Presence Evangelism

This move of the Spirit is quiet, subtle and entirely grassroots.  The stars have fallen. The big names have grown old. Society is weary of huge, dazzling Christian shows. People crave reality. Evangelism of the Word Evangelism has gone through many stages to reach the place we are today.Up until the late 60’s, evangelists were mainly preachers of the Word.This was Evangelism of the Word . … Continue reading Presence Evangelism

You Can’t Make a Silk Purse Out Of A Sow’s Ear

Man cannot transform himself into a holy being. As my Irish grandmother would say, “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” In other words, only Christ can transform us into His image and draw us into the heart of His Father. As a Catholic, I am invited to answer a call to surrender all to Christ and trust in His redemptive … Continue reading You Can’t Make a Silk Purse Out Of A Sow’s Ear

Worth Revisiting: Laugh and Grow Strong

Just a few quotes from the Saints, Scripture and fellow Christians  to remind serious-minded Catholics to laugh.  Somehow the average Catholic does not associate joy with holiness but believes holiness is synonymous with misery and suffering.  However, suffering is not miserable when we are suffused with the love of God and filled with His Spirit. In this post, I will simply overwhelm you with quotes all affirming the … Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Laugh and Grow Strong

Worth Revisiting: Discovering the Fountain of Youth

God created people to be in communion with Him, connected to His light, love and energy. In fact, many who call themselves atheists are in fact spiritual people who are hungry for communion with the Holy Spirit but at least find some consolation in communion with nature. That’s why people seem to crave outdoor activities; they walk, camp, go on picnics, fish, golf or to the … Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Discovering the Fountain of Youth

Faith + Humour = 36 Years of Marriage

My husband, Michael, and I have been married for 36 years, and we are happy and still in love. Surprisingly, we have become one in reality, deeply in tune with each other’s spirits even though we are still opposites in personality. Our tangible joy is inexplicable through secular eyes, because from all outward appearances our life together has been a tough journey including poverty, nine kids, … Continue reading Faith + Humour = 36 Years of Marriage

Joy IS for Catholics

Somehow the average Catholic does not associate joy with holiness but believes holiness is synonymous with misery. I have written articles on the theology of joy but in this post I will simply overwhelm you with quotes from the saints and the Bible, all affirming the fact that joy is at the core of our spirits when we live in, with, and through Christ. l Somehow … Continue reading Joy IS for Catholics

New Wine Skins For New Joy

 Gospel for September 04, 2015: Luke 5:33-39 The disciples of John the Baptist were upset with Jesus’ disciples because they did not fast. Jesus simply explains the obvious; there’s a time for fasting and a time for feasting. The disciples of Jesus are experiencing joy, just like the joy of the wedding party in celebrating with the groom. For the disciples, this is a time … Continue reading New Wine Skins For New Joy

Worth Revisiting: The Common Sense Approach To Childbirth

  My Doctor celebrated each birth with joy. “Good. The head nurse is on coffee break .”  Our family doctor and my obstetrician, had warned us to come into town immediately with my first labour pains. My eighth child was going to come quickly . Dr. H met me outside the hospital, helped me out of our old mini-bus, into a wheelchair and literally ran … Continue reading Worth Revisiting: The Common Sense Approach To Childbirth

Worth Revisiting: A God Led Life of Joy

Outwardly, my life is diametrically opposed  to anything I could have imagined as a teenager. Yet this strange life I find myself living has brought me more fulfilment and joy than I ever could have imagined. At sixteen, I was still an avid reader, who loved school.   As  expected, I completed an Honours Degree in English Literature. By 23, my life was still on track. I considered continuing my studies … Continue reading Worth Revisiting: A God Led Life of Joy

WORTH REVISITING: Stop. Look. Listen. Give Thanks.

the sky alone is an extravagant present There is much to be grateful for if we will simply stop for a moment and really see the details which surround us every day. Children delight in the plethora of tiny details all around them. They are born with a sense of wonder and the ability to enjoy little things. I used to walk quickly and with … Continue reading WORTH REVISITING: Stop. Look. Listen. Give Thanks.

WORTH REVISITING: ” ‘Tis a Gift to be Simple”

 Joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, not a gift given to a select few, but a by-product of living in the God. Sacred Scriptures exhorts us to trust and embrace the joy of the Lord. The very first time we became aware a Godly life could be filled with joy was 26 years ago while my husband made a silent retreat … Continue reading WORTH REVISITING: ” ‘Tis a Gift to be Simple”

I Welcome Spiritual Growth in the Garden of My Soul

I accepted a writing challenge to write the first words that came to mind when I read. . . . . home –  welcome . . . soil – garden . . . rain – growth Use those words in the title of your post. Welcome  Spiritual Growth in the Garden of My Soul I have lingered in my own inner desert, Clinging to dried up habits. … Continue reading I Welcome Spiritual Growth in the Garden of My Soul

Wednesday Revisited: Dung Coloured Glasses

I received free cognitive therapy because I was surrounded by a crew of little people who greeted each morning with wonder and awe. The fleeting dream that eludes many of us is happiness. We are running around, miserable in our insular little worlds, only catching glimpses of the world around us through dung coloured glasses. The solution to our dilemma is easy. . Stop. Take off … Continue reading Wednesday Revisited: Dung Coloured Glasses

Laughing, Loving, and Crying Through 36 Years of Marriage

My husband and I answered 5 questions about marriage for Karee Santos on her blog, Can We Cana? A Community to Support Catholic Marriages. This post was part of a series. Today we welcome Michael and Melanie Jean Juneau to the series How to Stay Married 10 Years & Then Some. Michael and Melanie live on a small family farm in Canada, where they raised their nine … Continue reading Laughing, Loving, and Crying Through 36 Years of Marriage

Discovering the Fountain of Youth

  Mortals were created to connect with the light and energy of the unseen God who created them. In fact many who call themselves atheists are in fact spiritual people who are hungry for communion with the Holy Spirit but at least find some consolation in communion with nature. That’s why people walk, camp, go on picnics, fish, golf or to the lake or cottage. … Continue reading Discovering the Fountain of Youth