Tony Agnesi

  • Living in a Connected World
    “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus”  –1Thessalonians 5:16-18   We are living in a ...
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  • Trust Like Children
    Today I held my grandson Luca. Not just for a few minutes but for over an hour. He was having a tough time sleeping with stomach gas and the only ...
    - 17 days ago 5 Nov 17, 5:26am -
  • Now on Sale! A Storytellers Guide to a Grace-Filled Life
    Greetings! It has been several months since I have published a new story and podcast.  I took the time away from the blog to complete my first book, A Storytellers ...
    - 32 days ago 21 Oct 17, 2:05pm -
  • Your Joy May Be Complete
    “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept ...
    - 23 Jul 17, 2:18pm -
  • Lord, If You Had Been Here
    ***This past month I have been completing the editing of my book, A Storytellers Guide to a Grace-Filled Life, that I hope to publish this September.  As I work to ...
    - 2 Apr 17, 1:48pm -
  • Quit Your Complaining!
    “If you are not grateful for the things you have, what makes you think you will be grateful for the things you want.”  –Tony Agnesi Every March, Diane and I ...
    - 19 Mar 17, 6:57pm -

Virginia Lieto

  • Julia’s Gifts; Great War, Great Love – Book 1 – Book Review
    In Julia ‘s Gifts, Ellen Gable whisks us away to war-torn France, circa 1917-1918. The setting: World War I. The main character: Miss Julia Murphy. In this tightly woven love story, we see Julia Murphy exhibit many virtuous qualities; generosity of…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 17, 1:30pm -
  • Ungratefulness is Ugly: Count Your Blessings, Be Grateful
    Do you know “Debbie Downer?” She’s that person that always has something to gripe about. You never see her in a good mood. She is too busy feeling sorry for herself to ever say “thank you” for anything. Debbie doesn’t have many friends, a…
    - 7 days ago 15 Nov 17, 1:30pm -
  • Had I Really Forgiven the Bullies?
    Forgiveness can take seventy times just to get it right! I thought I had forgiven the bullies who verbally abused me in grade school, until one recent Sunday, when I heard the Gospel from Matthew where it states, Then Peter approaching Him asked, ‘…
    - 9 days ago 13 Nov 17, 1:30pm -
  • Carrying Our Crosses Can Be a Struggle
    If it was easy to carry our crosses, we would all do it willingly. Instead, it can be a struggle at times. We are all given something to bear in life that we wish we did not have to endure. For me, God gave me clubbed feet. My cross is a visible sign…
    - 14 days ago 8 Nov 17, 1:30pm -
  • Self-Giving Love: Giving Without Expecting Repayment
    The definition of self-giving love is to give without expecting repayment. With self-giving love, one gives from the heart, solely because he/she loves another for the sake of that person. There is no self-interest; only concern for the other person.…
    - 16 days ago 6 Nov 17, 1:30pm -
  • All Saints Day: Source of Virtuous Inspiration
    We take this day to remember all those saints who walked our path before us, triumphing in the face of adversity by placing their trust in God. Some of those saints are famous, like Saint Augustine, or Saint Francis of Assisi. And then, there are tho…
    - 21 days ago 1 Nov 17, 12:30pm -

Harvesting the Fruits of Contemplation

  • Eucharistic Reflection - The Bread of Life
    (Photo by Michael Seagriff)Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration offers to our people the opportunity to join those in religious life to pray for the salvation of the world, souls everywhere and peace on earth. We cannot underestimate the power of prayer a…
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  • Pondering Tidbits of Truth - November 16, 2017
    Add captionPondering Tidbits of Truth is my simple and inadequate way of providing nuggets of spiritual wisdom for you to chew on from time to timeSt. John of Avila"Dear brothers and sisters, I pray God may open your eyes and let you see what hidden…
    - 6 days ago 16 Nov 17, 10:30am -
  • Worth Revisiting - Hidden God
    It is a privilege  to share one of my posts with Allison Gingras at Reconciled to You and Elzabeth Riordan at Theology is A Verb as part of their weekly Worth Revisiting promotion.Stop for a visit here.My contribution this week is short and direct:O…
    - 7 days ago 15 Nov 17, 2:37am -
  • Eucharistic Reflection - Our Waiting Lord
    He loves. He hopes. He waits. If He came down on our altars on certain days only, some sinner, on being moved to repentance, might have to look for Him, and not finding Him, have to wait. Our Lord prefers to wait Himself for the sinner for years rath…
    - 8 days ago 14 Nov 17, 10:30am -
  • Virtual Book Tour - Julia's Gift
    Let me be honest. I am not a romance novel kind of guy but whenever Ellen Gable asks me if I would like a review copy of her most recent effort, I never hesitate to answer in the affirmative. Ellen is a superb storyteller, whose unique story lines a…
    - 9 days ago 13 Nov 17, 10:30am -
  • Worth Revisiting - The Shameful Silence of Our Spiritual Shepherds

