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Finding God's Grace

  • Lord, If You Had Been Here
    ***This past month I have been completing the editing of my book, A Storytellers Guide to a Grace-Filled Life, that I hope to publish this September.  As I work to complete the book, I have had several emails and calls from readers who miss my weekl…
    - 21 days ago2 Apr 17, 1:48pm -
  • Quit Your Complaining!
    “If you are not grateful for the things you have, what makes you think you will be grateful for the things you want.”  –Tony Agnesi Every March, Diane and I are blessed to spend the month in sunny Naples, Florida. We love the nearby Vanderbilt…
    - 35 days ago19 Mar 17, 6:57pm -
  • Who are the Lepers of Today?
    “The Lord gave me, Brother Francis, thus to begin doing penance in this way: for when I was in sin, it seemed too bitter for me to see lepers.  And the Lord Himself led me among them and I showed mercy to them.  And when I left them, what had see…
    - 63 days ago19 Feb 17, 3:14pm -
  • Homeless in Nashville
    “The people in the parks, the alcoholics, the homeless, they are looking at you.  Do not be those who look and do not see.”  -Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta I recently returned from a business trip to Nashville.  It was a great time spent w…
    - 70 days ago12 Feb 17, 3:00pm -
  • An Irregular Guy
    Father, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so th…
    - 84 days ago29 Jan 17, 2:44pm -
  • Well Known or Worth Knowing?
    “Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.” –Confucius “Seek To Be Worth Knowing Rather Than Be Well Known” – Anonymous We live in a time of instant stardom and notoriety.  People go from relative obscurity to fame ov…
    - 91 days ago22 Jan 17, 3:02pm -
  • Scars- We All Have Them!
    “Other times, I look at my scars and see something else: a girl who was trying to cope with something horrible that she should never have had to live through at all. My scars show pain and suffering, but they also show my will to survive. They’re…
    - 98 days ago15 Jan 17, 2:04pm -

Lisa Graas

  • The Confiteor
    I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefo…
    - 4 days ago19 Apr 17, 10:39am -
  • Christians being eliminated by Muslims in northern Nigeria
    Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria. Vatican Radio: The Catholic Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, Joseph Bagobiri, has called for an effective synergy by all Christian denominations in the country to counter the systematic elimination of…
    - 22 days ago1 Apr 17, 4:31pm -
  • December 2, 2016: The night we were saved by our guardian angels
    On the night of December 2, 2016, I was driving my daughter Bethany, age 16, to her uncles house to make Christmas pies. Every year, they make about 40 pecan pies and deliver them to friends and family. We were driving at around 50-55 mph (the speed…
    - 11 Dec 16, 9:37am -
  • Bill Warner says 95% of Christian pastors in Nashville are cowards
    What has happened to us (Christians, Jews, Buddhists, atheists and all others) that we are no longer able to have moral outrage? Righteous anger? Bill Warner of the Center for the Study of Political Islam opines that 95% of Christian pastors in Nashv…
    - 30 Nov 16, 11:47pm -
  • What happens if you question the Pope?
    What happens if you question the Pope? Well, if you’re a cardinal, you could have your red hat taken away. So says Monsignor Vito Pinto, a defender of Pope Francis. Cardinals Walter Brandmüller, Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra and Joachim Meisner as…
    - 30 Nov 16, 4:12pm -
  • The Remnant: Francis cannot be ignored
    On November 24, I wrote an article agreeing with Dr. Jeff Mirus that we should essentially ignore Pope Francis. The Remnant offers a counter-argument to Dr. Mirus’ position. Francis cannot be ignored. On the contrary, the faithful must be ever vigi…
    - 29 Nov 16, 10:01am -
  • Jesus is coming
    In the Gospel reading for Sunday, November 27, 2016, we are warned to prepare for Jesus as He will come again, and we do not know at which hour He will come. Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming o…
    - 27 Nov 16, 2:18am -

Love Alone Creates

  • My Parenting #Honestmoment
    It’s not easy for me to pinpoint a specific parenting moment that somehow taught me everything I needed to know about what it means to be a mom. There are so many little things that add up each day in which I have to face myself – my fears, my pr…
    - 4 days ago19 Apr 17, 12:00pm -
  • She is Joan of Arc
    Every parent wants their children to grow up and make an indelible mark on the world in some significant way, yet most of us fail to understand what it means to do this by way of holiness rather than worldly success. Unfortunately, the world tells us…
    - 11 days ago12 Apr 17, 12:00pm -
  • Facing and Fighting Our Fears
    I can’t help but notice that our world today is full of fear: …of politicians and the aftermath of our presidential election; …of whether or not their children will suffer, and if so, how; …of what may or may not happen; …and on and on it g…
    - 18 days ago5 Apr 17, 12:00pm -
  • Holy Versus Secular Detachment
    In a culture that presents detachment as a distant type of apathy or indifference, the word detachment itself procures distaste and disdain for those who are genuinely seeking to deepen their interior lives.  Yet detachment can be holy.  We hear th…
    - 25 days ago29 Mar 17, 12:00pm -
  • Getting Past Perfect
    If you are a mother – or a father, for that matter – you know what it’s like to vacillate between fear of failure and a sense of satisfaction.  Parents have the toughest job imaginable, and we can never seem to get it all right.  The world so…
    - 32 days ago22 Mar 17, 12:00pm -
  • Couriers of Grace
    I think all parents of disabled children have moments when they fear the future.  Our yes to life requires us to constantly advocate for our kids.  In Sarah’s case, her health was always in the back of our minds.  Given her serious heart conditi…
    - 39 days ago15 Mar 17, 12:00pm -
  • Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta
    A companion to Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Heidi Hess Saxton’s newest devotional continues the reader on a journey into the heart of this popular and beloved modern saint.  Saxton begins with a brief introduction, as well as an explanati…
    - 46 days ago8 Mar 17, 1:00pm -

