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Finding God's Grace

  • A Father’s Love Letter
    This week, we got into a lively discussion with two inmates at the jail.  They were on fire with their faith and it was refreshing to hear young men speak of their love for God.  Near the end of our time together, one of the inmates took a hand-wri…
    - 2 days ago25 Sep 16, 1:38pm -
  • A Quiet Ego
    “..With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.” –Ephesians 4:2-3 What ever happened to humility?  In the past century it has be…
    - 9 days ago18 Sep 16, 1:26pm -
  • She Called Me an Angel
    Let mutual love continue.  Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.  Hebrews 13:1-2 Glancing at my busy schedule today, I noticed that I have a strategic Planning Session coming up for the Community Pregn…
    - 16 days ago11 Sep 16, 11:54am -
  • Lord, Show Me a Sign
    God added his testimony by signs, wonders, various acts of power and distribution of the gifts of the Holy Spirit according to his will.  Hebrews 2:4 To say I wasn’t having a good day would be an understatement.  Nothing, from the time I opened m…
    - 23 days ago4 Sep 16, 4:05pm -
  • Bitter or Better?
    “You either get bitter or better. It’s that simple.  You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down.  The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you.”  —Josh Shi…
    - 30 days ago28 Aug 16, 1:26pm -
  • Give Thanks
    “If only mortals would learn how great it is to possess divine grace, how beautiful, how noble, how precious. How many riches it hides within itself, how many joys and delights! No one would complain about his cross or about troubles that may happe…
    - 37 days ago21 Aug 16, 3:01pm -
  • I’m too Busy to Pray
    “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.   Matthew 7:7-8 Years ago, Mot…
    - 44 days ago14 Aug 16, 10:16am -

Lisa Graas

Love Alone Creates

  • Interview on Catholic Comments Podcast
    Months ago, I enjoyed an intellectually stimulating conversation with two professors of theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska about my book.  Interestingly, the two of them told me they don’t typically interview authors, but they saw…
    - 4 days ago23 Sep 16, 12:00pm -
  • Bookmark Interview on EWTN
    One of the particularly exciting aspects of being part of the Catholic Marketing Network live conference was meeting and hobnobbing with some amazing brand names in the Catholic media.  Because I have a traditionally published book that is recognize…
    - 11 days ago16 Sep 16, 12:00pm -
  • Motherhood: On Losing My Mind
    When I was single, I would endlessly ponder lofty thoughts and ideals, never realizing how many hours of my day were spend inward rather than expressing my thoughts.  As a natural introvert, this was a normal way of existing, yet I took it for grant…
    - 13 days ago14 Sep 16, 12:00pm -
  • At Home with Jim and Joy
    Imagine my surprise when, upon returning home from the Catholic Marketing Network/Catholic Writers Guild conference, I receive an email from EWTN’s At Home with Jim and Joy producer.  Naively, I thought he was requesting a radio interview, until I…
    - 18 days ago9 Sep 16, 12:00pm -
  • God of the Mess
    After an invigorating and edifying (albeit rare) conversation with a faraway friend, I came to realize something that I should have known long ago:  God exists in my messy parenting.  For six years now, since Felicity was a tiny newborn, I’ve bel…
    - 20 days ago7 Sep 16, 12:00pm -
  • Discussing Special Needs on St. Gabriel Radio
    There are few radio interviews that really convict me on a deep, spiritual level.  It’s not that I find them mundane or lackluster.  It’s just that there are certain questions I “expect” people to ask me, but what makes a huge impact is whe…
    - 25 days ago2 Sep 16, 12:00pm -
  • Reflecting on the Orlando Tragedy on Morning Air
    It’s tough to know where to begin these days when speaking of tragedy.  After the release of From Grief to Grace, I knew I’d have the topic of death and loss coming out of my ears.  What I didn’t prepare myself for, however, were the massive…
    - 32 days ago26 Aug 16, 12:00pm -

David Torkington

  • The Explosion of Love Unlimited
    Although Jesus was full of love and could communicate it to others whilst He was on earth, God’s plan was initially limited. In other words, in entering into a world of space and time, Jesus was necessarily limited by the laws of space and time. To…
    - 2 days ago25 Sep 16, 11:00pm -
  • Mystical Contemplation is for All
    Recently I wrote about the sacred touch used by the first Apostles and their successors to hand down the love that had been received by Jesus to successive generations.The post Mystical Contemplation is for All appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 41 days ago17 Aug 16, 10:29pm -
  • From Mystical Premonition to Contemplation
    Sometime ago I was speaking about what I called Mystical Premonitions or Touches of God The post From Mystical Premonition to Contemplation appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 71 days ago18 Jul 16, 11:29pm -
  • Anyone for Tennis?
    I always find that Wimbledon is something of a spiritual experience. Of course I don't watch for that reason, I watch because I enjoy the matches, but every year the dedication of the players .....The post Anyone for Tennis? appeared first on David…
    - 79 days ago11 Jul 16, 3:50am -
  • The Sacrament of Touch
    In 1986 the Sea of Galilee receded during a drought exposing an ancient fishing boat, 27 feet long by 7.5 feet wide.The post The Sacrament of Touch appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 86 days ago3 Jul 16, 11:00pm -
  • “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.
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  • 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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Patti Maguire Armstrong

