Author Archives: Nancy Ward

About Nancy Ward

Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at JoyAlive.net,
 7 websites and 7 magazines. She loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs through her Sharing Your Faith Stories seminars, also available on DVD. She contributed four chapters to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. She facilitates the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers and a critique group for the Catholic Writers Guild, where she serves as a board member.

You are being watched!

Featured on CatholicMom.com In your neighborhood, at work, school and on the soccer field; at the movies, at the mall and at church, curious eyes are on you. You are being watched. Why you? Because everyone around you craves something … Continue reading

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Friars Corner: The power of the Holy Spirit in our prayer

Wisdom 12:13, 16-19; Ps 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43 I would usually take the gospel theme to develop. This week it is a parable about the good wheat and weeds the enemy sowed in the field and two … Continue reading

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 7-21-17

Featured Favorite: God doesn’t create clones Featured Favorite: God is my Healer Friars Corner: Christian fruitfulness brings us joy even in trials and difficulties  

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Featured Favorite: God doesn’t create clones

I grew up in the shadow of my sister who was 18 months older than me. I followed her around, copying her every preference and obeying her every request. She convinced me that her likes and dislikes, friends and fashions … Continue reading

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Featured Favorite: God is my Healer

“Bless the LORD, my soul; and do not forget all his gifts, who pardons all your sins, and heals all your ills,” (Psalm 103:2-3) As my husband and I waited on the frontage road to access the busy freeway, a … Continue reading

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Friars Corner: Christian fruitfulness brings us joy even in trials and difficulties

Isaiah 55:10-11; Ps 65:11-14; Romans 8:18-23; Matthew 13:1-9 Parables are simple life stories that Jesus told his large audiences. They are down to earth everyday stories that were in their normal experiences like agricultural or fishing. When we read these … Continue reading

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 7-14-17

  God on Vacation Joy Story: From Atheist to Happy Catholic   Friars Corner: The joy of resting in Jesus vs. fake news

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God on Vacation

A trip with my husband to a technical conference in Colorado, meant I was on vacation and on my own during the day. I could freely explore the beautiful resort hotel with every amenities imaginable. The hotel shuttle was available … Continue reading

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