David Torkington

  • 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…
    - 42 days ago12 Mar 17, 11:57pm -
  • Mystical marriage
    When Helen, said to be the most beautiful woman in Greek antiquity fled with her lover to Troy, she did not receive the reception that she expected.The post Mystical marriage appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 54 days ago28 Feb 17, 11:17pm -
  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 9 – The Whole World is a Friary
    When St Francis of Assisi had rebuilt a tumbledown little church given to him by the Benedictines he called it St Mary of the Angels. It was here, over 800 years ago that he heard God speaking to him through the Gospels whilst attending Mass.The pos…
    - 61 days ago21 Feb 17, 10:48pm -
  • Christian Mysticism and its Counterfeit
    The Vatican document on New Age Spirituality is subtitled, Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life – A Christian reflection on the New Age. Published in 2003, it insists that a clear understanding of our own tradition is the best antidote to…
    - 65 days ago17 Feb 17, 10:49pm -
  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 8 – The Gospel Way of Life
    Francis chose a very specific way of life in which to embrace ‘Lady Poverty’ and it was quite unique. It was quite simply the way of life as lived by Jesus and his followers before the Resurrection.The post St Francis of Assisi – Part 8 – Th…
    - 78 days ago4 Feb 17, 11:18pm -
  • The Resolution to end all Resolutions
    A hermit I know used to say, “When you stop falling you will be in heaven, but when you stop getting up, you will be in hell.” The fact of the matter is, we all fall. The secret of spiritual growth is how long we take to get up again. The post T…
    - 79 days ago3 Feb 17, 11:21pm -
  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 7 – Lady Poverty
    Ever since Charlemagne was enthroned as Holy Roman Emperor in AD 800 Europe gradually became a safer place in which to live.The post St Francis of Assisi – Part 7 – Lady Poverty appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 95 days ago19 Jan 17, 12:04am -

Patti Maguire Armstrong

  • Weapons for Our Time: Divine Mercy and The Blessed Mother
    For such a time as this, we have all we need. God has actually increased our spiritual riches during the last century through the messages of Fatima and the Divine Mercy devotion.Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, the director of the Association of Marian Helpers,…
    - 4 days ago19 Apr 17, 4:20pm -
     1. Speak as little as possible about yourself.2. Keep busy with your own affairs.3. Do not interfere in the affairs of others.4. Accept small irritations with good humor.5. Do not dwell on the faults of others.6. Accept censures even if unmerited.7…
    - 4 days ago19 Apr 17, 11:44am -
  • Do You Let Jesus be God?
    “The Pharisees would not let Jesus be God,” the priest said during a homily this morning referring to the Gospel of John 8: 51-59“Jesus said: "Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad.”“You are not yet fifty years…
    - 17 days ago6 Apr 17, 6:19pm -
  • Stigmatist Priest, Father Dolindo Ruotolo
     "It is the duty of every Catholic to contribute to the salvation of souls," -Fr. Ruotolo.St. Francis and St. Padre Pio are two much loved saints that bore the wounds of Christ.  But how many know about Father Don Dolindo Ruotolo, a contemp…
    - 22 days ago1 Apr 17, 3:32pm -
  • How to Make Fasting Not a Diet
    What did Jesus do prepare for his public ministry? He went into the wilderness to fast for forty days.  It was not a diet.  That might sound crass but it’s tempting to look at spiritual fasting as a convenient opportunity to also go on a diet.Die…
    - 28 days ago26 Mar 17, 10:41pm -
  • Confession: I Never Liked the St. Monica Story
    “I should have been a better mother,” St. Monica said to Bishop Ambrose about her son Augustine. “If Augustine had been an easier child, God would not have given him a mother like you,” he responded. –Dialogue from the movie Restless Heart…
    - 44 days ago10 Mar 17, 12:48pm -
  • 16 Ways to Counteract "A Day Without a Woman"
                “A Day Without A Woman” is planned for Wednesday, March 8. The organizers behind the January march in DC have now hijacked International Women’s Day calling for women to walk out on jobs and family and not to shop or basical…
    - 48 days ago7 Mar 17, 3:44am -

