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Why I (Nearly) Left the Church Recently JOURNEY OF A CATHOLIC NERD WRITER - June 16, 2017 ... director said to me (twice!) kept replaying in my mind: that there was no point in me being a Catholic because I stunk at being one. Well, that's what I interpreted. His actual words during our last spiritual direction meeting (in which he kicked me out of his office ) were "what's the point?" (in my being Catholic). Direct quote; I wouldn't dare attribute false words to anyone, much less a priest. What was the point of me being a Catholic if ...http://catholicnerdwriter.blogspot.com/2017/06/why-i-nearly-left-church-recently.html

7th Sunday of Easter Year a 2017 HOMILIES OF A JESUIT - June 2, 2017 ... the one distinguishing mark about them is the figure of nine. For example, the Simbang Gabi , a novena much loved by the Filipinos and takes place nine days before Christmas. According to the Catholic Encyclopaedia, " the simplest explanation of the Christmas novena is the nine months of Christ in the womb. But for every novena of preparation, as also for every novena of prayer, not only the best explanation but also the best ...http://homiliesofajesuit.blogspot.com/2017/06/7th-sunday-of-easter-year-2017.html

Heart of Love, Heart of Mercy HEART OF A MOTHER - June 1, 2017 ... are, for lack of a better word, pestering me to write more here. In prayer and circumstances, I feel prompted to write more here. So, today especially, I am asking Mary, Our Mother to guide me to God's will for this ministry. Please join me with this beautiful prayer, intended to be a novena to Mary's Immaculate Heart, but certainly useful for any day. Pray with me for all of the intentions in all of our hearts this day. O Most Blessed Mother, heart of love, ...http://heartofamother.blogspot.com/2017/06/heart-of-love-heart-of-mercy.html

Novena to the Holy Spirit Day Seven: Faithfulness (Thur.) THOMAS FOR TODAY - June 1, 2017 "The fruit of the Spirit is . . . faithfulness" (Gal 5:22) The word Paul uses here ( pistis) can be translated as faith or faithfulness. But in the context of Galatians, in which Paul speaks about how faith in Christ justifies us, it can probably be best seen as a trust founded on God's own faithfulness (that's from Matera's commentary.) This kind of faithfulness leads us to trust that God will always be with us no matter what trials we are going through. ...http://thomasfortoday.blogspot.com/2015/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-day-seven.html

Novena to the Holy Spirit Day Four: Patience (Monday) THOMAS FOR TODAY - May 28, 2017 ... evangelizer. Throughout your life you even suffered imprisonment, scourging, stoning, and shipwreck; you endured persecutions of every kind for the sake of the Gospel. Your sole desire was to make the Savior Jesus Christ known to the farthest bounds of the world, and to that end you shed your blood to the last drop. Obtain for me the grace to accept the hardships of ill health and the daily struggles of this present life as opportunities to grow in love for Jesus Christ and share in his ...http://thomasfortoday.blogspot.com/2015/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-day-four-patience.html

Novena to the Holy Spirit: Day Two (Sat.) Joy THOMAS FOR TODAY - May 27, 2017 ... preaching the Word of God in Philippi, some people in the town opposed them and stirred up opposition. The apostles were dragged before the town magistrates, who punished them. They were severely beaten with rods and locked up in the town jail (see Acts 16: 19ff.) But Paul and Silas didn't get discouraged. Instead, they talked to the other prisoners and praised God with prayers and hymns. They were joyful even while undergoing such trials. Shortly after, an earthquake struck ...http://thomasfortoday.blogspot.com/2015/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-day-two-sat-joy.html

Novena to the Holy Spirit: Day One (Friday) Love THOMAS FOR TODAY - May 26, 2017 The novena for Pentecost starts today, May 26, 2017. I'm reposting this. Please feel free to add your intentions if you wish. But whether they are written or unspoken, I will include your intentions in my novena prayers too. We can all pray for each other! The novena focuses on the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit as St Paul speaks of them in Galatians 5:22-23. On January 13, 1982, a plane taking off in Washington DC crashed into the ...http://thomasfortoday.blogspot.com/2015/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-day-one-friday.html

Novena: Prelude MAN WITH BLACK HAT - May 25, 2017 ... of forty was arrived at by the end of the third century, to make it easier for Christians to count the days after Easter on their fingers and toes and double the total. But we're so much more sophisticated now, and we can use calculators to count that high, or have our smartphones remind us." Whether or not we would fall for that, moving a Feast Day to a Sunday because we're all too damned lazy to go to Mass on a weekday (or a weeknight) makes about as much sense. + + + But suppose that sacred ...http://manwithblackhat.blogspot.com/2017/05/novena-prelude.html

(Foot-Tapping) I'm Not Impatient JOURNEY OF A CATHOLIC NERD WRITER - May 24, 2017 ... out what God wanted me to do. I drove myself a little crazy that first week because I wanted to figure things out ASAP . I was tempted to do a Holy Spirit novena right away but I held off until I felt it was the right time. Instead of jumping in, I took the first two weeks off and tried to relax. Tried is the key word. Not doing anything goes against my "need" to keep busy because I get bored easily. Still, I knew I needed the break and I ...http://catholicnerdwriter.blogspot.com/2017/05/foot-tapping-im-not-impatient.html

