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Finding God's Grace

  • Quit Your Complaining!
    “If you are not grateful for the things you have, what makes you think you will be grateful for the things you want.”  –Tony Agnesi Every March, Diane and I are blessed to spend the month in sunny Naples, Florida. We love the nearby Vanderbilt…
    - 7 days ago19 Mar 17, 6:57pm -
  • Who are the Lepers of Today?
    “The Lord gave me, Brother Francis, thus to begin doing penance in this way: for when I was in sin, it seemed too bitter for me to see lepers.  And the Lord Himself led me among them and I showed mercy to them.  And when I left them, what had see…
    - 35 days ago19 Feb 17, 3:14pm -
  • Homeless in Nashville
    “The people in the parks, the alcoholics, the homeless, they are looking at you.  Do not be those who look and do not see.”  -Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta I recently returned from a business trip to Nashville.  It was a great time spent w…
    - 42 days ago12 Feb 17, 3:00pm -
  • An Irregular Guy
    Father, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so th…
    - 56 days ago29 Jan 17, 2:44pm -
  • Well Known or Worth Knowing?
    “Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.” –Confucius “Seek To Be Worth Knowing Rather Than Be Well Known” – Anonymous We live in a time of instant stardom and notoriety.  People go from relative obscurity to fame ov…
    - 63 days ago22 Jan 17, 3:02pm -
  • Scars- We All Have Them!
    “Other times, I look at my scars and see something else: a girl who was trying to cope with something horrible that she should never have had to live through at all. My scars show pain and suffering, but they also show my will to survive. They’re…
    - 70 days ago15 Jan 17, 2:04pm -
  • Finding God’s Grace Top 10 List for 2016
    2016 was another great year for Finding God’s Grace. By the grace of God we continued our forth straight year of uninterrupted Sunday morning posts and we completed our third year of Wednesday Podcasts, now over 160 in all! In 2016, I am honored to…
    - 77 days ago8 Jan 17, 2:35pm -

Lisa Graas

  • December 2, 2016: The night we were saved by our guardian angels
    On the night of December 2, 2016, I was driving my daughter Bethany, age 16, to her uncles house to make Christmas pies. Every year, they make about 40 pecan pies and deliver them to friends and family. We were driving at around 50-55 mph (the speed…
    - 11 Dec 16, 9:37am -
  • Bill Warner says 95% of Christian pastors in Nashville are cowards
    What has happened to us (Christians, Jews, Buddhists, atheists and all others) that we are no longer able to have moral outrage? Righteous anger? Bill Warner of the Center for the Study of Political Islam opines that 95% of Christian pastors in Nashv…
    - 30 Nov 16, 11:47pm -
  • What happens if you question the Pope?
    What happens if you question the Pope? Well, if you’re a cardinal, you could have your red hat taken away. So says Monsignor Vito Pinto, a defender of Pope Francis. Cardinals Walter Brandmüller, Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra and Joachim Meisner as…
    - 30 Nov 16, 4:12pm -
  • The Remnant: Francis cannot be ignored
    On November 24, I wrote an article agreeing with Dr. Jeff Mirus that we should essentially ignore Pope Francis. The Remnant offers a counter-argument to Dr. Mirus’ position. Francis cannot be ignored. On the contrary, the faithful must be ever vigi…
    - 29 Nov 16, 10:01am -
  • Jesus is coming
    In the Gospel reading for Sunday, November 27, 2016, we are warned to prepare for Jesus as He will come again, and we do not know at which hour He will come. Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming o…
    - 27 Nov 16, 2:18am -
  • A Thanksgiving Message from President-Elect Donald J. Trump
    - 24 Nov 16, 11:36am -
  • Pope Francis: The Bookmark Pope
    Very early in the papacy of Pope Francis, I reached the height of my frustration with the seemingly endless confusion he prompted within me and within the laity altogether. It was at this point that it dawned on me that the Church is much bigger than…
    - 24 Nov 16, 1:48am -

Love Alone Creates

  • Getting Past Perfect
    If you are a mother – or a father, for that matter – you know what it’s like to vacillate between fear of failure and a sense of satisfaction.  Parents have the toughest job imaginable, and we can never seem to get it all right.  The world so…
    - 4 days ago22 Mar 17, 12:00pm -
  • Couriers of Grace
    I think all parents of disabled children have moments when they fear the future.  Our yes to life requires us to constantly advocate for our kids.  In Sarah’s case, her health was always in the back of our minds.  Given her serious heart conditi…
    - 11 days ago15 Mar 17, 12:00pm -
  • Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta
    A companion to Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Heidi Hess Saxton’s newest devotional continues the reader on a journey into the heart of this popular and beloved modern saint.  Saxton begins with a brief introduction, as well as an explanati…
    - 18 days ago8 Mar 17, 1:00pm -
  • The Hope of Lent
    Have you ever considered this before? The greatest hope of Lent is the discovery that it’s not only about penance, deprivation, spiritual struggles, and rooting out sin in our lives.  Those are often the things we do during Lent.  But the hope of…
    - 25 days ago1 Mar 17, 1:00pm -
  • Anything is Possible
    Everyone has a dream.  For most of us, that dream involves worldly success, accolades, and the acquisition of wealth.  We loosely define this as “the American Dream,” elusive as it may be.  But for others who do not desire the enticements of t…
    - 32 days ago22 Feb 17, 1:00pm -
  • Captain Catholic Answers Your Questions!
    Many of us are sort of swimming in this sea of uncertainty surrounding the political climate these days.  As a Catholic voter, I’m usually not torn about how to cast my vote each year, but this past year for the presidential election was particula…
    - 39 days ago15 Feb 17, 1:00pm -
  • The Strangers at the Manger
    If anyone is familiar with Lisa Hendey, s/he knows that Lisa is a Catholic powerhouse.  For over ten years now, Lisa has been evangelizing internationally through her speaking engagements, book writing, editing, and radio show.  Her work with Catho…
    - 46 days ago8 Feb 17, 1:00pm -

