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  • God’s Quiet Authority 
    Everyone seems angry. We’re all on the verge of an outburst evidently. Folks shoot each other over parking spaces, or something just as trivial. They rant over the slightest perceived offense. We’ve witnessed the decay of social interaction to th…
    - 6 days ago16 Jul 17, 9:56pm -
  • It’s not you, it’s me……
    I recently read a list of complaints about the church which was written by a young man. It touched on the variety of factors which the author felt has led to young people feeling disengaged, disillusioned, disappointed, and just “dissed” by the c…
    - 13 days ago9 Jul 17, 8:55pm -
  • The Heart’s Longing
    One of my friends often babysits for her five-year-old granddaughter, whom I’ll call Emma. Recently the three of us spent the day shopping. Emma has an amazing vocabulary for a child her age and she often surprises me with her maturity and awarenes…
    - 20 days ago2 Jul 17, 9:10pm -
  • That Cardinal In Your Garden
    Oh yes, they’re beautiful. Who could see that flash of red against a field of snow and not be struck by their beauty? Cardinals are one of those bird species that you never hear anyone complaining about. Seven states claim them as their official bi…
    - 27 days ago25 Jun 17, 9:59pm -
  • Southerners Make The Best Catholics 
    Here in the South we’re used to bragging on ourselves. Of course what other folks (spelled y-a-n-k-e-e-s) call bragging is what we just call “telling the truth.” We’ve got the prettiest women, the fastest horses, the best bourbon, the greates…
    - 34 days ago18 Jun 17, 9:35pm -
  • How To “Waste” A Summer Afternoon
    When the days grow longer and the temperatures rise, there’s something inside many of us that begs us to relax, to put our feet up…and do absolutely nothing. Maybe it’s the heat or maybe it’s just that every moment of our busy days makes us l…
    - 41 days ago11 Jun 17, 9:41pm -
  • Sidewalks and Shortcuts 
    I grew up in the country. My childhood home was at the dead end of a long gravel road, surrounded by pastures and woods. We wore paths into the grass walking from our house to the barns, to the pond, and to the vegetable garden. There were chores for…
    - 48 days ago4 Jun 17, 11:43pm -

Catholicism F.E.L.T.

  • What True Freedom Really Looks Like
    “Give me liberty or give me death!” With these notable words articulated in a 1775 speech, Patrick Henry expressed the immense desire he possessed for freedom. This statement summed up the plea that ultimately impelled the Virginia House of Burge…
    - 46 days ago7 Jun 17, 12:00am -
  • Ascending with Jesus Christ
    We know how tough departures can be. Saying “so long” or “farewell” to a loved one whom we may not see again can sometimes be a bittersweet, melancholic, heartbreaking, or even traumatic experience. These last adieus are certainly ingrained i…
    - 60 days ago24 May 17, 12:00am -
  • They'll Know Christ is Risen Through our Christian Experience
    “We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you that what God promised our ancestors He has brought to fulfillment for us, (their) children, by raising up Jesus.” (Acts 13:32-33a) Saint Paul the Apostle preached these powerful words as he add…
    - 99 days ago15 Apr 17, 12:00am -
  • What To Do With Our Suffering
    Jesus Christ stated to Saint Thomas: “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” Brothers and sisters, faith is so powerful. Faith in moments of suffering sustains, strengthens, and…
    - 10 Mar 17, 12:00am -
  • Following Through On Your Resolutions
    The first of January seemingly possesses the power to motivate us to dream again, formulate new goals, and take up new tasks. Our journey during the previous three hundred and sixty-five days probably had its share of pleasant, successful, dismal, an…
    - 14 Jan 17, 12:00am -
  • Advent - Preparing and Waiting with Hope
    I can’t wait for Christmas. It is truly one of my favorite holiday seasons. I love listening to and singing traditional Christmas carols. In addition, I enjoy spending time with my family and exchanging gifts with them. However, I do not enjoy the…
    - 28 Nov 16, 12:00am -
  • We Are Saints In the Making
    The Communion of Saints is an article of faith of the Catholic Church. The term expresses the communion in holy things shared among God’s holy people and the concept of unity and holiness among the baptized Christians in Christ. Saint Paul’s gree…
    - 31 Oct 16, 12:00am -

