WOW: Words of Wisdom from G.K. Chesterton

I will not comment on these quotes from  G. K. Chesterton because they pack the most punch just the way they were written. The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people. To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when … Continue reading WOW: Words of Wisdom from G.K. Chesterton

This Christmas: LET Your Children Come to Him

    But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 These words are especially poignant at Christmas time. Yes, we must teach our kids about God and prayer but often we try to control their relationship to Him. It is almost like we don’t TRUST God. Listen … Continue reading This Christmas: LET Your Children Come to Him

Sabbath Moments: He WILL Come

Awareness of God Welcome to Colleen’s Saturday meme hosted at Thoughts on Grace. How about joining us and sharing times and insights from finding God in the ordinary and quiet? Advent Promises He will come, He will come. I can trust that He will come. For He comes even on a  frosty whisper, Lighting the darkness with pinpoints of hope Just as the stars appear each dark night. … Continue reading Sabbath Moments: He WILL Come

7QT Friday: St. Lucy Day and Our Lucy

Today is Dec. 13,  Saint Lucy Day. We named our youngest daughter Lucy. Our oldest daughter mockingly suggested the name Lucy when I was pregnant with our ninth child. My husband’s head snapped up and he said, “That’s it! That is what we will call her.” My daughter was appalled, “Dad I was kidding. You can’t name a kid LUCY!” But we loved that name because … Continue reading 7QT Friday: St. Lucy Day and Our Lucy

Self-Important Humility

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” -Ephesians 2:8,9   When many Christians think of  humility and sanctity, they often think of ascetic fasting and the heroic acts of the saints but these sorts of practices often focus more on self than on … Continue reading Self-Important Humility

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

Small Success Thursday: What is Success?

Every Thursday, we stop to recognize all the moments where we’ve allowed ourselves to cooperate with God’s grace, and all the moments we recognize when God’s grace poured forth even without our willing cooperation. As I thought about which  3 small successes I would write about this week , the question arose in my mind, “What is success?” Here are thoughts from an article that … Continue reading Small Success Thursday: What is Success?

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

Ron DiCianni’s Joyful, Fluid Colour

Ron DiCianni  is a renowned artist who depicts Christianity in murals. His work is vibrant, filled with joyful colours. I especially love Simeon’s Moment, depicting Simeon at the temple, holding  Jesus, the Messiah he has waited for decades.  Simeon’s joy is tangible, reflected in not only in his facial expression but also in the choice of colours and DiCiannis mastery of shimmering light My reaction to … Continue reading Ron DiCianni’s Joyful, Fluid Colour

7 QT Friday: Images of Mary for Every Culture

I went on an image search binge this week, unearthing countless images of Mary on and from Pinterest.  I collected an eclectic mixture with everything from obscure fine art, modern abstracts, old icons, stained glass, statues and even ethnic and folk art.  This is a treasure trove of images, a literal feast  for the visual senses, food for the soul and nourishment for my spirit. Since this is … Continue reading 7 QT Friday: Images of Mary for Every Culture

7 QT Friday. God is Transforming Our Cells

God has graciously given me a second chance: After a hot, wet summer where I found it difficult to work in our gardens we were hit with a couple of cold weeks Now we have had  almost two weeks of gloriously warm weather with at least one more week in the forecast. The temperature is between 20 to 24 C which is around 70 F . … Continue reading 7 QT Friday. God is Transforming Our Cells

“Come. Now is the Time to Worship..”

God you have made us for yourself  St Augustine Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you; so lead us by your Spirit that in this life we may live to your glory and in the life to come enjoy you for ever; xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Last night I attended a mass, followed by  healing … Continue reading “Come. Now is the Time to Worship..”

Child’s Play: A Theological Debate

        debate between two pre-schoolers “Someone just called my name. I think it was God!” It was early evening. We often played musical beds at bedtime because the younger children liked the security of a sibling or two falling asleep with them, especially when older brothers and sisters were still up and having fun. So it happened that I was laying down on Emily’s bed nursing an … Continue reading Child’s Play: A Theological Debate

7QT Fridays:Homemaking is the ultimate career?

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 225) 7 brilliant quotes from c.s. lewis that remind us of the importance of the mundane, day-to-day lives we live in Christ. I had wanted to be a nun or a missionary in university and when God plunked a fellow in front of me and said, “This is the man you will marry” , I was disappointed. 35 years and … Continue reading 7QT Fridays:Homemaking is the ultimate career?

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