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Finding God's Grace

  • The Crosses We Bear
    God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.   But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.  [1 Co 10:13]. I was tired after a long day as the final group of inmates enter…
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  • Hey, Waddaya Gonna Do?
    Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.  Matthew 6: 27, 34 Recently, I made contact through Facebook with an old friend,…
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  • Escape the Noise
    “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” –Philipp…
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  • A Father’s Love Letter
    This week, we got into a lively discussion with two inmates at the jail.  They were on fire with their faith and it was refreshing to hear young men speak of their love for God.  Near the end of our time together, one of the inmates took a hand-wri…
    - 27 days ago25 Sep 16, 1:38pm -
  • A Quiet Ego
    “..With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.” –Ephesians 4:2-3 What ever happened to humility?  In the past century it has be…
    - 34 days ago18 Sep 16, 1:26pm -
  • She Called Me an Angel
    Let mutual love continue.  Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.  Hebrews 13:1-2 Glancing at my busy schedule today, I noticed that I have a strategic Planning Session coming up for the Community Pregn…
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  • Lord, Show Me a Sign
    God added his testimony by signs, wonders, various acts of power and distribution of the gifts of the Holy Spirit according to his will.  Hebrews 2:4 To say I wasn’t having a good day would be an understatement.  Nothing, from the time I opened m…
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Lisa Graas

Love Alone Creates

  • Motherhood, A Call To Love
    There exists today so much confusion surrounding the Catholic Church, even (sadly) among Catholics themselves.  Many people become polarized by what they think or believe the Church teaches, rather than get to know the truth about her wisdom and bea…
    - 3 days ago19 Oct 16, 12:00pm -
  • Caring for Creation
    Pope Francis has become one of the most misunderstood pontiffs in modern history. One of those ways he has been misquoted and misinterpreted is his perspective on the environment and ecology. Some have chastised him for being too left-leaning on such…
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  • Amplify with Fr. Ron Lengwin on CBS Pittsburgh
    In the flurry of activity that followed my book’s release in May, one of the interview requests I received was from Fr. Ron Lengwin on CBS Pittsburgh radio.  He has a slot on secular AM radio, a show called Amplify.  Originally, he asked if I cou…
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  • At Play In God’s Creation
    When I received At Play in God’s Creation: An Illuminating Coloring Book by Tara Owens and illustrated by Daniel Sorensen, I expected to be entertained. I thought it was a nice alternative to those zen-type coloring books I see crop up in all of th…
    - 17 days ago5 Oct 16, 12:00pm -
  • Catholic Mom Feature
    I’m grateful that Barb and Lisa on are so accommodating and supportive of their contributors’ work.  Barb contacted me to offer posting a little blurb about my book and EWTN interview on the CM website, and here’s an excerpt of…
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  • Loving the Sinner, Hating the Sin
    Over fifty people died in Orlando, and my heart is breaking all over again, just as it does every time I discover a new tragedy that leaves a gaping wound somewhere in the world.  Of course, this has already become a topic of polarization, but what…
    - 24 days ago28 Sep 16, 12:00pm -
  • Interview on Catholic Comments Podcast
    Months ago, I enjoyed an intellectually stimulating conversation with two professors of theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska about my book.  Interestingly, the two of them told me they don’t typically interview authors, but they saw…
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David Torkington

  • Mourning for My Maker
    My family used to spend their summer holidays in our little cottage on the Yorkshire moors just below the mighty Ingleborough, which was the nearest thing I had ever seen to a mountain.The post Mourning for My Maker appeared first on David Torkingto…
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  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 2 – The Soldier
    Pietro Bernadone, the father of St Francis, was proud of his son’s business skills.  He was proud too that he was  popular with his peers. He looked on with admiration to see the sons of the local aristocracy vying for his friendship and favour a…
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  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 1 – The Second Christ
    For the feast day of St Francis on the 4 October, I am beginning a series of blogs on the life of St Francis of Assisi.The post St Francis of Assisi – Part 1 – The Second Christ appeared first on David Torkington.
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  • The Explosion of Love Unlimited
    Although Jesus was full of love and could communicate it to others whilst He was on earth, God’s plan was initially limited. In other words, in entering into a world of space and time, Jesus was necessarily limited by the laws of space and time. To…
    - 27 days ago25 Sep 16, 11:00pm -
  • Mystical Contemplation is for All
    Recently I wrote about the sacred touch used by the first Apostles and their successors to hand down the love that had been received by Jesus to successive generations.The post Mystical Contemplation is for All appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 66 days ago17 Aug 16, 10:29pm -
  • From Mystical Premonition to Contemplation
    Sometime ago I was speaking about what I called Mystical Premonitions or Touches of God The post From Mystical Premonition to Contemplation appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 96 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…
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Patti Maguire Armstrong

