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Finding God's Grace

  • The Winter Coat
    Give and gifts will be given to you, a good measure, packed together shaken down and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.  Luke 6:38 Growing up in a blue collar family, having a new coat for winter was a welcomed gift.  That is one of the rea…
    - 4 days ago4 Dec 16, 3:37pm -
  • Welcome to Secular Advent
    And do this because you know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed;the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness [and] put on the…
    - 11 days ago27 Nov 16, 3:10pm -
  • Our Thanksgiving Pizza
    A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many.  When the time for the dinner came, he dispatched his servant to say to those invited, “Come, everything is now ready.”  But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves.  Luke 14:16-18 In…
    - 18 days ago20 Nov 16, 3:43pm -
  • Occupational Hazards
    Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for…
    - 32 days ago6 Nov 16, 2:40pm -
  • Persistence in Prayer
    “Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, “There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and…
    - 39 days ago30 Oct 16, 1:30pm -
  • Behold!
    “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”  –John 1:29 One of my favorite words from the bible is behold. In some older translations it is use almost 1300 times. Man…
    - 46 days ago23 Oct 16, 1:50pm -
  • The Crosses We Bear
    God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.   But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.  [1 Co 10:13]. I was tired after a long day as the final group of inmates enter…
    - 53 days ago16 Oct 16, 10:52am -

Lisa Graas

  • Bill Warner says 95% of Christian pastors in Nashville are cowards
    What has happened to us (Christians, Jews, Buddhists, atheists and all others) that we are no longer able to have moral outrage? Righteous anger? Bill Warner of the Center for the Study of Political Islam opines that 95% of Christian pastors in Nashv…
    - 8 days ago30 Nov 16, 11:47pm -
  • What happens if you question the Pope?
    What happens if you question the Pope? Well, if you’re a cardinal, you could have your red hat taken away. So says Monsignor Vito Pinto, a defender of Pope Francis. Cardinals Walter Brandmüller, Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra and Joachim Meisner as…
    - 8 days ago30 Nov 16, 4:12pm -
  • The Remnant: Francis cannot be ignored
    On November 24, I wrote an article agreeing with Dr. Jeff Mirus that we should essentially ignore Pope Francis. The Remnant offers a counter-argument to Dr. Mirus’ position. Francis cannot be ignored. On the contrary, the faithful must be ever vigi…
    - 9 days ago29 Nov 16, 10:01am -
  • Jesus is coming
    In the Gospel reading for Sunday, November 27, 2016, we are warned to prepare for Jesus as He will come again, and we do not know at which hour He will come. Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming o…
    - 12 days ago27 Nov 16, 2:18am -
  • A Thanksgiving Message from President-Elect Donald J. Trump
    Lovely.
    - 14 days ago24 Nov 16, 11:36am -
  • Pope Francis: The Bookmark Pope
    Very early in the papacy of Pope Francis, I reached the height of my frustration with the seemingly endless confusion he prompted within me and within the laity altogether. It was at this point that it dawned on me that the Church is much bigger than…
    - 15 days ago24 Nov 16, 1:48am -
  • Santorum: Donald Trump will “destroy” the Iran nuclear deal

    - 17 days ago22 Nov 16, 1:27am -

Love Alone Creates

  • There’s No Such Thing As Balance
    I hate the word balance—at least the way our modern culture defines it. For most of my adult life, all I’ve heard (or read) is about how to balance work and family life or finding balance when life seems to get out of control.  It’s as if bala…
    - 2 days ago6 Dec 16, 1:00pm -
  • What I Wish I Knew…
    I love our dog, Lily.  This may seem like a random thing to write about in the midst of otherwise spiritual posts, but Lily has truly been a blessing to us from God.  I always think about how dogs are such helpmates in so many ways – as therapy a…
    - 6 days ago2 Dec 16, 1:00pm -
  • Suffering Is An Act of Love
    “I’m a nurse, and I’ve seen children suffer senselessly.  It’s far more merciful to allow them to die than to suffer.” “If we humanely euthanize pets, why can’t we do the same for people?  I see nothing wrong with this.” These, and…
    - 8 days ago30 Nov 16, 1:00pm -
  • Padre Pio: A Timeless Saint
    St. Padre Pio has always been one of my favorites.  Even before his canonization, I felt a strong affinity toward his life and spirituality.  I suppose part of it was due to my parents’ love of Franciscan ways, particularly in helping the poor an…
    - 13 days ago25 Nov 16, 1:00pm -
  • Coping and Thriving With Apert Syndrome
    Maybe you’ve known about Apert Syndrome for a while and have been slowly preparing yourself for your child’s arrival.  Perhaps it was unknown to you prenatally, and you were completely taken aback when your child was born with the features of Ap…
    - 15 days ago23 Nov 16, 1:00pm -
  • Fearless – Live with Love, Not Fear
    I’ve lived most of my life in fear – of everything.  As a child, I was afraid of spiders, heights, the unknown, changes, a new school/classroom/teacher, making new friends, trying different foods, death, sin, climbing a tree, strangers.  You na…
    - 20 days ago18 Nov 16, 1:00pm -
  • What is the Gift of Tears?
    A few years ago, I read an article about the gift of tears and was immediately intrigued.  Most comments centered around people who said they weep freely at Mass when they never used to, or they perhaps became emotional unintentionally.  I had to s…
    - 22 days ago16 Nov 16, 1:00pm -

