're a bookworm like me, books will always make the best gifts. Here are my top picks for married couples, mothers…
    - 8 Dec 16, 3:38pm -
  • 4 Good and Not-So-Good Reasons for Doing the Right Thing
    No matter what our religion, most of us want to do the right thing. We could argue all day long what the right thing is. Sometimes it's objectively clear -- don't murder, don't rape, don't steal. Sometimes it's a judgment call. But underneath it all…
    - 2 Dec 16, 7:16pm -
  • From Grief to Grace: A Treasured Addition to My Bookshelf
    As a mom of six, I’ve been privileged to hear many birth stories. In From Grief to Grace, author Jeannie Ewing recounts one of the most transcendent I’ve ever heard – the story of her daughter Sarah, born with a rare genetic condition called Ap…
    - 18 Nov 16, 7:45pm -
  • How to Find Everlasting Love (and Keep It!)
    Angie at Yellow Pelican blog is  a star supporter of Catholic marriage and family. Her recent post "The Good Thing Christian Husbands and Wives Should Always Do in the Bedroom" was sensitive, insightful, and spot on. So,  I was thrilled when she as…
    - 11 Nov 16, 9:52pm -
  • Why This Is the Only Political Post I'll Write This Election Season
    Politics can make enemies out of people who would otherwise be friends. I've never seen clearer examples of this than during the 2016 presidential campaign season. My Facebook feed is filled with grim announcements of "purges" -- people who are refus…
    - 3 Nov 16, 3:44pm -

Big C Catholics

  • newSaint Philip Neri — His Wisdom in 25 Quotations
    Saint Philip Neri was a 16th century Italian priest who became beloved among the citizens of Rome for his compassion, humor and holiness. His devotion to God in serving others reminds us that living as a disciple of Christ is the source of joy. He wa…
    - 14 hours ago25 May 17, 11:30pm -
  • newPentecost Novena to the Holy Spirit 2017 | Day 1
    May 26, 2017The Pentecost novena is the original novena prayer. After Christ's Ascension, the disciples prayed for nine consecutive days for the Spirit to descend. On the tenth day, Pentecost Sunday, they received the Advocate promised by our Lord. A…
    - 19 hours ago25 May 17, 6:30pm -
  • newSaint Philip Neri, Priest, the Third Apostle of Rome
    Saint Teresa of Avila was reported to have said, “From silly devotions and sour-faced saints, Lord deliver us.” Though he probably never heard those words, one of her contemporaries, Saint Philip Neri, lived as if he had. This delightful man, kno…
    - 19 hours ago25 May 17, 6:10pm -
  • Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
    The Ascension of JesusWhen they had gathered together they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" He answered them, "It is not for you to know the times or seasons that the Father has established by his own au…
    - 2 days ago24 May 17, 10:16pm -
  • The Holy Father's Prayer Intentions for June 2017
    Please remember the Holy Father Pope Francis' intentions in prayer throughout the month of June:National LeadersThat national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.Urgent Intention - T…
    - 2 days ago24 May 17, 10:16pm -

Catholic Conundrum

  • newFun Ascension Balloon Project
    Last year we made this cute balloon project made with things around the house. It went so well and we had so much fun!!  I thought it would be worth re-posting since we received several comments last year expressing how much fun it was for other fam…
    - 15 hours ago25 May 17, 9:47pm -
  • The Case of the Missing Prescriptions - A Story of God's Mercy
    God's mercy is incredible.  We all know that, right?  Well, apparently God felt I needed another blazing reminder, so He allowed a pretty amazing thing to occur the other day; a story of love and mercy that just begs to be told.The story started th…
    - 3 days ago23 May 17, 12:00pm -
  • Introducing...Father Bobby McWilliams!!
    If you had the chance to watch our recent video on our First Communicant interviewing Deacon Bobby, a soon-to-be ordained priest, this post will interest you!  This past Friday, in a breathtaking, awe-inspiring Mass, our Deacon Bobby joined seven of…
    - 4 days ago22 May 17, 1:31am -
  • Raw and Real - God's Revelation to a Blogger
    Whew!!  What a whirlwind month this has become!!  I can't believe how little I have been able to blog over the last couple of weeks.  And, the most crazy week of May is still to come!    I'm not sure just how many Holy Spirit moments have occurr…
    - 10 days ago16 May 17, 3:22am -
  • New video: Cupcake Rosary - For Kids by Kids
    So sorry for the lack of posting this past week!  Between preparing for our son's First Holy Communion and party (we like to really celebrate with family and friends!) and the regular craziness of homeschooling, Finals week, pursuing new leads on ex…
    - 17 days ago9 May 17, 2:39am -
  • ADHD and the Divine Mercy Chaplet
    I have a problem.  I LOVE the Divine Mercy Chaplet and all of the beautiful and incredible blessings that it offers.  BUT (and this is a huge BUT), I have an enormously difficult time praying and focusing on it.  I am not diagnosed with ADHD (alth…
    - 22 days ago4 May 17, 2:53am -
  • A Revelation Then and Now
    I just love today's Gospel.  It is one of my favorite stories in all of scripture.  It is one of those stories that can be looked at from a thousand angles, somehow offering  the possibility  of a  brand-new revelation each time!And, as usual, a…
    - 25 days ago1 May 17, 1:51am -

