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Under Construction

Hello and welcome,

I have been writing so much these last few weeks there’s been very little time to focus on the magazine.  Something needs to change and it’s going to be my focus.  The new focus will be on the magazine and the blog will be secondary.  There will still be journal entries and posts.  They have been such a great learning experience it would be stupid of me to give those up.  The publishing rate needs to slow down, however, so I can concentrate on learning how to put a magazine together.  So any posts will be on an ad hoc basis and, probably, farther between than they have been.

I hope everyone has a great week!

God bless!

Rebecca, Editor-in-training

The beautiful construction photo was donated by Jeff Cooper @Unsplash

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Coming Up This Week: March 13 – 20

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Hello and Welcome,

Last week was a turning point in this magazine ministry: it moved from an earthly one to a spiritual one.  This week God has been giving me glimpses of the type of life He has always envisioned for us.  At the same time, He’s given me some insight into the vision the world has for us. I reflect on the two competing visions in Inspiring versus Aspiring.  It was a real eye opener for me as I hope it will be for you, also.

Thinking a thing and doing a thing are vastly different, especially when it involves Reconciling the Godly and the Practical.  Once again, God to the rescue; through a scripture reading for that day.  Now that God helped me overcome my difficulties I decided to dive into some of those practicalities.  Since, so many people get intimidated–like myself when I went jumping in with both feet–and because I do want to journal this entire experience I decided to record the thoughts and decisions behind what I’m doing.  Not that I’m making such great decisions, but it will serve to

  • show others that you can get started even when you’re not entirely sure of what you’re doing;
  • be a resource of sites or information that others may find useful;
  • show others the difficulties I’m encountering; in hopes to encourage them when things don’t go as planned;
  • show others that their initial decisions don’t have to be chiseled in stone, but are constantly changing: in the beginning everything is in a state of flux and it’s okay;
  • record this incredible journey; and
  • record (for myself) why I made the decisions I did and, hopefully, learn what worked and what didn’t.

I don’t know if it was me taking that initial step and God was warning me what to expect, if it was the first day of Lent, or both; but writing Who’s Offense and Who’s Defense in Spiritual Warfare? was incredibly enlightening.  It also freaked me out; so much so I ended up asking myself What has God Gotten me Into?  Turns out it was all to the good and I highly recommend this post for anyone starting a new ministry.

And lastly, the feature story: What Christ Won for Himself at Golgotha: Who’s Offense and Who’s Defense in Spiritual Warfare? part 3.  When I first wrote part one I never expected this to become a little series.  Now that it has I’m incredibly jazzed about all three(?).  Part one really changed my thinking on which side we’re playing in spiritual warfare. It was writing this I learned through the suffering servant Christ was actually leading the offensive on Golgotha.  Part two firmed up my understanding of why God had to become man and the exact nature of the temptation Christ had to undergo and why.  In part three–What Christ won for Himself at Golgotha–I hope, God willing, to list everything Christ achieved through His great victory.

And once again, the feature post is not yet written.  Since I want to make it as inclusive as God will allow; I’m willing to look inept and postpone it for a week, if that’s what it takes.  I apologize, but if it is all I think it’s going to be, it will be well worth the wait.

God bless! and here’s hoping everyone has a great week!

Rebecca, Editor-in-training 🙂

 

 

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This Week on the Blog: March 6 – 12

Hello and welcome,

I remember when my son tried to transition from mom feeding him to doing it himself.  Seriously lacking hand-to-mouth coordination made it a real struggle.  I saw that struggle in both the intensity of his focus and how his arm shook as he tried to direct the spoon to his mouth.  He knew what he wanted to do, but hadn’t mastered the skills yet to manage it.  That’s about how I feel right about now at the start of this new life ministry as I try to apply what I’m learning about magazines to this blog. That’s the topic for This Week: change and transition.

What that means to you is that you’ll be seeing some changes taking place.  I don’t know the final form yet, what I do or don’t like, and what does or doesn’t work; so expect a constant flux for awhile.  Being the observant people that you are, you’ve already noticed

  • the graphic for the This Week post is in a new format.  That’s my attempt at a magazine cover.
  • the graphic title “Down the Road”  is now “The Journey Continues.”  I’ve discovered starting a ministry is an incredible spiritual journey.  I think the change in title retains the original meaning of what’s coming up while adding the spirituality aspect.
  • the format for this post has changed.  This is my blog version of a magazines’ Letter to the Editor.
  • the quotes are missing.  Now that I’m looking forward I’ve no patience for what I was doing prior.  Before, there was no cohesion between my posts coming out that week and the quote articles.  I want to change that, so I plan on bringing them back, but how I’ll accomplish it I’m not quite sure.

What I won’t be doing is going back and making all of these changes to the previous posts.  Instead, I’ll leave them to be a sort of graphical journal that tracks them over time.

Speaking of tracking changes over time, quite a bit happened over the period the journal entries cover.  In Why a Magazine? I’m still a little bewildered on God’s choice of ministry for me.  In my mind this is a huge change from anything I’ve done in the past and, in that journal entry, I’m still trying to come to grips with it.  God was gracious and provided me with some answers later in the week and I’ve also included those.

Regardless of my bewilderment; from a technical, worldly point of view I went Jumping in with Both Feet and ended up over my head.  God pulled me out, set me back on my feet, and put me on the right path.  Turns out I was looking at it all wrong.  Even though the magazine is going to be about God, I was approaching it from a worldly perspective and trying to figure out how to fit God into it.  God now has me looking at it from the opposite direction: viewing it from a spiritual perspective and applying it to the world.

