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Finding God's Grace

  • 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…
    - 4 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…
    - 12 days ago16 Jul 16, 6:00pm -
  • Fully Alive!
    “The Glory of God is man fully alive.” –-St. Ireneaus Have you ever felt fully alive?  I’m not talking about just having a pulse, but a time when you really felt alive. For some it might be the moment they spoke their wedding vows.  For oth…
    - 18 days ago10 Jul 16, 1:14pm -
  • 3 of Me
    “Last night I had a dream, and there were three of me.  There was the man I was, the man I am, and the man I want to be.”  –William Bell, Marc Cohn, John Leventhal We all have three versions of ourselves playing in our minds.  The me I was,…
    - 25 days ago3 Jul 16, 1:47pm -
  • I’m All In
    “…one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” –Ephesians 4:4-6 For the first time in 52 years the cit…
    - 32 days ago26 Jun 16, 1:58pm -
  • Father’s Day without Dad
    “As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children, exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you conduct yourselves as worthy of the God who calls you into his kingdom and glory.” –1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 Today is…
    - 39 days ago19 Jun 16, 1:44pm -
  • The Quest for Rest
    “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” –Matthew 11…
    - 46 days ago12 Jun 16, 1:28pm -

Lisa Graas

Love Alone Creates

  • The Grace of Not Yet: Waiting
    What is it about waiting that makes it so repulsive?  Even the word itself conjures interior shuddering.  Waiting is intrusive, yet elusive.  Waiting means we aren’t moving, doing, busy.  For a time, we must remain still, and that’s what we h…
    - 1 day ago27 Jul 16, 12:00pm -
  • Catholic Vitamins with Deacon Tom
    I’ve mentioned before how each radio or podcast interview is so unique, but what’s come to me lately is how God moves so beautifully in ways we cannot foresee or fathom.  I guess we all, to some degree, box and categorize everything, and I’m n…
    - 6 days ago22 Jul 16, 12:00pm -
  • Moving Away and Moving Forward
    I’ve known for several months that it’s time to move on from our little country abode in the quiet setting of New Paris, Indiana.  The Lord spoke to my heart in a whisper almost two years ago to prepare me for what our family is now facing. I wa…
    - 8 days ago20 Jul 16, 12:00pm -
  • Loaded: What Our Culture Doesn’t Say About Money
    There’s a fine line between a miser and a spendthrift.  Funny thing is, both have unhealthy, dysfunctional relationships with money.  Even funnier is that most of us fall into one of the two categories. In Heather King’s Loaded: Money and the S…
    - 13 days ago15 Jul 16, 12:00pm -
  • Why I Don’t Joke Around
    Many people believe I am overly intense and too serious. I wouldn’t disagree with that, but there is a reason I am cautious about joking around with people. As a perceptive person who picks up on subtle nuances and emotions, I’ve been present dur…
    - 15 days ago13 Jul 16, 12:00pm -
  • On Call With Wendy Wiese Interview
    Wendy Wiese offered to interview me briefly on the day I discovered my book was available for pre-order.  Both providentially occurred without me realizing the overlap.  It was a brief, but fruitful conversation, but I was incredibly (and pleasantl…
    - 20 days ago8 Jul 16, 12:00pm -
  • Learning the Delicate Life
    I hit a squirrel recently and watched in horror as its body became lifeless on the road behind me. For some reason, I couldn’t shake the thought of what had happened, even though I did everything to avoid it. Shortly thereafter, I found myself prot…
    - 22 days ago6 Jul 16, 12:00pm -

David Torkington

  • 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.
    - 10 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…
    - 18 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.
    - 25 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.
    - 42 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…
    - 59 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…
    - 70 days ago19 May 16, 12:43pm -
  • Lessons Learnt at Home
    My mother taught me to say my Morning Offering the moment I woke up in the morning. But above all she showed me how to put it into practice by her own example. The post Lessons Learnt at Home appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 81 days ago8 May 16, 11:23pm -

Patti Maguire Armstrong

  • newWhat 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…
    - 13 hours 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…
    - 3 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…
    - 9 days ago19 Jul 16, 7:06pm -
  • Letter to Miami Herald on New Age Article
    It's sad that a secular newspaper will publish a full length article on New Age recommendations for healing but you never see anything that promotes Catholic truths--the real truth.  I wrote a letter to the Miami Herald regarding their recent New Ag…
    - 13 days ago15 Jul 16, 3:21pm -
  • Advice from Exorcists on How to Protect Yourself
    The old adage: An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure, is especially true in the spiritual realm.  The exorcism and deliverance ministry usually addresses problems arising from a lack of spiritual protection or someone purposely opening the…
    - 17 days ago11 Jul 16, 6:48pm -
  • Rhoda Wise: Intercessor Behind Mother Angelica's Healing
    When Rhoda Wise died on July 7 in 1948, more than 14,000 people attended her funeral at St. Peter’s Church in Canton, Ohio. That’s equivalent to the population of an entire town!  I first heard about her only a few years ago when I read in Raymo…
    - 22 days ago6 Jul 16, 2:47pm -
  • ACLU Honors Catholic Hospitals
     I’m very proud of the honor our Catholic hospitals received last month. Given that the culture of death is so aggressively pushing forward these days, I’m taking last month’s American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) angry report against Cath…
    - 42 days ago16 Jun 16, 3:09pm -

