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Culture, Faith and the Craven Souls of the "Nones" CRISIS MAGAZINE - March 23, 2017 ... culture, Epstein favors Mathew Arnold: There are born a certain number of natures with a curiosity about their best self, with a bent for seeing things as they are, for disentangling themselves from machinery … for the pursuit, in a word, of perfection … and this bent always tends … to take them out of their class, and to make their distinguishing characteristic not their [social origins, wealth, or status], but their humanity. Culture is the long-won communal accretion of ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/fEIlb9igLRs/culture-faith-craven-souls-nones

Winter . . . Within and Beyond THE WILD REED - March 17, 2017 ... season's call to hunker down, rest, be reflective , Said another way, I'd much rather honor and say yes to winter's invitation to become that bit more attuned with the natural world around me; a world to which, because of all our technological advances and and expectations, we can easily forget we are connected. I believe that when we establish a resonance with the seasons and connect with the natural world, we honor Sacred Mystery immanent in all things. I share all of this as a way of ...http://thewildreed.blogspot.com/2017/03/winter-within-and-beyond.html

Above and More Than Earth THE CLOISTERED HEART - March 15, 2017 ... however, I am called by God to rise above the persistent pull of sin. I'm to fix my eyes on Jesus, and to consistently choose His way above all that is contrary to His will. Perhaps this is why the idea of a cloistered heart so draws me. I cannot live behind the walls of a monastery, for that is not my vocation. But living fully for God in the midst of the world? That IS my vocation. 'You put it so perfectly,' I wrote to a friend some years ago, 'when you wrote of returning ...http://www.thecloisteredheart.org/2017/03/above-and-more-than-earth.html

A Chat With Mary Lou (mallard) Tucker ST PATRICK'S CONVENT SCHOOL - March 2, 2017 ... name being Mallard) and it is close to my right ankle. I got the other one out in Fort St John, B C. It is a beautiful green shamrock with S P C (St Patrick's Convent) on it - in honour of my wonderful school, the school I attended as a child. It is on my right shoulder and I love it. Louie's St Patrick's Convent Tattoo. You can't get more loyal than that! While we visited our son Bobby, his darling wife Natasha, and our beautiful grandchildren, Jordyn and ...http://stpatricksconventschool.blogspot.com/2017/03/a-chat-with-mary-lou-mallard-tucker.html

If I Had (400) Million Dollars FATHER JIM CHERN'S BLOG - February 26, 2017 ... job if we didn't put a little time, effort and thought into that ourselves.  And as another great preacher pointed out, the beloved parable that Jesus tells of the Good Samaritan– well that Good Samaritan would have little more than pity to offer the victim he finds left in the ditch by robbers if he had no money. So this isn't about a radical renunciation of all things of this world. It's about not being possessed by them .   It's about not being obsessed by them.   It's about not ...http://chernjam.blogspot.com/2017/02/if-i-had-400-million-dollars.html

How Can I Change? DO NOT BE ANXIOUS - February 16, 2017 ... or parents or God. Even they can recognize superficial change. Real change is not just starting in a new way; it's also stopping in an old way. It's not just taking off the headphones, it's throwing them away. That's commitment to change, trying to hear new music. And, like trying to turn rocky ground into a flourishing garden, it takes hard work. How can I change? Where do I begin? The very first step you must take is the hardest: it's to drop the "I" word. Despite what our culture whispers ...http://do-not-be-anxious.blogspot.com/2017/02/how-can-i-change.html

Book Review and Interview With Jeannie Ewing, Author of Sea Without a Shore SPIRITUAL WOMAN - January 28, 2017 ... desires my fidelity over secular accomplishments and accolades . . . The only true measure of success is that which leads us to heaven." "Never underestimate the power of a whisper. There is someone, somewhere who is inspired, touched, and transformed by your faithfulness to God." "I've realized that people are just starving for someone to notice them, to care about their suffering, to listen. When we do these things, however awkward it may feel for us, we're presenting the mercy of God to a ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/SPBgN/~3/11vxICQgUbU/book-review-and-interview-with-jeannie.html

St. Francis De Sales, Mentor and Model JEAN M. HEIMANN - January 24, 2017 ... that, let us have no care about tomorrow. Let us think only of living today well, and when tomorrow comes, it also will be today and we can think of it then. Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life; rather look to them with full hope as they arise. God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in His arms. Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cared for you today will take care ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/01/st-francis-de-sales-mentor-model/

Living Rosary for Moms LORD, MAKE ME A SAINT - January 20, 2017 ... spiritually, praying for one another in our vocations as mothers. We unite our prayers and petitions. My friend Mary started this group after reading this post . She read this article and wanted to get together 20 of her friends to pray one full 20-decade rosary. What happened next, was a whirlwind for her. (God works like that) Within a couple months she had 9 full 20-decade rosaries! Each of the 180 women praying a decade for and with each other spiritually. Mary chose the ...http://makemeasaint.blogspot.com/2017/01/living-rosary-for-moms.html

Homily the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 22, 2017, Year A BIG C CATHOLICS - January 17, 2017 ... Connecticut ( Click here for today's readings ) One of the most beautiful texts in the whole Bible reads: "Wherever you go I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people and your God, my God. Where you die I will die, and there be buried." People are sometimes surprised to learn that these words are not spoken between two lovers. They are the words of Ruth, to her mother-in-law, and simply mean: I will never leave ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/01/homily-3rd-sunday-in-ordinary-time.html

