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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... (more)
The below is taken from the text of Pope Francis' Palm Sunday message:
"We might well ask ourselves just one question: Who am I? Who am I, before my Lord? Who am I, before Jesus who enters Jerusalem amid the enthusiasm of the crowd? Am I ready to express my joy, to praise him? Or do I stand back? Who am I, before the suffering Jesus?
We have just heard many, many names. The group of leaders, some priests, the Pharisees, the teachers of the law, who had decided to kill Jesus. They were waiting for the chance to arrest him. Am I like one of them?
We have also heard another... (more)
The winter issue of Tender Tidings, the free magazine for intentional Catholic parents, is now available for viewing! Just click on the flipbook to explore. http://intentionalcatholicparenting.com/?p=211
This issue is devoted to raising creative children. Dr. Greg Popcak wrote an article on why family creativity time is good for the whole family; Marcia Mattern shares ideas about creating a prayer corner in our homes; Michaelyn Hein has some great ideas for making story time more creative.
look for my article
Ingenuity and Creativity are Birthed in Boredom... (more)
...think “He is talking about my religion” that is ignorance. It is time now for the whole world to wake up to extremist religion and ask why an abundance of young men are joining religions who will fight, kill and die in its name
As a species we are lost, I hear Christians mock Catholics, Catholics mock Christians and so on, are these people any better than an extremist 21 year old with a gun? The answer is no, these people won’t die with a gun in their hand but the DISLIKING of the other person’s religion IS the problem. I am half clever, I am not what you would call a... (more)
In my new book "The Broken Gift" I demonstrate alignment between key events and their dates relating to the appearance and early history of our species as described in Genesis chapters 1 through 11 (Adam, Adam’s descendants, the Flood, and the fall of Babel) with those derived from scientific observation.
I found that almost every person has at some point in their life pondered the question “where did I come from?” I found that the Bible and science are mostly in agreement as to what happened and how - although not completely on when it happened, and by studying both the Bible and science... (more)
I have fallen in love with icons. Looking at them is not like appreciating a great painting; there is a spirit to Spirit connection that occurs. Painted in prayer, saturated with the Holy Spirit, a wordless flow of the love, light and most especially and an energizing joy fills my soul as God Himself blesses me as I meditate on them. I simply open my heart, soul and spirit to the icon. It is powerful and direct; the perfect way to connect with God when I am exhausted. God is in charge as I let go of mental logic and control and allow the Spirit of the Lord Himself to minister... (more)
"The Catholic norm of silence about a relationship with God, about Jesus Christ and his story, about our own stories of following Christ, and about the need for everyone to decide whether or not he or she will follow as a disciple is stifling the emergence of a culture of discipleship and all that flows from it."
Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell:
To break out of the bondage of silence, people often need a mentor to help them reach out to the light, to God and to the community of disciples. Catholics are reluctant to articulate their personal relationship to... (more)
While on a journey to visit one of her convents, a donkey threw St. Theresa of Avila into a stream of freezing cold water. Standing in her water-logged, heavy habit, she yelled at God,“If this is how you treat your friends, no wonder you have so few!”
The spiritual journey is intense and hard but if we keep a sense of humour, don’t take ourselves too seriously and stop meddling in God’s business, the journey becomes much easier. A friend of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, once asked him if it was possible to tell if a another person had truly undergone inner transformation.... (more)
...years. And yet like a lonely concrete wall it is useless unless it props up a roof that can provide shelter to those who seek it.”
I once belonged to the largest religious denomination, the Christians (and I tested out four variants within that umbrella, including being baptized a Catholic). I now belong to the third largest (but growing) group – classified as non-believers. “Non-believer” is an oxymoron; we all believe in something. Even the most scientific among us ascribe that which cannot be explained as “yet to be researched.” We simpler folk decide to call this... (more)
...included: 'don't need anything when going to visit another's home' 'if you are given nothing, do not ask for it for. if you are meant to have something, it will be given, then be thankful it was' 'you have your faith, so respect God and the Church, fear the unknown and respect it' 'you are Catholic because you hold Catholic beliefs'
All of those somehow always ended with: "If you don't follow the rules, God will know" You didnt even have to know who God was! You didn't want a man named God - whom everyone loved - to hate you and to see you doing bad things! This was like Santa... (more)
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