This was a true turning point for me.  I not only discovered the guts of the magazine, but I discover God is answering more of my prayers.  It’s also marks the point when I transition from the worldly to the spiritual.  From this point out you’ll see the journal entries taking a more spiritual turn. This is all terribly exciting, but also terribly new.  Like many of things God is doing it takes me a while to get caught up.

The previous revelation, plus a few more, leads me to explore Should we be Living Inspired Lives?  In that journal entry I explain those extra revelations and how I struggle to wrap my mind around it all.

Finally, what I’m calling the feature article: Defending the Indefensible.  (It’s not really what I would consider a feature article.  I’m just calling it that to differentiate it from the journal entries.)  It’s meant to be part two of Who’s Offense and Who’s Defense in Spiritual Warfare?  In that post, my viewpoint changed from one of Christians playing defense to them playing offense.  While I was writing it the idea occurred to me that the devil was really defending an indefensible position.   Why?  Seems incredibly dumb for a being everyone claims is so smart.  I try to answer that question in that article.  (FYI: it’s not written yet, so it may end up not being about that at all.)

I hope you all have a blessed week and I look forward to seeing you around the blog!

Rebecca,

Editor-in-training 🙂

P.S.  This is turning out to be one of the best experiences of my entire life.  If God is calling you to a ministry and you’ve been hesitant, my advice to you is go for it.  Don’t sell your house or anything, but seriously sit down with God and start planning it out.  And journal it!  That has been such a blessing.  I’m so thankful God inspired me to it.

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This Week: 2/27 to 3/5

On the Blog:

I was commenting on a post about spiritual warfare over at God is in your Typewriter.  I was pointing out that as a lawyer (her, not me) battles against religious persecution are being fought out in the courts and that may be one way to serve God and make her mark.  Those aren’t the only judicial battles being waged.  Abortion, euthanasia, and same-sex marriage, to name a few, have all been, or are being, fought out there.  Beyond the courts there are people out fighting against all sorts of evils, whether they be poverty, sickness, slavery, etc.  It seemed to me we were always on the defensive end of these fights by trying to fend off these evils.  It made me wonder where our offensive line is.  I’ll try to answer that question either Tuesday or Thursday in Who’s Offense and Who’s Defense in Spiritual Warfare.

Last week I posted part two in my series on doubt.  In that post I compared and contrasted how two similar events only varying in intensity affected doubts in myself, and, subsequently, doubts about God.  If you’ve already read it then you know in one event God was  asking or telling me to start a magazine.  Well, I’ve decided to do an online journal of the experience.  The first journal entry, So I Guess I’m Starting a Magazine, describing how that came about will be posted on Monday.   As you can probably discern from the title I’m a little bemused by the whole idea.  It seemed like such an odd thing to ask of me.  I’ve dug into it a little bit more and It Turns Out I’m Suited for this Ministry.  That post will be out on Wednesday.   Is God Answering my Prayers? by asking me to do this?  You can find that out on Friday.

You’ll notice the journal posts are written on consecutive days, but the posts are being spread out over a week.  That’s because I know enough of myself now to understand it’s either feast or famine when I’m writing.  Right now it seems to be feast, but in another week, it might be famine.

Twitter and Facebook: #QuoteoftheDay Posts

If you don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter, then consider this a weekly roundup of stories I’ve found on the web that I thought others might like.

Monday

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From Mamas + The ProLife Movement by Katie Sciba, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Joshua Clay @Unsplash

Katie Sciba finds that the best argument for children is being realistic about children and showing that to the world.  Yes, sometimes they do bad things, but they also do a lot of good things and most of wouldn’t have it any other way.

Tuesday

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From Handmade Christmas 2016 by Cmerie, (Click on image above to view the post)

I know it’s a little late for Christmas posts.  However, I know little kids love to get mail and I thought this was such a great idea that could be done anytime of the year, so I couldn’t resist passing it on.

Wednesday

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From I Received a Lettter from Mother Teresa that Changed my Life by Leticia, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Clotaire Folefack @Unsplash

A lovely post about Leticia’s time with the Missionaries of Charity in the Bronx.  There were quite a few great quotes, but I liked this one because it captures the innocence and wonder associated with God.

Thursday

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From Beginning the New Year by Allison, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Nikita Velikanin @Unsplash

A really short, simple post about a families hike in the Alaskan woods.  It’s just nice sometimes to see how different families live out their lives.

Friday

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Quote from Do What Love Requires, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Jordan Whitt @Unsplash

It’s an incredibly hard to watch a parent die and God seems to give an incredible amount of grace to get us through those times.  The author writes a testament to her mother’s love and God’s grace.

Saturday

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From Girls . . . Be the Bell by Katy Christy, (Click on image above to view the post) Image @Unsplash

I actually read a couple of Katy’s posts and thought she had a great sense of humor, but she’s also insightful.  This especially comes out in this article where she observes the basic differences between males and females. (Neither one of which she compares to hamsters.  I just thought that line was so funny.)

Sunday

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From Why They Hate Pro-Lifers So by Michael Novak, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Toa Heftiba @Unsplash

It’s really a sad state of affairs when a mother believes a child threatens her life.  What isn’t in the quote is not that the expectant mother’s life is in danger from a complication in the pregnancy, but simply how it complicates her future plans.  And the feminist movements message that there’s no recovery of those plans when an unplanned pregnancy occurs.  All is lost.  However much I despise this thinking that article should be read by all pro-lifers simply for the insight it provides.


The lovely cover photo was generously provided by Daniel Chen @Unsplash.

