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Christmas Countdown

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

113 days. That’s how long we have until Christmas. And while it may seem far off, as we all know, it will creep up on us faster than we expected. Every year I tell myself that I’m going to be more proactive and start my shopping earlier than I did last year in hopes of avoiding the stress of years past. But I usually fail, and find myself grabbing whatever I think will fit the bill. My hopes of thoughtful gifts with a little more substance and thought to it go out the door. So this year I’m going to do it. I want my gifts to...

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Chime Travelers: A Fun Adventure

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

Maybe it’s that it reminds them of school, or maybe it’s lack of material that interests them, but my kids aren’t real big fans of reading. As an avid reader myself, that makes me sad. So, I’m always on the lookout for books that may grab their attention, and draw them into the world of the written word. Enter Lisa Hendey’s new Chime Traveler series. Hendey is an award-winning blogger and founder/editor of Catholic Mom. The first chance I got, I picked up a copy of both books–The Secret of the Shamrock and...

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POPE FRANCIS FOR YEAR OF MERCY GRANTS THAT SSPX PRIESTS CAN VALIDLY ABSOLVE!

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

Huge news. This was under embargo till noon, Rome time, which must be honored. It is about to be announced that the Holy Father has sent a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization about the upcoming Extraordinary Year of Mercy. In this letter the Pope says that he is granting to all priests the faculty to absolve from the sin of abortion.  He writes: “I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the...

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Carry God with You, Always

Posted by on Aug 30, 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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Carry God with You, Always

Posted by on Aug 30, 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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Relax, Regroup, Refocus

Posted by on Aug 28, 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-God Devotions. 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...

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Relax, Regroup, Refocus

Posted by on Aug 28, 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-God Devotions. 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...

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Huge petition askes Pope Francis for clarity about marriage

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

I saw this at Breitbart, in which your writer was cited. My emphases and comments: POPE UNDER PRESSURE AS HALF A MILLION CATHOLICS URGE HIM TO REAFFIRM TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE [I’ll bet there are a lot more.] More than 500,000 Catholics, including many senior clerics, have signed a petition calling on Pope Francis to reaffirm traditional teaching on marriage and the family after months of confusion over his supposed liberal stance on the issue. [Part of the problem arises from the fact that we often don’t know what the Pope is...

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Threats to the Family

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our blog today is an excerpt from The Blessing of Family: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis. The pressures on family life today are many…. While all too many people live in dire poverty, others are caught up in materialism and lifestyles which are destructive of family life and the most basic demands of Christian morality. These are forms of ideological colonization. The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack...

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Threats to the Family

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our blog today is an excerpt from The Blessing of Family: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis. The pressures on family life today are many…. While all too many people live in dire poverty, others are caught up in materialism and lifestyles which are destructive of family life and the most basic demands of Christian morality. These are forms of ideological colonization. The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack...

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Interesting Statistics about Pope Francis’ General Audiences

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Shortly after the election of Pope Francis, the Wednesday General Audience and the Sunday Angelus made the area around San Pietro a complete madhouse.  I would usually be at the Augustinianum at those times for study or for lunch with a friend and I experienced it myself. Then, over the next couple years, I noticed that it was easier and easier to get around near San Pietro at those times.  Fewer people were coming. For the 100th general audience of Pope Francis’ pontificate, the Prefecture of the Papal Household released the average...

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A Transcendent Hope

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our blog today is an excerpt from The Blessing of Family: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis. Listen! Young people are the window through which the future enters the world. They are the window, and so they present us with great challenges. Our generation will show that it can rise to the promise found in each young person when we know how to give them space. This means that we have to create the material and spiritual conditions for their full development; to give them a solid basis on which to build their lives; to guarantee their safety...

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Lights in the Sky

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

We were treated to a lovely show of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) last night. I’ve personally never seen them this early in the summer, so it was quite a surprise!  I got the camera only towards the end of the display as it was quietening down, but was still able to take a nice photo. The Northern Lights on Papa...

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Three Essential Words

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

Our blog today is an excerpt from The Blessing of Family: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis. Sometimes we do things which are not good and which harm others. It is important to have the courage to ask for forgiveness when we are at fault in the family. Some weeks ago, in this very square, I said that in order to have a healthy family, three words need to be used. And I want to repeat these three words: please, thank you, sorry. Three essential words! We say please so as not to be forceful in family life: “May I please do this? Would you be...

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Three Essential Words

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

Our blog today is an excerpt from The Blessing of Family: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis. Sometimes we do things which are not good and which harm others. It is important to have the courage to ask for forgiveness when we are at fault in the family. Some weeks ago, in this very square, I said that in order to have a healthy family, three words need to be used. And I want to repeat these three words: please, thank you, sorry. Three essential words! We say please so as not to be forceful in family life: “May I please do this? Would you be...

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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."