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Finding God's Grace

  • Your Joy May Be Complete
    “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept ...
    - 59 days ago23 Jul 17, 2:18pm -
  • Lord, If You Had Been Here
    ***This past month I have been completing the editing of my book, A Storytellers Guide to a Grace-Filled Life, that I hope to publish this September.  As I work to ...
    - 2 Apr 17, 1:48pm -
  • Quit Your Complaining!
    “If you are not grateful for the things you have, what makes you think you will be grateful for the things you want.”  –Tony Agnesi Every March, Diane and I ...
    - 19 Mar 17, 6:57pm -
  • Who are the Lepers of Today?
    “The Lord gave me, Brother Francis, thus to begin doing penance in this way: for when I was in sin, it seemed too bitter for me to see lepers.  And ...
    - 19 Feb 17, 3:14pm -
  • Homeless in Nashville
    “The people in the parks, the alcoholics, the homeless, they are looking at you.  Do not be those who look and do not see.”  -Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta I ...
    - 12 Feb 17, 3:00pm -
  • An Irregular Guy
    Father, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and ...
    - 29 Jan 17, 2:44pm -
  • Well Known or Worth Knowing?
    “Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.” –Confucius “Seek To Be Worth Knowing Rather Than Be Well Known” – Anonymous We live in a ...
    - 22 Jan 17, 3:02pm -

Lisa Graas

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

Love Alone Creates

  • newBalancing Mom and Writer: Author Accelerator Interview 3
    So, I wasn’t expecting to make this into a three-part series, but it turns out there’s so much good info to include here that I couldn’t really edit anything out. These ladies have an uncanny ability to really dig deeply into what matters as wo…
    - 3 hours ago20 Sep 17, 12:00pm -
  • Balancing Mom and Writer: Author Accelerator Interview 2
    Last week I shared with you the first three questions I asked Jennie Nash, Abby, and Melanie regarding their writing experiences while raising young kids. This post will explore a bit more of the inner dialogue (or perhaps monologue at times) that of…
    - 7 days ago13 Sep 17, 12:00pm -
  • Balancing Mom and Writer: Author Accelerator Interview
    I had the honor and privilege of doing an online interview with book coach and author Jennie Nash, along with two incredible women who are pursuing their own writing careers, Abby and Melanie. We mainly discussed the difficulty of managing the “mom…
    - 14 days ago6 Sep 17, 12:00pm -
  • Once I Was Blind
    Compelling, riveting books are rare these days. Most of the time, when I review books, I am reading content written by very good writers who are able to articulate their premises thoroughly. They introduce new concepts to the reader quite well, and t…
    - 21 days ago30 Aug 17, 12:00pm -
  • Mother Mary
    Editor Alicia von Stamwitz concludes her Introduction to Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis with the words, “Although the chapters and quotations in this collection have been arranged in a certain way, they may be read in any order. Let…
    - 35 days ago16 Aug 17, 12:00pm -
  • Speaking to Daughters of Isabella Circle
    Many people assume I am a “successful” author simply because I am published by a traditional, well-known and respected publishing company. What they don’t realize is that I am not a bestselling author; I do not get a huge audience for my books;…
    - 49 days ago2 Aug 17, 12:00pm -
  • Divine Intimacy Radio Interview
    Imagine my surprise when I was invited to be on Dan Burke’s Divine Intimacy Radio podcast to discuss my book, From Grief to Grace. It’s so interesting how things like this ebb and flow. For quite some time, all has been quiet regarding my book, w…
    - 56 days ago26 Jul 17, 12:00pm -

David Torkington

  • The Trouble With The World is Me
    In his book, Small is Beautiful, Schumacher said, "Although people go on crying out for solutions, they become angry when they are told that the restoration of society must come from within and not from without." The post The Trouble With The World…
    - 13 days ago7 Sep 17, 5:57pm -
  • Tristan and Isolde and the Three in One
    What on earth was I going to talk to her about I was thinking when, discovering that I was a Catholic writer, she made everything simple for me. She asked me to explain to her the mystery of the Holy Trinity! The post Tristan and Isolde and the Thr…
    - 27 days ago24 Aug 17, 10:12pm -
  • Practice makes Perfect
    Although we do not like to admit it, even to ourselves, we still believe that prayer happens suddenly, or never happens at all. The post Practice makes Perfect appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 67 days ago15 Jul 17, 10:30pm -
  • The Big Bang
    There may be evidence for a Big Bang, but there is no evidence that there was simply nothing, ‘no thing’ whatsoever before it. The post The Big Bang appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 27 May 17, 6:56pm -
  • The Harrowing of Hell
    I first began to understand certain mystical truths as I prayed at the place where Jesus was crucified on the first Good Friday. I have written about some of these insights when I spent a night in the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem,  but some  were to…
    - 27 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • A Cautionary Tale for Lent
    Some years ago, I shared a flat with a man called Caruthers. If ‘morals make the man, and manners make the gentleman’, then Caruthers was the finest gentleman I had ever met, or so I thought for the first few weeks.The post A Cautionary Tale for…
    - 12 Mar 17, 11:57pm -
  • Mystical marriage
    When Helen, said to be the most beautiful woman in Greek antiquity fled with her lover to Troy, she did not receive the reception that she expected.The post Mystical marriage appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 28 Feb 17, 11:17pm -

