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Pope Francis continued his catechesis at the General Audience Wednesday morning in Saint Peter’s Square on gifts of the Holy Spirit. After having examined wisdom and understanding the last two weeks, this week he discusses the often misunderstood gift of counsel. The pope reminds us that “we must make room for the Spirit, so that he can counsel us.”

The Pope begins by reminding his audience that mystical experiences are not just the property of the holy few, of the saints. He makes it clear in his opening remarks, that from the moment we host God in “our heart, the Holy Spirit begins... Read More

My tendency and I think all mother's tendency is to want to save our children from suffering, from making mistakes. So I try to intellectually explain everything to death. But really, it rook suffering to strip me , heal me and bring me to place of humility where I could finally perceive reality. Do I really think that I can extricate them from the cocoon they are struggling to emerge from. If I do, all that I will do is to stunt their wings, just like when a butterfly is cut from a cocoon too early.

If

you feel sorry for a

struggling butterfly

in empathy, cut the... Read More

This month I have taken my inspiration from his homily at Mass celebrated in the Santa Marta residence on April 24. Pope Francis spoke of Christians who are afraid of the joy of Christ’s resurrection.He compared them to bats hiding in dark caves that prefer the shadows and avoid the light.

“This is a Christian’s disease. We’re afraid of joy. It’s better to think: Yes, yes, God exists, but He is there. Jesus has risen and He is there. Somewhat distant. We’re afraid of being close to Jesus because this gives us joy. And this is why there are so many ‘funeral’ (mournful) Christians, isn’t... Read More

THE WORST CASE SCENARIO, FOR ME, WOULD BE TO DIE AND DISCOVER

THAT I HAD MERELY WORN MASKS, PLAYED GAMES AND MISSED OUT ON LIVING IN REALITY.

FOR ME REALITY IS TO LIVE PLUGGED INTO THE ETERNAL GOD, LOVING AND ACCEPTING LOVE WITH JOY AND A SENSE OF HUMOUR

- MELANIE JEAN JUNEAU

“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”? C.G. Jung, Psychiatrist

“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.”? Brene Brown

I’ve finally stopped running away from myself.... Read More

We are bombarded with hundreds or thousands of messages and images each day. How can we keep Christ in front of us if we aren’t reminded of His presence in our daily lives? Contemporary Catholic artists have the power (and responsibility) to raise up souls by showing to others the light and life of Christ and the Saints. Pope John Paul II said“Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in him/herself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent but must develop it.”

Sacred Artists understand that God’s communication through artistic expression is... Read More

We have all read of saints who claim to live in mystical union with Christ. The image that comes to mind is of a medieval monk, morose and miserable, wearing a hair shirt and living on bread and water. However I discovered that the claims of saints are not bogus but true and furthermore that it is completely realistic that I expect that I too will live joyfully in the Resurection. The accounts of the saints might be couched in fanciful, archaic laguage but they are not allegories or fairytales. This Resurrected life is not a for a select few because humans are wired for a life lived in and... Read More

When I was in university, I wanted to carry out something great, heroic even. Like all young people, I wanted to make a difference in the world. After spending 18 years pregnant and/or nursing, I have done nothing noteworthy. Yet I intuitively understand that by mothering, by doing simple things, I have changed the world. Even though I do not always feel that I serve with love or bring light into the world, even though I feel like a failure, I know that the light of one candle, pushes back the deepest darkness because darkness is simply a lack of light, not a force.

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