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…
    - 25 days ago29 Mar 17, 9:14pm -
  • Check Your Messages…
    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to check my cellphone because I thought I heard it ding or felt it vibrate in my bag only to find that I haven’t received any new messages, emails or updates on social media. If the statistics I’ve se…
    - 38 days ago16 Mar 17, 8:20pm -
  • Elevator Music
    The offices for Catholic New York are on one of the top floors of the high rise in Manhattan—which means the elevator ride in the morning is pretty packed. Given the early hour, its generally safe to say that enough caffeine hasn’t been consumed…
    - 52 days ago2 Mar 17, 2:32pm -
  • Giving Up and Letting Go
    The one-bedroom apartment where my husband and I live hasn’t looked as good as it does right now since we first moved in. We have both been on a purging kick lately so there is a sizeable difference in the amount of clutter around.   I think our p…
    - 59 days ago23 Feb 17, 8:59pm -
  • Death of an Icon
     Mary Tyler Moore, famous actress and producer, died Jan. 25 in Greenwich, Connecticut at the age of 80. Best known for her roles on the “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Mary Tyler Moore Show” which aired in the 60s and 70s, respectively, she l…
    - 87 days ago26 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…
    - 93 days ago20 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

  • God Gives the Reward First
    I was in the village Chontal in Ecuador just before Christmastime last year, and one of the reasons for going this time was to bring bracelet gifts for the children there that had been made by some generous people back in Boston. Chontal is the place…
    - 2 days ago21 Apr 17, 10:20pm -
  • God At Work
    Ecuador just recently had its presidential elections, like we had in the States back in November. In Ecuador there are a bunch of political parties, not just two or three, and so there are a lot of campaigns in the run-up to a primary they had in Feb…
    - 14 days ago10 Apr 17, 1:21am -
  • Your Name Is Being Called
    A few months ago I was in a remote part of Ecuador, up in the mountains in an indigenous community that I am getting to know. I was there for four nights, and each night, I joined a group in the community in an song and worship time in the town chape…
    - 28 days ago26 Mar 17, 8:38pm -
  • The Love Effort
    A few weeks ago, I was visiting the town of Hingham in Massachusetts. There’s a shipyard in Hingham that was one of the centers of World War II ship construction. Now, that shipyard has been turned into a high end retail and commercial outlet. As I…
    - 40 days ago14 Mar 17, 4:44am -
  • Another Kind of Seat
    Several years ago, I was in the seminary investigating whether or not I had a vocation to be a diocesan priest. We had 7 guys that came into our class that year. Every year, each one of us had a written evaluation, and after 2 years, there’s a big…
    - 51 days ago4 Mar 17, 12:11am -
  • Back in Boston
    I am now back in Boston. Come and check out the latest update at In Boston
    - 71 days ago11 Feb 17, 7:51pm -
  • What It Is To Follow Jesus Christ
    The day after I returned from the community Alao to Quito, I decided to head over to the bishop’s office in Quito, to see if I could set up an appointment with him. As I’ve been going around to four different dioceses in this stay in Ecuador, it…
    - 78 days ago4 Feb 17, 11:52am -

These Stone Walls

  • Entrustment to Divine Mercy for Wounded Warriors
    The Gospel on Divine Mercy Sunday is St John’s account of the spiritually wounded Thomas who would not know peace until surrendering his wounds to the Risen Christ. There is a scene in the great World War II prisoner of war film, Stalag 17, in whic…
    - 4 days ago19 Apr 17, 5:17am -
  • The Chief Priests Answered, ‘We Have No King but Caesar’
    The Passion of the Christ has historical meaning on its face, but a far deeper story lies beneath where the threads of faith and history connect to awaken the soul. There are few things in life that a priest could hear with greater impact than what w…
    - 11 days ago12 Apr 17, 4:55am -
  • Stone Walls Cannot Repel Our Sadness or Contain Our Joy
    A coffee cup, a bowl, and a letter are all we have to remember our great good friend, Kewei Chen, but they speak volumes about Divine Mercy and the triumph of love. Several weeks ago on These Stone Walls, I had a post in three unrelated parts that I…
    - 18 days ago5 Apr 17, 4:54am -
  • De Profundis: Pornchai Moontri and the Raising of Lazarus
    The raising of Lazarus, the sixth of seven signs in the Gospel of St. John, is told “so that you may believe.” The raising of Pornchai Moontri is that story retold. Some very important things occurred on the day before I sat down to type this pos…
    - 25 days ago29 Mar 17, 6:13am -
  • How SNAP Brought McCarthyism to American Catholics
    Generating fears, shameful to our ears, ruining careers; personal attacks, alternative facts, financial kickbacks: the rap of SNAP for a modern American witch hunt. Ever so slowly awakening across America is a long-suppressed awareness of an ugly par…
    - 32 days ago22 Mar 17, 6:24am -