Peace in the World

  • newThe Gospel for Sunday, July 23rd, 2017
    The Gospel for July 23rd, 2017: “The Parable of the Weeds among the Wheat” Matthew 13: 24-33 Reflection: Dare We Have Hope? Like last Sunday, Jesus is teaching with parables in today’s gospel. The parable that dominates this passage, “Weeds a…
    - 20 hours ago22 Jul 17, 12:56pm -
  • The Gospel for Sunday, July 16th, 2017
    The Gospel for July 16th, 2017: “The Parable of the Sower” Matthew 13: 1-23 Reflection: Salvation is Gradual The wonderful thing about today’s gospel, “The Parable of the Sower,” is Jesus tells us its meaning. However, it is interesting to…
    - 9 days ago14 Jul 17, 4:39pm -
  • The Gospel for Sunday, July 9th, 2017
      The Gospel for July 9th, 2017: “The Praise of the Father” and “The Gentle Mystery of Christ” Matthew 11: 25-30 Reflection: Gone Fishin’ Okay. I didn’t actually go fishing, but I did just get back from vacation and my mind is still ther…
    - 14 days ago9 Jul 17, 12:41am -
  • The Gospel for Sunday, July 2nd, 2017
    The Gospel for July 2nd, 2017: “The Conditions of Discipleship” Matthew 10: 37-42 Reflection: Being Rightly Ordered Jesus said to his apostles: “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter…
    - 21 days ago1 Jul 17, 9:40pm -
  • The Gospel for Sunday, June 25th, 2017
    The Gospel for June 25th, 2017: “Courage Under Persecution” Matthew 10: 26-33 Reflection: Seeing Jesus in Our Enemies Last night I saw a regional theater production of Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy. The production is inspired by the highly…
    - 29 days ago24 Jun 17, 2:46pm -
  • The Gospel for Sunday, March 12th, 2017
    The Gospel for March 12th, 2017: The Transfiguration Matthew 17: 1-9 Reflection: Rest on Faith and Listen The Transfiguration gospel speaks to my need for control and familiar routines. I have spent years trying to strategically respond to and ultima…
    - 36 days ago17 Jun 17, 12:19pm -
  • The Gospel for Sunday, June 18th, 2017
    The Gospel for June 18th, 2017: The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ John 6: 51-58 Reflection: The Beautiful Mystery and Logic of the Eucharist I am quite sure when I was a younger man I did not appreciate the awesome power of the Eucharist.…
    - 36 days ago17 Jun 17, 12:09pm -

Les Femmes - The Truth

A Catholic Moment

  • newSunday, 7/23/17 – Call In a Prayer-Strike
    There’s a scene in the Mel Gibson movie, We Were Soldiers, where Gibson’s character, Lt. Col. Hal Moore is leading his regiment in the Battle of Ia Drang in Vietnam in 1965. In this particular scene, the battle has gotten [...]The post Sunday, 7…
    - 17 hours ago22 Jul 17, 4:01pm -
  • Saturday, 7/22/17 -Mary Magdalene and Our relationship with Jesus
      Why didn’t Jesus stay on earth?    Mary Magdalene was outside the tomb and in John 20:13  “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” In [...]The post Saturday,…
    - 2 days ago21 Jul 17, 8:00pm -
  • Friday, 7-21-17 Divine Twilight
    Twilight, that moment just before darkness of night covers the earth, seems to hold a mystical and magical beauty. It is exquisite, romantic and full of intrigue. Visions of fireflies, campfires, and sunsets come to my mind. Twilight, that moment [..…
    - 3 days ago20 Jul 17, 5:10pm -
  • Thursday 7/20/2017 God Calling: A Moment of Change That Lasts Forever
    It was Thursday of the fifteenth week in Ordinary time in 1997.  I was on retreat for the first time in years.  I remember the readings for today, because that day God spoke to me as clearly as he spoke [...]The post Thursday 7/20/2017 God Callin…
    - 4 days ago19 Jul 17, 4:05pm -
  • Wednesday, 7/19/17 — Getting Closer to God
    The first time I tried to call my mom while she was at work, I must have been about 7 or 8. She answered the number that she gave me with her usual work greeting. I replied, “Mom?” She said, [...]The post Wednesday, 7/19/17 — Getting Closer to…
    - 5 days ago18 Jul 17, 4:01pm -
  • Jesus Reproaches the Towns
    Suppose Jesus visits you today and asks you two questions. First, what message did the priest deliver in Sunday’s homily? Second, what did you do to follow through with what was said? How many of us would pass the test? [...]The post Jesus Reproac…
    - 6 days ago17 Jul 17, 4:00pm -
  • Monday, 7/16/17 – Baptism of a nation
    What a wonderful week of daily readings as we kick off the powerful Old Testament story of Moses and the Exodus of the Hebrews out of Egypt. There are so many powerful images in this story – brutal slavery, making [...]The post Monday, 7/16/17 –…
    - 7 days ago16 Jul 17, 8:01pm -