David Torkington

  • A Cautionary Tale for Lent
    Some years ago, I shared a flat with a man called Caruthers. If ‘morals make the man, and manners make the gentleman’, then Caruthers was the finest gentleman I had ever met, or so I thought for the first few weeks.The post A Cautionary Tale for…
    - 14 days ago12 Mar 17, 11:57pm -
  • Mystical marriage
    When Helen, said to be the most beautiful woman in Greek antiquity fled with her lover to Troy, she did not receive the reception that she expected.The post Mystical marriage appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 26 days ago28 Feb 17, 11:17pm -
  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 9 – The Whole World is a Friary
    When St Francis of Assisi had rebuilt a tumbledown little church given to him by the Benedictines he called it St Mary of the Angels. It was here, over 800 years ago that he heard God speaking to him through the Gospels whilst attending Mass.The pos…
    - 33 days ago21 Feb 17, 10:48pm -
  • Christian Mysticism and its Counterfeit
    The Vatican document on New Age Spirituality is subtitled, Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life – A Christian reflection on the New Age. Published in 2003, it insists that a clear understanding of our own tradition is the best antidote to…
    - 37 days ago17 Feb 17, 10:49pm -
  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 8 – The Gospel Way of Life
    Francis chose a very specific way of life in which to embrace ‘Lady Poverty’ and it was quite unique. It was quite simply the way of life as lived by Jesus and his followers before the Resurrection.The post St Francis of Assisi – Part 8 – Th…
    - 50 days ago4 Feb 17, 11:18pm -
  • The Resolution to end all Resolutions
    A hermit I know used to say, “When you stop falling you will be in heaven, but when you stop getting up, you will be in hell.” The fact of the matter is, we all fall. The secret of spiritual growth is how long we take to get up again. The post T…
    - 51 days ago3 Feb 17, 11:21pm -
  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 7 – Lady Poverty
    Ever since Charlemagne was enthroned as Holy Roman Emperor in AD 800 Europe gradually became a safer place in which to live.The post St Francis of Assisi – Part 7 – Lady Poverty appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 67 days ago19 Jan 17, 12:04am -

Patti Maguire Armstrong

  • Confession: I Never Liked the St. Monica Story
    “I should have been a better mother,” St. Monica said to Bishop Ambrose about her son Augustine. “If Augustine had been an easier child, God would not have given him a mother like you,” he responded. –Dialogue from the movie Restless Heart…
    - 16 days ago10 Mar 17, 12:48pm -
  • 16 Ways to Counteract "A Day Without a Woman"
                “A Day Without A Woman” is planned for Wednesday, March 8. The organizers behind the January march in DC have now hijacked International Women’s Day calling for women to walk out on jobs and family and not to shop or basical…
    - 19 days ago7 Mar 17, 3:44am -
  • “Finding Jesus” Examines Historical Evidence
    How ironic that Pontius Pilate who sentenced Jesus Christ to death, should give testimony to the existence of Jesus 2000 years later through a stone bearing Pilate’s name.   The decision of the prefect of Judea to crucify Jesus, clinched salvatio…
    - 23 days ago3 Mar 17, 7:31pm -
  • Prayers Answered for a Deathbed Conversion
     I believe my prayers contributed to a deathbed conversion. There were surely other prayers at work, but mine were in the mix. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working, (James 5:16).A Catholic I knew had a relative across…
    - 28 days ago26 Feb 17, 10:06pm -
  • Skip the Glitter and Take Ashes As Mother Teresa Would
    If you notice any glittery crosses on foreheads this Ash Wednesday, March 1, it’s a sham. Offering glitz in place of the cross is a counterfeit of what it means to follow Jesus.   What’s with the glitter?  In the article "'Glitter Ash Wedne…
    - 35 days ago20 Feb 17, 2:06am -
  • Dear Bill Nye: Stop Promoting Abortion with Fake Science!
    Dear Bill, I watched your YouTube video Bill Nye: Can We Stop Telling Women What to Do With Their Bodies?  I see the bow tie is still there and noticed that your human cells, begun at conception, have advanced into old age. Retirement is not servin…
    - 39 days ago15 Feb 17, 2:05pm -
  • A Sign from Above During Adoration
    I had already turned in my article to the National Catholic Register on “Our Blessed Mother, the Stress Expert.”  (To be published soon.) I was onto other things by that time. Then, during adoration, God let me know I had completely overlooked s…
    - 43 days ago11 Feb 17, 3:26pm -

Footprints on the Journey

  • Check Your Messages…
    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to check my cellphone because I thought I heard it ding or felt it vibrate in my bag only to find that I haven’t received any new messages, emails or updates... Continue Reading →
    - 10 days ago16 Mar 17, 8:20pm -
  • Elevator Music
    The offices for Catholic New York are on one of the top floors of the high rise in Manhattan—which means the elevator ride in the morning is pretty packed. Given the early hour, its generally safe to say that enough... Continue Reading →
    - 24 days ago2 Mar 17, 2:32pm -
  • Giving Up and Letting Go
    The one-bedroom apartment where my husband and I live hasn’t looked as good as it does right now since we first moved in. We have both been on a purging kick lately so there is a sizeable difference in the... Continue Reading →
    - 31 days ago23 Feb 17, 8:59pm -
  • Death of an Icon
     Mary Tyler Moore, famous actress and producer, died Jan. 25 in Greenwich, Connecticut at the age of 80. Best known for her roles on the “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Mary Tyler Moore Show” which aired in the 60s... Continue Reading →
    - 59 days ago26 Jan 17, 4:44pm -
  • Down for the Count
    In elementary school, any time I was sick and had to stay at home, I’d watch one of the Rocky movies. You see, one of my older brothers used to work nights loading trucks and those movies were his favorite.... Continue Reading →
    - 65 days ago20 Jan 17, 3:27pm -
  • Songs and Stories of the Season
    The voice of Christmas crooner Andy Williams came through the radio this morning as my husband and I made our way to work. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” he sang from the classic song of the same... Continue Reading →
    - 2 Dec 16, 4:16pm -
  • The Perfect Preparation
    Somewhere between the turkey and the pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving dinner at my sister in law’s house, I began to think about a word that always seems to get more use around the holidays—gratitude.   But I can totally understand... Continue Readin…
    - 28 Nov 16, 9:25pm -

A Living Monstrance

  • The Love Effort
    A few weeks ago, I was visiting the town of Hingham in Massachusetts. There’s a shipyard in Hingham that was one of the centers of World War II ship construction. Now, that shipyard has been turned into a high end retail and commercial outlet. As I…
    - 12 days ago14 Mar 17, 4:44am -
  • Another Kind of Seat
    Several years ago, I was in the seminary investigating whether or not I had a vocation to be a diocesan priest. We had 7 guys that came into our class that year. Every year, each one of us had a written evaluation, and after 2 years, there’s a big…
    - 23 days ago4 Mar 17, 12:11am -
  • Back in Boston
    I am now back in Boston. Come and check out the latest update at In Boston
    - 43 days ago11 Feb 17, 7:51pm -
  • What It Is To Follow Jesus Christ
    The day after I returned from the community Alao to Quito, I decided to head over to the bishop’s office in Quito, to see if I could set up an appointment with him. As I’ve been going around to four different dioceses in this stay in Ecuador, it…
    - 50 days ago4 Feb 17, 11:52am -
  • Keep The Memories
    At the beginning of January, I spent 4 days in the indigenous community of Alao in Ecuador, sharing with the people and being a sort of messenger and ambassador for their relatives in Massachusetts who had prepared gifts to give them. On the last day…
    - 51 days ago3 Feb 17, 8:55pm -
  • Part Of The Family
    A few years ago after getting back from Ecuador, I entered into a church in Boston to a Mass and afterwards met a few young Ecuadorians in the church. Wow, I thought to myself, that’s weird. Later on in the year, I returned to Ecuador, and I decide…
    - 52 days ago2 Feb 17, 8:57pm -
  • Let The Waves Pass
    Before the New Year, I was in the town of San Isidro in Ecuador. San Isidro was hit hard by the earthquake back in April, and some friends and I had come with supplies. I had decided to return and spend Christmas time with the people. When I got ther…
    - 52 days ago2 Feb 17, 11:21am -

