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Finding God's Grace

  • newI’m All In
    “…one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” –Ephesians 4:4-6 For the first time in 52 years the cit…
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  • Father’s Day without Dad
    “As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children, exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you conduct yourselves as worthy of the God who calls you into his kingdom and glory.” –1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 Today is…
    - 7 days ago19 Jun 16, 1:44pm -
  • The Quest for Rest
    “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” –Matthew 11…
    - 14 days ago12 Jun 16, 1:28pm -
  • You’re Gonna Serve Somebody
    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed You’re gonna have to serve somebody Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord But you’re gonna have to serve somebody   -Bob Dylan One evening, while driving to the jail, I realized th…
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  • Fishermen and Fishers of Men
    As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.  He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  At once th…
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  • Where there is Love, There is God
    “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.” –1 John 4:16 I am in awe of young parents and their never ending battles with keeping up in this fast-pace…
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  • The Opposite of Ego is Love
    “I have been crucified with Christ. I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me.”  Galatians 2:20 We all have two voices playing…
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Lisa Graas

  • Five Catholic Quotes on #Brexit
    Tonight on CNN, Erin Burnett used the term “carnage” at least twice to refer to market reaction to the “Brexit” vote. Brexit is the people’s decision in the UK to exit the European Union. Brexit should be seen not as the end of the world a…
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  • Omar Mateen attended same mosque as first American suicide bomber in Syria
    Orlando jihadist Omar Mateen attended the same mosque, and prayed alongside, Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha. Abu-Salha was the first American suicide bomber in Syria. Christian Science Monitor: Another attendee from the small mosque, which is housed in a…
    - 9 days ago17 Jun 16, 11:46pm -
  • Breitbart’s Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos declares “social conservatism is dead”
    In a sparsely attended press conference in Orlando, Breitbart Tech editor and “gay rights” activist Milo Yiannopoulos (who goes by “Nero” on Twitter) declared “social conservatism is dead.” He likely does not realize how damaging his rema…
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  • Who is accountable for the Orlando shooting?
    Ex-gay speaker Joseph Sciambra has already been receiving hate mail blaming him (and others like him) for the massacre of 50 people at a gay bar in Orlando. Anderson Cooper blames Florida AG Pam Bondi. An old high school friend of mine blamed Pat Rob…
    - 12 days ago15 Jun 16, 1:30am -
  • Bishop Lynch compares AR-15s to nuclear weapons, blames Christians for Orlando attacks
    Has someone put a happy pill into Bishop Lynch’s juice? In a blog post, he compares AR-15s to nuclear weapons, calling them “weapons of mass destruction,” and implies that Christians are somehow to blame for the attack in Orlando by a Muslim wh…
    - 13 days ago13 Jun 16, 8:02pm -
  • Markey isn’t Only Victims’ Lobby Liar
    NEW YORK, June 13, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Bill Donohue (photo) comments on the victims’ lobby: The plight of those who have been sexually abused, especially minors, is a condition eminently worthy of our compassion. Unfortunately, many of th…
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  • HB 1947 treats churches, other private institutions differently
    By Joelle Shea As the understanding around the particulars of House Bill 1947 grows, many have questioned the disparate treatment of public entities (like public schools and government) and non-profit or private entities (like Catholic parishes and s…
    - 13 days ago13 Jun 16, 5:24pm -

Love Alone Creates

  • How to Help Your Children Deal with Stress
    How to Help Your Children Deal with Stress As any Mom knows, children are always growing and going through different phases. One day your little darling can’t get enough of playtime with the stackable cups you bought him, and the next, the stackabl…
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  • It’s a Mad World
    Does anyone else feel like they’re living in the Twilight Zone these days? There’s the 52-year-old man turned 6-year-old girl… …and the 25-year-old army vet smoking meth while dressed as a clown at a Waffle House… …among many, many other…
    - 4 days ago22 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • EWTN Morning Glory Interview
    Well, I have some really fantastic friends who also happen to be fans of my radio interviews.  Who are these people, anyway?  It’s incredible how I’ve gotten “used” to being on a ten minute segment of a fast-paced show, despite the fact tha…
    - 9 days ago17 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • Joining the Council on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    We never truly know how God is connecting the dots in our lives.  Case in point: I was holed up in my house one dreary, drab winter morning, inwardly sighing at how dreadful and gray everything appeared, both outside and in my life.  I hate stagnan…
    - 11 days ago15 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • Jon Leonetti in the Morning
    I’m ashamed to admit that I don’t know many talk radio hosts or channels.  Of course, I know the “big” names in Catholic media, like Teresa Tomeo, Al Kresta, Johnette Benkovic, and Jennifer Fulwiler.  But there are many talented radio hosts…
    - 16 days ago10 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • Goshen College Presentation
    My dear friend, Julie, approached me in the winter to ask if I would be willing to present on the topic of developmental diagnoses for one of her psychology classes at Goshen College.  Delighted, I eagerly accepted the invitation and prepared a talk…
    - 18 days ago8 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • Girlfriends and Other Saints
    Sometimes you pick up a book without considering the possibility that something inside might actually convict you to the point of wanting to me someone more, someone better than who you are today.  That particular book for me was Girlfriends and Oth…
    - 23 days ago3 Jun 16, 12:00pm -

