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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 ...
    - 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 -
  • 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 ...
    - 15 Jan 17, 2:04pm -

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…
    - 67 days ago17 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…
    - 67 days ago17 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…
    - 67 days ago17 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.…
    - 67 days ago17 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…
    - 67 days ago17 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…
    - 67 days ago16 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…
    - 68 days ago16 May 17, 3:37pm -

Love Alone Creates

  • WCAT Radio Interview with Mary Schwarz
    May was a crazy month. For several months prior, there was a lull in my writing and any sort of interviews. I was pondering what sort of message God was sending me through it all, though I knew that welcoming baby #3 was a large part of my waiting ex…
    - 4 days ago19 Jul 17, 12:00pm -
  • Living Your Anointing
    I am five years old.  I’m sitting in my bedroom, pondering as I tend to do at this age. “God, I just want you to know that I am here when you need me,” I silently pray as I gingerly caress a favorite image of Our Lady. “I want to do great th…
    - 11 days ago12 Jul 17, 12:00pm -
  • Legendary or Popular?
    A while ago, I was lamenting to myself that I have not yet had my “big break” as an author or speaker (I know, it’s a bit ridiculous to admit).  My first traditionally published book was released almost a year ago, with a big splash and then q…
    - 18 days ago5 Jul 17, 12:00pm -
  • The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare
    It goes without saying that, these days, too many people turn to trendy ways to meditate or encounter “the space within” or “beyond.” However, the Rosary is a timeless and incredibly powerful tool – even weapon, as Johnette Benkovic and Tho…
    - 25 days ago28 Jun 17, 12:00pm -
  • Catholic Cards
    Sometimes I get stumped for creative and modern gift ideas for our godchildren or when our family is invited to a Baptism celebration, First Communion reception, or Confirmation party. How many rosaries will the child receive? How many prayer cards,…
    - 32 days ago21 Jun 17, 12:00pm -
  • Praying for Those with Addictions
    Anne Costa knows what it’s like to be in the trenches of addiction. She shares her heart in her new book, Praying for Those with Addictions: A Mission of Love, Mercy, and Hope as a recovering alcoholic herself. Costa, as a spiritual coach and dynam…
    - 39 days ago14 Jun 17, 12:00pm -
  • I Am Not a Syndrome
    Love doesn’t count chromosomes. (p. 167) I was truly captivated by reading Sheryl Crosier’s book, I Am Not a Syndrome…My Name is Simon. Knowing practically nothing about Trisomy 18, I realized through her story more than the often daunting medi…
    - 46 days ago7 Jun 17, 12:00pm -

David Torkington

  • 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.
    - 7 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.
    - 57 days ago27 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…
    - 86 days ago27 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 -
  • 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…
    - 21 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…
    - 17 Feb 17, 10:49pm -

Patti Maguire Armstrong

  • 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…
    - 21 days ago2 Jul 17, 12:06am -
  • Is the New Testament Too Controversial for Christian Schools?
    As the culture moves left of left, there’s nary room for Christianity even in Christian schools these days. Seriously, would Jesus even be able to get a visitor's pass in school?CBCNewsrecently reported controversy at a Christian school southeas…
    - 32 days ago21 Jun 17, 8:22pm -
  • A Whodunit Series by a Lady Who Would Know
     I don’t read fiction. Usually. Getting wrapped up in a gripping novel that I can’t put down is time away from my life as a Catholic writer and from the stacks of non-fiction books I have yet to read. Exceptions have been made, however. C.S. Le…
    - 38 days ago15 Jun 17, 8:23pm -
  • St. Joseph: The Holiest Man on Earth
    I was just contemplating that St. Joseph had to be the holiest man that ever walked the earth. He lived under the same roof with God and the Mother of God.  Imagine that!“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective,” James 5:16. S…
    - 46 days ago7 Jun 17, 3:48am -
  • 12 Christian Suggestions for Kathy Griffin
    Kathy Griffin’s ISIS-styled photo holding a mock decapitated head of the President of the United States met with repulsion and outrage. When she was chastised from all sides, she apologized, but 3 days later took the offensive at a press conferenc…
    - 48 days ago5 Jun 17, 3:50am -
  • Some Notre Dame Graduates Flee Their Ceremony
    Nothing says higher learning these days like plugging your ears and running away. This past weekend around 150 graduating seniors from the University of Notre Dame ran—well, walked at a serious clip—from their own graduation ceremony as commencem…
    - 62 days ago22 May 17, 3:38pm -
  • The 21-year Wait for Mother's Day
    Carrie Olson originally told this story about her renewed marriage and then a 21-year wait for motherhood in Amazing Grace for Mothers. Here is an adaptation of it.When Carrie Olson played baby dolls as a little girl, she never doubted that…
    - 73 days ago11 May 17, 3:51am -