 

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This Week: 2/6 to2/12

On the Blog:

I should rename this post the “This and That Week” because I seem to write more about the previous week, then I do the upcoming one.  So what did I post last week?

When, please, were ‘adulterers’ actually ‘Excommunicated’?

If you’re Catholic, then you already know there quite a bit of to do regarding the encyclical Amoris laetitia.  In defense of the encyclical some people have argued, like so many argue today, that the reason the section under dispute is desperately needed is  because the Catholic Church was mean to adulterers in the past when they excommunicated them. I ‘pressed’ this post from the blog In the Light of the Law: A Canon Lawyers Blog maintained by Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap. to represent a learned opinion on the subject and one that countered the excommunication argument.

Regardless of my opinions on Amoris laetitia his posts are not only informative, but entertaining and I recommend his blog wholeheartedly.

In Defense (kinda sorta) of Pope Francis for his Recent Homily on Cowardice

Unfortunately, the left does not have a corner on bias, the right can be just as biased.  Nowhere does this seem to show up more than against Pope Francis.  Myself, I can’t make up my mind about the Pope.  Half the time I read a report about one of his homilies and I have no idea of what he’s talking about.  I don’t know if that’s an interpreter problem,  whether the Pope himself simply doesn’t express himself well, or it’s simply me.  Whatever the case may be and however much you may not like him, I do believe that you shouldn’t put the worst possible light on everything he has to say.

So I wrote a post in response to another blogger because I actually felt I understood what the Pope was expressing in this instance and I didn’t feel the blogger was giving the Pope a fair shake.  And since I was on the subject of the Pope I went ahead and added my two cents to the discussion on Amoris laetitia.

This upcoming week should be a seven quick take posts on God, Politics, and Mom.  In addition, The Iraqi Christian Relief Council is petitioning fellow Christians around the world to join with their Assyrian Christian brothers and sisters in prayer and fasting “in order to promote solidarity with the persecuted church in the Middle East, beg the Lord for his mercy, and to usher in peace in war-torn Iraq and Syria. This actually starts tomorrow.  I’ll have a post up shortly.  In the meantime, if you want to find out more about it go here.

Twitter and Facebook: #QuoteoftheDay Posts

If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then consider this a weekly roundup.  Just click on the image with the quote to read the full article.

Monday

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From “Who do you say that I am?” By Janice Lane Palko, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Anette Grolle @Unsplash

Tuesday

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By Dickens in “Cold Comfort” by Ephrem Maria Reese, O.P., (Click on image above to view the post) Image by James Studarus @Unsplash

Wednesday

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From “{SQT} A Treatment Has Arrived”, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Roberta Sorge @Unsplash

This is the site where I learned about the seven quick takes posts.  She write about a treatment for her son’s disease.  I’m just helping spread the word.

Thursday

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From “Catholic Culture Works”, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Annie Spratt @Unsplash

They sure knew how to build churches back in the day.  I don’t even know if that quality of craftsmanship even exists today.

Friday

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From “And Then There Were None . . . How we Help“, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Redd Angelo @Unsplash

The above quote is from the About page of a website for a non-profit made up of former abortion clinic workers that use their experience and support to help other abortion clinic workers get out of the business and to help them heal.  It’s worth a look.

Saturday

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Gloria Purvis in “Living Spiritual Works of Mercy can Transform People’s Hearts and Lives” by Richard Szczepanowski, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Martino Pietropoli @Unsplash

A nice article about the spiritual works of mercy that also includes practical advice for carrying them out.

Sunday

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From “You are the Saltof the Earth: Reflection for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time” by Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Ph. D., (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Daiga Ellaby @Unsplash

This quote made me laugh.

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This Week: 1/30 to 2/5

On the Blog:

I have a couple of posts (actually, more than a couple) in the works.  Whether they make it out this week or not remains to be seen.  I did write something last week, in case you missed them:

{7QT} Books, Bible Study, Goals, and Hats

In this case the title does not say it all.  It’s missing four things.  Here are all seven topics covered.

  1. 2,000 years of writing – translating to 2,000 years of reading I have to catch up on.
  2. What I’m reading – this is in addition to the 2,000 years of reading I am trying to catch up on.
  3. On meeting, or not, goals – my nod to New Years: it’s not a real holiday.
  4. Made me laugh – A Bible study system sales pitch.
  5. 2 Maccabees: also made me laugh – I would not consider the Bible humorous, but there are some passages that just crack me up.
  6. Amazing kids and God’s grace – How incredibly tough little kids with health problems truly are.
  7. Old ladies and hats – my inability to to convince little old ladies to exchange their knit ski hats for something more stylish.

Impressive Pro-Life Videos

This post includes two videos by Josiah Presley.  He’s the young man I was so impressed with in my last This Week’s post.  One is a pro-life video and the other is of a speech he gave in Ireland.

The second video is from LiveAction debunking Planned Parenthood’s CEO Cecile Richards assertion that Planned Parenthood offers prenatal care for expectant mothers.

Twitter and Facebook: #QuoteoftheDay Posts

Back to normal this week with the quotes.  That means the quotes will not solely be focused on pro-life issues.  However, I always wish them to be life affirming.

If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then consider this a weekly roundup.  Just click on the image with the quote to read the full article.

Monday

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From “My Father’s Legacy” by Jen, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Caleb Jones @Unsplash

Tuesday

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From “Dominican Sisters in Iraq ask for Prayers as Liberation of Mosul Presents New Challenges” by Philip Kosloski, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Greg Ortega @Unsplash

A reminder that not all of those in the Middle East suffering from war are Muslims.