David Torkington

  • “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
    I simply worshipped the heroes of ancient Greece when I was at school. I loved to hear stories about Troy and the heroes who fought there.The post “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 10 days ago16 Jun 16, 10:33pm -
  • The Love that Surpasses the Understanding
    When I first decided to spend my life searching for God I visited the great Carthusian monastery, St Hugh’s Charterhouse, Parkminster in Sussex with the intention of living the enclosed eremitical life.The post The Love that Surpasses the Understa…
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  • Brother John
    Brother John was a man with the best of intentions but a terrible temper that made him impossible to live with. He decided to go into the desert and find a monastery where he could come to terms with his affliction. The post Brother John appeared fi…
    - 38 days ago19 May 16, 12:43pm -
  • Lessons Learnt at Home
    My mother taught me to say my Morning Offering the moment I woke up in the morning. But above all she showed me how to put it into practice by her own example. The post Lessons Learnt at Home appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 49 days ago8 May 16, 11:23pm -
  • Know Thyself
    Archbishop Anthony Bloom gave one of the best retreats I ever attended. He began by telling the story of a retired headmistress who offered her services to him as his chauffeur. The post Know Thyself appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 70 days ago17 Apr 16, 11:47pm -
  • Busy About Many Things
    My mother's death happened so quickly and was so unexpected that I had difficulty coming to terms with it at the time. Everything seemed so unreal. I just didn't feel anythingThe post Busy About Many Things appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 84 days ago3 Apr 16, 10:53pm -
  • A Reflection on the Resurrection
    The Resurrection, means that Jesus has been swept up out of the world of space and time in which he'd lived before, not to leave us alone, but to be closer to us than ever before, and as he promised ‘even to the end of time.’ The post A Reflect…
    - 90 days ago28 Mar 16, 7:47pm -

Patti Maguire Armstrong

  • ACLU Honors Catholic Hospitals
     I’m very proud of the honor our Catholic hospitals received last month. Given that the culture of death is so aggressively pushing forward these days, I’m taking last month’s American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) angry report against Cath…
    - 10 days ago16 Jun 16, 3:09pm -
  • Brock Turner's Parents Should Seek Mercy From the Eternal Judge
     Trying to save a son from the consequences of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster is not acceptable. Brock Turner’s parents pleaded to the judge for mercy after a jury convicted their son of 3 felony counts of sexual assau…
    - 13 days ago13 Jun 16, 7:27pm -
  • How Significant Are We to God?
    Atheists consider the number of people that have been born in the history of the world and then they consider God then surmise: No way!  They can’t wrap their minds around God creating so many people and loving each one.  I can’t wrap my mind…
    - 23 days ago3 Jun 16, 4:37pm -
  • Our Lady of the Rosary Apparitions in Argentina Approved
    On Sunday, May 22, 2016, the local bishop of San Nicolas, Argentina, Most. Reverend Hector Cardelli, announced that the apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary are “supernatural in character” and “worthy of belief.”A devout Catholic housewife…
    - 34 days ago23 May 16, 4:09pm -
  • The Moment They Understood
    “You really were the Savior?  And I had you killed!”  Imagine Pontius Pilate at the moment of his death. And all the soldiers that delighted in scourging and crucifying Jesus. The Jewish Sanhedrin who refused to consider that the Messiah was in…
    - 40 days ago17 May 16, 10:02pm -
  • Jim Caviezel on Following Jesus
    “Everyone wants resurrection but no one wants suffering.”  Those are the words of  actor Jim Caviezel, best known for portraying Jesus Christ in the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ.  In this video, Caviezel explained that playing the role…
    - 47 days ago10 May 16, 6:23pm -
  • Due Process for a Tree
    The world is a safer place for one tall, skinny, pine tree, thanks to a contingent of tree lovers that laughed in the face of logic.  A spindly pine tree standing in isolation in a postage stamp backyard is now an official landmark in San Francisco.…
    - 52 days ago5 May 16, 2:44pm -

Footprints on the Journey

  • Making Memories With Family
      We all waited inside the catering hall for the guest of honor to arrive—my husband’s aunt (Rosa)—who was celebrating 80th birthday. It was a surprise party, and her children had invited the entire family to celebrate with her.  ... Continue…
    - 6 days ago20 Jun 16, 2:09pm -
  • When Things Seem Too Hard…Keep Going
      There is this great quote that I have hanging on my wall at home that says, in less refined language: If you’re going through hardships, keep going. The quote is attributed to Winston Churchill. I like it because it... Continue Reading →
    - 9 days ago17 Jun 16, 8:34pm -
  • Music That Moves You…To Pray
    I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of what I call “Jesus Rock.” That means I’m into musicians like Matt Maher and Lauren Daigle and bands like MercyMe and Casting Crowns. Right now, I have one particular song that... Continue Reading…
    - 12 days ago14 Jun 16, 5:38pm -
  • ‘I Know You’

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  • You Bet I Bet On God!
      How do you relate to God? Do you compare Him in some way to something or someone familiar? I definitely do. Sometimes I think of Him as a father figure or as a best friend. Those are on the... Continue Reading →
    - 19 days ago7 Jun 16, 4:48pm -
  • Hoarders—The ‘Mental’ Edition
    I’m an emotional hoarder. What I mean by that is I stockpile emotions until the weight of them becomes unbearable to hold and then I burst out in an explosion of whatever emotion I’ve been holding onto. It’s not a... Continue Reading →
    - 31 days ago26 May 16, 2:07pm -
  • Walking on the Journey
    Two years ago, right around this time, I wrote a post about my best friend who happens to be an atheist. It was one of my highest rated posts, with the largest number of views in the history of this... Continue Reading →
    - 33 days ago24 May 16, 1:42pm -