These Stone Walls

  • How SNAP Brought McCarthyism to American Catholics
    Generating fears, shameful to our ears, ruining careers; personal attacks, alternative facts, financial kickbacks: the rap of SNAP for a modern American witch hunt. Ever so slowly awakening across America is a long-suppressed awareness of an ugly par…
    - 4 days ago22 Mar 17, 6:24am -
  • Pope Benedict & Saint Joseph: A Summons to Divine Mercy
    Saint John Paul II added a new title to honor Saint Joseph. As “Guardian of the Redeemer” Joseph’s dream set us on a path from spiritual exile to Divine Mercy. Out of my sometimes inflated separation anxiety, you may have read in these pages an…
    - 11 days ago15 Mar 17, 6:36am -
  • A Lenten Stroll Down the Back Woods of A Soul
    In three brief Lenten stories, Father Gordon MacRae unwinds the subtle threads connecting even the mundane events of the days of our lives in a tapestry of grace. Several years ago in this prison, I developed a cold that evolved into a sinus infectio…
    - 18 days ago8 Mar 17, 5:50am -
  • Semper Fi! Forty Days of Lent Giving Up Giving Up
    Giving up something as a sacrifice for Lent is an ancient practice, but giving up on life is not an option. I found my inspiration for endurance in a U.S. Marine. I give up! I have long since stopped counting how often I say that out loud, and if I h…
    - 25 days ago1 Mar 17, 6:49am -
  • A Catholic Scandal Molested by a Predatory News Media
    No First Amendment or Freedom of the Press advocate expects news media to ignore Catholic scandal, but some in the news media have been predators of another sort. I had a recent exchange of messages with Jennifer Haigh, a very accomplished author who…
    - 32 days ago22 Feb 17, 6:09am -

Daily Grace with Tony Agnesi

  • Guest Post: Addiction Conquered: My Seven-Year Odyssey
    Alcoholism is a terrible disease. It has no interest in who you are. It does not care about how much money you have, where you fit in society, or what you have accomplished in your life. It can take away everything you have, including your own sense…
    - 5 days ago21 Mar 17, 3:46pm -
  • Guest Post- Willing Hearts
    ***Guest Post by Marie Davis and Margaret Hultz*** March is Women’s History Month, and the perfect time to celebrate the contributions of women religious. Among their innumerable stories of kindness, are the poignant stories of Catholic Sisters’…
    - 25 days ago1 Mar 17, 11:49pm -
  • Shalom Tidings February-March Issue
    My thanks to Shalom Tidings magazine for including my article, I’m All In, in the February-March issue.  Shalom Tidings is an outstanding Charismatic Catholic publication featuring great Catholic writing by people like Alan Scott, Strahlen Grace,…
    - 34 days ago21 Feb 17, 1:21am -
  • One Life
    **I saw this post on the Internet.  I don’t know Ray and Mary Jo but I loved their story.  It speaks volumes!** This is the first day of “9 Days for Life” and my wife Mary Jo and I volunteered to participate. This is not about politics, legal…
    - 28 Oct 16, 1:00pm -
  • Seven Sorrows of Mary
    For the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, we reflect on each and offer an Our Father and 7 Hail Marys for each. The Prophecy of Simeon. (Luke 2:34–35) The Escape and Flight into Egypt. (Matthew 2:13) The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple of Jerusal…
    - 15 Sep 16, 2:59pm -
  • Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
    Earlier today, Blessed Mother Teresa became a saint at a mass of canonization overnight in Rome.  Today we get to celebrate Saint Teresa who has long been a personal hero of mine. Today, I like to share a review of the most recent book of her never…
    - 4 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…
    - 30 Aug 16, 1:00pm -

Harvesting Fruits of Contemplation

  • Pondering Tidbits of Truth - March 23, 2017
    Pondering Tidbits of Truth is my simple and inadequate way of providing nuggets of spiritual wisdom for you to chew on from time to time. (Photo©Michael Seagriff) Father R. Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. "In those persons who we are not naturally attracted…
    - 3 days ago23 Mar 17, 9:30am -
  • Worth Revisiting - You Are Being Watched
    Another Wednesday and another opportunity to thank Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for their weekly invitation to re-post our favorite posts on Worth Revisiting. Go there now (and every Wednesday) and let an interesting group of Catholic…
    - 5 days ago22 Mar 17, 2:13am -
  • Worth Revisiting - Words Are Not Always Necessary
    Another Wednesday and another opportunity to thank Allison Gingras and Elizabeth Riordan for their weekly invitation to re-post our favorite posts on Worth Revisiting. Go there now (and every Wednesday) and let an interesting group of Catholic…
    - 5 days ago22 Mar 17, 2:10am -
  • Monday Musings - You Are Being Watched
    (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)Contemporary commentators often report that there is not much difference between the manner in which the majority of Catholics act with respect to such issues, for example, as the active homosexual life style, abortio…
    - 5 days ago22 Mar 17, 2:03am -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - It Is He
    "St. Joseph believed unhesitatingly in the mystery of the Incarnation, in the fruitful virginity and the divine maternity of Mary. He believed without seeing the miracles that were to fill Judea with His glory and renown of His holy name. (Image sou…
    - 5 days ago21 Mar 17, 9:30am -
  • Podcast - Some Soul Searching
    (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)Recently, a friend asked me a difficult question. I am a coward and often avoid responding directly to challenging inquiries. That's not always a good idea. Listen here and you will see what I mean.
    - 10 days ago16 Mar 17, 9:31am -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - Alone and Forsaken
    “I remain unknown. I am left alone. Even those who claim to profess the mystery of my real presence in the Sacrament of the Altar forsake Me. I am treated with a terrible indifference, with coldness, and with a lack of respect that causes the angel…
    - 12 days ago14 Mar 17, 9:29am -
  • Monday Musings - What?