Jackie Parkes

Time for Reflections

  • newOld Henry's Sin
    As Father Ignatius arrived at Old Henry’s cottage he recognized the doctor’s car pulling away, so he parked in the vacant space and rang the doorbell.The seventy-five year old opened the door ashen faced and not having shaved for a few days.As…
    - 22 hours ago22 Jul 17, 10:43am -
  • I don't look good naked anymore

    - 3 days ago20 Jul 17, 1:07pm -
  • Beware of your sins
    BEWARE OF YOUR SINS
    - 9 days ago14 Jul 17, 7:37am -
  • HAPPINESS
    HERE'S A HAPPY SONG FOR YOUSING ALONG AND ENJOYSONG SUNG BYFATHER FRANCIS MAPLE
    - 15 days ago8 Jul 17, 10:47am -
  • Catholics at their best!
    CATHOLICS AT THEIR BESTWhy is it in our church we often have more than one collection? The other day we had a second collection for the "Bishop Maintenance Fund". I did not know he was falling apart.Sometimes we have a "retiring collection". Instead…
    - 17 days ago6 Jul 17, 11:05am -
  • The Pursuit
    I drove to the city, some forty miles away, for a business meeting which finished early in the afternoon. I looked forwards to an early return home relaxing with a Guinness and a football match on TV.As I drove out of the city I switched on the radio…
    - 18 days ago5 Jul 17, 9:32am -
  • Ladies - Please Fight Fair!!!
    LADIES !!!PLEASE FIGHT FAIRIt says so in the Bible.If two men are having a fightand the wife of onetries to help her husbandby grabbing hold ofthe other man's genitals,show her no mercy ...DEUTERONOMY 25:11So there !!! 
    - 20 days ago3 Jul 17, 9:34am -

Shelby Spear

  • Turns out Raising Young Adults Teaches You a Thing or Two
    Taking the time to reflect and observe the now independent creatures who sucked the life out of your DNA for eighteen years—while also filling you back up with love of course—helps you realize you actually did some things right.The post Turns ou…
    - 4 days ago18 Jul 17, 11:11pm -
  • Trusting God with Your Kids is the Ultimate Letting Go
    Motherhood is without a doubt a magnificent gift, coupled with mind-blowing uncertainty. We have no real choice but to walk by faith. Even if we have “sight”, we can’t see more than two feet in front of us on any given day.The post Trusting Go…
    - 11 days ago12 Jul 17, 4:59pm -
  • CareFREE Timelessness: A Different Kind of Liberty
    Allowing ourselves to unfurl into the grand simplicity of life, even if for a moment, can unleash a refreshing supply of joy beyond the immediate moment. Like a shot of high intensity interval training that continues to burn calories over a 48-hour p…
    - 19 days ago4 Jul 17, 1:56pm -
  • How to Find Your Identity in Christ
    Who are you and what fresh hot mess are you into now? I imagined Christ, my redeemer, asking me this often.The post How to Find Your Identity in Christ appeared first on Shelby Spear | wandering inward. reaching upward..
    - 23 days ago30 Jun 17, 3:38am -
  • Praying This Scripture as a Mom Is Risky Smart
    A willingness to give Jesus access to your heart does you and everyone around you some good. Ignoring or pretending you don’t have certain emotions could mean you believe Jack Nicholson, who when screaming at Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men, said, “…
    - 32 days ago21 Jun 17, 3:53am -
  • What is the parenting thing doing to your heart?
    The journey of raising kids does a number on our heart, whatever the real meaning is of such a cliché. But doing a number on us in terms of parenting means unexplainable twists and turns, tugs and pulls of emotions. And if we allow ourselves to lear…
    - 38 days ago15 Jun 17, 1:26pm -
  • How to Celebrate the Selfless Dad
    As adults, we may overlook this Dad even though we’ve seen him around. He sets the bar for servant parenting: provides without complaint and sacrifices his own desires to create a bountiful life for his family.The post How to Celebrate the Selfles…
    - 44 days ago9 Jun 17, 4:47pm -

