Friars Corner: The disciples recognized Jesus as he broke bread for them

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Acts 2:14, 22-33; Ps 16:1-2, 5, 7-10; 1 Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35

For me, this is the second most beautiful and powerful story about Easter Sunday. The first reading today is Peter’s sermon to the Jews who had gathered around the Upper Room at Pentecost. One hundred and twenty apostles and disciples broke out of the room after they were set ablaze with the fire of the Holy Spirit. The second reading is again from St. Peter‘s first letter telling us that the Blood of Jesus sets us free from sin and death.

Dear Holy Spirit, please light your fire of understanding and courage with St. Luke’s story of Easter afternoon and evening. Continue reading

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 4-28-17

Girl on swing at sunset

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Inspiring and Equipping Catholics to Evangelize is the theme of the new website. NancyHCWard.com, It’s meant to help us:

Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence. (1 Peter 3:15-16)

I’ve gathered all the pertinent information about my publications and speaking engagements to present to you on my new speaker/author website: NancyHCWard.com.

You can quickly check out a video excerpt from my Sharing Your Faith Story DVD in the header, containing a synopsis of my mission.

Below that you find major endorsements by Lisa Hendey, John Michael Talbot, Sarah Reinhard and Dave Palmer. More endorsements are in the right margins of the pages Presentations, Publications, Broadcasts, and Blogging from others with a similar mission. Continue reading

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Catholic Mom: God’s Partners

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: Jesus’ love and mercy are forever! Alleluia!

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY: Acts 2:42-47; Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; 1 Peter 1:3-9

I would like to give you two simple definitions of two common Catholic words that most don’t understand. What is grace? Very simply perfect love flowing from the thrones of the Father and Jesus in heaven. (Revelation 22:1-2) The second word is mercy. It also means God’s unlimited love flowing to us.

This is the eighth day after the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. All the writings of the New Testament flow to us with the preaching of the original apostles and disciples with Christ’s mission to go into the whole world and announce the good news of God’s salvation for all his children. The first line of the second reading today is very powerful, 1 Peter 1:3: Continue reading

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Got Joy? Latest JOYAlive.net posts 4-21-17

Girl on swing at sunset

  • Joy Stories: Reversion at Passover – Faith Roberts writes how her return to the Catholic Church was slow and subtle with many little turning points, the best happened at a Passover dinner.
  • Easter Sunrise Storm – What made Easter the most glorious day of the year? Not the storm but the joy in our hearts as we celebrate that Jesus ia risen! He is risen indeed!
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Joy Stories: Reversion at Passover by Faith Roberts

My reversion back to the Catholic Church was very slow and subtle with many little turning points. One that stands out in my mind happened at Passover dinner. This was before I was even dating my Jewish husband.

At that time I was searching for something to believe in. I was very curious about Sufi Islam and had a good friend who had converted. He gave me all these audiotapes of beautiful mystical prayers said in Tamil (his sheik was from Sri Lanka) with English translations. They were gorgeous prayers and I used to walk around the city listening to them.

As I investigated Islam further I came, of course, to read about Mohammad. Mohammad is no Jesus! Jesus is so beautiful and wise, so loving, so ethereal and down to earth at the same time. Mohammad’s life, that he actually fought and killed people over some tribal quarrel, that he had ten wives, just seemed so pallid to me. So while I found the prayers beautiful, emphasizing the glory of God (Allah), the actual religion didn’t ring true to me.

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Easter Sunrise Storm

Sunrise Storm on Lake Ray Hubbard (photo by Nancy Ward)

Sunrise Storm on Lake Ray Hubbard (photo by Nancy Ward)

Remembering Easter Sunrise Services we celebrated years ago, my husband and I decided to have our own sunrise prayer time before going to Mass later. From the family room, we looked out over the lake with no visible sunrise. Just dark clouds with a little glow of light behind them.

As we prayed the morning prayer from the Magnificat, the sky got ever darker. Our prayers were interrupted by a telephone call from the emergency services warning us of coming thunderstorms and hail.

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