    - 14 days ago 8 Nov 17, 2:28am -

Love Alone Creates

  • When You Feel Stuck
    Right now I feel stuck. I mean good and rooted in some kind of nowhere, a limbo of sorts, a holding pattern. Call it what you want, feeling like nothing is moving forward is a frustrating place to be. Of course, there are all sorts of beautiful and p…
    - 7 days ago 15 Nov 17, 1:00pm -
  • Becoming a New Creation
    “I can’t do this again,” I sighed to myself as we entered our new home. There had been too much transition, too much unknown, going on in recent days. We had to say goodbye to our friends and neighbors in our sleepy rural town, one in which we…
    - 14 days ago 8 Nov 17, 1:00pm -
  • A Heart Like Mary’s
    Do you ever wonder what life would be like if understood and truly lived through Mary’s eyes? What about her heart? Can we really ask to obtain her heart and all of the qualities contained therein? Author Fr. Edward Looney believes so. In his Intro…
    - 21 days ago 1 Nov 17, 12:00pm -
  • Super Girls and Halos
    What do you get when you cross a love of super hero(in)es and holy protagonists with saints? You get a fresh new book by author Maria Morera Johnson called Super Girls and Halos. She explains in the Introduction that many heroic protagonists beloved…
    - 28 days ago 25 Oct 17, 12:00pm -
  • Working Deeply and Meaningfully
    For a long time – years, I’d say – I’ve been restless within every time I used social media to promote my work as a burgeoning writer. Everyone told me early on, “You have to use social media. You need a platform in order to be deemed credi…
    - 35 days ago 18 Oct 17, 12:00pm -
  • Ignite Your Faith
    I’ve always been a fan of Sonja Corbitt’s writing. She cuts straight to the heart of a particular spiritual matter, and she is very authentic in relaying her own wrestling with certain vices. It’s heartening to know one is not alone in one’s…
    - 42 days ago 11 Oct 17, 12:00pm -

David Torkington

  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 13 – The Canticle to Brother Sun
    After St Francis h received the Stigmata he travelled all the way back to Assisi on a donkey for he could not walk. Nor could he see or hear much, because he was filled with such sublime joy ...The post St Francis of Assisi – Part 13 – The Canti…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 17, 7:21pm -
  • From Toy Town With Love
    Love cannot be forced on anyone, and if that is true of our love, it is the same with God's love that is at all times being poured out from the loving heart of the Risen Christ. The post From Toy Town With Love appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 16 days ago 6 Nov 17, 11:12pm -
  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 12 – Francis Receives the Stigmata
    Francis set out for La Verna, the mountain which had been given to him by Count Orlando dei Cattani as a place of retreat ten years before. It was here that he began to pray as never before...The post St Francis of Assisi – Part 12 – Francis Rec…
    - 19 days ago 3 Nov 17, 5:33pm -
  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 11 – A New Rule
    “Then Francis lifted up his voice and cried out, ‘Lord answer for me’ and then everyone heard the voice of Christ. ‘Francis there is nothing in this rule of yours that is not mine .....The post St Francis of Assisi – Part 11 – A New Rule…
    - 39 days ago 14 Oct 17, 11:17pm -
  • Are you a self-made man who worships his maker?
    Like most European Catholics I was born and brought up in the aftermath of the Renaissance influenced by a spirituality that owed as much to the rise of humanism as to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.The post Are you a self-made man who worships his make…
    - 45 days ago 8 Oct 17, 7:14pm -
  • St Francis of Assisi – Part 10 – The Desire for Martyrdom
    For the first three centuries after the death of Christ, martyrdom came to be seen as the perfection of the Christian life. The post St Francis of Assisi – Part 10 – The Desire for Martyrdom appeared first on David Torkington.
    - 48 days ago 5 Oct 17, 9:13pm -