David Torkington

  • Murder and Mystery – Preparing for Christmas 2016
    I want to tell you about a criminal who escaped from justice even though he had committed terrible atrocities..The post Murder and Mystery – Preparing for Christmas 2016 appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 4 days ago4 Dec 16, 11:35pm -
  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 5 – The Poverello
    After Pope Innocent III had approved the rule of life that St Francis had presented to him, the little band of Brothers set out for home. The post St Francis of Assisi – Part 5 – The Poverello appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 7 days ago1 Dec 16, 2:40pm -
  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 5 – The Founder
    St Bonaventure described God’s love as A shaft of light that flashes out from the divine darkness, that suddenly enables a person to see the truth that they had never seen before.The post St Francis of Assisi – Part 5 – The Founder appeared f…
    - 25 days ago13 Nov 16, 6:10pm -
  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 4 – The Preacher
    It was in the church of St Mary of the Angels that a momentous event took place in the life of St Francis. The post St Francis of Assisi – Part 4 – The Preacher appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 35 days ago3 Nov 16, 10:20pm -
  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 3 – The Hermit
    After the party when St Francis had a brief mystical experience, he began to visit churches and places of solitude where he could prayer. Firstly he went with a friend, and then on his own. He was tempted to believe that all his exertions were a wast…
    - 43 days ago26 Oct 16, 8:38am -
  • Mourning for My Maker
    My family used to spend their summer holidays in our little cottage on the Yorkshire moors just below the mighty Ingleborough, which was the nearest thing I had ever seen to a mountain.The post Mourning for My Maker appeared first on David Torkingto…
    - 50 days ago19 Oct 16, 5:53pm -
  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 2 – The Soldier
    Pietro Bernadone, the father of St Francis, was proud of his son’s business skills.  He was proud too that he was  popular with his peers. He looked on with admiration to see the sons of the local aristocracy vying for his friendship and favour a…
    - 54 days ago15 Oct 16, 2:52pm -

Patti Maguire Armstrong

  • The Election Isn’t Over and Neither Should be Our Prayers
    How often do we storm heaven, get what we asked for and then our prayers quickly trail off?   After the election, I wrote Trump Needs Our Prayers Now More Than Ever.  I was never without serious reservations about a Trump presidency, but as the be…
    - 11 days ago27 Nov 16, 3:31pm -
  • 10 Tips on How to Avoid Mouth Problems
    Mouth problems can be avoided with proper care.  Practicing good dental hygiene involves being careful about what goes into your mouth.  Good spiritual hygiene includes being careful about what comes out of it. “It is not what goes into the mouth…
    - 13 days ago26 Nov 16, 5:52am -
  • One Waiting for Us in Heaven
    By Nellie Edwards at PaintedFaith.com  “Hey Mark, we’re going to have another baby,” I announced to my husband after taking a home pregnancy kit. We looked at each other, wide-eyed. We had recently added an orphan boy from Kenya, so we were a…
    - 25 days ago14 Nov 16, 5:50am -
  • Government Now Entering Our Churches
                 The high sounding word “tolerance” has become a ruse for coercion of liberal agendas.  The “wall of separation,” so often distorted from Thomas Jefferson’s intent to point out the need to prevent government from meddlin…
    - 36 days ago2 Nov 16, 3:02pm -
  • Hillary's Diabolical Compliment to the Catholic Church
    No one hates the Catholic Church more than the devil.  But the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Our Church will not be put asunder.  Not even by Hillary.The leaked emails from WikiLeaks shows there’s a lot of hatred toward us from Hill…
    - 55 days ago14 Oct 16, 5:10pm -
  • Receive These 7 Graces Promised by Our Lady
    Everyone suffers and everyone needs graces.  The devotion to our Lady of Sorrows unites our suffering with that of the Blessed Mother’s.  Imagine what it was like for her to watch her beloved son beaten and bloodied, carrying the cross he was the…
    - 56 days ago13 Oct 16, 5:30pm -
  • Men, Abortion, and the Sexual Revolution
    Women are harmed in ways they didn’t expect after abortions.  Motherhood runs deep and abortion doesn't end it but only changes it. For those coming to grips with the truth, programs like Silent No More Awareness Campaign and Rachel's Vineyard adm…
    - 62 days ago7 Oct 16, 4:00pm -

Footprints on the Journey

  • 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... Continue Reading →
    - 6 days ago2 Dec 16, 4:16pm -
  • The Perfect Preparation
    Somewhere between the turkey and the pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving dinner at my sister in law’s house, I began to think about a word that always seems to get more use around the holidays—gratitude.   But I can totally understand... Continue Readin…
    - 10 days ago28 Nov 16, 9:25pm -
  • A ‘Super’ Wedding
    This past weekend, my husband and I attended a wedding that could have been right out of the pages of book—a comic book. The bride and groom had selected a superhero theme for their wedding.   Underneath his gray suit,... Continue Reading →
    - 16 days ago22 Nov 16, 8:15pm -
  • A Change in the Weather
    I love the sound of leaves rustling in the trees, and the crunch they make when they are dried and crushed under my feet. When those first cool bursts of air reach my lungs when I step outside in the... Continue Reading →
    - 44 days ago25 Oct 16, 6:23pm -
  • It’s Been a Long Time
    For those of you who follow regularly, I apologize for not writing in a while. It would be so nice to say that I’ve been away on vacation or traveling on spectacular spiritual adventure or even taking some time to... Continue Reading →
    - 48 days ago21 Oct 16, 6:54pm -
  • Faith Through Tragedy
    Because of the religious writing I do, I often get suggestions on Facebook and Twitter for Catholic social media websites. I was recently directed towards one called Facebook Apostles. I had the chance to speak to the founder and director... Continue…
    - 87 days ago12 Sep 16, 1:32pm -
  • Going on a Pilgrimage With Jesus
    With World Youth Day going on this week in Poland, my mind has been focusing on the idea of pilgrimages. I was fortunate enough to attend World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011 and the experience deepened my faith and... Continue Reading →
    - 28 Jul 16, 2:42pm -

