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Finding God's Grace

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

Lisa Graas

  • Judicial Watch: Obama Travel Totals Nearly $100 Million
    WASHINGTON, May 17, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Judicial Watch announced that it obtained records from the Secret Service and the Air Force in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that show Obama family travel cost taxpayers a g…
    - 91 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…
    - 91 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…
    - 91 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.…
    - 91 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…
    - 91 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…
    - 92 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…
    - 92 days ago16 May 17, 3:37pm -

Love Alone Creates

  • newMother Mary
    Editor Alicia von Stamwitz concludes her Introduction to Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis with the words, “Although the chapters and quotations in this collection have been arranged in a certain way, they may be read in any order. Let…
    - 14 hours ago16 Aug 17, 12:00pm -
  • Speaking to Daughters of Isabella Circle
    Many people assume I am a “successful” author simply because I am published by a traditional, well-known and respected publishing company. What they don’t realize is that I am not a bestselling author; I do not get a huge audience for my books;…
    - 15 days ago2 Aug 17, 12:00pm -
  • Divine Intimacy Radio Interview
    Imagine my surprise when I was invited to be on Dan Burke’s Divine Intimacy Radio podcast to discuss my book, From Grief to Grace. It’s so interesting how things like this ebb and flow. For quite some time, all has been quiet regarding my book, w…
    - 22 days ago26 Jul 17, 12:00pm -
  • 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 36 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…
    - 43 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…
    - 50 days ago28 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.
    - 32 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.
    - 81 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…
    - 27 Apr 17, 11:00pm -
  • A Cautionary Tale for Lent
    Some years ago, I shared a flat with a man called Caruthers. If ‘morals make the man, and manners make the gentleman’, then Caruthers was the finest gentleman I had ever met, or so I thought for the first few weeks.The post A Cautionary Tale for…
    - 12 Mar 17, 11:57pm -
  • Mystical marriage
    When Helen, said to be the most beautiful woman in Greek antiquity fled with her lover to Troy, she did not receive the reception that she expected.The post Mystical marriage appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 28 Feb 17, 11:17pm -
  • 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

  • newEradicating Love in Iceland
    Iceland is a cold place. And I’m not talking about the climate. It is government policy to encourage the eradication of the happiest, most loving people on earth from their population. Despite the fact that 99% of people with Down syndrome…
    - 21 hours ago16 Aug 17, 4:49am -
  • Why Would a Nun Preside Over Catholic Wedding?
    With liberals relentlessly and delusionally pushing for women priests, hearing that a nun officiated at a Catholic wedding set off alarms in my head. That can’t be right, I thought.It was reported in America Magazine that Sister Pierette Thiffault…
    - 8 days ago8 Aug 17, 6:22pm -
  • Witchcraft is Not Pretty
    Witchcraft is trending in plague-like fashion, spreading a deadly contaminant to the soul. At least with small pox or the Ebola virus, people have the sense to cordon it off and seek annihilation.              “Do not be afraid of those who…
    - 23 days ago24 Jul 17, 7:08pm -
  • Must You Love Mom Shorts to be Virtuous?
    Summer is here and the modesty articles are upon us. I’m all for modesty, but there are debates within the debate on how women should dress that complicates the matter. Our Lady of Fatima is often invoked from one of her messages to the 3 shepherd…
    - 46 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…
    - 56 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…
    - 62 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…
    - 71 days ago7 Jun 17, 3:48am -

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

  • Be A Descender
    When I entered a diocesan seminary some years ago, one of the first things you got was a poster. The poster has pictures of the seminarians, plus the bishop and vocation directors. These posters are given out to parishes and pastors put them up in pa…
    - 11 days ago6 Aug 17, 10:57am -
  • It’s God’s Job
    I learned from a very wise person many years ago that there is a key to understanding the parables of Jesus. The key is this: look for something that makes no sense, something that isn’t quite right. That’s the spot to start your exploration of w…
    - 21 days ago27 Jul 17, 4:09am -
  • A Great Redeemer
    When I was a child, I could walk not only around the neighborhood alone or with friends, but we could go even further and get to friends’ houses or go for bike rides and whatnot. A bunch of times I ran errands alone for my mother to stores that wer…
    - 27 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…
    - 30 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…
    - 33 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,…
    - 33 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…
    - 36 days ago11 Jul 17, 8:39pm -

