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Finding God's Grace

  • newBitter or Better?
    “You either get bitter or better. It’s that simple.  You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down.  The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you.”  —Josh Shi…
    - 34 mins ago28 Aug 16, 1:26pm -
  • Give Thanks
    “If only mortals would learn how great it is to possess divine grace, how beautiful, how noble, how precious. How many riches it hides within itself, how many joys and delights! No one would complain about his cross or about troubles that may happe…
    - 7 days ago21 Aug 16, 3:01pm -
  • I’m too Busy to Pray
    “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.   Matthew 7:7-8 Years ago, Mot…
    - 14 days ago14 Aug 16, 10:16am -
  • Living your Resume or Your Eulogy?
    This past week, I conducted a time management seminar for around 40 people.  Whenever I make this presentation, I asked the group “Why do you want to manage your time better?”  The responses are varied but most revolve around time famine.  The…
    - 21 days ago7 Aug 16, 1:45pm -
  • The Gift of Love and Knowledge
    “He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” –Matthew 2…
    - 28 days ago31 Jul 16, 1:51pm -
  • A Lesson and a Cure
    “If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him? Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.” –1 John 3:17 It was the shortest doctor’s appointm…
    - 35 days ago24 Jul 16, 1:58pm -
  • The Value of a Good Hug
    “And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to su…
    - 43 days ago16 Jul 16, 6:00pm -

Lisa Graas

Love Alone Creates

  • Reflecting on the Orlando Tragedy on Morning Air
    It’s tough to know where to begin these days when speaking of tragedy.  After the release of From Grief to Grace, I knew I’d have the topic of death and loss coming out of my ears.  What I didn’t prepare myself for, however, were the massive…
    - 2 days ago26 Aug 16, 12:00pm -
  • Pathways of Learning Interview
    By now, I’ve appeared on over a dozen radio shows.  While I’m not a veteran, I am certainly no novice to radio.  I’ve been on fast-paced, 7-minute segments with three interviewers, and I’ve been on the hour-long, more casual conversations w…
    - 9 days ago19 Aug 16, 12:00pm -
  • Does God Really Answer Prayer?
    A friend recently asked me, “How can I know that God answers my prayers?  If I ask Him to heal someone who is sick, and it doesn’t happen, does that mean He didn’t answer?  And if the person gets better, how do I know it was because of prayer…
    - 11 days ago17 Aug 16, 12:00pm -
  • Busted Halo Interview
    Imagine my surprise when I was invited to be interviewed on the Busted Halo radio show!  Admittedly, I don’t listen to talk radio much at all (Ben is more into it than I am), but even I have heard of this popular Catholic podcast.  To be asked fo…
    - 16 days ago12 Aug 16, 12:00pm -
  • Embracing the Addict
    After learning that the cause of Prince’s death was from prescription medication toxicity, my heart sank.  Each time a person’s life ends due to an overdose, I am filled with a suffocating weight that crushes my spirit.  It’s not because of d…
    - 18 days ago10 Aug 16, 12:00pm -
  • Discussing Grief with Allison Gingras on A Seeking Heart
    What an honor to be a third-time guest on Allison Gingras’ radio show, A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras!  Her enthusiasm to request an interview with me was incredibly humbling.  I know I’ve been using that word all too frequently, but the…
    - 23 days ago5 Aug 16, 12:00pm -
  • Find Tranquility and Spirituality in the Midst of Noise
    There’s no question that our world is full of incessant noise.  From the constant hum of our washing machines or dryers to loud and overbearing tinks or chirps from our mobile devices, most modern Westerners aren’t sure how to find tranquility a…
    - 25 days ago3 Aug 16, 12:00pm -

David Torkington

  • Mystical Contemplation is for All
    Recently I wrote about the sacred touch used by the first Apostles and their successors to hand down the love that had been received by Jesus to successive generations.The post Mystical Contemplation is for All appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 11 days ago17 Aug 16, 10:29pm -
  • From Mystical Premonition to Contemplation
    Sometime ago I was speaking about what I called Mystical Premonitions or Touches of God The post From Mystical Premonition to Contemplation appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 41 days ago18 Jul 16, 11:29pm -
  • Anyone for Tennis?
    I always find that Wimbledon is something of a spiritual experience. Of course I don't watch for that reason, I watch because I enjoy the matches, but every year the dedication of the players .....The post Anyone for Tennis? appeared first on David…
    - 48 days ago11 Jul 16, 3:50am -
  • The Sacrament of Touch
    In 1986 the Sea of Galilee receded during a drought exposing an ancient fishing boat, 27 feet long by 7.5 feet wide.The post The Sacrament of Touch appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 56 days ago3 Jul 16, 11:00pm -
  • “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
    I simply worshipped the heroes of ancient Greece when I was at school. I loved to hear stories about Troy and the heroes who fought there.The post “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 73 days ago16 Jun 16, 10:33pm -
  • The Love that Surpasses the Understanding
    When I first decided to spend my life searching for God I visited the great Carthusian monastery, St Hugh’s Charterhouse, Parkminster in Sussex with the intention of living the enclosed eremitical life.The post The Love that Surpasses the Understa…
    - 90 days ago30 May 16, 11:16am -
  • Brother John
    Brother John was a man with the best of intentions but a terrible temper that made him impossible to live with. He decided to go into the desert and find a monastery where he could come to terms with his affliction. The post Brother John appeared fi…
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Patti Maguire Armstrong