A Living Monstrance

  • The Place That Saves
    The other day I was on the phone with someone I had just met. They had been starting their own non-profit venture, and I was calling for some advice and feedback. Myself, I had been dedicating the last 4 years of my life to some relationship building…
    - 8 days ago1 Dec 16, 4:01am -
  • Barriers To Bridges: A New Branding and Website
    Amazingly, I’ll be returning to Ecuador in just a week, the time has flown! I’ve been going back and forth the last 4 years, and people ask, what am I doing? I myself hadn’t been all too sure where it was going! But now it has an official name…
    - 9 days ago30 Nov 16, 4:30am -
  • Jesus Is the King at Making Us Free
    There it was, last period of classes on a lazy Tuesday. A study period with the day winding down and kids getting feisty in anticipation of the beel to leave. Those were the circumstances under which the plan was hatched. The plan was troublemaking,…
    - 18 days ago21 Nov 16, 2:57am -
  • He Needs A Bucket
    So there you are, a Samaritan woman going to get water from a local well at mid-day, and when you finally arrive, you see two things: the well, and a man sitting on it. The man is Jewish. Jews and Samaritans are sworn enemies. The hatred between Jews…
    - 24 days ago14 Nov 16, 11:29pm -
  • Welcome A Break In The Cycle
    I took my bike out recently to a church near where I grew up as a kid. When I got there, I realized there was nowhere to lock the bike up. So, I found a spot on the side of a railing, as far out of the way as I could find, and locked the…
    - 54 days ago15 Oct 16, 7:16pm -
  • A Foundation Is Being Built
    A while ago I was driving in my car and stopped at a major intersection in Boston that links several major roads and a major highway. That makes it a big destination for people who are homeless. In fact, on the side of the road there are a few large…
    - 85 days ago14 Sep 16, 11:52pm -
  • Lift Up Again
    A while ago I got a new cell phone and decided to sell my old phone on craigslist. I could use some more functionality, but the older phone could be good for someone else who needed something different from me. So I took some photos of the phone and…
    - 93 days ago7 Sep 16, 3:18am -

These Stone Walls

  • The Path of Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s Rolling Stone
    A federal jury found Rolling Stone liable for defamation, and Sabrina Rubin Erdely for actual malice, but their earlier malice cost the life of an innocent priest. At some point before or after reading this post, pay a visit to “The Lying, Scheming…
    - 2 days ago7 Dec 16, 5:22am -
  • It’s Advent – Can Your Vision Pierce the Present Darkness?
    The 98-square-feet where Fr Gordon MacRae wrote These Stone Walls for seven years is now 24-square-feet, but it’s Advent, and time to decide where we lay our hope. The U.S. presidential election is finally over, the dust storms are settling, and li…
    - 9 days ago30 Nov 16, 5:53am -
  • Giving Thanks in the Time of Christ the King
    While American tradition offers thanks in the land of the free and home of the brave, some still await the promise of freedom with a bravery found in defiant hope. Before celebrating Thanksgiving in America – even if you’re not in America – I a…
    - 16 days ago23 Nov 16, 5:22am -
  • Not Quite a Zombie Apocalypse
    A change behind these stone walls felt a lot like entering the dark valley of Psalm 23 until St Maximilian Kolbe gave us direction and St Cyril gave us perspective. If you have read my recent Marian Helper article, “The Doors That Have Unlocked”…
    - 22 days ago16 Nov 16, 7:00am -
  • A New Patron Saint of Religious Liberty: Viva Cristo Rey!
    Canonized by Pope Francis on October 16, 2016, Saint José Sánchez del Río is a Patron Saint of Religious Liberty. His “Viva Cristo Rey!” echoes across the Americas. Mass in the New Hampshire State Prison Chapel was canceled for unknown reasons…
    - 37 days ago2 Nov 16, 5:08am -

Daily Grace with Tony Agnesi

  • 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…
    - 41 days ago28 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…
    - 84 days ago15 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…
    - 95 days ago4 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 -
  • Think Joyful Thoughts
    Saw this great reflection from my Facebook friend Father John Catoir, who I enjoyed for years as the host of The Christopher’s television program.  Thought you would enjoy it. Thinking joyful thoughts… takes less time. Adding a smile to your fac…
    - 24 Aug 16, 2:26am -
  • Hugs
    Today I received this response from an article I wrote called The Value of a Good Hug. Tony, Ashamed to say, divorced. Children grown and never see or my grands. Never get hug or touched.  Recently, I went to stay at the home of a friend. Her husban…
    - 22 Aug 16, 7:17pm -
  • I Didn’t Recognize Her
    On Saturday, I went to a local neighborhood music festival, Porch Rokr, where bands perform from the front porches of the homes in the area.  I was there to see my friend’s son perform. While I was watching the show, a woman approached me and gave…
    - 21 Aug 16, 3:57pm -

Harvesting Fruits of Contemplation

  • Worth Revisiting - Who Will Step Up This Christmas and Speak the Truth in Love?
    Thank you Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for another opportunity to re-publish our favorite posts on Worth Revisiting. Go there now (and every Wednesday) and be nourished spiritually. Visit Allison at  Reconciled To You and Eliz…
    - 2 days ago7 Dec 16, 1:43am -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - May My Heart Beat With Yours
    O most Sacred, most loving Heart of Jesus, You are concealed in the Holy Eucharist, and You beat for us still... I worship You with all my best love and awe, with my fervent affection, with my most subdued, most resolved will. O my God, when You con…
    - 2 days ago6 Dec 16, 10:30am -
  • Monday Musings - Come Join the Saints and Angels
    [We MUST listen to Blessed John Henry Newman. We MUST conduct ourselves with the utmost reverence every time we enter a Catholic Church since our loving Lord is really and substantially present there. It is His House!  We MUST understand why we co…
    - 3 days ago5 Dec 16, 10:30am -
  • Revisiting Wednesday - Eucharistic Reflection – He Is Whispering to Us
    Thank you Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for another opportunity to re-publish our favorite posts on Worth Revisiting. Go there now (and every Wednesday) and be nourished spiritually. Visit Allison at  Reconciled To You and Eliz…
    - 8 days ago30 Nov 16, 11:15am -
  • Pondering Tidbits of Truth - November 30, 2016
    (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 timeSt. Thomas Aquinas"To say that someone is full of mercy is like saying his heart is full…
    - 8 days ago30 Nov 16, 10:30am -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - A Prayer As I Leave Your Presence Lord
    As this visit of adoration closes, O Jesus, I renew my faith and trust in You. I am refreshed after these moments with You, and I count myself among a privileged number, even as Your disciples were, who shared Your actual presence.Image source: Wikim…
    - 9 days ago29 Nov 16, 10:32am -
  • Monday Musings - You Are Not At Home - You Are in God's House!
    When we enter any Catholic Church, we are entitled to a sacred, silent space. Our loving Lord who resides there deserves nothing less than our adoration and worship. We should, as Blessed John Henry Newman, comport ourselves as the angels do in heave…
    - 10 days ago28 Nov 16, 10:30am -
  • Giving Thanks!

