Showing posts tagged as 'catholic-church'

Wanting More

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Mind, Prayer, Spirit

February 07, 2011 06:30

Way back in the 1990's, I learned about the great spiritual writer Henri Nouwen. His books and tapes were very popular, and his book Return of the Prodigal Son became a huge best seller.As it is with most authors, over time we move on to other writers who seem to speak more clearly to us. We can also find ourselves bored with one person's thoughts and turn to the latest and greatest. It seems...

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Te Deum

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Prayer, Spirit

December 31, 2010 18:44

Since the 4th century, the Te Deum (Thee O God, We Praise) has been sung by the Christian Church on special occasions. Tradition has it that this wonderful hymn of praise is sung on the last day of the year. I can't think of a better way to finish up this first year of Making All Things New.No matter what kind of year you've had, there's plenty to thank God for.

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A Christmas Prayer

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Italy, Prayer

December 25, 2010 11:04

Fra Angelico

You Come Down from the Stars St. Alphonsus Ligouri

You come down from the starsOh King of Heavens,And you come in a caveIn the cold, in the frost.And you come in a caveIn the cold, in the frost.

Oh my Divine BabyI see you trembling here,Oh Blessed God,Ah, how much it cost you,Your loving me.Ah, how much it cost you,Your loving me.

For you, who are of all the worldThe creator,No robes...

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What Is It For You?

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Prayer

December 23, 2010 21:50

USA Today is when I get it free at a hotel. Probably like you, I get my news from the websites I check each day.It's interesting, though, that whenever I do get this paper, I'm impressed that I can always find articles that are interesting and relevant to me.Monday's edition (12/20/10) had an article about a recent survey done to find out how people view Christmas. The survey, conducted by ...

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Nativity Scenes

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Italy, Spirit

December 12, 2010 21:01

Did you know that it was St. Francis of Assisi who created the first nativity scene?In 1223, Saint Francis had the idea of creating a living portrait of the birth of Jesus, as a way to bring the Gospel stories to life. Legend has it that local shepherds, guarding their flocks outside the small Italian town of Greccio, provided the inspiration.

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Mary's Yes

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Mind, Prayer

December 08, 2010 06:18

In the Catholic tradition, today is a special Feast Day of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Whenever one of these feast days rolls around, I'm always reminded of the simple yes Mary said to the Angel Gabriel (Luke 1:26-38), and how her submission to God changed the world.Have you ever considered the fact that Mary had to say her yes in order for Jesus to be born? God never forces things upon us,...

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Another Adventure

Tags: Catholic-church, Italy, Travel

October 21, 2010 05:49

A priest friend of mine and I had to scrap our initial itinerary for an Italy trip we were planning for next summer. With the dollar as weak as it is right now, the trip was just too expensive.I'm being cautious about it because, when I brought my last group over, some people traveling with me were just overwhelmed by the costs. It made for a stressful trip and took away a lot of the enjoyment...

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Into The Light

Tags: Blogging, Catholic-church, Inspiration, Mind, Prayer, Spirit

October 13, 2010 20:01

I hope you had the chance to follow some of the rescue efforts at San Jose Mine in Copiano, Chile that are taking place today. After 69 days underground, miner after miner was hoisted up nearly 2,000 feet of rock and into the sunlight, fresh air, and the waiting arms of loved ones and rescue workers.These thirty-three men are being rescued from the longest underground entrapment in history. It...

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Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Prayer

October 06, 2010 06:04

Over the last several days, we've had a missionary priest visiting our parish. One of his challenges to us is to make efforts to bring our Anglo and Hispanic people together. Many of us want to see this happen, sooner rather than later, but it won't be easy.In some sense, many of us want to live with a certain isolation from those different than us. It might be that we just feel a bit more...

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St. Francis and Pain

Tags: Catholic-church, Italy, Soups-and-stews, Spirit

October 04, 2010 21:43

St. Francis is one of the greatest saints in the history of Christianity. You can learn all about him by clicking his name above. As I mentioned in yesterday's posting, I had the chance to be in Assisi for his feast day during the Jubilee Year of 2000. I've been to Assisi many times, but this trip was special. I was with my mother and sister, along with a good friend of mine who later became a...

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