Daily Grace with Tony Agnesi

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

Harvesting Fruits of Contemplation

  • Pondering Tidbits of Truth - April 20, 2017
    (Photo©Michael Seagriff)Pondering Tidbits of Truth is my simple and inadequate way of providing nuggets of spiritual wisdom for you to chew on from time to time.St. Leo the Great"Whoever truly wishes to venerate the Passion of the Lord should conte…
    - 3 days ago20 Apr 17, 9:30am -
  • Worth Revisiting - Mercy and Justice Go Hand in Hand
    We thank Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Reardon for hosting Worth Revisiting each week and encourage you to visit them regularly at Reconciled to You and Theology is a Verb, respectively.I wish to share this post with you:Mercy and Justice Go Hand in…
    - 5 days ago19 Apr 17, 1:15am -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - Where Are You?
    (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) "God has blessed our Churches with His Real Presence where He can be worshiped, adored and loved, where He changes, heals and comforts the hearts and souls (and sometimes bodies) of many. Yet few come to keep Him com…
    - 5 days ago18 Apr 17, 9:30am -
  • Monday Musings - Don't Look The Other Way!
    How difficult it is to be content with the present moment; our minds race to what is to follow, often uncomfortable staying put and savoring what is before us.O, how many graces we have lost. O, how many await us!
    - 6 days ago17 Apr 17, 9:41am -
  • Easter Post - He is Alive and Waiting For You!
    (Originally posted April 23, 2011)   (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)Our Churches will be packed this Easter Sunday, filled by an influx of infrequent visitors and with the pungent fragrances flowing from the multi-colored spring flowers that w…
    - 7 days ago16 Apr 17, 10:59am -
  • Come To The Foot of The Cross
     (Image source: Full of
    - 9 days ago14 Apr 17, 2:27pm -
  • Of Priests, the Eucharist and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
    (Slightly modified version of a March 28, 2013 post) When Jesus told His followers that unless they ate His Body and drank His Blood, they could not have eternal life, large numbers left and never returned. Their initial repulsion to this direction w…
    - 10 days ago13 Apr 17, 9:30am -
  • Worth Revisiting - I Want My Priests and My People Close to Me to Console Me
    Another week and another opportunity to thank Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for their invitation to re-post our favorite posts on Worth Revisiting. Go there now (and every Wednesday) and let an interesting group of Catholic bloggers no…
    - 12 days ago12 Apr 17, 1:55am -

Grow in Virtue

  • 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…
    - 21 days ago2 Apr 17, 11:18pm -
  • When Life Disappoints You
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Sometimes, life just smacks you a good sucker-punch right to the noggin. And often that blow nearly takes your breath away. Life disappoints you beyond measure. Someone you love dies, you lose a job, someone…
    - 74 days ago8 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…
    - 84 days ago29 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 -
  • Advent – A Preparation for Christmas
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.The Meaning of Advent As each year draws to a close, and Christmas fast approaches, we tend to focus on what is obvious – putting up our decorations, trimming our tree, shopping for friends and family and e…
    - 27 Nov 16, 12:43pm -

It Makes Sense to Me

David Gray

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

Our Franciscan Fiat

  • An Easter Rosary?
    So, during Lent we focus on the Sorrowful Mysteries when praying the rosary, but what about during the Easter season? While the traditional answer would probably be: “the Glorious, of course,” I take a different route. Although it’s unconventio…
    - 3 days ago20 Apr 17, 4:21pm -
  • Barely Scratching the Surface
    Whew…. We just finished the hustle and bustle of Holy Week! I really love these beautiful commemorations, but as a sacristan who has to coordinate things, I am always relieved Easter Sunday morning when it’s all behind me for another year. This t…
    - 7 days ago16 Apr 17, 5:12pm -
  • Sweet Silence
    “We use the opportunities for silence that…the last three days of Holy Week offer. ” Constitutions 3.10)  Therefore, as much as possible, I am doing this. There will be no posts on Our Franciscan Fiat until Easter. Have a blessed Triduum!
    - 10 days ago13 Apr 17, 11:29am -
  • A Heart for Holy Week
    Holy Week has always been special to me.  Back home, growing up, it was made special with beautiful customs, from attending Holy Thursday Mass to dyeing eggs on Holy Saturday afternoon.  (I am not trying to put these on the same plane.) Now, since…
    - 14 days ago9 Apr 17, 4:18pm -
  • Hot Cross Buns…One a Penny…Two a Penny
    Originally posted on Our Franciscan Fiat: I just finished mixing up my dough.  In the almost six years that I’ve been here at St. Anne’s, it’s become tradition that I make hot cross buns to serve for our residents’ snack on Holy Thursday af…
    - 17 days ago6 Apr 17, 12:59pm -
  • Life’s Uncertain; Eat Dessert First!
    Although we are in the heart of the Lenten Season, this little quip, sometimes quoted by Sr. Elaine (with whom I live), was as bit appropriate once again. I was reminded of it as I left our residents’ dining room this evening at suppertime. I am wo…
    - 20 days ago3 Apr 17, 11:19pm -
  • Stairs for Lent?
    Last evening, I went to bed at 6:45, anticipating working a night shift.  One of our aides had called earlier in the day, home with sick children.  By early evening, neither she nor I had been able to find another staff person to fill in. The decis…
    - 23 days ago31 Mar 17, 11:03am -