Jean Heimann

  • Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    November 21 is the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates the fact that the parents of Our Lady brought her to the Temple and handed her over to live there for a long period as a v…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 17, 9:56pm -
  • Miraculous Medal Novena begins
    The novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal begins on November 19 and continues through November 27. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure, who was then a 24-year-old novice, three times. On July 18, 1830, the first apparition…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 17, 10:36pm -
  • 7 Quick Takes: Music, Movies, Books, Saints, and More
    1. What I am singing now: We are learning this hymn in choir for Advent and Christmas.   © 2017 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. **ALL IMAGES ARE PROPERTY OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC. FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY. SALE, DUPLICATION OR TRANSFER OF…
    - 5 days ago 17 Nov 17, 6:04am -
  • The Star: A Must-See Christmas Movie
    Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Film Description In AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village…
    - 6 days ago 16 Nov 17, 5:19am -
  • St. Albert the Great: Doctor of the Church
    By Jean M. Heimann Today, November 15, the Church celebrates St. Albert the Great, “the light of Germany”, uniquely named the “Universal Doctor” because of his vast knowledge and writings. He was the greatest German philosopher and theologian…
    - 7 days ago 15 Nov 17, 5:04am -
  • St. Lawrence O’Toole: Archbishop and Patron of Dublin
    The saint of the day for November 14 is St. Lawrence O’Toole, a Benedictine abbot and archbishop of Dublin. St. Lawrence is the patron saint of the archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland. St. Lawrence O’Toole was born around 1128 in County Kildare, Irel…
    - 9 days ago 13 Nov 17, 9:32pm -

Joy Alive in Our Hearts

  • NewThanksgiving Blessings: Edelweiss and the Doxology
    Our family tradition for Thanksgiving grace is sung to the tune of  “Edelweiss” from the Sound of Music. The Von Trapp family at the festival performed the forbidden national anthem as they prepared to escape the country. Bless our friends, ……
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  • Friars Corner: Jesus rewards his friends
    Have a Blessed and Safe Thanksgiving. Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-21, 30-31; Ps 128:1-5; 1 Thes 5:1-6; Mt 25:14-15, 19-21 Now, at the next to the last Sunday of our church year, we look at the rewards we can expect from our … Continue reading →The pos…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 17, 9:00pm -
  • Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 11-17-17
    Joy Story: Finding Jesus in the Eucharist A retreat to remember Friars Corner: New Wisdom of Jesus for our life  The post Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 11-17-17 appeared first on JOY Alive in our hearts.
    - 5 days ago 17 Nov 17, 11:48pm -
  • Joy Story: Finding Jesus in the Eucharist
    By Greg Wasinski As a lifelong Catholic, I spent many years going through the motions of Mass, catechism class, sacramental preparation and prayer without allowing myself to appreciate the beauty of our faith.  During an adult period of my life, ……
    - 6 days ago 16 Nov 17, 1:00pm -
  • A retreat to remember
    Featured on CatholicWritersGuild.com The camaraderie with other writers at the Catholic Writers Retreat was exciting and the speakers encouraging. The space and time to write was a breath of peace in my over busy life. We had plenty of time … Conti…
    - 8 days ago 14 Nov 17, 3:20pm -

If I Might Interject

  • NewThoughts on the Ultramontanism Label
    A tactic used by some foes of the Pope is discrediting his defenders by calling them Ultramontanist or Ultramontane. The term has had different connotations in different ages of the Church. Initially, it was used to denote Catholics who defended the…
    - 20 hours ago 21 Nov 17, 5:08pm -
  • A Little Knowledge is Dangerous
    …as I went away, I thought to myself, “I am wiser than this man; for neither of us really knows anything fine and good, but this man thinks he knows something when he does not, whereas I, as I do not know anything, do not think I do either. I see…
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 17, 6:35pm -
  • The Blind Leading the Blind
    Have you ever encountered someone who speaks confidently on a subject and offers his opinion as fact—but makes many errors about that subject? It happens in all areas of life. I find that it usually happens when a person assumes that what they have…
    - 6 days ago 16 Nov 17, 7:01pm -
  • Reformation Day 2017 and Catholic Dissent
    With the run up to “Reformation Day,” we’re seeing some Protestant groups bring up the false claims of things the first Protestants “saved” people from. While the rehashed assertions are annoying (we never believed what they accused us of),…
    - 22 days ago 31 Oct 17, 4:08pm -
  • 14 Thoughts on Properly Understanding Church Teaching
    IntroductionLast week, the Pope gave an address on the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In it he startled some people by proposing that the section on the Death Penalty be revised, saying it was never legitimate to use. As us…
    - 35 days ago 18 Oct 17, 4:29pm -
  • The Fatal Flaw: Thoughts on the Anti-Francis Rebellion
    The critics of Pope Francis unrelentingly tell us that he is promoting confusion and error in the Church through either malice or incompetence. They point to certain quotes popularized in the media and unfavorably contrast it with previous Catholic t…
    - 55 days ago 28 Sep 17, 5:11pm -