  • Global Warming Used to Stop Creating Children
    The weather is being used to tell people not to have children.   The article: Should We Be Having Kids in the Age of Climate Change? tells of college professors instilling fear in students and telling them: Do not add any more carbon producers to o…
    - 6 days ago22 Aug 16, 10:52pm -
  • Resolve Dropping Fertility in US: Have More Babies!
         God told us: “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. ” Genesis 1:28.  The latest birth rate numbers show we aren’t listening.     Instead, the U.S. fertility rate fell to the lowest point since the 1909 reco…
    - 15 days ago13 Aug 16, 9:39pm -
  • Pray to Our Lady of Beauraing to Convert Sinners
    I am very excited to have just learned about the apparitions of Our Lady of Beauraing.  She promised to convert sinners.  I've got a big list for her!   I'm guessing I'm not the only one that did not know about her, so I wrote an article about he…
    - 17 days ago11 Aug 16, 7:53pm -
  • "Billy: The Story of a Family Reunited" by Jay Copp
    This is a favorite story from Amazing Grace for the Catholic Heart.Billy Lutter tumbled to the wooden floor of his home. His parents picked him up and tried again to help him walk. It was no use. Doctors had been telling the Lutters to institutionali…
    - 26 days ago2 Aug 16, 12:22pm -
  • What About Pro-abortion Politicians Who Claim to be Catholic?
      Hillary Clinton followed President Obama’s lead when she picked a vice-president candidate who claims allegiance to the Catholic Church while pursing anti-Catholic ends.  Senator Tim Kaine describes himself as a devout Catholic.  Is that possi…
    - 31 days ago28 Jul 16, 3:46am -
  • "Born This Way" Reality Show Already Reducing Down Syndrome Abortions
    If people with Down syndrome are especially loveable, then why do so many mothers chose abortion when they discover it in their unborn baby?  Fear.  That is the main reason.  Rather than trust God and open themselves up to a new world, they tragic…
    - 34 days ago25 Jul 16, 7:12pm -
  • HELP! My Husband is Addicted to Porn! 10 Ways to Cope
    While selling books after a women’s retreat 15 years ago, a woman with graying hair deliberately stayed at the very back of the line. Everyone was gone by the time she reached me.  Holding out a book for me to sign, the woman smiled nervously.  W…
    - 40 days ago19 Jul 16, 7:06pm -

Footprints on the Journey

  • Going on a Pilgrimage With Jesus
    With World Youth Day going on this week in Poland, my mind has been focusing on the idea of pilgrimages. I was fortunate enough to attend World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011 and the experience deepened my faith and... Continue Reading →
    - 31 days ago28 Jul 16, 2:42pm -
  • What Can You Do For WYD?
      World Youth Day officially begins today with an Opening Mass in Błonia Park. As you may know, the theme for this year is the fifth beatitude from the Gospel of Matthew, ““Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain... Continue Reading →
    - 33 days ago26 Jul 16, 4:58pm -
  • World Youth Day Is About to Begin
    World Youth Day begins this coming week on Tuesday, July 26. Many Catholic New Yorkers are on their way to Krakow, Poland as I write these words. Others, perhaps, like me, will be staying home.   For those staying home,... Continue Reading →
    - 35 days ago24 Jul 16, 9:18pm -
  • Color and Pray — Artwork Contest Submissions
    Draw a doodle and send it to jdossantos@cny.org along with your address to be entered into the “Color and Pray” contest. Winners will be selected randomly to receive the coloring book “Color and Pray.” To find out more read the... Continue Re…
    - 39 days ago20 Jul 16, 1:24pm -
  • A Colorful Prayer Life
    I recently received an adult coloring book from Paraclete Press titled “Pray and Color” by Sybil MacBeth. Over the past few years I have definitely been into the coloring craze and am a huge proponent of this form of relaxation—and... Continue…
    - 40 days ago19 Jul 16, 3:06pm -
  • Taking Polaroid Moments
    Yesterday, my family gathered to celebrate the 14th birthday of my niece. During the party, I saw her taking a few photos with a Polaroid camera. Yes, in this age of digital everything she was taking old-fashioned Polaroids. I thought... Continue Rea…
    - 41 days ago18 Jul 16, 3:10pm -
  • A Debate Online About Confession
    This morning a friend of mine posted a photo regarding the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It was a photo posted to a confessional door in a church that said something along these lines: “Keep your time brief and ‘confess only your... Continue Readi…
    - 53 days ago6 Jul 16, 1:43pm -

A Living Monstrance

  • Carrying the Carrier
    There she is, hardly a moment after getting the news that she is pregnant, miraculously, and, at that, pregnant with the Son of God who is going to save the world, this girl of about age 16 decides to head out on her own to travel about 90 miles on a…
    - 14 days ago15 Aug 16, 1:41am -
  • Go With The Flow
    The other day, I was driving along on an interstate highway here in Massachusetts, going with the flow of traffic in the middle lane. It was around rush hour, so we were going pretty much bumper to bumper in fits and starts. The vehicle in front of m…
    - 25 days ago4 Aug 16, 1:57am -
  • The Demands On Our Soul
    The other day, I was having a good day. I had worked a little late to get some more things done so I would have the next day off. I went and had a healthy bite to eat, and then I went to a church to pray in. By the end of it all, I…
    - 25 days ago4 Aug 16, 12:33am -
  • The Blessed Poor
    The other day I made a visit to the new Boston public library. It has recently been renovated, really transformed into an amazing place. So as I was walking, I saw a sign for a new map room. I thought, “I like maps,” and I went in. There were old…
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  • Save Your Life
    Last week I ran into a few people while I was working, one was a priest and the other was his friend. They were visiting Boston and enjoying themselves. I asked them, “Is this your first time here in Boston?” Apparently, the priest comes every ye…
    - 48 days ago11 Jul 16, 2:00am -
  • Cut It Off
    Last January in Ecuador, I had heard the news that one of the seniors in the village had developed cancer. I decided that I would go and visit him. He played the guitar a lot, and I decided, hey, I’ll bring my charango instrument and maybe he can t…
    - 61 days ago28 Jun 16, 10:21pm -
  • The Resurrection and the Life
    I’ve finished my latest summary of my recent time in Ecuador, I’ll think you’ll like it! https://sway.com/s/RLovecdn2HnTHtAD/embed Wishing you blessings for the summer season, Jerome
    - 64 days ago25 Jun 16, 3:30am -