Theology is a Verb

  • Worth Revisiting: Called to be Courageous
    “…we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Ro…
    - 5 days ago19 Apr 17, 12:00am -
  • Worth Revisiting: Traveling Light
    “Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’  If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. Stay…
    - 12 days ago12 Apr 17, 12:00am -
  • Bread of Life: A Mutual Invitation of Participation
    “John’s Jesus has a totally different outlook. He does supply earthly bread to a crowd that hungers; but that is not the real marvel, for they will hunger again and so are not permanently better. The real marvel is that Jesus can give a bread fro…
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  • Worth Revisiting: The Thief on the Cross
    In reading the passages from Luke today on the way of the cross and crucifixion of Jesus, (Lk 23: 26-49) I was struck with gratitude for the thief on the cross beside Christ. Mocked, insulted and shamed- Jesus endured not only the painful, sorrowful…
    - 19 days ago5 Apr 17, 12:00am -
  • The Body and the Vine: A Glimpse at Paul and John’s Metaphors for the Church
    In looking at Paul’s understanding of the church as the body of Christ we see a set of relationships, that of the individual believer to Christ and the believer in community. It is through baptism that both the individual believer accepts salvation…
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  • Worth Revisiting: Grandma’s Lessons
    My grandma was a teacher- as was my grandpa, my mom and all but one of their children. Long after her classroom days, she continued to teach in Sunday school and most profoundly by the sheer witness of her life. I spent many a summer day there, learn…
    - 26 days ago28 Mar 17, 11:50pm -
  • In My Corner
    Backs up against the wall prepared for an uphill battle, or at the very least a ready argument we turn anxiously to look for just who is in our corner. Even for the smallest of tasks we seem so ready to face everything on our own and only when we see…
    - 27 days ago27 Mar 17, 11:00am -

Virginia Lieto

  • Flee Your Road to Emmaus; Turn Your Sights on Jesus
    Today’s Gospel reading from Luke 24:13-35 speaks to us of Jesus’ walk with two men on the Road to Emmaus. We begin with two men departing Jerusalem, saddened in the realization that Jesus was not who they thought him to be. They were disappointed…
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  • Hope in the Resurrection: Believe in Christ’s Promises
    The Lord is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia! Happy Easter Monday everyone! Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, on Easter Sunday morning, is such a glorious reason to celebrate, that the Church gives us seven weeks to soak in this wonderful event! Easter r…
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  • Holy Wednesday: The Day Before the World Would Change Forever
    Many people approach Holy Week in great anticipation of liturgical rites scheduled for Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Many even enjoy taking part in the blessing of their Easter food on Holy Saturday. For me, I find Holy Wednesday to be quite intrigu…
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  • Christ’s Humility: A Teaching Moment, Then and Now
    Jesus didn’t enter Jerusalem on a beautiful stallion, or better yet in a covered canapé. No, He entered Jerusalem on the back of an ass; one of the simplest and hardest working creatures known to man. In Christ’s simplicity, we see Christ’s hu…
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  • You Will Know the Truth, and the Truth Will Set You Free
    This very famous bible passage, “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free “(John 8: 32), is the subject of today’s Gospel reading. What is Jesus trying to say to us? Didn’t He give us free will, which automatically makes us fr…
    - 18 days ago5 Apr 17, 12:30pm -
  • Rightfully Ours, by Carolyn Astfalk – Book Review
    Rightfully Ours, by Carolyn Astfalk, rightfully belongs on your “Want to Read” list! In Astfalk’s third Christian fiction novel, she introduces us to two teenagers: Rachel Mueller and Paul Porter. At the beginning of the book, when Rachel and P…
    - 20 days ago3 Apr 17, 12:30pm -
  • Finding Virtue in the Mundane: Even Doing Dishes!
    So, how is doing the dishes well, or any other mundane task for that matter, virtuous? Well, let’s answer that question by first defining virtue: “A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perfo…
    - 25 days ago29 Mar 17, 12:30pm -

Single Mom Smiling

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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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

  • newDivine Mercy Sunday | 2017
    April 23, 2017Saint Faustina received visions of our Lord, in which, Jesus instructed her to tell the world of His infinite Love and Mercy. She recorded these visions in her diary; later published under the title Divine Mercy in My Soul: The Diary of…
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  • newHomily for the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday), April 23, 2017, Year A
    Fr. René J. Butler, M.S.Provincial Superior, La Salette Missionaries of North AmericaHartford, Connecticut(Click here for today’s readings)Don’t you hate ultimatums? Most of us have encountered (and maybe issued) them at one time or another. The…
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  • newSaint George, the Patron of England
    April 23rd, is the optional memorial of Saint George. This year it is superseded by the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday. Some of the more colorful stories about this patron of England are not substantiated by fact, but that doesn’t mea…
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  • Divine Mercy Novena 2017 | Day 9
    April 22, 2017On this ninth day of the Divine Mercy Novena, we pray for the souls who have become lukewarm. Christ told Saint Faustina, "Today bring to Me the Souls who have become lukewarm, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls woun…
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  • Saint Anselm — His Wisdom in 25 Quotations
    Saint Anselm of Canterbury, the 11th century Benedictine archbishop, achieved tremendous insight into the love of God. He dedicated his life to seeking out and teaching the depths of Divine Wisdom. May our understanding be enlightened and our faith f…
    - 3 days ago20 Apr 17, 11:30pm -