Catholic Fire

  • newSt. Philip Neri: Patron Saint of Joy
    May 26 is the feast of St. Philip Neri. He has a special place in my heart because he was on fire with love for the Lord and had a wonderful way of drawing others to the Faith — through his warm sense of humor and charismatic personality. He treate…
    - 8 hours ago26 May 17, 4:56am -
  • Book Review: Rightfully Ours by Carolyn Astfalk
    Amazon Summary: Rightfully Ours Sixteen-year-old Paul Porter’s relocation to Pennsylvania is a temporary move during his dad’s deployment. Or so he and his brother think, until devastating news lands on their doorstep. Paul’s new home with the…
    - 2 days ago24 May 17, 7:46am -
  • St. Rita of Cascia: Patroness of the Impossible
      The saint of the day for May 22 is St. Rita of Cascia, religious, patroness of impossible, desperate causes and situations. She is also the patron saint of abuse victims, difficult marriages, infertility, parenthood, sterility, and widows. St. Rit…
    - 4 days ago22 May 17, 4:50am -
  • 7 QT: Mary, Mother’s Day, and More
      May is the month of Mary. May 13th was the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. Here are a couple of photos of the Fatima festivities in our diocese, including the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which visited our…
    - 7 days ago19 May 17, 5:57am -
  • Saint John I, Pope and Martyr
    On May 18, the Church honors the first Pope St. John in its history.  Saint John I, a martyr, was  incarcerated and starved to death by a heretical Germanic king during the sixth century. Pope John was born in Tuscany. He served as an archdeacon fo…
    - 8 days ago18 May 17, 6:17am -
  • Paschal Baylon: “Saint of the Holy Eucharist”
    The saint of the day for May 17th is St. Paschal Baylon (May 24, 1540 – May 15, 1592), a lay brother and Spanish mystic. Born in a small village in between Castille and Aragon in Spain, on Pentecost in 1540, he was christened Pascua (meaning “the…
    - 9 days ago17 May 17, 6:22am -
  • Saint Simon Stock: Recipient of the Brown Scapular
    The saint of the day for May 16, Saint Simon Stock, was born in Aylesford in County Kent, England in 1165. Although we know little about Simon Stock’s early life, tradition has it that starting at age twelve, he lived as a hermit. He received the n…
    - 10 days ago16 May 17, 5:00am -

A Catholic Citizen in America

  • A Catholic Citizen in America: New Location
    The good news is still that Blogger's changes haven't made images in my posts here unviewable. (May 6-16, 2016)Instead of jumping through the hoops necessary to keep track of what I've been showing you, and accommodate Blogger's — caution? — abou…
    - 12 Jul 16, 2:30am -
  • Death in Orlando: Love and Solidarity
    The 49 folks killed at an Orlando entertainment venue late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, and the person who killed them, are still dead. Others are hospitalized, and may or may not survive. A whole lot of folks are mourning the loss of family…
    - 15 Jun 16, 4:13am -
  • Mass Murder in Orlando
    I'd be writing a longer, more detailed, post about this; but still haven't resolved some technical issues. (May 6, 2016; updated May 16, 2016)A young man killed more than four dozen folks at an entertainment venue last night/early this morning. He to…
    - 12 Jun 16, 7:15pm -
  • Elijah and Pushing a Rock
    10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2016:1 Kings 17:17-24Galatians 1:11-19Luke 7:11-17Third Sunday of Easter, 2016by Deacon Lawrence N. Kaas June 5, 2016I have chosen to speak to you today on our first reading, from 1st Kings. In part because I couldn't be…
    - 5 Jun 16, 2:00pm -
  • Technical Issues: and an Apology
    Update (May 16, 2016)Good news: the "fix" option may have been automatically applied to some existing posts.Sort-of-good-news: quite a few existing posts got "fixed" without my doing a thing to them. Even better: the images actually appear as they we…
    - 6 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • When Life Isn't Ideal: "Amoris Laetitia"
    Something I found on page 59 of "Amoris Laetitia"1 is an example of why I love being Catholic — common sense, drawing on the Church's experience and wisdom, developed by dealing with people for two millennia.Some folks have been having conniptions…
    - 1 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Cryonics, Smallpox, and Pope Pius VII
    I remember when heart transplants were front-page international news, not local human interest stories: and when oral polio vaccine replaced injections. I really do not miss the 'good old days.' I remember them, and they weren't.I also remember when…
    - 29 Apr 16, 1:00pm -