Footprints on the Journey

  • newGoing 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 →
    - 2 hours 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 →
    - 2 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 →
    - 4 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…
    - 8 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…
    - 9 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…
    - 10 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…
    - 22 days ago6 Jul 16, 1:43pm -

A Living Monstrance

  • 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…
    - 18 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…
    - 30 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
    - 34 days ago25 Jun 16, 3:30am -
  • The Leader of the Industry of Rest
    In the relief effort for the people in Ecuador affected by the earthquake, I had some funding and we were able to purchase some very much needed goods. One of these were mattresses, which are in deman in rural poor areas. So, a friend and I visited a…
    - 44 days ago14 Jun 16, 8:08pm -
  • Another Hand
    Hi everyone, Well, we got back on Friday and I’ve been away without much internet until just now, so I wanted to do an update as soon as I could… There’s so much to tell, and as I’m preparing for my own flight to return to Boston, I’ll just…
    - 59 days ago30 May 16, 9:24pm -
  • His Kid-ness
    A few days ago I was visiting the local elementary and middle school in Chontal, and I took a seat outside as the students were in recess and the day was finishing up. One of the second graders that I know came up and sat beside me. She looked at the…
    - 72 days ago17 May 16, 4:50pm -
  • Ecuador Relief Update
    Hi everyone, Well, we are back in Quito, and what a trip! I have put the whole story here: This Sway story will give you a full picture and hopefully an experience of participating in the mission. It includes photos and videos and stories, as well as…
    - 86 days ago4 May 16, 3:41am -

These Stone Walls

  • 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…
    - 2 days ago27 Jul 16, 4:00am -
  • Thai Cuisine and the Great British Baking Show
    First it was Downton Abbey, then the Brexit saga, and now behind These Stone Walls the Brits hold us captive by the gripping drama of The Great British Baking Show. A lot has been going on in the world both beyond and behind These Stone Walls. I lear…
    - 9 days ago20 Jul 16, 4:10am -
  • Bill Donohue at the Catholic League: Hot Air Rises
    After 23 years at the Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights, Bill Donohue is still full of hot air, enough to raise and unmask the face of anti-Catholic bias. “It is particularly gratifying to note that even those who might prefer a softer a…
    - 16 days ago13 Jul 16, 4:06am -
  • A Final Headache in My Spotlight Oscar Hangover
    The day Ryan MacDonald wrote “A Grievous Error in Judge Joseph LaPlante’s Court,” Fr Gordon MacRae saw the movie, ‘Spotlight’ because he wanted to be fair and just. Several readers were puzzled that I waited two weeks before mentioning Ryan…
    - 22 days ago6 Jul 16, 11:13am -
  • Seven Years Behind These Stone Walls
    These Stone Walls, the writings of Fr Gordon MacRae from prison, began seven years ago in the ashes of injustice to become one of the most popular Catholic blogs. “By faith, the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven day…
    - 29 days ago29 Jun 16, 4:55am -

Arlene Spensley

  • When dating is hard.
    As a Catholic, I believe that dating is for discerning marriage — for discovering the truth about each other. For deciding whether to choose to love each other until death. Sometimes, dating is fun. You can go to aquariums together and stuff. The…
    - 32 days ago27 Jun 16, 2:18am -
  • Why I don’t miss Snapchat.
    I don’t miss Snapchat. At all. And for lots of reasons. But one of them is the same reason that a Verily editor who recently wrote about Snapchat is sick of the app: some of its filters “Photoshop” your dang face. She wrote: In one swipe, my fa…
    - 57 days ago1 Jun 16, 8:13pm -
  • What we’ve learned in dating long distance
    I sat at the gate a half hour before I would board the plane and cracked open a copy of Harry Potter. It could quell the urge to pout about how I had to spend the morning: traveling 784 miles away from my boyfriend. The distance between my city a…
    - 65 days ago25 May 16, 1:45am -
  • 3 Lessons and 2 Tips from Chris Donatto
    3 Lessons and 2 Tips is a series of interviews in which some of my favorite people (and probably some of yours) share three lessons they’ve learned by being married, plus two tips for single people. This edition features Chris Donatto, who “has d…
    - 91 days ago28 Apr 16, 6:24pm -
  • Do not quit.
    In 2011, only five weeks before the end of what had been a difficult semester of grad school, I pined for finals week. Being in that place reminded me of what it feels like to aim for the finish line on a dragon boat. Several springs ago, I s…
    - 4 Apr 16, 1:07am -
  • In or near Philadelphia? Let’s meet!
    Save the date, Philly (and if you don’t live there, please send this to a friend who does!): I’ll speak about practicing chastity in a culture that calls it crazy at 7:30 p.m. April 15 (a Friday). The Theology on Tap-style event, hosted by Genera…
    - 30 Mar 16, 12:24am -
  • Please don’t accept me as I am.
    One day I will look my future husband in the face and say it: “Please don’t accept me as I am.” I turned 30 before I decided that I would do this — a decision that Timothy Keller helped me make. In his book The Meaning of Marriage, Kelle…
    - 27 Mar 16, 10:00pm -