Patti Maguire Armstrong

  • Third Royal Baby Won’t Need “Rape Clause” for Support
    Two things that I admire about the Duchess of Cambridge are her beautiful lace wedding dress and for having a third child. Before I continue, let me state that I am not judging families with 2 children. I don’t know which families were in union wi…
    - 14 days ago6 Sep 17, 4:30pm -
  • The Power of Gratitude to Transform Suffering
    I don't love my suffering. Saints embraced theirs. They even asked for it. It won them halos, while here I am, avoiding pain whenever possible but still offering it all up, because, well, it is heavenly collateral after all. But I think I found an av…
    - 16 days ago4 Sep 17, 10:39pm -
  • Humor Over KLM's Seatbelt Irony
                “In an age of spiritual turbulence it's important to remember that seat belts, like human beings, are created for a purpose.” That is my favorite quote of the week from Matt Archbold's blog with the National Catholic Register,…
    - 33 days ago18 Aug 17, 7:00pm -
  • Eradicating Love in Iceland
    Iceland is a cold place. And I’m not talking about the climate. It is government policy to encourage the eradication of the happiest, most loving people on earth from their population. Despite the fact that 99% of people with Down syndrome…
    - 35 days ago16 Aug 17, 4:49am -
  • Why Would a Nun Preside Over Catholic Wedding?
    With liberals relentlessly and delusionally pushing for women priests, hearing that a nun officiated at a Catholic wedding set off alarms in my head. That can’t be right, I thought.It was reported in America Magazine that Sister Pierette Thiffault…
    - 43 days ago8 Aug 17, 6:22pm -
  • Witchcraft is Not Pretty
    Witchcraft is trending in plague-like fashion, spreading a deadly contaminant to the soul. At least with small pox or the Ebola virus, people have the sense to cordon it off and seek annihilation.              “Do not be afraid of those who…
    - 58 days ago24 Jul 17, 7:08pm -
  • Must You Love Mom Shorts to be Virtuous?
    Summer is here and the modesty articles are upon us. I’m all for modesty, but there are debates within the debate on how women should dress that complicates the matter. Our Lady of Fatima is often invoked from one of her messages to the 3 shepherd…
    - 81 days ago2 Jul 17, 12:06am -

Footprints on the Journey

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

A Living Monstrance

  • Time To Play
    Recently I was visiting a friend at a home for seniors, and as we were talking, a gentleman we recognized, Jack, came walking past us. I signaled hello, and that piqued his curiosity because he wasn’t quite sure who I was. He ended up approaching w…
    - 14 days ago6 Sep 17, 6:34pm -
  • Waste Time With Jesus
    College. My family didn’t have all that much money, so I was happy when I got a good sized academic scholarship to go to a wealthy college in Pennsylvania. In the first days, while all the other kids had their parents driving them and moving them i…
    - 15 days ago5 Sep 17, 10:17pm -
  • Our Asterisk: There’s Much More To Our Story
    The strikeout. The image of failure in baseball. You have 3 or more chances to put your bat onto good pitches and hit the ball into fair territory. You couldn’t do it. When you strikeout, you walk back slowly with your head down and return to the b…
    - 16 days ago4 Sep 17, 9:22pm -
  • Jesus’ Faithfulness
    A while ago I was visiting a parish nearby that is largely Hispanic. They were having their parish fiestas, and so there was music, a variety of activities and celebrations, and of course, food. I stopped by the food stands with a friend and we loade…
    - 33 days ago18 Aug 17, 3:41am -
  • Be A Descender
    When I entered a diocesan seminary some years ago, one of the first things you got was a poster. The poster has pictures of the seminarians, plus the bishop and vocation directors. These posters are given out to parishes and pastors put them up in pa…
    - 45 days ago6 Aug 17, 10:57am -
  • It’s God’s Job
    I learned from a very wise person many years ago that there is a key to understanding the parables of Jesus. The key is this: look for something that makes no sense, something that isn’t quite right. That’s the spot to start your exploration of w…
    - 55 days ago27 Jul 17, 4:09am -
  • A Great Redeemer
    When I was a child, I could walk not only around the neighborhood alone or with friends, but we could go even further and get to friends’ houses or go for bike rides and whatnot. A bunch of times I ran errands alone for my mother to stores that wer…
    - 62 days ago20 Jul 17, 7:35pm -

