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Choosing Conversion NUNESSENTIAL - February 4, 2016 If you've ever been to a 12-Step meeting, you know that at some point the group or someone in the group will usually pray or reference the "Serenity Prayer." That well-known prayer is found on wall hangings, plaques, dishes, prayer cards, etc. and the text usually reads, "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference." Would that we all lived ...http://soltsisters.blogspot.com/2016/02/choosing-conversion.html

Two Catholic Presidents and the Escalation of the Vietnam War INSIGHT SCOOP THE IGNATIUS PRESS BLOG - January 19, 2016 ... They found their president, alongside his brother, still knelt in prayer before an image of Our Lady. Both men were seized and bundled into the back of the personnel carrier. There, awaiting them, was a soldier with bayonet drawn, who proceeded to cut out Diem's gallbladder. Once this torture had been completed, both brothers were summarily shot. Why did the plotting general want Diem and his brother Nhu, a trusted advisor and confidante, dead? One of the ...http://insightscoop.typepad.com/2004/2016/01/two-catholic-presidents-and-the-escalation-of-the-vietnam-war.html

A Story of Punishment, Redmption.... And HOW Does My Mind Work? SCELATA - January 15, 2016 Lovely little piece in Catholic World Report about three murderers. three inmates in Italian prison, doing their time and working their salvation out. There main occupation is as bakers, making communion bread for the Eucharist. And what trips up my mind as I'm reading? "Above everything else, I hope to be forgiven by God for what I've done," [one] said. He recounted the process of making the hosts: "In the morning, we say a short prayer, ...http://scelata.blogspot.com/2016/01/a-story-of-punishment-redmption-and-how.html

John Michael Talbot Shares Wisdom Gleaned From the Early Church Fathers SEASONS OF GRACE - January 4, 2016 When Little Portion Hermitage burned to the ground in 2008, I was working at a treatment center for clergy and religious; and I can still remember the morning when a co-worker popped into my office with a photo of the conflagration. It was shocking –tongues of flame licking the night sky, destroying the serenity of that holy place. I haven't thought about the fire in years, but I was touched anew when I read the deeply personal account from John Michael Talbot. He ...http://kathyschiffer.com/books-film/john-michael-talbot-shares-wisdom-gleaned-from-the-early-church-fathers/

Overcoming Sinful Anger - Rev. T.G. Morrow - How to Master Your Emotions and Bring Peace to Your Life BOOK REVIEWS AND MORE - January 2, 2016 ... Father Morrow's style is easy to read and he provides extensive quotes and footnotes that you can use to go deeper if you need to. Another amazing prayer that he provides is a prayer of thanks. "Heavenly Father, I thank You for my very existence which You gave me out of the abundance of Your love and which You sustain at every moment. I thank You for my health, which I so often take for granted, for my family which I also take for granted. I thank You for my ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/BookReviewsAndMore/~3/abZPQAcjjQY/overcoming-sinful-anger-rev-tg-morrow.html

The Pope and the Wolves DTF DEFEND/PROCLAIM THE FAITH - December 30, 2015 ... political and economic ideas the Pope seems taken with were respectable, if not particularly well-conceived. That was before they were tried extensively and proven to be universally and consistently disastrous... So why do I remain not only supportive, but downright enthusiastic, about this Pope? [in short] Reality intrudes... There are many wolves who stalk Pope Francis, but he is not their prey. We are. I tell you again. Pope Francis IS the Pope of the ...http://dtf-jayg.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-pope-and-wolves.html

Fears, Tears, and Discerning His Will JOURNEY OF A CATHOLIC NERD WRITER - December 22, 2015 ... but I'm questioning whether I need a Master's degree for that. Those who I've talked to have opened up my eyes to a reality my idealism wasn't expecting. I've already talked a bit about that in the previous blog post . Deep down I know I don't want to teach, at least not in the traditional sense. Even though I'm an academic geek and I will never tire of learning, I'm also questioning whether I'm done with my own academic career. For the record, I seem to have passed both of my grad school ...http://catholicnerdwriter.blogspot.com/2015/12/fears-tears-and-discerning-his-will.html

2016 Patron Saint for the Year Devotion A CATHOLIC LIFE - December 21, 2015 ... like to take a few minutes to explain the devotion. When will the saints be drawn? This year I will start the drawing of saints on the Octave Day of Christmas after the 10 AM Solemn High Mass and after the recitation of both the Veni Creator Spiritus and the Litany of Saints. Drawings will occur as the Litany of Saints are again recited. Saints will be emailed starting that afternoon and thereafter for the next few days. What is the Saint for the Year Devotion? Here is my post on this from ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/myST/~3/uKzBNhPJEiA/2016-patron-saint-for-year-devotion.html

Thoughts on Christian Meditation (Part 1) THE WILD REED - December 10, 2015 I mentioned in a recent post that this Advent I'm working on developing the spiritual practice of meditation in my life. I'm exploring two expressions of this practice – daily walking meditation and, starting this past Tuesday evening, sitting meditation with a group of fellow seekers through a weekly program at Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality in St. Paul. Given all of this, I've decided that this Advent I'll share a series of posts on Christian meditation, ...http://thewildreed.blogspot.com/2015/12/thoughts-on-christian-meditation-part-1.html

To the Muslim Community: Say 'No' to Hatred and Violence VIS NEWS - HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE - November 30, 2015 ... working for an end to every act which, from whatever side, disfigures the Face of God and whose ultimate aim is to defend particular interests by any and all means, to the detriment of the common good. Together, we must say no to hatred, to revenge and to violence, particularly that violence which is perpetrated in the name of a religion or of God himself. God is peace, salam". Francis emphasised the important role played by Christian and Muslim leaders in re-establishing ...http://visnews-en.blogspot.com/2015/11/to-muslim-community-say-no-to-hatred.html