Our Lady of Fatima Novena 2017 Day 9 BIG C CATHOLICS - May 11, 2017 ... the world and for an end to war. May we continue to pray and sacrifice as you requested. Lord Jesus, the miracles, prophecies and prayers that Your Mother brought to us at Fatima amazed the whole world. We are certain of her closeness to You. We ask through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima that you graciously hear and answer our prayers. Especially… (Mention your intentions here…) Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us! Our Lady of the Rosary, Pray for us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/our-lady-of-fatima-novena-2017-day-9.html

Our Lady of Fatima Novena 2017 Day 8 BIG C CATHOLICS - May 10, 2017 ... loving, trusting and faithful. May we pray to bring peace to our own world in our own small way by choosing to love and trust in the Lord. Lord Jesus, the miracles, prophecies and prayers that Your Mother brought to us at Fatima amazed the whole world. We are certain of her closeness to You. We ask through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima that you graciously hear and answer our prayers. Especially… (Mention your intentions here…) Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us! Our Lady of ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/our-lady-of-fatima-novena-2017-day-8.html

Our Lady of Fatima Novena 2017 Day 7 BIG C CATHOLICS - May 9, 2017 ... what God has to tell us. Throughout the business of our days, help us remember God and have our hearts centered on Him. Lord Jesus, the miracles, prophecies and prayers that Your Mother brought to us at Fatima amazed the whole world. We are certain of her closeness to You. We ask through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima that you graciously hear and answer our prayers. Especially… (Mention your intentions here…) Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us! Our Lady of the ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/our-lady-of-fatima-novena-2017-day-7.html

Our Lady of Fatima Novena 2017 Day 6 BIG C CATHOLICS - May 8, 2017 ... glory. Today we ask through your intercession, that Jesus help us to trust in Him like the children at Fatima. Lord Jesus, the miracles, prophecies and prayers that Your Mother brought to us at Fatima amazed the whole world. We are certain of her closeness to You. We ask through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima that you graciously hear and answer our prayers. Especially… (Mention your intentions here…) Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us! Our Lady of the Rosary, Pray for us! ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/our-lady-of-fatima-novena-2017-day-6.html

Our Lady of Fatima Novena 2017 Day 5 BIG C CATHOLICS - May 7, 2017 ... to help us be motivated by love and compassion. Lord Jesus, the miracles, prophecies and prayers that Your Mother brought to us at Fatima amazed the whole world. We are certain of her closeness to You. We ask through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima that you graciously hear and answer our prayers. Especially… (Mention your intentions here…) Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us! Our Lady of the Rosary, Pray for us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us! "From every kind of ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/our-lady-of-fatima-novena-2017-day-5.html

Our Lady of Fatima Novena 2017 Day 4 BIG C CATHOLICS - May 6, 2017 ... that Your Mother brought to us at Fatima amazed the whole world. We are certain of her closeness to You. We ask through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima that you graciously hear and answer our prayers. Especially… (Mention your intentions here…) Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us! Our Lady of the Rosary, Pray for us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us! "From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us." Amen. O God, who chose the Mother of ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/our-lady-of-fatima-novena-2017-day-4.html

Our Lady of Fatima Novena 2017 Day 3 BIG C CATHOLICS - May 5, 2017 ... miracle at Fatima and made the sun dance for thousands of people to see. Please intercede for those who are suffering. Lord Jesus, the miracles, prophecies and prayers that Your Mother brought to us at Fatima amazed the whole world. We are certain of her closeness to You. We ask through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima that you graciously hear and answer our prayers. Especially… (Mention your intentions here…) Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us! Our Lady of the Rosary, Pray for ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/our-lady-of-fatima-novena-2017-day-3.html

Our Lady of Fatima Novena 2017 Day 2 BIG C CATHOLICS - May 4, 2017 ... thanks for all the blessings we enjoy. Lord Jesus, the miracles, prophecies and prayers that Your Mother brought to us at Fatima amazed the whole world. We are certain of her closeness to You. We ask through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima that you graciously hear and answer our prayers. Especially… (Mention your intentions here…) Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us! Our Lady of the Rosary, Pray for us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us! "From nuclear war, from incalculable ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/our-lady-of-fatima-novena-2017-day-2.html

Our Lady of Fatima Novena 2017 Day 1 BIG C CATHOLICS - May 3, 2017 ... of the Gospel. We know Jesus lives in our hearts and we receive Him in the Eucharist. Lord Jesus, the miracles, prophecies and prayers that Your Mother brought to us at Fatima amazed the whole world. We are certain of her closeness to You. We ask by the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima that you hear our humble petitions. Especially… (Mention your intentions here…) Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us! Our Lady of the Rosary, Pray for us! Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us! "From ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/our-lady-of-fatima-novena-2017-day-1.html

Novena to Our Lady of Good Counsel FOUNTAIN OF ELIAS - April 18, 2017 The feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel is April 26. Let us pray for the Holy Father. Novena Prayer Holy Virgin, moved by the painful uncertainty we experience in seeking and acquiring the true and the good, we cast ourselves at thy feet and invoke thee under the sweet title of Mother of Good Counsel. We beseech thee: come to our aid at this moment in our worldly sojourn when the twin darknesses of error and of evil that plots our ruin by leading minds and hearts astray. Seat ...http://fountainofelias.blogspot.com/2010/04/novena-to-our-lady-of-good-counsel.html