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

  • 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…
    - 3 days ago20 Jul 17, 7:35pm -
  • Ready To Receive The Gift
    Over the last 6 months, I had been collaborating with a local school in Massachusetts and one in Ecuador to try to facilitate an exchange between the students. Setting up a connection like that has been a dream of mine, and I took it slowly, working…
    - 5 days ago17 Jul 17, 9:06pm -
  • The Beautiful Shepherd
    Pope Francis just opened up a new path for canonizing saints in the church, where someone is recognized for embracing death and a dead end in life for the sake of the good of others. It gets to the very core of the Christian life: being like Jesus. S…
    - 8 days ago14 Jul 17, 11:38pm -
  • Don’t Be Afraid Of The Pruning
    Back in 1870, the Italian states decided they wanted to form a single country, and that included the Papal States, which took up a big chunk of the middle of present Italy. The Papal States were governed politically by the Pope since the 8th century,…
    - 9 days ago14 Jul 17, 6:48pm -
  • The Time Is Now
    At one point in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus is eating with a bunch of tax collectors. The religious people can’t understand it at all, because these were, well, tax collectors. The tax collector was pretty much the most despised person in all of Isra…
    - 11 days ago11 Jul 17, 8:39pm -
  • Trust Him And Dig
    I once went to a youth group meeting in a parish, to get to know the youth and share in some of the activities. When I arrived, we broke into groups and each group got some printout sheets about a particular saint. We were also given a poster board a…
    - 14 days ago9 Jul 17, 4:09pm -
  • What Jesus Sees
    When I entered a seminary some years ago, there was a lot of talk about how great it was. The bishop said it was the best in the country. It had new and effective management, some big names in the church, and an amazing building. There were a lot of…
    - 16 days ago7 Jul 17, 1:34pm -

These Stone Walls

  • Cardinal George Pell and Other Martyrs for a Nefarious Cause
    Cardinal George Pell in Australia, Archbishop Anthony Apuron in Guam, Msgr William Lynn & Fr Charles Engelhardt in Philadelphia, martyred names for hidden agendas. Father George David Byers and I were both recipients of unexpected recognition for our…
    - 4 days ago19 Jul 17, 4:00am -
  • How Our Lady of Fatima Saved a World in Crisis
    The 100th Anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima can be seen through a lens of history. Journalist, Craig Turner presents a fascinating view of the Fatima Century. Note to readers from Father Gordon MacRae: In “How I Met Your Mother: Mary and the…
    - 11 days ago12 Jul 17, 5:38am -
  • The Great British Baking Show and the Wrap Star
    The Great British Baking Show is a big hit in America. Even in overcrowded American prisons, it has a captive audience. Is its addictive lure cinnamon or civility? I heard a strange rumbling sound while watching PBS one night. It turned out to be the…
    - 18 days ago5 Jul 17, 4:13am -
  • Will Fr Charles Engelhardt’s Prosecutor Take a Plea Deal?
    Seth Williams, a Philadelphia prosecutor who sent Msgr William Lynn and the late Fr Charles Engelhardt to prison, now faces a 23-count federal indictment of his own. Some of the mighty have fallen from their public ruse as self-proclaimed champions o…
    - 25 days ago28 Jun 17, 4:16am -
  • On the Island of Guam, Is the Eighth Commandment Discarded?
    A prayer is offered for a falsely accused priest at the London prison cell of St Thomas More while on the Island of Guam a new Catholic Inquisition makes its debut. “Hear me out. You and your class have ‘given in’ – as you rightly call it –…
    - 32 days ago21 Jun 17, 5:01am -