Harvesting Fruits of Contemplation

  • newPondering Tidbits of Truth - July 27, 2016
    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. John of the Cross"All you who are tormented and afflicted, laboring beneath the burden of anxiety and desire,…
    - 7 hours ago28 Jul 16, 9:30am -
  • Worth Revisiting - So What's The Rush?
    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 Revisiting Wednesdays. Do yourself a favor- go here now (…
    - 1 day ago27 Jul 16, 9:32am -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - See With Eyes of Faith
    “As you knell, see the Sacramental Species with the eyes of faith. As you knell, see the legions of angels which surround Christ and adore Him with profound reverence. This sight should make you exceedingly humble.  (Photo©Michael Seagriff)In the…
    - 2 days ago26 Jul 16, 9:30am -
  • Monday Musings - Called To Action Not Silence
    The Church's selective silence in the face of clear and unambiguous evil is impossible to reconcile with our moral obligations and the ageless wisdom of so many of our forbears in the Faith. Why do our leaders hesitate for even a second to publicly…
    - 3 days ago25 Jul 16, 9:30am -
  • Podcast - Yes Mildred, You Are Both Rich and Poor!
    (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)If you have not spent time in what we have come to call "Third World" countries, you may not realize how blessed you were to have been born in, or to have legally immigrated to, this great nation.Yes, there are far to…
    - 7 days ago21 Jul 16, 9:30am -
  • Worth Revisiting - A Prophetic Warning
    (Photo©Michael Seagriff)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 Revisiting Wednesdays. Do yours…
    - 8 days ago20 Jul 16, 9:06am -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - The Great Catholic Treasure
    (Photo©Michael Seagriff)The visit to the Blessed Sacrament…is a great treasure of the Catholic Faith. It nourishes social love and gives us opportunities for adoration and thanksgiving, for reparation and supplication. Benediction of the Blessed S…
    - 9 days ago19 Jul 16, 9:52am -
  • Pondering Tidbits of Truth - July 14, 2016
    Pondering Tidbits of Truth is my simple and inadequate way of providing nuggets of spiritual wisdom for you to chew on from time to timeFather Benedict Baur, O.S.B."The thought of the punishment we deserve for our sins helps us to face the daily diff…
    - 10 days ago18 Jul 16, 4:20pm -

Grow in Virtue

  • 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…
    - 8 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 places a dangerous place; in many situations a place of harm and damage and injury, more than many of us can remember. But we need not be talking about national or…
    - 23 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…
    - 39 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…
    - 52 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…
    - 64 days ago26 May 16, 1:51am -
  • Peace Through Daily Prayer & Faith
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Yesterday was a day for multi-tasking. I had to prepare and meet with a client at work, then work on multiple projects while there, then drive home to take my mom to a doctor’s appointment, then drive bac…
    - 72 days ago17 May 16, 11:13pm -
  • Give Your All to the Moment You’re In
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Ever notice that we rush through our days with so much to do, so much we think we should be doing, so much we think we’re missing out on…but how often do we give the proper time and attention to the momen…
    - 86 days ago3 May 16, 10:40pm -

It Makes Sense to Me

  • "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…
    - 6 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…
    - 19 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…
    - 22 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…
    - 28 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…
    - 40 days ago18 Jun 16, 11:06pm -
  • The Catholic Church—Saying “NO” to a World Screaming “YES”
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonHow did the precepts of ethics and morality, based on the Ten Commandments and the "Golden Rule", become a pariah to so many? How did these principles ever become inverted?  Why have they seemingly been tossed by…
    - 46 days ago12 Jun 16, 10:30pm -
  • Missing From the 2016 Presidential Campaign—any Mention of God & Religion
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonThere is an old cliche which says, "One thing you should never argue or discuss is politics or religion."One thing is for sure, when it comes to politics and politicians no one is mentioning anything about religio…
    - 51 days ago7 Jun 16, 10:32pm -