Theology is a Verb

  • Good and Faithful Servant
    “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one– to each according to his ability…” Mt 25: 14-30  Today’s Gospel reading, if only taken o…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 17, 7:45pm -
  • Worth Revisting: A Parish on the Move
    As far as parish life goes, it has been a very busy weekend for my parish collaborative family. Yet, when I think of it this is not that unusual for these two parishes as there always seems to be something going on. Whether it be school events, bibl…
    - 8 days ago 15 Nov 17, 12:07am -
  • Worth Revisiting: Doorway Into Our Souls III
    Other posts on Teresa of Avila’s, An Interior Castle can be found here: Part 1 and Part 2 Persevering in our journey through the Interior Castle with Teresa of Avila we reflect on the 4th dwelling place.. Finally willing to submit and surrender…
    - 14 days ago 8 Nov 17, 1:00am -
  • Reaching For the Poles
    At the age of 7, I had decided to teach myself to roller skate. Birthday money in hand, I selected a beautiful pair of skates coupled with amply cushioned knee and elbow pads. Not wanting to wait till I made it to the rink to practice, a surefire way…
    - 16 days ago 6 Nov 17, 12:16pm -
  • Worth Revisiting: 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…
    - 22 days ago 1 Nov 17, 12:00am -
  • Messy Work
    There honestly is no other way of describing it- the work of evangelization is a messy work. It isn’t that the message itself is cloudy or unclear, for the love of the Gospel given is simple.  “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you als…
    - 23 days ago 30 Oct 17, 11:00am -

Big C Catholic

  • NewPraying for the Church Suffering: A Method of Reciting the Rosary for the Poor Souls in Purgatory
    Here we pray the Sorrowful Mysteries. Before each decade, we pray what concerns the particular mystery, and instead of ending the decades with Glory Be…, we pray:Lord, grant them eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon them!Begin the Rosary…
    - 14 hours ago 21 Nov 17, 11:07pm -
  • NewChrist the King Novena 2017 | Day 6
    November 22, 2017Today, let us continue to pray that God will reign in our will, above all else, and that our will may be aligned with His Will. "Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our L…
    - 15 hours ago 21 Nov 17, 10:14pm -
  • NewSt. Alphonsus Liguori on Praying for the Holy Souls
    The practice of recommending to God the souls in Purgatory, that He may mitigate the great pains which they suffer, and that He may soon bring them to His glory, is most pleasing to the Lord and most profitable to us. For these blessed souls are His…
    - 17 hours ago 21 Nov 17, 8:00pm -
  • NewSaint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr
    Memorial - November 22nd When Saint Augustine famously said, "One who sings prays twice," he may have been thinking of the early Church martyr most often associated with music. Saint Cecilia has often been depicted in art with either an organ or a…
    - 18 hours ago 21 Nov 17, 7:05pm -
  • Blessed John Henry Newman on Satan’s Deception
    Do you think Satan is so unskillful in his craft, as to ask you openly and plainly to join him in his warfare against the Truth? He scoffs at morals, and at every institution which reveres them. He prompts you what to say, and then listens to you, an…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 17, 10:00pm -
  • Christ the King Novena 2017 | Day 5
    November 21, 2017Today, let us continue pray that God will reign in our minds and hearts, and that we will love Him above all things. Lord we ask for the grace to place you above the powers of this world in all things, to obey you before any civic au…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 17, 9:53pm -

Catholic Fire

  • Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    November 21 is the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates the fact that the parents of Our Lady brought her to the Temple and handed her over to live there for a long period as a v…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 17, 9:56pm -
  • Miraculous Medal Novena begins
    The novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal begins on November 19 and continues through November 27. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure, who was then a 24-year-old novice, three times. On July 18, 1830, the first apparition…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 17, 10:36pm -
  • 7 Quick Takes: Music, Movies, Books, Saints, and More
    1. What I am singing now: We are learning this hymn in choir for Advent and Christmas.   © 2017 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. **ALL IMAGES ARE PROPERTY OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC. FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY. SALE, DUPLICATION OR TRANSFER OF…
    - 5 days ago 17 Nov 17, 6:04am -
  • The Star: A Must-See Christmas Movie
    Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Film Description In AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village…
    - 6 days ago 16 Nov 17, 5:19am -
  • St. Albert the Great: Doctor of the Church
    By Jean M. Heimann Today, November 15, the Church celebrates St. Albert the Great, “the light of Germany”, uniquely named the “Universal Doctor” because of his vast knowledge and writings. He was the greatest German philosopher and theologian…
    - 7 days ago 15 Nov 17, 5:04am -
  • St. Lawrence O’Toole: Archbishop and Patron of Dublin
    The saint of the day for November 14 is St. Lawrence O’Toole, a Benedictine abbot and archbishop of Dublin. St. Lawrence is the patron saint of the archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland. St. Lawrence O’Toole was born around 1128 in County Kildare, Irel…
    - 9 days ago 13 Nov 17, 9:32pm -