  • Hillary's Diabolical Compliment to the Catholic Church
    No one hates the Catholic Church more than the devil.  But the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Our Church will not be put asunder.  Not even by Hillary.The leaked emails from WikiLeaks shows there’s a lot of hatred toward us from Hill…
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  • Receive These 7 Graces Promised by Our Lady
    Everyone suffers and everyone needs graces.  The devotion to our Lady of Sorrows unites our suffering with that of the Blessed Mother’s.  Imagine what it was like for her to watch her beloved son beaten and bloodied, carrying the cross he was the…
    - 9 days ago13 Oct 16, 5:30pm -
  • Men, Abortion, and the Sexual Revolution
    Women are harmed in ways they didn’t expect after abortions.  Motherhood runs deep and abortion doesn't end it but only changes it. For those coming to grips with the truth, programs like Silent No More Awareness Campaign and Rachel's Vineyard adm…
    - 15 days ago7 Oct 16, 4:00pm -
  • Media Scarce for "Walks for Life" but Cover Pro-abortion "Black Monday"
    The secular media’s enthusiasm for Poland’s pro-abortion protest on October 2,  after years of ignoring the much bigger March for Life in Washington, DC, is ironic.  Every year at the March for Life in D.C.  secular reporting is hard to find d…
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  • Celebrate 40 Years of Hyde--Amendment Hillary Plans to Defeat
    Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton does not care about the polls.  No, seriously.  Sure, she wants to be ahead in them, but the polls that measure the popularity of abortion?  She doesn’t care.  She and her Planned Parenthood friends want to…
    - 26 days ago26 Sep 16, 6:14pm -
  • The Beatitudes Through the Life of Mother Teresa
    The Sermon on the Mount recorded in the Gospel of Matthew is held up as one of the greatest moral discourses ever given. The Beatitudes were a part of that.  Simple and relevant to all, they are etched deeply into our minds.Mother Teresa, now St. Te…
    - 37 days ago15 Sep 16, 8:49pm -
  • Note to Woman Planning Ordination as Catholic Priest: Talk to St. Teresa of Kolkata
    Dear Mary Alice,I saw the articleabout you titled “San Rafael woman to break canon law to be ordained Catholic priest.”   You may have been a great nurse for 35 years, and enjoyed watching the (heretical) movie Pink Smoke Over the Vatican, but…
    - 45 days ago7 Sep 16, 9:50pm -

Footprints on the Journey

  • newIt’s Been a Long Time
    For those of you who follow regularly, I apologize for not writing in a while. It would be so nice to say that I’ve been away on vacation or traveling on spectacular spiritual adventure or even taking some time to... Continue Reading →
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  • Faith Through Tragedy
    Because of the religious writing I do, I often get suggestions on Facebook and Twitter for Catholic social media websites. I was recently directed towards one called Facebook Apostles. I had the chance to speak to the founder and director... Continue…
    - 40 days ago12 Sep 16, 1:32pm -
  • Going on a Pilgrimage With Jesus
    With World Youth Day going on this week in Poland, my mind has been focusing on the idea of pilgrimages. I was fortunate enough to attend World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011 and the experience deepened my faith and... Continue Reading →
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  • 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 →
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  • 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 →
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  • Color and Pray — Artwork Contest Submissions
    Draw a doodle and send it to 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…
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  • 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…
    - 95 days ago19 Jul 16, 3:06pm -

A Living Monstrance

  • Welcome A Break In The Cycle
    I took my bike out recently to a church near where I grew up as a kid. When I got there, I realized there was nowhere to lock the bike up. So, I found a spot on the side of a railing, as far out of the way as I could find, and locked the…
    - 7 days ago15 Oct 16, 7:16pm -
  • A Foundation Is Being Built
    A while ago I was driving in my car and stopped at a major intersection in Boston that links several major roads and a major highway. That makes it a big destination for people who are homeless. In fact, on the side of the road there are a few large…
    - 38 days ago14 Sep 16, 11:52pm -
  • Lift Up Again
    A while ago I got a new cell phone and decided to sell my old phone on craigslist. I could use some more functionality, but the older phone could be good for someone else who needed something different from me. So I took some photos of the phone and…
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  • Carrying the Carrier
    There she is, hardly a moment after getting the news that she is pregnant, miraculously, and, at that, pregnant with the Son of God who is going to save the world, this girl of about age 16 decides to head out on her own to travel about 90 miles on a…
    - 69 days ago15 Aug 16, 1:41am -
  • Go With The Flow
    The other day, I was driving along on an interstate highway here in Massachusetts, going with the flow of traffic in the middle lane. It was around rush hour, so we were going pretty much bumper to bumper in fits and starts. The vehicle in front of m…
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  • The Demands On Our Soul
    The other day, I was having a good day. I had worked a little late to get some more things done so I would have the next day off. I went and had a healthy bite to eat, and then I went to a church to pray in. By the end of it all, I…
    - 80 days ago4 Aug 16, 12:33am -
  • The Blessed Poor
    The other day I made a visit to the new Boston public library. It has recently been renovated, really transformed into an amazing place. So as I was walking, I saw a sign for a new map room. I thought, “I like maps,” and I went in. There were old…
    - 84 days ago30 Jul 16, 6:02pm -

These Stone Walls

  • Misguiding Light: Young Catholics Leaving Faith for Science
    Research shows that a third of millennial Catholics abandon their faith citing a disconnect between science and religion, but they’re missing the real awe of both. A recent issue of Our Sunday Visitor profiled some eye-opening research in an articl…
    - 4 days ago19 Oct 16, 4:02am -
  • Hillary Clinton, Judge Alex Kozinski, and Prisoner 67546
    Criminal justice reform: Hillary Clinton wants to end private prisons; Judge Alex Kozinski wants to end wrongful convictions; NH Prisoner 67546 wants his name back. A few weeks after I posted “Criminal Aliens: The ICE Deportation of Augie Reyes”…
    - 10 days ago12 Oct 16, 6:48am -
  • Judge Alex Kozinski Speaks Out on Wrongful Convictions
    The U.S. has “an abiding and unfulfilled moral obligation to free citizens imprisoned by questionable means,” says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court. “I can’t do this anymore.” I sometimes find myself waking up with that as the…
    - 18 days ago5 Oct 16, 5:08am -
  • Saint Michael Who Is Like God: Patron Saint of Justice
    Father George David Byers writes this guest article on Saint Michael the Archangel, Patron Saint of Justice, while being Pope Francis’ Missionary of Mercy. Father Gordon MacRae has written a number of articles for These Stone Walls on Saint Michael…
    - 25 days ago28 Sep 16, 4:36am -
  • For Pornchai Moontri, a Legion of Angels Victorious
    Pornchai “Max” Moontri and his Legion of Angels eliminated seven other teams to claim the 2016 softball league championship. Witness the ascension of prison walls. Like every prison complex in America, this one is surrounded by a high wall. From…
    - 32 days ago21 Sep 16, 4:02am -