  • Celebrate 40 Years of Hyde--Amendment Hillary Plans to Defeat
    Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton does not care about the polls.  No, seriously.  Sure, she wants to be ahead in them, but the polls that measure the popularity of abortion?  She doesn’t care.  She and her Planned Parenthood friends want to…
    - 1 day ago26 Sep 16, 6:14pm -
  • The Beatitudes Through the Life of Mother Teresa
    The Sermon on the Mount recorded in the Gospel of Matthew is held up as one of the greatest moral discourses ever given. The Beatitudes were a part of that.  Simple and relevant to all, they are etched deeply into our minds.Mother Teresa, now St. Te…
    - 12 days ago15 Sep 16, 8:49pm -
  • Note to Woman Planning Ordination as Catholic Priest: Talk to St. Teresa of Kolkata
    Dear Mary Alice,I saw the articleabout you titled “San Rafael woman to break canon law to be ordained Catholic priest.”   You may have been a great nurse for 35 years, and enjoyed watching the (heretical) movie Pink Smoke Over the Vatican, but…
    - 20 days ago7 Sep 16, 9:50pm -
  • Pro-abortion Activists are Crabby People
    Get over your damned selves #$@&%*!  Even though the woman who said those words to our group is a public school teacher, she paid no heed to the children around her. Our presence angered her that much.  And that is the way it is when pro-lifers pra…
    - 27 days ago31 Aug 16, 12:08pm -
  • Global Warming Used to Stop Creating Children
    The weather is being used to tell people not to have children.   The article: Should We Be Having Kids in the Age of Climate Change? tells of college professors instilling fear in students and telling them: Do not add any more carbon producers to o…
    - 36 days ago22 Aug 16, 10:52pm -
  • Resolve Dropping Fertility in US: Have More Babies!
         God told us: “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. ” Genesis 1:28.  The latest birth rate numbers show we aren’t listening.     Instead, the U.S. fertility rate fell to the lowest point since the 1909 reco…
    - 45 days ago13 Aug 16, 9:39pm -
  • Pray to Our Lady of Beauraing to Convert Sinners
    I am very excited to have just learned about the apparitions of Our Lady of Beauraing.  She promised to convert sinners.  I've got a big list for her!   I'm guessing I'm not the only one that did not know about her, so I wrote an article about he…
    - 47 days ago11 Aug 16, 7:53pm -

Footprints on the Journey

  • 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…
    - 15 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 →
    - 61 days ago28 Jul 16, 2:42pm -
  • What Can You Do For WYD?
      World Youth Day officially begins today with an Opening Mass in Błonia Park. As you may know, the theme for this year is the fifth beatitude from the Gospel of Matthew, ““Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain... Continue Reading →
    - 63 days ago26 Jul 16, 4:58pm -
  • World Youth Day Is About to Begin
    World Youth Day begins this coming week on Tuesday, July 26. Many Catholic New Yorkers are on their way to Krakow, Poland as I write these words. Others, perhaps, like me, will be staying home.   For those staying home,... Continue Reading →
    - 65 days ago24 Jul 16, 9:18pm -
  • Color and Pray — Artwork Contest Submissions
    Draw a doodle and send it to jdossantos@cny.org along with your address to be entered into the “Color and Pray” contest. Winners will be selected randomly to receive the coloring book “Color and Pray.” To find out more read the... Continue Re…
    - 69 days ago20 Jul 16, 1:24pm -
  • A Colorful Prayer Life
    I recently received an adult coloring book from Paraclete Press titled “Pray and Color” by Sybil MacBeth. Over the past few years I have definitely been into the coloring craze and am a huge proponent of this form of relaxation—and... Continue…
    - 70 days ago19 Jul 16, 3:06pm -
  • Taking Polaroid Moments
    Yesterday, my family gathered to celebrate the 14th birthday of my niece. During the party, I saw her taking a few photos with a Polaroid camera. Yes, in this age of digital everything she was taking old-fashioned Polaroids. I thought... Continue Rea…
    - 71 days ago18 Jul 16, 3:10pm -

A Living Monstrance

  • 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…
    - 13 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…
    - 21 days ago7 Sep 16, 3:18am -
  • Una Fiesta
    Anyone who would like to experience a bit of Ecuadorian faith and culture is invited this Saturday starting at 6:30pm in Lawrence! What: Mass, procession, cultural music and dance and food, and more – in honor of the Virgin of Cisne When: Saturday,…
    - 30 days ago29 Aug 16, 4:18am -
  • Carrying the Carrier
    There she is, hardly a moment after getting the news that she is pregnant, miraculously, and, at that, pregnant with the Son of God who is going to save the world, this girl of about age 16 decides to head out on her own to travel about 90 miles on a…
    - 44 days ago15 Aug 16, 1:41am -
  • Go With The Flow
    The other day, I was driving along on an interstate highway here in Massachusetts, going with the flow of traffic in the middle lane. It was around rush hour, so we were going pretty much bumper to bumper in fits and starts. The vehicle in front of m…
    - 55 days ago4 Aug 16, 1:57am -
  • The Demands On Our Soul
    The other day, I was having a good day. I had worked a little late to get some more things done so I would have the next day off. I went and had a healthy bite to eat, and then I went to a church to pray in. By the end of it all, I…
    - 55 days ago4 Aug 16, 12:33am -
  • The Blessed Poor
    The other day I made a visit to the new Boston public library. It has recently been renovated, really transformed into an amazing place. So as I was walking, I saw a sign for a new map room. I thought, “I like maps,” and I went in. There were old…
    - 59 days ago30 Jul 16, 6:02pm -