    - 14 days ago24 Nov 16, 10:30am -

Grow in Virtue

  • Advent – A Preparation for Christmas
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.The Meaning of Advent As each year draws to a close, and Christmas fast approaches, we tend to focus on what is obvious – putting up our decorations, trimming our tree, shopping for friends and family and e…
    - 11 days ago27 Nov 16, 12:43pm -
  • One Truth. One Voice.
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.So much has happened in the United States this past week. And although one of the most turbulent and disturbing elections in history is now over…for many it seems as if the anger and controversy is just be…
    - 24 days ago14 Nov 16, 1:07pm -
  • A Sustained Effort – Perseverance
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Life really is an up-and-down, sideways-and-backwards, twists-and-turns kind of thing. I know – deep, right? But I’ve been a bit introspective this past week, and it’s really had me thinking about how l…
    - 37 days ago1 Nov 16, 2:27pm -
  • Three-Minute Meditation That Can Change Your Life
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.There are 1,440 minutes in each day. And there are three minutes you can spend, within each of these days that will have a huge impact on your life. Drum roll please … Three-minute meditation! OK, so now th…
    - 50 days ago19 Oct 16, 5:08pm -
  • Human Respect: Don’t Give in to the Fear Factor; Say Yes to God Instead
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.We humans have a sad tendency to take good things and distort them. Consider human respect, for example. God’s good plan for us has always been for us to honor, value and respect one another. In our fallen…
    - 64 days ago5 Oct 16, 1:05pm -
  • To Those Who Are Suffering
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Recently, while returning to my car after having bought some groceries, I met a woman in the parking lot who appeared to be suffering. Thin and elderly with a knapsack strapped to her back, I noticed quickly…
    - 79 days ago20 Sep 16, 6:57pm -
  • Determination – A True Story
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.As a young man not yet even twenty, I attended college, pursuing a degree in accounting. During my first year, given that I was very shy and introverted, and having had no close friends, I would eat my lunche…
    - 92 days ago7 Sep 16, 10:02pm -

It Makes Sense to Me

  • Our Greatest Christmas Gift: God’s Earthly Trinity; A Young Man, His Teenage Wife and a Newborn Baby—
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonIf it were two thousand years ago and you lived in Nazareth you might notice a young man packing items on a donkey in preparation for a trip. Early the next morning you see this fellow, with his pregnant teenage w…
    - 2 days ago6 Dec 16, 4:42pm -
  • The Grand Finale to the Jubilee Year of Mercy is Upon Us---Thanksgiving*
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonThe Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy began on December 8, 2015, and Pope Francis gave us a quote to coincide with the Holy Year; “It is a favorable time to heal wounds, a time to offer everyone the way of For…
    - 12 days ago26 Nov 16, 4:41pm -
  • For Alzheimer's & Dementia Patients, November is National Family Caregiver Month*
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonMy wife, Marty (Martha) has Alzheimer's Disease and I am her primary caregiver. Since November, 2016, is National Family Caregiver's Month sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, I thought I would share a slic…
    - 28 days ago11 Nov 16, 12:02am -
  • 3 BOOK GIVEAWAY---The Demons of Abadon; Grave Obsessions; Roots & Wings at Loonstone Lake
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry Peterson________________________________________________________________________THREE BOOK GIVEAWAY;  NOVEMBER 7, 2016 THRU NOVEMBER 11, 2016"The Demons of Abadon" Vol 1; Shadows & Light  by Larry PetersonJoey insisted…
    - 31 days ago7 Nov 16, 3:51pm -
  • Election 2016---There May Still be Hope
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonPope St. John Paul II said, “A nation that kills its own children is a nation without hope.”Hillary Clinton’s decades of political experience have allowed her to master the art of parsing the English languag…
    - 45 days ago24 Oct 16, 9:11pm -
  • Executed for Refusing to Say “Yes”*
    IT MAKES SENSE TO ME By Larry PetersonThe pages of Catholic/Christian history are filled with countless names of those who came from virtual anonymity and proceeded to leave an indelible mark in our lives. St. Teresa of Calcutta is a prime example.…
    - 47 days ago22 Oct 16, 2:14pm -
  • Remembering the "Prison Angel"; Mother Antonia Brenner*
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonCan a Catholic woman get married and divorce twice, give birth to eight children with two different men, become a nun and eventually found a new religious order? The answer is Yes! In fact, this same woman would,…
    - 51 days ago18 Oct 16, 3:11pm -