Wednesday

 

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From “My Day Designer: A Closer Look” by Dawn, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Alisa Anton @Unsplash

As someone who can spend hours in an office supply store, I can totally relate to the author of this story.

Thursday

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From “The Great Temptation of Productivity” by Chris Hazell, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Raffik Lopes @Unsplash

Friday

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From “Will the Real Women’s Movement Please Stand Up?” By Lisa, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Ben White @Unsplash

I thought about this post for days after reading it.  Where are the real women?  I seriously think this is our fight.  May have a post up later about that.

Saturday

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From “Woman Shares Heartbreaking Abortion Regret in Advice Column” by Danny David, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Xavier Sotomayor @Unsplash

The abortion proponents act like an abortion will end all the problems in a woman’s life.  This story shows that it is just the beginning of her problems.

Sunday

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From “Blessed are the Weirdos!” By Fr. Philip Neri Powell, OP, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Tony Webster @Unsplash

Made me laugh.  But also provides insight into how counter-cultural Christians are called to be.

The lovely photo for the post was provided by Beata Ratuszniak @Unsplash.

 

 

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This Week: 1/23 to 1/29

On the Blog:

Two post for sure this week besides the 9 Days for Life posts. One is a 7 Quick Takes post on a variety of subjects.  Hopefully, it will be out Wednesday.  The other is  a video from Josiah Presley who is an 18 yr. old abortion survivor and is now a defender of the unborn.  It’s a powerful video and I hope everyone watches it.

Twitter and Facebook: #QuoteoftheDay Posts

Since I’m participating in the 9 Days for Life Novena I decided to reflect that in my #QuoteoftheDay weekly roundup by mainly focusing on pro-life news stories.  Don’t mean to be depressing, but these are life and death issues that need to be addressed.  If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then consider this a weekly roundup.  Just click on the image with the quote to read the full article.

MondayQuote

Quote by Deborah Jackson in “Born at 23 Weeks, Doctors Gave Up on Him and Said He’d Die, Then a Tiny Squeak Saved His Life” By Micaiah Bilger, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Mikael Kristenson @Unsplash

This is not just a story about a woman whose babies were born prematurely.  What really caught my eye was that since the “courts” have ruled on a certain age for viability the doctors felt they had no legal obligation to try to save this woman’s children when she delivered before that.  This is just one of the unintended consequences of legalized abortion.  One that I had never heard before.

Tuesday

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Quote by Archbishop Chaput in “Chaput: To Contribute to American Life, Catholics Must First Step Back from Its Culture” by Maggie Gallagher, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Aaron Burden @Unsplash

This story isn’t particularly about any prolife issue, but the Archbishop definitely calls out the methods used by the liberals to advance their causes and the affect that has had on many Catholics in this country.   Unfortunately, it is not limited to Catholics, but has also pervaded Protestantism also.

Wednesday

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From “Rehab Center Repeatedly Pressures 91-Year-Old who Broke her Wrist to Kill Herself in Assisted Suicide” by Micaiah Bilger, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by David Creixell Mediante @Unsplash

This story highlights how assisted suicide is being pushed on the elderly, disabled, and poor.  If you’re elderly, disabled, and poor, then God help you.  FYI: If you didn’t know before assisted suicide is now legal in California, so this type of treatment is heading your way.

Thursday

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From “Cardinal Nichols in UK Cardinal: There are more Homeless People than you Think” by Catholic News Agency, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Greta Scholderle Moller @Unsplash

The cardinal points out in this story that there are more homeless than the ones you see living on the streets.

Friday

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Quote by Josiah Presley in “Josiah Presley in Abortion Survivor Wows Crowd with Speech on Forgiveness, Value of Human Life” by Life Institute, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Ray Hennessy @Unsplash

This story is about the young man whose videos I’ll be posting later in the week because he so impressed me.  By the grace of God he took knowledge that could have led him to a very dark place, but instead saw all the good that has come of it and the good he could do with it.

Saturday

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Quote by Pope Francis in “Pope Francis to Prisoners: Never Lose Hope in God’s Mercy”, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Lukas Budimaiery @Unsplash

It’s a horrible thing to leave people without hope, so I’m happy to share this message.  This is one of the many problems I have with liberals: hopelessness pervades every solution they provide.

Sunday

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Quote by Fr. Patton in “Hope Abundant, Even Amid Conflict, Says Leader of Holy Land Franciscans” by Rhina Guidos, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Simon Matzinger @Unsplash

This is more of an appeal.  Christians in the Middle East are getting hit hard and the Franciscans over there are running out of funds to help and it is important that we help: “For the Christians who remain there, he said, it’s important that other Christians know of their suffering. They feel often abandoned by the other Christians,” he said. “They feel that many Christians are not interested in their suffering or what they are doing to remain Christian there.”

That just broke my heart when I read that.  Unfortunately, it’s too true.  I don’t know what they are doing to remain Christian there.

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This Week: 1/16 – 1/22

On the Blog:

I am in a writing funk.  Technically, I’m in some kind of funk period. I think it has to do with the cold weather.  Whatever kind of funk I’m in, it has taken a toll on my writing.  I’m pretty sure there will be a post this week, possibly two.  Or there won’t.  I did manage to get the #QuoteoftheDay posts all set up, so yay!

Twitter and Facebook: #QuoteoftheDay Posts

Quotes from stories I’ve found around the web, mainly from other Catholic bloggers.  If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then consider this a weekly roundup.  Just click on the image with the quote to read the full article.

