Catholic Mom: God’s Partners

Farm Harvest by Nato Pereira (Pixabay)

Farm Harvest by Nato Pereira (Pixabay)

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“For we are God’s co-workers, you are God’s field, God’s building.” (1 Cor. 3:9)

We are called by God to take care of his creation. Not just as stewards but as co-creators with God. His work continues with our help, in the fields of our lives.

In the spiritual realm, we are called as co-workers to evangelize those in the field of the world around us — our home base, neighborhood, workplace, and parish. Continue reading

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Friars Corner: Jesus’ love and mercy are forever! Alleluia!

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY: Acts 2:42-47; Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; 1 Peter 1:3-9

I would like to give you two simple definitions of two common Catholic words that most don’t understand. What is grace? Very simply perfect love flowing from the thrones of the Father and Jesus in heaven. (Revelation 22:1-2) The second word is mercy. It also means God’s unlimited love flowing to us.

This is the eighth day after the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. All the writings of the New Testament flow to us with the preaching of the original apostles and disciples with Christ’s mission to go into the whole world and announce the good news of God’s salvation for all his children. The first line of the second reading today is very powerful, 1 Peter 1:3: Continue reading

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 4-21-17

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  • Joy Stories: Reversion at Passover – Faith Roberts writes how her return to the Catholic Church was slow and subtle with many little turning points, the best happened at a Passover dinner.
  • Easter Sunrise Storm – What made Easter the most glorious day of the year? Not the storm but the joy in our hearts as we celebrate that Jesus ia risen! He is risen indeed!
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Joy Stories: Reversion at Passover by Faith Roberts

My reversion back to the Catholic Church was very slow and subtle with many little turning points. One that stands out in my mind happened at Passover dinner. This was before I was even dating my Jewish husband.

At that time I was searching for something to believe in. I was very curious about Sufi Islam and had a good friend who had converted. He gave me all these audiotapes of beautiful mystical prayers said in Tamil (his sheik was from Sri Lanka) with English translations. They were gorgeous prayers and I used to walk around the city listening to them.

As I investigated Islam further I came, of course, to read about Mohammad. Mohammad is no Jesus! Jesus is so beautiful and wise, so loving, so ethereal and down to earth at the same time. Mohammad’s life, that he actually fought and killed people over some tribal quarrel, that he had ten wives, just seemed so pallid to me. So while I found the prayers beautiful, emphasizing the glory of God (Allah), the actual religion didn’t ring true to me.

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Easter Sunrise Storm

Sunrise Storm on Lake Ray Hubbard (photo by Nancy Ward)

Sunrise Storm on Lake Ray Hubbard (photo by Nancy Ward)

Remembering Easter Sunrise Services we celebrated years ago, my husband and I decided to have our own sunrise prayer time before going to Mass later. From the family room, we looked out over the lake with no visible sunrise. Just dark clouds with a little glow of light behind them.

As we prayed the morning prayer from the Magnificat, the sky got ever darker. Our prayers were interrupted by a telephone call from the emergency services warning us of coming thunderstorms and hail.

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Friars Corner: JESUS IS RISEN, ALIVE, GLORIFIED and always with us! Amen, Alleluia!

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Resurrection (PhotoBurcket)

Resurrection (PhotoBurcket)

A Blessed Easter to you and your families!

Acts of the Apostles 10:34a, 27-43; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Colossians 3:3-4; John 20:1-9

Easter Sequence
Christians, to the Paschal Victim, offer your thankful praises!

A Lamb the sheep redeems; Christ, who only is sinless, Reconciles sinners to the Father.
Death and life have contended, in the combat stupendous: The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.
Speak, Mary, declaring, What you saw, wayfaring
“The tomb of Christ, who is living, The glory of Jesus’ resurrection.
Bright angels attesting, The shroud and napkin resting.
Yes, Christ my hope is arisen: To Galilee he goes before you
Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining, Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 4-14-17

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  • Lent: This is My Body –  Amy Welborn – As I sit at the DMV, I often marvel: God loves each person here and is working in their lives—speaking, inviting, forgiving.
  • The Carpenters Work – by Robert Schnitzius – Poet Robert Schnitzius writes from the viewpoint of the wood of the cross of Christ in the carpenter’s hands that fashioned the cross of crucifixion.
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Lent: This is My Body

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by Amy Welborn

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-24)

 

I love going to the DMV. Well, not really, but I do find it to be an experience unlike any other that can feed my soul, if I let it. For you see, everyone has to go to the DMV. If you have the money, there are many tasks you can pay others to do for you, but only you can get your driver’s license. So you’re going to find a real cross-section at the DMV. Everyone has to go: rich and poor, young and old of every race. We’re all there.

As I sit there, I often marvel: God loves each person here and is working in their lives—speaking, inviting, forgiving. He offers his body and blood for you, me and the stranger in line behind us, who really is no stranger at all.

Jesus, you call us all to your table. May we all be one in you.

 

“This is My Body“ was selected from Reconciled to God, Daily Lenten Devotions (Creative Communications for the Parish)  with Amy Welborn’s permission to publish it on JoyAlive.net.  Amy, mother of five, has worked as a Catholic high school teacher, Parish Director of Religious Education, writer for the Florida Catholic, columnist for Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic News Service. She has been writing full time since 1999 and has written nineteen books and many pamphlets and study guides. She is a regular contributor to the Living Faith and Living Faith for Kids devotionals.

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