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 ...
    - 13 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

  • Worth Revisiting - We Have Forgotten
    Be sure to visit Allison Gingras  (Reconciled To You) and Elizabeth Riordan (Theology Is A Verb) each week for Revisiting Wednesday, a place for Catholic writers to share their wares and stir your souls. Stop for a visit now (and every Wednesday).H…
    - 4 days ago19 Jul 17, 12:56am -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - Captain of the Church Militant
    (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)"The Son of God is as it were the Captain of the Church Militant. It is needful now that He be a warrior. He resides there in the Tabernacle, as in the Ark [of the Covenant], as in His pavilion of war. This then is th…
    - 5 days ago18 Jul 17, 9:30am -
  • Monday Mornings - Choose The Clarity of Truth
    Few Pontiffs spoke with such clarity and authority than the late St. John Paul II. Anchor your soul to the certainty of His teaching. Run from those who wish to replace the clear waters of Truth with doubt and uncertainty. They will lead you to eter…
    - 6 days ago17 Jul 17, 9:30am -
  • Pondering Tidbits of Truth - July 13, 2017
    Pondering Tidbits of Truthis my simple and inadequate way of providing nuggets of spiritual wisdom for you to chew on from time to time.Pope Pius XI "Christ must reign in our minds – which must assent firmly and submissively to all revealed truth a…
    - 10 days ago13 Jul 17, 9:30am -
  • Worth Revisiting - Hijacked!!
    Thank you Allison Gingras  (Reconciled To You) and Elizabeth Riordan (Theology Is A Verb) for another opportunity to re-publish our favorite posts on Worth Revisiting. Stop for a visit now (and every Wednesday). The gifted writer…
    - 11 days ago12 Jul 17, 1:09am -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - An Earthly Heaven
    (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)Jesus, who knew the human heart so well, could not bear to see us pine [in this valley of tears] till the end of life, without at least a foretaste of heaven. His love for us suffered at the thought of having to delay…
    - 12 days ago11 Jul 17, 9:30am -
  • Book Review - Dying For Compassion – The Lady Doc Murders – Book Two by Dr. Barbara Golder
    When I opened my review copy of Dying For Compassion The Lady Doc Murders – Book Two, it was like reconnecting with a close friend whose company I have missed and desired for some time. After reading and reviewing Dr. Barbara Golder’s first book,…
    - 13 days ago10 Jul 17, 3:53pm -
  • Monday Musings - The Shameful Silence of Our Spiritual Shepherds
    Watch out! The sheep are stirring - looking for their silent Shepherds to speak! (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Every day human lives are violently destroyed within the wombs of their mothers and harvested for their body parts. This is EVIL always…
    - 13 days ago10 Jul 17, 9:51am -

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…
    - 76 days ago8 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

  • The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow
    This morning, after things had settled down a little bit, a couple of residents and I were inspired to sing “The sun will come out tomorrow…” from Annie.  I don’t remember what exactly triggered it, but it seemed fitting. With all of yester…
    - 3 days ago20 Jul 17, 7:07pm -
  • Should I Be Wearing White?
    Having lived at our provincial house for a time (where one of our Sisters wore white), and being familiar with our directives, I knew that there was an option for our Sisters to wear all white rather than black and white as I am accustomed to now. Ho…
    - 8 days ago15 Jul 17, 12:52pm -
  • A Life-Changing Endowment
    By: Sr. Christina M. Neumann This morning, after some days’ visit, I saw my parents off.  I waved to them as they drove away, bound for West St. Paul, my home town (after a stop 140 miles south at our provincial house in Hankinson). As wonderful i…
    - 12 days ago10 Jul 17, 11:28pm -
  • Christmas in July
    This morning, I put a red chalice veil on over the pall and finished a couple of other sacristy duties before grabbing breakfast and heading to the front desk.  It matched nicely with the lacy tabernacle veil some feet away. I like it when things ma…
    - 16 days ago7 Jul 17, 12:19am -
  • These Four Years
    Today, for me, marks four years, which have held both joy and tears, since I final profession made when on our chapel floor I laid. I am so grateful for this call, That I am His through it all! Whether days be bleak or bright, I’m always with Him,…
    - 20 days ago2 Jul 17, 10:28pm -
  • Thank You for Coming “Under my Roof.”
    This morning, we heard the Gospel of the centurion (Roman soldier in charge of 100 men) who was commended for his faith. He had approached Jesus, seeking healing for a sick servant.  When Jesus offered to come  and cure him, the centurion stopped H…
    - 22 days ago1 Jul 17, 3:31pm -
  • “It’s Already Tomorrow in Australia”
    I’m about to close off the night here at the front desk, and what an evening it’s been!!! It started with a hospital visit, from which we arrived home late.  Then, when we were just finishing supper, I was paged and asked to help our aide upstai…
    - 25 days ago28 Jun 17, 2:56am -

