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2 Peas in a Pod: St. Francis and Pope Francis

The message of Jesus is mercy.  For me, and I say this with humility, it is the Lord’s strongest message.” – Pope Francis In the life of St. Francis of Assisi, we see how the Mercy of God met him in his darkest hours.  Not only meeting him, but redeeming him, transforming him, filling him with hope and life.  And, from the grace... [Read more...]

Little Drummer Boy and the Parable of the Talents

In the parable of the talents, Jesus warns us not to close ourselves off from coming to know Him through faith, and not to be slothful in using all the things that God is continuing giving us.” – Fr. Tadeusz Dajczer If you’re not familiar with the Parable of the Talents, then before proceeding have a read of Matthew 25:14-30. Throughout this... [Read more...]

An Empty Box

My nieces, aged from 3 to 9, always provide me with much food for thought.  When we really listen to them and observe their actions, children are quite profound.  Case in point:  Yesterday I received this photo of my 4 year old niece holding a box that she wrapped all by herself, just for me.  Granted, it was an empty box…but take a look at... [Read more...]

Advent Photo Update

Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope. The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great... [Read more...]

Pro Orantibus Day

Something else that Our Lady’s Presentation makes me think of is perseverance. In the evocative iconography associated with this feast, the Child Mary is shown moving away from her parents as she climbs the steps of the Temple. Mary does not look back and, in a clear reference to the evangelical admonition, she moves forward with determination.”... [Read more...]

“Gimme space!” vs. Making Space

Chiara and Enrico learned in a marvelous way how to make space for grace; and grace cannot wait to show us the marvels of what it can do.” Usually when I read a book, I plow through it, all the while writing down tons of quotes and putting sticky notes everywhere!  But this was not the case with Chiara Corbella Petrillo, A Witness to Joy.  I... [Read more...]

All Souls’ Day Novena

Purgatory shows God’s great mercy and washes away the defects of those who long to become one with Him.” – St. Jose Maria Escriva Join us as we pray a novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory – beginning on Oct. 24th and ending on Nov. 1st *To be prayed to begin Novena each day: My Jesus, by the sorrows You suffered in Your agony... [Read more...]

I LOVE THE LITURGICAL YEAR

Today, September 29th, begins 10 consecutive days of AWESOME Feast Days – these happen to be some of my favorite 10 days of the entire liturgical year: Sept. 29th – Feast of the Archangels Sept. 30th – Memorial of St. Jerome AND the Anniversary of the death of St. Therese Oct. 1st – Memorial of St. Therese Oct. 2nd – Memorial... [Read more...]

I saw it with my own eyes

I saw it with my own eyes….. Several months ago a little girl came up to communion with her big sister. From where she stood, the statue of St. Michael under the altar rail was right at her eye level. With her little hand, she reached out and touched St. Michael on the head. Then she stooped over and touched the devil’s head but immediately pulled... [Read more...]

St. Francis Novena

Today begins the Novena to St. Francis of Assisi, the beloved little poor man who is the patron of our beloved Pontiff…Pope Francis!  We got so caught up in soaking in every moment of the Papal Visit – via television – that we didn’t get this blog posted sooner!  Yes, all of us here are thoroughly enjoying this “Pope... [Read more...]

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