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Uniting with Christ Through our Senses in the Catholic Church

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 come to a fuller sense of Christ through the totality … Continue reading Uniting with Christ Through our Senses in the Catholic Church

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Awe Inspiring Stained Glass

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. No wonder stained glass windows were crafted in the Middle … Continue reading Awe Inspiring Stained Glass

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Why Boxing Day is the Feast of the Martyr St. Stephen

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 bring food and firewood to the poor.  The blood of … Continue reading Why Boxing Day is the Feast of the Martyr St. Stephen

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Advent Wreath Prayers

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 the real Light of the World, Christ. [On the Saturday before the … Continue reading Advent Wreath Prayers

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7QT Friday: Cancer and Prayer

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 worry. I received the sacrament for inner healing as a … Continue reading 7QT Friday: Cancer and Prayer

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Vote For Me

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 Juneau of Joy of Nine9. vote at  http://catholicspiritualityblogs.blogspot.ca/2013/11/frankie-award-vote-for-years-best.html Mary is … Continue reading Vote For Me

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Sabbath Moments: The Sacrament of the Sick

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 I received the Sacrament of the Sick for the first … Continue reading Sabbath Moments: The Sacrament of the Sick

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It Is All About the Fiat

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 a friend with ten kids. Okay, I’m a homeschooling Catholic … Continue reading It Is All About the Fiat

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7 QT Friday: Halloween is Catholic and How to Become a Saint

  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 away from us) to celebrate All Saints Eve. However I … Continue reading 7 QT Friday: Halloween is Catholic and How to Become a Saint

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The Souls in Purgatory NEED Us: A Personal Experience

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 themselves,  press in on the most sensitive of their relatives … Continue reading The Souls in Purgatory NEED Us: A Personal Experience

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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. 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

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Criticism of Pope Francis? Seriously?

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 correct the Holy Father is perplexing to say the least. … Continue reading Criticism of Pope Francis? Seriously?

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Mary is Living in My Heart? Help!

 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 thing that could happen to a nice Protestant girl? Why … Continue reading Mary is Living in My Heart? Help!

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A Saint Lets God do All the Work

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 desires, who inspires every initiative and sustains every silence.  To … Continue reading A Saint Lets God do All the Work

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Holy Laughter

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 Francis; his very countenance radiates authenticity, kindness, joy and the … Continue reading Holy Laughter

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Desperate Hunger Energized My Curiosity: Lawn Chair Catechism

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 Catholic faith, would someone actively welcome him? Introduce him to … Continue reading Desperate Hunger Energized My Curiosity: Lawn Chair Catechism

Catholic Carnival

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 week–whether they deal with theology, Catholic living or cute Catholic … Continue reading Catholic Carnival

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Lawn Chair Catechism: Presence Evangelism

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 we have experienced in the last 40 years. I fell … Continue reading Lawn Chair Catechism: Presence Evangelism