A Living Monstrance

  • The Resurrection and the Life
    I’ve finished my latest summary of my recent time in Ecuador, I’ll think you’ll like it! Wishing you blessings for the summer season, Jerome
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  • The Leader of the Industry of Rest
    In the relief effort for the people in Ecuador affected by the earthquake, I had some funding and we were able to purchase some very much needed goods. One of these were mattresses, which are in deman in rural poor areas. So, a friend and I visited a…
    - 12 days ago14 Jun 16, 8:08pm -
  • Another Hand
    Hi everyone, Well, we got back on Friday and I’ve been away without much internet until just now, so I wanted to do an update as soon as I could… There’s so much to tell, and as I’m preparing for my own flight to return to Boston, I’ll just…
    - 27 days ago30 May 16, 9:24pm -
  • His Kid-ness
    A few days ago I was visiting the local elementary and middle school in Chontal, and I took a seat outside as the students were in recess and the day was finishing up. One of the second graders that I know came up and sat beside me. She looked at the…
    - 40 days ago17 May 16, 4:50pm -
  • Ecuador Relief Update
    Hi everyone, Well, we are back in Quito, and what a trip! I have put the whole story here: This Sway story will give you a full picture and hopefully an experience of participating in the mission. It includes photos and videos and stories, as well as…
    - 54 days ago4 May 16, 3:41am -
  • In The Silence
    On April 16 at almost 7pm local time here in Ecuador, I was getting ready for Mass with the local parish priest who had arrived. We set up the altar, prepared the vessels and books, got the microphone set up, and rang the churchbell with one and then…
    - 60 days ago27 Apr 16, 10:06am -
  • All It Takes Is A Hand
    One day a few months ago, I was visiting a butterfly farm in Ecuador with some guests that I had brought along. One of the things you can do at the butterfly farm is put a butterfly onto your finger with some squished banana that they put out just fo…
    - 61 days ago26 Apr 16, 10:29pm -

These Stone Walls

  • A Grievous Error in Judge Joseph LaPlante’s Court

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  • At the Twilight of Fatherhood: Cry, the Beloved Country
    Fatherhood fades from the landscape of the human heart to the peril of the souls of our youth. For some young men in prison, absent fathers conjure vacant dreams. “Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Le…
    - 11 days ago15 Jun 16, 3:13pm -
  • Hillary Clinton v Donald Trump: The Burden of a Vote
    The next president of the United States will nominate a pivotal justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s a critical factor for those voting for the lesser of evils. I make it a point not to wade into politics on These Stone Walls, but the current U.…
    - 19 days ago8 Jun 16, 7:31am -
  • Priesthood in the Real Presence and the Present Absence
    A new Manual for Eucharistic Adoration from the Poor Clares and Saint Benedict Press has found a captive audience in Fr Gordon MacRae as he marks 34 years of priesthood. “You have GOT to be joking!” That was my first reaction. In early April this…
    - 26 days ago1 Jun 16, 4:47am -
  • Seasons of Donald Trump, Bill de Blasio, and Pope Francis
    It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the spring of Trump, the summer of de Blasio, the fall of Francis, and, for some, the winter of despair. Several weeks ago, I wrote an entire TSW post about Donald Trump and the bizarre traj…
    - 33 days ago25 May 16, 5:17am -

Arlene Spensley

  • Why I don’t miss Snapchat.
    I don’t miss Snapchat. At all. And for lots of reasons. But one of them is the same reason that a Verily editor who recently wrote about Snapchat is sick of the app: some of its filters “Photoshop” your dang face. She wrote: In one swipe, my fa…
    - 25 days ago1 Jun 16, 8:13pm -
  • What we’ve learned in dating long distance
    I sat at the gate a half hour before I would board the plane and cracked open a copy of Harry Potter. It could quell the urge to pout about how I had to spend the morning: traveling 784 miles away from my boyfriend. The distance between my city a…
    - 33 days ago25 May 16, 1:45am -
  • 3 Lessons and 2 Tips from Chris Donatto
    3 Lessons and 2 Tips is a series of interviews in which some of my favorite people (and probably some of yours) share three lessons they’ve learned by being married, plus two tips for single people. This edition features Chris Donatto, who “has d…
    - 59 days ago28 Apr 16, 6:24pm -
  • Do not quit.
    In 2011, only five weeks before the end of what had been a difficult semester of grad school, I pined for finals week. Being in that place reminded me of what it feels like to aim for the finish line on a dragon boat. Several springs ago, I s…
    - 84 days ago4 Apr 16, 1:07am -
  • In or near Philadelphia? Let’s meet!
    Save the date, Philly (and if you don’t live there, please send this to a friend who does!): I’ll speak about practicing chastity in a culture that calls it crazy at 7:30 p.m. April 15 (a Friday). The Theology on Tap-style event, hosted by Genera…
    - 89 days ago30 Mar 16, 12:24am -
  • Please don’t accept me as I am.
    One day I will look my future husband in the face and say it: “Please don’t accept me as I am.” I turned 30 before I decided that I would do this — a decision that Timothy Keller helped me make. In his book The Meaning of Marriage, Kelle…
    - 91 days ago27 Mar 16, 10:00pm -
  • How chastity can lead to good sex.
    As a colleague and I crossed the parking lot at the Port Richey bureau of the Tampa Bay Times, he pointed at the bumper sticker on my car’s rear windshield. He read it aloud: “Chastity is for lovers.” He furrowed his brow and tilted his head, p…
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Harvesting Fruits of Contemplation