These Stone Walls

  • PewSitter: Catholic News for the Third Millennium
    In 2006, James Todd was inspired by Mother Angelica to create PewSitter, an online Catholic news portal reflecting his love for the Catholic faith and fidelity to Truth. With varying degrees of success in the brave new world of online journalism, sev…
    - 4 days ago24 Aug 16, 4:38am -
  • In God We Trust: Living with the Author of Life
    Seeing God in suffering in a world in semi-darkness is a great spiritual challenge of our age. Father Benedict Groeschel lived in cooperation with Divine Providence. “One preparing to sail and about to voyage over raging waves calls upon a piece of…
    - 11 days ago17 Aug 16, 5:04am -
  • Saint Maximilian Kolbe: A Knight at My Own Armageddon
    An empty vessel reduced to a cloud of smoke and ash above Auschwitz, this Patron Saint of Prisoners, Priests, and Writers remains a Knight at the Foot of the Cross. Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of a three-part post. Part 1 – “How Father Benedi…
    - 18 days ago10 Aug 16, 7:39am -
  • How Father Benedict Groeschel Entered My Darkest Night
    Prayers for justice, for the fall of prison walls, are prayers for hope. On the night hope fell, Fr Benedict Groeschel served upon me a summons from the Highest Court. I don’t think I have ever struggled with a post as I struggle now with this one.…
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  • Take Me Home! The Prayer of the Rollerboy
    The one prayer uttered by my friend, Chris Yensen, in his entire life was gloriously granted. It’s a sad story, but there’s no real room for sadness here. Only hope! On a stifling afternoon one day last summer, I left work in the prison library t…
    - 32 days ago27 Jul 16, 4:00am -

Daily Grace with Tony Agnesi

  • Think Joyful Thoughts
    Saw this great reflection from my Facebook friend Father John Catoir, who I enjoyed for years as the host of The Christopher’s television program.  Thought you would enjoy it. Thinking joyful thoughts… takes less time. Adding a smile to your fac…
    - 4 days ago24 Aug 16, 2:26am -
  • Hugs
    Today I received this response from an article I wrote called The Value of a Good Hug. Tony, Ashamed to say, divorced. Children grown and never see or my grands. Never get hug or touched.  Recently, I went to stay at the home of a friend. Her husban…
    - 6 days ago22 Aug 16, 7:17pm -
  • I Didn’t Recognize Her
    On Saturday, I went to a local neighborhood music festival, Porch Rokr, where bands perform from the front porches of the homes in the area.  I was there to see my friend’s son perform. While I was watching the show, a woman approached me and gave…
    - 7 days ago21 Aug 16, 3:57pm -
  • At the Taco Bell Drive-Thru
    A couple of weeks ago Jeff, Mark, Dave and I played golf in a charity outing for Marian’s Closet, a ministry that provides clothing and household items for those in need in our community. With a 10AM tee time, we had the chance to attend 8AM mass b…
    - 8 days ago20 Aug 16, 4:55pm -
  • Shalom Tidings August/September Issue
    My thanks to Shalom Tidings magazine for including my article, Iron Sharpens Iron, in their current issue.  Shalom Tidings is an outstanding Charismatic Catholic publication featuring great Catholic writing by people like Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio…
    - 9 days ago19 Aug 16, 5:25pm -

Harvesting Fruits of Contemplation

  • Pondering Tidbits of Truth - August 25, 2106
    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. Josemaria Escriva “This and no other is the end of the Church: the salvation of souls, one by one. For this…
    - 3 days ago25 Aug 16, 9:20am -
  • Worth Revisiting - Above All - Do Not Close Our Church Doors
    Thanks to the generosity and encouragement of Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan, an ever-expanding group of Catholic bloggers take the time each week to re-post their favorite articles on “Worth Revisiting”.  Do yourself a favor- go there no…
    - 5 days ago24 Aug 16, 1:00am -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - Stay With Me!
    “To each of us He says from the tabernacle: ‘Stay you here, and watch with Me…Could you not watch one hour with Me?’ Or if not one hour, one quarter? (Photo©Michael Seagriff) Stay with Me because I am going to offer My morning sacrifice, an…
    - 5 days ago23 Aug 16, 9:30am -
  • Monday Musings - Our Priests Need and Deserve Our Support!
    Truth be told, too many of us take our priests for granted. Satan has his sights on them. He attacks and seeks to destroy their vocations. How our beloved priests need and deserve our prayerful support!Yet, we do not pray for them as we ought. That h…
    - 6 days ago22 Aug 16, 9:45am -
  • On The Memorial of St. John Eudes
    [Originally posted in 2014)“Our wish, our object, our chief preoccupation must be to form Jesus in ourselves, to make His spirit, His devotion, His affections, His desires and His disposition live and reign there. All our religious exercises…
    - 9 days ago19 Aug 16, 10:13am -
  • It's Past The Time To Surrender!
    How our loving Lord thirsts for our love, our visits, our hearts, minds and souls! Please satiate His thirst!
    - 10 days ago18 Aug 16, 9:30am -
  • Worth Revisiting - It's Not About Putting The Genie Back In The Bottle
    Thank you Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for your weekly invitation to re-post our favorite articles on Worth Revisiting. Go here now (and every Wednesday) and let an interesting group of Catholic bloggers nourish you in your Faith journey. D…
    - 11 days ago17 Aug 16, 2:02am -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - The Door Of His Heart Is Always Open
    [The following reflection assumes that persons presenting themselves for Holy Communion, are free from mortal sin] (Photo©Michael Seagriff)Love and confidence can be awakened by considering that this Lord, though great in majesty, justice, and hatre…
    - 12 days ago16 Aug 16, 9:30am -

