Jeremiah 20:7-9; Psalms 63:2-6, 8-9); Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16:21-27
When we look more deeply at these readings there is an underlying note. God created everything. When he made us he placed a longing within us for a union with himself. It is an emptiness; we are looking for fulfillment. We look for humans and things to fulfill us yet that doesn’t give us what we need.
Posted in Fr. Bob Hilz, Prayer, Saints, Scriptures
Tagged grace, joy, Matthew, prayer, Psalms, Romans, Scriptures, St. Francis
This story came to me as a tweet this week, haunted me for a day and a night, compelling me to share it.
The author is unknown and the facts cannot be authenticated.
Yet like a biblical parable, the message touches my heart and causes me to think and perhaps change the way I react to the mistakes of others and the ones I make.
In this African tribe, when someone does something harmful, they take the person to the center of the village where the whole tribe comes and surrounds him.
Posted in Community, Conversion, Family, Healing, Identity, Jesus, Scriptures
Tagged African, Colossians, grace, joy, love, Scriptures, sinner
Featured today on Association of Catholic Women Bloggers:
TRUST: God sees everything
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely,” (Proverbs 3:5).
I was introduced to St Monica a few years ago. When I discovered she prayed for her son, St Augustine's conversion for many years and also prayed for her pagan husband's conversion as well, I knew I had to find out a little more about this third century saint.
I have been praying for my family's conversion for a number of years. St. Monica has given me hope to preserve in my prayers for my loved ones.
Saint Monica was born about the year 331 in Tagaste, North Africa, of a Catholic family who raised her in the faith. Her marriage to Patricius, a pagan Roman official, wasn't a happy one, but it was peaceful and stable due mainly to the patience and prudence of Monica.
Posted in Books, Communion of Saints, Connie Beckman, Conversion, Family, Identity, Prayer, Quotes, Saints
Tagged St. Augustine, St. Monica, The Confessions of St. Augustine
If you haven't read my book review of "Big Hearted Families, inspiring stories from everyday families" by Patti Armstrong and Theresa Thomas, it is featured on CatholicMom.com today.
Isaiah 22:19-23; Ps 138:1-3, 6, 8; Romans 11:33-36 Matthew 16:13-20
Two readings this weekend focus us on the "key of the House of King David" being given to a special son. God "will fix him like a peg in a sure spot, to be a place of honor for His family." That person is revealed by God, our Father, in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ, in today’s gospel. The important question was put to the disciples and to us today, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?"