David Gray

Our Franciscan Fiat

  • St. Nicholas Day & Eve Traditions
    (I’ve asked a few of our Sisters if they have any memories of traditions for St. Nicholas Day.  Lacking much response as of yet, I’ve been forced to include one of my own as well.) “I do not know any particular traditions of our Sisters, but h…
    - 3 days ago5 Dec 16, 10:01pm -
  • “Oh Mylanta!”
    I’m not sure how the expression “Oh Mylanta” ever got introduced around St. Anne’s.  Over the months of its usage here, the ‘oh’ has dropped out.  Now a simple grown of “My-lanta” is enough to communicate that “it’s been quite a…
    - 6 days ago3 Dec 16, 2:11am -
  • So You Mean I Can’t Run?
    Last evening, I was working again at the front desk here at St. Anne’s.  One of our residents went outside for one final cigarette for the night.  When he came back in, I asked how the weather was out there. As the conversation progressed, he e…
    - 8 days ago30 Nov 16, 2:03pm -
  • Seasonal Struggles…Observing Advent
    Advent is just around the corner! This morning, I had to go to the basement to help unload boxes of donated items we’ll be putting on our rummage sale.  Then, I remembered: “I have to get the stand up for the advent wreath!” I did this and ret…
    - 13 days ago25 Nov 16, 5:36pm -
  • A Neumann Family Thanksgiving
    “Come on, girl-squeaks —it’s time to get up for Church!”  My dad’s voice brought my sister Angie and me from dreamland to the reality of a Thanksgiving morning.  This morning summons was just the beginning of a whole day of set traditions…
    - 16 days ago22 Nov 16, 10:08pm -
  • Remembering My First Thanksgiving
    I come from a family with very distinct Thanksgiving traditions: We always went to a certain aunt and uncle’s house in South Minneapolis and carried out several other heartwarming, yet predictable traditions.  The customs were so predictable that…
    - 20 days ago18 Nov 16, 5:12pm -
  • Congratulations, Sister Mary Ruth!
    What a blessed couple of days we’ve had! On Sunday morning, we traveled to Hankinson, ND, for Sr. M. Ruth’s perpetual profession!  It was wonderful to witness our Sister (my former classmate as she is three+ years behind me)’s special moment!…
    - 23 days ago15 Nov 16, 9:38pm -

Theology is a Verb

  • Worth Revisiting: The Wit & Wisdom of Waiting
    Psalm 130:5-6 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. This Advent, I begin again by  asking myself a seemingly simple question.…
    - 2 days ago7 Dec 16, 1:00am -
  • This Advent: Sing with Me
    I have always loved to sing. Whether acapella or accompanied , in the shower, car or kitchen..music carries me through even the smallest of duties. Though my voice is nothing extraordinary, it has purpose and passion in every note and tune carried.…
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  • Worth Revisiting: Awe & Anticipation
    Growing up, I am blessed to say that I was given a beautiful gift of understanding anticipation. My mom seemed to truly come into herself during advent season. Each day had purpose and though we had little, what we had seemed ample and even brimming…
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  • Music That Moves: The King of Love My Shepherd Is
     My post today is part of a series by Allison Gingras featuring a number of amazing Catholic women bloggers on the music by Sarah Kroger.  For this and more in this series, continue to check back at Reconciled to You each week during Advent.  The…
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  • Worth Revisiting:Spiritual Sisterhood
    This week I have been giving a lot of thought to the gift of spiritual sisterhood. When I consider all that I am thankful for I cannot help but include all of those women in my life that continually uplift, guide, pray for and challenge me each day.…
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  • Around the Table
    With the approach of Thanksgiving, my thoughts return to the table which I so customarily gathered around in my childhood. There in the small kitchen of my grandmother’s home was a simple maple table with 6 chairs around. To the eye there was noth…
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  • Worth Revisiting: Will They Know Us By Our Love?
    Over the last few weeks since Pope Francis’ departure, there has been a noticeable divisiveness within the world of Catholic social media. From Ross Douthat’s letter of critique of Pope Francis in the New York Times, to the response of theologi…
    - 23 days ago16 Nov 16, 1:00am -

Virginia Lieto

  • 8 Notes to a Nobody, by Cynthia T. Toney – Book Review
    8 Notes to a Nobody, by Cynthia T. Toney, is a heartwarming, yet truthful, depiction of what it is like to be a teenage girl, coming of age. In Cynthia Toney’s tale, Wendy Robichaud, an eighth grader, comes face-to-face with some of the struggles t…
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  • Facing Fears in Uncharted Waters; A Call to Action
    As we head into uncharted waters with President-Elect Trump, many people fear for their safety and livelihood. These fears are not as “unfounded,” as President-Elect Trump’s son, Donald Jr., would like us to believe, based upon an interview wit…
    - 3 days ago5 Dec 16, 1:30pm -
  • Find a Real Friend in Jesus – Book Review
    What a joy it was to read Gary Zimak’s new book, Find a Real Friend in Jesus. I had the opportunity to hear Gary speak at this past summer’s Catholic Writers Guild conference in Chicago. IL. He spoke of his journey and his decision to give his li…
    - 8 days ago30 Nov 16, 1:30pm -
  • Advent – A Time of Preparation: Repent & Wait with Joy
    Yesterday, we began the season of Advent, a time of preparation, repentance, waiting and joy. Sunday’s second reading from Romans 13:11-14 tells us to clothe ourselves in virtue: Brothers and sisters: You know the time; it is the hour now for you t…
    - 10 days ago28 Nov 16, 1:30pm -
  • Attitude of Gratitude; Time to Give Thanks
    An attitude of gratitude is in order as we approach Thanksgiving. We have come upon that time of year when we take stock of all that God has blessed us with and express our thanks. God’s Divine Providence is truly divine! He always meets our needs.…
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  • Mercy of Christ Flows Like an Ocean, Grace Abounds
    If I have learned anything during this past year, it is that the mercy of Christ is limitless and flows like an ocean. Christ’s mercy abounds; filled with love and compassion. Now that this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy has come to a close,…
    - 17 days ago21 Nov 16, 1:30pm -
  • Year of Mercy Comes to a Close; Christ’s Mercy Flows
    This coming Sunday, on the feast of Christ the King, Pope Francis will officially close the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. During this past year, what efforts did you undertake to learn more about Christ’s Mercy? Did you seek it for yoursel…
    - 22 days ago16 Nov 16, 1:30pm -

