Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 2-27-15

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Strange Gods: Moments of distraction

In Strange Gods: Unmasking the idols of everyday life, Elizabeth Scalia writes beautifully about how she struggles with distractions during her prayers. Can you relate?

When I first began to pray—and I am forever a beginner—I struggled with focus, particularly in contemplation and in praying the Rosary. I let the struggle take more of my attention than it should have, until praying seemed like a nice idea, but clearly one meant for other people, and not for me, with my head full of monkey chatter and shiny things. When I said as much to an elderly nun named Sister Alice, she smiled and said, "Distraction in prayer is overcome in God's good time, but it is actually one of the easiest things to manage. You must first be willing to admit that you are imperfect. Then, when the distractions come, you simply recognize them for what they are, and bring your attention back to prayer." Continue reading

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The Our Father and 7 Last Words of Jesus, 2nd Word

by Dennis P. McGeehan

The key episode in all of history is the death and resurrection of Jesus. No other event in history is remotely close in impact and permanence of effect. It was the reason he came to Earth, the fulfillment of his life. The Son of God became man so he could pay the price of our sins on the cross. His whole human existence pointed to this moment.

The scriptures record what Christ said while he hung on the cross. For all believers his words are worth pondering. The seven last words of Christ are seven statements he made. They are the last teachings he gave to us, and connect to his teaching on how we should pray.

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CMom: EGO–Edging God Out?

Are you excited about Lent this year? Making long lists of goals? Or do you hesitate to take on a new discipline to add to your packed schedule?

When we take on a new goal to improve our life, we meet inner resistance. The new goal can range from a resolve to eat less and exercise more, complain less and listen more, worry less and sleep more. Lent drives the new purpose into first place in our mind and on our calendar.

How do we know if what we decide to change is what God wants us to do? If this is the right time and the right way to make this change?

Read how our priorities suffer when our ego rules on CatholicMom.com

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Catholic Moms online conference gains popularity over the web

Just a week after registration opened, over 1000 Moms have already joined.

Greenville, SC (Feb. 10, 2015)—Catholic Mothers are excited about a free, online conference that will be held the March 6 – March 9 at www.CatholicConference4Moms.com. Unlike other conferences, where mothers may have to drive long distances, give up some cash, and worse, arrange the logistics of a busy family with the matriarch missing—this one promises the ultimate in convenience.  Not only is it free, but it is available on her own computer, tablet, or mobile device.

Unlike other online seminars where the presentation is running live and you have to tune in at a certain time, these video presentations have been prepared far in advance.  Organizer, Tami Kiser, gives the reason for this: “For most of us busy moms, it’s very hard to predict when we are going to have a chunk of time during the day to listen to a presentation.  This online conference is different—for any given day of the conference, moms can pull up any of the presentations available that day at any time.  She can even listen to part of the talk now and finish it later.  With all of the presentations about 20 minutes, this makes it very convenient and actually doable.”

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Friars Corner: Jesus gives us his secrets

Genesis 9:8-15; Ps 25:4-9; 1 Peter 3:18-21; Mark 1:12-13

Do you have or have you seen your family photo albums or videos? We like to look back at past family picture events. Or for some of us when we were boys, did we collect baseball player cards from bubble gum packages? At Liturgies (Masses) the scripture stories are like looking at old photos or story reruns.

As we have begun Lent, we closed St. Mark’s photo album about Jesus and now we look at various "reruns" of our faith (salvation history). We used to eat fish and abstain from meat on all Fridays of Lent. After Vatican Council II Pope Paul VI only required abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. We are free to continue to eat fish on the other Fridays. Our bodies need the Omega fish oils. Fasting was encouraged in a personal way by looking at our daily life and seeing where we could improve by asking, "What would Jesus do in this situation?" So how can we get closer to Jesus and care for others with Jesus’ loving power? The object is to improve our behavior.

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 2-21-15

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The Our Father and 7 Last Words of Jesus, 1st Word

by Dennis P. McGeehan

The key episode in all of history is the death and resurrection of Jesus. No other event in history is remotely close in impact and permanence of effect. It was the reason he came to Earth, the fulfillment of his life. The Son of God became man so he could pay the price of our sins on the cross. His whole human existence pointed to this moment.

The scriptures record what Christ said while he hung on the cross. For all believers his words are worth pondering. The seven last words of Christ are seven statements he made. They are the last teachings he gave to us, and connect to his teaching on how we should pray.

Continue reading

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