Daily Grace with Tony Agnesi

  • Seven Sorrows of Mary
    For the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, we reflect on each and offer an Our Father and 7 Hail Marys for each. The Prophecy of Simeon. (Luke 2:34–35) The Escape and Flight into Egypt. (Matthew 2:13) The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple of Jerusal…
    - 37 days ago15 Sep 16, 2:59pm -
  • Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
    Earlier today, Blessed Mother Teresa became a saint at a mass of canonization overnight in Rome.  Today we get to celebrate Saint Teresa who has long been a personal hero of mine. Today, I like to share a review of the most recent book of her never…
    - 48 days ago4 Sep 16, 1:30pm -
  • Sandy
    Last Friday, I attended the funeral of a long time business associate and friend.  Sandy was a wonderful woman.  She was manager, mentor and mother all rolled into one person, always available to her staff, friends and the community. For the past d…
    - 53 days ago30 Aug 16, 1:00pm -
  • Think Joyful Thoughts
    Saw this great reflection from my Facebook friend Father John Catoir, who I enjoyed for years as the host of The Christopher’s television program.  Thought you would enjoy it. Thinking joyful thoughts… takes less time. Adding a smile to your fac…
    - 60 days ago24 Aug 16, 2:26am -
  • Hugs
    Today I received this response from an article I wrote called The Value of a Good Hug. Tony, Ashamed to say, divorced. Children grown and never see or my grands. Never get hug or touched.  Recently, I went to stay at the home of a friend. Her husban…
    - 61 days ago22 Aug 16, 7:17pm -
  • I Didn’t Recognize Her
    On Saturday, I went to a local neighborhood music festival, Porch Rokr, where bands perform from the front porches of the homes in the area.  I was there to see my friend’s son perform. While I was watching the show, a woman approached me and gave…
    - 62 days ago21 Aug 16, 3:57pm -
  • At the Taco Bell Drive-Thru
    A couple of weeks ago Jeff, Mark, Dave and I played golf in a charity outing for Marian’s Closet, a ministry that provides clothing and household items for those in need in our community. With a 10AM tee time, we had the chance to attend 8AM mass b…
    - 63 days ago20 Aug 16, 4:55pm -

Harvesting Fruits of Contemplation

  • Pondering Tidbits of Truth - October 20, 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.Venerable Louis of Granada, O.P."Among the works comprising charity to our neighbor the following are the most im…
    - 2 days ago20 Oct 16, 9:30am -
  • Worth Revisiting - Is This How You See Sin?
    Another Wednesday and another opportunity to thank Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for their weekly invitation to re-post our favorite articles on Worth Revisiting. Go there now (and every Wednesday) and let an interesting group of Catholic…
    - 4 days ago19 Oct 16, 2:06am -
  • The Gift of Spiritual Aridity

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  • A Heart Open To God

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  • Worth Revisiting - A Glimpse of St. Louis Bertrand
    Another Wednesday and another opportunity to thank Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for their weekly invitation to re-post our favorite articles on Worth Revisiting. Go there now (and every Wednesday) and let an interesting group of Catho…
    - 11 days ago12 Oct 16, 12:59am -
  • Monday Musings - A Plea To Save Human Lives and Souls!
    This is not a political post. It is a moral exhortation, a plea to save human lives and souls!(The Truth is a Person - Jesus Christ) Speaking the Truth should not be a rarity in the pulpits of our country. Since the salvation of souls is the primary…
    - 11 days ago11 Oct 16, 6:41pm -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - Lay Them All Down At His Feet
    (Photo©Michael Seagriff)"Lay the tired brain, the strained muscles, the aching head – lay them all down at His feet without a word, just for His eye to rest on and His Heart to help and heal."(Mother Mary Loyola from Coram Sanctissimo)
    - 13 days ago9 Oct 16, 5:16pm -
  • Be With Him!

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Grow in Virtue

  • Three-Minute Meditation That Can Change Your Life
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.There are 1,440 minutes in each day. And there are three minutes you can spend, within each of these days that will have a huge impact on your life. Drum roll please … Three-minute meditation! OK, so now th…
    - 3 days ago19 Oct 16, 5:08pm -
  • Human Respect: Don’t Give in to the Fear Factor; Say Yes to God Instead
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.We humans have a sad tendency to take good things and distort them. Consider human respect, for example. God’s good plan for us has always been for us to honor, value and respect one another. In our fallen…
    - 17 days ago5 Oct 16, 1:05pm -
  • To Those Who Are Suffering
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Recently, while returning to my car after having bought some groceries, I met a woman in the parking lot who appeared to be suffering. Thin and elderly with a knapsack strapped to her back, I noticed quickly…
    - 32 days ago20 Sep 16, 6:57pm -
  • Determination – A True Story
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.As a young man not yet even twenty, I attended college, pursuing a degree in accounting. During my first year, given that I was very shy and introverted, and having had no close friends, I would eat my lunche…
    - 45 days ago7 Sep 16, 10:02pm -
  • A Leap of Faith – Trusting in God
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.In every life there are turning points. Crossroads. Sometimes we shift our course in direction. And these crossroads contain decisions about relationships, interests, education and career. Some turning points…
    - 66 days ago17 Aug 16, 12:10pm -
  • The Power of Goodbye
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Many times in life, we move on. And we say goodbye. A goodbye to a lifestyle, employment, location, or even a goodbye to the people or things we have in close proximity to our lives. And it’s definitely…
    - 81 days ago2 Aug 16, 10:57pm -
  • True Charity – The Greatest Virtue
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.This past week was a tough one. And perhaps it really shouldn’t have been. One of my friends has been staying at my house to help with my mother and is a very necessary part of how we operate in the house t…
    - 94 days ago20 Jul 16, 10:16pm -