Single Mom Smiling

  • Gift of My Husband’s Sudden Abandonment: Don’t Be Left Behind When it REALLY Counts!
    All seemed right with my little corner of the world. I was Mom to five fantastic little boys, including one I still carried inside me.The post Gift of My Husband’s Sudden Abandonment: Don’t Be Left Behind When it REALLY Counts! appeared f…
    - 6 days ago2 Dec 16, 1:15pm -
  • Marriage, Divorce, Life, & Meeting the King of the World…What’s the Point?
    I don’t know anyone who gets married with the intent to divorce. I’d say no one does, but in today’s world where right is viewed as wrong and wrong as right, I’m not 100% sure that’s true.The post Marriage, Divorce, Life, & Meeting t…
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  • Today, I Met a Man
    Today I met a man. He’s got to be a foot taller than me.The post Today, I Met a Man appeared first on Single Mom Smiling.
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  • Divorce: Persecution, Testimony, Justice, & Love
    Divorce is a brokenness that reaches into the very soul of the individual, the family, and society itself. Divorce devastates financial security leaving women and children destitute, increasing unemployment, poor performance in school, behavior…
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  • Don’t be a Sadducee. Don’t Get Pulled in. Heaven isn’t Like This.
    When you’ve been a teacher for as many years as I have, you know what I mean when I talk of the kid in the back of the class I hesitate to call on. He’s the boy who always has an exception to whatever rule you just taught.The post Don’t…
    - 26 days ago12 Nov 16, 3:58pm -

Can We Cana?

  • new12 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…
    - 3 hours ago8 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…
    - 6 days ago2 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…
    - 20 days ago18 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…
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  • 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…
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  • Weeds, Worries & Squeaky Boots: 3 Common Distractions in Prayer
    Sometimes prayer makes me feel connected to God, peaceful and rejuvenated. At other times prayer leaves me more anxious than before, swamped with sadness and misgivings. My level of distraction is what makes all the difference. When I focus on God an…
    - 42 days ago27 Oct 16, 4:26pm -
  • Marriage Rx: Should I Boycott My Brother's Non-Church Wedding?
    Question: My brother has fallen away from the Church and is getting married to his girlfriend outside of the Catholic Church. I know the Catholic Church will not recognize their marriage as such, but what is my reaction to this supposed to be? I have…
    - 49 days ago21 Oct 16, 1:57am -

Big C Catholics

  • Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception | 2016
    December 8th, the Church celebrates the most holy solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. With Mary's "yes" to the announcement of the Archangel Gabriel, all creation celebrated the imminent arrival of its Savior. Free from…
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  • Saint Ambrose on God's Omniscience
    Nothing escapes God's knowledge. This is proved by the witness of the Scriptures and the analogy of the sun, which, although created, yet by its light or heat enters into all things.— St. Ambrose of MilanWe should trust God, in all matters, even if…
    - 1 day ago7 Dec 16, 5:23pm -
  • Immaculate Conception Novena 2016 | Day 9
    December 7, 2016Today we pray for all those intentions that reside in the silence of our hearts; especially those that concern our own welfare, and for the willingness to suffer for the sake of coming closer to Christ. To thee, O Virgin Mother, who…
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  • O Antiphons Overview
    The liturgical season of Advent has two parts, both of which look to the coming of the Lord. The first part of Advent, which immediately follows the feast of Christ the King and ends on December 16, looks to his second coming — the return of Jesus…
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  • Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor
    December 7th, is the memorial of Saint Ambrose, (c. 338 - 397) the 4th-century bishop and theologian, one of the four original doctors of the Church, famous for baptizing Saint Augustine. Originally a lawyer and provincial governor, Ambrose was named…
    - 2 days ago6 Dec 16, 7:22pm -

Catholic Conundrum

  • newSUPER CUTE DIY Christmas Ornaments!!
    REALLY cute DIY Christmas ornaments using puzzles!!!   We saw an idea at a craft table a while ago that put our minds to wondering if we could make cute ornaments using leftover puzzle pieces.  After playing around a bit, we came up with these des…
    - 4 hours ago8 Dec 16, 2:38pm -
  • Music Video Behind-the-Scenes and Funny Bloopers!
    Ever wonder what it is like to be behind-the-scenes at Catholic Conundrum when we're making our videos?  Well, here is a video giving you a glimpse of just that!  Since we have hours and hours of footage, we thought it best to start by showing what…
    - 6 days ago2 Dec 16, 5:41pm -
  • Advent, Here We Come! (& Happy Blog 1-Year Anniversary!)
    Photo Attribution: http://mountpleasantgranary.net/blog/index.php?m=12&y=14&entry=entry141230-233457 One year ago today, Catholic Conundrum was officially born!   In honor of this, I thought I would re-post this entry because it still pertains to…
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  • Tree-Huggin' For a Reason!
    Yep, this is my tree-hugging bunch!  I am proud to say that my family is honored to be tree-huggers, but not necessarily for the reason you might think!Today, we began the Advent season by choosing our Christmas tree.  Sadly, our beloved tree farm…
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  • Happy Thanksgiving!!
    Photo attribution:  George GrimmHowell, http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=28014, 2016, Common Domain Whether you're out and about doing Black Friday shopping, getting your Christmas tree, or trying to recover from the eating…
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  • It's Here!  Our Newest Music Video - Eye of the Needle!
    What do Jesus' story of the eye of the needle and a famous song from Survivor have in common? This music video!​Check out the new lyrics, graciously provided by Jesus Himself! You've never seen His words presented like this before. Have fun and be…
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  • Killing Em'With Kindness
    Thanks to Catholic Online for the Saints Fun Facts Image! Ever feel like your voice could never be enough to evoke change? Or that your single life is just too insignificant to make a difference for good?  Well, here's a shot in the arm for all of…
    - 22 days ago16 Nov 16, 1:56pm -