David Gray

  • 5 Things More Catholic Than Tim Kaine
    I truly belive these other Five People/Things are far more Catholic than Sen. Kaine.
    - 3 days ago25 Jul 16, 7:01pm -
  • Abortion to Cop Killings to Terrorism – Violence Against Neighbor is the American Way
    In the United States, our laws, ethos and societal practices at every point in history has NEVER upheld the dignity of the human person, from the womb to the tomb. At every point in the history of this country some people have been treated like anima…
    - 14 days ago14 Jul 16, 4:28pm -
  • Pictures of Catholic Churches in St. Maarten, Bonaire and Puerto Rico
    These are some the pictures I took on our Honeymoon from June 22 through June 30, 2016. We boarded the Royal Caribbean 'Adventure of the Seas' Cruise Ship from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and over the course of seven days visited Saint Maarten, Aruba, Bon…
    - 17 days ago12 Jul 16, 1:35am -
  • More Homosexualism from Neo-Heretic James Martin (Jesuit)
    BEWARE of the wolves in the Catholic Church. They have taken control of some of it highest offices. They are vell well liked. And they are destroying souls.
    - 44 days ago14 Jun 16, 7:16pm -
  • Jesus Connects Faith and Humility with Love (Pardon of Sinful Woman)
    The sinful woman doesn't have a bowl of water, a wet cloth, or even a dry cloth, but she gives Jesus everything of value that she believes she does have. She brings to Him all that she has of value; her whole self and an alabaster flask of ointment a…
    - 44 days ago14 Jun 16, 4:15pm -
  • Final Thoughts on Teaching Theology to Teens
    "My Daughter LOVED Mr. Gray's class. He found a way to make the class fun and interactive. Sometimes he would wear a costume or silly hat that fit the topic. He is an excellent teacher, perfect for Kolbe. I love how Mr. Gray found a way to make the…
    - 50 days ago8 Jun 16, 3:23pm -
  • Fr. Longenecker and the Longnecking of RadTrads
    If the best Fr. Longenecker can do is a longnecking of the line at Krispy Kreme and close with echoing "We must pray for them, for their healing and conversion!” he's nothing better than those who wonder how in the heck is the country this close to…
    - 61 days ago28 May 16, 5:23am -

Our Franciscan Fiat

  • newAn Important Question: ‘Would I like to Have That Said About Me?’
    Here, I want to address an issue that I think is greatly neglected by our society: respect for the good name of others. One evening, one of my co-workers came to me with a question.  She was having trouble with someone she works with at another job.…
    - 4 hours ago28 Jul 16, 12:53pm -
  • “Lord, On the Day I Called for Help, You Answered Me.”
    Late this morning, I went into chapel to make preparations for tomorrow’s Mass.  Yes!  We are having Mass!  Earlier today, I wasn’t so sure. As the main sacristan here, I also am responsible for scheduling priests to offer the Holy Sacrifice i…
    - 5 days ago23 Jul 16, 6:32pm -
  • Not Too Hot for Ice Cream Cake!
    I woke up this morning, and must confess…my time in chapel was a little bit distracted by thoughts of cake pan dimensions and quantities of ingredients.  However, late this afternoon, having finishing stage one of my project, I had a joyful sense…
    - 9 days ago20 Jul 16, 2:57am -
  • “The Loftier Aspects of the Convent” at “Mother-Daughter Days”
    I just returned from two days at our provincial house in Hankinson, North Dakota, where I helped Sr. Jean Louise with our Mother-Daughter Days.  It was truly a mother-daughter experience for me as well since my own mother was also there helping. Mot…
    - 12 days ago16 Jul 16, 9:52pm -
  • “I Have Decided…”
    According to my Monday afternoon tradition, I finished up planning our Bible study for our residents just a little bit ago. One of my preparatory activities included getting song lyrics ready; I like to incorporate spiritual songs into the weekly les…
    - 17 days ago11 Jul 16, 10:23pm -
  • So, What Happened to the Teacher Nuns?
    (Please note: I have received a couple of questions recently and am taking a break from the normal reflections inspired by daily life to address them.) I was raised Catholic, 12 years of Catholic school, but wandered off in the 60s. Just to be clear,…
    - 20 days ago8 Jul 16, 11:52am -
  • Something’s Brewing!
    Holidays can be a different sort of time here, around St. Anne’s.  There is often a certain quietness, with less phone calls, less staff on duty, less activities, no mail and no financial transactions from residents’ accounts.  (We try to still…
    - 24 days ago4 Jul 16, 10:55pm -

Theology is a Verb

  • 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.…
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  • The Coming of the Spirit
    “When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together.And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were.Then there appeared to them tongues as of fi…
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  • Worth Revisiting: Still Waters
    In the past year since this post was written, I have received such grace and strength from this moment in prayer. Now, during the periods when I thirst for true fulfillment, I find comfort to return to this resting place beside the still living wate…
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  • Worth Revisiting: Spiritual Friendship- Love & Salt
    “You and I are here and I hope that Christ is between us as a third. Yes most beloved open your heart now and pour whatever you please into the ears of a friend. Gratefully, let us welcome the time, place and leisure”  Aelred of Rivaulx, Spiritu…
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  • The Scent of Her Presence
    “An awareness of smells can illuminate our present. It can help us live more mindfully and gracefully. It can help us recognize that God’s goodness saturates the world, in scents that are both obvious and subtle.” Ginny Kubitz Moyer, Taste and…
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  • Worth Revisiting: Walking the Road of Peace
    This was written a year ago as the Scotus decision on the redefinition of civil marriage was first issued and with tensions at their peak. Perhaps today we have attained a measure of distance from the issue- to listen better and speak less and to wi…
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  • 31 Days of St. Ignatius: Feast of the Senses
    This month Loyola Press is inviting each of us to “explore ways of encountering God through using the five senses, inspired by the new book, Taste and See by Ginny Kubitz Moyer”. This celebration culminates on July 31st on the feast day of St. Ig…
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Virginia Lieto