Leonie's Longing

  • Monday Memes #104
    The post Monday Memes #104 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 4 days ago23 May 17, 12:31am -
  • Monday Memes #103
    The post Monday Memes #103 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 11 days ago15 May 17, 10:40pm -
  • Surveying the scene: the story so far…
    Back in April, we launched a survey that forms our contribution to the preparatory phase for the 2018 Synod on Youth, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. We have been blessed to receive generous and thoughtful responses from many, many former reli…
    - 16 days ago10 May 17, 8:20pm -
  • Monday Memes #102
    The post Monday Memes #102 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 18 days ago9 May 17, 12:16am -
  • Stay With Us, Lord
    By Girasol. Stay with us, Lord, as we journey through this day, through this life. We are wayfarers. The path is unclear, the past confusing, the future uncertain. Our hearts are downcast, our spirits are sad. You begin to speak to us as we walk alon…
    - 23 days ago3 May 17, 5:00pm -
  • Monday Memes #101
    The post Monday Memes #101 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 25 days ago1 May 17, 10:47pm -
  • Monday Memes #100
    We made it to 100! Thanks for your support!The post Monday Memes #100 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 32 days ago24 Apr 17, 11:27pm -

Catholic Light-Radical Faith and Trust

  • newFrom Mary We Learn...
    "From Mary we learn to surrender to God's Will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God!" ~ St. John Paul II
    - 18 hours ago25 May 17, 7:29pm -
  • newThe Ascension and Our Journey Home
    The Ascension and Our Journey Home: "The Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord oftentimes is an understated event in the Church’s liturgical year. We profess the reality of this historical and supernatural event each Sunday as we profess the Cree…
    - 21 hours ago25 May 17, 3:49pm -
  • newHow the Lord Works Wonders in the Midst of His People
    How the Lord Works Wonders in the Midst of His People:"In the book of Exodus, the Lord spoke to Moses saying, “Before all your people I will perform wonders, such as have not been performed in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people, amo…
    - 21 hours ago25 May 17, 3:46pm -
  • newWhy Holy Water?
    Why Holy Water?: "Q: A Protestant friend came with me to Mass last Sunday and asked about the Holy Water fonts and why we make the sign of the cross with it when we enter and leave the Church. What answer would you give to her? Traditionally, we hav…
    - 21 hours ago25 May 17, 3:44pm -
  • A Mother Who Knows When to Show Up
    A Mother Who Knows When to Show Up: "From Our Lady of Meritxell, I learn again about the importance of forgiveness. I think of the Child in her arms, whipped and tortured, crucified and buried. He embraced His persecutors with hands scarred by nail…
    - 2 days ago24 May 17, 4:30pm -
  • Confounding the World
    Confounding the World: "The Lord our God defies our assumptions. Jesus Christ and his saints just don’t act right. What I mean is, they don’t respond to things the way the world thinks they will – or should. What happens in Philippi is a good…
    - 2 days ago24 May 17, 4:26pm -
  • Carry Your Scars With Dignity & Honor
    Carry Your Scars With Dignity & Honor: "I was a junior in high school when I got my first major scar. It was during AP chemistry class, and I was fiddling around with my unknown substance, trying to determine its anion and cation properties. All at…
    - 2 days ago24 May 17, 4:23pm -