Theology is a Verb

  • Worth Revisiting: The Coming of the Spirit
    This past weekend, my son attended Steubenville East for the second year and joined thousands of teens from all over the New England area. Though I wasn’t chaperoning this time, I was still praying for all who were there attending.. for the powerfu…
    - 4 days ago19 Jul 17, 12:00am -
  • On Being Astonished
    What is it that astonishes us these days? Is it the headlines that flash across the written page, or in gossip carried to our all to willing listening ears? Olympic feats, milestones reached or previous limitations met and surpassed? Perhaps, however…
    - 6 days ago17 Jul 17, 11:00am -
  • Worth Revisiting: The Scent of Her Presence
    “An awareness of smells can illuminate our present. It can help us live more mindfully and gracefully. It can help us recognize that God’s goodness saturates the world, in scents that are both obvious and subtle.” Ginny Kubitz Moyer, Taste and…
    - 11 days ago12 Jul 17, 12:00am -
  • With Gratitude
    Gratitude today, much like the word love, can so often be taken lightly and without the depth of sincerity it truly deserves. Rather than a heartfelt recognition of the daily gifts and love bestowed on us by a loving Father, we can be tempted to redu…
    - 13 days ago10 Jul 17, 11:00am -
  • Worth Revisiting: 31 Days of St. Ignatius
    This month Loyola Press is inviting each of us to “explore ways of encountering God through using the five senses, inspired by the new book, Taste and See by Ginny Kubitz Moyer”. This celebration culminates on July 31st on the feast day of St. Ig…
    - 18 days ago5 Jul 17, 12:00am -
  • Worth Revisting: Theology and Spirituality
    Sandra Schneiders, defines spirituality as “the experience of conscious involvement in the project of life integration through self-transcendence toward the ultimate value one perceives.”  “Religion and Spirituality: Strangers, Rivals, or Part…
    - 25 days ago28 Jun 17, 12:00am -
  • Faith and Addiction: Fr. Mike McNamara
    Today’s guest post by Fr. Mike McNamara, a priest in the Archdiocese of Boston, was from an article that appeared earlier in the  Scituate Mariner on June 8, 2017. Fr. Mike’s ministry has both been the work of evangelization but also a focused r…
    - 27 days ago26 Jun 17, 11:00am -

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…
    - 69 days ago15 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…
    - 74 days ago10 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,…
    - 76 days ago8 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…
    - 81 days ago3 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…
    - 83 days ago1 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…
    - 88 days ago26 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…
    - 90 days ago24 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…
    - 68 days ago16 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.
    - 95 days ago18 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

  • newHomily for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 23, 2017, Year A
    Fr. Charles IrvinSenior PriestDiocese of Lansing(Click here for today’s readings)We live in a strange world, don’t we? So many people begin things with good intentions, wonderful visions, and really want to make things better, both in their own l…
    - 5 hours ago23 Jul 17, 3:30am -
  • newSaint Anne Novena 2017 | Day 7
    July 23, 2017Saint Anne Novena - Day 7Good Saint Anne, so justly called the mother of the infirm, the cure for those who suffer from disease, look kindly upon the sick for whom I pray.Alleviate their sufferings; cause them to sanctify their sufferin…
    - 10 hours ago22 Jul 17, 10:41pm -
  • newPrayer of Spouses for Each Other
    Lord Jesus, grant that I and my spouse may have a true and understanding love for each other.Grant that we may both be filled with faith and trust. Give us the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony. May we always bear with one another’…
    - 10 hours ago22 Jul 17, 10:13pm -
  • newThe Process of Canonization in the Catholic Church
    (While many saints are canonized by the Church, most are known only to God.)The process of documenting the life and virtues of a holy man or woman cannot begin until five years after his or her death; this insures that the person has an enduring repu…
    - 13 hours ago22 Jul 17, 7:37pm -
  • Saint Anne Novena 2017 | Day 6
    July 22, 2017Saint Anne Novena - Day 6Glorious Saint Anne, mother of the Mother of God, I beg your intercession for the freedom from my sins and the assistance I need in my troubles and difficulties.(State your intention here.)What can I not hope fo…
    - 1 day ago21 Jul 17, 8:54pm -