These Stone Walls

  • newPornchai Moontri at a Crossroads Behind These Stone Walls
    Your friends behind These Stone Walls have been relocated to new environments with unforeseen consequences and some challenges ahead, including a painful parting. Late in the summer of 2016, I was asked by the Editor of Spero News to write an article…
    - 21 hours ago16 Aug 17, 5:12am -
  • Saint Maximilian Kolbe and the Gift of Noble Defiance
      Pornchai Moontri looked on the death chamber of Maximilian Kolbe and saw devouring jaws of evil. I saw that evil too, but choking on a brave soul’s noble defiance. Auschwitz 1941: “After the so-called dinner, I was invited between Blocks 18 an…
    - 8 days ago9 Aug 17, 4:55am -
  • Cardinal George Pell Is on Trial, and So Is Australia
    The trial of Cardinal George Pell for “historic” sexual abuse claims is underway in Australia, but the state of Australian justice also has the world’s attention. “Trial by Media.” The ominous term has already been a part of the public reco…
    - 15 days ago2 Aug 17, 4:51am -
  • Star Trek and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
    In a secular world that embraces science alone, religion is irrelevant, a quaint anachronism that humanity must outgrow. Some corners of science tell another story. A few years ago a popular media site described These Stone Walls as “the best under…
    - 22 days ago26 Jul 17, 5:20am -
  • 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…
    - 29 days ago19 Jul 17, 4:00am -

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 ...
    - 38 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 - Praying Before The Tabernacle
    We thank Allison Gingras at Reconciled To You   and Elizabeth Riordan at Theology Is A Verb  for hosting Revisiting Wednesday, each week. It is a privilege to share our work with them and their followers. Stop for a visit now.Here is my contri…
    - 1 day ago16 Aug 17, 12:53am -
  • Worth Revisiting - We Need More Holy Priests
    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 Wednesd…
    - 1 day ago16 Aug 17, 12:47am -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - May We Heed His Words
    "There is a particular need to cultivate a lively awareness of Christ's real presence, both in the celebration of Mass and in the worship of the Eucharist outside Mass. Care should be taken to show that awareness through tone of voice, gestures, pos…
    - 2 days ago15 Aug 17, 9:16am -
  • Monday Musings - As Only A Mother Can
    While I was on retreat last week at the Abbey of the Genesee, I paused (as I often do on my visits there) before the statue of our Blessed Mother which welcomes visitors to the monastery. It is a simple but beautiful image. I think you will agree.Th…
    - 3 days ago14 Aug 17, 9:30am -
  • Pondering Tidbits of Truth - August 10, 2017
    Pondering Tidbits of Truth is my simple and inadequate way of providing nuggets of spiritual wisdom for you to chew on from time to time.Father Jacques Phillipe“Íf people know what they must do today and commit themselves to doing it and leave to…
    - 7 days ago10 Aug 17, 9:30am -
  • Worth Revisiting - Don't Tickle My Ears
    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 Wednesd…
    - 8 days ago9 Aug 17, 12:13am -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - The Most Precious Time of the Day
    (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)"The time during which Jesus abides in us under the Sacramental Species is the most precious of the entire day…the soul then becomes a living tabernacle, indeed something even more. At that time, the soul of Jesus u…
    - 9 days ago8 Aug 17, 9:30am -
  • Feast Day of St. Dominic
    [Time got away from me so I am recirculating a post from three years ago.]Today we Dominicans pause to remember and honor the founder of the Order of Preachers, our Father, St. Dominic de Guzman.A little over 800 years ago, this unique and talented…
    - 9 days ago8 Aug 17, 9:20am -