Patty Maguire Armstrong

  • Exorcist and Padre Pio on Angels
    While many of us have felt our angel’s presence at times or at least trust that he’s there, what do all the guardian angels do when people turn from God? Are they still on guard? During an interview with Father Patrick, (not his real name) an ex…
    - 5 days ago 17 Nov 17, 5:01pm -
  • Beach Blanket Apologetics
    Several years ago, at a beach outing, I was riddled with questions about Catholics by several non-Catholic moms. It was a get-together with homeschoolers and I was the lone Catholic that day.  I no longer homeschool, but I had learned early on that…
    - 9 days ago 13 Nov 17, 7:54pm -
  • Black Elk Cause for Canonization Opened
    Nicholas Black Elk, a former Lakota medicine man from South Dakota, is on the path of sainthood.  The Mass, which opened his cause for canonization, was celebrated by Bishop Robert Gruss on October 21 at Holy Rosary Church near Pine Ridge, S.D.  Du…
    - 19 days ago 3 Nov 17, 7:19pm -
  • An Exorcist's Perspective on Las Vegas Shooting
    What level of evil possessed Stephen Paddock to open fire from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel onto a crowd of concertgoers, killing 59 and injuring over 500?  In a place nicknamed “sin city” is Las Vegas in need of spiritual healing?Last we…
    - 22 days ago 31 Oct 17, 4:47pm -
  • This Week in Scary News
    “Your articles are so negative,” I was recently told. “You go after people and act like you are better than them.”I considered my articles—miracles, inspiration, the Blessed Mother, exorcists, news…and yes, occasional commentary on things…
    - 26 days ago 27 Oct 17, 4:41pm -
  • Ask for Holy Desire
    I don’t desire death.  I’m not talking about the kind that comes from depression but the sort written about in the personal diary of St. Jean de Brebeuf, (1593 – 1649). “For the last two days I’ve experience the desire to be a martyr.” D…
    - 28 days ago 25 Oct 17, 6:28pm -

A Living Monstrance

  • NewIt’s Not the Crime. It’s the Coverup
    I have a friend who is an agent in the Secret Service. So, one day we were talking and I asked him, “So, you guard the President?” And he said, “Yup. The president, diplomats, all of them.” And he began to tell me about his office job. He doe…
    - 13 hours ago 21 Nov 17, 11:49pm -
  • Be Ready to Rise
    There you are, in the great valley in the middle of the Andes Mountains in the center of what is now Ecuador, right in the middle of the entire planet. You are one of the Quitos, and it is the year 500. You rise early in the morning to catch the sunr…
    - 7 days ago 15 Nov 17, 11:09pm -
  • Jesus Gets Rid of the Camel
    Early on in my first times in Ecuador, I went out to one of the rural areas wearing short pants. When I came back, I realized one of the reasons that short pants are not popular in the campo: my legs were covered with mosquito bites, and my feet had…
    - 17 days ago 5 Nov 17, 8:06pm -
  • Already Prepared
    A few weeks ago, a friend called me up. “I am going to a road race in your neighborhood tomorrow morning, do you want to run it?” After working out some of the details, I decided to say yes. I had never run a road race before in my life, and I wa…
    - 23 days ago 30 Oct 17, 9:19am -
  • It’s a Birth
    A few years ago, I was in the village of Chontal for Mother’s Day weekend. It got very dark on that Saturday, the day before Mother’s Day, at about 4pm in the afternoon. It was darker than I had ever seen it before, and people knew it was going t…
    - 25 days ago 28 Oct 17, 8:21pm -
  • Provisions Come *After* You Accept
    In the small villages of Ecuador, wherever there is a chapel or a church, there are always bells. They don’t ring them out in the day to indicate noontime or 6pm, like they do in the States. That’s what we use them for. But we’ve lost the real…
    - 39 days ago 14 Oct 17, 10:19pm -