These Stone Walls

  • For Pornchai Moontri, a Legion of Angels Victorious
    Pornchai “Max” Moontri and his Legion of Angels eliminated seven other teams to claim the 2016 softball league championship. Witness the ascension of prison walls. Like every prison complex in America, this one is surrounded by a high wall. From…
    - 7 days ago21 Sep 16, 4:02am -
  • Clinton v Trump at Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
    For some, the 2016 U.S. presidential choice of Clinton v Trump comes down to which plague is worse for the nation, but the news media downplays a more panoramic view. I began a Christmas post a few years ago with an urban legend that spread far and w…
    - 14 days ago14 Sep 16, 5:42am -
  • Storming Heaven, A Day of Infamy, & Other TSW News
    In three brief posts, Fr Gordon MacRae writes of prayer as an act of resistance against evil, the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001, and hope for justice. Traditionally in this week on These Stone Walls, we bestow my annual Stuck Inside Literary…
    - 21 days ago7 Sep 16, 5:02am -
  • The Canonization of Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
    Catholic singer and songwriter Annie Karto inspired us behind These Stone Walls to honor Mother Teresa, a woman acclaimed in both life and death as a saint among us. In the last few weeks on These Stone Walls, I have been writing about hope and inter…
    - 28 days ago31 Aug 16, 5:30am -
  • PewSitter: Catholic News for the Third Millennium
    In 2006, James Todd was inspired by Mother Angelica to create PewSitter, an online Catholic news portal reflecting his love for the Catholic faith and fidelity to Truth. With varying degrees of success in the brave new world of online journalism, sev…
    - 35 days ago24 Aug 16, 4:38am -

Daily Grace with Tony Agnesi

  • 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…
    - 12 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…
    - 23 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…
    - 28 days ago30 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…
    - 35 days ago24 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…
    - 36 days ago22 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…
    - 37 days ago21 Aug 16, 3:57pm -
  • At the Taco Bell Drive-Thru
    A couple of weeks ago Jeff, Mark, Dave and I played golf in a charity outing for Marian’s Closet, a ministry that provides clothing and household items for those in need in our community. With a 10AM tee time, we had the chance to attend 8AM mass b…
    - 38 days ago20 Aug 16, 4:55pm -

Harvesting Fruits of Contemplation

  • newEucharistic Reflection - I Contemplate You and My Heart Breaks!
    “I contemplate You, red with blood and dying for me, O Jesus, most pure Ideal of my soul! If, giving my life, I could save Yours! But it necessary that my Treasure should die to give me the life of grace and of love. Photo©Michael Seagriff My hear…
    - 9 hours ago27 Sep 16, 9:30am -
  • Monday Musings - Making Pain Sweet and Bearable
    Most of us would prefer to avoid pain of any type - physical, emotional, mental or spiritual.But pain, suffering and tribulations are part and parcel of the human condition and an integral part of God's plan of salvation.St. Gregory reminds us that G…
    - 1 day ago26 Sep 16, 9:30am -
  • That We May Have Eyes to See and a Heart to Respond
    (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)In today’s Gospel we are reminded of the form God’s justice will take – each of us will be held accountable for the things we have done and that we have failed to do, the manner in which we have loved others or…
    - 2 days ago25 Sep 16, 10:54am -
  • Pondering Tidbits of Truth - September 22, 2016
    Pondering Tidbits of Truth is my simple and inadequate way of providing nuggets of spiritual wisdom for you to chew on from time to time.Father Francis Fernandez"Apostolic zeal, the desire to draw many people to Our Lord, does not require us to do an…
    - 5 days ago22 Sep 16, 9:30am -
  • Worth Revisiting - Have We Forgotten The Guilty One?
    Once again, I thank Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for their weekly invitation to re-post our favorite articles on Worth Revisiting. Go here now (and every Wednesday) and let an interesting group of Catholic bloggers nourish you in your Faith…
    - 7 days ago21 Sep 16, 1:35am -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - My Listening Lord
      (Photo©Michael Seagriff) “O Jesus, hidden God, more friendly than a brother, I believe most firmly that You are present, a few feet only from where I kneel. You are behind that little wall, listening to every word of confidence and love, and t…
    - 7 days ago20 Sep 16, 9:30am -
  • Monday Musings - Unlike Any Other Place On Earth
    I recently discovered an article by James Monti in The Wanderer Online Daily. It was entitled Restoring the Sacred…Coram Sanctissimo; An Afternoon With God. Monti powerfully reminds us of an essential and foundational Truth so many have forgotten…
    - 8 days ago19 Sep 16, 9:38am -
  • What Are You Looking At?

    - 12 days ago15 Sep 16, 9:30am -

Grow in Virtue

  • 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…
    - 7 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…
    - 20 days ago7 Sep 16, 10:02pm -
  • A Leap of Faith – Trusting in God
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.In every life there are turning points. Crossroads. Sometimes we shift our course in direction. And these crossroads contain decisions about relationships, interests, education and career. Some turning points…
    - 41 days ago17 Aug 16, 12:10pm -
  • The Power of Goodbye
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Many times in life, we move on. And we say goodbye. A goodbye to a lifestyle, employment, location, or even a goodbye to the people or things we have in close proximity to our lives. And it’s definitely…
    - 56 days ago2 Aug 16, 10:57pm -
  • True Charity – The Greatest Virtue
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.This past week was a tough one. And perhaps it really shouldn’t have been. One of my friends has been staying at my house to help with my mother and is a very necessary part of how we operate in the house t…
    - 69 days ago20 Jul 16, 10:16pm -
  • The Healing Power of Forgiveness
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.The world has become an angry place. In some cases, a dangerous place. In many situations a place of harm and damage and injury, more than many of us can remember. I speak not only of what we hear in the news…
    - 84 days ago5 Jul 16, 10:51pm -
  • 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…
    - 100 days ago19 Jun 16, 10:35pm -