Grow in Virtue

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

It Makes Sense to Me

David Gray

Our Franciscan Fiat

  • new“That Looks Like a Chicken”
    I know chicken isn’t really a profound or inspirational topic, but we don’t have to be profound and inspirational all the time, do we? Last evening, our dietary staff served chicken strips, along with other menu items such as apple rings and peas…
    - 13 hours ago16 Aug 17, 12:54pm -
  • My St. Clare Connection
    Nine years ago today, on the Feast of St. Clare, I professed my first vows in Hankinson at our Provincial House! What a special day! St. Clare, in fact, has been special to me for some time.  Not only was I received as a novice (with a haircut* and…
    - 5 days ago11 Aug 17, 2:30pm -
  • E-I-E-I-O
    Background Note: I facilitate a weekly Bible Study group for residents at our Home for elderly and vulnerable adults It wasn’t what you would call a typical Bible Study/Faith Sharing Group this morning! At one point, a person could walk into the r…
    - 8 days ago8 Aug 17, 6:10pm -
  • To “Make our People Happy”
    It seems that a number of the things we do here are, as we sometimes put it, simply done “to make our people happy,” that is: to help provide joy, satisfaction, or fulfillment to our residents. (In case you’re new to this blog, I serve at an as…
    - 12 days ago5 Aug 17, 12:24am -
  • Let My People Go!
    ~Nine hours later, the melody is still coming back to haunt me! This “Negro Spiritual,” recommended to me by a friend for the occasion, was perfect to accent the reading and get people more engaged in this morning’s weekly Bible study which I l…
    - 15 days ago2 Aug 17, 1:07am -
  • Just Had to Share…
    We’ve been having fun this “St. Anne’s Week” as we also mark 65 years of service in Grand Forks. Monday, we had a big celebration open to the public.  We wore our blue St. Anne’s T-shirts and shared memories. Tuesday was “Sports Day” a…
    - 19 days ago28 Jul 17, 10:31pm -
  • Wacky Hair – a Time Saver!
    In case you haven’t heard, we’re celebrating “St. Anne’s Week,” since our patroness’ feast was July 26th. One way we’re making it fun and special is by having several “dress up days,” like sports day, patriotic day, pajama day, etc.…
    - 21 days ago27 Jul 17, 1:26pm -

Theology is a Verb

  • Worth Revisiting: 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…
    - 1 day ago15 Aug 17, 11:00pm -
  • CatholicTV: Guest Appearance
    Today, perhaps you might have been expecting a lengthier post? Well, I hope that I am forgiven by sharing with you the fruits of a graced invitation.. to be a guest on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day”! With a cup of coffee and toast in hand, I he…
    - 3 days ago14 Aug 17, 11:00am -
  • Worth Revisiting: CatholicMom Daily Gospel Reflections
    This reflection written for a year ago remains a reminder to me that the path of our discipleship is not intended to be an easy one… Daily Gospel Reflection for August 14, 2016 – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Today’s Gospel:…
    - 8 days ago9 Aug 17, 12:00am -
  • Examening: Discovery
    As a child, I reveled at the picture puzzle games that challenged each contestant with keen eyes to discover a familiar item amid a quite often cluttered larger scene. And with each object found, was a renewed sense of joy and understanding of the ne…
    - 10 days ago7 Aug 17, 11:00am -
  • Worth Revisiting: Portraits of Martha and Mary
    As they continued their journey he entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary [who] sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said…
    - 15 days ago2 Aug 17, 10:24am -
  • Women in Lay Ministry: An Invitation to Lead
    The following article appeared in the University of Notre Dame’s Institute of Church Life Journal a year ago on May 23, 2016. Since it was written, God has continued to move me towards new roles and responsibilities within the life of the church. L…
    - 17 days ago31 Jul 17, 11:00am -
  • Worth Revisiting: A Purposeful Path
    How Far Can You Go With $30, A Bus Ticket, and a Dream? Ever wonder where God is leading you and yearn to discover or explore your own vocation in life more fully? In Fr. Casey’s A Purposeful Path (Loyola Press), we are invited to do exactly that.…
    - 22 days ago26 Jul 17, 12:00am -

