A Visit by Pope Francis!

 

Pope Francis surprises Chicco Ark community in France with a papal visit. (Photo provided by Silva Volčič)

Pope Francis surprises L’Arche Chicco community outside Rome with a papal visit. (Photo provided by Silva Volčič)

by Silva Volčič

None of us who woke up in Chicco Ark community expected to shake hands and talk with Pope Francis later that afternoon.

Like a lightning from clear skies

The big news came suddenly, only a few hours before the visit. Such sudden visits are not rare for Pope Francis, as he likes to avoid the “chaos” that could result in a small town like Chiampino.I returned from the city center and Silva just finished her afternoon rest, when Leszek, Polish priest who lives with us in the community, gave us some well-intentioned advice that it might be more appropriate to wear something better than shorts and a sports shirt.

A Pope is visiting us in half an hour time

‘Why?’ did I ask him. He replied: ‘Tu non sai? Arriva il Papa tra 30 minuti.’ (You don’t know? A Pope is visiting us in half an hour time.)

When we realized that we will actually meet the Holy Father, we quickly went to change our clothes.

Path, testimony, donation

Pope Francis gives a lot of attention to the poor in his pontificate. In fact, very often he speaks about those three steps, which are also basic building blocks to our Operando society: path, testimony and donations.

Read More at Operando

Posted in Catholic, Community, Evangelism, Hospitality, Joy, Pope Francis | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Grief, Joy and Alleluia!

Boat on Lake Ray Hubbard, Garland, TX (Photo by Nancy Ward)

Lone Boat on Lake Ray Hubbard, Garland, TX (Photo by Nancy Ward)

Grief came during a birthday call to my husband on Sunday with news that his nephew Billy was severely beaten, left for dead, then discovered by a friend who put him to bed. When Billy’s concerned parents, not able to reach him, came to check on him, he immediately was taken to ICU. He was barely conscious, unable to move, hear or speak because of severe vertebrae and brain damage. He couldn’t communicate what happened to him. We went into action, praying for him, calling our children and activating the prayer list of our covenant community family.

Continue reading

Posted in Catholic family, Covenant, Family, Joy, Nancy Ward, Sacraments, Scriptures | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Eight reasons God’s mercy helps us forgive ourselves

CMOM Mercy-OTEM-FBFeatured on CatholicMom.com

God’s mercy abounds. We see it in all the sacraments as he breathes new life into us at Baptism and Confirmation, feeds us in the Eucharist and forgives us in Reconciliation. As I wrote in How God gave his gift of mercy through me, he brings us into challenging circumstances and allows us to be merciful beyond our capacity.

He never stops giving us opportunities to heal as I wrote in How God’s mercy gave me a second chance. We can ask for his mercy in every situation that needs his forgiveness, and expect healing to follow.

Read the mercy series at CatholicMom.com

Posted in Catholic, Healing, Jesus, Joy, Nancy Ward, Prayer | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 8-19-16

Girl on swing at sunset (DollarPhotoClub.com)

Posted in Books, Catholic, Community, Fr. Bob Hilz, Holy Spirit, Identity, Jesus, Joy, Nancy Ward, Prayer | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion launched

The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion launch at Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show (Photo provided by Nancy Ward)

The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion launch at Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show (Photo provided by Nancy Ward)

It was such fun to meet many of the co-authors of The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion at the book launch last month at the Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show. What a thrill to be one of the authors of this classic book of daily reflections!

When my copies of The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion arrived in my mailbox, I was elated. What a joy to have this in my hands and leaf through it to see the abundance of wisdom flowing from these CatholicMom.com authors to moms everywhere. Continue reading

Posted in Books, Catholic family, Nancy Ward, Prayer, Quotes, Saints, Scriptures, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Featured Favorite: The Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis (Dollarphotoclub.com)

Praying Mantis (Dollarphotoclub.com)

What does a praying mantis have to do with a new job?

I was barely out of college. My journalism degree helped me land a part-time office job with the publisher of a Texas restaurant guide. The hours were flexible and so I could continue my prayer time schedule of 8 a.m. Mass, then prayer until 9. The publication folded in less than a year.

Then came the God-incidence. I worked as a volunteer one weekend in the pressroom of a large Catholic conference. The manager of the pressroom was the editor of the diocesan newspaper. He was looking for a copyeditor. The job would bring some opportunities to write stories, interview people and get published with a byline.

Continue reading

Posted in Catholic, Faithfulness, Nancy Ward, Prayer, Sacraments, Scriptures, Writing | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Friar’s Corner: Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Jeremiah 18:8-10; Ps 40:1-4,18; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53

Please continue to pray daily a Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the conversion of all terrorists. I think we want them to come to know the wonderful love of Jesus for all people. We can also pray another chaplet for our country. We certainly need God’s help. Thank you in Jesus holy Name.

In the last month, I have encouraged you to create in your living place a special place for prayer and study, away from the television. Much of television programing comes from and leads to the kingdom of the world opposed to Jesus Christ and his kingdom of love, peace and joy. My purpose is to help you find time each day to be with and talk with Jesus. As you take this time, miracles happen in your life.  Continue reading

Posted in Catholic, Covenant, Fr. Bob Hilz, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Joy, Prayer, Scriptures | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 8-12-16

Girl on swing at sunset (DollarPhotoClub.com)

  • Me? An evangelist? – by Nancy Ward – When you were baptized as a Christian you were anointed to evangelize. How do you fulfill that commission? Sharing Your Faith Story workshops teach you how.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Posted in Catholic, Community, Conversion, Evangelism, Fr. Bob Hilz, Identity, Jesus, Joy, Nancy Ward, Prayer | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment