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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.
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“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
Pat Gohn, cancer survivor, celebrates womanhood by exploring a woman’s dignity, gifts and mission with exciting, personal stories. Discovering the gift of her womanhood brought her into a deeper relationship with God, her husband, family, and, to her surprise, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Her formation in life and the faith revolved around music. Garage band guitar music. When she gave her heart to Jesus Christ at a retreat, she realized God was inviting her to use her guitar playing and writing gifts for his purposes. In three words: Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious, she helps us discover who we are and what gifts we have that reflect our innate and eternal beauty.
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Posted in Books, Countercultural, Identity, Mary, Nancy Ward, Pat Gohn, Prayer, Quotes, Writing
Tagged Catholic Writers, evangelization, faith, grace, joy, prayer
“Faith in Christ is not a comfortable, undemanding thing with no impact on my daily life. It takes a decisive choice, a willingness to surrender everything to Christ and to bring His love and mercy to others. Only in that is found the true freedom and joy we all seek.”
How does your faith bring you true freedom and joy?
Read more by Caitlin Bootsma at Aleteia.org
Posted in Community, Conversion, Evangelism, Quotes, Renewal
Tagged Catholic, conversion, evangelization, freedom, grace, joy, prayer
Isaiah 25:6-10a; Ps 23:1-6; Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20; Mt 22:1-14
Last week we spoke of getting under the spout where the glory comes out,The glory referred to opening our being to receive as much of the life of God as possible for us to receive. We do that in reading the New Testament, receiving the sacraments frequently and through our prayer life.
Posted in Community, Fr. Bob Hilz, Healing, Jesus, Prayer, Renewal, Sacraments, Scriptures
Tagged Catholic, faith, God, grace, joy, mass, prayer