Grow in Virtue

  • Seeking the Purpose
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.God often takes things from us for His own good reasons. Our task is to seek the purpose. Much like everyone else, I have suffered many losses throughout my life. Some major, like the death of my father and m…
    - 7 days ago19 Jun 16, 10:35pm -
  • The True Measure of Success
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.I just returned from a vacation spent in the company of an old friend. Because it rained during much of our trip, we ended up talking quite a bit over the course of a week. We talked about our lives. Our fam…
    - 20 days ago6 Jun 16, 10:29pm -
  • 6 Ways to Slow Down & Enjoy Your Summer
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.It’s Time for the Great Summer Slow Down About 10 years ago I was working for a large corporation. Making some pretty good money. Traveling often. Promoted several times. Life was busy. I was miserable. W…
    - 32 days ago26 May 16, 1:51am -
  • Peace Through Daily Prayer & Faith
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Yesterday was a day for multi-tasking. I had to prepare and meet with a client at work, then work on multiple projects while there, then drive home to take my mom to a doctor’s appointment, then drive bac…
    - 40 days ago17 May 16, 11:13pm -
  • Give Your All to the Moment You’re In
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Ever notice that we rush through our days with so much to do, so much we think we should be doing, so much we think we’re missing out on…but how often do we give the proper time and attention to the momen…
    - 54 days ago3 May 16, 10:40pm -
  • Learn to Be Happy with Who & Where You Are Now
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Spend, spend, spend. Compare, compare, compare. More, more, more. Fun, fun, fun. The Perception That to be Happy, I Must Want More There is no getting around it, we live in a world that drives us to want more…
    - 74 days ago13 Apr 16, 1:01pm -
  • God Replacements – How to Avoid Them & Get Back on Track!
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.The Path to Good Intentions I have developed a spiritual routine over the past few years that serves me well. It has helped to keep me focused, driven and on track. But, lately I have been reduced by my own w…
    - 84 days ago3 Apr 16, 10:26pm -

It Makes Sense to Me

  • Pope Francis--The Foremost Ambassador of Humility
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry Peterson                                        This is from the Gospel of Luke; Chapter 9: vs 46-50An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest.Jesus realized the intent…
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  • The Catholic Church—Saying “NO” to a World Screaming “YES”
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonHow did the precepts of ethics and morality, based on the Ten Commandments and the "Golden Rule", become a pariah to so many? How did these principles ever become inverted?  Why have they seemingly been tossed by…
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  • Missing From the 2016 Presidential Campaign—any Mention of God & Religion
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonThere is an old cliche which says, "One thing you should never argue or discuss is politics or religion."One thing is for sure, when it comes to politics and politicians no one is mentioning anything about religio…
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  • The Demons of Abadon; Cover & Preview
    ANNOUNCING!The Demons of AbadonA NovelBy Larry PetersonNOW AVAILABLE!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5.8Part of the Rebirth of Ca…
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  • Reality Check: Does Having Judeo-Christian Values Make You a Candidate for Genocide?
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonThe words--annihilation, extermination, carnage, and slaughter, to name a few, are synonyms for the word "Holocaust". The word "genocide"not invented until 1941, fits right in there. But none of those words bring…
    - 22 days ago4 Jun 16, 6:43pm -
  • RE: Gender Equality; Is Their Any Info Available on Gender Differences?
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry Peterson With the furor raging over the question of gender equality (identity), it might be time for EVERYONE to visit  St. John Paul II's, Apostolic Letter regarding the dignity of women, Mulieris Dignitatem . The c…
    - 30 days ago27 May 16, 6:10pm -
  • 3 Saints Who Never Knew the Impact They Would Have on Others -
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonThis article appeared in Aleteia on May 18, 2016St. Vincent de Paul, Blessed Frederick Ozanam, St. Jeanne JuganSaint-Servan, France,1839:  On a bitterly cold winter night,  Jeanne Jugan , 47, looked out from…
    - 34 days ago23 May 16, 10:54am -

David Gray

  • More Homosexualism from Neo-Heretic James Martin (Jesuit)
    BEWARE of the wolves in the Catholic Church. They have taken control of some of it highest offices. They are vell well liked. And they are destroying souls.
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  • 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…
    - 12 days ago14 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…
    - 18 days ago8 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…
    - 30 days ago28 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…
    - 37 days ago20 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…
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  • Dealing with Disappointment Is Difficult
    I'm not angry with God. That is some significant maturity from twelve years ago. I mean, I prayed for what I wanted and asked that His will be done. Obviously, this wasn't His will, so I should be happy, but I'm not. I should be rejoicing for my…
    - 51 days ago6 May 16, 1:42pm -

Our Franciscan Fiat

  • Grateful for a Strange Sort of Blessing
    After my last post about not being so busy as to lose the spirit of prayer and devotion, I mentally chided myself about what I was getting myself into yesterday morning. Last fall, we froze a bunch of pumpkin that we had received, cleaned, baked, pee…
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  • “But They Should Not Be So Busy…”
    The “Rule and Life of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis,” which we promise to observe when professing our vows, has many statements that call us to follow Christ more closely. I can remember feeling a little over…
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  • “Please Carry Me”
    We just returned late last evening from our annual six-day retreat.  It was a good experience, though by Day Six, as usual, I was getting a little antsy from all the silence and lack of regular work routine. One great thing about it was that this ye…
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  • Weeping…Wiping…Anointing
    This past Sunday’s gospel from Luke 7 (and similar accounts) has long been a special one for me, one which deeply resonates with me.  It is the story of the sinful woman weeping, bathing Jesus’ feet with her tears and drying them with her hair,…
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  • Grateful for the Friendship of Saint Anthony
    Note: As we approach the feast of a great Franciscan saint, Anthony of Padua, I asked my sister Angie if she could write a post since she has a special devotion to him.  Below is her reflection ~ ~ ~ As a teen, I attended a summer trip with my youth…
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  • Keeping God on the Streets
    Please don’t take me wrong – I’m not thinking I’m better than anybody else…I am simply reflecting on something that’s been on my heart a little bit after a recent experience. I was a bit disturbed by something I saw recently, although it…
    - 20 days ago7 Jun 16, 5:48am -
  • Roses for June
    June is a beautiful month.  You might call me prejudiced, though, since it’s my birth month.  I have so many fond memories of this time of year, late spring: fragrant lilacs blooming on the bush in our back yard and then making their way to a vas…
    - 23 days ago3 Jun 16, 3:05pm -