Grow in Virtue

  • A Leap of Faith – Trusting in God
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.In every life there are turning points. Crossroads. Sometimes we shift our course in direction. And these crossroads contain decisions about relationships, interests, education and career. Some turning points…
    - 11 days ago17 Aug 16, 12:10pm -
  • The Power of Goodbye
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Many times in life, we move on. And we say goodbye. A goodbye to a lifestyle, employment, location, or even a goodbye to the people or things we have in close proximity to our lives. And it’s definitely…
    - 26 days ago2 Aug 16, 10:57pm -
  • True Charity – The Greatest Virtue
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.This past week was a tough one. And perhaps it really shouldn’t have been. One of my friends has been staying at my house to help with my mother and is a very necessary part of how we operate in the house t…
    - 39 days ago20 Jul 16, 10:16pm -
  • The Healing Power of Forgiveness
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.The world has become an angry place. In some cases, a dangerous place. In many situations a place of harm and damage and injury, more than many of us can remember. I speak not only of what we hear in the news…
    - 54 days ago5 Jul 16, 10:51pm -
  • Seeking the Purpose
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.God often takes things from us for His own good reasons. Our task is to seek the purpose. Much like everyone else, I have suffered many losses throughout my life. Some major, like the death of my father and m…
    - 70 days ago19 Jun 16, 10:35pm -
  • The True Measure of Success
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.I just returned from a vacation spent in the company of an old friend. Because it rained during much of our trip, we ended up talking quite a bit over the course of a week. We talked about our lives. Our fam…
    - 83 days ago6 Jun 16, 10:29pm -
  • 6 Ways to Slow Down & Enjoy Your Summer
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.It’s Time for the Great Summer Slow Down About 10 years ago I was working for a large corporation. Making some pretty good money. Traveling often. Promoted several times. Life was busy. I was miserable. W…
    - 95 days ago26 May 16, 1:51am -

It Makes Sense to Me

  • This College Kid Can Teach All of Us a Lesson*
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonMost Catholics know of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The Society has been helping people in need for over 180 years. What most Catholics do not know is that St. Vincent de Paul is not the founder of the society…
    - 7 days ago22 Aug 16, 1:15am -
  • The Deadliest Forest Fire in U.S. History was No Match for The Blessed Virgin Mary*
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonOn October 8, 1871, in or around a place called Peshtigo, Wisconsin, several men were setting small fires in the woods. This was a common practice in clearing land for expanding railroads or for expanding farm lan…
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  • "The Kids Need a Bed Tonight"*
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonThree days a week, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m they come and they wait. Three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday they come just to get a drop of reprieve from the outreach center; a bus pass to the VA or to get to…
    - 37 days ago22 Jul 16, 6:39pm -
  • A "Gangbanger"s Journey from Hoodlum to Saint*
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonThe following is true. And even though it may have happened 700 years ago, in many ways people then were like people now. When it comes to our wants,  needs and emotions nothing has changed. And when it comes to…
    - 50 days ago9 Jul 16, 3:08pm -
  • The "Protector" Saint of the Mexican Border*
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonSometime during the early summer of 1973, Jesus Gaytan and two friends began making their way north to the United States. They were planning to ‘”sneak” across the border and find work as farmhands. They did…
    - 53 days ago6 Jul 16, 2:37pm -
  • Meet the "Madman" of the Sacred Heart*
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry Peterson*An edited version of this article appeared in Aleteia on June 3, 2016Every year, exactly 19 days after Pentecost, the Catholic Church  celebrates the Devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus . It is a worldwide…
    - 59 days ago30 Jun 16, 1:48pm -
  • Pope Francis--The Foremost Ambassador of Humility
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry Peterson                                        This is from the Gospel of Luke; Chapter 9: vs 46-50An argument arose among the disciples about which of them was the greatest.Jesus realized the intent…
    - 71 days ago18 Jun 16, 11:06pm -

David Gray

Our Franciscan Fiat

  • Back to School?
    This morning, I received three digital Talking Books in the mail, postmarked “Free Matter for the Blind or Handicapped.” I have been receiving talking books, from time to time, since I was in grade school, being eligible for these services due t…
    - 2 days ago27 Aug 16, 12:35am -
  • Let the Weak Say ‘I am Strong.’
    This morning at Bible Study (which I hold each Tuesday for our residents), I again found myself to be the recipient of a lesson along with the others who gathered. Our discussion, based on the readings from last Sunday, served to reminder and inspir…
    - 5 days ago23 Aug 16, 4:45pm -
  • “I Received the Living God, and My Heart is Filled with Joy.”
    After Communion recently the words of a simple hymn were poignant for me: “I received the Living God, and my heart is filled with joy.” A simple truth of our faith had struck me again.  In receiving Communion, I just received God, the Eternal, w…
    - 9 days ago19 Aug 16, 3:32pm -
  • Peace
    A few days ago, while taking care of something in my bedroom, my eye caught upon this little scripture card, which I have had for many years.  I don’t even remember where I got it; I was still living at home, possibly in junior high. I like the li…
    - 12 days ago16 Aug 16, 4:49pm -
  • Please Share Your Thoughts…

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  • You’ve Got to Have “a Hense of Sumor”
    Chuck, who works with me here at St. Anne’s, likes to give me a bad time, and this is well-reciprocated by the writer of this post.  Actually, maybe it goes the other way around; who knows who is the instigator! In case you haven’t guessed “he…
    - 16 days ago13 Aug 16, 1:32am -
  • I’d Better Learn to Control My Temper!!!
    This afternoon, some “anonymous benefactor” again presented us with a plastic grocery bag full of rhubarb.  It wasn’t a huge amount, and, in order to make it more worthwhile I decided to supplement it with any that was ready in our own back ya…
    - 19 days ago10 Aug 16, 12:44am -

