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Fitting Fashion

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Jennessa Terraccino, national speaker and author of The Princess Guide: Faith Lessons from Snow White, Cinderella & Sleeping Beauty (Servant). As a kid, I hated clothes. On birthdays, if I thought I was getting an article of clothing, I’d push the box aside and open it last. However, as I grew up, shopping became a hobby. Beginning in the teen years, most ladies love to shop. There are many places to go, but malls are the top option. Malls are like amusement parks for girls—miles of name brands, glowing shop...

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Save the Earth on a Budget

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest author is Kyle Kramer, executive director of the Passionist Earth and Spirit Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Now that the arctic winter is well behind us, my wife and I can look back and laugh (sort of) about the disagreements we had over the thermostat setting. Our current home is much harder to heat than the highly efficient, passive-solar home we sold last year. In response, I vied for warmer clothes and a low setting on the thermostat. Cyndi fought for moderation. Both of us took secret missions to change the thermostat back...

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Spring Means New Life

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Friar Jeremy Harrington, OFM, coauthor of A Friar’s E-spirations. To subscribe to this FREE e-newsletter, click here. It was a long, cold winter for many of us. It’s true that the plentiful snow blanketing our yards and fields for those months had a beauty and splendor all its own. And the bare tree limbs outlined against the sky showed their full grace. But what a joy it is to see a daffodil poking through the earth, buds coming from dry branches, and greenery adorning those bare limbs! Where does this new...

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What’s In Your Bag?

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger is Teresa Tomeo, syndicated talk show host, motivational speaker, and author. Today’s modern American woman is the queen of multitasking—juggling, jobs, children’s homework, housework, church commitments, social commitments…you name it. You probably consider it a good day if you actually have time to read a few ingredients on the back of the cereal box. You get the picture…and that is exactly why I wrote Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag. We’re all busy. But deep down we also know that none of what we do really matters if...

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If You Want to Do Something Truly Countercultural

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Like most big families, the Catholic Church has its share of sibling rivalry. There was some good-natured ribbing when the first Jesuit pope (Francis) took the name of the founder of the Franciscan order. In my hometown, parishes compete for market share in their Church festivals and Friday fish fries. And there is some less good-natured ribbing about “cafeteria Catholics” or those who imagine themselves to be “more Catholic than the pope.” But a couple of Brazilian bishops have raised the bar on dissent: The prior of...

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Faith like a Butterfly

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger is Teresa Tomeo, syndicated talk show host, motivational speaker, and author of Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag: On-the-Go Devotions from Servant Books. Each year in suburban Detroit, there is a wonderful fashion show entitled “Women Helping Women.” It is put on by the Christian ministry Grace Centers of Hope. In addition to professional models, the fashion show features clients who have successfully gone through their faith-based therapy program. Most are dealing with some sort of physical and emotional abuse combined...

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St. Francis and the Eucharist

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

We have two versions of St. Francis’ “Exhortation to the Clergy.” The earlier text was probably written before 1219; the other text dates from 1220. The first version reflects the concerns of the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 that all priests show more reverence for the Eucharist, especially by making sure that churches are kept clean and that altar linens and vessels are worthy of the body and blood of Jesus in the Eucharist. Proper care is also needed for books containing the Scriptures. The second version of Francis’ text shows the...

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St. Francis and the Eucharist

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

We have two versions of St. Francis’ “Exhortation to the Clergy.” The earlier text was probably written before 1219; the other text dates from 1220. The first version reflects the concerns of the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 that all priests show more reverence for the Eucharist, especially by making sure that churches are kept clean and that altar linens and vessels are worthy of the body and blood of Jesus in the Eucharist. Proper care is also needed for books containing the Scriptures. The second version of Francis’ text shows the...

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True Discipleship

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

What makes a disciple a disciple? And what does the word disciple mean?  If someone asked if you were a disciple, what would your response be? I think disciple is a word that probably brings to mind different things to different people. Some associate it only with people from Jesus’ time. Others associate it with really holy people or people who work for the Church. According to Webster’s Dictionary, a disciple is “someone who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another.” I like that definition because it points to the fact that...

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A Grain of Wheat

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Yesterday was the 35th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Last Sunday, Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles preached a powerful homily honoring Oscar Romero. “One must not love oneself so much as to avoid getting involved in the risks of life that history demands of us. … But whoever out of love for Christ gives themselves to the service of others will live, like the grain of wheat that dies. … Only in dying does it produce the harvest. … Whoever offers their life out of love for Christ, and in service to...

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Keep God Close, Pope Francis Says

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger is Teresa Tomeo, syndicated talk show host, motivational speaker, and author of Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag: On-the-Go Devotions from Servant Books It’s definitely not a coincidence, but what I like to call a “God-cidence.” The whole idea behind my new book Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag; On-the-Go Devotions is to help women get in the habit of carrying the Lord with them every day and everywhere; to find Him in the big and small events of our lives. The book includes a daily reflection on the many areas in the...

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Keep God Close, Pope Francis Says

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger is Teresa Tomeo, syndicated talk show host, motivational speaker, and author of Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag: On-the-Go Devotions from Servant Books It’s definitely not a coincidence, but what I like to call a “God-cidence.” The whole idea behind my new book Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag; On-the-Go Devotions is to help women get in the habit of carrying the Lord with them every day and everywhere; to find Him in the big and small events of our lives. The book includes a daily reflection on the many areas in the...

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Discerning with an Open Heart

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a second-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had thoughts of the priesthood in the back of my mind. My reverent demeanor often made people at my parish and my high school wonder if I might have a call to the priesthood. Sometimes these people would bring it up every month or so. Even now, every once in awhile someone...

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Pope Francis and “doctors of the law”

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Here is an interesting contrast. First, a snip from an off-the-cuff, non-Magisterial remark of Pope Francis during a daily homily.  Note his disparaging words about “doctors of the law”. Hmmm… it seems to me that there is something missing.  Of course these are only off-the-cuff remarks that have no magisterial weight whatsoever and no preacher can be expected in a short time to hit every possible point.   But it seems to me that he has set up a straw man: who the heck are these “doctors of the law” whom he has...

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St. Cyril and RCIA

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Years ago Catholic parishes offered “information classes” for adults considering conversion to the Catholic faith. But the Second Vatican Council called for a restoration of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Today RCIA programs have become a standard for the season of Lent. Those seeking to enter the church are enrolled in RCIA programs which provide religious formation for adults in a series of ritualized steps. Since today is the feast of St. Cyril of Jerusalem (315-386) I suggest taking time to examine the training that Bishop...

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."