It Makes Sense to Me

  • “Abortion in Good Faith” and “Abortion Care”: These Phrases Are Nonsense
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonI usually walk 45 minutes to an hour before dawn. A black sky, splattered endlessly with twinkling stars (sometimes accented by a full moon) allows a person to witness the handiwork of God’s creation up close an…
    - 8 days ago19 Sep 16, 7:01pm -
  • There is a Crisis of “Fatherless” Children in America; We Should Turn to St. Joseph for Help
    IT MAKES SENSE TO ME By Larry PetersonSeptember 8 was the birthday of our heavenly mom, Mary. On her birthday I also always think of Mother Mary’s husband, St. Joseph.  Without him there would be no birthdays to celebrate, either on September 8 o…
    - 14 days ago13 Sep 16, 2:57pm -
  • Confused About Gender Identity? Time to Listen to St. John Paul II.
    IT  MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry Peterson “When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy…
    - 15 days ago12 Sep 16, 11:07am -
  • Krakow: The Pope and the Holocaust; I Am Proudly & Humbly Connected to Both*
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonMom died from leukemia way back in 1961. She had just turned 40 and, at the time, there were no cures, no chemo and no bone-marrow transplants. She was dead within six months of diagnosis.We lived in the Bronx in…
    - 29 days ago29 Aug 16, 2:33pm -
  • The "Protector" Saint of the Mexican Border*
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonSometime during the early summer of 1973, Jesus Gaytan and two friends began making their way north to the United States. They were planning to ‘”sneak” across the border and find work as farmhands. They did…
    - 29 days ago29 Aug 16, 2:21pm -
  • This College Kid Can Teach All of Us a Lesson*
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonMost Catholics know of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The Society has been helping people in need for over 180 years. What most Catholics do not know is that St. Vincent de Paul is not the founder of the society…
    - 37 days ago22 Aug 16, 1:15am -
  • The Deadliest Forest Fire in U.S. History was No Match for The Blessed Virgin Mary*
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonOn October 8, 1871, in or around a place called Peshtigo, Wisconsin, several men were setting small fires in the woods. This was a common practice in clearing land for expanding railroads or for expanding farm lan…
    - 42 days ago16 Aug 16, 1:48pm -

David Gray

Our Franciscan Fiat

  • newHelp to Answer the Call
    My first perception of a call to religious life came during my college years, but, lacking knowledge of where I should go or what exactly I should be looking for, I finished my studies, majoring in written communication. Later, I was searching and tr…
    - 21 hours ago26 Sep 16, 9:26pm -
  • Who’s the Patron Saint of Plumbers??!!
    Last evening, I was again asked to fill in as aide for an hour.  Things usually go pretty smoothly and I don’t mind the work. However, last night was a bit unusual.  When doing rounds, checking for the cleanliness of the bathroom facilities up on…
    - 4 days ago23 Sep 16, 4:40pm -
  • Where’d You Park?
    I’ve found that home visits can be a nice opportunity to reflect on one’s life’s journey. I just returned from a day and a half visit back with my parents in West St. Paul, Minnesota.  I had taken advantage of the opportunity to ride with one…
    - 6 days ago21 Sep 16, 1:45pm -
  • Check it out!: Our Province has a New Brochure!
    Sr. Jean Louise put together a nice new brochure for our Franciscan Community.  Check it out! osfhank-brochure Please feel free to print and share it with anyone who might be interested.
    - 9 days ago18 Sep 16, 12:38pm -
  • What a Ding-a-Ling!
    This morning, I came into chapel before Mass, grabbed the bell I use from its place in the back cabinet, and took a seat in one of the pews. Rather than put it on the ledge of the pew in front of me, as I usually do, for some reason today, I set it…
    - 11 days ago16 Sep 16, 11:38am -
  • How To Use Social Media To Grow in Holiness
    I decided to share this article on a very important issue here.  It was published on the Windows to the Soul Blog by Sr. Marie Paul Curley in response to a question I had posed to her. She writes: I have been saving up this reader’s question be…
    - 14 days ago13 Sep 16, 11:54pm -
  • Breakfast in a Jar?
    Have you ever heard of ‘breakfast in a jar’? Well, I hadn’t either until I came to Rugby for some days of R&R this past week.  I was invited to join our Sisters serving at Little Flower Parish and School who had been visiting us in Grand Forks…
    - 18 days ago9 Sep 16, 7:01pm -

Theology is a Verb

  • Mercy Unwrapped with Kristine Franklin
      Well the on air tables were turned recently, and I was blessed to be interviewed by Kristine Franklin as part of her series Mercy Unwrapped. As a wife, mother, grandma, radio host, a writer, and a speaker herself Kristine brings a lifetime of fa…
    - 1 day ago26 Sep 16, 11:00am -
  • Worth Revisiting: Contemporary Christian Music
    For many years, I have followed the Contemporary Christian music scene.  Going beyond the artists themselves the message of the music gives true praise to the one true Artist, our heavenly Father- while speaking quite profoundly to God at work with…
    - 7 days ago21 Sep 16, 12:00am -
  • Why I didn’t want to write..but needed to.
    Today, the advice of a good friend of mine Sr. Marie Paul, a Pauline sister by vocation, echoed in my mind. “If you find yourself at a loss of what to write or how to write what you feel you need to, just write about why you cannot write.” Why? F…
    - 8 days ago19 Sep 16, 11:00am -
  • Worth Revisiting: Joy
    Joy is such a desired virtue and yet so often we settle for poor substitutes or temporary glimpses of happiness. Where is joy to be found and what is required of us? Let’s take a walk with the saints and soon-to-be saints today.. The following are…
    - 14 days ago14 Sep 16, 12:00am -
  • Be Reconciled
    Not just a prettier or more approachable  version of confession, the act of reconciling is instead, a richer and more complete description of what transpires in this beautiful sacrament. For, reconciliation means“to walk together again”[1] , t…
    - 15 days ago12 Sep 16, 11:00am -
  • Worth Revisiting: Finding Patience
    Have you met Faith, Hope and Charity in your own life?  Intended for our youngest readers ages 4-8, Finding Patience is a very endearing introduction to these extraordinary gifts from God.  When 8 year old Faith moves with her family to a new home…
    - 21 days ago7 Sep 16, 12:00am -
  • Conformity Or Conversion
    “Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins.” Luke 5:33-39 This Gospel reading rea…
    - 25 days ago2 Sep 16, 2:22pm -