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…
    - 27 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…
    - 30 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…
    - 36 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…
    - 37 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…
    - 41 days ago12 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…
    - 48 days ago4 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…
    - 55 days ago28 May 17, 11:46pm -

Catholic Fire

  • 7QT: Hot Summer Reviews, Interviews, and Saints
    1. I was so happy to read Sarah Reinhard’s review of my new book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World in The National Catholic Register. You can read the full review here.  2. I recently visited with Pete Socks to discuss my latest book…
    - 2 days ago21 Jul 17, 6:10am -
  • St. Apollinaris, Apologist, Miracle-Worker and Martyr
    The saint of the day for July 20 is St. Apollinaris, an illustrious second century bishop and a great apologist for his time. Born in Antioch, Turkey, he became the first bishop of Ravenna, Italy, where he shepherded his flock for twenty-six years. S…
    - 3 days ago20 Jul 17, 5:47am -
  • St. Macrina the Younger: Virgin and Ascetic
    The saint of the day for July 19 is St. Macrina the Younger, a nun in the early Church. Her younger brother, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, wrote her biography, which centers on her virginity and asceticism.  St. Gregory tells us that Macrina “reached…
    - 4 days ago19 Jul 17, 4:52am -
  • St. Camillus of Lellis, patron of the sick
      The saint of the day for July 18 is St. Camillus of Lellis, founder of an order dedicated to the care of the sick. He is the patron of the sick, hospitals, and nurses. St. Camilus was born in Bacchianico, Italy in 1550 and died in Rome, Italy in 1…
    - 5 days ago18 Jul 17, 4:26am -
  • Saint Anne Novena begins today
    Saint Anne’s feast day is on July 26th, so the Saint Anne Novena is traditionally started on July 17th; however, you can pray it anytime. St. Anne (Hebrew, Hannah, grace; also spelled Ann, Anne, Anna) is the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the g…
    - 6 days ago17 Jul 17, 5:47am -
  • Seven Quick Takes: Saints, Apparitions, and Miracles
    1. The saint of the day for July 14 is a special young woman whom I have admired for some time —  St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint. Known as the “Lily of the Mohawks” and the “Geneviève of New France,” Kateri was bor…
    - 9 days ago14 Jul 17, 5:31am -
  • July 13: The Third Apparition of Fatima
    July 13 marks the 100th anniversary of the third apparition at Fatima in 1917. This apparition at Fatima is considered one of the most important apparitions because it was then that Our Lady disclosed the essential meaning of her Fatima message. It w…
    - 10 days ago13 Jul 17, 5:02am -

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 #110
    The post Monday Memes #110 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 12 days ago11 Jul 17, 12:30am -
  • Jesus is the Way
    By Erin. There are a lot of difficulties when returning from religious life back into secular life. One that I hadn’t really expected, but that has become quite a challenge, is direction. When I was in the convent I thought I had my life figured ou…
    - 17 days ago6 Jul 17, 5:00pm -
  • Monday Memes #109
    The post Monday Memes #109 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 19 days ago4 Jul 17, 12:42am -
  • Monday Memes #108
    Yes, I do know what shoes slung over a power line are supposed to mean, but this was some kind of modern art installation – there were dozens more pairs hanging all over the alley. And no, I wouldn’t really.The post Monday Memes #108 appeared fi…
    - 26 days ago26 Jun 17, 11:39pm -
  • The Last Shall Be First
     By LumenChristi. May/June can be hard months for those of us still discerning our place in life. Weddings, ordinations, professions of vows, and entrances into religious communities are a painful reminder that another year has come without any such…
    - 30 days ago23 Jun 17, 5:00pm -
  • Monday Memes #107
    The post Monday Memes #107 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 34 days ago19 Jun 17, 5:00pm -
  • Monday Memes #106
    The post Monday Memes #106 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 41 days ago12 Jun 17, 5:00pm -

