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Sep 19, 2014

7 Quick Modern Takes of Jesus As Lord, Friend….

7 Quick Modern Takes of Jesus As Lord, Friend….


For the 7 Quick Takes friday link up this week, I MUST share just a sampling of unique, well done, modern art depicting Jesus on Pinterest today. I detest tacky Christian art because when a truly talented artist paints or draws our Lord and he is also filled with grace, the results are stunning. Truly inspired art should inspire the viewer , move our hearts and spirits.



This first image of…

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Sep 18, 2014

Surviving Mesothelioma: Help Spread the Message About A Rare Cancer

Surviving Mesothelioma: Help Spread the Message About A Rare Cancer


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Eight years ago, Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. She had just given birth to her daughter, Lily, and was only given 15 months to live. After a life saving surgery that included the removal of her left lung, she is thriving more than ever.

0Since she is one of only a few survivors,her family has made it their lives mission to

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Sep 18, 2014

Evangelizing in Caves


How would you communicate the message of salvation and the subsequent new life in Christ with the unchurched, with people who have no Christian frame of reference or Christian vocabulary?

When I speak with someone who is curious about the faith, I realize my revelations about the spiritual life in the Mystical Body of Christ are completely foreign. I might as well be a fantasy character…

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Sep 17, 2014 / 1 note

What’s wrong with you, anyway?

What’s wrong with you, anyway?


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The whole atmosphere of modern society is stressful because people are anxious about the economy and their job security. They have problems sleeping or self medicate with alcohol, drugs and cigarettes to help ‘take the edge off’. More and more sick days are the result of depression and other mental health issues. However it never…

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Sep 17, 2014

The Gift of Suffering

The Gift of Suffering



“God loves us, so He makes us the gift of suffering.

Through suffering, we release our hold on the toys of this world,

and know our true good lies in another world.

We’re like blocks of stone, out of which the sculptor carves the forms of men.

The blows of his chisel, which hurt us so much, are what make us perfect.

The suffering in this world is not the failure…

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Sep 16, 2014

Tender Tidings Fall 2014

Tender Tidings Fall 2014

Tender Tidings FALL 2014

Tender Tidings Fall 2014: Now Available! | CATHOLIC Intentional Parenting…

Tender Tidings FALL 2014The Fall 2014 issue of Tender Tidings, a FREE parenting magazine, is now available!T

Click here or on the flipbook icon below.  (If you’d prefer a PDF, you can download it from the link or the flipbook.)

My article, Mutual Respect, is on page 43

In this issue:
  • Hospitality:  Making a House a Home
  • Marriage: Does your spouse…

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Sep 14, 2014 / 1 note

The only reason to exalt the cross is because of the work of salvation Jesus accomplished on that piece of wood and our unending, incredulous gratitude. If we really stop and think about it, this sacrifice  is ‘ mind blowing’  because the Almighty God of the Universe suffered agony and humiliation to save us from ourselves, our guilt, shame and utter failure to save ourselves.

“He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made,

He would have done no less.” 

This feast is called in Greek Ὕψωσις τοῦ Τιμίου καὶ Ζωοποιοῦ Σταυροῦ[1] (“Raising Aloft of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross”) and in Latin Exaltatio Sanctae Crucis. In English, it is called The Exaltation of the Holy Cross in the official translation of the Roman Missal, while the 1973 translation called it The Triumph of the Cross

The True Cross was discovered in 326 by Saint Helena, the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, during a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was then built at the site/ The church was dedicated nine years later, with a portion of the cross The date of the feast marks the dedication of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 335.


Exaltation of the Cross: Reflections and Images The only reason to exalt the cross is because of the work of salvation Jesus accomplished on that piece of wood and our unending…
Sep 13, 2014 / 2 notes

Be Merciful not Fearful

Be Merciful not Fearful



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Pope Francis continued his catechises on the Church as mother during this Wednesday’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square on Sept.10. Throughout the entire address, the pope constantly reiterated that the concept of mercy is at the crux of both the Gospels and the teaching of the Church. He also challenged Christians to let go of fear to embrace the most desperate in our…

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Sep 12, 2014


It all began at the beginning of this week when I started searching for great art for The Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Since then, I have spent hours this week swimming in images on Pinterset. Some images are gorgeous, Spirit saturated images which bring me into the presence of God, while others simply make me laugh or offer words of wisdom with great quotes. I want to share some of the best in this basically wordless post.


First the images that started it all. Three of my favorite works of art which celebrate the birth of Mary on Sept. 8


Icons. Painted during prayer, soaked in the Spirit, created to lead observers to pray. Here are a couple of icons I discovered this week


Glorious stained glass


Funny Catholic pins to make sure we don’t take ourselves too seriously


Inspiring or pithy quotes


Unusual churches

7 Quick Pinterset Takes 1 It all began at the beginning of this week when I started searching for great art for The Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Sep 11, 2014 / 2 notes

f62006bd77eb6d98b47f79aed70efa86I am a conundrum in the eyes of modern society because I am a joyful mother of nine children. This very fact seems to confound most people who expect me to look like a haggard, worn out bag of regret and unfulfilled dreams. Society in general is baffled to learn that I discovered freedom precisely as a mother.

Confusion follows because I am happy. Now a joyful,  tiny mother of nine simply baffles people. I shatter all their preconceived notions. The typical image of a multipara women would be a large, matronly, robust, grim, battle-axe of a mother, efficiently marshaling her young charges with little time to coddle or love the poor, deprived dears. I delight in confounding stereotypes.


NOTa Haggard, Worn out Bag of Regret I am a conundrum in the eyes of modern society because I am a joyful mother of nine children.
Sep 11, 2014

Trusting in 2,000 Years of Experience

Trusting in 2,000 Years of Experience

When I became a Catholic at 19, I was overjoyed to discover a wealth of wisdom and teaching on prayer, spirituality and the faith. It was like unlocking a door to a vast library of  information that had been kept hidden from me . This was information that I could count on, that I could trust as authentic, tried and true. This treasure trove of instruction had passed the test of time, the test of…

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Sep 10, 2014

Trusting God with St. Therese by Connie Rossini


f721a3fecabdba499cc593d2d9b9ae80Looking for a spiritual read which is so interesting that you can hardly put it down but has the potential to change your life as well? Trusting  God with St. Therese  by  Connie Rossini more than satisfies both these prerequisites.

Connie delves not only into the biography of the Little Flower but also grapples with the ramifications of theses facts as they affected her spiritually and…

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Sep 9, 2014

Secrets of Turning Water into Wine

Secrets of Turning Water into Wine

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 A Marriage Book by Karee and Manny Santosunnamed (30) Ave Maria Press will be releasing a Catholic marriage help book by the Santos in 2016. The working title (although publishers always change the title!) is Secrets of Turning Water into Wine. Why are they writing the book? What can you learn from the book? Read on to find out JPG Can We Cana logoSECRETS OF TURNING WATER INTO WINE Divorce rates for…

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Conflicts in Literature

 A humourous look at classical, modern and postmodern conflicts in images
Sep 9, 2014

Conflicts in Literature

 A humourous look at classical, modern and postmodern conflicts in images

Sep 8, 2014

Healing With MUD


John 9:1-17 -The healing of the blind man by the pool of Siloam

There is so much I could discuss in this gospel passage such as illness is not the result of sin, God wants to heal us and the fact that Jesus is the light of the world. However what immediately pops into my mind are insights given at a small daily mass by a Jesuit university Chaplin almost 40 years ago ( yup, 40 years; that is not a…

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