Theology is a Verb

  • Worth Revisiting: Getting Down to Earth
    What is it about having hands in the warm earth that speaks so sincerely to my soul? For as long as I can remember, I have cherished this invitation to connect with the Creator and his creation. To till the soil, plant, and cultivate from its humble…
    - 5 days ago24 Aug 16, 12:00am -
  • Worth Revisiting: Gelatos & Cappuchino
    Out of the blue my youngest resolutely proclaimed from the other room, “Mom when I get older I am going to Rome.”  Having grabbed my attention, I called back, “Well certainly you can, but why do you say that?”  “Well, mom if this is anyth…
    - 12 days ago17 Aug 16, 12:00am -
  • Assuming Mary
    For those that have grown up in the Catholic faith, this feast is well known perhaps at times a bit too familiar. Do we stop and take the time to truly ponder the life of Mary as we celebrate this honor bestowed on a life well lived? Or do we simply…
    - 13 days ago15 Aug 16, 11:00am -
  • CatholicMom: Daily Gospel Reflection
    Daily Gospel Reflection for August 14, 2016 – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Today’s Gospel: Luke 12, 49-53 – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time If taken out of the context of the rest of the Gospel, today’s readings can be both startling…
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  • Worth Revisiting: They Called Him… Buster
    Some years ago I met one of the few living witnesses, other than family, to the life and memory of my Grandpa Ferrell.  Standing at an impressive 6’6” he easily towered over everything and yet the warmth of his smile and joyous presence elevated…
    - 19 days ago10 Aug 16, 12:00am -
  • Wit and Wisdom: On Being Content
    I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Phillipians 4:11 What is it to be content? When are we satisfied with the life we live and the things we have been given? How does this effect th…
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  • Worth Revisiting: All Roads Lead To Rome
    It has been said that “All roads lead to Rome” and this morning as I awoke, truly my very thoughts turned to Rome. To the many visual and epicurean feasts for the eyes and palate, but also to those moments which speak to our very soul.  At one t…
    - 26 days ago3 Aug 16, 12:00am -

Virginia Lieto

  • Comfort the Sorrowful: Spiritual Work of Mercy
    As with every month, during this Year of Mercy, we choose a different corporal or spiritual work of mercy and dive into the details. This month we discuss the spiritual work of mercy to comfort the sorrowful. It seems like every time I attend a wake…
    - 4 days ago24 Aug 16, 12:30pm -
  • My Heart Beats for Christ! For Whom Does Your Heart Beat?
    I was recently at the doctor’s office for my annual visit. While sitting in the examining room, with nothing to do but wait, I read the ad on the door. It showed a picture of an older woman, holding a placard that said, “My heart beats for______.…
    - 6 days ago22 Aug 16, 12:30pm -
  • Our Moral Life in Christ – Book Review
    Our Moral Life in Christ – College Edition, by Father Peter V. Armenio, is an excellent book for anyone wanting to learn more about moral theology. We live in troubling times, asking ourselves what our world has come to these days. Where have our m…
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  • Assumption of Mary into Heaven, Our Blessed Mother
    Because Saint Ann conceived our Blessed Mother in her womb without original sin, and because Mary remained sin-free for her entirely earthly life, God assumed Mary into Heaven, body and soul, at the end of her earthly life. Mary’s refraining from…
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  • Broken Home Leads to Broken Peace
    Timmy and Tammy are ten-year-old twins, who come home from school every day to an empty house. As a society, we commonly refer to such children as “latch-key children.” More and more responsibility is placed on such children to self-discipline th…
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  • Saint Dominic, Founder of the Order of Preachers
    Saint Dominic, a 13th century theologian, tends to get overshadowed by his fellow, more renowned Dominican, Saint Thomas Aquinas. Yet, not today! Today, we celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Dominic, founder of the Dominican Order of Preachers. During…
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  • I’m Tired of the Violence and Can’t Take Much More
    With all of the violence experienced recently, I am at the point where I can’t take much more. Although far removed from the direct impact of the violence, I am nonetheless negatively impacted. I can only imagine the nightmare for those experienci…
    - 25 days ago3 Aug 16, 12:30pm -

Single Mom Smiling

  • Ben-Hur the Movie & the Enslavement of You
    The opening scenes of the Ben-Hur movie showed the racing horse trip and fall violently throwing its young rider from its back. It made me want to turn from the screen and curl into a little ball or simply leave the theater all together.
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  • Ben-Hur, the Movie, Real Life Theaters, and Happy Endings
    Last night I went to see Ben-Hur, the bloodiest movie I think I’ve ever seen. It was far worse than Friday the 13th or any of the warped bloodfests I pretended to tolerate but was really disgusted by as a teenager.
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  • Dream Bigger – Ask for MORE & Keep Asking!
    I’d love a beautiful house. It doesn’t have to be huge, just well designed and tastefully decorated on a nice piece of land in the suburbs or, better yet, in a rural setting.
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  • Amoris Laetitia Helps a Single Mom Revisit the Synod on the Family
    I was disappointed with the Synod on the Family. I believe the Catholic Church had the best intentions but that it missed great opportunities to strengthen marriage and families, prevent divorce, and clarify misunderstandings.
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  • The Good Samaritan’s Heart
    Sunday’s Gospel reading tells the parable of the Good Samaritan tells of a man traveling from  Jerusalem to Jericho along a dangerous stretch of road. It doesn’t say why he was traveling there, why he was alone, or who he was to take suc…
    - 47 days ago12 Jul 16, 11:13am -

Can We Cana?

Big C Catholics

  • newFr. Butler's Homily for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 28, 2016, Year C
    Fr. René J. Butler, M.S.Provincial Superior, La Salette Missionaries of North AmericaHartford, Connecticut(Click here for today’s readings)I lived a total of twenty-three years outside of the USA, mostly in an international community of Europeans,…
    - 4 hours ago28 Aug 16, 10:00am -
  • newThe Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    The Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin (Also known as The Franciscan Crown Rosary)Today is the traditional feast of the Seven Joys of Mary. The origin of the prayer can be found in the Manual for Franciscan Tertiaries:"About the year 1420, a young man,…
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  • Memorial of Saint Monica
    Death of Saint Monica, scene from Life of Saint Augustine,Ottaviano Nelli, 1420-1425.August 27th, is the Memorial of Saint Monica, (333-387) the mother of Saint Augustine. Augustine’s life of sin and embrace of worldly pleasures is well known. In…
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  • Saint Monica Novena 2016 | Day 9
    Saint Monica demonstrated heroic patience during her trials. She suffered greatly, but never lost her abiding faith in God's goodness. Let us pray that we may have the faith of St. Monica and so possess heroic patience in the face of all difficulties…
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  • King Saint Louis IX's Observation on the Importance of One's Soul
    King Saint Louis IX never forgot his upbringing in the Faith. His friend and biographer, the Sieur de Joinville, who joined him on his first crusade to the Holy Land, relates that the King once asked him, "What is God?" Joinville replied, "Sire, it i…
    - 3 days ago25 Aug 16, 8:11pm -