    - 13 days ago13 Mar 17, 9:30am -

Grow in Virtue

  • When Life Disappoints You
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Sometimes, life just smacks you a good sucker-punch right to the noggin. And often that blow nearly takes your breath away. Life disappoints you beyond measure. Someone you love dies, you lose a job, someone…
    - 46 days ago8 Feb 17, 3:14pm -
  • Prayers. Sacrifices. Trust in God. (An Update on My Mother and Me)
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Many kind and thoughtful people have been sending me messages asking about my mother. Offering their prayers. Offering their help and support. And I am humbled and grateful to a level that I can’t possibly…
    - 56 days ago29 Jan 17, 10:57pm -
  • Please Pray for My Dear Mother
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.Many of you may be aware from my Facebook page that my mother, Margaret Rose, suffered a terrible stroke on December 28th. Currently she has been left with the inability to swallow (leaving her on a feeding t…
    - 76 days ago9 Jan 17, 2:10pm -
  • New Years Resolutions for the Soul
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.It’s that time of year again. Time to make New Year’s resolutions. Actually, that’s the easy part. The hard part as we all know, is sticking to them. So much so that many people decide never to make res…
    - 86 days ago31 Dec 16, 1:49am -
  • Combating Stress – 2 Ways to do it!
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.I don’t need to describe stress. We’ve all become stressed at times, and we all know when it’s happening. But what is important to learn is how to rid ourselves of stress. When stress enters my life, in…
    - 8 Dec 16, 8:00pm -
  • Advent – A Preparation for Christmas
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.The Meaning of Advent As each year draws to a close, and Christmas fast approaches, we tend to focus on what is obvious – putting up our decorations, trimming our tree, shopping for friends and family and e…
    - 27 Nov 16, 12:43pm -
  • One Truth. One Voice.
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity.So much has happened in the United States this past week. And although one of the most turbulent and disturbing elections in history is now over…for many it seems as if the anger and controversy is just be…
    - 14 Nov 16, 1:07pm -

It Makes Sense to Me

David Gray

  • 3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Worship Experience at Mass
    It is a paradox that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a great Mystery that demands our whole self to be captured by so that our whole self might be set free. Yet, how difficult it is to always be offering the full self at all of the Mass?
    - 30 Jul 16, 4:09am -
  • 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…
    - 12 Jul 16, 1:35am -
  • 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…
    - 14 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…
    - 8 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…
    - 28 May 16, 5:23am -
  • The History of the Catholic Idea of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and a Series of Propositions on how Two Become One Flesh
    Using sacred Scripture, writings from the fathers, councils, popes, doctors, Catholic theologians and those who are opposed to the Catholic teaching on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, I intend to communicate the history of the Catholic idea of marri…
    - 20 May 16, 5:11pm -
  • Protestant Convert Adam Crawford on ‘My Catholic Conversion’
    Adam Crawford (of A Faith-Full Life - comes on My Catholic Conversion to talk about how the pursuit of truth and consistency lead him and his whole family home the Catholic Church. Come and listen to this powerful conversio…
    - 19 May 16, 3:54am -

Our Franciscan Fiat

  • Que Sera Sera
    “When I was a little girl” we sang this song in our school music concert.  My younger sister and I, then, acquired the habit of dancing as we sang it, twirling at the words: “Que sera sera.” I don’t know what ever impelled us to do this, b…
    - 2 days ago24 Mar 17, 4:26pm -
  • Tudo Bem [All Good]
    Please enjoy a little article all the way from Brazil!  Our Sisters serve in two provinces there. Duque de Caxias, March 21st, 2017 I am Sr.  Sueli from Caxias Province.  I was with the Sisters of St Anne’s Convent for some months in 2003.  It…
    - 5 days ago22 Mar 17, 12:29am -
  • What Do You Think?
    Would you please take a moment to share your feedback?
    - 6 days ago20 Mar 17, 11:48pm -
  • Can’t Pinch Me!
    I just got my nails painted green by our kind activity assistant.  I already had a string of green beads on. I remember, as a kid, being told that, on St. Patrick’s Day, you were liable to be pinched if you didn’t wear green.  To this day, I en…
    - 9 days ago17 Mar 17, 1:45pm -
  • “You Know When I Sit and When I Stand”
    Psalm 139 says it well! I was preparing to give a little presentation to the group of Secular Franciscans with whom I serve. The topic was the Liturgy of the Hours.  I wanted to go into the meaning and history of this Prayer of the Church, as well a…
    - 12 days ago14 Mar 17, 1:43pm -
  • Draw Near, O Lord, Our God
    We sang this beautiful hymn again this morning at Lauds! It is one of those hymns that strikes a chord in the depths of my soul.  It was translated translated over 50 years ago from the Latin hymn Attende Domine. The above-mentioned hymn Christians…
    - 17 days ago9 Mar 17, 10:45pm -
  • Mark Your Calendars…Mother Daughter Days
    The date is set!  Our annual Mother Daughter Days will be held August 17-19 at St. Francis Convent in Hankinson, North Dakota. Sr. Jean Louise has been leading this lovely event for over ten years, now. It’s an opportunity for mothers and their da…
    - 19 days ago7 Mar 17, 1:42pm -

Theology is a Verb

  • Worth Revisiting: A Daughter’s Love
    There is obviously one thing wrong with this picture.The text is incomplete. It fails to convey the full truth that not merely do I Like Mary but I “LOVE her!”  However, it wasn’t always this way, as for so many years I did not really know…
    - 5 days ago22 Mar 17, 12:00am -
  • Worth Revisiting: Examening Exhaustion
    Many of us might be quite familiar with the scripture that urges us to onward to “run with perseverance the race marked out for us”. (Heb 12:1) I myself have always loved that verse, and yet there are remarkably times when endurance and persevera…
    - 12 days ago15 Mar 17, 12:00am -
  • 40 Days in His Way
    Working in ministry, liturgical seasons just simply move way too fast. It seems like yesterday Advent was on our doorstep and now we are almost 2 weeks into Lent. Our 8 week bible study with Jeff Cavins is drawing to a close and small group Lenten st…
    - 13 days ago13 Mar 17, 10:00am -
  • Worth Revisiting: Sacrifice
    “It is by the apostolic preaching of the Gospel that the people of God is called together and gathered so that all who belong to this people, sanctified as they are by the Holy Spirit, may offer themselves ‘a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable…
    - 19 days ago8 Mar 17, 1:00am -
  • Be Transformed
    “The saints are living and practical proof that Christ’s philosophy works. The saints show us that it is possible for a human to be fully transformed in Christ”   –Rediscover Catholicism, Matthew Kelly This Lent we are asked to engage in a…
    - 20 days ago6 Mar 17, 12:00pm -
  • Worth Revisiting {Ash} Wednesday
    Ash Wednesday Edition! Today as we begin the season of Lent I thought that this beloved Catholic funny was definitely worth revisiting!  Beyond the obvious, when many of us have left with just a smear across our forehead, I see myself. (As a bit of…
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  • 1st Things First.
    “To believe in Jesus’ divinity today is to make him and what he stands for your God” Albert Nolan It is to understand Christ as the supreme power in your life, your source of meaning and strength. This approach moves away from a very metaphy…
    - 27 days ago27 Feb 17, 12:00pm -