Joy of 9

  • It is Important for Catholics to Understand Mental Illness
    No one actually believes people are to blame if they need eyeglasses to read or insulin to fight diabetes but they still heap abuse on people with depression or anxiety as if these diseases were signs of a weak character or a lack of faith.
    - 1 day ago25 May 17, 4:12am -
  • Why Even ‘Normal’ Catholics Need Therapy
    I would wager that mental health issues are especially prevalent among the devout who are serious about their inner life because when people tackle deep inner issues which prevent God from working in their lives, their inner equilibrium is upset by…
    - 9 days ago17 May 17, 1:38am -
  • Why Did God Make Mothers?
    How about a little taste of eight-year-old reasoning to act as a reality check to balance all those manipulative commercials and sentimental Mother’s Day cards flooding the market as we get closer to Mother’s day? A warning. The following true co…
    - 16 days ago10 May 17, 4:06am -
  • Catholicism Is An Experiential Faith
    Catholicism is, most importantly, an experiential faith. Ironically, most Christians allow fear of deception to impede growth in the Spirit and hinder their participation in the mystical life of the Church.
    - 24 days ago3 May 17, 12:23am -
  • Unpaired Socks and Teachable Moments
    Reflecting on my story of mismatched socks, it really is apparent that God is present in everything in our daily lives.
    - 26 days ago30 Apr 17, 2:19pm -
  • A Spiritual Solidarity Binds Us To Souls In Purgatory
    Just like gravity affects us whether we understand it or not, the Communion of Saints, the fellowship between the living and the dead, affects us whether we believe in it or not. There is a spiritual solidarity which literally binds us together. Even…
    - 30 days ago26 Apr 17, 3:31am -
  • Living With Only a Thin Veil Between Heaven and Earth
      I tend to rush through my daily duties like a solitary soul, disconnected from God and other people. However, I became aware that humans are actually intimately connected not just to God and the living but also to those who have died and are alive…
    - 37 days ago19 Apr 17, 3:35am -

Reconciled to You

  • new#FlashbackFriday ~ Remembering God's Mercy
    A Friday Flashback from a special week on A Seeking Heart, when I featured Dawn Eden's newest book, Remembering God's Mercy, from Ave Maria Press.  Like most of the books, I am blessed to receive each month, I had no idea what to expect.  In fact,…
    - 6 hours ago26 May 17, 7:00am -
  • Thoughts On Books:  God is Not Fair by Daniel Horan, OFM
    God is Not Fair and Other Reasons for GratitudeBy Daniel P Horan, OFM (Franciscan Media) Unlike most book reviews - I selfishly seek to tell you more about how the book inspired my spirituality then what the book was about. While a synopsis of the b…
    - 1 day ago25 May 17, 7:00am -
  • #WorthRevisit - Can I Pray for You?
    Since joining Facebook in 2009, not only has my community of friends expanded but my awareness of the struggles and suffering of others has as well. Every day my Facebook newsfeed is filled with posts about illness, accidents and death. As someone wh…
    - 2 days ago24 May 17, 7:00am -
  • #FlashbackFriday - Miracles and When God Eases Your Anxieties
    Money MattersKevin and I were blessed to kick off 2017 with an unexpected financial gift to help us snowball our debts. This generous surprise allowed us to eliminate 8 charge cards. As I wrote out each check and MORE IMPORTANTLY closed each credit c…
    - 7 days ago19 May 17, 7:00am -
  • #WorthRevisit - The Porn Myth (Book Review)
    The Porn Myth is a non-religious response to the commonly held belief that pornography is a harmless or even beneficial pastime. Author Matt Fradd draws on the experience of porn performers and users, and the expertise of neurologists, sociologists,…
    - 9 days ago17 May 17, 11:07am -