Virginia Lieto

  • Anger Will Destroy You, If You Let It
    This begins a seven part series on the seven deadly sins. Today, in part 1 of 7, we start with Anger. Do you ever get so angry that your face turns red, your blood pressure rises, and you lose control? When this happens, do you ever stop to think ab…
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  • Saint Matthew: Apostle, Gospel Writer, Beloved Saint
    Today we celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Matthew, Apostle to Christ and Gospel Writer of the Gospel According to Matthew. He directed his Gospel toward those of the Jewish faith, who followed Christ. He traveled to places like Ethiopia and Parthia…
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  • From Grief to Grace, by Jeannie Ewing – Book Review
    I have to admit that I chose to read From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph, by Jeannie Ewing, because I personally know the author and wanted to support her writing. Little did I know when I opened the first page, just how much I n…
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  • Fulfillment of All Desire – Book Review
    I read The Fulfillment of All Desire, by Ralph Martin, in preparation to give a prayer and spirituality retreat. This book offered much advice on how to live a more spiritual life with examples set by such greats as Augustine, John of the Cross, Tere…
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  • Forgive Injuries: Spiritual Work of Mercy That Heals
    In this Year of Mercy, I continue to select either a corporal or spiritual work of mercy and dedicate one post each month to enlightening us all on why these works of mercy are so important to embrace. This month, we’ll discuss how to forgive injur…
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  • Journey to the Cross – Book Review
    I recently attended the National Marketing Network Trade Show / Catholic Writers Guild Conference in Chicago this summer. At the tradeshow/conference, we Guild members got to meet many authors and receive free autographed books! I had a great time. Y…
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  • Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for Us
    Today is a glorious day because Teresa of Calcutta is officially a saint, having been canonized yesterday! She died 19 years ago today at the age of 87. How fitting that such a short time passed from her death to her canonization; for she was truly h…
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Single Mom Smiling

Can We Cana?

  • How Catholic Geeks Schooled Me On Love #TOBTalk
    The 2016 Theology of the Body Congress starts tomorrow in California, and I'm bummed that I can't go. But I still get to share the wonderful news about the goodness of God, of sex, and our bodies through the #TOBTalk campaign (search #TOBTalk on Twi…
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  • St. Gianna & St. Josemaria: Patron Saints of Work/Life Balance
    Everyone needs a few more heavenly intercessors. Sure, our guardian angels watch over us, but why not enlist the aid of the saints as well? "All Christians should adopt their own patron saints," it says on the Catholicism channel of About.com. There…
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  • Faith on Facebook: 4 Keys to Everlasting Love Online Book Club
    Many thanks to Michele Faehnle, co-author of  Divine Mercy for Moms, for helping to run the online book club for The Four Keys to Everlasting Love on Facebook  from Sept. 10 to Dec. 3. We now have 170 members and counting! Read Michele's post below…
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  • I Know What You Did Last Summer! (Photo Gallery)
    After a summer vacation that went all too fast, I'm back to blogging again, but at a slower pace. Look for posts once a week on Thursdays, and if you really, really miss me let's catch up in person or via phone line or Interwebs.Herewith, lots of cut…
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  • All 12 Small Group Worksheets for The Four Keys to Everlasting Love
    Hurray! We've come to an end of the 12-part series of chapter-by-chapter worksheets to accompany our Catholic marriage prep/enrichment book The Four Keys to Everlasting Love. And just in time for summer. :)Here are links to all twelve worksheets in o…
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  • Turning into a Happier, Holier Family, or WWHFD? (4 Keys Downloadable Worksheet)
    This is the twelfth and final installment in a series of downloadable worksheets to use at home, in small groups, or during break-out sessions with our Catholic marriage advice book, The Four Keys to Everlasting Love. TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT, CLICK…
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  • Turning Our Homes into Places of Prayer: Easy Family Prayer Habits (4 Keys Downloadable Worksheet)
    This is number eleven in a series of downloadable worksheets to use at home, in small groups, or during break-out sessions with our Catholic marriage advice book, The Four Keys to Everlasting Love. TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT, CLICK HERE.Chapter 11Turni…
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Big C Catholics

  • newThe Holy Father's Prayer Intentions for October 2016
    Please remember the Holy Father Pope Francis' intentions in prayer through the month of October:Universal: JournalistsThat journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.Evangelizati…
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  • newNovena to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux 2016 | Day 6
    September 27, 2016Saint Therese of Lisieux, you said that you would spend your time in heaven doing good on earth.Your trust in God was complete. Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness and mercy as I ask for the following petitions…(Sta…
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  • newSaint Vincent de Paul, Founder, Apostle of Charity
    September 27th, is the memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul (1576 -1660). He was born in Gascony, France, a poor farming community, the third of six children to Jean and Bertrande de Paul. Although he exhibited an early predilection for reading and writ…
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  • Novena to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux 2016 | Day 5
    September 26, 2016Saint Therese of Lisieux, you said that you would spend your time in heaven doing good on earth.Your trust in God was complete. Pray that He may increase my trust in His goodness and mercy as I ask for the following petitions…(Sta…
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  • Optional Memorial of Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs
    Beheading Of Saint Cosmas And Saint Damian, Fra Angelico, c. 1439.September 26th, is the feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian, 3rd century martyrs, and brothers born in Arabia, who became skilled physicians, greatly revered in both the Orthodox and Lat…
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Catholic Conundrum