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…
    - 94 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…
    - 99 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,…
    - 8 May 17, 12:30pm -
  • Fatima, by Jean M. Heimann – Book Review
    Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World, by Jean M. Heimann, is a wonderful book that chronicles the Fatima apparitions of the Blessed Mother, including beautiful glossy pictures of the town, people and churches of the area. Multiple apparition…
    - 3 May 17, 12:30pm -
  • Saint Joseph, the Worker Feast Day
    Saint Joseph is so special to the Catholic faithful, that we have two feast days set aside each year to honor him: March 19th (unless this date falls on a Sunday like it did this year, then it’s March 20th), and May 1st. Typically, on March 19th, w…
    - 1 May 17, 12:30pm -
  • Back to Virtue, by Peter Kreeft – Book Review
    In Back to Virtue, Peter Kreeft takes you into the classroom of moral theology, where you will learn why we need virtue to preserve human existence. For starters, Kreeft clearly defines the differentiation between virtue and vice. He discusses the ca…
    - 26 Apr 17, 12:30pm -
  • 3 Steps to Mercy for You – Guest Blogger, Kaitlyn Mason
    Today, I welcome Kaitlyn Mason from Simply Divine Mercy as my guest blogger. ***** There’s a lot of mercy talk these days in the Church. Why?  Because it’s the time of mercy! Yesterday was Divine Mercy Sunday. If you’re not familiar with this…
    - 24 Apr 17, 12:30pm -

Single Mom Smiling

  • Prayers of a Catholic Single Mom
    In a scene from the movie The War Room Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie) asks Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirer) to describe her faith. Elizabeth says she’s like “most people” with faith that is neither red hot nor ice cold, but  lukewarm…
    - 92 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.
    - 18 Apr 17, 9:00pm -
  • So Perturbed & Deeply Troubled, Jesus Lets Death Happen…
    So. One little word, SO much meaning.The post So Perturbed & Deeply Troubled, Jesus Lets Death Happen… appeared first on Single Mom Smiling.
    - 5 Apr 17, 11:30am -
  • Coloring Pages by A New Dad Raising His Son in a Christian World
    As young, new dad, I know firsthand that choosing a Christian life is not an easy path in our modern world. Temptations surround us making it is easy to lose what is most important – living a pure life with God’s word in our hearts.The pos…
    - 1 Apr 17, 10:00am -
  • Things A Catholic Single Mom Says in Confessession
    It’s amazing the things you’ll tell a girlfriend or post on social media or write about in a secret diary your kids might find one day that you won’t say aloud in the confessional. Maybe this post should be titled, “Things a Catholic Si…
    - 21 Mar 17, 12:00pm -

Can We Cana?

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

Big C Catholics

  • newSaint Hyacinth of Poland, Apostle of the North
    According to the 1962 Missal of Saint John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, August 17th is the feast of Saint Hyacinth of Poland. He is called the “Apostle of the North” because he spread the Dominican Order to the northern countri…
    - 5 hours ago16 Aug 17, 9:02pm -
  • newHomily for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 20, 2017, Year A
    Fr. René J. Butler, M.S.Provincial Superior, La Salette Missionaries of North AmericaHartford, Connecticut(Click here for today’s readings)The image is a familiar one: one or more dogs begging while you are at table, ready to pounce on whatever fa…
    - 8 hours ago16 Aug 17, 6:00pm -
  • newSaint Monica Novena for Those Who Have Fallen Away From the Faith Starts August 18th
    The Saint Monica novena for those who have fallen away from the Church starts August 18th. St. Monica is most known for her intercessory power on behalf of individuals that have abandoned their Faith  She prayed for the conversion of her son, the gr…
    - 11 hours ago16 Aug 17, 2:18pm -
  • St. Stephen of Hungary, Promoter of the Faith
    Optional Memorial – August 16thSaint Stephen (977-1038), the first King of Hungary. was born the son of Duke Geza, a Magyar chieftain, and Duchess Sarolt. Two years before his birth, his mother received a vision in which the Church's first martyr,…
    - 1 day ago15 Aug 17, 5:50pm -
  • Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary | 2017
    August 15, 2017November 1st, 1950, in his Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus, Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Assumption of Mary a dogma of the Catholic Church. The doctrine of the Assumption solemnly decrees that at the end of her earthly l…
    - 2 days ago14 Aug 17, 4:30pm -

