Category Archives: Joy

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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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 resting in Jesus vs. fake news

Zachariah 9:9-10; Ps 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14; Romans 8:9, 11-13; Matthew 11:25-30 As we go through life we often get tired and look for refreshment, comfort and happiness. The world is not lacking in offering us all kinds of what seem … Continue reading

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

  How to Benefit from a Critique Group – Featured on CatholicWritersGuild.com – The Catholic Writers Guild is all about networking, honing our craft and supporting other Catholic writers. The critique groups do all that – and more!   The Fantasy of … Continue reading

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The Fantasy of a Judgment-Free Zone

Featured on NewEvangelizers.com The ad for a national fitness center franchise promised that for $10 a month I could enter a judgment-free zone. It gave the hours where I could escape the judgmental world around me to enter a place … 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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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 6-30-17

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