  • Always Something New to Learn at Vocation Day!
    Photo attribution:  https://pixabay.com/en/pray-cross-angel-faith-prayer-1492815/2016 Coffee Ahhh....Vocation Day.  Have you ever attended one?  My family and I had the privilege of visiting a Vocation Day event put on by a local homeschool group…
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  • New Saint Charm Video: St. Padre Pio!
    Announcing our newest addition to Justina's Chibi-Inspired Saint Charm series:​St. Padre Pio!This episode joins her previous tutorials on how to make St. Mother Teresa and Mary, Queen of Heaven.  (Check out the Teen Take page to view these other t…
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  • Rare Footage and New Lego and Craft Challenge:  St. Padre Pio!
    Photo attribution:  Statue of St. Padre Pio esposta nella chiesa del Santissimo Salvatore a Crotone This week we celebrate the feastday of the modern-day saint, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, O.F.M. Cap, often lovingly known as St. Padre Pio.  One ama…
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  • New Video from Teen Take: Translator Mayhem!!
    Check out Teen Take's new video:  ​Translator Mayem -When Language Translation Goes Very WrongThe team took a unique approach to the subject of portraying how choosing the words we use makes a difference.  See how a translated letter from an inte…
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  • This Week's Lego & Craft Challenge - Celebrating our Grandparents!
    Although not considered a popular day of celebration like Mother's Day or Father's Day, Grandparents Day took place this past Sunday.  This seemed to be a great opportunity to take time to focus on our grandparents or other very important seniors in…
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  • A Real-Life Candid Camera-like Moment - And What I Learned From It!
    Image attribution: http://www.belmarrahealth.com/blurred-vision-causes-symptoms-treatment/  Have you ever found yourself looking at something but not really seeing it?  Perhaps you have shaken your head at a child who insisted that he could not f…
    - 17 days ago11 Sep 16, 2:06am -
  • New Craft Video:  Homemade Nerf Bullseye Game to Celebrate St. Eustace!
    So, many people have not heard of St. Eustace, but he is known as one of the the patron saints of Hunters.  In honor of his feastday on Sept. 20th, we made a quick video on a fun craft for kids: a homemade Nerf Bullseye Game!Kids really enjoy it, an…
    - 20 days ago8 Sep 16, 2:49am -

Catholic Fire

  • newSt. Vincent de Paul, Apostle of the Poor
    September 26 is the memorial of St. Vincent de Paul, the 17th century French priest known for his apostolic work among the poor and marginalized.Born to a poor family in Pouy in the southwest of France in 1581, Vincent was an intellectually gifted yo…
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  • Saints Cosmas and Damian
    Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian Dressing a Chest Wound by Antoine de Favray Photo Credit: Welcome LibrarySeptember 26 is the optional memorial of Sts. Cosmas and Damian. Cosmas and Damian were twin bothers born in Syria in the third century. They were…
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  • Novena to St. Francis of Assisi begins today
    October 4th is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, “the little beggar”, who is perhaps the most popular saint in history. He is the patron saint of animals, the environment, families, and peace. His novena begins on September 25.Lord,make me an i…
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  • St. Padre Pio: Ten Tips to Improve Your Spiritual Life
    September 23 is the Feast of St. Padre Pio, also known as St. Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968).  He was a priest, mystic, and stigmatist, and Spiritual Father to many.Here are ten bits of advice to help us grow spiritually from this powerful saint:Pra…
    - 5 days ago23 Sep 16, 4:29am -
  • Novena to St. Therese of Lisieux begins today
    The novena to St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower, begins today, September 22, and is recited for nine days. St. Therese is a powerful intercessor. Also known as St. Therese of the Child Jesus, she is a doctor of the Church and Pope Pius X call…
    - 5 days ago22 Sep 16, 7:07am -
  • Discovery by Karina Fabian: A Virtual Book Tour
    By Jean M. HeimannTHE BOOKI have to admit that while I enjoy watching science fiction films, I am not an avid reader of science fiction books, but I definitely enjoyed reading Discovery by Karina Fabian. In fact, I loved it! It is authentically Catho…
    - 6 days ago22 Sep 16, 5:41am -
  • St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
    Today is the feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. He is the traditional author of the first gospel. St. Matthew was born at Capernaum. He was working as a tax collector when Jesus called him to be one of the twelve apostles. He was sitting a…
    - 7 days ago21 Sep 16, 4:40am -

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…
    - 78 days ago12 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…
    - 5 Jun 16, 2:00pm -
  • Technical Issues: and an Apology
    Update (May 16, 2016)Good news: the "fix" option may have been automatically applied to some existing posts.Sort-of-good-news: quite a few existing posts got "fixed" without my doing a thing to them. Even better: the images actually appear as they we…
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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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Leonie's Longing

  • newSt Therese Novena – Day Five
    O Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, who during thy short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that thou rejoicest in the reward of thy virtues, cast a glance of pity on…
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  • Monday Memes #72

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  • St Therese Novena – Day Four
    O Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, who during thy short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that thou rejoicest in the reward of thy virtues, cast a glance of pity on…
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  • St Therese Novena – Day Three
    O Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, who during thy short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that thou rejoicest in the reward of thy virtues, cast a glance of pity on…
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  • St Therese Novena – Day Two
    O Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, who during thy short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that thou rejoicest in the reward of thy virtues, cast a glance of pity on…
    - 3 days ago24 Sep 16, 10:30am -
  • St Therese Novena – Day One
    O Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, who during thy short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that thou rejoicest in the reward of thy virtues, cast a glance of pity on…
    - 4 days ago23 Sep 16, 10:30am -
  • Finding North
    By Cinnamon. I call it almost-discernment: where you’ve been bruised by a brush with convent life and are in no particular rush to repeat the experience, but at the same time, the idea of becoming a sister is like a distant phone in the background…
    - 5 days ago22 Sep 16, 3:59pm -