Monday

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From “Lessons Learned from a Broken Washing Machine” by Amy, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Logan Adermatt @Unsplash

Tuesday

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From “Black Hole or Bright Moon” by Fr. Chris, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Thomas Shellberg @Unsplash

Wednesday

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From “The Home Stretch” by Brianna Heldt, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Abigail Keenan @Unsplash

Thursday

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From “Role Call 2017” by Frank Majka, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Samuel Castro @Unsplash

Friday

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From “Divine Redemptoris” Encyclical of Pope Pius XI on Atheistic Communism, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Nils Huber @Unsplash

Saturday

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From “The Ninety-Nine” by Fr. George Smiga, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Biegun Wschodni @Unsplash

Sunday

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From “Denunciation, Condemnation and Dire Warnings: Can these be Christian? by Dr. Jeff Mirus, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Christian Sterk @Unsplash

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This Week: 1/9 to 1/15

On the Blog:

I’ve made some more changes to the blog this week.  Instead of a post with 7 quick takes {7QT} I’ve decided to include each quick take as a post of its own.  I figure if I include ‘quick take’ in the title, then people will know it is super short and won’t be surprised.

Doubt and the Fall of Man, Part II

This post is still in the works.  God is helping me out on this one.  No sooner had I begun to write, then I became assailed (literally) by doubts.  Not fun, but, I hope, fruitful.

Jews, Gentiles and Finches

The Bible tells us that God did not abandon the Jewish people and the Church teaches that in the end times the Jewish people will convert to the Church in a huge way.  Have you ever wondered why God chose this way?  A couple of finches I use to own may give the answer.

Twitter and Facebook: #QuoteoftheDay Posts

Quotes from stories I’ve found around the web, mainly from other Catholic bloggers.  If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then consider this a weekly roundup.  Just click on the image with the quote to read the full article.

Monday

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From “When the Spirit Necessarily Includes the Letter”, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Joao Silas @Unsplash

This is an excerpt of a longer quote posted at Petty Armchair Popery.  I included this quote because 1) it made me laugh and 2) the separation of the spirit from the word is one of pet peeves.

Tuesday

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From “A Word for 2017: Try” by Meg, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Annie Spratt @Unsplash

You can probably guess the post this quote is taken from is about making New Year’s Resolutions and keeping them in perspective.

Wednesday

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From “10 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than it Has To Be” by Paul, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Bench Accounting @Unsplash

Another post that made me laugh.  The entire post is funny and well worth a read.

Thursday

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From “The Lord is truly our source of Refreshment” by Christina Brajkovich, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Artem Sapegin @Unsplash

This is my romantic side coming out again: it is so nice to hear about a young couple who has Christ as their foundation.  Especially, one just starting off.  I wish them all the best.

Friday

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From “Adventure . . . And Netflix”, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Parker Byrd @Unsplash

Another writer who touched on another one of my pet peeves: watching TV.  Unfortunately, for myself I replaced TV with the computer.  Not much of an improvement, in my opinion.  Of course, too much of anything is . . . too much.

Saturday

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From “The Year of Me: 9 Months In” by Catherine Boucher, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Juan Galafa @Unsplash

I don’t know if this quote does the story justice.  The conversation that takes place between the mother and child is priceless.  I was also impressed with the lesson the mother was trying to teach her daughter. I highly recommend this post.

Sunday

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From “Not Alone”, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Aditya Romansa @Unsplash

That “truth should stop us in our tracks,” but it doesn’t always.  I know because it wasn’t until this Christmas that I was able to grasp that God had a baby.

The wonderful photo of the bridge for the post photo was generously supplied by Luca Bravo @Unsplash.

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This Week: 1/2 to 1/8

On the Blog:

A few changes in the blog this week.  I’m no longer committing to dates for the blog posts.  I may reinstate that later, but for now; no dates.  I’m adding a Seven Quick Takes {SQT} or {7QT} blog post to my lineup. These will be posted after I have seven quick takes to offer.  I’m betting it will be feast or famine:  I’ll have a few posting a week or I won’t have any.  That will be dependent on what’s going on in my life and the things I read or hear.

Doubt and the Fall of Man, Part II

In this post I’ll be looking at the subtlety of doubt and what a harmful effect it can have on our lives without us even being aware of it.  As I want to take particular care in this post it may or may not be posted this week, but it is coming up.

{7QT} Cats, Coffee, and Crochet

This is my first {7QT} post.  I’m so happy someone invented this type of post as many of my thoughts don’t always justify a post of their own.  This will make life so much easier.  As the title implies it’s about my cat, an update on my issues with making coffee, changes to the blog, and a mishmash of other topics.  I’m loving this.

Twitter and Facebook: #QuoteoftheDay Posts

Quotes from stories I’ve found around the web, mainly from other Catholic bloggers.  If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then consider this a weekly roundup.  Just click on the image with the quote to read the full article.

A couple of changes here, also.  As you can see the quote comes first then I give the credit.  I remember going back and forth on which should come first when I was first setting this up.  I don’t know why I went the other way in previous posts.  This way makes much more sense.

Monday

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From “Hallelujah” by Steve Roney, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Hannes Wolf @Unsplash

Apparently, some people think that Leonard Cohen’s Christmas song Hallelujah is about sex and bondage.  Steve Roney does a good job of straightening those people out in this post.

Another great quote from the post is “Would he be so popular if everyone understood his religious commitments? Other poets have fallen out of popular favour for as much. The late great TS Eliot, for example; not to mention Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan. It does not do to let them know you’re not on Satan’s side.”

Tuesday

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From “A Life Built on Faith: What Happens When our Children Stumble”, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Stephanie Krist @Unsplash

This is a lovely post about a daughter’s failure, disappointment, and the lessons learned from the experience.