The Cloistered Heart

  • Fashioned
    Painting: James Jebusa Shannon, Jungle Tales
    - 2 days ago21 Jul 17, 4:19pm -
  • This Artistry
    Painting: Gunnar Bach Pedersen, 'Admission of Holy Clare to the monastery in 1212'
    - 4 days ago19 Jul 17, 1:16pm -
  • Little Conversations
      Painting: W. Paxton, The Figurine 1921
    - 7 days ago16 Jul 17, 4:15am -
  • A Flame, When Constantly Fed
    'A flame increases when it is constantly fed.  'So prayer, made often, with the mind dwelling ever more deeply in God, arouses divine love in the heart.  'And the heart, set on fire, will warm all the inner man, will enlighten and teach him..m…
    - 9 days ago14 Jul 17, 4:01am -
  • Revisiting Joy
    God's will is always for my good. While I realize that enclosure in God's will is 'confining,' I must also recognize that it is for my ultimate good.I cannot lose sight of this truth. God's will is not for my destruction. Yes, He wills that sin be d…
    - 11 days ago12 Jul 17, 4:27pm -
  • A Strong Weakness
    Emergency services were called to my home a few weeks ago, simply to get me up and out of a reclining chair. Since my latest physical challenges at Eastertime, my muscles have weakened and I'm relying on various aids to help me get around.Not that I…
    - 12 days ago11 Jul 17, 4:39pm -
  • A Radiance
    'Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Your Spirit and Light. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may be only a radiance of Yours. Shine through me, and be so in me that every so…
    - 13 days ago10 Jul 17, 5:31am -

Life Path of Love

  • Psalm 31 A Prayer of Trust in God
    Psalm 31 A Prayer of Trust in God 1In Thee, O Lord, do I seek refuge;    let me never be put to shame;    in Thy righteousness deliver me! 2 Incline Thy ear to … Continue readingThe post Psalm 31 A Prayer of Trust in God appeared first on Lif…
    - 6 days ago17 Jul 17, 7:58am -
  • Psalm 30 A Song at the Dedication of the House of David
    Psalm 30 A Song at the Dedication of the House of David 1 I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast drawn me up,    and hast not let my foes rejoice over me. … Continue readingThe post Psalm 30 A Song at the Dedication of the House of David appe…
    - 13 days ago10 Jul 17, 4:58am -
  • Psalm 29 The Voice of God
    Psalm 29 The Voice of God 1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of His name;    worship the … Continue readingThe post Psalm 29 The Voice of God appeared first on…
    - 20 days ago3 Jul 17, 8:29am -
  • Psalm 28 Prayer for Help and Thanksgiving
    Psalm 28 Prayer for Help and Thanksgiving 1 To Thee, O Lord, I call;    my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if Thou be silent to me,    I become like those who … Continue readingThe post Psalm 28 Prayer for Help and Thanksgiving appeared first…
    - 27 days ago26 Jun 17, 6:14am -
  • Psalm 27 Song of Confidence
    Psalm 27 Song of Confidence 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;    whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life;    of whom shall I be afraid? 2 … Continue readingThe post Psalm 27 Song of Confidence appeared first on Life Pa…
    - 34 days ago19 Jun 17, 6:05am -
  • Psalm 26 Declaration of Righteousness
    Psalm 26 Declaration of Righteousness 1 Vindicate me, O Lord,    for I have walked in my integrity,    and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. 2 Prove me, O Lord, and try … Continue readingThe post Psalm 26 Declaration of Righteousne…
    - 41 days ago12 Jun 17, 7:17am -
  • Psalm 25 Prayer for Guidance and Protection
    Psalm 25 Prayer for Guidance and Protection 1 To Thee, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, in Thee I trust, let me not be put to shame; let not my … Continue readingThe post Psalm 25 Prayer for Guidance and Protection appeared first on Life Pa…
    - 48 days ago5 Jun 17, 5:24am -