Catholic Light-Radical Faith and Trust

  • newThe Rising Morning Star
    The Rising Morning StarMark Mallett
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  • newHeaven Begins Now: Elizabeth of the Trinity
    Heaven Begins Now: Elizabeth of the TrinityClaire Dwyer
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  • newSaint Therese Couderc
    Saint Therese Couderc "To Love Him and Be Ever Closer to Him"
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  • The Resurrection: Hallucination or Vision?
    The Resurrection: Hallucination or Vision?: "Suppose your ninety-year-old grandmother tells you she sees leprechauns dancing in the butter dish in the cafeteria at her assisted living home. Would you think her perception conforms to objective realit…
    - 1 day ago26 Sep 16, 4:57pm -
  • Fatima, Faustina and Two Powerful Prayers of Reparation
    Fatima, Faustina and Two Powerful Prayers of Reparation: Sometime during the summer of 1916, the Angel of Portugal appeared to three shepherd children at Fatima and spoke the following words: “Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most Hi…
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  • Our Lord's Friend Request

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  • Called to Be Martyrs
    Called to Be Martyrs: "Originally, the martyrs were simply witnesses to Christ. That’s in keeping with the meaning of the Greek word for martyr, martys (pronounced: mar’-toos), which was the technical term for a witness at a legal trial. In the…
    - 1 day ago26 Sep 16, 4:19pm -

Joy of 9

  • Bless God’s Creatures Great and Small
    Our pets and farm animals constantly surprised us, especially when they reflected unconditional love to other animals
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  • How Mary Burst Into My Life
      We cannot control the Almighty by forcing Him to act according to our rules. I will never forget the words I heard at the EASTER VIGIL on 30 March 2013 during the homily of Pope Francis at the Vatican Basilica. “Newness often makes us …
    - 7 days ago21 Sep 16, 3:11am -
  • Euthanasia: When It’s Cruel to Be Kind
    Death is as common as birth, obviously, but old age homes and palliative care facilities efficiently remove the dying from the public eye. Consequently, most modern folks are ignorant about the process of death and dying and would rather ignore …
    - 8 days ago19 Sep 16, 11:56pm -
  • Our Lady of Sorrows
    Mary's silence at the foot of the Cross is active, not passive. She stands at the foot of the Cross as a strong, silent woman who is suffering over the loss of her son but remains obedient by embracing John as her son.
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  • Family: Living Within a Triangle of Light
    + While I was praying years ago, I literally felt a strong bar of light as it was pulled out from my heart and rooted in my husband’s chest. It was a light of steel, as inflexible as it was invincible. …
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  • Art Celebrates The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
    In English, it is called The Exaltation of the Holy Cross in the official translation of the Roman Missal, while the 1973 translation called it The Triumph of the Cross. The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, celebrated …
    - 15 days ago13 Sep 16, 1:01am -
  • The Nativity of the Virgin Mary Throughout Art History
    The most important fact of Mary's life, that Jesus was born of her, is enough to tell her whole story. What more do you want to know?
    - 19 days ago8 Sep 16, 6:04pm -

Reconciled to You

  • #MusicThatMoves - Love Like Water
    Love Like Water Reflection by  Deanna BartaliniWater, love, God – all necessities of life.  Water is powerful, cleansing, calming, and life giving.  It sustains us.  The same can be said of love.  Both are gifts from God.  In Ben Walther’s…
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  • #WorthRevisit - The Trap of Unsolved Bitterness
    Unresolved anger or hurt feelings only leads to bitterness, and that never leads any place good. Unfortunately, there are opportunities to be hurt in every relationship we are willing to engage in.Work, school, home (especially home) – every time…
    - 6 days ago21 Sep 16, 12:32pm -
  • Leading Small Group - Keeping Balance
    Small Group facilitating is truly a blessing especially when you have a few tools to manage the challenges! Today I'll share some insights on keeping a balance ​in voices around the table.  When you bring together many personalities even to disc…
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  • #MusicThatMoves :  What Sets Me ABLAZE
    Today's Reflection by Debbie GaudinoAblaze.....When I hear this word images of a raging, hot, unstoppable fire are immediately brought to mind.  When something is ablaze it is visible and radiant and very much contagious - eager to consume all that…
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  • #WorthRevisit - Will I Be Strong Enough? 
    ​Gospel: Luke 13, 22-30 – 21st Sunday in Ordinary TimeWill I be strong enough? If I am not, will I have the humility to ask for God’s assistance?One day at the playground, I watched this little guy struggle to get himself up the ladder and in…
    - 13 days ago14 Sep 16, 5:51pm -
  • #MusicThatMoves : Am I Bringing a Torch or Matchstick
    Ben Walther's song, "A Light to the Nations" inspired me to consider an important question: What LIGHT do I have to bring forth?  On rare occasions it is a torch; but more often it is a matchstick.  In order to go forth, as Ben's song encourages, t…
    - 16 days ago12 Sep 16, 4:00am -
  • #WorthRevisit - Desparately Seeking a Spiritual Director
    Faith is awareness of God as a personal God,with our personal response to the love in which we have come to believe.It is a personal encounter,a contact with the divine Persons into which we are taken by the grace of God.  from A Heart to Know Thee…
    - 20 days ago7 Sep 16, 10:36am -

Snoring Scholar

  • 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…
    - 16 days ago11 Sep 16, 6:25pm -
  • One Minute Reviews of Perfect Blindside, Iota, and Lord of the World
    In which I share short reviews of three recent novels I've read and a link to my full reviews over at the Register.This post One Minute Reviews of Perfect Blindside, Iota, and Lord of the World appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 34 days ago24 Aug 16, 1:13pm -
  • Erin McCole-Cupp and Unclaimed
    A bit about a book I not only enjoyed reading, but that finds me demanding the next in the series, and interview with author Erin McCole-Cupp.This post Erin McCole-Cupp and Unclaimed appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
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  • Barely a Crime: Reading to Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat
    Are you looking for summer reading? Or great anytime reading? You'll find all that and more in Barely a Crime, newly released from Robert Ovies.This post Barely a Crime: Reading to Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat appeared first on Snoring Schola…
    - 83 days ago6 Jul 16, 7:00am -
  • ‘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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Embedded Faith