Catholic Light-Radical Faith and Trust

  • newSeeking the Beloved, by Mark Mallett
    Seeking the Beloved"I love God, but not yet with my whole heart, soul, and strength... and so, I am restless, until I rest in Him..." by Mark Mallett
    - 10 hours ago22 Jul 17, 11:02pm -
  • newLove Finds a Way
    "When Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and did not find the Lord’s body, she thought it had been taken away and so informed the disciples. After they came and saw the tomb, they too believed what Mary had told them. The text then says: “The discip…
    - 16 hours ago22 Jul 17, 4:36pm -
  • newSt. Mary Magdalene
    St. Mary Magdalene: "Our knowledge of St. Mary Magdalene, one of Christ’s most devoted followers, is based entirely on the Gospels, which portray her as a disciple of Jesus and as one of the women who followed and ministered to Him in Galilee (Luk…
    - 16 hours ago22 Jul 17, 4:23pm -
  • newI Am His
    John 20:1-2,11-18
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  • Phenomena During Fatima 100 Year Anniversary
    - 1 day ago21 Jul 17, 8:36pm -
  • Scripture Speaks: The Kingdom of Heaven
    Scripture Speaks: The Kingdom of Heaven: "Today, Jesus uses parables to teach about the kingdom of heaven.  What do all three of them have in common? Gospel (Read Mt 13:24-43) In this chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus uses parables to teach the…
    - 2 days ago21 Jul 17, 4:33pm -
  • Your Spirit Finds Joy in Communion
    Your Spirit Finds Joy in Communion: "God desired to nourish our spirit, so He gave it His Bread, the Eucharist, announced by Holy Scripture: “He will feed them with the Bread of life and understanding.” Now, there are no greater joys on earth th…
    - 2 days ago21 Jul 17, 4:30pm -

Joy of 9

  • So, HOW Do We Live in the Love of Christ?
      To the casual observer, I appear to be a devoted Catholic mother who has lived a sacrificial life worthy of a modern saint. Little do people realize that although I did pour out my life struggling to raise nine kids on a small farm with little dis…
    - 4 days ago19 Jul 17, 12:39am -
  • Why Most of Us Are Scapegoats, Not Saintly Martyrs
    Every society, every culture has a tradition of a scapegoat: a person or group of people to blame and punish for the sins of that particular society. Centuries ago, old women were blamed for poor crops, cows which failed to produce milk and any birth…
    - 11 days ago12 Jul 17, 1:06am -
  • An Interview With Artist Jonathan Byrne and The Face of Christ
    My ambition, I guess, would be to have the images of the face of Christ in every church throughout the world. Maybe from there, the image may permeate the next generation of Christians.
    - 20 days ago3 Jul 17, 3:00am -
  • Lord, I Need You
    Every once in a while, a song, a book or a speaker manages to cut through our pride, our preoccupations with our busy lives to pierce through to our inner longing for God.
    - 25 days ago28 Jun 17, 1:42am -
  • Are Most Christians Clueless About Their True Identity?
      A  good friend, Martha, from Madonna House, “happened” to sit beside a self-proclaimed witch on an old bus heading towards the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico. Noticing Martha’s large cross identifying her as a member of the Lay…
    - 27 days ago26 Jun 17, 1:28pm -
  • Artists Portray The Sacred Heart
    The devotion to the Sacred Heart ( Sacratissimi Cordis Iesu in Latin) is a well-known Roman Catholic devotion, centring on Jesus Christ’s heart as a symbol of His Divine love. I love You more than everything —–more than myself. Tell me what…
    - 32 days ago20 Jun 17, 10:14pm -
  • Parables and Images Try to Explain the Trinity
     1. The most traditional and popular explanation of the Trinity is St. Patrick’s description The Trinity is like the cloverleaf with three separate sections yet part of the same leaf.   I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of…
    - 41 days ago12 Jun 17, 1:14am -