These Stone Walls

  • newPadre Pio: Patron Saint for the Heavy Lifting in Heaven
    Believers seek his intercession for freedom from pain, illness, and suffering, but Padre Pio suffered with heroic virtue seeking Heaven by the imitation of Christ. This story happened just weeks ago. It may not at first glance point to Padre Pio, the…
    - 10 hours ago20 Sep 17, 4:07am -
  • Opus Bono Sacerdotii: Heroic Witness to a Heroic Vocation
    A Wall Street Journal column described Catholic priesthood as a heroic vocation. Other heroes have emerged whose vocation is to work for the good of the priesthood. I recently received a letter from a 25-year-old reader in Washington, D.C. who wrote…
    - 7 days ago13 Sep 17, 5:01am -
  • Among Catholic Blogs, “A Voice in the Wilderness”
    Called “a light in dark times” These Stone Walls marked a recent milestone: eight years of publishing a voice never before heard in the world of Catholic media. Back in 2010, I was contacted by a noted documentary filmmaker interested in an on ca…
    - 14 days ago6 Sep 17, 5:42am -
  • A Labor Day Weekend Behind These Stone Walls
    A These Stone Walls Summer Rap: New stone walls that contain us; prayers of hope that sustain us, the books that still entertain us, a Labor Day week to restrain us. I worked all week on a very important post but then decided to postpone it for anoth…
    - 21 days ago30 Aug 17, 4:45am -
  • Pornchai Moontri at a Crossroads Behind These Stone Walls
    Your friends behind These Stone Walls have been relocated to new environments with unforeseen consequences and some challenges ahead, including a painful parting. Late in the summer of 2016, I was asked by the Editor of Spero News to write an article…
    - 35 days ago16 Aug 17, 5:12am -

Daily Grace with Tony Agnesi

  • I Lost A Friend Today
    Tonight I received a call from a radio friend.  Keith and I haven’t spoken since his last call when our close mutual friend Chuck Collins passed away.  It was a ...
    - 73 days ago10 Jul 17, 12:16am -
  • Guest Post: Addiction Conquered: My Seven-Year Odyssey
    Alcoholism is a terrible disease. It has no interest in who you are. It does not care about how much money you have, where you fit in society, or what ...
    - 21 Mar 17, 3:46pm -
  • Guest Post- Willing Hearts
    ***Guest Post by Marie Davis and Margaret Hultz*** March is Women’s History Month, and the perfect time to celebrate the contributions of women religious. Among their innumerable stories of kindness, ...
    - 1 Mar 17, 11:49pm -
  • Shalom Tidings February-March Issue
    My thanks to Shalom Tidings magazine for including my article, I’m All In, in the February-March issue.  Shalom Tidings is an outstanding Charismatic Catholic publication featuring great Catholic writing by ...
    - 21 Feb 17, 1:21am -
  • One Life
    **I saw this post on the Internet.  I don’t know Ray and Mary Jo but I loved their story.  It speaks volumes!** This is the first day of “9 Days ...
    - 28 Oct 16, 1:00pm -
  • Seven Sorrows of Mary
    For the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, we reflect on each and offer an Our Father and 7 Hail Marys for each. The Prophecy of Simeon. (Luke 2:34–35) The ...
    - 15 Sep 16, 2:59pm -
  • Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
    Earlier today, Blessed Mother Teresa became a saint at a mass of canonization overnight in Rome.  Today we get to celebrate Saint Teresa who has long been a personal hero ...
    - 4 Sep 16, 1:30pm -

