The Dallas Deanery Council of Catholic Women
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Speaker: NANCY WARD
Sharing Your Faith Story Ministry
Topic: Why Keep a Spiritual Journal?
St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church
1404 Old Gate Lane
Dallas, Texas 75218
Grand Salon Room
Please make $10 check payable to: St. Bernard Altar Guild
Mail Reservation to Contact Person:
3351 Santa Teresa Ave.
Dallas, TX 75218
214 850 5707
Monday, February 19, 2018
(Registration Begins at 9:30 A.M.)
Directions to St. Bernard Catholic Church:
Exit Garland Rd. and go South.
Turn left onto Old Gate Ln.
Exit E. Grand Ave. and go north.
East Grand Ave. will turn into Garland Rd.
From Garland Rd. turn right onto Old Gate Ln.
Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR
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
Introducing seven meditations on the Anima Christi from Unconditionally, Finding Jesus in the Eucharist by Greg Wasinski
The Anima Christi
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.
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
Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR
Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 11; 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1; 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
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
Author Dave Palmer has published a second edition of Let’s Go Find God, the enticing first volume I of St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone.
“St. Thomas is the greatest doctor of the Church,” author Dave Palmer said, “and I assert that children can be taught his basic philosophy, as I have taught my 13- and 8-year olds for several years.”
The full title of the series tells it all: St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone, 30 Quick and Fun Lessons, Activities and Outdoor Adventures Based on the Summa Theologica.
The second edition keeps the arrangement, approach and focus on the intended audience that makes St. Thomas Aquinas for Everyone a dynamic tool to teach children the spirituality of awareness. Dave organizes each of the 30 interactive lessons into six sections, including a Fun Activity and an Outdoor Adventure. My favorite section is Awe and Wonder, a reflection on the St. Thomas Says section and how it applies to my life.
Dave said he chose the book’s new cover “to make it look a bit more modern and attractive. I went back in and redid many of the chapters, added some really interesting outdoor adventures and activities and basically kept what was good and added some additional information to the first edition.” Continue reading