Six Years On, the UK Ordinariate Continues to "Go Forward in Faith" (Comment) CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 15, 2017 ... established as the ordinary of the newly-created Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. He and two other former Anglican bishops were ordained as Catholic priests in Westminster Cathedral; he was appointed as ordinary and the other two as vicars-general. Msgr. Newton is the ordinary—with the rank and style of a bishop—because he cannot actually be a bishop, as he is married (to Gill, who, incidentally, has since become a good friend and with whom I have been ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/six-years-on-uk-ordinariate-continues.html

'I Myself Have Seen and Have Testified That This Is the Son of God.' Sunday Reflections, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Ye ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC WOMEN BLOGGERS - January 14, 2017 ... mission to which each of us is called. In his letter to the ten new cardinals he announced in January 2014 Francis writes: And, although this may appear paradoxical, the ability to look further and to love more universally with greater intensity may be acquired only by following the same path of the Lord: the path of self-effacement and humility, taking on the role of a servant . St John the Baptist followed that path: After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me . His ...http://associationofcatholicwomenbloggers.blogspot.com/2017/01/i-myself-have-seen-and-have-testified.html

Thoughts on Story of a Soul: Chapter III NARU HODO - January 12, 2017 ... sickness. The assurances of love are missing, even her father's desire to distract and entertain her don't cut it. She fears she is faking her sickness. It does seem that there is something morbid going on psychologically. Therese herself at the time of writing is certain it was demonic. But somehow when she calls to Mary, instead of her sister, she is healed. It seems to me that the assurances of love that she needed and thought she could not live without had to fail her . The bit about not ...http://lift-up-your-hearts.blogspot.com/2017/01/thoughts-on-story-of-soul-chapter-iii.html

Morning Comforts GOOGLING GOD - January 5, 2017 ... He stated simply: "We pray at night for protection in the darkness. And we pray in gratitude in the morning that we woke up!" He was wry in his wit here, but also spoke volumes to many. A person I served a meal to one day at a shelter was asked a simple "How's it going today?" And his response was epic: "Well, since I woke up this morning, I'd say I'm doing pretty good!" Indeed. And how much more does God give to us with today's dawn? But what about those who did not awaken this day? Are they ...http://www.googlinggod.com/2017/01/05/morning-comforts/

The Best Books of 2016 TEN THOUSAND PLACES - January 4, 2017 ... incredible place to grow wine. I don't 100% agree with his thesis, but his natural enthusiasm for these winemakers (and his honest assessment of their wines) make this book valuable and essential for understanding this new generation of wine in California. (More on CA later…) Interrogations at Noon , by Dana Gioia: Gioia might be my favorite living poet, and this volume is no exception. I kept it in my purse for all of May and June, reading and re-reading. It shows you how terrible a ...http://wondrouspilgrim.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-best-books-of-2016.html

Move Us, Loving God THE WILD REED - January 3, 2017 ... shared a few days ago on the last day of 2016. In particular, I've been pondering the ways that I can embody the transforming "radical, divine passion" of which Harvey so eloquently writes. For Harvey, this radical, divine passion is the "vast, focused love energy" known and embodied by mystics throughout the ages and across all cultures and religions. It also needs to be understood, says Harvey, as the energy of evolutionary wisdom which alone can help humanity rise to the immense challenges ...http://thewildreed.blogspot.com/2017/01/move-us-loving-god.html

So Much Is Happening on January 1! HOMILIES AND OCCASIONAL THOUGHTS - January 1, 2017 I was ordained less than a year when a friend told me about a priest thundering from the pulpit about people not attending Mass. "What's so wrong about that?" I asked innocently. "Only that every single person he was talking to was already at Mass," he replied. It's a good point. Not much use ranting to the people who are in church about those who aren't. When I was a boy, the requirement to attend Mass every Sunday and holy day of obligation was front and center in ...http://gregorynsmith.blogspot.com/2016/12/i-was-ordained-less-than-year-when.html

Christmas Cheerleading DO NOT BE ANXIOUS - December 25, 2016 ... but he loves you too much to let you stay that way. I opened Patrick Madrid's new book, Life Lessons, last night and read the above words. It reminded me again of recent events in my life: my efforts and what God does with them. Today, Christmas Day, I attended mass and had brunch with a dear friend. Later, it was my plan to go home and cook dinner for myself and R, the man who runs the 7-11 store down the block. On Christmas Day R works a 36-hour shift, ...http://do-not-be-anxious.blogspot.com/2016/12/christmas-cheerleading.html

Homily the Nativity of the Lord, (Christmas) December 25, 2016, Year A BIG C CATHOLICS - December 24, 2016 ... Christmas Eve in the year 1513. I am your friend and my love for you goes deep. There is nothing I can give you which you have not got, but there is much, very much, that, while I cannot give it, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today. Take heaven! No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant. Take peace! The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach is joy. There is radiance and ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/12/homily-nativity-of-lord-christmas.html

Mary, Immaculately Conceived PRINTED AS PREACHED - December 8, 2016 ... signature at the end, but in careful selective handwriting, in every word they were thinking about you - that their love, their joy and appreciation were infused into the very ink of their pen, threaded through every word, every comma, every exclamation mark. Now put this into context from the perspective of God. Borrowing from the imagery St. Paul evokes in our Second Reading (Ephesians 1:36, 11-12), before time began, God who is perfect love, was dreaming of each one of us, seeing you and me ...http://printedaspreached.blogspot.com/2016/12/mary-immaculately-conceived.html