Harvesting Fruits of Contemplation

  • newWorth Revisiting - No Time To Be Timid
    Thank you Allison Gingras at Reconciled To You  and Elizabeth Riordan at Theology Is A Verb  for once again hosting Catholic bloggers at Revisiting Wednesday. It is a privilege for us to share our work with you and Your followers.Stop by for a…
    - 13 hours ago20 Sep 17, 1:08am -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - His Mother Pleads: Put Him in the Centers of Our Churches and Our Hearts
    (Photo©Michael Seagriff)Jesus is surrounded today by an emptiness, which has been brought about especially by you priests who, in your apostolic activity, often go about uselessly and very much on the periphery, going after things that are less impo…
    - 1 day ago19 Sep 17, 9:30am -
  • Monday Musings - Guest Blogger - The "Thankless Job"
    [I am honored to welcome Rev. Mr. Adolph Uryniak as my guest blogger today. Ordained to the permanent Diaconate in 2006, the good Deacon resides in New York State with his wife, Sue, their three sons and precious grandchildren. He fuels and sustains…
    - 2 days ago18 Sep 17, 9:30am -
  • Worth Revisiting - Want To "Save a Soul Today"?
    We thank Allison Gingras at Reconciled To You  and Elizabeth Riordan at Theology Is A Verb  for once again hosting Catholic bloggers at Revisiting Wednesday. It is a privilege for us to share our work with them and their followers.Stop by for…
    - 4 days ago16 Sep 17, 11:52pm -
  • A Timely Reminder

    - 6 days ago14 Sep 17, 10:49am -
  • Worth Revisiting - Will We Use Our Ears To Hear?
    We thank Allison Gingras at Reconciled To You  and Elizabeth Riordan at Theology Is A Verb  for once again hosting Catholic bloggers at Revisiting Wednesday. It is a privilege for us to share our work with them and their followers.Stop by for…
    - 8 days ago13 Sep 17, 12:26am -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - We All Need It!!! God Deserves It!!!
    (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)"The cure for all the spiritual cancers and evils in our world is Jesus Christ and His wonderful presence in the Blessed Sacrament...We all need Eucharistic Adoration in our lives if we ever hope to make it safely int…
    - 8 days ago12 Sep 17, 9:30am -
  • Monday Musings - Share His Love

    - 9 days ago11 Sep 17, 9:30am -

Grow in Virtue

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

It Makes Sense to Me

David Gray

Our Franciscan Fiat

  • new“My Little Sister’s Coming!”
    About a week ago, I got an email from my sister asking if I was up for company over the weekend. After checking things out here, I informed her that I certainly was. Soon after, I could be heard sharing the exciting news with a co-worker: “My littl…
    - 17 hours ago19 Sep 17, 9:44pm -
  • Great Love, Great Suffering
    In preparation for reading at this morning’s Mass, I used the texts from the reactionary for my meditation.  In reflecting on the “alleluia verse,” I was struck by the relationship between love and sorrow. I realized that Mary, who is now invo…
    - 5 days ago15 Sep 17, 4:30pm -
  • “Plum Full”
    This morning, when I woke up, I surely did not anticipate all that this day would hold! We had been out to the farm of Sr. Rebecca’s niece yesterday, and she had given us potatoes, tomatoes, onions, tomato sauces (salsa and pasta), and plums – lo…
    - 9 days ago12 Sep 17, 1:49am -
  • “They Left Everything and Followed Him”
    This morning, we again heard the beautiful story of the beginnings of St. Peter’s discipleship in the gospel reading. To be accurate, this probably wasn’t the very beginning; he obviously had some familiarity with Jesus before he let him use his…
    - 13 days ago7 Sep 17, 4:04pm -
  • Crown Him with Many Crowns
    This morning, my fingers delighted in playing the chords and melody of a hymn which had been chosen by Sr. Rebecca, whose week it is to lead Office, lector at Mass, and select the music.  In other words, it’s “her week for liturgy.” She had pi…
    - 19 days ago1 Sep 17, 4:42pm -
  • “For With the Lord there is Mercy…”
    This evening after Vespers, I prayed the “Prayer for our Deceased Sister” with the other Sisters and visitors in our Chapel for the first time in quite a while.  We will be doing this for the rest of the week since one of our German Sisters died…
    - 22 days ago30 Aug 17, 12:57am -
  • Corny Connections
    As I work to process about 1,440 ears of corn (half of which we have been cutting the kernels from and blanching), this morning’s reading about Ruth seemed appropriate. She is known for gleaning leftover grain from the field of her future husband,…
    - 26 days ago25 Aug 17, 12:53pm -

