Interview of the Week on DDCCW program, ‘Why Keep a Spiritual Journal’ with Dave Palmer and Carla LaCroix at GRN studios on 2-16-21 (photo by Phil Ward)
What a reception from the women of the Dallas Deanery of the Council of Catholic Women (DDCCW) at their February 11 quarterly luncheon. They were ready and eager to know more about spiritual journaling, especially during Lent.
The publicity garnered from GRN Catholic radio drew the larger than usual crowd of sixty women. Dave Palmer, director of the Guadalupe Radio Network in North Texas, interviewed Carla LaCroix and me for the Feb 17 KATH 910 AM Interview of the Week. Special thanks to Phil Ward for his fine photography.
Carla, who Dave calls a “super volunteer for GRN,” gave the listening audience a clear picture of the structure, mission and scope of the National Council of Catholic Women. Then she shared her experiences in the Diocese of Dallas Council where she serves as chair for the Dallas Deanery Council of Catholic Women. She recalled a poignant era in her life when journaling with Scripture was comforting. In her current notebook, she journals as she keeps track of GRN events. Continue reading →
Our goal as Catholic Christians is to live a life centered on faith so we might spend eternity with the One who created us. He gave us the gift of His Son who sacrificed His body for us so we could be saved. The words Christ spoke to the disciples gives us a full understanding of how to live forever with him in Paradise: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world” (Jn 6:51). By partaking in His body during Holy Communion, we are connecting ourselves unconditionally with His promise. There was nothing else that He could give us as a human being that could have showed us not only the love He has for us, but how far He was willing to go in order to save us. This is our invitation to be saved. Christ’s human body was sacrificed so He could defeat death and save us from the sins we commit.
Saving us on the cross, we pray, “Jesus may the body you once walked this Earth, which you offered back to the Father for me on the cross, be fulfilled in me. I know you gave it all for me that I may have the strength to give it all for you. Save me from my own human desires.” Continue reading →
Genesis 9:8-15; Ps 25:4-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mt 4:4b; Mark 1:12-15
These forty days of penance, fasting, prayer and almsgiving go back to the forty days Jesus spent in the desert tempted by the devil.
This was after St. John the Baptist baptized him in the River Jordan, as Mark gives us the shortest account in today’s Gospel. Matthew has a fuller account.
There are a few themes that we could follow today. My directive is “How can I get closer to Jesus and what he wants me to do?”
The devil’s distractions
Several years ago C. S. Lewis wrote a funny little book, “Screwtape Letters.” It is about a convention satan had to train lesser demons. The gist of it was to train lesser demons how to trick humans to turn to their side. I call this the dark side. They were to keep humans so busy and distracted with non-religious things in the world that humans would have no or very little time for God and following his plans.Continue reading →
Tony Agnesi loves to share stories to build up the faith of his readers. And he does it with such enthusiasm and joy! His life experiences with cancer and Hepatitis C, ministry with Pro-Life, youth and prisoners, podcasting and speaking, form his compassionate spirituality so evident in all kinds of uplifting stories. Through social media networking and the Catholic Writers Guild, Tony and I discovered we often find inspiration at Vanderbilt Beach in Naples, FL, although at different times. In 2015, he interviewed me for his podcast, Finding God’s Grace, about my first video presentation on Sharing Your Faith Story for the online Catholic Conference for Moms. With his new book, A Storytellers Guide to a Grace-Filled Life: 70 Plus Stories & Reflections of God’s Grace, I reversed our roles and interviewed him.
Nancy Ward: Congratulations on your book, A Storytellers Guide to a Grace-Filled Life.
When I opened the book and saw the dedication ”To Nico and Luca, my wonderful grandsons,” I wondered if you wrote the book as a legacy to them.
Tony Agnesi: Yes, over the past five years, I found many family stories that I wanted to pass along to Nico and Luca. Some stories are about my wife Diane and I, and we want them to know that Grandma and Grandpa were followers of Jesus Christ and how our Catholic faith has blessed us over the years.Continue reading →
Soul of Christ, sanctify me Body of Christ, save me Blood of Christ, inebriate me Water from the side of Christ, wash me Passion of Christ, strengthen me O good Jesus, hear me Within Your wounds hide me Separated from You let me never be From the evil one protect me At the hour of my death call me and bid me come unto thee
that I may praise you with your saints forever and ever. Amen.
Part of praying specific prayers we are taught, or we find on our own, is to create a connection point to where we feel ourselves in an embrace with the Holy One, especially when the words of our prayers allow us to see the beauty of our faith and experience God’s presence. All of these moments when the words written on the page becoming a living moment of worship and petition should transform us in some way. They give us an opportunity to lift our hearts to the Lord, even when we don’t have the right words or we are too weak to even think straight. Finding Jesus in the Eucharist can be accomplished by opening up ourselves to make specific connections, inviting Him to become part of our every moment. Continue reading →
Were you healed last weekend with the remembrance of St. Blaise and his healing intercession? Let us know.
This is the last Sunday of Ordinary Time before Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, February 14th. As St. Mark ends Chapter One, he tells a thrilling story of a poor leper who came to Jesus for healing.
In Biblical times there were no hospitals, with doctors, nurses, or nurses aids or drug stores with lots of meds. Within Israel and among its neighbors, leprosy covered a broad spectrum of skin diseases. The reference is to various dermatological curable illness associated with skin disorders. Continue reading →
Nancy Ward is a convert, journalist, blogger, published author and speaker on her conversion, Catholicism and Christian community in Texas. She loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs through her Sharing Your Faith Stories seminars and DVD. She contributed four chapters to The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion. JoyAlive.net and NancyHCWard.com