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ACN News Patriarchs Call for Lenten Fast in Support of Middle East Christians A CATHOLIC MOM IN HAWAII - February 11, 2016 http://hicatholicmom.blogspot.com/2016/02/acn-news-patriarchs-call-for-lenten.html

Eulogy to Michael Cunningham–St Anthony of Padua, Melksham, Wiltshire 1 February 2016 DAILY PRAYERS AND MEDITATIONS - February 7, 2016 ... peaceful. You helped him pass peacefully into the night, as he is readied for the final part of his journey. Thank you all. Thank you dad. Thank you God. Filed under: ...http://prayersandmeditations.com/2016/02/08/eulogy-to-michael-cunninghamst-anthony-of-padua-melksham-wiltshire-1-february-2016/

A New Blog in Town THE CLOISTERED HEART - February 4, 2016 What a wonderful surprise I had yesterday. I discovered that the Visitation Nuns in Tyringham, Massachusetts have a (drum roll please.....) new BLOG! 'Honey For the Soul' can be found at vistyr.blogspot.com The Sisters' most recent post tells us how they celebrate Shrovetide, when they 'get the giggles out' before Lent. Now, that is my kind of celebrating! Let's go see what they're up to, shall we? Click here to visit. Photo: Tyringham Visitation by ...http://www.thecloisteredheart.org/2016/02/a-new-blog-in-town.html

For Catholic Schools Week: Eleven Nuns Who Changed My Life SEASONS OF GRACE - February 3, 2016 ... February 2015. Catholic Schools Week is being celebrated this year from January 31 – February 6. Do you appreciate the Sisters who taught you to add and subtract, to diagram a sentence, to pray and to be kind to your neighbor? Before Catholic Schools Week is too distant a reflection in the rear-view mirror, I thought I'd step up to thank several of the nuns who helped to shape the person I am today. The reason for my reflection? Well, Britain's Shadow ...http://kathyschiffer.com/faith/for-catholic-schools-week-eleven-nuns-who-changed-my-life/

Brides of Christ Closing the Year of Consecrated Life NUNBLOG - February 2, 2016 ... the option for social justice. And so she put the call out to women religious in a very modern fashion: via Facebook message! " I would like to know your congregation's view on the 'bride of Christ' metaphor. Do you still use it? Do you have another model that you use to refer to women religious?" Interestingly enough for me, her question came the day after I myself was musing on the title "Bride of Christ," so I was delighted to give it some more thought. And since that generated way more ...http://romans8v29.blogspot.com/2016/02/brides-of-christ-closing-year-of.html

The Pope: Be Instruments of Peace VIS NEWS - HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE - February 1, 2016 ... assure them of our prayers and of our support to those who assist them. Well done to these laypeople, these nuns, these priests". The Holy Father also dedicated some words to a group of young people from Catholic Action of the diocese of Rome, who have come to the end of their Caravan of Peace. He encouraged them to be instruments of peace and mercy among their peers, so that this year their "witness of peace, inspired by faith in Jesus, may be even more joyful and aware, ...http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-pope-be-instruments-of-peace.html

Astonished by Beauty THE CLOISTERED HEART - January 29, 2016 ... Sisters didn't 'feel' very prayerful as they chanted praises they could barely hear, but they were singing to Another, and He could hear them. Surely there are days when one of them doesn't 'feel prayerful,' but she comes at the sound of the bell and she praises God. Why? Because He deserves it. He deserves praise and worship with the whole of one's being. No matter the noises, no matter the weather, no matter the situations around any of us, God is present. God is present and ...http://www.thecloisteredheart.org/2016/01/astonished-by-beauty.html

Saint of the Day: Angela Merici DA MIHI ANIMAS - January 27, 2016 ... take charge of a religious order of nursing sisters. But Angela knew that nursing was not what God had called her to do with her life. She had just returned from a trip to the Holy Land. On the way there she had fallen ill and become blind. Nevertheless, she insisted on continuing her pilgrimage and toured the holy sites with the devotion of her heart rather than her eyes. On the way back she had recovered her sight. But this must have been a reminder to her not to shut her ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2016/01/saint-of-day-angela-merici.html

Treasure in the Refectory THE CLOISTERED HEART - January 22, 2016 One of the most memorable meals of my life was in a Monastery. As a retreatant, I was privileged to be seated with the nuns, in a setup exactly like the one de scribed by the Lathrops (be low). I'd had a prayerful, fruitful day of quiet, and I came to supper with my spirit dancing. 'One of the first places we visited was the refectory. The board-like tables upon which the few dishes of the nuns are placed are the same that were set up for ...http://www.thecloisteredheart.org/2016/01/treasure-in-refectory.html

ACN-USA News - New Round of ACN Funding to Aid Middle East Christians A CATHOLIC MOM IN HAWAII - January 19, 2016 ... governmental institutions are not doing what is necessary to help these communities who are struggling so much at this time." "We need to remember how much Christians have contributed to society over generations and indeed centuries and now in their time of need they have been abandoned." Reports suggest that altogether 12.2 million people are in desperate need of aid in war-torn Syria and an estimated 7.6 million are thought to be internally displaced by the conflict. Since the civil war in ...http://hicatholicmom.blogspot.com/2016/01/acn-usa-news-new-round-of-acn-funding.html