Virginia Lieto

  • Seeking Mercy This Lenten Season, A “See” Change
    I’ve been slowly reading the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska; a little each week during my time in Adoration. I read a few pages and then stop to meditate on what she and Christ are communicating to me. You see, it is a story of Saint Fausti…
    - 4 days ago22 Mar 17, 12:30pm -
  • Saint Joseph: The Silent Saint of Salvific Service
    Saint Joseph, a man of few words; no – make that no words –had a huge impact on salvation history. He is portrayed in the Bible, without ever having spoken one word. All mention of him is in the third person. Yet, silent Saint Joseph was one of t…
    - 6 days ago20 Mar 17, 12:30pm -
  • Seeking Forgiveness Can Be Painful, But Worth It!
    Seeking forgiveness can be painful for a few reasons: Facing the reality of the hurt you caused another requires you to look the person in the eye when seeking forgiveness. When you do so, you see the pain caused by your actions/words. Seeking forgiv…
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  • What’s the Prudent Thing to Do? You Decide – Take the Test!
    In this scenario, determine the prudent thing to do: Johnny, a high school student, was in the process of applying to colleges. He had his heart set on attending State University, as it had an excellent mathematics program. One problem though, the sc…
    - 13 days ago13 Mar 17, 12:30pm -
  • My Birthday Wish: All I Want This Year is More Wisdom
    Today, I turn 60 and enter the winter of my life. I am starting it off with a bang! Tomorrow, I am having three teeth extracted, getting a partial temporary denture, and ultimately a four-tooth permanent (implant) bridge. I’m getting old! But with…
    - 18 days ago8 Mar 17, 1:30pm -
  • God First, Country Second: A Call to Unity
    I don’t know about you, but I have come to realize that I no longer need to look at the bottom of a TV screen to determine if the person speaking is a Democrat or a Republican. Those days of sharing common interests, across the aisles, are long gon…
    - 20 days ago6 Mar 17, 1:30pm -
  • CMG Booking and Me! Exciting News!
    I have some exciting news to share with you! Most of you know me for my writing, as followers of my blog. But, I am also a public speaker on the Catholic faith. I’ve been doing it for a couple of years now on a local level. However, today I am happ…
    - 24 days ago2 Mar 17, 3:58pm -

Single Mom Smiling

  • Things A Catholic Single Mom Says in Confessession
    It’s amazing the things you’ll tell a girlfriend or post on social media or write about in a secret diary your kids might find one day that you won’t say aloud in the confessional. Maybe this post should be titled, “Things a Catholic Si…
    - 5 days ago21 Mar 17, 12:00pm -
  • They Say the Best Place to Pick Up a Man is at the Grocery Store, so That’s What I Did
    Dating experts say women should pick up men in the grocery store, or maybe I’m just old-fashioned and that idea’s old school. I guess online dating, speed dating, and such may be more the way to to go nowadays, but for me?The post They…
    - 11 days ago15 Mar 17, 4:34am -
  • Coincidences & Gifts of Marian Consecration Day
    I woke early the morning of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. After a long struggle, and what I now see as Satan’s attempt to stop me from loving My Mary, the Light had finally dawned – literally and figuratively.The post Coincidences & G…
    - 15 days ago11 Mar 17, 2:58pm -
  • The Wounds of Love
    I use very few guest posts on SingleMomSmiling mostly because submissions do not fit my message of hope and healing through the Lord. Pretty much anyone can write a piece on divorce nowadays.The post The Wounds of Love appeared first on Single…
    - 23 days ago4 Mar 17, 1:44am -
  • Grace, Light, & Understanding in Marian Consecration – Finally!
    Two days before the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, I woke already tired. For the past several weeks, I’d been on an arduous journey of Marian Consecration.The post Grace, Light, & Understanding in Marian Consecration – Finally! appeared fir…
    - 28 days ago26 Feb 17, 10:59pm -

Can We Cana?

  • A Vocation of Change
    Our Spanish relatives, seeped in Old World Catholicism, are a fount of wise sayings like the following: "God doesn't call us to a vocation of sameness. He calls us to a vocation of change." In other words, God doesn't make his will known in a set of…
    - 94 days ago22 Dec 16, 6:55pm -
  • Sometimes Less is More at Christmas
    "I'm not sending out Christmas cards this year," I defiantly announced to my friend Kristin. "That's okay," she replied. "Many years I've had to choose between Christmas cards and sanity. Choose sanity, and your family will thank you."Sometimes we fe…
    - 100 days ago16 Dec 16, 5:30pm -
  • 12 Gifts that Keep Christ in Christmas (2016 Edition)
    This year, I'm combining my Christmas gift suggestions with my annual post on Best Catholic Books I Read in the past year. Because if you're a bookworm like me, books will always make the best gifts. Here are my top picks for married couples, mothers…
    - 8 Dec 16, 3:38pm -
  • 4 Good and Not-So-Good Reasons for Doing the Right Thing
    No matter what our religion, most of us want to do the right thing. We could argue all day long what the right thing is. Sometimes it's objectively clear -- don't murder, don't rape, don't steal. Sometimes it's a judgment call. But underneath it all…
    - 2 Dec 16, 7:16pm -
  • From Grief to Grace: A Treasured Addition to My Bookshelf
    As a mom of six, I’ve been privileged to hear many birth stories. In From Grief to Grace, author Jeannie Ewing recounts one of the most transcendent I’ve ever heard – the story of her daughter Sarah, born with a rare genetic condition called Ap…
    - 18 Nov 16, 7:45pm -
  • How to Find Everlasting Love (and Keep It!)
    Angie at Yellow Pelican blog is  a star supporter of Catholic marriage and family. Her recent post "The Good Thing Christian Husbands and Wives Should Always Do in the Bedroom" was sensitive, insightful, and spot on. So,  I was thrilled when she as…
    - 11 Nov 16, 9:52pm -
  • Why This Is the Only Political Post I'll Write This Election Season
    Politics can make enemies out of people who would otherwise be friends. I've never seen clearer examples of this than during the 2016 presidential campaign season. My Facebook feed is filled with grim announcements of "purges" -- people who are refus…
    - 3 Nov 16, 3:44pm -