Catholic Conundrum

  • newLego & Craft Challenges are Back!!! 1st One - The Fiery Furnace
    Photo attribution:  a submission from one our kid contributors:  Trenton Luke! Well, back to school we go!  What does this mean?   It is time to bring back our Catholic Lego and Craft Challenges!  We had petered off during the summer due to lac…
    - 23 hours ago27 Aug 16, 2:37pm -
  • What a Girl!!
    Photo Attribution:  Mother Theresa by Tim 12/07, www.flickr.com Have you ever met anyone in your life that "walked the walk and talked the talk" so well that you felt you could virtually guarantee that he or she would become a saint?  Of course, w…
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  • Chibi-Inspired Saint Charms - a New ADORABLE Clay Series!
    New Clay Series by Justina!  We are so excited by this one!  Every other week, Justina will be uploading an instructional video on how to make a new Chibi-Inspired Saint Charm like the ones that she will soon be selling locally.  By Christmas, the…
    - 6 days ago22 Aug 16, 8:10pm -
  • A Review of the Inspirational Book "The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion"
    Today's blog post comes in the form of a review about a wonderful book I have recently had the honor to read before its public debut.  The newest release by Lisa Hendey and Sarah A. Reinhard from www.catholicmom.com.,   "The Catholic Mom's Prayer C…
    - 9 days ago19 Aug 16, 11:39pm -
  • Unusual Blog Post: Asking for YouTube Advice!
    So this is a bit of an unusual route for a blog, but, given that we have such wise and gifted readers, we thought we would ask for some advice!  :)These past few days we've been wondering how to go about getting more visibility for our videos on Yo…
    - 11 days ago17 Aug 16, 11:19pm -
  • Hot Off the Press: 'Don't Stop Believing-The Song of Esther & Mordecai' Music Video!
    Here it is: the first music video produced by the Teen Take Team and our biggest project yet!!Based on the hit song "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey, "The Song of Esther and Mordecai" features new lyrics that tell the tale of the bravery of the youn…
    - 13 days ago15 Aug 16, 12:43pm -
  • Garage Sale Fail - A Lesson in "Gratitude Attitude"
    9 hours.  10 visitors.Thirty-two dollars.That about sums up our garage sale attempt yesterday.  One would venture to say that the effort involved in preparing the sale was not exactly worth it!  (Actually, I didn't realize one could have a garage…
    - 14 days ago14 Aug 16, 2:26am -

Catholic Fire

  • 7QT: Surprises, Saints, Salads, and Catholic College Contributors Needed
     1.  Hooray! I was pleasantly surprised to learn that my book, Learning to Love with the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir just won the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval.  2.  Another sweet surprise this week was this movie.  I went to it not kno…
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  • St. Louis IX, King of France
    August 25 is the feast of St. Louis IX (1215-1270), King of France.Louis IX, son of Louis VIII and Blanche of Castile, was born at Poissy, April 25, 1215. Louis was twelve years old when his father's death made him king.At that time, his mother Queen…
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  • Saint Bartholomew, Apostle and Martyr
    Saint John with Saint Bartholomew (right)August 24 is the feast of St. Bartholomew, one of the twelve apostles who is mentioned only a few times in the Synoptic Gospels. While Matthew, Mark, and Luke all include Bartholomew as an apostle, John's gosp…
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  • Saint Rose of Lima
    August 23 is the feast of St. Rose of Lima, virgin, who became known for both her piety and her care of the poor. She is the patron saint of embroiderers, florists, gardeners, people ridiculed for their piety, and those who suffer from family problem…
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  • The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    On August 22, we celebrate a beautiful Marian Feast -- the Queenship of Mary. This Liturgical Feast was proclaimed by Pope Pius XII on October 11, 1954 through his Encyclical Letter Ad Caeli Reginam. The Catholic Church made this proclamation based u…
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  • St. Bernard of Clairvaux: A Model of Peace for These Troubled Times
    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9How do we cope with the violence, chaos, and conflicts that we face in our world today?  How can we find peace and also serve as true peacemakers in our twenty-firs…
    - 8 days ago20 Aug 16, 5:36am -
  • St. John Eudes: Apostle of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary
    On August 19, we commemorate St. John Eudes, a French priest who founded of the Society of Jesus and Mary (the Eudists) and the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity.  Pope Leo XIII proclaimed him to be the “father, doctor and apostle of the liturgi…
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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…
    - 47 days ago12 Jul 16, 2:30am -
  • Death in Orlando: Love and Solidarity
    The 49 folks killed at an Orlando entertainment venue late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, and the person who killed them, are still dead. Others are hospitalized, and may or may not survive. A whole lot of folks are mourning the loss of family…
    - 74 days ago15 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…
    - 77 days ago12 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…
    - 84 days ago5 Jun 16, 2:00pm -
  • Technical Issues: and an Apology
    Update (May 16, 2016)Good news: the "fix" option may have been automatically applied to some existing posts.Sort-of-good-news: quite a few existing posts got "fixed" without my doing a thing to them. Even better: the images actually appear as they we…
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  • When Life Isn't Ideal: "Amoris Laetitia"
    Something I found on page 59 of "Amoris Laetitia"1 is an example of why I love being Catholic — common sense, drawing on the Church's experience and wisdom, developed by dealing with people for two millennia.Some folks have been having conniptions…
    - 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…
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Leonie's Longing