Catholic Fire

  • 7 Quick Takes: Christmas Movies and Books
    1. Believe is one Christmas movie I am looking forward to viewing this year. It opens in theaters on Dec. 2. Here is a review from Variety, Here is a brief synopsis from the website. For years, the small town of Grundy, Va. has relied on the Peyton…
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  • Ten Fascinating Facts about Advent
    1. The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which means "coming" or "arrival."2. The Advent Season always begins four Sundays before Christmas; so it is rarely four full weeks long, but only between three and four weeks, depending on what…
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  • Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle
    Today is the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle. He is the patron of fishermen, singers, unmarried women, and women who wish to become mothers.St. Andrew, son of Jonah, was the brother of the Apostle Peter, and like his brother, was born at Bethsaida in…
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  • St. Cecilia: Patron of Poets and Musicians
    On November 22, the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Cecilia, virgin and martyr. St. Cecilia, patroness of musicians, is one of the most famous and most venerated of Roman martyrs.It is believed that St. Cecilia was born in the 2nd or 3rd centur…
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  • The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    Today, November 21, is the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates the fact that the parents of Our Lady brought her to the Temple and handed her over to live there for a long perio…
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  • Advent with St. Teresa of Calcutta: Daily Meditations
    The word Advent comes from the Latin word advenio, which means "to come to," and denotes the coming of Christ. Advent is a time to prepare our hearts and souls for the Savior’s three comings: (1) the Lord's coming into the world as the incarnate Go…
    - 17 days ago21 Nov 16, 7:00am -
  • Winners of the Magnificat Advent Companion Giveaway
    The winners of the electronic Magnificat Advent Companion Giveaway are: Amy and Deacon John Giglio Jr. Please contact me at jean.heimann@gmail.com to claim your prize. If you do not contact me within one week, your prize will be forfeited.
    - 20 days ago18 Nov 16, 6:33pm -

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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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 #80
    The post Monday Memes #80 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
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  • Advent Hymns #1
    The post Advent Hymns #1 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 6 days ago2 Dec 16, 3:00pm -
  • Waiting for Orders
    By Penny. It was the day before I was due to leave Walsingham, England’s Nazareth, and head back down to London for my flight home. I’d hoped that by that stage I would have figured out some answers: do I have a religious vocation? If so, where…
    - 7 days ago1 Dec 16, 5:00pm -
  • Monday Memes #79
    The post Monday Memes #79 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
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  • Monday Memes #78
    Apologies for the absence of Monday Memes these last couple of weeks: a technical glitch that kept me from posting on the blog has been resolved, so here’s hoping we can now get back to business as usual! Here’s one for November…  The post…
    - 17 days ago21 Nov 16, 3:00pm -
  • Doors
    By Penny. A year ago today, with great fanfare, the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy began and Doors of Mercy across the world were flung open. Now, inevitably, the liturgical year has ended and the Doors of Mercy are being closed again. It’s a…
    - 18 days ago20 Nov 16, 10:37am -
  • A Shrine in the Ruins
    By Penny. This is – or rather, was – Creake Abbey in Norfolk in the south-east of England, built in the thirteenth century and left to fall into ruins in the sixteenth. Just for once, it wasn’t Henry VIII’s fault: the small community of canon…
    - 36 days ago2 Nov 16, 8:02am -

Catholic Light-Radical Faith and Trust

  • newJoy to the World

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  • newHiding in Plain Sight
    Hiding in Plain SightMark Mallett
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  • newComfort in His Coming
    Comfort in His ComingMark Mallett
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  • Meditating on Mary in Advent
    Meditating on Mary in Advent: God, who had predestined the holy Virgin Mary to be associated with the most pure work of our regeneration, inspired in her so great a love of virginity that she not only vowed it, but, even after the angel had declared…
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  • Saint Nicholas
    Saint Nicholas: It is believed that Nicholas was born in Patura, Lycia, Asia Minor, although the exact date is unknown. He was bishop of Myra, known for his great zeal and holiness. He was once imprisoned for his faith under the Emperor Diocletian,…
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  • St. Joseph Teaches Us How to Live Out Advent
    St. Joseph Teaches Us How to Live Out Advent: Saint Joseph can help us to live a most fruitful Advent, and for many reasons. Let us quietly meditate upon five extraordinary virtues of this greatest of all saints so that we can live a most fervent Ad…
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  • Do You Believe in Santa Claus?
    Do You Believe in Santa Claus?: No one can deny the impact of the fact of St. Nicholas. For all his heresy, Arius could attest truly to the bare fact of Nicholas—especially Nicholas’ bare fist when it struck him like a thunderbolt at the Council…
    - 2 days ago6 Dec 16, 4:44pm -

Joy of 9

  • newThe Immaculate Conception:Inspiring Images and Quotes
    Christians in the first centuries of the Church believed in the Immaculate Conception of Mary.In fact, all Christians, until 500 years ago, up until and including Martin Luther, believed in the Immaculate Conception. Luther was the founder of Protes…
    - 18 hours ago8 Dec 16, 12:30am -
  • An Interview on Christian Prayer With David Torkington
    The Christian mystical tradition continually asserts that any man-made means or techniques cannot attain true contemplation, which is a pure gift of God.
    - 2 days ago7 Dec 16, 2:31am -
  • Waiting To Give Birth With Mary
    I must admit, as a woman, I have an advantage over men. Since I was pregnant for two of my children during Advent, I can identify with the pregnant Mary in a deeper way.
    - 3 days ago6 Dec 16, 3:48am -
  • Only Say The Word
    I do not want to simply rattle off this response at every Mass; instill trust in You in the very fabric of my soul.
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  • Advent Prayers and Marian Art From the Heart
    God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he …
    - 11 days ago28 Nov 16, 3:01am -
  • Elizabeth and Allison Both Interviewed Melanie on BreadBox Media
    Last year in 2015, I recorded two interviews for Catholic radio shows. Now you can actually hear my voice and learn more about my faith and life as a convert. Here is a radio interview I did with Elizabeth Reardon, …
    - 14 days ago25 Nov 16, 4:39am -
  • Art Celebrates The Presentation of Mary
    The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a liturgical feast celebrated on November 21 by the both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.   In the apocryphal Infancy Narrative of James, Mary’s parents,  Joachim and Anne,  had been childless bu…
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Reconciled to You