Catholic Conundrum

  • Is There Really Such Thing as a Catholic Life-Hack?
    I can't help it!  I'm longing for Lent again! I would imagine that this sounds like a strange claim.Now, don't get me wrong.  I am truly rejoicing in the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior, and my heart sings His praises. However, I am painfully…
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  • He is Risen!!
    He is Risen!!!! Happy Easter from our family to yours!May this Easter season be beyond blessed for you and your family!Allelulia!!! [...]
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  • The Triduum Begins!!  And our Holy Thursday Coloring Page
    The Institution of the Eucharist.  The Institution of the Priesthood.  What a packed-full feast day we have in  Holy Thursday, the first day in the Triduum!  The Triduum, the three-day season beginning with Holy Thursday and ending with Holy Sat…
    - 10 days ago13 Apr 17, 12:30pm -
  • Totally Unique Way to Live Holy Week - for the Whole Family!
    I'm always looking for new, innovative ways to add to our Holy Week experience.  I have come to realize over the years that nothing is like truly being able to live out Holy Week as a family.Last week, while I was in prayer asking for guidance in he…
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  • Holy Week is Here!
    And so it begins!!!   My favorite week of the year.  A week tailor-made to help us live the last week of Jesus' life, I have found that my faith gets a substantial "shot in the arm" that is sorely needed.Another bonus is that not only does my fai…
    - 15 days ago8 Apr 17, 1:05pm -
  • Finally Here!! - The Reconciliation Song - by kids for kids!
    It's hard to believe, but it's finally up!    It's the next installment to theSacrament Song Series:  the Reconciliation Song!Sung by kids for kids, this song walks us through this blessed sacrament like only kids can, reminding us to view our fa…
    - 19 days ago4 Apr 17, 12:59pm -
  • How Does Your Priest Feel About Divine Mercy Sunday?
    Divine Mercy Sunday is approaching on April 23rd.    How does your parish celebrate this blessed day?  Does your priest place emphasis on it?   Well, a friend of mine created a beautiful website to help our shepherds prepare for this amazing fe…
    - 23 days ago31 Mar 17, 2:29pm -

Catholic Fire

  • Saint Anslem: Benedictine monk and Doctor of the Church
    April 21 is the feast of Saint Anslem, a Benedictine monk, abbot, philosopher and theologian, who held the office of archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. He is a Doctor of the Church who is known as “the most luminous and penetrating intelle…
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  • 7 Quick Takes: Easter Joy, Divine Mercy
    Happy Easter to all of you! As Catholics, we celebrate the Easter season for fifty days. I hope and pray that your heart is filled with the joy of the Resurrection of our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Alleluia! This week’s Seven Quick Takes w…
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  • St. Agnes of Montepulciano, Dominican Mystic
    April 20 is the feast of St. Agnes of Montepulciano, a Dominican abbess and foundress in medieval Tuscany. Seventy years after Agnes died St. Catherine of Siena made a pilgrimage to the shrine of this famous Dominican foundress. As St. Catherine bowe…
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  • Happy Easter! Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
    ​Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia! “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.​” ~ John 11: 25-26​​​The post Hap…
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  • Good Friday: Divine Mercy Novena Begins
        Divine Mercy Novena Prayers First Day of the Divine Mercy Novena Intention: Today bring to Me ALL MANKIND, ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the los…
    - 9 days ago14 Apr 17, 5:08am -
  • The Easter Triduum: Entering Into the Heart of Our Faith
    Today begins the holiest and most important time of the Church year — the Easter Triduum. It commemorates the heart of our faith: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Sacred Triduum begins with Holy Thursday, which marks the end of the f…
    - 10 days ago13 Apr 17, 4:24am -
  • Wednesday of Holy Week — Spy Wednesday
    Wednesday of Holy Week is traditionally known as “Spy Wednesday” because Judas made a bargain with the high priest to hand over Jesus for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:13). Judas’s betrayal directly leads to Jesus’ being taken into cust…
    - 11 days ago12 Apr 17, 5:48am -

A Catholic Citizen in America

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

  • Detour
    By Bernadette Monica. My life has certainly taken a detour over the past few years. I never would have chosen the road I’ve ended up on, but for better or worse, here I am. There’s certainly been a lot of grace in everything that’s happened, bu…
    - 3 days ago20 Apr 17, 9:48am -
  • Monday Memes #99
    The post Monday Memes #99 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 6 days ago17 Apr 17, 10:36pm -
  • Happy Easter!
    This won’t be a long post – if your Holy Week has been anything like mine, you’ve spent the past four days either in church, heading to church, or falling in a heap after getting home from the church, and it’s all turning into a bit of a blur…
    - 7 days ago16 Apr 17, 5:30pm -
  • Monday Memes #98
    Slightly belated… it’s been a crazy, crazy pre-Easter week!The post Monday Memes #98 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 12 days ago11 Apr 17, 11:26am -
  • From the Blog Mistress
    A few months ago, a friend of mine who had taken the Myers-Briggs test before she entered the convent asked me whether I knew my own personality type. I thought for a bit, and came up triumphantly with: “Ravenclaw.” More recently, however, I’ve…
    - 14 days ago9 Apr 17, 11:30am -
  • Scripture with the Desert Fathers (Part 2)
    By Ignatia, continued from Part 1. Being able to hear God’s voice is vital for figuring out where He’s calling you now – if you aren’t listening to Him or giving Him space to talk to you, how can you know what His will is? So what’s another…
    - 15 days ago8 Apr 17, 11:30am -
  • Scripture with the Desert Fathers (Part 1)
    By Ignatia. When I left the convent, I almost stopped praying altogether because it hurt too much. Every time I walked into a chapel I burst into tears: that had been the center of convent life, and that’s where everything that was really important…
    - 17 days ago7 Apr 17, 3:03am -