It Makes Sense to Me

  • newExecuted for Refusing to Say “Yes”*
    IT MAKES SENSE TO ME By Larry PetersonThe pages of Catholic/Christian history are filled with countless names of those who came from virtual anonymity and proceeded to leave an indelible mark in our lives. St. Teresa of Calcutta is a prime example.…
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  • Remembering the "Prison Angel"; Mother Antonia Brenner*
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonCan a Catholic woman get married and divorce twice, give birth to eight children with two different men, become a nun and eventually found a new religious order? The answer is Yes! In fact, this same woman would,…
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  • Asia Bibi--Wife & Mom; Catholic/Christian and "Blasphemer"; Sentenced to Death for Loving Jesus
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry Peterson Asia Bibi is a Catholic wife,  mother of five and our sister in faith. She will stand before the Supreme Court of Pakistan during the month of October, 2016, and hear the final verdict as to whether or not she…
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  • St. Marianne Cope--She Opened Up her Heart and Soul to the Most Avoided in Society--The "Lepers"*
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonMaria Anna Barbara Koob was born on January 23, 1838 in Germany. The year after her birth her mom and dad emigrated to America settling in Utica, N.Y.  Devout Catholics, they joined St. Joseph's Parish near their…
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  • Reconnecting with an "Old Friend"..St. Therese, the "Little Flower"
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonI have a small bedroom I converted into an office. Against the wall next to the closet is a narrow bookcase. It is about seven feet tall and one foot wide and has seven shelves. It is a great dust collector. Anywa…
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  • Meet the "Doorkeeper"; The Man Who Shed his Ego *
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry Peterson* An edited version of this appeared in Aleteia on May 3, 2016Worn down by the egotistical blustering of all the presidential candidates I decided to begin a search for someone sans EGO. I was sure it would be…
    - 18 days ago4 Oct 16, 2:51pm -
  • May 1: Honoring Good St. Joseph; Patron Saint of all Workers
    IT MAKES SENSE TO MEBy Larry PetersonSt. Joseph, teaching his Son, Jesus, carpentryfrom the painting by Georges da La Tour, 1640snJust a 'shout-out' from me to St. Joseph, my favorite saint, on the feast of "St. Joseph the Worker".  He is an inspira…
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David Gray

Our Franciscan Fiat

  • newOrganized Chaos
    It happens every year!  The twenty-four hour (plus) period before the conclusion of our annual sale and luncheon Saturday afternoon feels like a whirlwind around St. Anne’s Guest Home where I work. We are busy hanging tapestries, putting out car…
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  • Free Refills
    The refrain for this Wednesday’s responsorial psalm is “you will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.”  However, that’s not what I had in mind when I set out to write this post on “free refills.”  This psalm does remind me…
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  • “The Inner Strength…”
    Having typed (computerized) our Rule and Constitutions (as a postulant) and frequently listened to it read, I am quite familiar with many of the texts. So it was that today, when making apple muffins with one of our residents here at St. Anne’s,…
    - 8 days ago15 Oct 16, 2:26am -
  • Sowing Seeds: Sister Edwardine Gerou
    Sr. Edwardine, who lives at our provincial house in Hankinson, is celebrating! Her birthday was this past weekend and her name day is around the corner. On this occasion, we’ll share a little bit about our Sister, who was spent much of her life s…
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  • “From the Heart of Blessed Mary…”
    This morning, at Mass, we closed with the well-known hymn, Sing of Mary.  Sister Elaine, the organist, intended to play a little postlude to the song, but things went a bit differently than she intended. Possibly, different notes came out than she…
    - 14 days ago8 Oct 16, 2:53pm -
  • When Families Meet
    (This post is a continuation of my attempts to answer some recent questions posed to me about family and religious life.) It was around the Feast of St. Francis, 2004, when my two ‘families’ met, you might say. Sr. Sara Marie (who had been overse…
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  • “Your Grandma Always Said…”
    It’s interesting that within the course of a single day yesterday, I received some related questions from separate sources: How did your family feel (and continue to feel) about your vocation ?  What is your relationship like?  When you decide…
    - 21 days ago1 Oct 16, 1:06pm -

Theology is a Verb

  • Worth Revisiting: Praying with St. Teresa of Avila (Pt 1)
    Who is this saint, you ask? What does a young 16th Carmelite nun still have to teach us..or better yet, what have we left to learn? Yearn to take an inner pilgrimage, or encounter God in a life changing way? Then, I invite you to join my friend and c…
    - 4 days ago19 Oct 16, 12:00am -
  • Catholic Conference for Moms: Faces of Mercy
    In this year of mercy, there has been much discussion about what this invitation truly means. What has been our experience of mercy and forgiveness, and how do we better extend this to all those we encounter in our daily lives? Without a doubt, each…
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  • Worth Revisiting: Open Windows
    Beyond the treasures of abundant color, pumpkin lattes and cool crisp days, fall carries the promise to unwind, unplug and connect in a distinct way. With open windows, the tall sheer curtains stirring amidst the early morning breeze lays the invitat…
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  • See You Soon!
    From those knowingly facing death to those whose life is suddenly and unexpectedly ended  we are given a glimpse of the brevity of our time on earth and the urgency to be prepared. Yet, what are we preparing for, and what awaits us thereafter? Are…
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  • Worth Revisiting: A Grandfather’s Legacy
    Today I share a granddaughter’s revisiting of the legacy of a poet, not by trade but by heart. A teacher, farmer, surveyor, and cotton gin manager, Carl Wyatt Ferrell wore many hats in order to best provide for his family.  And still always the st…
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  • Music that Moves Us: Take Me by Ben Walther
    (This post is part of a series to be found at hosted by Allison Gingras featuring the music of Ben Walther. For other bloggers and songs check out #MusicthatMoves) “Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understan…
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  • Worth Revisiting:When Words Fail
    “The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” Thomas Merton In sitting down this morning to write about thi…
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Virginia Lieto