These Stone Walls

  • NewA Harvest Moon Before Christ the King
    The Gospel for the Solemnity of Christ the King sets the standard by which our souls are measured for eternity. Heaven requires faith, mercy, and a little humility. It was never intended this way, but the Solemnity of Christ the King occurs on the Su…
    - 6 hours ago 22 Nov 17, 7:06am -
  • From a Prison Library: The Stories that Set Us Free
    Puritans be warned! Some tales from a prison library cannot be told, not even by a prisoner-priest, without the telling being a tad irreverent and even outrageous. Not long ago, I wrote a post that became far more popular with readers than my usual p…
    - 7 days ago 15 Nov 17, 6:10am -
  • Cry Freedom: A Prisoner Unlocks Doors from the Inside
    A young prisoner’s quest for knowledge took him from illiteracy to a high school diploma with honors. It unlocked prison doors to a freedom that can last a lifetime. “Return to your stronghold, O Prisoner of hope; today I declare that I will rest…
    - 14 days ago 8 Nov 17, 5:31am -
  • Origin by Dan Brown, Like The Da Vinci Code, Is Bunk

    - 21 days ago 1 Nov 17, 4:57am -
  • Plea Deals or a Life Sentence in the Live Free or Die State
    New Hampshire Judge Arthur Brennan sentenced this falsely accused Catholic priest to more than 30 times the plea deal he would have taken had he in fact been guilty. In January, 2016, I wrote a post for These Stone Walls entitled, “American Crime S…
    - 28 days ago 25 Oct 17, 4:44am -

Sacramental Life

  • “The Snake and the Rosary” of St. John Bosco – November 12, 2017
    Dreams are a product of our unconscious mind and imagination. To pay too much attention to them is foolhardy. The inspired writer Sirach wrote “dreams give wings to fools.” (Sir. 34:1) But, not all dreams are created equal. Some dreams are more t…
    - 11 days ago 11 Nov 17, 11:51pm -
  • Purgatory and the Communion of Saints – November 11, 2017
    “No man is an island,” so Pope Benedict XVI reminds us in his encyclical letter Spe Salvi (“Saved in Hope”). We are each bound to one another “through innumerable interactions” so that: “No one lives alone. No one sins alone. No one is…
    - 11 days ago 11 Nov 17, 11:46pm -
  • The 100 Years War: The Church and Communism – October 16, 2017
    The past 100 years from 1917 to 2017 have been an encapsulation of the protoevangelium, when God told the serpent “I will put enmity between you and the woman.” This 100-years-war has signified a most pronounced phase in the enmity. It began in 1…
    - 36 days ago 17 Oct 17, 4:25am -
  • The Power of Silence Amidst the Noise of the World – September 12, 2017
    Saint John tells us in the Book of Revelation “when the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” (Rev. 8:1) The silence of heaven rests above the great din of the world. Before the immensity of the Infini…
    - 71 days ago 12 Sep 17, 4:04am -
  • The Only Thing that Matters – September 11, 2017
    Life is fleetingly short. The minutes and seconds of our earthly lives are trickling down inexorably like grains of sand falling through the hourglass. Christ on his judgment seat holds the hourglass for each of our lives, watching, and waiting for t…
    - 72 days ago 11 Sep 17, 9:53pm -
  • Mary and The Great American Solar Eclipse – August 16, 2017
    Darkness is coming over America. For the first time in nearly 100 years a total solar eclipse will be visible from coast to coast across the United States. Monday August 21st will be “The Great American Eclipse.” It will be an American-centric ev…
    - 97 days ago 17 Aug 17, 2:58am -

Single Mom Smiling

The Catholic Comundrum

  • Alexa - A Gift of Independence
    “Alexa!  Please play the 1812 Overture!”  spoke the gruff voice firmly.  Within seconds, beautiful notes floated through the air and my father-in-law smiled in content.   The newest wave in smart home technology, Amazon’s Alexa had already…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 17, 4:56am -
  • New Lego and Craft Challenge: A Month of Thanks
    It's that time again: time for a new Lego and Craft challenge!  And, of course, what better month to focus on giving thanks to God than during our nationally accepted month of thanks?  Although still keeping with this theme, we thought we would app…
    - 10 days ago 12 Nov 17, 4:53pm -
  • New Unboxing Video: My Pop-Out Kits: The Nativity & The Mass
    Looking for a really fun way to learn about the Mass and the story of the Nativity? Then you have to check out the My Pop-Out Kits from Wee Believers! Kids won't even realize that they are learning while they are playing. These two amazing products…
    - 14 days ago 8 Nov 17, 4:44pm -
  • "Don't Let the Sins Around You Keep You from the Family of God!"
    "Don't let the sins of those around you keep you from the Family of God!"  These words hung in the air during Mass this past weekend long after our parish priest had uttered them. I had been privileged to be part of a core team for a Sacred Heart of…
    - 16 days ago 6 Nov 17, 10:02pm -
  • New Video: Adorable Fall Charm and Earring Tutorial!!
    These are some of our cutest miniature creations yet!  Following her step by step instructions, Justina will prove to you that anyone can make adorable and fun  clay creations for the season!  Create a sweet-smelling pumpkin pie charm, adorable ca…
    - 22 days ago 31 Oct 17, 1:06pm -
  • A Real-Life St.Monica Story - From Death to New Life
    "It's all a bunch of bologna!" he muttered, his wrinkled face frowning in frustration.I sighed.  I had already guessed that he would feel threatened and upset when I brought up the subject of faith for the umpteenth time.  However, my aging father-…
    - 30 days ago 24 Oct 17, 12:05am -