Catholic Light-Radical Faith and Trust

  • newThe Blessed Peacemakers
    The Blessed PeacemakersMark Mallett
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  • newLove and Mercy

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  • The Message of The Divine Mercy
    The Message of The Divine Mercy
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  • Scripture Speaks: Divine Mercy Sunday
    Scripture Speaks: Divine Mercy Sunday: "Today’s Gospel records a post-Resurrection appearance of Jesus in which a flow of mercy to sinners starts that will not stop until we have all attained the goal of our faith, the salvation of our souls, as S…
    - 2 days ago21 Apr 17, 4:22pm -
  • Defeating the Tempter by Trust in Divine Mercy
    Defeating the Tempter by Trust in Divine Mercy: "In the book of Job we read, “And the Lord said to Satan, ‘Have you noticed my servant Job, and that there is no one on earth like him, faultless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil? He hold…
    - 2 days ago21 Apr 17, 4:19pm -
  • Humbled by Mercy
    Humbled by Mercy: "The Gospels tell an incredible story.  A virginal conception.  Miraculous healings.  Even people coming back from the dead.  How are we to know that it’s not all just a fanciful fabrication? There is much evidence for the re…
    - 2 days ago21 Apr 17, 4:17pm -
  • The Easter Lesson
    "Thus there emerges the Easter lesson; that the power of evil and the chaos of any one moment, can be defied and conquered, for the basis of our hope is not in any construct of human power, but in the power of God who has given to the evil of this ea…
    - 3 days ago20 Apr 17, 6:13pm -

Joy of 9

  • Living With Only a Thin Veil Between Heaven and Earth
      I tend to rush through my daily duties like a solitary soul, disconnected from God and other people. However, I became aware that humans are actually intimately connected not just to God and the living but also to those who have died and are alive…
    - 5 days ago19 Apr 17, 3:35am -
  • Modern Catholic Artists Celebrate the Resurrection
    Featured image by  Patrick Devonas, “Allegory of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ” The Resurrection, an icon by a modern, American artist, Anne Chapman Father Sieger Köder, a prolific, German artist died in 2015.  Maria of  Magdala at the Gra…
    - 7 days ago16 Apr 17, 5:34am -
  • Light Just One Candle This Holy Saturday
    Do we grasp the ramifications of this historical event on Holy Saturday? Do we allow the reality of the Resurrection to sink in and save us, transform us into a light?
    - 9 days ago15 Apr 17, 1:46am -
  • Let’s Surrender to Grace This Triduum
    Everything about God is simple and natural. We are the ones in our pride who complicate our relationship to Him.
    - 12 days ago12 Apr 17, 3:41am -
  • Are We Living a Shadow Life?
    The worst possible fate for me would be to die and discover that I had lived an existence similar to the allegory described in Plato’s Cave. Plato describes man’s condition as similar to living chained in a cave, looking at shadows on the wall ca…
    - 18 days ago5 Apr 17, 5:16am -
  • Pro-Life Motherhood: A Feminist Career Choice
    Raising children is not a default chore for women who were not successful in the world of business, power, and wealth.  However, the trend in the last few decades has been to delegate childcare to women who are often treated like second-class citize…
    - 22 days ago1 Apr 17, 9:43pm -
  • A Good Irish Wake for A Good Irish Man
    Before we moved to our farm, we had lived for ten years on two acres on a short, dead-end road which turned into a country bike lane,  meadows and fields of berries, all near a creek. It was the perfect place for a huge garden, to raise a large fami…
    - 26 days ago29 Mar 17, 12:47am -

Reconciled to You

  • #WorthRevisit - Lenten Photo Challenge Recap
    #HowWeLentJust as I did during Advent (#SnapAdvent), I created an Instagram photo challenge on for this Lent. Each image related to a chapter in Walk in Her Sandals used for the WINE Lenten Book Club. Here are some of my images from the Week Six #Len…
    - 5 days ago18 Apr 17, 8:30pm -
  • Squirrels & Scripture:  How I Cope with Ad/hd & Anxiety
    Why All the Squirrels?The squirrel obsession sort of happened by happy accident - or perhaps it was divine providence because of a funny friend. See, my Attention Deficit / Hyperactive Disorder tends to manifest outwardly in two significant ways. Fir…
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  • Holy Saturday Sampling
    Walk In Her Sandals Holy Saturday Reflection Gifts are only useful if they are received, opened, and used. The gift of prayer is no different. Imagine a friend arriving at your door with a colorful, neatly wrapped, shiny bow on top of gift. It is no…
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  • #FlashbackFriday - Good Friday Edition
    Good Friday Reflection - Walk in Her SandalsTeaching the faith can be a challenge. The Confirmation retreat was nearly over, so we settled back in the main hall after a few hours in the church to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and spend time…
    - 9 days ago14 Apr 17, 7:00am -