  • I Had a Dream…I was Not Alone
    About a month ago, I had a dream that changed my life. In the dream, I was alone in a moving car. My legs were embedded between the back of the front passenger’s seat and the actual seat itself. I tried to free my legs so that I could get into the…
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  • Morality, Virtue: Foreign Words?
    People hunger for goodness and happiness in their lives. Yet, when I mention the words morality or virtue in a conversation, I see eyes glaze over and minds shut down. What is it about these words that turn people off, especially since these words re…
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  • Could We Show a Little Tact Please?
    The conventions are upon us. Today begins the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, running though to Thursday, the 21st. The following week we have the Democratic National Convention beginning July 25th through to the 28th. With that sa…
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  • Lexie’s Adventure in Kenya: Love is Patient
    Let me introduce you to Lexie Goodwin from Lexie’s Adventure in Kenya – Love is Patient, written by Susan G. Mathis, and illustrated by April Stark. Love is Patient is the first installment in a series of children’s books that Mathis and Stark…
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  • Admonish the Sinner and Remain Unscathed
    How we communicate truth is the starting place for how to admonish the sinner while remaining unscathed. In this Year of Mercy, I write about a different corporal or spiritual work of mercy each month. This month we address the spiritual work of mer…
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  • Saint Maria Goretti: Her Influence on Me
    I noticed a profound difference in myself since venerating the relics of Saint Maria Goretti last October (2015). Her relics visited my parish in Charlotte, NC as part of a national tour. As part of the veneration process, I took the time to learn mo…
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  • One Nation, Under God; Our Pledge of Allegiance
    In the United States, when we pledge allegiance to our country, we declare, one nation, under God. In your mind, does that statement depict how we are behaving these days as citizens of the United States? My answer would be no. I see a divided nation…
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Single Mom Smiling

  • 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…
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  • Our Black & Blue America – Whose Life Matters Most Today?
    My heart is breaking for what is happening in Dallas and across our nation. Dallas is not an event that occurred Thursday.
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  • West Point, July 4th, Independence & Inspiration
    This year, I looked forward to July 2nd, the Saturday before the 4th of July, America’s Independence Day. As a child growing up not far from West Point, I played hide and seek with the Army helicopters as they flew overhead close enough for…
    - 24 days ago4 Jul 16, 1:01pm -

Can We Cana?

Big C Catholics

  • newThe Holy Father's Prayer Intentions for August 2016
    Please remember the Holy Father Pope Francis' intentions in prayer through the month of August:General Intention: SportsThat sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.Evangeli…
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  • newSt. Thomas Assures Us of Christ’s Resurrection Beyond Doubt
    Saint Thomas, the Apostle who at first did not believe, has become for the Church one of the first and most compelling witnesses to the Resurrection of Christ. His initial skepticism mirrors that of many. May his profession of faith upon touching Our…
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  • newPope: World is at War, But it's Not a War of Religions
    Speaking to reporters aboard a plane in route to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day, Pope Francis said, "The word that is being repeated often is insecurity, but the real word is war," the Holy Father continued, "Let's recognize it. The world is in a…
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  • Pray for Fr. Jacques Hamel, the French Priest Martyred at the Hands of ISIS
    This morning in Normandy, France, Father Jacques Hamel was killed while saying Mass. Interrupting the liturgy, two ISIS terrorists took Fr. Hamel, an 84-year-old priest, two nuns, and two parishioners hostage inside a Catholic church. Police arrived…
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  • The Miraculous Discovery of Saint Anne's Relics
    While touring his kingdom at the close of the 8th century, Charlemagne found himself in the town of Apt in the south of France. He was there for the dedication of the church on Easter Sunday. Charlemagne had his notary record the events of that day i…
    - 3 days ago25 Jul 16, 10:41pm -