Reconciled to You

  • #WorthRevisit - The Ad/hd Anxiety Connection
    Ad/hd as an AssetMy Ad/hd went diagnosed throughout my childhood and young adulthood.  Unfortunately, that resulted in some major self-esteem issues and prolonged (and I truly believe unnecessary) suffering with co-existing conditions such as anxiet…
    - 4 days ago19 Jul 17, 12:37pm -
  • #WorthRevisit - How to Cast Your Worries
    Anxiety AdviceWhat do you do with your anxieties?St. Peter in his first letter advises to “cast all your anxieties upon Him because He cares for you.” St. Peter was a fisherman and used giant nets, tossed or cast over the side of the boat, to c…
    - 11 days ago12 Jul 17, 11:49am -
  • #WorthRevisit - Life Altering Encounters
    TRANSFORMING ENCOUNTERSEvery time we have an encounter with Jesus, whether through prayer, participation in the Sacraments, or reading Scripture, we are transformed.  Sometimes the change is minute and only God is aware of what changed. Other times,…
    - 18 days ago5 Jul 17, 4:25am -
  • #WorthRevisit - The Courage to Be Happy
    The Courage to Live SimplyPersonally, I am not good with courage or living simply. My anxieties have me afraid of pretty much everything:lightning stormsspiders, snakes, anything that creepsgerms being aloneinjury or illness to my kids; just to nam…
    - 25 days ago28 Jun 17, 5:32am -
  • Guest Post:  Prayers for Morning, Noon and Night
    All Images Courtesy Guest Blogger via ShutterStock The Importance of Prayer Prayer should be an integral part of a Catholic’s life. One can enlist the help of the Rosary, the Bible and prayer cards to enhance the act of prayer to help us live…
    - 26 days ago26 Jun 17, 8:45pm -

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…
    - 37 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.
    - 56 days ago28 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.
    - 76 days ago8 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…
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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.
    - 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

  • 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}; [...]
    - 11 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. [...]
    - 26 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}; [...]
    - 45 days ago8 Jun 17, 5:39pm -
  • Two New Pentecost Covers
    var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • 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}; [...]
    - 59 days ago25 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}; [...]
    - 73 days ago10 May 17, 8:35pm -
  • 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…
    - 11 Apr 17, 7:28pm -

Association of Catholic Women Bloggers

  • newOld Henry's Sin
    - 22 hours ago22 Jul 17, 11:02am -
  • newHow to Find Lost Things and St. Anthony's Help
    A picture appeared on Facebook showing St. Anthony of Padua saying “Seriously? You lost them again?” As the patron of lost things, this saint is possibly the one most prayed to other than our Blessed Mother. How did he acquire this reputation?…
    - 22 hours ago22 Jul 17, 10:49am -
  • Using Vaccines Wisely
    Using drones to deliver vaccines seems reasonable for places like Vanuatu.But vaccines won't help if folks don't know how to use them correctly, or can't.Others avoid vaccines because they believe warnings from dubious sources.More at A Catholic Citi…
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  • As the Morning Rising: The Listener
    As the Morning Rising: The Listener: The Listener God's ear is the wall, the bush, the flower or tree God's ear is close to you and me He listens for...
    - 2 days ago21 Jul 17, 10:00am -
  • ' . . . but gather the wheat into my barn.' Sunday Reflections, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
    Sheaves of Wheat, Van Gogh [Web Gallery of Art]For Readings and Reflections for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A,  click on the following: Sixteenth  Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AThe Harvest, Émile Bernard [Web Gallery of Art]When ou…
    - 2 days ago21 Jul 17, 8:54am -
  • Preachers of the Word within the world (Spanish) Apóstoles de la verdad en el mundo
         Ante ti, Señor, una vez más.      Me gusta recordar esas palabras que quedaron marcadas como con fuego en tus apóstoles, en tus amigos, cuando aquí en la Tierra eras su Maestro, su Señor.      Les ibas enseñando poco a poco tu…
    - 4 days ago19 Jul 17, 4:32pm -

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:
    - 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"…
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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…
    - 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…
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