Theology is a Verb

  • newWorth Revisiting: 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…
    - 16 hours ago19 Sep 17, 11:00pm -
  • Take it All to Prayer
    Over the last few months,  a potential mission opportunity has been occupying a special place in my prayers. Our collaborative, having already made two trips to Haiti for teens with another in February, has decided to embark on an adult trip next Ju…
    - 2 days ago18 Sep 17, 9:00pm -
  • Worth Revisiting: 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…
    - 8 days ago12 Sep 17, 11:00pm -
  • Where Everybody Knows Your Name
    What is a church to be? Is it a place for the faithful who gather on a given Sunday, who come to offer up their private prayers and praise and then go their separate ways? Or rather, is it to be a home, a collective community who together in Christ i…
    - 9 days ago11 Sep 17, 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…
    - 15 days ago6 Sep 17, 12:00am -
  • Catechesis of Mercy 2
    Continuing from the previous week , we go deeper to the underlying principles of a life steeped in and committed to mercy.. There are four core principles in the Catholic Church’s social teaching: respect and protection of the dignity of the human…
    - 16 days ago4 Sep 17, 11:00am -
  • Worth Revisiting: 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…
    - 22 days ago29 Aug 17, 11:00pm -

Virginia Lieto

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

Single Mom Smiling

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

Can We Cana?

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

Big C Catholics

Catholic Conundrum

  • New Summer Lego & Craft Challenges!
    Sooo....summer is here and in full swing!  (This mom says Yay!!)  Although I am still waiting for it to calm down a bit, I know that there are moments when we may be looking for other ideas and things to keep the kids busy during those down times o…
    - 86 days ago26 Jun 17, 7:01pm -
  • Incredible Cover Song of "Dynamite" by Autotunes
    The love that St. John Paul the Great had for teens and youth was no secret.  He understood all too well that the success of the Church and bringing the Good News to the world lies with them.  But his love for them went even deeper than bringing Ch…
    - 89 days ago23 Jun 17, 3:43am -
  • Comment Request Delivered:  Sacrament Song Lyrics!  :)
    We love getting comments on things here at the blog or on our YouTube channel! We had a great comment from a teacher who shared her success in using  the Sacrament Song in her classroom, requesting  that the lyrics be available.  We completely agr…
    - 95 days ago17 Jun 17, 2:57pm -
  • Finally...a new video:  The Holy Trinity Scavenger Hunt!
    Did you ever wonder how often things actually go as planned?  I know that God allows this to increase our reliance on Him, although when things get repeatedly in the way it becomes necessary to discern if we are getting in the way of God's plan or t…
    - 96 days ago16 Jun 17, 1:22pm -
  • The Holy Trinity - An Explorer's Perfect Go-To
    Happy Feast of the Holy Trinity!!  I have a distinct memory from when I was a kid that centered on the Trinity.  I had just overheard two adults talking about how hard it was to wrap their minds around "three Persons in one."   I remember feeling…
    - 12 Jun 17, 2:51am -
  • Superpowers Are For Real!
    "You sure are quiet back there," I said, looking at my 8 year-old guy through my rear-view mirror.  My son has inherited my gift of gab, so silence lasting longer than two minutes prompts immediate questioning."Are you OK?"We had just left unicycle…
    - 4 Jun 17, 11:50pm -
  • Ready...Set...Go!
    What a weekend!  Celebrating both the Feast of the Ascension and Memorial Day:  what an incredible combination.  If I were to take both days and look for a commonality, one very quick and easy one comes to mind: a theme based on the word GO.On the…
    - 28 May 17, 11:46pm -

Catholic Fire

  • newSt. Andrew Kim Taegon, St. Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions
    September 20 is the memorial of St. Andrew Kim Taegon, priest and martyr, St. Paul Chong, martyr, and companions. During the persecutions of 1839, 1846, 1866, and 1867, one hundred and three Christians in Korea gave their lives as martyrs. The martyr…
    - 10 hours ago20 Sep 17, 4:49am -
  • Our Lady of La Sallette: A Message of Hope
    On September 19, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of La Salette. On this day, we recall the apparition in which Our Lady appeared to two shepherd children in France. On Saturday, September 19, 1846, the feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows at about 3:0…
    - 1 day ago19 Sep 17, 4:10am -
  • St. Januarius: The Miracle of His Blood Liquefaction
    September 19th is the feast of St. Januarius, bishop and martyr. He is the patron saint of Naples, where Catholics assemble three times a year in the Naples Cathedral to witness the liquefaction of a small sample of his his blood which is kept in a s…
    - 1 day ago19 Sep 17, 3:20am -
  • The Marian Option: A Book Review
    The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis. by Carrie Gress, PhD is a book that I have long wanted to read. It seems that whenever I turned on EWTN or Catholic radio, Dr. Gress was being interviewed about this book. I typically t…
    - 2 days ago18 Sep 17, 11:20pm -
  • Saint Joseph of Cupertino: The Flying Friar
    September 18 is the feast day of Saint Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1663), If you have watched the film “The Reluctant Saint”, you know just how endearing this sweet Franciscan saint was and what strong humility he had. Joseph’s father was a poor…
    - 2 days ago18 Sep 17, 4:40pm -
  • Novena and Litany to Saint Vincent de Paul
      The novena to Saint Vincent de Paul begins on September 18 and ends on September 26. September 27 is the memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, the 17th century French priest known for his apostolic work among the poor and marginalized. Saint Vincent…
    - 3 days ago17 Sep 17, 7:57pm -
  • Our Lady of Sorrows: The Feast and Devotions
    September 15 is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. This feast is dedicated to Mary, Mother of God, and her union with the sufferings of her Divine Son, Jesus. The title “Our Lady of Sorrows” focuses on the Blessed Mother’s intense suffering dur…
    - 5 days ago15 Sep 17, 4:37am -

