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St. Louis IX and Disappointing Children COFFEE AND CANTICLES - August 25, 2016 ... be writing about today's saint and office, but I've been travelling most of the day, and then setting up a new laptop after the old one died on me. Today's second reading from the Office of Readings stayed with me all day. It's a letter of advice from St. Louis IX, King of France, to the son who would succeed him. It's beautiful! It's wise! Here's some samples: My dearest son, my first instruction is that you should love the Lord your God with all your heart ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CoffeeAndCanticles-TheDivineOfficeInYourLife/~3/x3BpJAru1-E/st-louis-ix-and-disappointing-children.html

God, France, and Marguerite FOUNTAIN OF ELIAS - August 25, 2016 ... France, where he established a monastery for them. This was a great help to the Carmelites, who were finding life in Palestine very difficult due to the hostility of the Moslems. St. Louis of France had a busy schedule and a multitude of duties. Through the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and devotion to Our Lady, he attained a life of union with God. Power and riches had no hold on his heart. Let us seek his intercession in this often disorienting time we live ...http://fountainofelias.blogspot.com/2009/08/god-france-and-marguerite.html

Aug 20 - Homily for Today FATHER BILL DINGA'S BLOG - August 20, 2016 ... Bernard would ask himself, "Why have I come here?", and then remind himself of his main duty – " to lead a holy life!" He died after having led a very holy and exemplary life on August 20, 1153. Bernard was truly a dear friend of Jesus referred to in the gospel passage – who was deeply united with his Savior, his Master and his Lord – and he encourages others to seek and find that same friendship! It is available to all! ...http://fatherbill1975.blogspot.com/2016/08/aug-20-homily-for-today.html

Pray for Families (Feasting in Him) SIMPLY INSPIRED PRAYER - August 19, 2016 Greetings Prayer Warriors, Who doesn't love a feast of delights? The Lord has prepared a heavenly banquet for all of us. Do we remain conscious of that? Jesus...spoke to them in parables, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. Do you listen for his voice? Do you pay heed to ...http://simplyinspiredprayer.blogspot.com/2016/08/pray-for-families-feasting-in-him.html

Saint of the Day: Jane Frances De Chantel DA MIHI ANIMAS - August 12, 2016 The following comes from the Patron Saints Index: Born to the nobility, the daughter of the president of the Parliment of Burgundy who raised her alone after the death of her mother when Jeanne was 18 months old. Married in 1592 at age twenty to Baron de Chantal. Mother of four. Widowed at 28 when the Baron was killed in a hunting accident and died in her arms. Taking a personal vow of chastity, she was forced to live with her father-in-law, which was a ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2016/08/saint-of-day-jane-frances-de-chantel.html

Aug 11 - Homily for Today FATHER BILL DINGA'S BLOG - August 11, 2016 + St. Clare of Assisi was born, July 16, 1194. Her father was a count and her mother the countess Blessed Orsolana. Her father died when she was very young. After hearing St. Francis of Assisi preach in the streets, Clare confided to him her desire to live for God, and the two became close friends. On Palm Sunday in 1212 her bishop presented Clare with a palm, which she apparently took as a sign. With her cousin Pacifica, Clare ran away from her mother's palace during the ...http://fatherbill1975.blogspot.com/2016/08/aug-11-homily-for-today.html

What If I'm Hit by a Truck? THE CLOISTERED HEART - August 5, 2016 Cloister of the heart is nothing if not portable. Our hearts can be cloistered in airplanes or subways, on beaches and in cars. Or, as our friend Rose experienced several years ago, when we're being hit by a truck. "As I was crossing the street," Rose wrote in a letter, "a big red truck rounded the corner and hit me. The impact sounded like a terrible explosion, and I was thrown to the ground. The police and ambulance came, they strapped me onto the stretcher, and we were ...http://www.thecloisteredheart.org/2016/08/what-if-im-hit-by-truck.html

Saint John Mary Vianney CATHOLIC FIRE - August 4, 2016 August 4 is the feast of St. John Mary Vianney (also known as Saint Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney). He is such a special saint and a dear friend to me that one post hardly seems enough to describe the many virtues of this holy man. He was a gentle, charitable, humble, faithful and obedient French country priest who is the patron saint of priests and confessors. John Vianney was born May 8, 1786 in the village of Dardilly in France. The son of a poor farmer, ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/08/saint-john-mary-vianney.html

Saint Peter Julian Eymard COMMUNIO - August 2, 2016 Saint Peter Julian Eymard (feastday today), whom Saint John Paul II called the "Apostle of the Eucharist." The prayer of the Church says: O God, who adorned Saint Peter Julian Eymard with a wonderful love for the sacred mysteries of the Body and Blood of your Son, graciously grant, that we, too, may be worthy to receive the delights he drew from this divine banquet. Saints are friends of saints, and saints beget saints: Eymard was a friend ...http://communio.stblogs.org/index.php/2016/08/saint-peter-julian-eymard-2/

