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Woman Likely Killed for Refusing to Abort Child CREATIVE MINORITY REPORT - May 18, 2016 ... first," the 23-year-old's aunt, Irene Jenny Pickens, told The Washington Post. "But once she had that baby, it was so natural for her. "She loved being a mother. And no matter what she was going through, I think he was the one thing that kept her going." One of the things Candace Pickens was going through in recent months, relatives said, was a volatile and abusive relationship — one she managed to keep hidden from some of the people who knew her best in and around ...http://www.creativeminorityreport.com/2016/05/woman-likely-killed-for-refusing-to.html
"Holy" Cards SCELATA - May 5, 2016 ... Well, some, perhaps most of the 10 year olds knew what they were, one actually owned some, and every single child was fascinated with the very idea. and wanted to have them. Some had a vague idea of to whom the face on my most recent acquisition belonged. So we made our own Holy Cards. I gave them a number of psalm verse and prayers as suggestions, and they chose one, unanimously. O Lord God of hosts! let Your face shine on us, that we may be saved! (Oh, and this really threw ...http://scelata.blogspot.com/2016/05/holy-cards.html
Meet Sr. Kathleen Groome! FRANCISCAN LIFE - April 18, 2016 ... "help sister" or occasionally helped out at the convent, Kathleen's service was more detailed. "During the eight years in elementary school, I had a charge in the convent—community room, refectory, washing lunch dishes, sewing room, fire steps, porch, two parlors, and main hall. I guess you could say I was a young Franciscan!" This close relationship to the sisters in her early life played a major role in discerning her own vocation. To Kathleen, religious life was simply another ...http://franciscanlife.blogspot.com/2016/04/meet-sr-kathleen-groome.html
Saint of the Day: Gemma Galgani DA MIHI ANIMAS - April 11, 2016 ... On June 8, 1899, Gemma had an interior warning that some unusual grace was to be granted to her. She had pain in her hands, feet and heart and blood was coming from the places where she had pain. These were the marks of the stigmata. Each Thursday evening, Gemma would fall into rapture and the marks would appear. The stigmata remained until Friday afternoon or Saturday morning when the bleeding would stop, the wounds would close, and only white marks would remain in place of the deep gashes. ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2016/04/saint-of-day-gemma-galgani.html
"Great St. Joseph, Son of David, Spouse of Mary Undefiled" SCELATA - March 20, 2016 ... needed sleep and it took hours for it to come, and I resigned myself to saying a few prayers on my own for Good and Just Saint Joseph sometime during the day. I don't suppose I need to tell you after going on so long about it, I awoke not just in time, but refreshed and happy to arise as I seldom never am, (not a lark, I'm afraid....more of a bat.) Terror of demons, indeed... Saint Joseph, you whom the Father knew to be the Essential Man, pray for ...http://scelata.blogspot.com/2016/03/great-st-joseph-son-of-david-spouse-of.html
New Piece on Catholic365 ANA BRAGA-HENEBRY'S JOURNAL - March 4, 2016 ... ravages of winter, lives my dearest aunt. My mother's only sister, she never married and was often at our large family home, giving my mother a hand with her numerous offspring. I was one of the youngest, and I remember my aunt's presence and guidance at many of my childhood milestones. She would come over to help us make birthday cakes, complete chores, finish homework, and more. I will never forget a Mother's Day speech I was chosen to write and give at ...http://anabragahenebrysjournal.blogspot.com/2016/03/new-piece-on-catholic365.html
St. Katharine Drexel: Model of Charity CATHOLIC FIRE - March 2, 2016 ... When she visited Pope Leo XIII in Rome, Katharine asked him to send missionaries to the Indian missions that she as a lay person was financing. He surprised by responding, "Why don't you go? Why don't you become one?" As a teenager, Katharine had considered convent life, but in a letter to Bishop James O'Connor, stated that: she couldn't bear separation from her family, she hated community life and the thought of living with "old-maidish" dispositions, did not like to be alone, and could not ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/03/st-katharine-drexel-model-of-charity.html