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The highest rated post on JOYAlive.net for 2017 with 462 views was From Atheist to Happy Catholic, the dramatic conversion story of Julie Davis. Congratulations, Julie!
Later in the year, I interviewed Julie about her new book, Seeking Jesus. That interview was published on CatholicStand.com and CatholicMom.com.
Everyone loves conversion and renewal stories we collect. Of the 200 posts published, the most popular were conversion stories, with the Joy Stories page getting the most hits per page: 251.
Stories we featured by our contributors included: Continue reading
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Noon Christmas Day, 1944
Merry Christmas Darling!
And to all my three daughters a happy one. I thought of all of you through the long Xmas eve night and just had to dig out this scrap of paper and say it to you even though it will be late getting there.
I’m sitting in the uncovered part of my hole and the sun is shining on the snow. “White Christmas” is a nice song but not for outdoor living.
We argued yesterday about whether it was Christmas Eve or not and finally found out that it was. One person has said, “Merry Christmas” to me so far and I guess that’s all I’ll hear of it, but plenty goes on in my mind and I know that you will understand my longing to be with you at this time. Continue reading
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29; Rom 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
I AM PRAYING THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE A SAFE AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND HOLY SEASON. PEACE AND GREAT JOY.
This year Sunday is the only day of the fourth week of Advent. The readings go back to the covenant God made to give King David, a successor who would rule as Lord and King over all the earth forever. The ancient prophecies are fulfilled in the role a young virgin, Mary, of Nazareth. She would give the human race the Son of God, a human body through which to redirect the human race to God’s plan. Jesus would heal, teach God’s plan and die on a cross to atone for the sins of all humanity. Continue reading
I dreamt I was in the loving arms of my grandmother in her big old house on Summit Avenue. Only my older sister Betty Clare was with us. Suddenly we were jumping up and down and trying to hug each other at the same time.
As I looked more closely at the scene, I noticed that Betty Clare and I wore our school clothes. We hadn’t changed into our play clothes after school. I was young, 6 or 7, and Mother wasn’t there, or Kathleen, my younger sister.
I realized that this was the day Kathleen was born, when I was barely seven. When we came home from school, Grandmother has told us we had a little sister. We were celebrating her birth with great joy.
This dream jolted me into realizing how easily I forget the good times in our family. So much has happened since then. Betty Clare died 12 years ago and Kathleen’s been gone three years. I am the only one in that dream who is still alive.
Our family spent many a Christmas at my grandmother’s home. The celebrations brought us closer, although I let negative comments spoil a few.
Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11; Luke 1:46-54; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
In the past weeks we looked at Jesus coming a second time at the end of the world, see Matthew 25:31-46, the final judgment. Then there is a second coming for each us when we see Jesus in his resurrected glory a few minutes after our death. Now our Liturgy readings bring St. John the Baptist into the picture. He was the last of the Old Testament prophets and the first in the New Testament ones. His role was to call the Jews to repent and prepare themselves for the coming of the Messiah, the long awaited savior of the human race.
The main Jewish leadership in Jerusalem refused to accept Jesus as their Messiah. He did not study to be a rabbi under them at “the Jerusalem seminary.” When Jesus went to John for baptism, the Holy Spirit let John know that Jesus was the Lamb of God, the Messiah. Jesus would also baptize for conversion and the repentance of past sins, yet he added an element that John could not. Jesus added the Holy Spirit. We have been baptizing Jesus’ way since his days on earth. This baptism makes us an official member of God’s Kingdom, his church. Because most of us were baptized as infants, sometime in our adult life we must make our own decision to follow Jesus. Continue reading
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David Palmer, manager of Guadalupe Radio Network KATH 910, interviewed me for a holiday show last year. The program aired the day after Thanksgiving throughout North Texas.
The interview session was lots of fun! The listeners got good advice on why and how to share their faith stories during the holidays. I got to promote my Sharing Your Faith Story workshops and DVD. (Please disregard the 2-for 1 promotion at the end as the broadcast as we’ve replace it with a different promotion this season.)
Here’s the GRN show for Friday 11-25-16 “Giving Your Testimony During the Holidays”
I used my experience with this interview as an example of How blogging prepares me for interviews in an earlier post. Check out the link for tips on using blogging to get ready for an interview — no matter which side of the mic you are on.
Feedback: Do you think blogging or radio interviews are the best way for speakers and authors to get their message out? How do you respond to this kind of marketing?