Snoring Scholar

  • How Our Lady of Fatima Teaches Us to Say No to the Busy
    Our Lady of Fatima holds many lessons for me. Here's what I've learned about saying No to the busy and Yes to God.This post How Our Lady of Fatima Teaches Us to Say No to the Busy appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 18 days ago8 May 17, 1:40pm -
  • Born on Mary’s Feast
    Being born on the feast of Mary, Mother of God is no small thing. This is the story of how my daughter was born on Mary's feast day.This post Born on Mary’s Feast appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 2 Jan 17, 2:00am -
  • My Favorite Recipe: Notsanga
    Twice-modified from a Rachael Ray recipe. 2 16oz cans of Spaghetti Sauce 1 lb short-cut pasta such as rotini or penne1 16oz bag of shredded cheese – mozzarella works best 1 lb of ground beef, sausage, or pepperoni (or omit the meat for a great Lent…
    - 3 Dec 16, 12:26pm -
  • Ungifted: Here’s Why 11-Year-Old Fern Calls It a 5-Star Read
    Fern (age 11) reads and reviews Ungifted, by Gordon Korman. Turns out she loves it, and what she has to say piques my interest, too!This post Ungifted: Here’s Why 11-Year-Old Fern Calls It a 5-Star Read appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 30 Oct 16, 4:24pm -
  • 6 People Every Mom’s Met at Mass
    There are at least 6 people every mom's met at Mass...each of them inspiring a different prayer response...This post 6 People Every Mom’s Met at Mass appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 12 Oct 16, 2:21am -
  • Celebrating Our Lady of the Rosary…and an Interview
    An essay about Mary and the Rosary to celebrate today's feast of Our Lady of the Rosary...and a bonus link to an interview I forgot all about that posted today at Aleteia.This post Celebrating Our Lady of the Rosary…and an Interview appeared first…
    - 7 Oct 16, 6:05pm -
  • One-Minute Reviews: Taste and See and Beautiful Mercy
    Two short reviews (with links to my longer reviews of each) of books I've read and enjoyed recently: Beautiful Mercy, edited by Matthew Kelly, and Taste and See, by Ginny Kubitz Moyer.This post One-Minute Reviews: Taste and See and Beautiful Mercy a…
    - 4 Oct 16, 1:56pm -

Embedded Faith

  • new8 NEW Memorial Day Covers and Images
    Eight new  images and covers for Memorial Day.  ​Celebrate. Honor.Remember. var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • Mother's Day Covers - 2017
    Three new and very different covers to celebrate the Mother in your life.You may like these from the past as well:  Mother's Day Covers1 andMother's Day Cover 2  var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
    - 16 days ago10 May 17, 8:35pm -
  • The Triduum - by Special Request
    By special request of Pilar D.  I have created a set of covers for the Triduum (The three days of Holy Week:  Specifically Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil)The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Hol…
    - 45 days ago11 Apr 17, 7:28pm -
  • Palm Sunday Images - 2017
    Two new shareable images for Palm Sunday. var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
    - 52 days ago4 Apr 17, 3:33pm -
  • Fifth Sunday of Lent - Cycle A Images
    Two shareable images for the fifth Sunday of Lent. var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
    - 55 days ago1 Apr 17, 9:30pm -
  • Third and Fourth Sunday of Lent - Cycle A Images
    Third Sunday of LentFourth Sunday of Lent var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
    - 71 days ago16 Mar 17, 11:39pm -
  • Lenten Covers 2017
    Three new covers for use in the Lenten Season.  var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
    - 81 days ago6 Mar 17, 4:12pm -

Association of Catholic Women Bloggers

  • new'The Lord goes up with shouts of joy.' Sunday Reflections, The Ascension
    The Ascension, Andrea della Robbia [Web Gallery of Art]For Readings for the Ascension and the Seventh Sunday of Easter and for Reflections on the Ascension click on the following: The AscensionThree White Cottages in Saintes-Maries, van Gogh [Web…
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  • newCatholic TV and Movie Reviews
    Hello, my name is Adrienne, and I am very happy to join this network! I recently started a blog of TV and movie reviews from a Catholic perspective. I am a screenwriter and have a background in film/TV analysis, so I love sharing my thoughts on both…
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  • newYour chance to win a book
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  • newGod is Not Fair - Insights and A-ha's (Book Review Reflection)
    "WOW" Moments The Month of May has been trying but also one of the most spiritually fruitful of my life.  After putting off a routine mammogram for nearly 5 years, I finally went.  The test revealed an enlarged lymph node - I am happy to report it…
    - 18 hours ago25 May 17, 6:38pm -
  • newSo, HOW Do We Live in the Love of Christ?
    To the casual observer, I appear to be a devoted Catholic mother who has lived a sacrificial life worthy of a modern saint. Little do people realize that although I did pour out my life struggling to raise nine kids on a small farm with little dispos…
    - 19 hours ago25 May 17, 6:00pm -
  • Death in Manchester
    (From European Press Agency , via BBC News, used w/o permission.)("Thousands attended a vigil in Manchester earlier"(BBC News)Manchester is England's second-largest urban center, in terms of population.At around 10:30 Monday night, something like 21,…
    - 1 day ago25 May 17, 2:10am -
  • On Spending
                Occasionally I watch the television show Pawn Stars, shown on the History Channel. It can provide a fascinating look at historical objects, some of which are museum quality.            In a recent episode, the owner of th…
    - 2 days ago24 May 17, 5:04pm -

