September intentions of Pope Francis

Mentally disabled. That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.

"The real trouble is that those most affected by [an excessive love for oneself] – which is actually a kind of mental disorder – are people who have a lot of power. Often bosses are narcissists." (Pope Francis during a dialog with Eugenio Scalfari, founder of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, translated to English, Oct. 1, 2013)

Service to the poor.  That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.

When we are generous in welcoming people and sharing something with them—some food, a place in our homes, our time—not only do we no longer remain poor: we are enriched. I am well aware that when someone needing food knocks at your door, you always find a way of sharing food; as the proverb says, one can always ‘add more water to the beans’! Is it possible to add more water to the beans?…Always?…And you do so with love, demonstrating that true riches consist not in materials things, but in the heart! (Pope Francis, Address during Visit to the Community at Varginha, 7/25/13)

 

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Friar’s Corner: Do we need God’s anti-virus program to protect our minds?

Jeremiah 20:7-9; Psalms 63:2-6, 8-9); Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16:21-27

When we look more deeply at these readings there is an underlying note. God created everything. When he made us he placed a longing within us for a union with himself. It is an emptiness; we are looking for fulfillment. We look for humans and things to fulfill us yet that doesn’t give us what we need.

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Community Life: Loving the sinner

This story came to me as a tweet this week, haunted me for a day and a night, compelling me to share it.

The author is unknown and the facts cannot be authenticated.

Yet like a biblical parable, the message touches my heart and causes me to think and perhaps change the way I react to the mistakes of others and the ones I make.

In this African tribe, when someone does something harmful, they take the person to the center of the village where the whole tribe comes and surrounds him.

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TRUST – featured on ACWB

Featured today on Association of Catholic Women Bloggers:

TRUST: God sees everything

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely,” (Proverbs 3:5).

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Teaming up with Saint Monica by Connie Beckman

  

 

I was introduced to St Monica a few years ago. When I discovered she prayed for her son, St Augustine's conversion for many years and also prayed for her pagan husband's conversion as well, I knew I had to find out a little more about this third century saint.

I have been praying for my family's conversion for a number of years. St. Monica has given me hope to preserve in my prayers for my loved ones.

Saint Monica was born about the year 331 in Tagaste, North Africa, of a Catholic family who raised her in the faith. Her marriage to Patricius, a pagan Roman official, wasn't a happy one, but it was peaceful and stable due mainly to the patience and prudence of Monica.

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Big Hearted book review on CatholicMom.com today

If you haven't read my book review of "Big Hearted Families, inspiring stories from everyday families" by Patti Armstrong and Theresa Thomas, it is featured on CatholicMom.com today.

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The Question Every College-Bound Kid Should be Asking

  

Lessons on life from
a fictional Russian monk
and "Gaudium et Spes."

Are you, your children or grandchildren preparing for college? As students get ready to  go across the country or across the city, how can they prepare spiritually for the coming school year with all its challenges, opportunities and temptations?

Catherine Ruth Pakaluk, Assistant Professor of Economics at Ave Maria University, has a message for them. Calling selfishness a sickness, she told the graduation class of The Oakcrest School,

“No policy, regime, or system can remedy this sickness. What is needed is conversion, a firm determination to live for others no matter the cost, and strong institutions in which we can lay down our lives to save others. This, after all, is the noblest aspiration of the human heart, and the path chosen by Our Lord who saved us. 

“So, when you decide how to live, will you choose to live for another?  Will you choose self-gift over self-fulfillment? Will you seek out the institutions—marriage, family, Church—that can assist you in these aspirations?”

Her full commencement address is featured in Aletelia.

 

 

 

 

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