Category Archives: Catholic family

Joy Story: From Atheist to Happy Catholic

By Julie Davis My parents are atheists so there was no religion in our home. They never tried to prejudice us against religion; they just never talked about it. It was kind of like talking about sex … it was … Continue reading

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Friars Corner: The joy of following and serving Jesus

2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a; Ps 89:2-3, 16-19 Romans 6:3-4, 8-11; Matthew 10:37-42  There are several themes one could draw from today’s readings. Matthew’s Jesus can sound rather harsh in the early section about parents, children and life in the world. … Continue reading

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CatholicMom.com and Prayer Companion win big at CPA!

Last weekend, the highlight of the Catholic Press Association (CPA) conference was their Book Awards. And the First Place in the Prayer Collections category is — The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, from the CatholicMom.com imprint at Ave Maria Press. It … Continue reading

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Friars Corner: Jesus and the Holy Spirit defend and plead for us before God

Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; Ps 66:1-7, 16 and 20; 1 Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21 The readings this weekend give us a “snapshot” of the early Church development. The apostle Philip went north Samaria bringing good news about Jesus our Savior. When … Continue reading

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 5-19-17

God’s To-Do List for you – Nancy Ward tells a story of a working mother and asks, “What surprises do you imagine God has on his To-Do List for you today?” Joy Stories: Broken Brain, Fortified Faith – Virginia Pillars writes, I look … Continue reading

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God’s To-Do List for you

What’s on God’s to-do list for you today? Does he wake you up early enough to enjoy the beautiful sunrise he created? As you get dressed, does he prompt you to pray for a divorced friend or cancer-stricken relative? Perhaps … Continue reading

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Joy Stories: Broken Brain, Fortified Faith

By Virginia Pillars I consider myself a “Cradle Catholic.” My family and both sets of grandparents attended the same Catholic parish. My first outing after birth was to church where I received the sacrament of Baptism. I grew up in … Continue reading

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Featured Favorite: Still House

by Melissa Williams Finn Days like this one in late spring – green, breezy, crowned with a blue bowl of a sky – remind me of our little old 1930s house on McCommas and life with just my first two … Continue reading

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