Showing posts tagged as 'catholic-church'


Tags: Catholic-church, Ignatian-spirituality, Prayer, Travel

August 23, 2013 07:39

monasteryWay back in March, I read an article in the Los Angeles Times about retreats. The focus was on helping people find retreat experiences where they could get away from everything, have some quiet time, and get recharged.What surprised and saddened me was the fact that there wasn't a single reference to Christianity or Christian retreat centers.Of course, I'm biased in this direction, and I also...

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Summertime Travels

Tags: Catholic-church, Gardening, Inspiration, Travel

August 11, 2013 18:10

santa barbara missionI've been lucky to have travelled a bit this summer, more than usual.I had the chance to make it out to my home state twice, and both times I visited some new places, including Old Mission Santa Barbara, founded on December 4, 1786 and the tenth of twenty-one missions founded throughout California by the Franciscans.

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St. Ignatius

Tags: Catholic-church, Ignatian-spirituality, Prayer

July 31, 2013 16:31

ignatius-loyolaToday, July 31st, is the Feast Day of St. Ignatius, who went home to God on this day in 1556.There' are other sections of this blog that go into great detail about this man, the religious order he founded, and his legacy of the Spiritual Exercises.I came to know St. Ignatius several years ago through the kindness of a Jesuit priest who gave me some books on the life of this Saint.

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31 Days With St. Ignatius

Tags: Blogging, Catholic-church, Ignatian-spirituality, Inspiration, Prayer

July 01, 2013 14:19

31Days-with-Saint-Ignatius-headerEach July, Loyola Press offers a daily post on some aspect of Ignatian Spirituality, which as you may know, is near and dear to my heart. Last year, I was a bit delayed in getting the word out, but not this year...I hope you'll check out their site, not only today, but every day leading to Ignatius' Feast day, which is July 31st. I think you'll be glad you did!

:) Happy July :)

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The Madonna Returns

Tags: Catholic-church, Gardening, Inspiration, Prayer, Travel

April 10, 2013 09:07

madonnaOver the course of the last few weeks, I mentioned to my siblings that they shouldn't be surprised if they have a sense of our mother's presence.Since she passed away a few weeks ago, at least one brother mentioned such an experience, felt in his yard as he was cutting some flowers.

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Happy Easter

Tags: Catholic-church, Prayer

March 30, 2013 21:20


Wishing you and your family a very Blessed Easter!

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Holy Week

Tags: Catholic-church, Prayer

March 22, 2013 21:26

palm“Let us resolve to make this week holy by claiming Christ’s redemptive grace and by living holy lives.The Word became flesh and redeemed us by his holy life and holy death. This week especially, let us accept redemption by living grateful, faithful, prayerful, generous, just and holy lives.Let us resolve to make this week holy by reading and meditating Holy Scripture.So often, we get caught up...

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A Pope Named Francis

Tags: Catholic-church, Papacy, Spirit

March 16, 2013 19:23

francisWith so much activity this past week, I didn't have the chance to post anything about the new Pope, Francis I.I have to admit that I've been really impressed with this man, an unlikely candidate going into the conclave. The old saying, "the cardinal who goes into the conclave a pope always comes out a cardinal" was proven true once again. As I sat taking it all in, I remembered something my...

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Waiting for a new Pope

Tags: Catholic-church, Papacy, Prayer, Spirit

March 12, 2013 15:38

blacksmokeThe Catholic Church has been on a bit of a roller coaster recently. When Pope Benedict XVI resigned a few weeks ago, it was the first time in centuries that something like this had happened.With the help of modern media, people like you and me are more in tune to what's happening over in Rome than ever before.I'm not sure what the answer is, but as I watched the television this morning and saw...

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Spring is in the Air

Tags: Catholic-church, Gardening, Inspiration

March 01, 2013 11:14

irisflowerEarly one morning this week, I had to go outside to take the trash out. As soon as I was out the door, I was hit with a pungent odor. The smell of spring.We've been having some warm days lately, and winter's grip on the soil is loosening up. Growing up in Southern California, I never encountered the powerful smells that come with the spring thaw. Earthy is probably the best way to describe it....

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