Wednesday

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From “How Firm a Foundation” by Chloe, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Tattyan @Unsplash

Chloe posts how so much in life can be fleeting and change so quickly it boggles the mind.  She advises us that it’s best to have a firm foundation in Christ, so we don’t get knocked off our feet.

Thursday

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From “Run Forrest Run!” By Robert Collins, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Lucy Heath@Unsplash

Some things are just worth it and so are some people.

Friday

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From “Before and After” by Abby, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Jennifer Pallian @Unsplash

Saturday

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From “It’s Called Being a Dad” by Derrick Kunz, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Caroline Hernandez @Unsplash

People, namely women, really need to hear this today.  The feminist movement has given men such a bad rep.  It’s truly sad.  Unfortunately, for the author, there are men where that reputation is deserved.  But for those where it isn’t kudos to Derrick for sounding off.

Sunday

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From “Waiting on a Voice” by Rebecca, (Click on image above to view the post) Image by Josh Felise @Unsplash

Not only does Rebecca relate a lovely vocation story, she also relates what it’s like not to be singled out.

The use of the background image for the post photo was generously given by Jill Heyer @Unsplash.

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This Week 12/26 to 1/1

On the Blog:

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and I would like to wish you a Happy New Year!  Here’s to what’s coming down the pike.

Tuesdayish 12/27 or 28 – What Caused the Fall of Man?

The Church’s teaching is that Adam and Eve had sufficient grace, knowledge, and will to overcome the temptation in the Garden of Eden.  In addition, they weren’t subject to some defect that would automatically lead them into sin.  What happened?  That’s what I try to puzzle out in this post.

Friday 12/30 – What Child is This?

As the 30th is the Feast of the Holy Family, I thought it only fitting to include some musings as to what Joseph and Mary might have wondered about what manner of child God had given into their care.

Twitter and Facebook: #QuoteoftheDay Posts

Quotes from stories I’ve found around the web, mainly from other Catholic bloggers.  If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then consider this a weekly roundup.  Just click on the image below the title to read the full article.

Monday

From “Dedicated to my Daughter Barbara with All My Love (Another Poem by my Mom)” by Kelly Thatcher, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Frank McKenna @Unsplash

If I watched TV I would be a huge fan of the Hallmark channel because of their feel good movies.  What I find even better than that is when those feel good times come from real people.  A lot of love in this story.

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Tuesday

From “5 Questions about #5” by Mary, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Toa Heftiba @Unsplash

If you’ve ever wondered why some couples decide to have big families, this post is for you.

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Wednesday

From “Being an Introverted Traveler” by Mariella Hunt, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Lukasz Saczek @Unsplash

Another one of those feel good posts.  It’s good to see people blossom.  An added bonus was I finally got to use the image of the woman on the bench by Lukasz Saczek.  I’ve been dying to use it every since I first saw it.

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Thursday

From “I Hated Christmas until one Stranger Changed Everything” by Patricia Moes, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Jeffrey Wegrzyn @Unsplash

Christmas can be a sad time a year for those that have suffered from some traumatic event, like the death of a loved one.  So I know that it is not a happy time for everyone, but I didn’t expect a teenager who hadn’t experienced any trauma to hate it or to hate the gifts that came along with it.  This is what the post is about and how the grace of God changed that.  Thanks be to God!

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Friday

From “My Birth Story: The Finale” by Laura, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Jordan Bauer @Unsplash

Another real life Hallmark story post. There was some competition among quotes from the post.  I decided to go with the feel-good quote.  The runner-up is “Now where were we…oh, yes: Pushing!”

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Saturday

From “Birthday in the Life” by Jaime, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Alisa Anton @Unsplash

The only thing wrong with this story is she left out the most important part: the name of the musical group that led to the ear plugging.

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Sunday

From “No One Laughed at my Undercover Mass”, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Mike Kenneally @Unsplash

Not having had a lot of health problems, especially ones where recovery takes a lot of time and effort, it’s hard to imagine how much effort it does take for people to accomplish the ordinary.  When you see what it takes for the writer to attend mass, then you’re really thankful no one laughed.

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Post photo generously donated by Diego Vicente @Unsplash.

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This Week: 12/12 – 12/18

On the Blog:

Advent Reflections posts have been keeping me so busy I haven’t had time to write anything else.  Although there are a couple of posts that I have in mind to write, I can make no promises.  I’ve discovered that even though an idea I’d like to write about is enough to get started it’s not always enough to get finished.  So no commitments regarding any posts, except Advent reflections.  Even those aren’t a sure thing.

Here are some unscheduled posts from last week, in case you missed them.

Monday 12/5 – Advent Reflection 2016: Second Monday of Advent

The reflection is on Luke 5:17-20 where the faithful friends tear down the roof of the house in order to get their friend to Jesus.

Thursday 12/8 – Second Thursday Advent 2016 Reflection: The Kind Consideration of God

The Annunciation in Luke 1:28-38.  I reflect on why the angel Gabriel informed Mary that her cousin Elizabeth is pregnant.

Friday 12/9 – Second Friday Advent 2016 Reflection: Vindication of Wisdom

In Matthew 11:16-19 Lord Jesus criticizes that generation then remarks that “wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”  I ask why?

Saturday 12/10 – Second Saturday Advent 2016 Reflection: The Signs of the Times

The reading on Matthew 17:10-13 shows that people in that age couldn’t recognize the time that they were in.  I have to wonder if we will do any better.