Reconciled to You

  • #WorthRevisit ~Mary, Model of Faith & Fidelity
    With Faith Everything has PurposeThere is no doubt in my mind that coincidences are God's way of making His loving presence known.  This weekend, I spent a few hours in the hospital first visiting my father, who is suffering from Congestive Heart Fa…
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  • Pope Francis' Recipe For Holiness: One Part Grace
    The Grace Trifecta Standing before a room of 30 or so women facilitating my first faith sharing back in 2006, I fumbled around for the proper words as I tried to answer one participant's seemingly simple question on the grace of God.  What is grace…
    - 13 days ago 9 Nov 17, 8:00am -
  • A #WorthRevisit Interview and ...SOMETHING NEW!!
    A long time #FanGirl of author, Maria Morera Johnson,it is my pleasure to share SUPER BLOG TOURher amazing new book - Super Girls and Halos. Wanting to find a fun way to introduce Super Girls and Halos to you - I decided to share an interview wi…
    - 14 days ago 8 Nov 17, 4:47am -
  • #WorthRevisit - How to Pray for The Holy Souls
    Special Graces for the Holy SoulsIn November 2008, after being a Catholic for over 30 years, I was introduced to these special indulgences for faithful departed:A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in Purgatory, may be gained on the 2nd…
    - 21 days ago 1 Nov 17, 10:31am -
  • #WorthRevisit CWBN Hop Question - Why Blog?
     I REALLY dislike the Word - BLOG In 2009, as my heart was being transformed in ways I had never dreamed through a 'reversion' to the Catholic Church; so was my desire to share that joy with others. Although blogging was already a thing in 2009, my…
    - 28 days ago 25 Oct 17, 10:44am -

Embedded Faith

  • New Covers for Thanksgiving!
    Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 17, 8:35pm -
  • 10 images for Hope in Troubled Times
    In response to all of the violence and troubling events in our world.... here are 10 images that share the Hope found in  our Lord. var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
    - 47 days ago 6 Oct 17, 6:12pm -
  • By Special Request - Images for Respect Life Month
    By special request from Kathi T.  on facebook - here are some images for Respect Life Month, the month of October.  You can read more about this intiative on the USCCB website. var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
    - 57 days ago 26 Sep 17, 6:21pm -
  • By Special Request -Cover Image to Remember 9/11
    By special request from Christine L. on my facebook page - here is a cover image to remember 9/11.Thanks Christine for asking for this - this new images pairs well with a regualar sized shareable image I did awhile back which you can find -  here…
    - 75 days ago 8 Sep 17, 7:36pm -
  • Act of Faith, Hope and Love Prayers in Shareable Images
    The Act of Faith, Act of Hope and Act of Love  Catholic Prayers.   var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; [...]
    - 12 Jul 17, 8:11pm -
  • Happy 4th of July!
    A pair of shareable images to  help  celebrate the 4th in a spirit of faith. [...]
    - 27 Jun 17, 2:20pm -

Father Z's Blog

  • NewShhhh! Don’t tell Beans about the Monitum against Teilhard
    From Massimo “Beans” Faggioli today:The plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture approved a proposal asking pope Francis to remove the “Monitum” (1962) of the Holy Office against the works of Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,…
    - 20 hours ago 21 Nov 17, 4:22pm -
  • NewA priest takes his parish EAST. AD ORIENTEM!
    I found a priest’s blog with a charming name: Father Talks Too FastBack in October Fr. Joseph Faulkner preached a sermon about ad orientem worship. It’s a little weird at first, but he gets good points across.  He posted the … Continue readi…
    - 22 hours ago 21 Nov 17, 2:54pm -
  • NewRECENT POSTS and MASS FOR BENEFACTORS
    First and foremostYOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTSWe are all in this together.  Many people read this blog.  That means many people can pray for each other’s needs.  Always check this feature, which I link on the top menu.REMINDER: Registration,…
    - 22 hours ago 21 Nov 17, 2:27pm -
  • NewDo you have your 2018 Ordo?
    It’s that time of year again.Time to get your 2018 ORDO.The new liturgical year begins with Advent on 3 December.canons“Ordo” is a short way of referring to the booklet called Ordo divini officii recitandi sacrique peragendi” or else “O…
    - 23 hours ago 21 Nov 17, 1:34pm -
  • NewSummorum Pontificum in KOREAN
    This came in with the huge email bag this morning.I’m a Canadian living in Korea and I go to the once-a-month TLM every chance I get. I was hoping you could post a link to the Korean translation of Summorum … Continue reading →
    - 24 hours ago 21 Nov 17, 1:13pm -
  • 10 Questions for Bishops. Can’t answer? Then perhaps this isn’t your strongest suit.
    Originally posted on: Nov 20, 2017 @ 11:03In my text chats one of my interlocutors proposed:“Get someone from ACTON INSTITUTE to make a list of 10 questions that any bishop or priest should be able to answer correctly BEFORE opining about econo…
    - 1 day ago 21 Nov 17, 12:00pm -

