Showing posts tagged as 'catholic-church'

St. Francis of Assisi

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Italy, Prayer, Spirit, Travel

October 03, 2010 20:56

Ten years ago today, my family and I were celebrating the Jubilee Year in the Umbrian town of Assisi. October 4th is the feast day of St. Francis, and there is an ancient tradition of celebrating the vigil of his death with prayer. It's known as the Transitus of St. Francis.Those two days in Assisi were some of the most memorable of all my travels in Italy. Almost 800 years after his death, I...

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Fourth Grade

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Mind, Prayer

September 28, 2010 21:58

We're looking at a new textbook series at work, and I decided that, if we were to switch, it might be a good idea for me to get back into the classroom and try it out myself. So, this year I'm going to teach a 4th grade class. Today was our first session, and I'm whooped. I forgot how much energy kids this age have. Trust me, it's a lot :)That being said, they are fun to be around, and me and...

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New Beginnings

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Prayer

September 22, 2010 15:11

We had a meet and greet with our new pastor this morning. I can already tell he's going to fit in very well at our parish. Everyone on the staff had the chance to introduce themselves, tell him a bit about what he/she does every day, and then he had the chance to ask questions. Overall, I thought was great. Then he told us a bit about himself and began building a vision for the future. It...

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Lead Kindly Light

Tags: Catholic-church, Papacy, Prayer, Spirit

September 19, 2010 05:55

I hope you're having a good weekend. I just got back from a quick trip to South Carolina, and today marks the beginning of my parish's religious education year. Say a prayer for us :)Over the past few days Pope Benedict has been in the United Kingdom. The purpose of the visit is to beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890). For those that don't know, beatification is the last step in the...

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Use Your Imagination

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

September 17, 2010 13:40

I know, it's a bit early for Nativity scenes, but let me explain :) Use of our imagination is a key component of Ignatian Spirituality. It's funny, as we get older most of us don't daydream like we used to. Remember when you were a kid, and you could close your eyes and instantly transport yourself to some epic event, with you playing a key role? I'm not sure how it happens, but it seems to me...

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A Living Saint

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

September 14, 2010 19:39

At church this past Sunday, the recessional hymn was Lift High The Cross, one of my favorites. Since we don't hear it so often, I'm assuming it was played in anticipation of today's feast of the Triumph of the Cross. This feast is linked to one of my favorite memories. The event took place at St. Mary's Seminary and University, where I was once a student. It involved the man in the photo to the...

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Make Us Instruments Of Your Peace

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Mind, Prayer

September 11, 2010 20:09

Most people don't know that the first recorded victim of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 was a Franciscan priest.Fr. Mychal Judge was a chaplain with the New York Fire Department and raced to the scene of the World Trade Center as soon as he got the news.As he was giving last rites to one of the many fire fighters who lost their lives that day, both were struck by falling debris or bodies, and...

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

September 08, 2010 21:07

In the Catholic tradition, today is Mary's birthday. This beautiful Madonna by Fra Angelico captures the youthfulness of Mary when Gabriel appeared to her with some history-changing news. Despite her virginity, she would bear a son, who would be named Jesus. There had never been an announcement like it before, or since.Several years ago, I heard a wonderful reflection on this passage (Luke...

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This Is Your Chance

Tags: Catholic-church, Inspiration, Prayer

September 01, 2010 20:58

Have a deep compassion for people. To be able to have a heart full of compassion, we need to pray.

Especially be kind, be loving to the poor.

We think we do so much for the poor, but it they who make us rich. We are in debt to them.

Do you want to do something beautiful for God?

There is a person who needs you.

This is your chance.

Mother Teresa

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