Big C Catholics

  • newThe Holy Father's Prayer Intentions for April 2017
    Please remember the Holy Father Pope Francis' intentions in prayer throughout the month of April:Young People. That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecr…
    - 2 hours ago26 Mar 17, 12:57pm -
  • newHomily for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 26, 2017, Year A
    Fr. René J. Butler, M.S.Provincial Superior, La Salette Missionaries of North AmericaHartford, Connecticut(Click here for today’s readings)What did the man born blind do once he could see? He went back. Where? We don’t know. Why? Well, where els…
    - 3 hours ago26 Mar 17, 12:00pm -
  • newMarch's Blog of Note: The Veil of Chastity
    March's blog of note is The Veil of Chastity. The site is written for single Catholic young women, but the information provided, focusing expressly on living chastely in both the single and married vocations — is applicable to all. Although current…
    - 21 hours ago25 Mar 17, 6:08pm -
  • Solemnity of the Annunciation | 2017
    March 25, 2017The Solemnity of the Annunciation is the celebration of the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary, that she would become the Theotokos. Despite being a virgin, Mary would miraculously conceive the Son of God. Gabr…
    - 2 days ago24 Mar 17, 5:51pm -
  • Saint Dismas, the Penitent Thief
    There is very little known about Dismas apart from the account of the crucifixion chronicled in the Gospel of Luke. Traditionally given the title of the “Good Thief” for rebuking the criminal who mocked Jesus, Dismas, who was also under the sente…
    - 2 days ago24 Mar 17, 5:14pm -

Catholic Conundrum

  • The Sacrifice of a Lifetime - I Can Do This!
    Years ago, my sister and I were discussing Lenten observances. Our kids were young, and we were contemplating how we could help our kids (who were very young at the time) spiritually. Praying for them daily was wonderful, of course.  However, we wan…
    - 2 days ago25 Mar 17, 1:38am -
  • The Resurrection...This Weekend??
    My son is so excited to receive his First Communion! He still has a couple of months, but he just can't wait.  Every Mass he goes up with us for Communion, puts his finger over his lips and bows his head to receive a blessing.  Lately, however, a g…
    - 4 days ago22 Mar 17, 12:56pm -
  • St. Patrick, Where Are You?
    "Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me."             St. Patrick Ah, St. Patrick.  His is such a refreshi…
    - 9 days ago17 Mar 17, 8:52pm -
  • Fun St. Patrick's Day DIY Puffy Slime Video!
    Top o' the mornin' to you!  Here is a new take on the ever-so-fun puffy slime!  Mixed with treasures inside to remind you of the story of St. Patrick, this fun craft is an educational toy, art project and science project all rolled up into one.  T…
    - 12 days ago14 Mar 17, 3:41am -
  • The Artistry of Humility
    One of the many things I love about Lent is that it is packed full of opportunities to practice and grow in virtue.  Not only does the Church factor this in when she lovingly sets us Lenten boundaries and limits via sacrifice and fasting, but someho…
    - 16 days ago10 Mar 17, 3:58am -
  • Blast From the Past - Easter Through the Eyes of Kids
    I love listening to kids tell their version of Bible stories.  An incredible combination of drama, scandal, and hilarity, sometimes I wonder if their tales would make better movies than many of those out there today!As I was listening to my son's ve…
    - 21 days ago5 Mar 17, 12:49pm -
  • New Teen Take Video: A Catholic Challenge Using Emojies??
    So, how hard is it to figure out challenging questions using emojies?  Well, the Teen Take Team just had to find out.  Watch as they attempt to give clues to questions about our faith using these tiny images and see if you can guess what they mean…
    - 24 days ago2 Mar 17, 8:23pm -

Catholic Fire

  • Seven Quick Takes: My New Book on Fatima
    1. I am so excited to share with you my new book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed The World. It is now available for pre-order at TAN Books and at Amazon. Here is a description of my book: Fatima. Few place-names in the Christian world conjure up…
    - 2 days ago24 Mar 17, 5:06am -
  • Saint Turibius of Mongrovejo, Patron of Peru
      The saint of the day for March 23 is Saint Turibius of Mongrovejo also known as St. Toribio de Mogrovejo. Together with St. Rose of Lima, St. Turibius of Mongrovejo is the first known saint of the New World, serving the Lord in Peru, South America…
    - 3 days ago23 Mar 17, 5:40am -
  • Saint Lea of Rome: Wife, Widow, Religious
    Today, March 22, we celebrate the liturgical memorial of Saint Lea of Rome (died 384), a Roman noblewoman who upon the death of her husband, entered consecrated life. Much of what we know about Saint Lea, we learn through the writing of Saint Jerome.…
    - 4 days ago22 Mar 17, 5:57am -
  • Saint Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello: wife, religious, foundress
      The saint of the day for March 21st is Saint Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello (also known as St. Benedicta Cambiagio Frasinello). Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello was born on October 2, 1791 in Langasco (Genoa) Italy; she died on March 21,1858 in Ro…
    - 5 days ago21 Mar 17, 6:05am -
  • St. Joseph, spouse of the Virgin Mary and patron of the universal Church
    Today is the solemnity of St. Joseph, spouse of the Virgin Mary, foster father of Jesus, and patron of the universal Church. On May 31, we honor St. Joseph as the patron of workers. Most of the reliable information on St. Joseph is contained in the f…
    - 6 days ago20 Mar 17, 4:35pm -
  • St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland
      March 17 is the feast of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. He was a missionary and bishop and is known as the “Apostle of Ireland.” St. Patrick is the patron saint of: engineers, excluded people, those who fear snakes, and snake bites.…
    - 10 days ago16 Mar 17, 9:45pm -
  • St. Louise de Marillac: Patroness of Social Workers
      The saint of the day for March 15 is St. Louise de Marillac, the co-founder, with Saint Vincent de Paul, of the Daughters of Charity. She is the patroness of: disappointing children, those rejected by religious orders, widows, sick people, and soc…
    - 11 days ago15 Mar 17, 4:22am -

A Catholic Citizen in America

  • A Catholic Citizen in America: New Location
    The good news is still that Blogger's changes haven't made images in my posts here unviewable. (May 6-16, 2016)Instead of jumping through the hoops necessary to keep track of what I've been showing you, and accommodate Blogger's — caution? — abou…
    - 12 Jul 16, 2:30am -
  • Death in Orlando: Love and Solidarity
    The 49 folks killed at an Orlando entertainment venue late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, and the person who killed them, are still dead. Others are hospitalized, and may or may not survive. A whole lot of folks are mourning the loss of family…
    - 15 Jun 16, 4:13am -
  • Mass Murder in Orlando
    I'd be writing a longer, more detailed, post about this; but still haven't resolved some technical issues. (May 6, 2016; updated May 16, 2016)A young man killed more than four dozen folks at an entertainment venue last night/early this morning. He to…
    - 12 Jun 16, 7:15pm -
  • Elijah and Pushing a Rock
    10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2016:1 Kings 17:17-24Galatians 1:11-19Luke 7:11-17Third Sunday of Easter, 2016by Deacon Lawrence N. Kaas June 5, 2016I have chosen to speak to you today on our first reading, from 1st Kings. In part because I couldn't be…
    - 5 Jun 16, 2:00pm -
  • Technical Issues: and an Apology
    Update (May 16, 2016)Good news: the "fix" option may have been automatically applied to some existing posts.Sort-of-good-news: quite a few existing posts got "fixed" without my doing a thing to them. Even better: the images actually appear as they we…
    - 6 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • When Life Isn't Ideal: "Amoris Laetitia"
    Something I found on page 59 of "Amoris Laetitia"1 is an example of why I love being Catholic — common sense, drawing on the Church's experience and wisdom, developed by dealing with people for two millennia.Some folks have been having conniptions…
    - 1 May 16, 1:00pm -
  • Cryonics, Smallpox, and Pope Pius VII
    I remember when heart transplants were front-page international news, not local human interest stories: and when oral polio vaccine replaced injections. I really do not miss the 'good old days.' I remember them, and they weren't.I also remember when…
    - 29 Apr 16, 1:00pm -