Theology is a Verb

  • Worth Revisiting: Drop by Drop
    Loyola Press in Partnership with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Department of Justice, Peace and Development In this beautifully illustrated book, we follow a young girl named Sylvie from the small country of Burkina Faso in Wester…
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  • Living a Life of Privilege
    privilege noun priv·i·lege \ˈpriv-lij, ˈpri-və-\ : a right or benefit that is given to some people and not to others : a special opportunity to do something that makes you proud      (Merriam-Webster) I grew up in a single parent home, the…
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  • Worth Revisiting: A Spirituality Glimpsed
    Every now and then, we are given those moments where we glimpse an aspect of ourselves embodied distinctively in the rather small bodies of our children. We are reckoned with the fact that for better or worse, they have assumed a bit of our personali…
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  • The Sound of Silence
    At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to a cave, where he took shelter. But the word of the LORD came to him, “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.” A strong and heavy wind was rending the mounta…
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  • Worth Revisiting: Writing and Spirituality
    With so much going on around us these days, have you ever found yourself in what seems to be the consistent cycle of playing catch up without the necessary time for all the things you love? Do you feel that you lack the time to reflect on the essenti…
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  • What Truly Matters
    Can you recall a landmark moment in your life? A  time when it became suddenly visible what truly mattered, and where God was in it all? The following is one of my very own- all but a blink of God’s eyes yet a graced moment when I will forever…
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  • Worth Revisiting: Mercy in the City
    If you find yourself wanting to grow spiritually, and to understand the connection in our shared journey as a people of faith, this is a sincerely beautiful witness! Available through Loyola Press. Mercy in the City is a witty and truly authentic gra…
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Virginia Lieto

  • Return to Paradise, by Tim Speer – Book Review
    Return to Paradise, by Tim Speer, makes for an interesting read. David Martin, a Catholic investment banker from Dallas, Texas, is in the process of driving to his hometown in Missouri.  OOPS! His car suffers a little mishap near Spring River Misso…
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  • Hello Summer! Embrace the Season with Gratitude
    Today marks the first day of Summer. It’s a time of year when families come together to refresh mind, body and spirit. Perhaps it’s a trip to the mountains, or a week at the beach; whatever your pleasure, I hope that you experience much peace, jo…
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  • Luke Gabriel: The Back Story Behind the Scenes
    In Adventures of Faith, Hope, and Charity: Finding Patience, Mr. Luke Gabriel lives next door to his new neighbors, the Livingstone family. He is retired from corporate life, and a widower. To fill his spare time these days, he breeds Westminster Ter…
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  • Saint Anthony of Padua, My Favorite Saint
    On this Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, I just had to share an experience that my husband and I had while visiting the Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua, Italy. We had planned on visiting Rome, Florence and a day trip to Tuscany. Padua was not orig…
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  • Dying for Revenge: Book Review
    Wow! Oh, wow! Dying for Revenge, the debut novel by Barbara Golder is fantastic! Talk about page-turners! Barbara Golder had me hooked from page one. The characters are deep and riveting, to the point where you won’t truly understand the depth of e…
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  • Counseling the Doubtful, Instructing the Ignorant
     This month we begin our discussion of the spiritual works of mercy. In this post, we focus on counseling the doubtful and instructing the ignorant. These two spiritual works of mercy seem to go hand in hand; similar on one level, but in actuality,…
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  • What are You Doing with the Rest of Your Life?
    Have you ever really given this question much thought: What are you doing with the rest of your life? I ask from the perspective of what you plan to do with your eternal life. At the time of your departure from this earthly life, you will go down one…
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Single Mom Smiling

Can We Cana?

Big C Catholics

  • newFeast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
    The Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, also known as Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, is celebrated on June 27th by the universal Church.The devotion to this Marian icon centers around the picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, written on wood, wit…
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  • newOptional Memorial of Saint Cyril of Alexandria
    June 27th is the Optional Memorial of Saint Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria, one of the metropolitan sees of the Christian Church in the east. Cyril defended the faith against the heresy of Nestorius who taught that in Christ there were two persons, o…
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  • newHomily for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 3, 2016, Year C
    He Sent them out Two by Two (Il les envoya deux à deux), James Tissot, 1886-1896Fr. Charles IrvinSenior PriestDiocese of Lansing(Click here for today’s readings)I want to begin today by going all the way back to our beginnings, back to t…
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  • newThe Novena to St. Maria Goretti Begins June 27th
    Saint Maria Goretti is the Church's youngest canonized saint. She was born near Ancona, Italy into a poor peasant family. Known for her cheerfulness and piety, Maria attended Mass often and loved God completely. She was also beautiful. At age 11, she…
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  • newPlenary Indulgence Obtainable on the Feast of the Holy Apostles, Peter & Paul
    A partial indulgence may be obtained on the Feast of the Holy Apostles, Peter and Paul by the faithful, who devoutly use an article of devotion (crucifix, cross, rosary. scapular or medal) properly blessed by a priest.But if the article of devotion…
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Catholic Conundrum