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…
    - 51 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…
    - 55 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…
    - 60 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…
    - 62 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…
    - 66 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…
    - 73 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…
    - 80 days ago28 May 17, 11:46pm -

Catholic Fire

  • newThe Case For Christ: Giveaway for Two DVD copies
    THE CASE FOR CHRIST, one of the best-reviewed faithbased films of 2017, was released on Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD and Digital HD on Aug. 15, 2017, from Pure Flix Entertainment, the largest faith and family studio in the world. During its April na…
    - 21 hours ago16 Aug 17, 4:24am -
  • The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates her being taken up body and soul into heaven when her earthly life was finished. It first began to be celebrated as a feast day in the Eastern Church after the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus (431) p…
    - 2 days ago15 Aug 17, 3:54am -
  • Saint Maximilian Kolbe, the Blessed Mother, and Me

    - 3 days ago14 Aug 17, 1:59am -
  • Novena for the Queenship of Mary begins
    August 22 is the Feast of The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This special 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 up…
    - 3 days ago14 Aug 17, 1:18am -
  • St. Clare of Assisi: Contemplative, Miracle-Worker, Lover of the Eucharist
    August 11 is the memorial of St. Clare of Assisi, the first woman to follow the life of radical poverty practiced by St. Francis of Assisi and co-founder of the Poor Clares. Her nuns are well-known for joyfully embracing lives of radical poverty and…
    - 6 days ago11 Aug 17, 3:51am -
  • Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr
    Image: Saint Lawrence crowned by Baby Jesus By Jean M. Heimann Today is the feast of Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr. Lawrence was one of the seven deacons of the Church of Rome. In 258, he was martyred along with Pope Sixtus II and other deacons.…
    - 7 days ago10 Aug 17, 5:45am -
  • Top Ten Quotes from St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
    August 9 is the feast of Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (also known as Edith Stein), virgin and martyr, a Jewish convert to Catholicism, who later became a Discalced Carmelite nun and was martyred at Auschwitz. She is the patron saint of convert…
    - 8 days ago9 Aug 17, 5:11am -

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

  • The Last Shall Be First Part II: The Hidden “Yes” of Julia Greeley
    By LumenChristi. When I was in college, a good friend told me that we don’t have to find the saints – they find us. God places them in our lives at pivotal moments, to shed light on our own following of him. Since she said this, I have found it t…
    - 1 day ago15 Aug 17, 5:00pm -
  • Monday Memes #114
    The post Monday Memes #114 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 2 days ago14 Aug 17, 10:45pm -
  • Monday Memes #113
    The post Monday Memes #113 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 9 days ago7 Aug 17, 10:31pm -
  • Monday Memes #112
    The post Monday Memes #112 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 16 days ago31 Jul 17, 11:50pm -
  • Fourth Anniversary
    By Spiritu. Four years ago today, I laid my bags out on the front steps of the convent and waited for my father to drive in and pick me up. Most of my memories of religious life are still vivid and immediate, but that day is broken up into fragments.…
    - 22 days ago26 Jul 17, 12:51am -
  • Monday Memes #111
    The post Monday Memes #111 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 23 days ago24 Jul 17, 10:08pm -
  • Monday Memes #110
    The post Monday Memes #110 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 37 days ago11 Jul 17, 12:30am -