Leonie's Longing

  • Monday Memes #95
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  • Monday Memes #91
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  • Monday Memes #90
    Blog Mistress has a mad Monday… meme gets mislaid!The post Monday Memes #90 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 47 days ago7 Feb 17, 10:27pm -
  • Monday Memes #89
    The post Monday Memes #89 appeared first on Leonie's Longing.
    - 55 days ago30 Jan 17, 9:38pm -

Catholic Light-Radical Faith and Trust

  • newTransformed By Grace: Your Will, Your Way
    Transformed By Grace: Your Will, Your Way: by Shelby Hawks“It will be my joy to say: Your will, Your way.”( I always prayed to have a daughter named 'Shelby Lynne....'...  it never happened it wasn't God's Will,but this amazing young Catholic w…
    - 21 hours ago25 Mar 17, 6:04pm -
  • newAlways Ready to Do the Lord's Will
    "The Virgin is the One who continues to listen, always ready to do the Lord's will; she is an example for the believer who lives in search of God."~ Pope Benedict XVI
    - 22 hours ago25 Mar 17, 5:05pm -
  • newThe Annunciation, a Reflection
    Day by Day with María: The Annunciation, a Reflection: "The Annunciation by Dorothy Webster Hawksley The Annunciation by Bartolome Esteban Murillo In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel..."
    - 22 hours ago25 Mar 17, 4:41pm -
  • newDay 41, Nineveh 90 - God Strong - Nineveh 90
    Day 41, Nineveh 90 - God Strong - Nineveh 90Fr. Richard Heilman
    - 23 hours ago25 Mar 17, 4:17pm -
  • newThe Annunciation: A Brief Theological Look
    The Annunciation: A Brief Theological Look: "The Annunciation begins to reveal the salvific plan God has for his people in announcing the coming of the God-man. Mariology begins to take shape and dogmas such as the Immaculate Conception guided by tr…
    - 23 hours ago25 Mar 17, 4:17pm -
  • newThe Church Cannot Teach Error
    The Church Cannot Teach Error, Because She Was Founded by Jesus Christ, Who is God Himself The Church has no fear of being on the “wrong side of history”, for her Bridegroom is seated at the right hand of the Father. Msgr. Charles Pope
    - 23 hours ago25 Mar 17, 3:59pm -
  • newHow We Give Hell a Chance
    How We Give Hell a Chance Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky
    - 23 hours ago25 Mar 17, 3:52pm -

Joy of 9

  • The Annunciation Through The Eyes Of Modern Artists
    Modern artist cast a new light on the Annunciation and reach a new generation who are perhaps turned off by some sentimental, pious art.         Gottfried Helnwein The Annunciation is celebrated on March 25th.The artistic tradition continues thro…
    - 1 day ago25 Mar 17, 5:05am -
  • Even Our Guinea Pig Had a Household Chore
    No able-bodied human or animal would live in my house without contributing in some way to our household The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the family as the original cell of society which teaches children all about justice and responsib…
    - 4 days ago22 Mar 17, 3:10am -
  • #LoveRebelMom and Blogger Melanie Jean Juneau
    Melanie Jean Juneau is a fellow Catholic mum blogger whom I’ve only met via email. She’s one of the contributors of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood. Among the five of us who wrote the anthology, she has the most kids and also the oldest kids. I…
    - 5 days ago22 Mar 17, 1:10am -
  • St. Joseph Through the Eyes of Modern Artists
    St. Joseph was a worker, strong, capable but spiritual enough to see and hear messages from God. He was courageous enough act on those commands even though they went against all common sense. His young betrothed pregnant yet a virgin? A move to Egypt…
    - 7 days ago19 Mar 17, 11:30pm -
  • Worth Revisiting: Loving Lent?
    Often people think of Lent as a time to share in the suffering of Christ yet when they try to suffer for Christ, they become morose, centring more on their own sacrificial devotions than on God. Of course, Lent IS a time to get rid of the flub in our…
    - 12 days ago15 Mar 17, 12:44am -
  • No Other Sign Will Be Given
    Today’s Gospel: Luke 11: 29-32 Did you notice this Gospel reading opens when the crowds gathering around Jesus were actually increasing? Christ’s angry reaction to this growing number of followers is shocking at first glance. However, these peopl…
    - 18 days ago8 Mar 17, 6:27pm -
  • It’s Never a Good Idea to Discuss Religion?
    Some people think it’s never a good idea to discuss religion. We should rather stick to polite conversation.
    - 19 days ago8 Mar 17, 1:30am -

Reconciled to You

  • new#LentenWalk Photo Challenge Week 3
    #Good#VictoryThis sunset was experienced on my trip to Los Angeles a few years ago.  There is a filter on this picture, because I decided to use Lo-Fi for the entire Photo Challenge, however, even the original picture could not capture the actual BE…
    - 14 hours ago26 Mar 17, 12:59am -
  • #FlashbackFriday - Confession, Chickens and Our Worth
    The March CWBN Blog Hop is FANTASTIC!That time I was SWORE at by a angry TEEN! #ConfirmationRetret#LentenWalk Reflection for WINE Lenten Book ClubOn A Seeking Heart this week.... [...]
    - 2 days ago24 Mar 17, 11:03am -
  • #WorthRevisit - 5 Simple Conversations with God

    - 4 days ago22 Mar 17, 10:51am -
  • Confession of a Confession Chicken
    What Was I So Afraid of Once upon a time, Reconciliation to me was the practice of entering into a little room to speak with a priest, whom you may or may not know, and dumping your laundry list of all those 'should have not' or 'should have but did…
    - 6 days ago20 Mar 17, 5:29pm -
  • #FlashbackFriday - Missed Opportunities, Forgiveness & Prayer Daily Reflection Today’s Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46One of the privileges I’m bestowed in my parish is to bring Eucharist to the home-bound. As an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, I’m blessed to not only share Jesus but…
    - 9 days ago17 Mar 17, 4:19am -