  • St. John 's Feast: Preparing the Way Through Music?
    Image attribution: PublicDomain Pictures/ 18043, 2014, "Prepare ye the Way of the Lord!!"Are certain chords from a certain song from the musical Godspell  playing in your head despite y…
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  • Decaffeinated...I mean, Decapitated!  The Power of Communication
    Image attribution: Wall Street by thetaxhaven, 2012, "He was decaffeinated!!"  "What?" came my reply to the pair of big blue eyes staring up at me in shock."He was decaffeinated!  The main guy in the movie!!"  It took my mind a few…
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  • Lego & Craft Challenge this week....create something for Dad!
    Image attribution: dad - wokandapix 2015 public domain New Lego and Craft Challenge:  Honor your Father for Father's Day! How important are our dads?  Very important!  Not only because they are commissioned to take care of us and…
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  • Re-imagining - An Adventure in Uncovering Scripture, August 2015 Did you ever take a story and try to imagine yourself as each of the main characters?  Such an exercise can be incredibly beneficial, especially when applying it to stories from the Bib…
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  • Check out this cool Star Wars "Abraham" Lego Clip to go along with our new challenge!
      New Lego and Craft Challenge:  Abraham's Big TestWhat would you do if God appeared to you and asked you to sacrifice a member of your family that you loved very much?  It would be so hard that we couldn't even imagine it, right?  Read about the…
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  • A Lesson in Summer Planning: Sports, Camps, and Roadtrips - Oh my! by Alexas Fotos, March 2016 Summer!!!!  I just love all of the seasons.  And even though I am not the greatest fan of heat, I can't help but love summer!Being a homeschooling mom, summer means a break in schoolin…
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  • New Lego and Craft Challenge: St. Joan of Arc
    Image attribution: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres - New Lego and Craft Challenge:  St. Joan of Arc, Heroine of FranceWhat do St. Michael the Archangel, a horse and armor all have in common?  St. Joan of Arc, of course!  Read…
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Catholic Fire

  • Discernment 101

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  • St. John the Baptist, Bonfires, and Celebrating "Summer Christmas"
    Today is the solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. How will you celebrate this great saint's birthday?St. John the Baptist was a prophet filled with a fiery zeal for declaring Christ’s coming and the need for repentance. We know that h…
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  • St. Joseph Cafasso: Apostle of Hope
    Today, June 23, we honor St. Joseph Cafasso, an Italian priest who was a social reformer in Turin during the 19th century. He is the patron of prison chaplains, spiritual directors, and prisoners. He is known as the "Priest of the Gallows".He was bor…
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  • Sts.Thomas More and John Fisher, martyrs
    June 22 is the feast of Sts.Thomas More, martyr, and John Fisher, bishop and martyr. St. Thomas More was born in London, England and was Chancellor of King Henry VIII. He was a devoted, loving husband and father and a dedicated public servant.St. Joh…
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    Lord Jesus, You came to heal our wounded and troubled hearts. I beg You to heal the torments that cause anxiety in my heart; I beg You, in a particular way, to heal all that are the cause of sin.Lord Jesus, You know my burdens. I lay them all on Your…
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  • St. Aloysius Gonzaga
    by Jean M. HeimannThe saint of the day for June 21, Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-1591), was the firstborn in a highly wealthy and influential Italian noble family.  His father was a famous mercenary soldier.  Aloysius assumed adult responsibilities at an…
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  • Learning to be Alone
    Being alone isn’t supposed to be scary. In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz shows us how solitude can be an invitation and doesn't have to lead to loneliness. God himself has revealed to us how he is a relationship of love between Father, Son, and Holy…
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A Catholic Citizen in America

  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • Flat Earth, Psalms 150:1 — and Joy
    (From N. F. Gier, University of Idaho; adapted from an illustration in the New American Bible: St. Joseph Edition; used w/o permission.)(A Mesopotamian cosmology, about two dozen centuries back.)'The Bible says Earth is flat.'If you live in America,…
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Leonie's Longing

  • From my Inner Cell: Conversations with God for convent-leavers
    By AfterEpiphany. You may have had the experience of making casual reference to your former “cell” in a conversation with a friend or family member, only to be met with a surprised look and that inevitable comparison between convent cells and pri…
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  • Monday Memes #59

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  • Monday Memes #58
    In honour of the Saint whose Feast falls today…
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  • Hope O My Soul
    By Anonymouse. It was about four years ago now. I was on a discernment retreat and I heard Jesus speak to my heart that he was not calling me to be a religious sister. He was calling me to marriage. I told Him about the beauty of religious life, how…
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  • Monday Memes #57

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  • Do You Love Me?
    By Ignatia. When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said t…
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  • Monday Memes #56

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Catholic Light-Radical Faith and Trust