  • Bearing Wrongs Patiently; Spiritual Work of Mercy
    As with every month, during this Year of Mercy, I choose a different corporal or spiritual work of mercy and dive into the details. This month we discuss the spiritual work of mercy of bearing wrongs patiently. Have you ever been accused of something…
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  • Pride Will Infiltrate Your Soul; Chiseling Required
    We conclude with the seventh installment of our seven-part series on the seven deadly sins. Today we discuss Pride: the root of all evil! Pride will infiltrate your soul, leaving no room for anything else. It will drive your thoughts and actions, if…
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  • Laziness Will Hamper You; Doubts, the Seeds of Laziness
    We continue with the sixth installment of our seven-part series on the seven deadly sins. Today we discuss Laziness (also known as sloth). Everyone has goals in life; things that you want to accomplish. Whether it be obtaining a new house, or new car…
    - 10 days ago12 Oct 16, 12:30pm -
  • Greed Will Debilitate You; Fear is Behind All Greed
    We continue with the fifth installment of our seven-part series on the seven deadly sins. Today we discuss Greed. Greed, also known as avarice, will debilitate you because you’re dealing with a bottomless pit; an abyss. The unending desire for more…
    - 12 days ago10 Oct 16, 12:30pm -
  • Gluttony Will Harm You Physically, Spiritually
    We continue with the fourth installment of our seven-part series on the seven deadly sins. Today we discuss Gluttony. Gluttony, the overindulgence of eating/drinking to excess, will physically and spiritually harm you if left unchecked and unaddresse…
    - 17 days ago5 Oct 16, 12:30pm -
  • Lust Will Enslave You: Break Free From the Chains!
    We continue with the third installment of our seven part series on the seven deadly sins. Today we discuss Lust. Lust causes you to objectify the “object” of your desires, rather than to see the individual as a human being deserving dignity. When…
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  • Envy will Disappoint You – Every Time! Be Content!
    We continue with the second installment of our seven part series on the seven deadly sins. Today we discuss envy. How many times have you wished that you could buy a fancy new car like the neighbors? Or take a vacation to an exotic place like some fr…
    - 24 days ago28 Sep 16, 12:30pm -

Single Mom Smiling

Can We Cana?

  • Marriage Rx: Should I Boycott My Brother's Non-Church Wedding?
    Question: My brother has fallen away from the Church and is getting married to his girlfriend outside of the Catholic Church. I know the Catholic Church will not recognize their marriage as such, but what is my reaction to this supposed to be? I have…
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  • 12 Hints for a Happier, Holier Marriage
    Every married couple's Kryptonite is different. Some couples have no financial problems, but strain to maintain a healthy work/life balance. Some couples will happily serve the poorest of the poor in a soup kitchen, but have trouble inhabiting the sa…
    - 9 days ago13 Oct 16, 7:29pm -
  • Nuns in Space: The Fabulous, Futuristic World of Karina Fabian's Discovery
    It's hard to find good Catholic fiction nowadays, and Catholic science fiction is an even rarer breed. Enter Karina Fabian's new space thriller Discovery, about an order of nuns devoted to space rescue and their mission to help recover an alien space…
    - 16 days ago6 Oct 16, 5:36pm -
  • 2016 Theology of the Body Congress Round-up
    A record number of nearly 1,000 Catholics gathered at the 2016 Theology of the Body Congress in Southern California last week. Participants attended three days of workshops, panel discussions, and keynote speeches by key figures like Archbishop Salva…
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  • How Catholic Geeks Schooled Me On Love #TOBTalk
    The 2016 Theology of the Body Congress starts tomorrow in California, and I'm bummed that I can't go. But I still get to share the wonderful news about the goodness of God, of sex, and our bodies through the #TOBTalk campaign (search #TOBTalk on Twi…
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  • St. Gianna & St. Josemaria: Patron Saints of Work/Life Balance
    Everyone needs a few more heavenly intercessors. Sure, our guardian angels watch over us, but why not enlist the aid of the saints as well? "All Christians should adopt their own patron saints," it says on the Catholicism channel of There…
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  • Faith on Facebook: 4 Keys to Everlasting Love Online Book Club
    Many thanks to Michele Faehnle, co-author of  Divine Mercy for Moms, for helping to run the online book club for The Four Keys to Everlasting Love on Facebook  from Sept. 10 to Dec. 3. We now have 170 members and counting! Read Michele's post below…
    - 44 days ago8 Sep 16, 4:01pm -

Big C Catholics

Catholic Conundrum

  • New Chibi-Inspired Charm Tutorial - St. John Paul II!
    No Saint charm collection could be complete without an adorable charm of our beloved St. John Paul II!     With his feast day coming up this weekend, this seemed the perfect time to create something to honor him. Enjoy making this next addition…
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  • Obedience - Everywhere I Look!!! There are quite a few weeks during the year that are jammed-packed with stand-out feast days.  This week happens to be one of them!       Fro…
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  • Remembering to Have the Faith of a Child
    "Mom, when I say the word 'Lord', I just want to sing!  But is it OK that I don't want to be a priest?"I smiled as my 7-year-old guy jabbered along in the car.  His thoughts move at the speed of a freight train, but at least today I could decipher…
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  • It's Here!  The Saint Costume Video Featuring Viewer Photos!
    Enjoy this walk through "Inspiration Lane" as you check out this cute video made up of the great creativity of our viewers!  View Saint costume ideas for All Saints Day and Halloween and enjoy such super artsy expressions of Saints like St. Francis,…
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  • New Challenge and Really Unique Video Link on St. Francis of Assisi!
    On Oct. 4th, we celebrated the feastday of St. Francis of Assisi, the beloved saint whose story has become a familiar tale to children and adults alike.  The books, movies, and animated shorts depicting his life and teachings are so numerous  that…
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  • We Need Your Saint Photos - Deadline Coming Up!
    The deadline is coming up to send in a photo (or multiple photos!) of your child or grandchild in a saint costume!  We LOVE your ideas and could really use some more to make a video that gives lots of inspiration and ideas to others considering Sain…
    - 17 days ago5 Oct 16, 6:05pm -
  • New Chibi-Inspired Saint Charm Video: St. Francis of Assisi!
    Next in our line of Chibi-Inspired Saint Charms:  St. Francis of Assisi, in honor of his feastday today!  Enjoy this seriously adorable charm: such a perfect addition to the charms series!  ​Enjoy and have fun creating, and don't forget to say a…
    - 18 days ago4 Oct 16, 4:31pm -