Catholic Light-Radical Faith and Trust

  • new5 Works of Art to Help You Pray The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
    5 Works of Art to Help You Pray The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
    - 7 hours ago16 Aug 17, 6:43pm -
  • newDo You Know Him?
    We were made to know, love, and serve God in this life so as to be happy with Him in the next. (Baltimore Catechism)
    - 9 hours ago16 Aug 17, 4:57pm -
  • newWhen Christ Becomes Real to Us
    When Christ Becomes Real to Us: "The risen Christ whom we encounter in today’s Eucharist says to each of us, “Come.” He invites us out of our comfort zones to draw closer to Him and to imitate Him closely in our world today..."
    - 9 hours ago16 Aug 17, 4:23pm -
  • newThe Saints and Academic Difficulties
    The Saints and Academic Difficulties: "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8 Imagine, if you can, that one of the greatest professional athletes of our times absolutely hated to…
    - 9 hours ago16 Aug 17, 4:20pm -
  • newAre You on the Path to Holiness?
    Are You on the Path to Holiness?: "The upcoming Fall Quarter at the Avila Institute will feature a Graduate Program course on Introduction to Spiritual Theology taught by Dr. Joseph Hollcraft. You can sign up for this course or Theology of Divine Me…
    - 10 hours ago16 Aug 17, 4:15pm -
  • newSt. King Stephen of Hungary
    St. King Stephen of Hungary: "St. Stephen of Hungary (975-1038) played an important role in Christianizing his country. Stephen was born a pagan, but as a youth, he and his father, Duke Geza, were baptized by the Bohemian bishop St. Adalbert of Prag…
    - 10 hours ago16 Aug 17, 4:13pm -
  • True Woman, True Man, by Mark Mallett
    True Woman, True Man by Mark Mallett
    - 1 day ago16 Aug 17, 1:02am -

Joy of 9

  • Art Celebrates The Assumption of Mary
    Juvenal, Bishop of Jerusalem, at the Council of  Chalcedon (451), made known to the Emperor Marcian and Pulcheria, who wished to possess the body of the Mother of God, that Mary died in the presence of all the Apostles, but that her tomb, when open…
    - 1 day ago15 Aug 17, 11:27pm -
  • Crocheting For An Atrium of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
    The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was inspired by Mari Montessori, a devout Catholic, in Rome in 1954.  Just like in Montessori schools, in an Atrium, children use their bodies, along with all their senses, to meditate on the Sacraments and Holy…
    - 3 days ago14 Aug 17, 2:30am -
  • Prenatal Memories and Ancient Hebrew Wisdom
    A young child, who knows enough words to communicate, can describe their prenatal memories and their birth from their own unique perspective, not as an observer. Most of my nine children were able to verbalize their womb and birth experiences if my h…
    - 16 days ago31 Jul 17, 11:08pm -
  • 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 Apo…
    - 22 days ago26 Jul 17, 3:01am -
  • 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 36 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.
    - 45 days ago3 Jul 17, 3:00am -

Reconciled to You

  • new#WorthRevisit - Trust and a Straight Path
    The Trust CycleToday's Worth Revisiting post comes from ah-ha moment from 2013:This weekend was a blessed yet incredibly busy one.  It was not in the Christmas preparations I've been caught up in but came joyfully in the work of sharing the Good New…
    - 13 hours ago16 Aug 17, 12:51pm -
  • #WorthRevisit - Casting Aside Our Nets to Serve God
    As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,he saw Simon and his brother Andrewcasting their nets into the sea;they were fishermen.Jesus said to them,“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”Then they left their nets and followed him.He walked…
    - 8 days ago9 Aug 17, 4:17am -
  • #WorthRevisit Purpose Driven Faith Edition
    What Began My 2005 ReversionThe book How To Handle Worry by Marshall J. Cook, definitely played a significant role in transforming my life back in 2008(ish) ... but it wasn't the first book that did so, and it seemed disjointed to start there - when…
    - 22 days ago26 Jul 17, 1:22pm -
  • Guest Blogging on Carolyn Astfalk, Author
    Revamping one of my all-time favorite posts ... In Matthew’s Gospel with concern to prayer, Jesus says, “Pray then like this,” then follows up with the glorious words of The Lord’s Prayer, also known as the Our Father.   Oblivious for mos…
    - 24 days ago24 Jul 17, 7:00am -
  • #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…
    - 29 days ago19 Jul 17, 12:37pm -