Snoring Scholar

  • 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…
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  • Ungifted: Here’s Why 11-Year-Old Fern Calls It a 5-Star Read
    Fern (age 11) reads and reviews Ungifted, by Gordon Korman. Turns out she loves it, and what she has to say piques my interest, too!This post Ungifted: Here’s Why 11-Year-Old Fern Calls It a 5-Star Read appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
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  • 6 People Every Mom’s Met at Mass
    There are at least 6 people every mom's met at Mass...each of them inspiring a different prayer response...This post 6 People Every Mom’s Met at Mass appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
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  • Celebrating Our Lady of the Rosary…and an Interview
    An essay about Mary and the Rosary to celebrate today's feast of Our Lady of the Rosary...and a bonus link to an interview I forgot all about that posted today at Aleteia.This post Celebrating Our Lady of the Rosary…and an Interview appeared first…
    - 7 Oct 16, 6:05pm -
  • One-Minute Reviews: Taste and See and Beautiful Mercy
    Two short reviews (with links to my longer reviews of each) of books I've read and enjoyed recently: Beautiful Mercy, edited by Matthew Kelly, and Taste and See, by Ginny Kubitz Moyer.This post One-Minute Reviews: Taste and See and Beautiful Mercy a…
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  • Olivia and the Little Way: A 5-Star Read, Says My Daughter
    Fern (age 11) reads Olivia and the Little Way and gives it a hearty 5 stars.This post Olivia and the Little Way: A 5-Star Read, Says My Daughter appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 24 Sep 16, 10:59am -

Embedded Faith

  • The Triduum - by Special Request
    By special request of Pilar D.  I have created a set of covers for the Triduum (The three days of Holy Week:  Specifically Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil)The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Hol…
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  • Palm Sunday Images - 2017
    Two new shareable images for Palm Sunday. var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • Fifth Sunday of Lent - Cycle A Images
    Two shareable images for the fifth Sunday of Lent. var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • Third and Fourth Sunday of Lent - Cycle A Images
    Third Sunday of LentFourth Sunday of Lent var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • Lenten Covers 2017
    Three new covers for use in the Lenten Season.  var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • First  and Second Sunday of Lent - Cycle  A  Images
    It's hard to believe that Lent is here and it's time for a  new Lenten Series .  Based on the readings for each week of Cycle A  - I will be sharing a set of matching images for you to use.First Sunday of Lent Cover:First  Sunday of Lent Second…
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  • Ash Wednesday Covers - 2017
    A few new designs to add to the Ash Wednesday offerings!  The one below is a remake of an older image.    To see some of  my prior years images be sure to check out the  covers in   Ash Wednesday - Lent.   var addthis_config = {"data_track_…
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Association of Catholic Women Bloggers

  • newDivine Mercy
    I care about God's mercy because I'm a sinner. What that means depends on who says it.I think and hope Jonathan Edwards meant well, and wish some of his imitators would be less enthusiastic. Or at least think about what he said.Hollywood theology —…
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  • newCherish Free on Kindle
    In honor of Mercy Sunday, my Christian novel about forgiveness, Cherish, will be free on Kindle from now through Thursday, April 27.!
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  • newLooking for Life: Enceladus and Gliese 1132 b
    We haven't found life on — or in — Enceladus. But we've found organic compounds in the Saturnian moon's salt-water geysers.Scientists detected an atmosphere around Gliese 1132 b, a planet about 39 light-years away. It's Earth-like, in terms of si…
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  • newSpiritual Solidarity Binds Us To Souls In Purgatory
    Just like gravity affects us whether we understand it or not, the Communion of Saints, the fellowship between the living and the dead, affects us whether we believe in it or not. There is a spiritual solidarity which literally binds us together. Even…
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  • newAs the Morning Rising: Mercy is the beautiful breath of the living God
    As the Morning Rising: Mercy is the beautiful breath of the living God: Mercy is the beautiful breath of the living God entering the streets of our distress, bringing new hope where hope has been despa...
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  • The Fear That Grips Us All
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  • 'My Lord and my God!' Sunday Reflections, Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy), Year A
    Year AThe Apostle St Thomas, El Greco Readings (New American Bible) Readings (Jerusalem Bible)Gospel John 20:19-31(NRSV, Catholic Ed.)When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met…
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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…
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  • Feast of the Presentation of the Lord aka Candlemas
    Learn about today's feast from our own Melissa Musick after the jump. Learn more about making and praying with candles in our new book.
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  • TCC Films: Silence
    If you want great Catholic art, support great Catholic artists, writers, and filmmakers. Go see Silence. Melissa Musick's review after the jump:
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  • 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"…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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 .…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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