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Several years ago, as I was on my way into St. Patrick’s Church, a man approached me. His eyes looked straight into mine, searching for something. Perhaps directions to some place in the neighborhood?
Then he inquired, “Let me ask you something. Why do you go to church?” Spontaneously, I answered, ”Because I love Jesus.” My answer surprised me. It sounded like a slogan from Vacation Bible School. Sometimes the Holy Spirit catches me with my barriers down and blurts out the truth.
Posted in Community, Conversion, Countercultural, Evangelism, Family, Friends, GiveAways, Healing, Identity, Jesus, Nancy Ward
Tagged Catholic, conversion, evangelization, grace, Jesus, joy
Memorial of Pope St. John Paul II,1920-2005
How do I summarize the life of the second longest reigning pope in Church history? He was born Karol Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland. He lost both of his parents and older brother before he was 21.
World War II cut his promising academic career short. While working, Karol joined the underground seminary and was ordain a priest in 1946. He was immediately sent to Rome for a doctorate in theology. Back in Poland, he had a few jobs and earned a doctorate in Philosophy, which for a while he taught at Lublin University. In 1958 he was made auxiliary bishop of Krakow and attended all of Vatican Council II. Fr. Wojtyla was appointed Archbishop of Krakow in 1964.
Posted in Catechism, Communion of Saints, Evangelism, Fr. Bob Hilz, Quotes, Scriptures
Tagged Catholic, grace, Holy Spirit, joy, mass, Pope Saint John Paul II
An interview with Connie Rossini, author of Trusting God with St. Thérèse.
Connie gives practical advice for overcoming fears and frustrations that hamper our relationship with God. I asked her about her father-daughter relationship as compared to that of Louis Martin and his daughter St. Thérèse of Lisieux.
Nancy: St. Thérèse was blessed with parents who were “more worthy of heaven than of earth.” Thérèse had a special relationship with her father, who called her, “my Queen.” She formed her image of God from her father who never denied her love, affection and care. How did your father-daughter relationship compare to this?
Posted in Books, Community, Connie Rossini, Family, Identity, Parenting, Prayer, Renewal, Saints
Tagged Catholic family, Catholic Writers, faith, fatherhood, grace, joy, prayer, St. Therese, trust
Featured today on the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers:
God wants is for us to say “yes” to him and “no” to everything else. Of the millions of good things available to us, he wants us to have the best. That’s because he loves us so much. He loved us, even while we were yet sinners.
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Posted in Conversion, Healing, Identity, Jesus, Mary, Nancy Ward, Prayer
Tagged Catholic, conversion, evangelization, faith, grace, joy
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6; Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b; Matthew 22:15-21
In these weeks Mother Church has been inviting us to get closer to Jesus, our only Lord and Savior. He is the living water of John 4:10 and 4:14b, "… the water I give shall become a fountain within him, leaping up to provide eternal life." In Isaiah 55:1, we read, "All you who are thirsty, come to the water." Christ’s water cleanses, refreshes and empowers us.
On Catholic Spirituality Blogs Network:
“I have lived two vastly different lives—one spent exalting materialism and filled with spiritual darkness, the other spent exalting Jesus the Lord and filled with light and hope.” Because Gary’s conversion was so “life and death,” he sees it that way for everyone.
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Posted in Books, Conversion, Evangelism, Gary Garner, Healing, Holy Spirit, Identity, Jesus, Nancy Ward, Quotes, Renewal, Writing
This morning a haze hides the full blaze of the sun’s glory as it rises over the lake. Usually I must shade my eyes as soon as it peeks over the horizon, but not today. I suspect it’s the ozone layer. The still air thickens into pollution and dims the brightness of the sun.
God hides the full brilliance of his being so that we can get a glimpse of his holiness. He hides it in a hazy sunrise, the laughter of a child and the radiance in the face of a saintly friend. Continue reading