Catholic Fire

  • newFeast of Pope St. John Paul II
    Today, October 22, is the feast of  Pope St. John Paul II, one of the most beloved popes of all time.  He was born Karol Josef Wojtyla in Wadowice, a city 50 kilometers from Cracow, on May 18, 1920, to Karol Wojtyla and Emilia Kaczorowska. He was b…
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  • St. Laura of St. Catherine of Siena
    By Jean M. HeimannOctober 21 is the feast of St. Laura of St. Catherine of Siena (1874-1949), a Colombian sister who founded the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate and St. Catherine of Siena in 1914. She was renowned for her wo…
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  • St. Paul of the Cross: Mystic, Priest, and Founder of the Passionists
    Today, October 20, is the feast of St. Paul of the Cross (1694-1775), Italian priest, mystic, and founder of the Passionist Congregation.Paul was born in Ovada, in northern Italy as Paolo Francesco Danei, the second oldest of sixteen children, eleven…
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  • Sts. John de Brébeuf and Issac Jogues and their companions
    On October 19, in the dioceses of the United States, the Church celebrates the feast of Sts. John de Brébeuf and  Issac Jogues and their companions, 17th century martyrs. They were six Jesuit priests and two lay brothers who traveled from France to…
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  • Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist
    Today, October 18, is the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist. It is believed that St. Luke was born a Greek and a gentile. A physician at Antioch, and a painter, St. Luke became a convert of Saint Paul and afterwards his fellow-laborer. Luke was the wr…
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  • Saint Ignatius of Antioch
    By Jean M. HeimannSt. Ignatius of Antioch ( c. 50 - c.107), whose feast we celebrate on October 17, was an early Church Father, bishop, and martyr.  Tradition tells us that he was a convert and a disciple of the Apostle Saint John. He is patron of t…
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  • St. Teresa of Avila: Doctor of the Church
    October 15 is the feast of St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), virgin and Doctor of the Church. She helped reform the Carmelite order and founded seventeen monasteries.Teresa de Ahumada y Cepeda was born in Avila, Castile, Spain, on March 28, 1515.  He…
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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…
    - 12 Jul 16, 2:30am -
  • Death in Orlando: Love and Solidarity
    The 49 folks killed at an Orlando entertainment venue late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, and the person who killed them, are still dead. Others are hospitalized, and may or may not survive. A whole lot of folks are mourning the loss of family…
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  • Mass Murder in Orlando
    I'd be writing a longer, more detailed, post about this; but still haven't resolved some technical issues. (May 6, 2016; updated May 16, 2016)A young man killed more than four dozen folks at an entertainment venue last night/early this morning. He to…
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  • 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

  • The Rosary: A Prayer for Comfort
    By Lucia Delgado. For most of my life, I prayed often. I prayed for my family, friends, the country, and the whole world. When I entered the Catholic Church in 2004, my prayer life was under development. I was introduced to the Rosary by the Dominica…
    - 2 days ago20 Oct 16, 8:45pm -
  • Monday Memes #75
    Oh well, it’s a Monday-ish Meme!The post Monday Memes #75 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 4 days ago18 Oct 16, 10:26am -
  • Monday Memes #74
    The post Monday Memes #74 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 12 days ago10 Oct 16, 11:21am -
  • Two Views of Vocation
    By J.E. Sigler If you are one of those women who feels that her departure from the religious life means that God has rejected her from “the heart of the Church” and relegated her to “second-class holiness” in the world, you need to keep…
    - 17 days ago5 Oct 16, 9:46pm -
  • Monday Memes #73
    The post Monday Memes #73 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 19 days ago3 Oct 16, 10:07am -
  • St Therese Novena – Day Nine
    O Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, who during thy short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that thou rejoicest in the reward of thy virtues, cast a glance of pity on…
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  • St Therese Novena – Day Eight
    O Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, who during thy short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of wholehearted abandonment to God, now that thou rejoicest in the reward of thy virtues, cast a glance of pity on…
    - 22 days ago30 Sep 16, 9:50am -

Catholic Light-Radical Faith and Trust

  • newThe Crown and Completion of All Sanctities
    A new book has just come out by Daniel S. O’Connor that draws upon the approved texts of The Gift ofLiving in the Divine Will. It is an excellent introduction to the spirituality and writings of Luisa Picarretta that will help to answer many basic…
    - 7 days ago30 Oct 16, 2:46am -
  • newBe Not Afraid
    Pope St. John Paul II, pray for us!
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  • newGod Assumed from the beginning...

