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Saint Josephine Bakhita COMMUNIO - February 8, 2016 ... with Christ, were without hope because they were "without God in the world". To come to know God—the true God—means to receive hope. We who have always lived with the Christian concept of God, and have grown accustomed to it, have almost ceased to notice that we possess the hope that ensues from a real encounter with this God. The example of a saint of our time can to some degree help us understand what it means to have a real encounter with this God for the first ...http://communio.stblogs.org/index.php/2016/02/saint-josephine-bakhita-3/

16 Tips for Jump-Starting Your Prayer Life This Lent AGGIE CATHOLIC BLOG - February 8, 2016 ... is the case for those who are trying for the first time or just trying to take prayer to the next level. In many ways prayer is like any other relationship. Many of us start out basing it, in many ways, on good experiences and emotions. This, as in a romantic relationship, is a good thing, because it helps bring two people closer together. But, real love can only be fostered once we stop relying on emotional highs and great experiences. Once the emotions leave, we must decide ...http://www.aggiecatholicblog.org/2016/02/16-tips-for-jump-starting-your-prayer-life-this-lent/

The Motive and Mission of the True Prophet INSIGHT SCOOP THE IGNATIUS PRESS BLOG - January 31, 2016 ... tickle the ears of the people in order to acquire money, power, and fame. In our day and culture, we can easily point to televangelists as heirs to false prophets, but such sophists and con men come in many forms. The words of the Apostle John are as true today as they were in the first century: "[M]any false prophets have gone out into the world" (1 Jn 4:1). But what is a prophet? What does a true prophet do? Yes, often says things about the future; the Old Testament prophets ...http://insightscoop.typepad.com/2004/2016/01/the-motive-and-mission-of-the-true-prophet.html

Pro-Life Quotes of Pope Francis DA MIHI ANIMAS - January 22, 2016 ... discarded, as the 'culture of waste' suggests!" - Speech to Catholic healthcare professionals and gynecologists Sept. 20, 2013 5. "All too often, as we know from experience, people do not choose life, they do not accept the 'Gospel of Life' but let themselves be led by ideologies and ways of thinking that block life, that do not respect life, because they are dictated by selfishness, self-interest, profit, power and pleasure, and not by love, by concern for the good of others. …As a ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2016/01/pro-life-quotes-of-pope-francis.html

Newspaper Column, Therese Enters the Carmel PONDER THESE THINGS IN YOUR HEART - December 30, 2015 ... doubled her time in prayer and fasted at home. She was flexible. Flexibility is another key to her spirituality and the Little Way. It was all about God's will. If the monastery said, "Wait until Easter," then she took this as God's will. She was disappointed, but she never lost heart. It must have been quite an event, a fifteen year old joining a monastery of 25 nuns. It was Monday, April 9, 1888. She writes, "On the morning of the great day, casting a last look upon Les Buissonnets (their ...http://ponderintheheart.blogspot.com/2015/12/newspaper-column-therese-enters-carmel.html

Under the Christmas Tree: Books for Children of All Ages SEASONS OF GRACE - December 14, 2015 ... Magi on their camels, the infant Jesus in the Bethlehem stable…. they're all here, teaching about the First Christmas. Our Father by Maïte Roche (Ignatius Press) – The second in this hardboard children's series, Our Father teaches–you guessed it!–the Lord's Prayer for children. There's Jesus, riding a donkey as his admiring followers wave palm fronds. There he is again, turning bread and wine into his own Body and Blood at the Last Supper. In one ...http://kathyschiffer.com/books-film/under-the-christmas-tree-books-for-children-of-all-ages/

"I Did Not Have Sex With That Woman ..." of Course, It Depends on What Your Definition of Sex and Sexuality Is ... ABBEY ROADS - November 16, 2015 ... direction. Culturally it has become the norm. When someone is coming out of a sinful lifestyle, or simply converting from an agnostic life, there are usually more challenging temptations and issues to deal with than that stuff. It's necessary to avoid putting obstacles in the way of those coming to Christ, of giving them added complexities or burdens too heavy to carry, as it were. The conversion process is ongoing. The Church acknowledges that and even recognizes and identifies the individual ...http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2015/11/i-did-not-have-sex-with-that-woman-of.html

Doctors of the Law and the Spirit of Trent FR RAY BLAKE'S BLOG - October 31, 2015 The Holy Father and the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr Adolfo Nicolas SJ Thinking about the Holy Father's use of the phrase, 'Doctors of the Law', I have been wondering who they are. It is not unrelated to the growing thought that one of the most significant changes post Vatican II is the disenfranchisement of parents or the broader family in teaching the faith to children. It goes back to an experience I had over thirty years ago, when as a ...http://marymagdalen.blogspot.com/2015/10/doctors-of-law-and-spirit-of-trent.html

Closing Mass of the Synod: What the People Sow Today in Tears, They Will Reap Tomorrow in Joy VIS NEWS - HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE - October 26, 2015 ... communion: what the people sow today in tears, they will reap tomorrow in joy. "We too have expressed, with the Psalm, the joy which is the fruit of the Lord's salvation: 'our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongues with shouts of joy'. A believer is someone who has experienced God's salvific action in his life. We pastors have experienced what it means to sow with difficulty, at times in tears, and to rejoice for the grace of a harvest which is beyond our strength and ...http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2015/10/closing-mass-of-synod-what-people-sow.html

"Jesus Wants to Include" – Synod's Mandate in Hand, Pope Says "Today Is a Time of Mercy!" WHISPERS IN THE LOGGIA - October 25, 2015 ... to God's fatherhood, so too Bartimaeus is freed thanks to Jesus' compassion. Jesus has just left Jericho. Even though he has only begun his most important journey, which will take him to Jerusalem, he still stops to respond to Bartimaeus' cry. Jesus is moved by his request and becomes involved in his situation. He is not content to offer him alms, but rather wants to personally encounter him. He does not give him any instruction or response, but asks him: "What do you want me to do for you?" ...http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2015/10/jesus-wants-to-include-synods-mandate.html