How do we perceive the Divine and communicate with God as beings who have both physical and spiritual senses? Some ascetics might try to starve their physical senses to sharpen their inner senses but such a notion seems to me to be contrary to Catholic wisdom and practice. The Catholic Church repudiates Gnosticism, realizing that believers…… Continue reading Uniting with Christ Through our Senses in the Catholic Church
When light shines through stained glass windows, they can lift our souls up from our own narrow miserable awareness into His Presence as we contemplate them. Light is more powerful than darkness and beautiful colourful glass works of art can touch us with a mystical, heavenly light that moves our hearts and souls towards God.…… Continue reading Awe Inspiring Stained Glass
I suddenly realized I really have not articulated, in one spot, how God has led me.
Why would the Church celebrate the death of a martyr the day after Christmas?Remember the old English carol Good King Wenceslaus? St. Stephen’s charity is the reason for the songs and customs which have become the traditional way of celebrating his feast. The old English carol Good King Wenceslaus celebrates how King Wenceslaus went out on St. Stephen’s day to…… Continue reading Why Boxing Day is the Feast of the Martyr St. Stephen
There is no better way to prepare our hearts to receive Christ than to light the candles of the Advent wreath every evening in the weeks leading up to Christmas.The Catholic Church understand the power of symbols and the physical act of lighting candles and saying short prayers really does open our spiritual selves to…… Continue reading Advent Wreath Prayers
Both my husband I received the Sacrament of the Sick for the first time in our lives. 6 days ago. This morning, Michael is undergoing surgery to remove a very small lesion. It well be simply scraped off the bladder wall. The surgeon caught the malignancy in the earliest possible stage but it is still a…… Continue reading 7QT Friday: Cancer and Prayer
It’s time to vote for the 2013 Frankie Award! Don’t forget to invite you readers (and friends and family, and fan club) to visit this page and vote for you. Feel free to copy the badge above and link back here from your blog. My post is Mary is Living in my Heart? Help! by Melanie Jean…… Continue reading Vote For Me
Sabbath moments are a way of taking time to rest in God, to enjoy God in silence or in nature. The word sabbath comes from a Hebrew word meaning “cease.” And that is what we need to do sometimes, cease our activity and live in the moment and breathe in God. Yesterday, both my husband…… Continue reading Sabbath Moments: The Sacrament of the Sick
This warm, poignant post is written by Erin McCole Cupp, as part of a blog book tour for her new novel. Erin writes just enough of an introduction to engage your heart and your perk curiosity about her story. Don’t You Forget About Me. This novel is a MUST read! It Is All About the Fiat I have…… Continue reading It Is All About the Fiat
I learned something new yesterday, something liberating, that freed me from decades of guilt. I raised my nine children in the shadow of other dedicated Catholic mothers, mostly homeschoolers, who thought that Halloween was evil, dedicated to witches. Their children were not allowed to celebrate but went to a church basement ( which was an hour…… Continue reading 7 QT Friday: Halloween is Catholic and How to Become a Saint
Before I give you all the official Church teaching on the souls in purgatory. I must tell you why this subject is close to my heart. I KNOW personally, the agony of a soul who is desperate for my prayers. I have learned through personal experience, that souls in purgatory, although they cannot pray for…… Continue reading The Souls in Purgatory NEED Us: A Personal Experience
Hello, and welcome to Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival. We are a group of Catholic bloggers who gather weekly to share our best posts with each other. Thank-you for stopping by . May God bless you with his abundant joy. 3 Truths for my Children Featured on Snoring Scholar God is Transforming Our Cells Criticism of Pope Francis? Seriously?…… Continue reading Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival
This post is written in response to an article (The Head-Slapping Criticism of Pope Francis) written by Stacy Trasancos in the Catholic Free Press. In it she reminds the Body of Christ to stop publicly slapping the Head of the Church. The criticism coming from the self-identified “loyal opposition” Catholics in the media who feel obliged to fraternally…… Continue reading Criticism of Pope Francis? Seriously?
Even now, some 30 years later, tear well up and I could weep with relief all over again as I write these words. Somehow I was given the grace to lay down my logic, reasoning and Protestant theology and simply throw myself into the arms of my Spiritual Mother. What would be the absolute worst…… Continue reading Mary is Living in My Heart? Help!
Listen to this astounding quote on the definition of a saint: “In fact, a saint is not one who carries out great feats based on the excellence of his human qualities, but one who allows Christ to penetrate their soul, to act through their person, He being the real protagonist of all their actions and…… Continue reading A Saint Lets God do All the Work
Even though icons and holy cards often depict the saints and the entire Holy Family with a miserable scowl on their unhealthy looking faces, the truth is that the saints lived in God’s presence and in His joy. St. Francis of Assisi is the most famous, joyful saint. Look at our pope, whose name sake is…… Continue reading Holy Laughter
In your own faith: Can you remember when you became “curious” about the faith – whether as a convert, revert, or cradle Catholic just waking up to mature discipleship? How would you explain the difference between an active and passive faith? In your parish: If a newcomer walked into your parish today, curious about the…… Continue reading Desperate Hunger Energized My Curiosity: Lawn Chair Catechism
Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival Hello, and welcome to Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival. We are a group of Catholic bloggers who gather weekly to share our best posts with each other. To participate, go to your blog and create a post titled Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival. In it, discuss and link to your posts for the…… Continue reading Catholic Carnival
The question I am supposed to answer is all about trust and evangelism, how someone was a link for me and if I have been a bridge for another person. I do answer the last question at the end of this article but I felt compelled to look at the three types of evangelism that…… Continue reading Lawn Chair Catechism: Presence Evangelism
I have had someone in the Catholic School System for 29 years.!!! That’s right with nine kids, 15 years apart, the oldest started junior kindergarten 29 years ago! Tomorrow is the last day of exams for my daughter who is in grade 12. It is hard to believe that it is the end of grade school…… Continue reading 7QT Friday