Catholic Conundrum

  • World Youth Day - Krakow Poland - Joy Abounding!
    Image attribution: JANEK SKARZYNSKI VIA GETTY IMAGES World Youth Day...going on right now.  In a word? Awesome - literally.  The decision of St. John Paul II to create this incredible celebration of Catholic youth all over the world was a brillia…
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  • New Video on How to Tell if Your Cat is Catholic!  
    Ever have a sneaking suspicion that your cat might be Catholic?  Well, check out this quick video produced by the Teen Take Team!  In it they provide tips for determining where your cat stands on its faith journey!  :)This is a very fun video tha…
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  • Patriarch Lights Beacon of Hope in Famous Story
    Image attribution:  ​George Hodan, http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=172509&picture=fyr-i-ett-stormigt-hav, Common Domain I LOVE the First Reading at Mass this weekend.  It actually is one of my favorites.  This might so…
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  • FINALLY - Our Newest Video!!  How NOT to Act While Waiting for Confession!
    Yay!  It's finally here!  Our newest "How Not To..." video from the Teen Take Team and Kid Korner!! We've all seen "not so great" behavior occurring while waiting in line for Confession.  See how many of these "Confession Line Don'ts" you have a…
    - 8 days ago20 Jul 16, 11:36pm -
  • St. Kateri Tekakwitha - An Inspiring Saint for Modern Times
    What a saint!  Such a shining example of self-discipline, sacrifice, and deep devotion to our faith.  If we all had even one quarter of her virtues, our world would be in a much better place!  As we celebrate this awesome feast day of this beautif…
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  • Standing Up for the Truth:  A Lesson Learned by Mother and Daughter
    Image Attribution:  https://www.pexels.com/photo/silhouette-of-standing-person-27141/  unsplash.com, Common Domain My daughter is beginning her senior year of high school and the hustle and bustle of choosing college and career choices has gone in…
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  • Oops!  I forgot to pray!!
    www.catholicmemes.com Ok, so life is crazy.  Perhaps REALLY crazy.  And yet we know deep down that we have to give our all to God.  If you are like me, it can be such a struggle!  God deserves my best, my VERY best.  If I know that, then why do…
    - 19 days ago9 Jul 16, 6:28pm -

Catholic Fire

  • St. Bridget of Sweden
    July 23 is the feast of St. Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden (1303 – 1373), a widow and a Third Order Franciscan. For twenty-eight years, she was a devoted wife and mother of eight. Following her husband's death, she pursued a life of contemplation and…
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  • St. Mary Magdalene: "Apostle to the Apostles"
    On July 22, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, the patron of penitent sinners and contemplatives.  Her name is derived from her native town of Magdala in Galilee. She plays a vital role in the New Testament, as she was the first…
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  • St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Doctor of the Church
    On July 21, we commemorate St. Lawrence of Brindisi, the first Capuchin Franciscan to be honored as a Doctor of the Church. One of the most famous theologians of the sixteenth century, Saint Lawrence is renowned for his comprehensive refutation of th…
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  • St. Apollinaris, Miracle-Worker and Martyr
    The saint of the day for July 20 is St. Apollinaris, an illustrious second century bishop and a great apologist for his time. Born in Antioch, Turkey, he became the first bishop of Ravenna, in Italy, where he shepherded his flock for twenty-six years…
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  • St. Macrina the Younger
    The saint of the day for July 19 is St. Macrina the Younger.St. Macrina (330-380) was the eldest child in a family of saints. Her grandparents were martyrs. Her grandmother was Macrina the Elder. Her parents, Basil the Elder and Emmelia, are also rec…
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  • St. Camillus of Lellis, patron of the sick
    The saint of the day for July 18 is St. Camillus of Lellis, founder of an order dedicated to the care of the sick. He is the patron of the sick, hospitals, and nurses.St. Camilus was born in Bacchianico, Italy in 1550 and died in Rome, Italy in 1614.…
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  • Novena to St. Anne begins
    Saint Anne’s feast day is on July 26th, so the St. Anne Novena is traditionally started on July 17th; however, you can pray it anytime. St. Anne (Hebrew, Hannah, grace; also spelled Ann, Anne, Anna) is the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the gra…
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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…
    - 17 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…
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  • Mass Murder in Orlando
    I'd be writing a longer, more detailed, post about this; but still haven't resolved some technical issues. (May 6, 2016; updated May 16, 2016)A young man killed more than four dozen folks at an entertainment venue last night/early this morning. He to…
    - 46 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…
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  • Technical Issues: and an Apology
    Update (May 16, 2016)Good news: the "fix" option may have been automatically applied to some existing posts.Sort-of-good-news: quite a few existing posts got "fixed" without my doing a thing to them. Even better: the images actually appear as they we…
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  • When Life Isn't Ideal: "Amoris Laetitia"
    Something I found on page 59 of "Amoris Laetitia"1 is an example of why I love being Catholic — common sense, drawing on the Church's experience and wisdom, developed by dealing with people for two millennia.Some folks have been having conniptions…
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  • Cryonics, Smallpox, and Pope Pius VII
    I remember when heart transplants were front-page international news, not local human interest stories: and when oral polio vaccine replaced injections. I really do not miss the 'good old days.' I remember them, and they weren't.I also remember when…
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Leonie's Longing

  • 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…
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  • Monday Memes #64

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  • Monday Memes #63
    The equal and opposite Angelus problem!
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  • Monday Memes #62
      Because “Tuesday Meme” lacks that alliterative je ne sais quoi!
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  • Stepping Out of the Boat
    By Amata. I was a sophomore in college, haunted by a persistent idea.  Could I be called to religious life?  This thought had persisted since I was eleven years old, but the urgency was new.  At January’s March for Life, I met some amazing relig…
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  • Monday Memes #61