Twitter and Facebook: #QuoteoftheDay Posts

Quotes from stories I’ve found around the web, mainly from other Catholic bloggers.  If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then consider this a weekly roundup.  Just click on the image below the title to read the full article.

Monday

From “Something Worth Waiting For” by Janice Lane Palko, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Frank McKenna @Unsplash

There has been a theme running through my life lately of God turning things back on me.  The post by Janice Palko marks the third time (not the last time, as it happened again the day after reading this post) God does this.  It seems fitting I should include a post that fits so neatly into the theme of my life.

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Tuesday

From “With Love From Jacmal, Haiti” by Sister Desire Anne-Marie, (Click on image below to view article)

While reading this I couldn’t help thinking what a beautiful life she is living.

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Wednesday

From “A Favorite Advent Tradition: A Christmas Letter to Baby Jesus (Instead of Santa)” by Bobbi, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Noah Hinton @Unsplash

I thought this was a great idea and just wanted to share it with you.

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Thursday

From “What this Sunday’s Gospel Teaches us About Vocations” by Brent, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Madi Robson @Unsplash

This article actually helped me gain some perspective.  I always like articles that leave me saying, ‘hmph’.

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Friday

From “Love What Matters” by Lindsey Romero, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Benji Aird @Unsplash

This is a great witness of how loving and caring some people can be.

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Saturday

From “The Difference Two Months Can Make: Part 2 The Return” by Mrs. Fitz, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Aditya Romansa @Unsplash

A little glimpse into the the life of a foster-parent.

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Sunday

From “Advice to a New Seminarian” by Fr. Simon, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Josh Applegate @Unsplash

This quote made me cry.

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This Week: 12/5 – 12/11

On the Blog:

Saturday 12/3 – First Saturday of Advent 2016: Take Courage!

Technically, this is “last” week, not “this” week.  It wasn’t meant to be a post, but a short  FB post on an Advent challenge page.  I couldn’t keep the word count down, so it ended up as a post.

What puzzled me about Saturday’s reading was why Lord Jesus would view a people he perceived as “helpless and harassed” as people ready for harvesting.  That’s what I explore in last Saturday’s post.

Thursday 12/8 – Why my Son is Grinching out on Christmas

I really need to write a post about how you can tell you’re on the right track when God … This year I wanted to make Christmas more about Christ and less about Santa Claus (the fake one, not the real Saint Nicholas). I was trying to figure out how to get my son on board when he up and tells me Christmas is too materialistic and there will be no presents.  It’s going to be about love and family.

Twitter and Facebook: #QuoteoftheDay Posts

Quotes from stories I’ve found around the web, mainly from other Catholic bloggers.  If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then consider this a weekly roundup.  Just click on the image below the title to read the full article.

Monday

From “Complaint Department” by A.J. Avila, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Jez Timms @Unsplash

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Tuesday

From “Maya Angelou: The Decision that Changed My Life: Keeping My Baby” by Stephen Ertelt @LifeNewsHQ, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Yoori Koo @Unsplash

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Wednesday

From “Thanksgiving Day Homily” by Fr. Cecil, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Ben White @Unsplash

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Thursday

From “Advent Longings” by Fr. Frank Majka, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Joanna Kosinska @Unsplash

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Friday

From “On St. Ignatius and Toiling in the Trenches” by Brianna Heldt, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Giulia Bertelli @Unsplash

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Saturday

From “How to Not Feel Upside Down This Christmas” by James Hahn, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Annie Spratt @Unsplash

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Sunday

From “Introduction to Metaphysics Part One” podcast by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP @ThomisticInst, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Jez Timms @Unsplash

You know you’re on the right track when you’re having a terrible time understanding Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica because you don’t know metaphysics and a lecture series on this subject shows up in your podcast feed.

This quote made me laugh because it was such a huge understatement.

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This Week: 11/28 – 12/4

On the Blog:

Tuesday 11/29 – The Sweetest Words I’ve Ever Heard

The most innocuous comment can lead to the most memorable words.  A post dedicated to my step-father Donal Patrick Lafreniere.  May he rest in peace.

Thursday 12/1 – My Coffee Maker Died

You know how much you depend on your morning coffee when your coffee maker breaking gets it own post.  Yes, I’ve written a post about the morning I woke up and my coffee maker would no longer make coffee.

Twitter and Facebook: #QuoteoftheDay Posts

Quotes from stories I’ve found around the web, mainly from other Catholic bloggers.  If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then consider this a weekly roundup.  Just click on the image below the title to read the full article.

Monday

From “French Court Bans TV Ad Showing Happy Kids with Down Syndrome” by Addie Mena @CNAlive, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Nathan Anderson @Unsplash

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Tuesday

From “Taken or Left Behind” by James Hahn, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Rachael Walker @Unsplash

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Wednesday

From “40 Days to Fearlessness, Challenge #4: You are not a victim.  You’re a warrior.” by Hallie, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Joshua Earle @Unsplash

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Thursday

From “The Hardest Thing We’ve Ever Written” by Andrew & Cecilia, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Evan Clark @Unsplash

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Friday

From “All Moved” In by Caitlyn, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Shawnee Wilborn @Unsplash

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Saturday

From “Blessed with Rest” by Anna, (Click on image below to view article) Image by Andrw Branch @Unsplash

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Sunday

From “The Overlooked Fatherless: one donor-conceived woman’s story” by Alana S. Newman, (Click on image below to view article) Image by I’m Priscilla @Unsplash

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Featured image photo courtesy of Werner Sevenster @Unsplash.

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This Week 11/21 – 11/27

On the Blog:

The next significant event in my conversion process is sad and I don’t want to talk about sad topics during the holidays. So I’m taking a break from my conversion story this week and, perhaps, until after Christmas. The posts for the next few weeks will be random thoughts.