A Follower of Francis

  • NewSweet and Sour Lentils
    Being a vegetarian, I don't eat turkey at Thanksgiving. One of the foods I substitute is Sweet and Sour Lentils - something that has become a Thanksgiving tradition in our family.2 cups of water1 bay leafsalt to taste1 cup washed lentils1 clove of ga…
    - 1 hour ago 22 Nov 17, 11:18am -
  • Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Solanus Casey
    Canonization Prayer O God, I adore You. I give myself to You.May I be the person You want me to be,and May Your will be done in my life today. I thank You for the gifts You gave Father Solanus.If it is Your Will, bless us with the Canonization ofFa…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 17, 9:44pm -
  • Santa season begins! (A Mall Santa's Prayer)
    A Mall Santa's Prayer As I hold each precious child let me treat each one with the love and care I'd show Your most holy Son.Pax et bonum
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 17, 10:52am -
  • Blessed Solanus Casey
    Blessed now Solanus Casey, holy doorman,may you inspire us always to give thanks.  Blessed Solanus Casey was officially beatified today. Alleluia Pax et bonum
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  • Appaloosa 2016 - Hillbilly Thomists - Wild Mountain Thyme
    Pax et bonum
    - 4 days ago 18 Nov 17, 3:03pm -
  • The Many Miracles of Solanus Casey
    He is the patron I took when I professed as a Franciscan in 2011.The Many Miracles of Solanus Casey: Many people have begged Fr. Solanus Casey for healing, during his life and after. Learn about the miracles that have led to his beatification.Pax et…
    - 5 days ago 17 Nov 17, 9:46pm -

Association of Catholic Women Bloggers

  • NewWorth Revisiting: Art Celebrates the Presentation
    In the apocryphal Infancy Narrative of James, Mary’s parents,  Joachim and Anne,  had been childless but received a heavenly message- they would have a child.In thanksgiving for the gift of their daughter, they brought her, when still a child, to…
    - 11 hours ago 22 Nov 17, 2:11am -
  • NewWonder Woman: Very Good (Though Perhaps Not Amazing)
    After months of hearing nothing but praise for the new female-driven superhero movie Wonder Woman, it's now out on DVD so I finally saw it. Needless to say, I went into it with pretty high hopes, given the massive praise I'd seen.My verdict: The prai…
    - 19 hours ago 21 Nov 17, 6:02pm -
  • New2 Major Events that Changed the World
    Welcome Friend,2 - Major Events to talk about with you today that changed the entire world:Birth of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.Going to keep this short, because there are many things I could write about Jesus.Read more
    - 19 hours ago 21 Nov 17, 5:48pm -
  • Advent Shopping list/guide
    Sunday, November 19, 2017A Very Merry Advent {Shopping Guide}So, wait?! I can't start celebrating Christmas right now? ....Well, I guess I'll twiddle my thumbs.No! >>Don't Jump The Gun.<< Some people have all their bases covered, even an Advent play…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 17, 1:50pm -
  • Julia's Gifts; Great War, Great Love - Book 1 - Book Review
    In Julia ‘s Gifts, Ellen Gable whisks us away to war-torn France, circa 1917-1918. The setting: World War I. The main character: Miss Julia Murphy. In this tightly woven love story, we see Julia Murphy exhibit many virtuous qualities; generosity of…
    - 2 days ago 20 Nov 17, 1:44pm -
  • St Francis of Assisi - Part 13 - The Canticle to Brother Sun
    After St Francis  received the Stigmata he travelled all the way back to Assisi on a donkey for he could not walk. Nor could he see or hear much, because he was filled with such sublime joy that most of the time he was lost in ecstasy. But on his re…
    - 3 days ago 19 Nov 17, 7:38pm -