CatholicMom: How do I share my witness?

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Did you know that when you were baptized, you were anointed to be an evangelist? The question is, “How do I do that?”

Saint John Paul II has the answer. He teaches us that the most effective way to evangelize is through our personal witness. We are all meant to evangelize and we all have a unique story that no one else can tell – a story that appeals to people no one else can reach. Continue reading

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Friar’s Corner: Heaven holds our true joy

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Amos 6:1a, 4-7; Ps 146:7-10; 1 Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 15:19-31

I beg you on bended knee to pray a few Chaplets of Divine Mercy, and if you like, add a daily rosary. First, we pray for our country and our election in a few weeks. Let us beg God to give us his wisdom as to who to vote for in all of the offices. We need God’s will and his people to re-direct our country to the Christian principles on which we were founded. Jesus, we greatly need your help and now.

Then let us beg God to convert all the terrorists around the world. He is doing a lot yet the more we beg him, the more he will do. Radical Islam wants to destroy all those who do not accept their evil and narrow ideas. We can also ask Mary to come and crush the head of her enemies as she has done in the past. Continue reading

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive posts 9-23-16

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  • Jesus at the Post Office – Kathy Walshe writes, “We never know who Jesus is going to put in our path. Each day we need to be open to see, ‘Lord, who do you have there for me today?'”
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What is your Galilee Moment?

Christ's Image by Hofmann (Restored Treasures}

Christ’s Image by Hofmann (Restored Treasures}

Pope Francis spoke about how Jesus told his disciples after his Resurrection to return to Galilee where they first give their lives to him.

 “To return to Galilee means above all to return to that blazing light with which God’s grace touched me at the start of the journey.”

I look back to a Protestant youth retreat one spring when I was 15. One evening we gathered around the campfire we built up on the mountain. I can still smell the marshmallows melting into the fire. We sang camp songs and church songs.  My favorite was the story of Jesus’ life sung to the music of “Danny Boy.” I still can sing most of the words and the haunting chorus, “The Savior, Savior, of the world has come.”

The wooden cross

As I explain in Sharing YOUR Faith Story,  I wandered near a wooden cross that stood as a sturdy signpost to me on that mountain. The youth minister was talking about committing our lives to Jesus. That was when I gave my almost-grown-up life to Jesus. That was my Galilee moment. That’s the moment that means I ”return to that blazing light with which God’s grace touched me at the start of the journey.” Continue reading

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Jesus at the Post Office

US Post Office Lockport, NY (Wikimedia Commons)

US Post Office Lockport, NY (Wikimedia Commons)

By Guest Author Kathy Walshe

I would like to tell you about an experience I had a couple of weeks ago. My husband Joe and I had been watching some documentaries, and one lady on there said, “Just love the person in front of you; love the one in front of you.”

I thought, “Okay, Lord I’m going out, and you just put someone in front of me to meet. I’m going to minister to this person.” Joe had an envelope that he needed to be sent by certified mail, so I took it and went to the Post Office.

Joe had an envelope that he needed to be sent by certified mail, so I took it and went to the Post Office.

When I got there, a gentleman, one of the homeless people, was sitting in the shade by the Post Office. He had a guitar case there. I thought, “Oh, well that’s pretty neat. He is just not asking for money; he is going to play songs for people.” Continue reading

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Friar’s Corner: The next right thing

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Amos 8:4-7; Ps 13:1-2; 4-8; 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 6:10-13

Let me be “critically serious” about praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the conversion, especially of Moslem terrorists. I saw a map last weekend of how much Christianity they destroyed within 100 years, from 636 to 732 when stopped at the battle of Tours, France. With the current weakening of Mass attendance throughout Europe, Christianity is again being threatened and might be gone in 10 years. Then look at how many Moslems our president has dispersed throughout the US without any checks and not allowed any Christians to come in. We need to beg God’s mercy every day and ask him to show us what is the “next right thing” we need to do. Continue reading

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 9-16-16

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  • Six lessons of 9-11 – My cries of helplessness, which somehow came out as cries of praise, became an invitation to God to encompass the tragedy before me on 9-11.
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Learning to Love with the Saints

 

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In the secular world, Jean Heimann could write a book, “The Three Romances of Jean Heimann,” since she tells her story from the perspective of three main romantic interests in her life. No, Learning to Love with the Saints: a spiritual memoir is far from a romance novel. Jean wrote it as a thoughtful and exciting biography of her faith story and how the saints influenced her. Without these saints in her life, Jean would be one more author reminiscing about the beauty or horror of her love relationships as they unfolded, choice by choice.

With God and the saints in her life, she inspires me to find ways to stay close to our many heavenly friends and live the Theology of the Body. Her main influencers were Mary and Saint John Paul II, in whose words she heard the voice of her earthly father. She quotes St. Thérèse of Lisieux, St. Teresa of Avila, Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin, St. John the Evangelist, Blessed John Henry Newman, and St. Sharbel as her intercessors.

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