  • Monday Memes #67

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  • #Censusfail
    By Penny. “Get online on August 9!” So ran the slogan for the 2016 Australian census, which – for the first time ever  – could be submitted online. We’d been assured it was “unhackable,” which inevitably turned out to be more or less t…
    - 11 days ago17 Aug 16, 3:54pm -
  • Monday Memes #66

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  • From My Inner Cell (2): A Different Kind of Love
    By AfterEpiphany. “Do not cling to me,” (c.f. Jn 20:17 The post-Resurrection encounter between Jesus and Mary of Magdala is one of my very favourite Scriptural accounts. Yet it poses a gentle challenge that I found very helpful upon returning to…
    - 17 days ago11 Aug 16, 11:52pm -
  • I’d Rather Go to Heaven
    By Amata Some years ago, I was talking with a dear friend.  She and her husband had been struggling to conceive, and she was sharing with me how painful this experience was.  However, she said, if this was something that she needed to go through, t…
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  • Monday Memes #65

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  • Who Am I?
    A classic parlour game, with a Leonie’s Longing twist! Answers below. a) My parents refused me permission to enter the convent because they could not give me a dowry. Several religious communities rejected my application to enter because I was poor…
    - 34 days ago25 Jul 16, 11:59pm -

Catholic Light-Radical Faith and Trust

  • newPowerful Story of Nun Who Survived Italy's Earthquake
    The powerful story of a nun who survived Italy's earthquake
    - 21 hours ago27 Aug 16, 5:17pm -
  • Our Father's Will, Oneness With God
    What was the first rule of our dear Savior's life? You know it was to do his Father's will. Well, then, the first purpose of our daily work is to do the will of God; secondly, to do it in the manner he wills; and thirdly, to do it because it is his w…
    - 2 days ago26 Aug 16, 3:43pm -
  • Only Jesus is Enough
    Only Jesus is Enough: "Some of Jesus’ commandments to us seem a bit out of reach. For example, he commands us, “Be perfect, as your heavenly father is perfect” (Matt 5:48). “Be merciful, as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). Be like God…
    - 3 days ago25 Aug 16, 10:35pm -
  • The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality
    The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality:"The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality   “What did you go out to the wilderness to see?” (Matthew 11:7). These were Jesus’ words to the crowd. John took to the desert to draw people out into solitude to prep…
    - 3 days ago25 Aug 16, 10:31pm -
  • St. Louis of France
    St. Louis of France: "King St. Louis IX (1214-1270) reigned over France for thirty-five years. The son of Louis VIII, the young king ascended to the throne in 1235 and soon showed himself to be a just and able administrator. Louis was impartial and…
    - 3 days ago25 Aug 16, 10:10pm -
  • Fatherhood: The Drums of War
    Fatherhood: The Drums of War: "There is a steady drum beat in the culture of our society:  a steady drone of information, busyness, and distractions that lead to a numbness of the heart and mind. This drum beat should be more of a dog whistle to th…
    - 3 days ago25 Aug 16, 10:06pm -
  • Behold Thy Mother

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Joy of 9

  • Worth Revisiting: Unless We Become Like a Child,Tree, or Frog
    Children are delightful because they are not self-conscious and they really don’t worry too much about their appearance. Little people are too busy exploring the world and having fun just being themselves. Thomas Merton, a Trappist Monk,  once wro…
    - 4 days ago24 Aug 16, 2:33am -
  • The Oldest Images of Mary
    I found eight of the oldest images of Mary on a site called Church Pop One of the oldest images of Mary was found in the Catacombs and is dated around the 2nd century. A fascinating carving in stone is thought …
    - 6 days ago23 Aug 16, 1:47am -
  • Bill Donaghy & TOB: Step Away from the Insanity Into Reality
    After interviewing Bill Donaghy from The Theology of the Body Institute about their upcoming Congress this September, I was filled with hope and joy for the Church. Bill lives out the core values of the gospel without pretention, probably because…
    - 8 days ago20 Aug 16, 9:02pm -
  • Worth Revisiting:Are you Stealing Christ’s Job?
    We can all fall into a trap- a type of piety which focuses on ourselves, our actions, our devotions, and effort. I am at the front and centre, not God.
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  • Is a Mother’s Life Her Own?
    Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
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  • Patron Saint of Missing Socks, Pray For Us
    As a mother of a large family, struggling to wash, dry, and fold three or four loads of laundry every day, I secretly wondered if there was an obscure saint, with little to do, who could fill in as my …
    - 20 days ago8 Aug 16, 4:19pm -
  • The Secret to Freedom: Stand Still But Don’t Look Back
    I want to shout out a secret to authentic interior freedom, a secret which will go against every fiber of your being. The answer to every crisis, every threat you will face in your life on earth is to stand …
    - 32 days ago27 Jul 16, 4:55am -

Reconciled to You

  • #WorthRevisit - Communicating Mercy
    “The Lord is merciful and gracious,slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”Psalm 103:8When I was a young girl, I feared God. My God image was of an enormous, grumpy, white-bearded, distant being just lying in wait for me to make a mistak…
    - 4 days ago24 Aug 16, 12:39pm -
  • Recipe For Holiness:  Small Acts
    To our #Recipe4Holiness we will now add a special ingredient, that is actually many ingredients in one...  Small Acts - those often unseen moments our of lives that create a saints heart within us! If you've been reading my blog for a while - or e…
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  • #SmallSuccess - Retreat Joys!
    Small Success #1Held an incredible women's retreat at my parish on Saturday. SEEKING THE PEACE OF FORGIVENESS! This was my first FREE retreat - after being convicted in prayer that charging was limiting who may be able to receive the message God was…
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  • #WorthRevisit - The Lord's Prayer Edition
    Jesus says, “This is how you are to pray.” We are, then, blessed with the most beautiful prayer, shared with us by Jesus: The Lord’s Prayer, also known as the Our Father.How many of us are asking Jesus to teach us how to pray better, how to gro…
    - 11 days ago17 Aug 16, 1:00pm -
  • Recipe For Holiness: 6 Parts MERCY
    Perhaps I speak too much about grace.  Every subject, problem, or prayer brings me back to this same place.  The amazing grace of God. ​I'll never forget the first time I contemplated the meaning of this word - grace.  I was standing before 25…
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  • Be My Guest - Rhonda Ortiz 
    I’m happy to introduce you to my dear friend Rhonda Ortiz ... who has developed a fabulous new ministry that really spoke to my heart (my anxious, anxious heart!).  I subscribe and am always so edified by the scriptures and reflections she share…
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  • #SmallSuccess Thursday - I Surrender Edition
    Surrender is NOT always a bad thing. This week - a friend shared a novena for Abandonment to God; and as I prayed it each day I realized what I really needed to do was just surrender.  MY fear, doubt, anxiety ... just give it to Him! ​Small Succe…
    - 17 days ago11 Aug 16, 11:57am -