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  • newSt. Ursula
    Choose her for my Confirmation Saint.  way back in the '60's.  I didn't like the name, but I loved her bravery and dedication to her students...St. Ursula: "Maiden Martyr Several legends are circulated regarding the life, journeys, and death of St…
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  • newWhat Will You Do When the Persecution Comes?
    What Will You Do When the Persecution Comes? - Crisis Magazine:"I know there are plenty of Catholics who are, in one way or another, looking forward to the relentless institutional persecution that is coming our way unless we surrender the One Thing…
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  • "Catholicism" Soundtrack
    Wonderful documentary series by Bishop Robert Barron.The music is beautiful too...Listen to the soundtrack.
    - 1 day ago21 Oct 16, 4:49pm -
  • God's Messages
    Watery Autumn Heart Leavesreminding us of His Love for us.God is always messaging usHis message to you is everywhere, just look around!
    - 2 days ago20 Oct 16, 9:53pm -

Joy of 9

Reconciled to You

  • #WorthRevisit - How Fear and Courage Coexist
    Courage is a Main Ingredient to Life ​Personally, I am not good with courage.  My anxieties have me afraid of pretty much everything:lightning stormsspiders, snakes, anything that creepsgerms being aloneinjury or illness to m, my hubby or my kid…
    - 3 days ago19 Oct 16, 12:43pm -
  • #MusicThatMoves - Making Room in My Life
    Make Your Home in Me Reflection by Michelle GelineauBen Walther's powerful song, Make Your Home in Me speaks to the heart of every person who has ever suffered or felt alone.   His song is such an incredible invitation to the Lord to take up resid…
    - 5 days ago18 Oct 16, 4:41am -
  • #WorthRevisit - The Fear that BINDS
    Fear of Becoming Like ThemMy greatest barrier to moving from the 'safety net' belief in God to a true relationship with Him has always been fear.  A mix of fears too not a one size fits all fear.   My journey to embracing a more loving and trustwor…
    - 10 days ago12 Oct 16, 10:27am -
  • #MusicThatMoves - The Wonders of Your Love
    The Wonders of Your Love Reflection - Stephanie EngelmanBoldly and joyfully singing along to Ben Walther’s “Wonders of Your Love” fills me joy and gratitude. Truly, God’s love is wondrous, and I believe it is most wondrous—and most fruitfu…
    - 12 days ago10 Oct 16, 1:02pm -
  • Walk In Her Sandals - A Reflection Review Series (Week 1)
    After featuring Walk In Her Sandals: Experiencing Christ's Passion through the Eyes of Women on A Seeking Heart  - I KNEW I wanted to create a blog series from it!  6 weeks: Featuring not only the 6 fabulous chapters from Walk in Her Sandals but al…
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  • #WorthRevisit: Advent Flashback
    Today's Reflection is from:Joyous Expectations: Journeying Through Advent with Mary by M. Jean Frisk (Pauline Books and Media)“Trust in the Lord forever,For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.An InLinkz Link-up [...]
    - 17 days ago5 Oct 16, 12:08pm -
  • One of a Kind Swag to Support One of a Kind Ministry
    Get your limited edition Gospel of John Shirt now!Proceeds will help my friend Seth, creator of nuCatholic Media, to show the beauty of the Catholic Church through the medium of video.For his master’s thesis, Seth created the beginning of an intera…
    - 18 days ago4 Oct 16, 1:36pm -

Snoring Scholar

  • 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.
    - 11 days ago12 Oct 16, 2:21am -
  • Celebrating Our Lady of the Rosary…and an Interview
    An essay about Mary and the Rosary to celebrate today's feast of Our Lady of the Rosary...and a bonus link to an interview I forgot all about that posted today at Aleteia.This post Celebrating Our Lady of the Rosary…and an Interview appeared first…
    - 15 days ago7 Oct 16, 6:05pm -
  • One-Minute Reviews: Taste and See and Beautiful Mercy
    Two short reviews (with links to my longer reviews of each) of books I've read and enjoyed recently: Beautiful Mercy, edited by Matthew Kelly, and Taste and See, by Ginny Kubitz Moyer.This post One-Minute Reviews: Taste and See and Beautiful Mercy a…
    - 18 days ago4 Oct 16, 1:56pm -
  • Olivia and the Little Way: A 5-Star Read, Says My Daughter
    Fern (age 11) reads Olivia and the Little Way and gives it a hearty 5 stars.This post Olivia and the Little Way: A 5-Star Read, Says My Daughter appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 28 days ago24 Sep 16, 10:59am -
  • Becoming the Veteran Mom and Seven Habits for Moms
    I realized recently that I'm a "veteran mom" and then I got to thinking about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective here's a dose of encouragement to all of the other moms out there!This post Becoming the Veteran Mom and Seven Habits for Moms…
    - 41 days ago11 Sep 16, 6:25pm -
  • One Minute Reviews of Perfect Blindside, Iota, and Lord of the World
    In which I share short reviews of three recent novels I've read and a link to my full reviews over at the Register.This post One Minute Reviews of Perfect Blindside, Iota, and Lord of the World appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 59 days ago24 Aug 16, 1:13pm -
  • Erin McCole-Cupp and Unclaimed
    A bit about a book I not only enjoyed reading, but that finds me demanding the next in the series, and interview with author Erin McCole-Cupp.This post Erin McCole-Cupp and Unclaimed appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 12 Jul 16, 11:45am -

Embedded Faith

  • Faith Makes Us Open...
    Two new images for you to share.Faith makes us open to the quiet presence of God at every moment of our lives, in every person and in every situation.Pope Francis var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • Words Wtih Saints - Saint Teresa of Calcutta
    I hope you enjoy these six  new Words With Saints  covers inspired by a woman of great faith - Saint Teresa of Calcutta.  Mother Teresa, in her devoted service of others,  won the hearts of so many across the world.  She holds a special place in…
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  • Words With Saints - Mercy
    Two new cover images with  quotes on mercy from two great saints.  Enjoy!​ var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • Words With Saints - Letter P
    Introducing a brand new series of facebook covers and images called "Words with Saints"Todays introductory set of images are for the letter "P,"        These three quotes from saints were pulled at random by me and with a little help from the Hol…
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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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Association of Catholic Women Bloggers