A Catholic Citizen in America

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

Leonie's Longing

  • Monday Memes #117
    The post Monday Memes #117 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 2 days ago18 Sep 17, 11:00pm -
  • Trust in Him
    By Lucia Delgado. Around this time 3 years ago, I made a decision to end discernment to religious life. It seems that I was doing the call for a priest who believed that I was called to this vocation. Deep down inside, I knew God was calling me to a…
    - 7 days ago13 Sep 17, 5:00pm -
  • Monday Memes #116
    The post Monday Memes #116 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 16 days ago5 Sep 17, 12:34am -
  • Jesus, I Trust in You
    By Anna Lucia. The clock approaches four o’clock and I walk into the chapel, happy to have a few minutes for prayer before I am off to my late afternoon class.  I settle into the pew, look up at the crucifix, and I draw a blank.  I am at a loss f…
    - 22 days ago29 Aug 17, 5:00pm -
  • Monday Memes #115
    The post Monday Memes #115 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 23 days ago29 Aug 17, 12:13am -
  • The Last Shall Be First Part II: The Hidden “Yes” of Julia Greeley
    By LumenChristi. When I was in college, a good friend told me that we don’t have to find the saints – they find us. God places them in our lives at pivotal moments, to shed light on our own following of him. Since she said this, I have found it t…
    - 36 days ago15 Aug 17, 5:00pm -
  • Monday Memes #114
    The post Monday Memes #114 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 37 days ago14 Aug 17, 10:45pm -

Catholic Light-Radical Faith and Trust

  • newWorried About The State Of The World? Here Are 5 Bible Verses You Should Know!
    Worried About The State Of The World? Here Are 5 Bible Verses You Should Know!:"Let’s be honest…there are some frightening things going on in the world. Every day we are bombarded with news about terrorism, natural disasters, war and many other t…
    - 22 hours ago19 Sep 17, 4:23pm -
  • newPrayers of Hope, by Mother Angelica
    Prayers of Hope: by Mother Angelica"Humility is a liberating virtue, for it takes away from the soul the burden of any injustice. It gives us the freedom to leave everything in God’s hands and the contentment to be satisfied with His plan in our l…
    - 22 hours ago19 Sep 17, 4:21pm -
  • newImitating Mary
    Imitating Mary: "Mary is the Masterpiece of creation, in the words of St. Louis de Montfort. She is worthy of imitation. Mary is the Daughter of the Eternal Father; she is the Mother of the Eternal Son and she is the Mystical Spouse of the Holy Sp…
    - 22 hours ago19 Sep 17, 4:18pm -
  • Participating in Jesus, by Mark Mallett
    Participating in Jesus"We are not mere observers, but participants in the life and works of Jesus..."by Mark Mallett
    - 2 days ago18 Sep 17, 11:34pm -
  • One Holy Catholic Apostolic
    "But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth."(1 Tim 3: 15)
    - 2 days ago18 Sep 17, 4:40pm -
  • St. Joseph of Cupertino
    St. Joseph of Cupertino: "Let no one say the Catholic Church hasn’t a sense of humor, particularly in the manner she chooses to reward saints. We only need to look to the example of St. Joseph Cupertino for our proof. St. Joseph lived in the 17th…
    - 2 days ago18 Sep 17, 4:24pm -
  • The Many Gifts of St. Hildegard of Bingen
    The Many Gifts of St. Hildegard of Bingen: "From inspiring holiness in those around her, to glorifying God in music and language and studied observation of the natural world, St. Hildegard is an example on how to fully and robustly enter into a rela…
    - 2 days ago18 Sep 17, 4:21pm -