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  • From My Inner Cell (1): A Meditation on Hope
    By AfterEpiphany. I think Joseph is quite a comfort to the average convent/seminary leaver. I’m not talking St. Joseph the Foster-Father of Jesus… he’s awesome, yes. But right now I’m talking about the owner of a certain Technicolour Dreamcoa…
    - 30 days ago29 Jun 16, 2:30am -

Catholic Light-Radical Faith and Trust

  • newLove Waits
    Love Waits
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  • The Key to Holiness
    "The key to holiness: Look at Him a lot more, and yourself a lot less."(Peter Kreeft)
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  • EWTN Coverage of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland
     EWTN Coverage of World Youth Day
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  • Relationships or Activities?
    Relationships or Activities?: Relationships or Activities?Dear Father John, Is there anything wrong with putting too much emphasis in my passion and or apostolate? THE INSTRUCTIONS JESUS gave when he sent out the first Christian missionaries include…
    - 2 days ago26 Jul 16, 4:30pm -
  • Finding Freedom in Detachment
    Finding Freedom in Detachment: The way in which a man puts away the false self and grows into the real self is that which the masters of the interior life call Detachment.
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  • Back to School With the Saints
     Back to School With the Saints: It’s that confusing time of summer where the temperatures are still hitting triple digits some days, but the big box stores are rolling out mega packs of white socks, pencils, and $.25 cent bottles of glue amidst…
    - 2 days ago26 Jul 16, 4:25pm -
  • Rhythm of Prayer

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Joy of 9

  • 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 …
    - 1 day ago27 Jul 16, 4:55am -
  • Yes, God Can Commune With Infants
    Theoretically, we all readily concede that the Mercy of God is available to everyone, from the richest to the poorest, from the most educated to the illiterate, from adults to small children. Since God is omnipresent, this means everyone on …
    - 7 days ago22 Jul 16, 2:56am -
  • Blessing God’s Creatures or Our Dog Was a Holy Roller
    Buster was a depressed neurotic when we first took him into our home and our hearts. This springer spaniel had lived a happy country life until his owners divorced. Unfortunately, for the last two years, he had languished in the …
    - 9 days ago20 Jul 16, 3:02am -
  • Close to Heaven: Breathtaking​, Outdoor Vatican Statues
      Many statues in Rome are on the top of churches, seen only from a  distance. The statues are huge (up to 20ft/6m) with some details sculpted at a larger scale to make them visible. Carlo Maderno designed for St …
    - 9 days ago19 Jul 16, 4:19pm -
  • Family Life: God’s Joyful Chaos
    Little children are exuberant, joyful, full of wonder, curiosity and a sense of awe and trust in big people. They love unconditionally, without judgement, when they are loved. These are qualities God values. And he said: “Truly I tell you, …
    - 16 days ago13 Jul 16, 1:02am -
  • Catholics Must Encounter Jesus Christ
    When Catholics venture beyond the walls of their parish church into the marketplace to evangelize, it is important that they remember the spiritual life cannot simply be taught to the unchurched because human persuasion alone will not convert anyone.…
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  • Liquid Sunshine
    Light always dispels darkness because darkness is simply the absence of light. Light shines in my prison.   Light always Dispels Darkness Darkness is simply Absence of Light. I cling to the words of St. Francis of Assisi, ” Äll …
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Reconciled to You

  • #WorthRevisit - World Youth Day edition
    In 2013, I had the honor of traveling with the Boston Deaf Apostolate for World Youth Day to Rio de Janeiro.  Despite my best intentions to share every moment of #WYD2013, technology limits and a busy schedule left me in the end with telling my expe…
    - 2 days ago27 Jul 16, 4:00am -
  • Recipe for Holiness: 3 Parts Fortitude
    "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking." James 1:5  Where I lack the greatest wisdom without a doubt is in discerning the Will of God. There are several factors that block my clearly…
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  • #SmallSuccess -  Book Edition
    Books - it is what I love, it is what I do, and it is what I spend most of my life talking about. So this week I'll share some successes relating to BOOKS!Available Aug. 29th - PREORDER NOW!Success #1Coming August 29th - The Catholic Mom's Prayer Com…
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  • #WorthRevisit: Tech & Grace Edition
    This article first appeared in the now (sadly defunct) Ministry and Liturgy magazine ...  A technology twist on the GRACE Trifecta and filling our grace wells! ​Maintaining a close spiritual connection with God can be a challenge, especially as w…
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  • Recipe for Holiness: Two Parts Courage
    Personally, I am not good with courage or living simply.   My anxieties have me afraid of pretty much everything:lightning stormsspiders, snakes, anything that creepsgerms being aloneinjury or illness to my kidsjust to name a few.As I have well doc…
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  • #SmallSuccess Thursday: Recipe for Success Edition
    Small Success #1Weight Watchers Update!! Saturday's weigh in was one I totally feared.  I had been lamenting it long before I even got to July! On June 30th, I looked at my calendar and saw the dominoes of JUST ONE week ready to fall...Baseball Gam…
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  • #WorthRevisit - Marian Consecration Lessons 
    ​In 2013, our parish offered a 5 -week Marian Consecration. We used Fr. Michael Gaitley's 33 Days to Morning Glory and the sessions were run by our very sweet (on assignment for the Summer) Seminarian, Matthew Gill. *Author Note:  Matt is getting…
    - 15 days ago13 Jul 16, 11:48am -