Joy of 9

  • Pope Francis and Holy, Undignified Joy
    A Christian is one who is invited… to join in the feast, to the joy of being saved, to the joy of being redeemed, to the joy of sharing life with Christ. This is a joy! You are called to a party!  Po… Source: Pope Francis and Holy, Undignified J…
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  • Pope Francis and Holy, Undignified Joy
    A Christian is one who is invited… to join in the feast, to the joy of being saved, to the joy of being redeemed, to the joy of sharing life with Christ. This is a joy! You are called to …
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  • Saints Let God Do All The Work
      Most of us have a skewed view of what it means to be a saint. Saints like St. Francis of Assisi and St. Thérèse exemplify the childlike spirit that God loves. St. Thérèse’s thoughts on prayer help clarify what exactly …
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  • St. Joseph, Art, and Modern Fathers
      I have a new insight into the importance of fathers this year as I see my two sons and two sons-in-law interact with their children. One of my son-in-laws says that he could never see himself as a father …
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  • Presence Evangelism
    This move of the Spirit is quiet, subtle and entirely grassroots.  The stars have fallen. The big names have grown old. Society is weary of huge, dazzling Christian shows. People crave reality. Evangelism of the Word Evangelism has gone through …
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  • Transformed
    Pain and fear of inadequacy,   Instantly swept aside. Surprised as A surge of motherly love Rose up in my heart. A sense of awe at The miracle of creation. We examined tiny, Perfectly formed Fingers and toes. Startled by …
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  • Me, Myself, and, I
    If we are brutally honest, most Catholics must concede we view the world as if we stood at the centre of the universe with everyone and everything else revolving around us. This egocentric stance affects how we think, feel, act, …
    - 20 days ago7 Jun 16, 12:19am -

Reconciled to You

  • #SmallSuccess Thursday - Lessons on God's Love
    Lesson #1:God's love for me DOES NOT depend on me ... AT ALL!!I can not lose it nor do anything to increase it  - it is already at max capacity for me; which is a love more complete than I could ever imagine!!  He loved me into being.  I did not,…
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  • #WorthRevisit - Reflections and Appearances
    One of my greatest blogging honors is being a part of the inspiring Gospel Reflection team at was our first summer at our new parish and our first time participating in Vacation Bible School. I was flanked on one side by my teenage…
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  • #SmallSuccess Thursday: Radio, Weight Loss, and Grace Ed.
    Small Success #1:After 2 years ofhosting a radio show - and after a couple less than stellar coaching meetings on my radio performance, I finally  knocked one out of the park!   Well, I would like to think there were more good than challenging to l…
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  • #WorthRevisit - Shedding My Pharisee Facade 
    ​Jesus warned to not be like the scribes and Pharisees, “For they preach but they do not practice,” another way of looking at that, “practice what you preach.”    Sadly, I can think of at least one (okay, who am I fooling really MANY mor…
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  • #WorthRevisit - Scripture as Teacher
    When we last left our hero (Jesus, of course), in my December 2015, Practical Steps to Fill Your Grace Well, New Evangelizers column, He was calling us to be strengthened through the Scriptures. To be honest, many years ago I thought I knew what it…
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  • #WorthRevisit - Forgiveness Edition
    Lying on his death bed, Jane de Chantal’s husband forgave his cousin who had accidentally shot him while hunting. His young, devoted, heart-broken widow—now a single mother of four young children—was not as fast to reconcile. Jane approached fo…
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  • Life Lessons (Patrick Madrid):  Book Review
    Long a Patrick Madrid fan -- it is not a surprise I loved his most recent book (Ignatius Press).  It also never hurts to send Squirrel Girl books with SHORT chapters (reads as I think)! How often do I have a long stretch of time to sit with a good…
    - 27 days ago30 May 16, 1:52pm -

Snoring Scholar

  • ‘Frindle’ by Andrew Clements: 5 Stars from My Girls
    Fern (age 11) and Charlotte (age 8) share their review of 'Frindle,' a middle grade novel by Andrew Clements.This post ‘Frindle’ by Andrew Clements: 5 Stars from My Girls appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
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  • Dusting Myself Off and Welcoming Summer #SQT
    Hey, it’s summer! Well, not officially: according to the calendar, we have at least a few days before summer’s here. According to my life, though, summer is HERE. The kids are home from school, the pool is open for business, the hay is being cut…
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  • From Dismissive to Catholic…How’d THAT Happen?
    Just how did Kevin Lowry go from being a dismissive-of-religion party boy to being a faithful Catholic? He's here to share a bit and introduce his newest book.This post From Dismissive to Catholic…How’d THAT Happen? appeared first on Snoring Sch…
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  • My Girls Review ‘Libby of High Hopes’ by Elise Primavera
    Fern (age 11) and Charlotte (age 8) share their thoughts about 'Libby of High Hopes,' a middle grade novel by Elise Primavera.This post My Girls Review ‘Libby of High Hopes’ by Elise Primavera appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
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  • Dying for Revenge: A Book Full of Surprises (and Truth)
    Looking for a good summer read? Or just a novel that will keep you turning pages or clicking the screen for more, more, more? Here you go.This post Dying for Revenge: A Book Full of Surprises (and Truth) appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
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  • Because You Know You Want to Read More Books
    If you want to read more books, you might benefit from Brandon Vogt's "Read More Books" course. Here are my thoughts on it...This post Because You Know You Want to Read More Books appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
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  • The Story of Writing a Novel that’s NOT So Far-Fetched
    Michelle Buckman shares how a book she wrote has started to come true...and why it's important that we recognize and stand firm in our morality and beliefs.This post The Story of Writing a Novel that’s NOT So Far-Fetched appeared first on Snoring…
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Embedded Faith

  • Make No Mistakes...
    A thought from St. Teresa of Avila.....One who makes no mistakes, makes nothing.    var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • Facebook Cover/Image for Those Mourning in Orlando
    There are times when we cannot find the words....  So I turn to the   wisdom  and comfort found in  our  Holy Scripture  and I offer these humble images . var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • 14  Shareable Quotes/Tweets from Pope Francis on Mercy and Forgiveness