Monday 11/21 – Consider Your Source Before Deciding Not to Attend Church

For those of us not raised in Christian families with living faith, we end up getting formed by the secular “world.”  After we become Christians many of our decisions are determined by these secular beliefs.  I think this is a big mistake on our part and, in this post, I give my arguments as to why I think so.

Wednesday 11/23 – FYI: God Counts on Us

I would not have thought it in a hundred years, but God counts on us just as we count on Him.  This post is how I found that out.

Twitter and Facebook: #QuoteoftheDay Posts

More wonderful quotes from stories I’ve found around the web, mainly from other Catholic bloggers.  If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then consider this a weekly roundup.  Just click on the image below the title to read the full article.

Monday

From “Our Father Times Two” by Angela Holmes, (Click on image below to view article)

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Tuesday

From “Never Let the Things You Want Make You Forget the Things You Have” by Monica (Click on image below to view article)

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Wednesday

From “The Greatest Human Freedom” by Marco Crincoli (Click on image below to view article)

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Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving!

From “Thanksgiving Becomes a National Holiday” by Mary Emma Allen (Click on image below to view article)

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Friday

From “Why I’m Sad, The Cry of Elijah and the Return of the People to God” by Melissa Presser  (Click on image below to view article)

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Saturday

From “How to Easily Win 50 Dollars” by Angelo Stagnaro  (Click on image below to view article)

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Sunday

From “If You’re too Busy to Pray” by Lance Rosen (Click on image below to view article)

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This Week: 11/14 – 11/20

On the Blog:

Tuesday 11/15 – God Prepares me for the Eucharist

One rejection after another finally lands me praying in front of the Eucharist, where Christ shows me that it is much more than a wafer.

Thursday 11/17 – Featured website: Every Home a Monastery

I don’t know about others, but I always wondered what a truly (radical, perhaps?) Christian life looked like outside a convent/monastery.  I finally found the answer at Every Home a Monastery.

Twitter and Facebook: #QuoteoftheDay Posts

More wonderful quotes from stories I’ve found around the web, mainly from other Catholic bloggers.  If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then consider this a weekly roundup.  Just click on the image below the title to read the full article.

Monday

From “Why I Chose to Be A Full-Time Maker” by Jill, owner of Pink Salt Riot (Click on image below to view article)

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Tuesday

From “The Value of Faith in American Society” by Alison Howard at Alliance Defends (Click on image below to view article)

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Wednesday

From “The Things they Say” by Andrea  (Click on image below to view article)

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Thursday

From “From Death Row to the Vatican: The Story of New Cardinal from Albania” by  Chloe Mooradian (Click on image below to view article)

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Friday

From “An Alternative Way of Living” by Bishop Pat Alo (Click on image below to view article)

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Saturday

National Adoption Day

From “The Family in Service of Life: An Adoption Story” by Robert and Robin Laird (Click on image below to view article)

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Sunday

From “In Defense of a Small Ordinary Life” by Elizabeth Esther (Click on image below to view article)

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This Week 11/7 – 11/13

On the Blog:

Unfortunately, my ambition far exceeds my talent.  I’m willing to write plenty, but I’m having a hard time getting it out fast enough.  Only one post this week, but it’s one of my favorite conversion stories.

Monday 11/7 – Rust, Moths, and . . . God Wants Me To Become a Nun?

The very interesting way  Lord Jesus led me to the Catholic Church

Twitter and Facebook – Quote of the Day Posts

Wonderful quotes from stories I’ve found around the web.  If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then consider this a weekly roundup.  Just click on the image below the title to read the full article.

Monday

From “The Freelance Writer as Entrepreneur” by Dennis McGeehan (Click on image below to view article)

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Tuesday

From “‘I’ll Love You Forever, I’ll Like You for Always . . .’ The Surprising Story Behind the Book” by Raimundo Rojas (Click on image below to view article)

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Wednesday

From “The Child People Think I Don’t Want” by Jillian Hollingshead (Click on image below to view article)

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Wednesday

A quote from “An America Knight: The Life of Colonel John W. Ripley, USMC” (Click on image below to view article)

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Thursday

Just one of many Catholic intentions when we pray for our troops (Click on image below to view article)

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Friday

From “All Holy Men and Women . . . Pray For Us . . . ” by Mary (Click on image below to view article)

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Saturday

From “The Legacy We Want to Leave our Daughters” by Jodi Dauses (Click on image below to view article)

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Sunday

From “”Why I Chose to Be A Full-Time Maker” by Jill owner of Pink Salt Riot (Click on image below to view article)

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Coming Up This Week 10/24 -10/30

Monday 10/24 – How I Became A Christian Part 2: The Mustard Seed Takes Root

In Part 1 you learned about my the few experiences I had with God prior to becoming a Christian.  In the post you’ll find out how God teaches me, through my love of reading,  about His son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Also, I officially become a Christian!

Wednesday 10/26 – Coming to Terms With God’s Glory: Grace and Mercy

This is the first post in, what I hope becomes, a series of posts regarding stumbling blocks I’ve encountered on my walk with Christ.  In this post I attempt to show how hard it can sometimes be to accept God’s grace and mercy.  I also try to pass on what I’ve learnt from my experience.

Friday 10/28 – To Succeed, Evil Requires Cooperation

I think it’s built into us to hate injustice and lack of charity, just as it is to love justice and charity.  The two can work together as a motivation to overcome injustice, but it can also be used against us and we need to be wary of not playing into the enemies hands.