Joy of 9

  • Mary STOOD At The Foot of the Cross
    The Gospel for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is the passage in which Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the Beloved Disciple, both stand at the foot of the Cross. 
    - 5 days ago16 Sep 17, 12:16am -
  • Pope Francis Challenges Us to Live The Joy of the Gospel
    “How I would love a Church which is poor and for the poor.”  – Pope Francis Pope Francis consistently proclaims traditional with joy. Even better, he has joyfully lived out what he has preached for decades.  Ironically, conservative  America…
    - 8 days ago13 Sep 17, 12:22am -
  • Art History Reveals The Nativity of Mary
    The most important fact of her life, that Jesus was born of her, is enough to tell her whole story. What more do you want to know? What further inquire would you make concerning the Virgin? It is enough for you that she is the Mother of God. What bea…
    - 12 days ago8 Sep 17, 2:51pm -
  • For the Memorial of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend
    The Power of Images To Change Lives Marie Constantin, the photographer, and author of Finding Calcutta: Memoirs of a Photographer, understands images have power, more power than words alone to impact lives. It was an image in a documentary film tha…
    - 15 days ago5 Sep 17, 11:57pm -
  • No More Mental Kung-Fu
    Anxiety makes us ill in body, mind, and spirit.  It can be ingrained in our nature from the moment we are born because of original sin. Babies are not simply empty slates; they are complex little people who just happen to be preverbal. Babies are bo…
    - 22 days ago30 Aug 17, 12:43am -
  • A Visual Feast:The Queenship of Mary
    A selection of the best art and icons capturing the humility, dignity, and nobility of Mary- The Queenship of Mary. The Church accepts Revelation 12 as a reference to Mary, Israel, and the Church as a three-fold symbolism through the Book of Isaiah a…
    - 29 days ago23 Aug 17, 1:40am -
  • Let Christ Rip The Rug Up From Under You
    When Jesus invites us to die to ourselves, He is not referring to some pious act of self-sacrifice which will make us look or feel holy. No, He has something much more radical in mind. The kind of inner transformation Christ desires will literally ri…
    - 32 days ago19 Aug 17, 4:44pm -

Reconciled to You

  • Pauline Books & Media September Book Review
    Explaining the Beatitudes to my eleven year old daughter, Faith, has proved to be challenging.  Not only because of the subject (which I as an adult struggle to fully comprehend) but also because of her learning delays.  Silvia Vecchini's books hav…
    - 3 days ago17 Sep 17, 7:00am -
  • #FridayFlashback - Mully, Worry and 5 Minutes of Fame
    MULLY (AMAZING) MOVIE - 3 DAY SPECIAL EVENT!! MULLY is an incredibly well-done documentary.  I feel so blessed to be able to pre-sceen and share it with you.  Like all exceptional media, MULLY brings all the feels.  When the movie ended, I…
    - 5 days ago15 Sep 17, 11:28am -
  • #WorthRevisit - 5 Hope Filled Devotions
    Disclaimer: Post contains affiliate links. Items purchased through these links benefit RTY but do not cost you more.My Worry RemedyThis summer, my daughter discovered The Andy Griffith Show on Netflix. As I watched a few of the black and white epis…
    - 7 days ago13 Sep 17, 7:00am -
    SPECIAL 3 DAY EVENT IN THEATERS OCTOBER 3, 4, 5 The Ripple Effect of Kindness As a six-year-old boy in Kenya, Charles Mully, finds himself abandoned by his family. For ten years he lived as a beggar until two significant events.  F…
    - 9 days ago11 Sep 17, 5:09pm -
  • Autumn Reset: Are You Meeting Your Goals
    Happy New New Year For nearly 20 years, I have made 10 lists of 10 things I want change or accomplish in the upcoming year.   Not sure what precipitated this tradition? Maybe it was my love of making lists!  That thrill I get from physically cro…
    - 13 days ago7 Sep 17, 11:22am -