The Catholic Catalogue

  • Taking a break to tackle new projects
    When my mother and I started dreaming up this project four years ago, my oldest son could still fit on the back of my bike. Now he's 5 and has a 2 1/2 year old sister. I've updated this site during that time every single day (including the day I gav…
    - 2 Feb 17, 6:05pm -
  • Feast of the Presentation of the Lord aka Candlemas
    Learn about today's feast from our own Melissa Musick after the jump. Learn more about making and praying with candles in our new book.
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  • TCC Films: Silence
    If you want great Catholic art, support great Catholic artists, writers, and filmmakers. Go see Silence. Melissa Musick's review after the jump:
    - 1 Feb 17, 5:52pm -
  • TCC Playlist: Stand for Something by Keida
    People today get their morality from their political party and the state. This is inadequate. We need to have our consciences formed by Christ, to be taught how to love what is good and avoid what is evil. Listen to reggae jam "Stand for Something"…
    - 1 Feb 17, 5:33pm -
  • Memorial of St. Brigid of Ireland
    Have a beer today in honor of St. Brigid of Ireland, who is credited with writing this poem, "I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings." Read it in its entirety after the jump:
    - 1 Feb 17, 3:30am -
  • TCC Playlist: Life Away From the Garden by Damien Jurado
    "When in doubt I put my hand in Your side."In "Life Away From the Garden" Damien Jurado sings about our fallenness and tendency to sin, and the desire to be once again childlike, "light and free." Jurado is a Christian and religious themes often ap…
    - 31 Jan 17, 6:02pm -
  • US Catholic Bishops on Refugee Ban
    The Lord Jesus fled the tyranny of Herod.Read the USCCB on President Trump's refugee ban: USCCB on Refugee Ban. Be cautious of Catholics who claim to be more Catholic than the Pope. Many American Catholics seem to think Pope Francis is a fool, but…
    - 31 Jan 17, 6:02pm -

Nisi Dominus

  • Saint Valentine, Patron of Agape
       A Cloud of Witnesses The Letter to the Hebrews tells us (Hebrews 12:1) that we live out our life of faith here on earth in view of a “cloud of witnesses”, which is to say our holy predecessors. They watch over us from before the Throne of…
    - 12 Feb 17, 12:22pm -
  • Catholicism, Faith, & the Power of Imagination
    Catholicism and Cool Stuff     One of the attractive things about Catholicism is that, traditionally anyway, it has always included a lot of Cool Stuff: gorgeous music and art (a sampling of which I try to showcase on my blog), beautiful churches…
    - 9 Feb 17, 12:28pm -
  • Life Sells Chips (or, Chips Sell Life)
    An earlier version of this Worth Revisiting post first appeared on 8 February 2016 on the blog Principium et Finis. To enjoy the work of other faithful Catholic bloggers please see Worth Revisiting Wednesday, hosted by Elizabeth Reardon at theol…
    - 8 Feb 17, 11:38am -
  • Killing Is Not Compassion
    I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice, and cleaving to him .…
    - 5 Feb 17, 11:56am -
  • Suffering, Atheism, and The Presentation of The Lord
    (An earlier version of this post was published on The Feast of the Presentation, February 2nd, 2015, on the blog Principium et Finis.)And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mot…
    - 2 Feb 17, 12:54pm -
  • Life Sells
    An earlier version of this Worth Revisiting post first appeared as a part of my Sunday Snippets post on 1 February 2015 on the blog Principium et Finis. To enjoy the work of other faithful Catholic bloggers please see Worth Revisiting Wednesday, host…
    - 1 Feb 17, 3:13am -
  • The Baptism of the Lord: An Icon of Grace
    The Baptism of Christ by Tintoretto Today we observe Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and so on the last day of the Christmas Season we celebrate the first event in the Public Ministry of Jesus.  All four Gospels tell of John’s baptism of Je…
    - 9 Jan 17, 1:36pm -