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Apr 18, 2014

Ponder:  Stop for a moment and remember the women in two thirds of the world who face the threat of death during every delivery.

Prayer: Lord, bless all mothers and expectant mothers. Open our eyes to see and use our fingertips to write to help expectant mothers in the third world.

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My daughter almost died during childbirth 6 days ago when she almost bled out, loosing a litre of blood

I gazed down at her limp form,

As a tear trickled down her pale face.

She whispered,

“I felt myself slipping away…”

My daughter  thought for a moment that she was dying,

Her husband carried her weak body to the washroom.

The nurse held her new son’s weight, as she nursed.

Life and death are not as far apart as I had presumed.

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The largest threat in third world countries is the lack of proper maternal health care for women. In these countries, the women often die of haemorrhaging. This usually occurs while they are giving birth or after the process because there are no doctors or nurses in their presence. When the women begin losing a lot of blood, there is nothing anyone can do.

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It is Good Friday, a day we reflect on our Lord’s passion and death. Yet a day that I am thinking of birth, as well..Jesus’ birth in a stable, with no doctor, in an era where mothers died during childbirth, especially young girl-mothers like Mary. I wonder what thoughts or fears went through her head? Of course God was with her and within her in a unique way, yet….

In this painting, young Mary is exhausted, asleep as angels entertain baby Jesus

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Marianne Stokes..

Birth: Life or Death? 1  Ponder:  Stop for a moment and remember the women in two thirds of the world who face the threat of death during every delivery.
Apr 17, 2014

Ann Chapman:St. John the Evangelist laid his head upon Jesus’ Chest at the Last Supper.- living artist

Gaston La Touche, “The Last Supper,” 1897.

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Leonardo de Vinci’s painting,

The Last Supper With Catholic Artists
Apr 17, 2014

Friendship Friday

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 A poem about

Life and death.

Darkness and light.

Agony and joy.

On this Good Friday I reflect that just 6 days ago I almost lost my daughter in childbirth.

I could have lost a daughter in childbirth on Saturday.

My daughter almost bled out when she lost a litre of blood in mere seconds after an emergency C-section.

Of course, in a modern hospital, an emergency team of no less than ten…

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Apr 16, 2014

Humourous Wednesday Quotables

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A joke is a very serious thing. Winston Churchill

Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not, and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs. Christopher Morley

When humor goes, there goes civilization. Erma Bombeck

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you

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Apr 16, 2014 / 1 note

Where Do I Stand This Night?

Where Do I Stand This Night?

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It is Holy Thursday, the night we celebrate the Chrism Mass.Tonight, churches around the entire globe will wait in  prayerful450px-AbbeyofOurLadyofMontserratjf1921_05l vigil, with lights dimmed, all images covered with the congregation in respectful, sombre silence. The Church is remembering the end of Jesus’s public life as a teacher and healer and walking with Him as He begins His most important work, the work of salvation in His…

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Apr 15, 2014

Life is Fragile

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I could have lost a daughter in childbirth on Saturday.

She almost bled out when she lost a litre of blood in seconds. Of course, in a modern hospital, an emergency team of no less than ten people, descended on her, whipped off all sheets, nightgown and the screen in place for her emergency C- section which upset her husband. HE had to be dragged out and told why she was treated like a piece of…

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Apr 15, 2014

What Makes a “Good” Parent?

What Makes a “Good” Parent?

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What makes a good parent? In one word? Humility. In two words, a sense of humour and humility.Think about it for a minute and you see why.

Children are  well…little and vulnerable, vulnerable to the large, often clueless adults,  who care for them. Put yourself in a baby’s situation. Preverbal for years it must be frustrating to be  tired or in pain, only to have a bottle thrust into your mouth…

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Apr 14, 2014

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This weeks articles and posts from ten different sources gathered together in one spot.

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Apr 13, 2014

Improving Your Body Image Through Catholic Teaching

Improving Your Body Image Through Catholic Teaching

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Best Sellers #3 Catholic Theology

Dr. John Aquaviva’s new book,Reached Number 3 on the Amazon Kindle Best Seller  List for books in Catholic Self Help on April 5 , 2014 after only 30 days on the market.

The Book also received a wonderful Review from…

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Apr 12, 2014

The following images are all based on the Shroud of Turin.

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This first image is a 3-D image of the Risen Christ. from an image of The Shroud Of Turin.i Beside it is the shroud of Turin overlaid on the Sinai icons. In the second row both of the small light images on the left are called the Real Face of Jesus and are not a paintings but computer generated images from the Shroud of Turin, as seen on History Channel. The image on the right, in the second row is an actual painting but once again based on the Shroud. The last. large work of art is  also based on the shroud.large painting is beautiful, capturing a strong man with deep, compassionate eyes.Don’t think I’ve ever seen this painting of Jesus. I am not sure of the artist but it is my favorite.

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The Face of Christ? The following images are all based on the Shroud of Turin. This first image is a 3-D image of the Risen Christ.
Apr 11, 2014

What Helps you Calm Your Inner Storm? Enter and Get published

What Helps you Calm Your Inner Storm? Enter and Get published

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This writing challenge will have multiple winners! There are two prizes for this challenge:

1) If you are one of the winners your story will be published on the Calming Your Inner Storm facebook page which has over 150, 000 fans.

2) Your story will also be included in the Calming Your Inner Storm ebook which is coming out later this year.

Terms and Conditions:

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Apr 11, 2014

Family Trauma and Forgiveness

Family Trauma and Forgiveness

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My family has been bombarded with illness, cancer, a threat of a premature birth, a daughter cracking under duress, and post traumatic stress, drama and uncovered past wounds that are only now surfacing to the light. All nine of my adult kids, my husband and I have experienced panic and fear. Some reacted with anger, others with anxiety and still others with depression but through it all I…

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Apr 10, 2014

The Opposite of Love is Not Hate

The Opposite of Love is Not Hate

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Sometimes as a parent626

I think that I am doing what is right

instead

I damage my kids

Love really has blinded me

I try to protect

instead control,

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betraying trust.

Control, an ugly word

worse that hate

it steals another’s sense of self, undermines confidence, stunts growth, kills the individual’s spirit and creativity

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Apr 9, 2014

The Conundrum

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Lenten Reflection for April 10 : GN 17:3-9PS 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9,

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The Holy Trinity, miniature from the Grandes Heures of Anne of Brittany, Queen consort of France (1477-1514).

What a iptiful conundrum for these Jews who are trying to argue with Jesus in the temple. They are  the religious experts of their day. They know the scriptures inside out and upside down and keep every letter of the law.…

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Apr 9, 2014

Celebrating the Wonder of Children in Art

Celebrating the Wonder of Children in Art

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Almost Wordless Wednesday

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Sunny Day by ~zhuzhu

Painting “Sound of the Sea” by Karl Gussow

Jessie Wilcox Smith, “The Way to Wonderl

Rudolf Koivu

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