Snoring Scholar

  • 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.
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  • 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…
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  • ‘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.
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  • Dying for Revenge: A Book Full of Surprises (and Truth)
    Looking for a good summer read? Or just a novel that will keep you turning pages or clicking the screen for more, more, more? Here you go.This post Dying for Revenge: A Book Full of Surprises (and Truth) appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 56 days ago2 Jun 16, 7:00am -

Embedded Faith

  • 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…
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  • 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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  • 12 NEW  Images on  the Virtue of Gratitude #IveGotANewGratitude
    I'm keeping the gratitude flowing this Easter Season. Here are 12 more images  in the  I've Got A New Gratitude Series with quotes on the virtue of Gratitude.  Perfect for sharing on social media year round not just during the Easter Season.Let y…
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Association of Catholic Women Bloggers

  • newPatron Saint of Missing Socks, Pray For Us
    People’s mouths drop open and their eyebrows shoot up when they discover I raised nine kids because I am tiny and do not look like a worn out, frazzled wreck. God has blessed me with a gift of joy which defies my circumstances. Mothering came natu…
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  • newPlease Pray along with Me for Our Priests
    I am hosting this pray along of a novena of novenas for the protection of our priests and deacons, as well as the conversion of our enemies--not only for our sake, but the sake of their souls. Please pray along with me and share this with your fri…
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  • newWorld Youth Day - Sweet Tweets Flashback
    In 2013, I had the honor of traveling with the Boston Deaf Apostolate to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day! Despite my best intentions to share every moment of #WYD2013, technology limits and a busy schedule left me only able to share my experience…
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  • The Martyr, Father Jacques Hamel
    A friend of mine on Facebook posted this article about the murder of Father Jacques Hamel by Islamic state terrorists.  It was the first I had heard of this unspeakable murder.Please read the rest of the article at Being Catholic ... Really.
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  • Finding God and Roasting Green Chiles
    Doing the dishes: boring. Cleaning the bathroom: boring. Making the bed: boring. Most of our lives are lived in the ordinary. There is little that is extraordinary about our lives. Of course, you have the celebrities, the politicians, the je…
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  • As the Morning Rising: Touched by the Father's Love
    As the Morning Rising: Touched by the Father's Love: Sometimes our experience of an event is enough in itself to give us hope and strength when darkness looms and storms move in. I can ...
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  • Recipe for Holiness: Ingredient #3 Fortitude
    "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking."James 1:5  Where I lack the greatest wisdom without a doubt is in discerning the Will of God. There are several factors that block my clearly…
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The Catholic Catalogue

  • newTCC Video: How Do Clothes Impact Your Brain?
    In the photo above Bishop Flores, of Brownsville Texas, is prayed over by inmates while leading a retreat for them. His vestments are green for ordinary time. Have you ever wondered why Catholic priests, religious, and lay people wear distinctive c…
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  • newCatholic funerals and carrying the coffin
    In this article in Celebration, TCC’s own Melissa Musick describes the Catholic custom of carrying the coffin of the beloved dead. Read the essay about the power of ritual after the jump:
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  • newDear Sister Sunday
    The person in front of you at Mass is on her phone the entire liturgy?  Sister Sunday understands. You asked. She answered. Read Ask Sister Sunday after the jump:
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  • TCC Playlist: Swing Low Sweet Chariot by She & Him & The Staple Singers
    Rest in peace, Fr. Jacques Hamel, martyred by ISIS while celebrating the Mass in France. Listen to The Staple Singers sing the slave spiritual "Swing Low Sweet Chariot." Then check out this version by Zooey Deschanel and Matthew Stephen Ward who pe…
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  • Horrific Violence in a Sacred Place Where the Love of God is Declared
    "He was a wonderful man, Fr. Jacques."Fr. Jacques Hamel's throat was slit by two ISIS soldiers during morning Mass in France. More from The Guardian here: Horrific Violence in a Sacred Place Where the Love of God is Declared. And here: Priest K…
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  • Hillary Clinton Loves Children?
    Jessica Keating responds to Michelle Obama's speech about Hillary Clinton. Read it after the jump:
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  • Memorial of Sts. Anna and Joachim
    We recommend this fresco of Sts. Anna and Joachim by the Italian painter Giotto. "They went home together and waited for the birth of their promised daughter, Mary." More from Melissa Musick after the jump:
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Nisi Dominus

  • 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.  …
    - 29 days ago29 Jun 16, 10:57am -
  • 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…
    - 31 days ago27 Jun 16, 12:32pm -
  • Nativity Of John The Baptist: Joannes Est Nomen Eius
    Child Jesus with John The Baptist by Bartolome Murillo The liturgical calendar normally commemorates a saint on the date of his or her death, which is the date on which that particular saint joined God in Heaven.  There are only two birthdays that w…
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