True Radiance, Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life

trueradiance-coverA book review by Nancy Ward

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The subtitle of True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life, reflects Lisa Mladinich’s way of relating her experience and encouragement to women. Readers find grace here in her wisdom and insight.

Lisa covers all aspects of menopause and asks searching questions about inner and outer beauty. She sees a true friendship as “a glimpse of Heaven” and promotes the Communion of Saints as our companions.

She delves into our calling as women to a specific vocation as wives or consecrated virgins and how our vocations mature or change, perhaps to single parents or widows. We can guard against and adjust to the impact of health, setbacks and temptations that thwart the fulfillment of our life’s work. When all our efforts fail, no matter! We can respond to God’s loving ways of communicating his will to us. We can honor our vows of love in our hearts through diligent prayer and perseverance. Continue reading

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Friars Corner: Jesus’ Light brings joy to us and blessings to others

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Isaiah 58:7-10; Ps 112:4-9; 1 Corinthians 2:1-3; Matthew 5:13-16

God’s light is a major theme throughout our Bible. It is mentioned 77 times from Genesis to Revelation. As God was creating the universe and our earth, he said in Genesis 1:3, “Let there be light,” and there was light as opposed to darkness.

Light on earth comes from the sun as the center of our solar system, not the universe. Our groupings of planets are only a speck in the vastness of the universe, which is still growing. God is the true light. Continue reading

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  • Partners with God – We are called as partners with God to evangelize those in the field of the world around us — our home base, neighborhood, workplace, and parish.
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Partners with God

Farm Harvest by Nato Pereira (Pixabay)

Farm Harvest by Nato Pereira (Pixabay)

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.

When we are partners with God, we can do anything! He provides everything we need: Continue reading

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Don’t forget to register for the Catholic Writers Conference Online

Catholic-Writers-Guild-logo-1024x1024Yes, our online webinar is almost here! I will be presenting a session on “How to Get the Most from a Critique Group (even if you have to start one yourself). My workshop is on Friday, Feb. 17 at 6:00 pm. CST.

I’ll speak from my experience in forming and facilitating our face-to-face Dallas/Ft. Worth Catholic Writers and the online CWG Non-Fiction Critique Group. Bring your questions on critiquing for the Q&A and on how to start a local group. Here’s the official press release:

World Wide Web—The Catholic Writers Guild will hold its annual online conference for writers Feb 17-19, 2017.  This faith-focused authors conference offers presentations covering all aspects of writing from the faith aspects of your calling as a writer to publishing and marketing your books.  There will also be online pitch sessions with noted Catholic publishers and secular publishers.

Attendees must register by Feb 10 at https://catholicwritersguild.org/catholic-writers-conference-online-admission-non-members. Continue reading

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Friars Corner: The Beatitudes lead us to the joy of Jesus

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Zephaniah 2:3, 3:12-13; Psalms 146:6-10; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Matthew 5:1-12a

The Beatitudes of Matthew’s Gospel point to a growing blessing of God, even amidst great trials and persecution in our lives. God’s joy flows from his divine grace within us from our baptism and other sacraments and prayer life. This will lead us through life to eternal joy and glory with God and all the angels and saints in heaven.

You might ask how is that possible? Look at the struggles in our country and the world such as the Pro-Life movement in the last 44 years in America? Yet this culture of death and murder is going on in most of the world. We can look at the current war in Syria and the Middle East. Continue reading

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Joy Stories: No turning back

Kevin Luksus

Kevin Luksus

by Kevin Luksus

From my earliest memories, I recall going to Sunday Mass. Mom and Dad raised me in the Catholic faith and sent me to Catholic schools. Catholic practices were a routine part of my life. Outside of church and school, however, I didn’t think about God much.

Life had its ups and downs. Schoolwork and baseball were positives. My home life was a negative. I didn’t know it at the time, but my mom likely was depressed during most of my childhood. My dad had financial problems with his business, where he worked long hours. By the time I was a teenager, I felt disconnected from my parents.

Throughout high school, I continued to do well academically but had almost no social life. For much of my high school experience, I was miserable, lonely, and felt worthless. During one dark time in my junior year, I thought about suicide. But something happened that night. I couldn’t explain why, but I suddenly felt hopeful. I knew I didn’t want to give up; that somehow there was something more. I am sure that was the Holy Spirit. From that point on, I was a bit more optimistic, although I didn’t have any reason for it. I felt like I was in a hole. I wanted to get out; I just didn’t know how. Continue reading

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