Those Great Nuns of Upper Nyack, New York BROOKLYN BORN BELIEVER - January 18, 2016 I was very happy to read the article in the NY Times titled, "Nuns' Property Along Hudson to Become Parkland" which tells the wonderful story of the Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine (also known as the Marydell sisters), a religious order of nuns from Upper Nyack, NY who did the right thing. Instead of selling their valuable property overlooking the Hudson River to developers, they instead decided to sell 30 acres ...http://brooklyn-born-believer.blogspot.com/2016/01/those-great-nuns-of-upper-nyack-new-york.html

EWTN - EWTN Files Brief With U.S. Supreme Court in Contraceptive Mandate Cases A CATHOLIC MOM IN HAWAII - January 12, 2016 ... pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. "Today's filing with the Supreme Court allows EWTN to have its voice heard as the Court gives consideration to these important cases challenging the government's contraceptive mandate scheme," said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. "Our brief argues that the government's mandate and its subsequent 'accommodation' scheme seek to coerce EWTN and other religious organizations into violating our strongly held beliefs. The Supreme ...http://hicatholicmom.blogspot.com/2016/01/ewtn-ewtn-files-brief-with-us-supreme.html

Has Christianity Become a Coward's Religion? CRISIS MAGAZINE - January 6, 2016 ... up on their duty to share the faith and speak truth in the face of political and social power. An example of how wrong this can go is provided by the Anglican Church in England, according to a story in the Telegraph newspaper. The Church of England is set to signal to members that speaking openly about their faith could do more harm than good when it comes to spreading Christianity. Stark new research findings being presented to members of the Church's ruling General Synod suggest that ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/98qWcjNdQAk/has-christianity-become-a-cowards-religion

A Brush With Simplicity THE CLOISTERED HEART - January 5, 2016 ... of the life which the Sisters have adopted; while the bursts of delicate but cheery sunshine resembled their good spirits, which are so entirely spiritual.' (A Story of Courage, George Parsons Lathrop and Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, 1894, p. 1) This selfsame convent, when I first saw it, was not unlike what the Lathrops had found a century before. Leafless, yes. Unornamented, yes. High walls splattered, on the day I arrived, with frigid autumn rain. I sensed something of the ...http://www.thecloisteredheart.org/2016/01/a-brush-with-simplicity.html

Newspaper Column, Therese Enters the Carmel PONDER THESE THINGS IN YOUR HEART - December 30, 2015 ... embraced me…my desires were at last accomplished; my soul experienced a peace so sweet, so deep, it would be impossible to express it… that inner peace has remained my lot, and has not abandoned me in the midst of the greatest trials. And so began the life in Carmel for St. Therese. For the next nine years, she would lead a hidden life encountering trials and suffering. Her intimacy with the Lord grew and grew rapidly. Aside from two or three "mystical experiences," Therese's ...http://ponderintheheart.blogspot.com/2015/12/newspaper-column-therese-enters-carmel.html

ACN News - In the Year of Mercy, Catholics in Middle East 'Will Pray for Daesh' A CATHOLIC MOM IN HAWAII - December 28, 2015 http://hicatholicmom.blogspot.com/2015/12/acn-news-in-year-of-mercy-catholics-in.html

ACN News - Christmas Letters From the Middle East A CATHOLIC MOM IN HAWAII - December 23, 2015 ... bombs are raining down' Here we are, for a fifth year now, celebrating the Feast of the Nativity as bombs are raining down. I do not know how many of you have lived through such a depressing and sad experience, but I can assure you it is painful. These beautiful days, so ardently awaited each year, amidst shortages and lack of security or electricity and, to top things off, cut off from the rest of the world by a strict and very tight boycott. It gives me still more reason to step out from ...http://hicatholicmom.blogspot.com/2015/12/acn-news-christmas-letters-from-middle.html

Decrees for the Causes of Saints VIS NEWS - HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE - December 15, 2015 ... Bukowinski, Ukrainian diocesan priest (1904-1974); - Venerable Servant of God Maria Celeste of the Holy Redeemer (nee Giulia Crostarosa), Italian foundress of the Redemptoristine Nuns (1696-1755); - Venerable Servant of God Mary of Jesus (nee Carolina Santocanale), Italian foundress of the Capuchin Sisters of the Immaculate of Lourdes (1852-1923); - Venerable Servant of God Itala Mela, Italian Oblate of St. Benedict (1904-1957); HEROIC VIRTUES - Servant of God ...http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2015/12/decrees-for-causes-of-saints.html

A Disturbing Calm: A Quote for Advent VOX NOVA - December 5, 2015 ... young nurse-midwife in the 1950s, working with an order of nuns in London's East End: For the first time in my life I began to understand that Christmas is a religious festival, and not just an occasion for overeating and drinking. It had all begun in late November with something I was told was Advent. This meant nothing to me, but for the nuns it meant a time of preparation. Most people prepare for Christmas as Betty had done, buying food, drinks, presents ...http://vox-nova.com/2015/12/05/a-disturbing-calm-a-quote-for-advent/

Nuns Who Rescue Girls From Slavery TEA AT TRIANON - December 2, 2015 From Crux : An army of Catholic religious sisters who rescue victims of human trafficking by posing as prostitutes to infiltrate brothels and buying children being sold into slavery, is expanding to 140 countries, its chairman said Wednesday. John Studzinski, an investment banker and philanthropist who chairs Talitha Kum , said the network of 1,100 sisters currently operates in about 80 countries but the demand for efforts to combat trafficking and slavery ...http://teaattrianon.blogspot.com/2015/12/nuns-who-rescue-girls-from-slavery.html

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