Butterfly Bumps

Hospital by Russell Weller (FreeImages.com)

Hospital by Russell Weller (FreeImages.com)

Each one of us has little insignificant rough places that seem harmless — lumps and bumps of no consequence. That was the way it was for several years with a little bump on my neck under my chin. The bump on one side of the butterfly gland known as my thyroid didn’t hurt, was barely noticeable and didn’t concern me. When I would go for my annual physical checkup, the doctor would send me for a sonogram of my thyroid. Even then the sonogram showed nothing harmful on either wing of the butterfly.

The next year, although the sonogram showed nothing, the doctor ordered a more thorough test, one that showed a cold nodule was present on one wing. On his direction, I agreed to talk to his surgeon.

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Your true north


By Christine Roe

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Many today are getting lost amongst the busy consumer culture, bogged down with appearing successful and fitting in with those around them. This culture tells us that the newest and fanciest cars will make us happy. It tells us that having a multimillion-dollar home will finally bring us that satisfaction that we have been seeking. This culture lies to us. Rather than reminding us of what is truly important, it fills us with goods that we do not need and those that will only bring us a temporary happiness. We need to remember what is truly important, and redirect our paths towards it.
As time goes on, culture has become increasingly secular, driving religion and faith from the public sphere, and relying only on the world’s standards and definitions of success. The mention of God for some elicits an eye roll, or a “here she goes” type of look. Rather than holding ourselves to the standard of the saints, we hold ourselves to the standards of today, one that can lead us astray quickly and often without our notice. If we hope to live a life that is beautiful and fulfilling we must focus on the One that truly matters, God. Everything we do should be oriented towards him, and towards the plan he has for our lives.  Continue reading

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Friars Corner: The joy of being fed by Jesus

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a); Ps 147:12-15, 19-20; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; John 6:51-58

In the last three months we have celebrated three major events in our Christian life: the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, his return to his Father and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Catholics are the first Pentecostals since we go back to the first Pentecost, the birthday of Christ’s church. Last week we celebrated Holy Trinity Sunday, three persons in One God.

This Sunday we celebrate the great miracle of making present in bread and wine what Jesus did at the Last Supper. He made himself present in a new way, changing bread and wine into his own Body and Blood. This is one of the most important beliefs of Catholics, the ancient churches of East and West. We celebrate Christ’s daily presence every day at some moment all around the world. This is a daily on-going miracle, the multiplication of bread and wine. Continue reading

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 6-16-17

Monica Hildebrand, co-founder of iAmplify, interviews Nancy Ward about her Sharing Your Faith Story evangelization workshops during recording session for Virtual Summit (Photo by Lisa Martinez)


Behind the scenes of the Virtual Summit – The Virtual Summit responds to Pope Francis’ call to ‘boldly become citizens of the digital world,’ connecting and amplifying Catholic organizations in the light of the Gospel.


Farm Harvest by Nato Pereira (Pixabay)


Partners with God – featured on CatholicWritersGuild.comWe are partners with God and each other to #evangelize those in the field of the world around us.


Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR


Friars Corner: Joy is knowing the Trinity. Amen! – Fr. Bob Hilz writes that God gradually revealed the understanding of the Holy Trinity in our scriptures and through the church leaders in time. http://bit.ly/2r7XBG0

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Behind the Scenes at the Catholic Virtual Summit

Dave Palmer, Executive Director of GRN, Lisa Martinez, co-founder of IAmplify, author and speaker Nancy Ward, Monica Hildebrand, co-founder of iAmplify and Karen Garnett, VP of Community Relations for Heroic Media, gather for a Virtual Summit recording session. (Photo provided by Nancy Ward)

Several of us gathered at the studios of the Guadalupe Radio Network in Dallas, excited to participate in the first Catholic Virtual Summit. We discussed building a culture of encounter as the cameras rolled. So much fun!  Now we wait to see the whole picture emerge on Octoer 6.

But how did this Virtual Summit come about? Monica Hildebrand and Lisa Martinez, co-founders of iAmplify, were inspired to bring prominent Catholics together and ask, “How do we build a culture of encounter across Catholic organizations as well as those we serve? The type of encounter that Pope Francis says that “makes us reflect on our way of interacting with each other.”  Continue reading

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Partners with God

Farm Harvest by Nato Pereira (Pixabay)

Farm Harvest by Nato Pereira (Pixabay)

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“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. Continue reading

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Friars Corner: Joy is knowing the Trinity. Amen!

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9; Daniel 3:52-55; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; 3:16-18

In the last two months we have celebrated three major events in our Christian life: the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, His return to his Father and their sending of the Holy Spirit. Now, in the next two weeks, we shall celebrate two major revealed teaching of our faith, the Holy Trinity (today) and the real presence of Jesus in the consecrated bread and wine (next week).

The (new) Catechism of the Catholic Church, defines the Trinity in this way. Continue reading

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 6-9-17

First post: Godless Graduation

New Evangelizers: A New Catholic Sister

Friars Corner: Dear Holy Spirit, fill us with the joy of your marvelous gifts


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