Catholics Who Drop F-Bombs With Aplomb CRISIS MAGAZINE - July 29, 2016 ... offered me a contract to write a book based on four columns I wrote three years ago. The stories were about three children who died young after suffering greatly but also bringing many to the faith through their suffering, their example and their prayers. I expected the contract in January but it never came. Numerous emails to my editor went unanswered. I left a few messages. What possibly could have happened? Finally, I received a devastating email from the ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/fqdWIdyTS04/catholics-drop-f-bombs-aplomb

'Blessed Are the Merciful for They Shall Obtain Mercy,' WYD Krakow 2016. Sunday Reflections, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Tim ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC WOMEN BLOGGERS - July 24, 2016 ... him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs. "So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks ...http://associationofcatholicwomenbloggers.blogspot.com/2016/07/blessed-are-merciful-for-they-shall.html

Learning How to Pray Καθολικός διάκονος - July 24, 2016 St. Teresa Of Avila once commented, "How often I failed in my duty to God, because I was not leaning on the strong pillar of prayer." This is one of those judgments that we can only ever really apply to ourselves and never to other people. I readily admit that I do not lean on God nearly as often as I should. This is even true over the course of almost any given day. On the other hand, there are times when I have experienced quite concretely what it means to lean on the ...http://scottdodge.blogspot.com/2016/07/learning-how-to-pray.html

Ask SPIRITUAL DEVOTIONAL - July 24, 2016 "And I tell you, 'Ask and you shall receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If then, you who are wicked (sinful, disobedient), know how to give good gifts ...http://spiritualdevotional.blogspot.com/2016/07/ask.html

The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: SET THE WORLD ABLAZE - July 20, 2016 ... our hearts. First, we deprive others of the goodness they naturally want to extend to us. Second, it means that we do not trust God enough to hear our requests and to deliver them, and as God often works through the goodness and generosity of others, we have to open our consciousness to the ways that God wants to fulfill our requests. We seldom specifically ask for what we want. Did you ever have an experience in a restaurant when you were not served the meal exactly as you asked? Many people ...http://predmore.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-seventeenth-sunday-in-ordinary-time.html

St. Macrina the Younger CATHOLIC FIRE - July 19, 2016 ... died quite suddenly, she decided she would not marry despite subsequent offers. Instead, she dedicated her life to raising her brothers and assisting her mother with housework, cooking, and directing the servants. She also devoted a good part of her time to prayer. After her siblings had grown up, they called her Macrina the Great, as they had in their childhood, a sign of the high respect they had for her. On the death of their father, Basil took her, with ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/07/st-macrina-younger.html

Baton Rouge: How Long, O Lord, How Long? A CONCORD PASTOR COMMENTS - July 18, 2016 My friend Alden Solovy wrote this prayer after the killings in Dallas. Sadly, we have reason to pray these words again... For Police God of the selfless, God of the strong and the brave, watch over those who dedicate their lives to serving and protecting others, men and women who have answered the call of honor, duty and service, who risk life and limb to maintain law and order, who risk ...http://concordpastor.blogspot.com/2016/07/baton-rouge-how-long-o-lord-how-long.html

St. Bonaventure: Seraphic Doctor CATHOLIC FIRE - July 14, 2016 By Jean M. Heimann July 15 is the memorial of St. Bonaventure, O.F.M., who is known as "Seraphic Doctor" because of his burning love for God and his great zeal to do God's work. Born Giovanni di Fidanza, he was an Italian medieval Franciscan, a scholastic theologian, and a philosopher. He was appointed as Cardinal and Bishop of Albano by Pope Gregory X. St. Bonaventure was born in the small town of Bagnoregio, Tuscany, Italy in 1221 and received the baptismal name of John. ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/07/st-bonaventure-seraphic-doctor.html

Fr. Peter Carota Died Too ... ABBEY ROADS - July 10, 2016 ... next day, a Saturday of Our Lady whom he loved as purely as any man I've met." - Fr. Nix Father Peter Carota, former pastor of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ripon, passed away Friday, July 8, after a long illness. The news was posted on Father Carota's personal blog ( http://www.traditionalcatholicpriest.com/ ) by a fellow priest, Fr. David Nix, as well as on the official website of The Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco (https://sanctatrinitasunusdeus.com/). The announcement ...http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2016/07/fr-peter-carota-died.html

Suffering ... TIME FOR REFLECTIONS - July 8, 2016 ... For He is alive and with us now as He was after the Resurrection. His Holy Spirit fights against suffering through the hands of many who can heal through prayers and the miracles performed in His name. His Holy Spirit is at work fighting suffering through the miracles in Lourdes and elsewhere. His Holy Spirit is fighting suffering through the miracles and intercessions of the Saints. And His Holy Spirit is fighting suffering through us; yes … you and me. When suffering ...http://timeforreflections.blogspot.com/2016/07/suffering.html

Remembering Philando Castile and Demanding Abolition of the System That Targets and Kills People of Color THE WILD REED - July 8, 2016 ... from this Act and which were charged with apprehending runaway slaves, included practices that play out in modern day law enforcement. Abolitioning this system requires major soul-searching on the part of U.S. citizens and the radical restructuring of both law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Some first steps were put forward in 2015 when the Center for Popular Democracy and Policy Link , two nonprofit advocacy organizations, published a 15-point report, titled Building From the ...http://thewildreed.blogspot.com/2016/07/remembering-philando-castile-and.html

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