  • #WorthRevisit - St. Paul's Guidance for Internal Conflict
    What I do, I do not understand.​For I do not do what I want, but I do what I hate.” Romans 7:15In MOST Things I Lack Self-ControlAll plastic pumpkins filled with Halloween candy should have this verse TAPED on them! Despite gluten and dairy sens…
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  • #MusicThatMoves - In the Silence
    The message of Sarah Kroger's prayerful song, In The Silence, will touch the heart of everyone who stops to listen.    ​Take a moment to listen now:“In the silence of the heart you speak,” Sarah’s voice reaches into my soul as I hear her wo…
    - 3 days ago5 Dec 16, 12:39pm -
  • #SmallSuccess Thursday - Kicking Off Advent
    Rapid Fire Small SuccessRealized that St Luke used eyewitness accounts to craft his Gospel.  ONE of those very important interviewees - MARY, The Mother of Jesus.  When we read about the Annunciation, Nativity, Visitation, Wedding Feast -- THESE ar…
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  • #WorthRevisit - ADVENTure Fragile Faith
    Good Advent ReadingFor Advent (2013) I read When Faith Feels Fragile by R. Scott Hurd.  His book, "Forgiveness: The Catholic Approach" has been an instrumental part of the women's retreats I offer on forgiveness. I honestly can not imagine what my…
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  • #MusicThatMoves - King of Love, My Shepherd Is
    The Love of a FatherWhat is it about the image of a lowly shepherd that instills in us a reminder of the love of our Father, the king of all love? Throughout scripture, from Genesis to Romans, this is the picturesque scene that tells of the wandering…
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  • #SnapAdvent - 2016 Social Media Photo Challenge
    HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Instagram:  Save the above image - and snpa a photo according to the days theme. Then hashtag #SnapAdvent and the day's theme you are sharing - it is OK if you do multiple days at a time - it is the holidays we WILL all have a d…
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  • #WorthRevisit - Weight Loss & Thanksgiving
    Weighing In - from a 2014 post​According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 69% of adults over 20 years old are overweight.  I am one of them, more specifically a yo-yo’ing one of them.  In my weight-loss journey I have successfu…
    - 15 days ago23 Nov 16, 1:22pm -

Snoring Scholar

  • My Favorite Advent Resources
    These are Advent resources that I've loved over the years. Enjoy!This post My Favorite Advent Resources appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • Olivia and the Little Way: A 5-Star Read, Says My Daughter
    Fern (age 11) reads Olivia and the Little Way and gives it a hearty 5 stars.This post Olivia and the Little Way: A 5-Star Read, Says My Daughter appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
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  • Becoming the Veteran Mom and Seven Habits for Moms
    I realized recently that I'm a "veteran mom" and then I got to thinking about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People...so here's a dose of encouragement to all of the other moms out there!This post Becoming the Veteran Mom and Seven Habits for Moms…
    - 88 days ago11 Sep 16, 6:25pm -

Embedded Faith

  • newThird Sunday of Advent Facebook Covers and Images - Cycle A
    Joy, Joy, Joy!  Gaudete Sunday is here!    I hope you enjoy these covers for the third Sunday of Advent (Cycle A Readings). var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • Don't Die a Photocopy!
      I stumbled upon  an article about a young boy Carlo Acutis, a 15-year-old Italian boy who died in 2006 of leukemia   and whose life  is currently under review for the cause of beatufication.   I was struck by one of his more famous sayings a…
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  • Second Sunday of Advent Facebook Covers and Images - Cycle A
    Two new designs for the Second Sunday of Advent - Cycle A readings for your use!(See 2nd option at bottome of post)OOPS!I made a bit of an error (and no one said anything).  In keeping with my past order of what each week of Advent represents, I mis…
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  • First Sunday of Advent Facebook Cover and Image - Cycle A
    A new Facebook Cover and matching sharable image for the first Sunday of Advent Cycle A.Addendum:A little bit late I know - but I have added an additional design for the first week of Advent!   var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true};…
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  • NEW Thanksgiving/Gratitude Facebook Covers
    Starting in early November you will begin to see social media gratitude challenge posts.   The Thanksgiving season seems to inspire many  to express  thier  gratitude with  daily posts.   These  new covers can be used to complement that expres…
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  • All Saints Day Facebook Cover and Images
    A  few new covers to celebrate the upcoming Feast Day! var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • Faith Makes Us Open...
    Two new images for you to share.Faith makes us open to the quiet presence of God at every moment of our lives, in every person and in every situation.Pope Francis var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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Association of Catholic Women Bloggers

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  • As the Morning Rising: Immaculate Conception Prayer/ Poem
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  • Advent: The Mystery of Jesus Coming Now, Today
    Advent readings at Mass focus us on the coming of Jesus in Majesty at the end of time, while Christmas decorations recall his coming in History in Bethlehem, but his third coming that we commemorate during Advent is his coming in Mystery. This com…
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  • An Interview on Christian Prayer With Our David Torkington
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  • newDeath and Human Dignity
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  • A Tertullian For Our Time: Merton For Better and For Worse
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  • St. Nicholas: Lover, Fighter . . . or Both?
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  • Darmok and Jalod Ad Orientem
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    This Throwback was first published 1 August 2015 on the blog Principium et Finis.Who do you see in the picture?     The Incarnation remains among the most astounding of Catholic doctrines.  It's not easy to believe that the Second Person of the…
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  • The Parable of theTrappists and the Icarians
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  • Star Trek, Secularism, and Christian Faith
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