Snoring Scholar

  • Flowers for Mary as Mediatrix of All Graces
    When I fill my home with sagging cups of weeds, I'd like to think I'm not so different from Mary as Mediatrix of All Graces, when she takes my dandelion flowers to Jesus.This post Flowers for Mary as Mediatrix of All Graces appeared first on Snoring…
    - 97 days ago16 Jun 17, 12:44am -
  • Memorial Day: We Remember
    On Memorial Day, join me in praying for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country.This post Memorial Day: We Remember appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 28 May 17, 12:55pm -
  • How Our Lady of Fatima Teaches Us to Say No to the Busy
    Our Lady of Fatima holds many lessons for me. Here's what I've learned about saying No to the busy and Yes to God.This post How Our Lady of Fatima Teaches Us to Say No to the Busy appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 8 May 17, 1:40pm -
  • Born on Mary’s Feast
    Being born on the feast of Mary, Mother of God is no small thing. This is the story of how my daughter was born on Mary's feast day.This post Born on Mary’s Feast appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 2 Jan 17, 2:00am -
  • My Favorite Recipe: Notsanga
    Twice-modified from a Rachael Ray recipe. 2 16oz cans of Spaghetti Sauce 1 lb short-cut pasta such as rotini or penne1 16oz bag of shredded cheese – mozzarella works best 1 lb of ground beef, sausage, or pepperoni (or omit the meat for a great Lent…
    - 3 Dec 16, 12:26pm -
  • Ungifted: Here’s Why 11-Year-Old Fern Calls It a 5-Star Read
    Fern (age 11) reads and reviews Ungifted, by Gordon Korman. Turns out she loves it, and what she has to say piques my interest, too!This post Ungifted: Here’s Why 11-Year-Old Fern Calls It a 5-Star Read appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 30 Oct 16, 4:24pm -
  • 6 People Every Mom’s Met at Mass
    There are at least 6 people every mom's met at Mass...each of them inspiring a different prayer response...This post 6 People Every Mom’s Met at Mass appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 12 Oct 16, 2:21am -

Embedded Faith

  • By Special Request -Cover Image to Remember 9/11
    By special request from Christine L. on my facebook page - here is a cover image to remember 9/11.Thanks Christine for asking for this - this new images pairs well with a regualar sized shareable image I did awhile back which you can find -  here…
    - 12 days ago8 Sep 17, 7:36pm -
  • Act of Faith, Hope and Love Prayers in Shareable Images
    The Act of Faith, Act of Hope and Act of Love  Catholic Prayers.   var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
    - 70 days ago12 Jul 17, 8:11pm -
  • Happy 4th of July!
    A pair of shareable images to  help  celebrate the 4th in a spirit of faith. [...]
    - 85 days ago27 Jun 17, 2:20pm -
  • By Special Request - New Father's Day Covers and Images
     By special request from St. Paul Church in Norwalk, Ohio via my facebook page - several  new covers and matching images celebrating Father's Day and fatherhood. var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
    - 8 Jun 17, 5:39pm -
  • Two New Pentecost Covers
    var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
    - 2 Jun 17, 6:43pm -
  • 8 NEW Memorial Day Covers and Images
    Eight new  images and covers for Memorial Day.  ​Celebrate. Honor.Remember. var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
    - 25 May 17, 7:41pm -
  • Mother's Day Covers - 2017
    Three new and very different covers to celebrate the Mother in your life.You may like these from the past as well:  Mother's Day Covers1 andMother's Day Cover 2  var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
    - 10 May 17, 8:35pm -

Association of Catholic Women Bloggers

  • newMany Ways to Steal! An Elaboration on the Seventh Commandment
    So, you think you know what it means to steal? Why, it is the taking of another’s property against the owner’s will, right? Yes, but stealing also includes:vandalism, cheating on exams, reporting more payroll hours than actually worked, wasting…
    - 2 hours ago20 Sep 17, 12:41pm -
  • newBlessed Virgin Mary, the Color Blue, Tabby Cats, and Tears
    The centennial year of Our Lady of Fatima is coming to a close. Therefore, for today’s blog, I offer a few frivolous facts about Mary. For heavier explanations, see my previous blogs about our Blessed Mother or read one of my bestselling books T…
    - 3 hours ago20 Sep 17, 11:42am -
  • newTo Love A Priest

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  • new#RealityHigh: What Have Young Adult Movies Come To?
    I love a good young adult, coming of age story. And... I hate a bad one.There's been a weird phenomenon lately, where most of the ones I've see on-screen have been falling into the latter category. After watching (part of) the Netflix “13 Reasons W…
    - 16 hours ago19 Sep 17, 10:52pm -
  • Multiple Sins Against Chastity - A Look at the Ninth Commandment
    Human love demands a total self-giving of one to another within the covenant of marriage. There is no room for self-gratification, or for expressions of sexual intercourse aside from the conjugal act within marriage. For when these things happen, the…
    - 2 days ago18 Sep 17, 12:43pm -
  • Mother's Love
    - 2 days ago18 Sep 17, 8:14am -
  • Second Collections
    The neighborhood parish took a second collection again today. This week's was to help folks hit by Hurricane Irma. The one before that was for those affected by Harvey.Folks in the Caribbean, Gulf Coast, and Florida weren't the only ones dealing with…
    - 3 days ago17 Sep 17, 6:53pm -

The Catholic Catalogue

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

Nisi Dominus

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