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…
    - 62 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.
    - 81 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.
    - 8 May 17, 1:40pm -
  • Born on Mary’s Feast
    Being born on the feast of Mary, Mother of God is no small thing. This is the story of how my daughter was born on Mary's feast day.This post Born on Mary’s Feast appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 2 Jan 17, 2:00am -
  • My Favorite Recipe: Notsanga
    Twice-modified from a Rachael Ray recipe. 2 16oz cans of Spaghetti Sauce 1 lb short-cut pasta such as rotini or penne1 16oz bag of shredded cheese – mozzarella works best 1 lb of ground beef, sausage, or pepperoni (or omit the meat for a great Lent…
    - 3 Dec 16, 12:26pm -
  • Ungifted: Here’s Why 11-Year-Old Fern Calls It a 5-Star Read
    Fern (age 11) reads and reviews Ungifted, by Gordon Korman. Turns out she loves it, and what she has to say piques my interest, too!This post Ungifted: Here’s Why 11-Year-Old Fern Calls It a 5-Star Read appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 30 Oct 16, 4:24pm -
  • 6 People Every Mom’s Met at Mass
    There are at least 6 people every mom's met at Mass...each of them inspiring a different prayer response...This post 6 People Every Mom’s Met at Mass appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 12 Oct 16, 2:21am -

Embedded Faith

  • 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}; [...]
    - 35 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. [...]
    - 50 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}; [...]
    - 69 days ago8 Jun 17, 5:39pm -
  • Two New Pentecost Covers
    var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
    - 75 days ago2 Jun 17, 6:43pm -
  • 8 NEW Memorial Day Covers and Images
    Eight new  images and covers for Memorial Day.  ​Celebrate. Honor.Remember. var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
    - 83 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}; [...]
    - 98 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

  • newThe Fear of Fear is the greatest of all Fears
    - 4 hours ago16 Aug 17, 9:30pm -
  • newIn Honor of the Assumption of Mary
    Because this week we celebrate Mary’s Assumption into heaven, I thought it fitting that this blog be the introduction from my book The Catholic Companion to Mary. Hope you enjoy it! . . . In Amy Tan’s novel The Joy Luck Club, four young women, w…
    - 13 hours ago16 Aug 17, 12:56pm -
  • newWhen Do You Ask God to Take a Back Seat? A Look at the First Commandment
    How well do you think you adhere to the First Commandment to worship no other gods besides the one true God? Do you think that because you “believe” in the one true God, that you’re good? Think again. When we place money, power, fame, or anythi…
    - 13 hours ago16 Aug 17, 12:42pm -
  • newArt Celebrates The Assumption of Mary
    “Therefore the Virgin is immortal to this day, seeing that he who had dwelt in her transported her to the regions of her assumption” (Timothy of JerusalemHomily on Simeon and Anna; 400 AD).continue
    - 16 hours ago16 Aug 17, 9:28am -
  • As the Morning Rising: Alone with none but thee, my God.....
    As the Morning Rising: Alone with none but thee, my God.....: Charles McAuley painting of the Assumption St Patrick's Church Craigagh Cushendun “Alone with none but thee, my God, I jour...
    - 1 day ago15 Aug 17, 4:47pm -
  • Death in Charlottesville
    A vehicular homicide case near the intersection of Fourth and Water streets in Charlottesville, Virginia, is international news.I regret the loss of life, particularly since the driver apparently intended to harm or kill the victims. I'll get back to…
    - 2 days ago14 Aug 17, 9:30pm -
  • The Intern: Did People Actually Like This?
    Okay, time for another movie rant.The other day, I was browsing the $5 DVD bin on a Walmart run when I found The Intern and snatched it up. I'd remembered hearing good things about the film from Facebook friends when it first came out, and I tend to…
    - 2 days ago14 Aug 17, 9:10pm -

The Catholic Catalogue

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

Nisi Dominus

  • Saint Valentine, Patron of Agape
       A Cloud of Witnesses The Letter to the Hebrews tells us (Hebrews 12:1) that we live out our life of faith here on earth in view of a “cloud of witnesses”, which is to say our holy predecessors. They watch over us from before the Throne of…
    - 12 Feb 17, 12:22pm -
  • Catholicism, Faith, & the Power of Imagination
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