With Us Still

  • newToday’s find: Weedless
    The beautiful flower bed saddened me enormously…and instantaneously. Not the kind of reaction you’d expect a well-tended garden to elicit, perhaps. But there it is. If you take a stroll through the overwhelmingly pleasant Washington Park in downt…
    - 11 hours ago22 Jul 17, 10:03pm -
  • Today’s find: Fallow
    Didn’t do much writing over the past 10 days. Didn’t write anything, in fact, except a text message or two…and a few emails…during our leisurely circumnavigation of Lake Erie. And I have to say, it felt pretty darn good to shift my brain into…
    - 7 days ago16 Jul 17, 1:48pm -
  • Today’s find: Niagara
    “Truly, the Lord is in this place, although I did not know it.”  Genesis 28
    - 13 days ago10 Jul 17, 12:03pm -
  • Today’s find: Necessary splendor
    I’m pretty sure my grandchildren had a ‘Jesus’ moment the other day. Dressed in their best, the cousins met face-to-face as the extended family gathered Friday evening in the beautiful College Church (St. Francis Xavier) for our niece’s weddi…
    - 21 days ago2 Jul 17, 1:13pm -
  • Today’s find: Not a typo
    Sometimes, the ‘News’ is so ‘Good’ that it requires a second take. That thought occurred to me this morning as I gathered with a band of brothers to break open the scripture readings we’ll hear at Mass this Sunday. The spiritual insights fl…
    - 29 days ago24 Jun 17, 3:16pm -
  • Today’s find: Walk-off
    Miracle of miracles: I sank a 100-foot putt the other day. I don’t let myself get too excited about the feat, because a) there was admittedly a huge amount of luck involved; and b) jarring that little sucker still netted me only a par. Which means,…
    - 36 days ago17 Jun 17, 4:03pm -
  • Today’s find: Conscript Mystics
    You gotta love Moses. In the passage we hear from Exodus at Mass today, on the feast of the Most Holy Trinity, we catch up with Moses on Mount Sinai. He’s gotten up pretty early in the morning, leaving the Israelites behind, so that he can see God…
    - 42 days ago11 Jun 17, 3:35pm -

Acts of the Apostasy

Tiber Judy

  • God’s Quiet Authority 
    Everyone seems angry. We’re all on the verge of an outburst evidently. Folks shoot each other over parking spaces, or something just as trivial. They rant over the slightest perceived offense. We’ve witnessed the decay of social interaction to th…
    - 6 days ago16 Jul 17, 9:56pm -
  • It’s not you, it’s me……
    I recently read a list of complaints about the church which was written by a young man. It touched on the variety of factors which the author felt has led to young people feeling disengaged, disillusioned, disappointed, and just “dissed” by the c…
    - 13 days ago9 Jul 17, 8:55pm -
  • The Heart’s Longing
    One of my friends often babysits for her five-year-old granddaughter, whom I’ll call Emma. Recently the three of us spent the day shopping. Emma has an amazing vocabulary for a child her age and she often surprises me with her maturity and awarenes…
    - 20 days ago2 Jul 17, 9:10pm -
  • That Cardinal In Your Garden
    Oh yes, they’re beautiful. Who could see that flash of red against a field of snow and not be struck by their beauty? Cardinals are one of those bird species that you never hear anyone complaining about. Seven states claim them as their official bi…
    - 27 days ago25 Jun 17, 9:59pm -
  • Southerners Make The Best Catholics 
    Here in the South we’re used to bragging on ourselves. Of course what other folks (spelled y-a-n-k-e-e-s) call bragging is what we just call “telling the truth.” We’ve got the prettiest women, the fastest horses, the best bourbon, the greates…
    - 34 days ago18 Jun 17, 9:35pm -
  • How To “Waste” A Summer Afternoon
    When the days grow longer and the temperatures rise, there’s something inside many of us that begs us to relax, to put our feet up…and do absolutely nothing. Maybe it’s the heat or maybe it’s just that every moment of our busy days makes us l…
    - 41 days ago11 Jun 17, 9:41pm -
  • Sidewalks and Shortcuts 
    I grew up in the country. My childhood home was at the dead end of a long gravel road, surrounded by pastures and woods. We wore paths into the grass walking from our house to the barns, to the pond, and to the vegetable garden. There were chores for…
    - 48 days ago4 Jun 17, 11:43pm -

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