Snoring Scholar

  • Born on Mary’s Feast
    Being born on the feast of Mary, Mother of God is no small thing. This is the story of how my daughter was born on Mary's feast day.This post Born on Mary’s Feast appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 84 days ago2 Jan 17, 2:00am -
  • My Favorite Recipe: Notsanga
    Twice-modified from a Rachael Ray recipe. 2 16oz cans of Spaghetti Sauce 1 lb short-cut pasta such as rotini or penne1 16oz bag of shredded cheese – mozzarella works best 1 lb of ground beef, sausage, or pepperoni (or omit the meat for a great Lent…
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  • Ungifted: Here’s Why 11-Year-Old Fern Calls It a 5-Star Read
    Fern (age 11) reads and reviews Ungifted, by Gordon Korman. Turns out she loves it, and what she has to say piques my interest, too!This post Ungifted: Here’s Why 11-Year-Old Fern Calls It a 5-Star Read appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 30 Oct 16, 4:24pm -
  • 6 People Every Mom’s Met at Mass
    There are at least 6 people every mom's met at Mass...each of them inspiring a different prayer response...This post 6 People Every Mom’s Met at Mass appeared first on Snoring Scholar.
    - 12 Oct 16, 2:21am -
  • 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…
    - 7 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…
    - 4 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.
    - 24 Sep 16, 10:59am -

Embedded Faith

  • Third and Fourth Sunday of Lent - Cycle A Images
    Third Sunday of LentFourth Sunday of Lent var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
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  • Lenten Covers 2017
    Three new covers for use in the Lenten Season.  var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
    - 20 days ago6 Mar 17, 4:12pm -
  • First  and Second Sunday of Lent - Cycle  A  Images
    It's hard to believe that Lent is here and it's time for a  new Lenten Series .  Based on the readings for each week of Cycle A  - I will be sharing a set of matching images for you to use.First Sunday of Lent Cover:First  Sunday of Lent Second…
    - 26 days ago28 Feb 17, 4:30pm -
  • Ash Wednesday Covers - 2017
    A few new designs to add to the Ash Wednesday offerings!  The one below is a remake of an older image.    To see some of  my prior years images be sure to check out the  covers in   Ash Wednesday - Lent.   var addthis_config = {"data_track_…
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  • Valentines Day Facebook Covers
    Four new covers/images  that can be used for Valentines day or anytime you want to share the LOVE!And be sure to check out these Valentine images from my archives:  14 Valentines from God and Share the Love var addthis_config = {"data_track_addre…
    - 51 days ago3 Feb 17, 4:22pm -
  • The 2016 Christmas Covers!
    This is my favorite time of year to create new covers.  I love trying to mix together images to create what I hope are some unique covers to share  the Good News of this joyous season.     Enjoy these  new covers and have a blessed Christmas ev…
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  • Fourth Sunday of Advent  Facebook Cover and Images - Cycle A
    Because of my mixup on the second Sunday of Advent - you will get double your pleasure for  this week.  There are two versions  of each  image (a cover and matching timeline image)  for using the focus of the week as "faith" or  "peace."  My…
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Association of Catholic Women Bloggers

  • newKnowledge: Opening the Gift
    The quote is from Tennyson's "Ulysses," among my favorite poems; and the source for my Google Plus tagline: "...To follow knowledge, like a sinking star,"Beyond the utmost bound of human thought...."("Ulysses," Tennyson (1833))I'm not "an idle king,"…
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  • new10 Minute Daily Retreat 5th Station: Jesus is judged by Pilate
    Being judged and wrongly declared guilty is a horrible experience. I had a taste of this once when a valuable item went missing in my share household and everything pointed to me.It's equally as devastating when you are judged and victimised for sta…
    - 3 hours ago26 Mar 17, 12:01pm -
  • newOur Lady: Queen of Ireland
    I'm a week late in sharing this, but I always love learning new Irish things, and I thought you might too! My March column at has some fun info about the Irish love for Our Lady: Our Lady: Queen of Ireland. Happy Feast of the Annuncia…
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  • newThe Annunciation Through The Eyes Of Modern Artists
    Modern artists are still fascinated by Mary and her encounter with the angel Gabriel.There are so many moments to capture her initial shock, fear, sense of awe and wonder, questions, acceptance and final glorious infilling by the Holy Spirit.Each art…
    - 18 hours ago25 Mar 17, 9:14pm -
  • newAs the Morning Rising: A Paste of Clay and Spittle
    As the Morning Rising: A Paste of Clay and Spittle: Sight I did not see the wind But I saw a rain drop Blown clean off a leaf That had been shaken I did not see the secret ...
    - 22 hours ago25 Mar 17, 5:16pm -
  • newA Core Fact
    So, if you have been following my blog for any length of time, you have probably figured out that I like analogies. It is also the way God gets my attention and speaks to me.I believe the Lord gave me an analogy that some people reading this blog pos…
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  • Much Ado About Mary
    Once upon a time there was an old priest who became rather forgetful and tired of giving sermons at Mass on Sunday.He used to write down his sermons and then read them at Mass; but more often than not he used to forget bringing his sermons to churc…
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The Catholic Catalogue

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

  • Saint Valentine, Patron of Agape
       A Cloud of Witnesses The Letter to the Hebrews tells us (Hebrews 12:1) that we live out our life of faith here on earth in view of a “cloud of witnesses”, which is to say our holy predecessors. They watch over us from before the Throne of…
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  • Catholicism, Faith, & the Power of Imagination
    Catholicism and Cool Stuff     One of the attractive things about Catholicism is that, traditionally anyway, it has always included a lot of Cool Stuff: gorgeous music and art (a sampling of which I try to showcase on my blog), beautiful churches…
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  • Life Sells Chips (or, Chips Sell Life)
    An earlier version of this Worth Revisiting post first appeared on 8 February 2016 on the blog Principium et Finis. To enjoy the work of other faithful Catholic bloggers please see Worth Revisiting Wednesday, hosted by Elizabeth Reardon at theol…
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  • Killing Is Not Compassion
    I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice, and cleaving to him .…
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  • Suffering, Atheism, and The Presentation of The Lord
    (An earlier version of this post was published on The Feast of the Presentation, February 2nd, 2015, on the blog Principium et Finis.)And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mot…
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  • Life Sells
    An earlier version of this Worth Revisiting post first appeared as a part of my Sunday Snippets post on 1 February 2015 on the blog Principium et Finis. To enjoy the work of other faithful Catholic bloggers please see Worth Revisiting Wednesday, host…
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  • The Baptism of the Lord: An Icon of Grace
    The Baptism of Christ by Tintoretto Today we observe Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and so on the last day of the Christmas Season we celebrate the first event in the Public Ministry of Jesus.  All four Gospels tell of John’s baptism of Je…
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