For the Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo PHAT CATHOLIC APOLOGETICS - November 10, 2015 ... years of age, was created cardinal, and by the side of his uncle, Pius IV, administered the affairs of the Holy See. His first care was the direction of the Council of Trent. He urged forward its sessions, guided its deliberations by continual correspondence from Rome, and by his firmness carried it to its conclusion. Then he entered upon a still more arduous work - the execution of its decrees. As Archbishop of Milan, he enforced their observance, and thoroughly restored the discipline of his ...http://phatcatholic.blogspot.com/2010/11/for-memorial-of-st-charles-borromeo.html

ACN News - Thousands of Syrian Christians Are Fleeing ISIS Assault A CATHOLIC MOM IN HAWAII - November 9, 2015 ... people thanks to the support of aid organizations such as Aid to the Church in Need. According to Father Luka, all civilians have since left Sadad. He said that government forces are currently trying to hold onto the town. However, this is not easy. "The battles are very brutal. ISIS uses heavy weapons and fights fiercely," Father Luka said. Sadad is important to ISIS primarily for strategic reasons, the cleric said. "Sadad is located close to the motorway between Damascus and Homs. This is ...http://hicatholicmom.blogspot.com/2015/11/acn-news-thousands-of-syrian-christians.html

One Time NOT to Listen to the Brinkmans {A Brinkman Adventures Review} TRAINING HAPPY HEARTS - November 5, 2015 ... bedtime the other night. Several HOURS later, I finally heard no voices in the room except that of a CD and heard no movement either. I was sure the kids were asleep. NOPE! When I went in to turn the CD off, two of my three sat right up with smiles and a, "Mom, it's so exciting!" So, my recommendation: Do NOT listen to the Brinkmans at bedtime or the kids may never get to sleep. Even if they have listened to the CD's several times previously, as my children had on a long roadtrip and during ...http://traininghappyhearts.blogspot.com/2015/11/Brinkman-Adventures.html

Pause for Prayer: THURSDAY 11/5 A CONCORD PASTOR COMMENTS - November 4, 2015 ... chance to relax, to rest and recoup... - folks whose plates are always too full, whose burdens are heavy and many, who truly need help to cope and get by... -folks who work hard at more than one job and still come up short at the end of the month, with the holidays just down the road... - folks who are lonely, who long for a friend, for a spouse, a companion, a neighbor, for someone to talk to and walk by their side... - folks who are ill, who've forgotten good health, who are ...http://concordpastor.blogspot.com/2015/11/pause-for-prayer-thursday-115.html

Seminarians Offer Service at St. Joseph Shelter MOUNT ANGEL SEMINARY JOURNALISM - October 26, 2015 ... shoes there, some of them quite used. The College II seminarians working in the stairwell leading to the basement and the area for distributing clothes. After working in the basement for a short while, two of us left the others to their work and went up to start working on the resident's room. Going into there was like stepping into a still life painting. Everything was set up as if the person who was living there just stepped ...http://masjournalism.blogspot.com/2015/10/seminarians-offer-service-at-st-joseph.html

Trigger Warnings to Prayer Triggers: A Call for Frequent Prayer CRISIS MAGAZINE - October 23, 2015 ... prayer. Did your parents train you to say grace, almost pavlovianly, when a meal is served? Another prayer trigger: the plate before you prompted you to remember to thank God for his bounty. Here are some others. There is an old Catholic custom of "crossing yourself" when you pass a Catholic church—another "prayer trigger"—but try taking it to the next level and say a prayer for Christian unity ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/iZbsGfvJmI0/from-trigger-warnings-to-prayer-triggers

Feast Day of St. John Paul II ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC WOMEN BLOGGERS - October 22, 2015 ... Karol Jozef Wojtyla had lost his mother, father and older brother before his 21st birthday. Karol's promising academic career at Krakow's Jagiellonian University was cut short by the outbreak of World War II. While working in a quarry and a chemical factory, he enrolled in an "underground" seminary in Kraków. Ordained in 1946, he was immediately sent to Rome where he earned a doctorate in theology. Back in Poland, a short ...http://associationofcatholicwomenbloggers.blogspot.com/2015/10/feast-day-of-st-john-paul-ii.html

The Wisdom of Fools SPIRITUAL DEVOTIONAL - October 13, 2015 ... her, is a little sand, and before her, silver is to be accounted mire. Beyond health and comeliness, I loved her, and I chose to have her, rather than the light, because the splendor of her never yields to sleep. Yet, all good things together came to me in her company, and countless riches at her hands." -- [Wisdom 7: 7-11]. Wisdom -- Is it in short supply today? Or, is Wisdom under-counted? Under-recognized, because we do not value Her enough to even discern ...http://spiritualdevotional.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-wisdom-of-fools.html

At the Synod, the Moment of Truth... Part I WHISPERS IN THE LOGGIA - October 9, 2015 ... before the entire gathering dominated the first week and beyond – while several prelates in attendance have taken to either giving interviews on their impressions or made their (three-minute) interventions public , the overwhelming bulk of the 300-person assembly hasn't , leaving much to be desired as a result. That ends this Friday morning, however, as the circuli – four English groups, three each for French, Italian and Spanish-speakers and one for Germans ...http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2015/10/at-synod-moment-of-truth-part-i.html