  • Words Wtih Saints - Saint Teresa of Calcutta
    I hope you enjoy these six  new Words With Saints  covers inspired by a woman of great faith - Saint Teresa of Calcutta.  Mother Teresa, in her devoted service of others,  won the hearts of so many across the world.  She holds a special place in…
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  • Words With Saints - Mercy
    Two new cover images with  quotes on mercy from two great saints.  Enjoy!​ var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • Words With Saints - Letter P
    Introducing a brand new series of facebook covers and images called "Words with Saints"Todays introductory set of images are for the letter "P,"        These three quotes from saints were pulled at random by me and with a little help from the Hol…
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  • A  Set of Eyes...
    I read this somewhere and it has  been on my mind and in my prayers  for the past week.    "You will never see a set of eyes that God is not in pursuit of." var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • 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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Association of Catholic Women Bloggers

  • newCCD WEEK 2
    I have to be honest and say that  I never really thought I would enjoy teaching CCD as much as I do. I still talk to my old CCD teacher on occasion and I remember how much of a difference she made in my life. I hope one day I can make a difference i…
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  • newAs the Morning Rising: God's Merciful Love
    As the Morning Rising: God's Merciful Love
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  • Fall Family Fun Fest
    I just wanted to share the flyer to my Charity Event with you all! I am so blessed to have this opportunity to do what I love with the people I love. For more information click here. 
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  • Anger Will Destroy You, If You Let It - Learn How to Change
    This begins a seven part series on the seven deadly sins. Today, in part 1 of 7, we start with Anger.Do you ever get so angry that your face turns red, your blood pressure rises, and you lose control? When this happens, do you ever stop to think abo…
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  • The Explosion of Love Unlimited
    Although Jesus was full of love and could communicate it to others whilst He was on earth, God’s plan was initially limited. In other words, in entering into a world of space and time, Jesus was necessarily limited by the laws of space and time. To…
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  • Come, Have a Look Around!
    In just a few days, The Cloistered Heart blog will 'celebrate' five years on the Internet. Five years of posts on what it can mean to live for God, cloistered in heart, in the midst of our families and neighborhoods and workplaces; and it seems tha…
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  • Amos and Social Justice
    I think social justice is a good idea.I'd better explain that.I think acting as if people matter is a good idea: all people, not just the 'right' ones.I'll be talking about "the poor of the land," private property, the universal destination of goods,…
    - 2 days ago25 Sep 16, 1:30pm -

The Catholic Catalogue

  • newTCC Films: Storks
    Storks is "an antidote to the crabbed doctrine of a love that has only room for this many and no more." Read more from Melissa Musick & watch the trailer after the jump:
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  • newMemorial of St. Vincent De Paul
    St. Vincent saw the face of Christ in others. He's the patron saint of prisoners. His story and how to honor his feast day from our own Melissa Musick after the jump:
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  • TCC Video: Urban Ministry Offers Tips on Talking to the Homeless
    How can we reach out to the Lazarus in our midst? Some tips from Christ in the City here: Urban Ministry Offers Tips on Talking to the Homeless. And watch a video about Christ in the City after the jump:
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  • Memorial of Sts. Cosmas and Damian
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  • TCC Video: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize by Bruce Springsteen
    "I've got my hand on the Gospel plow."On the album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, Bruce Springsteen covers the American hymn and Civil Rights anthem, "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize." Listen and watch him speak about his Catholic faith with S…
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  • TCC Radio: Owner of a Holey Heart | The Longest Shortest Time
    When my son was born he had a host of medical problems and trouble breastfeeding. Listen to the story of how, Tara, a Mormon woman in my neighborhood, helped him and became a friend. Would you do the works of mercy for a stranger's baby? Listen aft…
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  • A Better Way to Serve and Protect
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Nisi Dominus

  • St. Augustine, St. Monica & St. Ambrose: A Dynamic Trio
    St. Ambrose, St. Monica, & St. Augustine     Today it seems fitting to talk about not one Saint, but a trio. I'll begin with the first two: St. Augustine [ here] whose feast is today, and St. Monica [here], whose feast was yesterday.  St. August…
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  • St. Bridget Of Sweden, Patroness of Successful Failures
         Today is the feast day of St. Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden, who lived in the fourteenth century.  She was married in her early teens and had eight children, one of them St. Catherine of Sweden, she enjoyed a deeply committed and loving relat…
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  • Has Pascal's Wager Really Been "Debunked"?
    The Throwback below was first posted on the blog Principium et Finis on May 26th, 2015The WagerBlaise Pascal     Is it true that Pascal’s Wager has been “debunked”? Most informed Catholics will be familiar with Pascal’s Wager, which is an…
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  • July 4th: An Experiment In Freedom Under God
    This Worth Revisiting post was first published July 4th, 2015.  Monday of this week was the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which grounds the founding of the Unites States in a theological argument: . . . that a…
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  • Why Jeopardy Doesn't Know Judas
    (This Throwback post was first published May 15th, 2015.)     Sometimes a single detail captures and gives flesh to something much larger.  For instance, today a person of my acquaintance (a non-Catholic Christian) told me with evident disgust th…
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  • What's Latin Got To Do With It?
    This Worth Revisiting post was first published January 10th, 2015. To enjoy the work of other faithful Catholic bloggers see Worth Revisiting Wednesday, hosted by Elizabeth Reardon at theologyisaverb.com and Allison Gingras at reconciledtoyou.com.  …
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  • Charleston, The Stranger, And Orlando: The Power Of Forgiveness
    Love Overcomes Hate One year ago, a shocking crime was dominating the news here in the United States, the vicious murder of nine members of a prayer group in Charleston, South Carolina.  The killer, a young man named Dylann Roof, hoped that the cri…
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