  • newAs the Morning Rising: Creation Celebration
    As the Morning Rising: Creation Celebration
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  • Grace in a graceless season: notes from a Catholic in politics
    Spare a moment and a prayer for the political types, please and thank you. I’m one of them.The bitter election-year exchanges on every platform are part of my daily life. Whether on television on online, shutting them down altogether is not an opti…
    - 1 day ago21 Oct 16, 2:16pm -
  • Sweet Potatoes, Genes, and Long Life
    One woman decided to take a road trip after learning she had a terminal illness. Another switched careers. Both choices make sense, given the circumstances.This year's World Food Prize goes to a team who developed a new sweet potato, scientists found…
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  • “Day by Day”Was Written By An Obscure Saint
    Do you remember this song, Day by Day in the Broadway play “GodSpell”? Well, it is based on a prayer from the 13th century by St. Richard of Chichester Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits Thou hast given me, for all th…
    - 2 days ago21 Oct 16, 1:37am -
  • As the Morning Rising: Light Within
    As the Morning Rising: Light Within: Sometimes the inferno of a setting sun when reflected on western-facing window panes suggests that the space within is lit internally. ...
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  • Mourning for my Maker
    My family used to spend their summer holidays in our little cottage on the Yorkshire moors just below the mighty Ingleborough, which was the nearest thing I had ever seen to a mountain. I loved to watch and listen to the moorland birds. My favourite…
    - 3 days ago19 Oct 16, 6:32pm -
  • As the Morning Rising: God's Presence
    As the Morning Rising: God's Presence: Being in God's presence is more than companionship, for in God our bodies as well as our minds and hearts and souls find rest We are...
    - 3 days ago19 Oct 16, 6:01pm -

The Catholic Catalogue

  • newThe Power of a Dinner Table
    "Love is the necessary force."Kathy Fletcher and David Simpson opened their dinner table to their son's friends from the DC public school system, and changed the world. More from David Brooks here: The Power of a Dinner Table
    - 13 hours ago22 Oct 16, 4:41am -
  • newThe Feast of St. John Paul II
    Today is the feast of St. John Paul II. I will never forget hearing Pope John Paul II preach at two World Youth Days. Some of his preaching about Jesus, more on what it means to be a saint, & videos about his life after the jump:
    - 15 hours ago22 Oct 16, 3:00am -
  • Examining Paul through the eyes of a classicist
    In U.S. Catholic, Sarah Ruden, puts St. Paul's teachings into their historical context. "The ancient institution of marriage is a fairly brutal one . . . and it just chews individuals up, especially women . . ." We can credit St. Paul with the ide…
    - 2 days ago21 Oct 16, 4:10am -
  • The Things We Keep
    Rebecca Brown writes for The Stranger about her fondness for St. Therese of Lisieux and why relics of the dead mean so much to us: The Things We Keep. The first chapter of our book is about relics. Buy it here.
    - 2 days ago21 Oct 16, 4:00am -
  • What It’s Really Like to Be an Exorcist
    Fr. Gary Thomas, a priest and exorcist talks to Cosmo (of all places) about his ministry: What It's Really Like to Be an Exorcist
    - 2 days ago21 Oct 16, 1:18am -
  • TCC Radio: Japan’s ‘Hidden Christians’ Keep the Faith
    Catholicism had only 40 years in Japan before it was outlawed and driven underground. Covert Christians passed on the faith orally from the 1500s until the present day. The story from NPR & photos of a baptism after the jump:
    - 3 days ago20 Oct 16, 2:24am -
  • TCC Radio: Mary Karr On Being Catholic
    "Being Catholic is seen as so, oh my God, shameful."Mary Karr on writing, sobriety, and living her Catholic faith. Listen to it from On Being after the jump:
    - 3 days ago20 Oct 16, 1:50am -

Nisi Dominus

  • Forgiveness Reveals the Power of the Gospel
    This Throwback post was first published 23 June 2015    We have witnessed an extraordinary demonstration of the power of the the Gospel in the past week. A rabid racist named Dylann Roof slaughtered nine people who were participating in a Bible s…
    - 2 days ago20 Oct 16, 11:43am -
  • A Dark Matter: "Proving" God in a Materialist World
    This Worth Revisiting post was first published January 30th, 2015. To enjoy the work of other faithful Catholic bloggers see Worth Revisiting Wednesday, hosted by Elizabeth Reardon at and Allison Gingras at  …
    - 3 days ago19 Oct 16, 9:36am -
  • Slavery in Rationalia
    I was in a small local fish store recently when a sign taped near the cash register caught my attention.  The notice assured us that the raw shrimp, a product of the US. Gulf Coast, was “slavery free”. The cooked cocktail shrimp, on the ot…
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  • Who's Dares To Tell The Emperor He's Naked?
    (This Throwback was first published 12 June 2015 on the blog Principium et Finis) The Emperor’s New Body     I’m sure we’re all becoming a little tired of hearing about Bruce Jenner and Caitlyn, his new female identity, but I can’t simp…
    - 9 days ago13 Oct 16, 11:30am -
  • The Truth Is Pro-Life
    This Worth Revisiting post was first published January 16th, 2015. To enjoy the work of other faithful Catholic bloggers see Worth Revisiting Wednesday, hosted by Elizabeth Reardon at and Allison Gingras at  …
    - 10 days ago12 Oct 16, 10:29am -
  • Dionysius the Areopagite: a Believer Among The Skeptics
    Icon of Dionysius the AreopagiteToday (October 9th) is the feast day of Dionysius the Areopagite.  We know very little for certain about this Saint, who is often confused with St. Dionysius of Paris (St. Denis), Patron of France, and also with a mys…
    - 13 days ago9 Oct 16, 9:21am -
  • The Satan Club: One H@!! of an After School Club for Children
    There's A New Club In Town     Here’s some happy news: the Nehalem Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, has approved a “Satan Club” for its young (i.e., pre-teen) students.  The club is sponsored by a group going by the felicitous name o…
    - 15 days ago7 Oct 16, 11:57am -