Snoring Scholar

  • One Minute Reviews of Perfect Blindside, Iota, and Lord of the World
    In which I share short reviews of three recent novels I've read and a link to my full reviews over at the Register.This post One Minute Reviews of Perfect Blindside, Iota, and Lord of the World appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 4 days ago24 Aug 16, 1:13pm -
  • Erin McCole-Cupp and Unclaimed
    A bit about a book I not only enjoyed reading, but that finds me demanding the next in the series, and interview with author Erin McCole-Cupp.This post Erin McCole-Cupp and Unclaimed appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 47 days ago12 Jul 16, 11:45am -
  • Barely a Crime: Reading to Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat
    Are you looking for summer reading? Or great anytime reading? You'll find all that and more in Barely a Crime, newly released from Robert Ovies.This post Barely a Crime: Reading to Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat appeared first on Snoring Schola…
    - 53 days ago6 Jul 16, 7:00am -
  • ‘Frindle’ by Andrew Clements: 5 Stars from My Girls
    Fern (age 11) and Charlotte (age 8) share their review of 'Frindle,' a middle grade novel by Andrew Clements.This post ‘Frindle’ by Andrew Clements: 5 Stars from My Girls appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
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  • Dusting Myself Off and Welcoming Summer #SQT
    Hey, it’s summer! Well, not officially: according to the calendar, we have at least a few days before summer’s here. According to my life, though, summer is HERE. The kids are home from school, the pool is open for business, the hay is being cut…
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  • From Dismissive to Catholic…How’d THAT Happen?
    Just how did Kevin Lowry go from being a dismissive-of-religion party boy to being a faithful Catholic? He's here to share a bit and introduce his newest book.This post From Dismissive to Catholic…How’d THAT Happen? appeared first on Snoring Sch…
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  • My Girls Review ‘Libby of High Hopes’ by Elise Primavera
    Fern (age 11) and Charlotte (age 8) share their thoughts about 'Libby of High Hopes,' a middle grade novel by Elise Primavera.This post My Girls Review ‘Libby of High Hopes’ by Elise Primavera appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 83 days ago6 Jun 16, 6:00am -

Embedded Faith

  • Words With Saints - Mercy
    Two new cover images with  quotes on mercy from two great saints.  Enjoy!​ var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • Words With Saints - Letter P
    Introducing a brand new series of facebook covers and images called "Words with Saints"Todays introductory set of images are for the letter "P,"        These three quotes from saints were pulled at random by me and with a little help from the Hol…
    - 57 days ago2 Jul 16, 2:01am -
  • A  Set of Eyes...
    I read this somewhere and it has  been on my mind and in my prayers  for the past week.    "You will never see a set of eyes that God is not in pursuit of." var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • Make No Mistakes...
    A thought from St. Teresa of Avila.....One who makes no mistakes, makes nothing.    var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • Facebook Cover/Image for Those Mourning in Orlando
    There are times when we cannot find the words....  So I turn to the   wisdom  and comfort found in  our  Holy Scripture  and I offer these humble images . var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • 14  Shareable Quotes/Tweets from Pope Francis on Mercy and Forgiveness

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  • A New  Cover and Image for Mother's Day
     “Mothers are the strongest antidote to the spread of self-centred individualism… It is they who testify to the beauty of life”.  Certainly, “a society without mothers would be dehumanized, for mothers are always, even in the worst of times…
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Association of Catholic Women Bloggers

The Catholic Catalogue

  • newTCC Reads: The Confessions of St. Augustine
    Today is the Feast of St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church. Anna Keating recommends reading or re-reading The Confessions. More after the jump:
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  • newThrough Yoga to Christianity
    Losana Boyd's yoga practice brought her back to Catholicism, "I wonder, now, whether I would have discovered the richness of the Christian meditation tradition without the practice of meditation I learned through yoga." It's in First Things: Throu…
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  • Murdered Nuns ‘Living Angels’ to Their Neighbors
    Before Sr. Margaret Held and Sr. Paula Merrill were murdered at home in Mississippi, they were helping patients who said they were doing God’s work on Earth. May they rest in peace. More from The Daily Beast here: Murdered Nuns 'Living Angels' to…
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  • The Case Against Airplanes and For Staying Put
    My generation is all about travel. But what if all that flying is polluting the environment and keeping us from finding true contentment? Christie Aschwanden writes for Slate about her decision to stay grounded for a year: I Stayed Within 100 Mi…
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  • Memorial of St. Monica
    For the feast of St. Monica we recommend this painting of her by John Nava. Monica is the patron of wives and victims of domestic violence. More from Melissa Musick after the jump:
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  • TCC Radio: My First Son a Pure Memory | Modern Love
    We need to be allowed to grieve the preterm babies we've lost. Listen to one father's story from The Modern Love podcast here: My First Son a Pure Memory
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  • TCC Films: The End of the Tour
    As a fan of the late writer (and seeker) David Foster Wallace, I enjoyed the film The End of The Tour, now in theaters. A review of the film in America magazine focuses on the brief appearance of a St. Ignatius of Loyola quote in DFW's bathroo…
    - 2 days ago26 Aug 16, 5:53am -

Nisi Dominus

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