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  • A New  Cover and Image for Mother's Day
     “Mothers are the strongest antidote to the spread of self-centred individualism… It is they who testify to the beauty of life”.  Certainly, “a society without mothers would be dehumanized, for mothers are always, even in the worst of times…
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  • 12 NEW  Images on  the Virtue of Gratitude #IveGotANewGratitude
    I'm keeping the gratitude flowing this Easter Season. Here are 12 more images  in the  I've Got A New Gratitude Series with quotes on the virtue of Gratitude.  Perfect for sharing on social media year round not just during the Easter Season.Let y…
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  • I've Got a New Gratitude!  13 Quotes/Images on Gratefulness
    The season of Easter (and yes it is a season and not just a day!) speaks to me of gratefulness.     With that in mind, here are 13 new quotes/images on gratitude  for sharing.  If you would like a cover image,  then be sure to check out the  Gr…
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  • Special Request - Divine Mercy Sunday
    By special request from Claudette Ann on Facebook, this is a series of images to use for Divine Mercy Sunday.   Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter. It is based on the private revelations of St. Faustina Kowalska, an…
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Association of Catholic Women Bloggers

  • newA Morning Offering
      from The Cloistered Heart
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  • new10 Minute Daily Retreat: Spiritual Gift of Wisdom Reflection 5
    How many times do we find our minds being 'unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind'? (James 1:7)Do you have a mentor in your life who will calmly tell you to go away and 'pray about it'? Sometimes I find that response inf…
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  • As the Morning Rising: Snapshot of Family Life
    As the Morning Rising: Snapshot of Family Life: Family Geraniums on windowsills White nets and red blossoms Worked their way into memory So too strange coins, and stamps in little opa...
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  • Centering prayer and distractions
    One Centering Prayer practitioner wrote to me in an online conversation, “In this information age of constant texting and tweets I think Centering Prayer is a very practical way to do ‘be still’ and surrender in God’s presence; it’s help…
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  • 'Another said, “I will follow you, Lord'". Sunday Reflections, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
    The Disrobing of Christ (El Espolio), El Greco, 1577-79Gospel Luke 9:51-62 (NRSV, Catholic Ed., Can)When the days drew near for Jesus to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a…
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  • Pope Francis and Holy, Undignified Joy
    Joy is not just for Pentecostals; joy is also for Catholics. Joy is not just for a few simple-minded anti- intellectuals, it is also for intellectuals. As C.S. Lewis explains,“Joy is the serious business of heaven”. Pope Francis is explicit when…
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  • As the Morning Rising: Future - Poem
    As the Morning Rising: Future - Poem: Future Unafraid to be led by the hand And taken to a place I've not yet seen A place of mystery Of delicate unfolding I journ...
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The Catholic Catalogue

  • newTheirs Was a 25-Year Romance. Then He Took a Bullet to Save the Life of a Stranger.
    Read about the life and heroism of one Catholic, Malcolm Winfell, in The Washington Post here: Theirs Was a 25-Year Romance. Then He Took a Bullet to Save the Life of a Stranger.
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  • newNo Place Like It
    TCC's own Anna Keating describes how the birth of her first child and the death of her grandmother caused her to move back to her hometown. It's in America here: No Place Like It
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  • TCC Playlist: Hallelujah by Alicia Keys
    "Hallelujah, let me in."Alicia Keys has been thinking about social justice and human dignity. First, she stopped wearing makeup and tried to empower women to feel comfortable as is. Now, she's performing music about the refugee crisis. Listen to "…
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  • Saying Yes to Love
    June is the most popular month for weddings.  TCC's own Anna Keating writes about her husband's three wedding related requests. "He wanted a litany of saints. It seemed the honest way to begin: asking for help." Read it in America here: Saying Ye…
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  • TCC Playlist: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi
    We're fans of the new Blind Willie Johnson tribute album "God Don't Ever Change," featuring artists like Lucinda Williams, The Cowboy Junkies, and The Blind Boys of Alabama. Listen to Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi cover "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed a…
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  • California Churches Forced to Cover Abortions
    "Even those who disagree should be able to respect the conscience rights of those who wish not to be involved."Religious freedom has been significantly eroded under President Obama. Churches in California will now be forced to pay for their employe…
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  • Make a Joyful Noise
    Anna Keating in US Catholic on music, the divine, and why Catholics can't sing. Read it here: Make a Joyful Noise
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Nisi Dominus

  • Nativity Of John The Baptist: Joannes Est Nomen Eius
    Child Jesus with John The Baptist by Bartolome Murillo The liturgical calendar normally commemorates a saint on the date of his or her death, which is the date on which that particular saint joined God in Heaven.  There are only two birthdays that w…
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  • Is Raul Ready To Repent?
    The throwback post below was first published in May of 2015. Since then, the Castros did indeed welcome Pope Francis warmly last September, and when he met with the head of the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Havana this past February. All the…
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  • St. John Fisher, Thomas More, And The Contraception Mandate
    The Church commemorates June 22nd as the Feast of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, both martyred for the Faith and the Catholic Church by the English King Henry VIII.  Below is an updated version of a post I originally posted in 2014  about thes…
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  • Are We Collaborators In The Culture Of Death?
       Hillary Clinton’s first speech last week after securing enough delegates to win the Democratic Party’s nomination was to the political arm of world’s largest provider of abortions, Planned Parenthood.  Clinton told the assembled pro-abo…
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  • Prisoners Of Our Own Device
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