January 2020

Healing From the Inside Out — Integrated Catholic Life™

[ad_1] Photography by John Neff | Shutterstock When the Lord heals, He almost always heals from the inside out. Referring to the inside does not mean that He heals only internal disease, damage or infection. But rather, that He wants to heal the whole person, and in order to do this He must begin by healing the interior life of a person. An example of this is found in Christ’s… Read More »Healing From the Inside Out — Integrated Catholic Life™

Reflection 21: You Are Loved.  Believe it.

[ad_1] Being accepted by Christ and living within His merciful Heart will lead you to discover how much He loves you.  He does love you more than you can imagine.  Let yourself begin to discover that love.  Savor it, believe it, understand it and seek it all the more (See Diary #16). Spend time today pondering one simple fact.  You are loved.  You are loved by our Divine Lord Jesus… Read More »Reflection 21: You Are Loved.  Believe it.

Sharing the Word for January 18, 2020

[ad_1] January 18, 2020 Daily Reading from the USCCB: Mark 2:13-17 https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/SW_011814_II.mp3   The tension between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders grew greater when Jesus started to enroll inappropriate people among His followers. One such was Levi–also known as Matthew. He was a tax collector, whose profession made him unclean and contemptible to any self-respecting Jew. To make things worse Jesus began to socialize with Levi’s friends, that is… Read More »Sharing the Word for January 18, 2020

St. Margaret of Hungary

[ad_1] January 18, 2020 St. Margaret of Hungary is truly a unique model of virtue for today’s modern young woman. In a prayer “deal” with God, her father, King Bela IV of Hungary, promised her to the religious life at her infancy, in return for an end to the persecution of his country by various enemies. She grew into an exquisitely beautiful woman and for that reason was offered marriage… Read More »St. Margaret of Hungary

The Friends of the Paralytic — Integrated Catholic Life™

[ad_1] “The Palsied Man Let Down Through the Roof” (detail) by James Tissot [Public domain] “They knew they couldn’t heal their friend themselves. But they could bring him to Jesus.” As we jump into Ordinary Time this week, the Gospel readings at daily Mass don’t lose any time moving through the extraordinary works of Jesus’ public ministry. This is because Ordinary Time always begins with Mark’s Gospel, and Mark doesn’t… Read More »The Friends of the Paralytic — Integrated Catholic Life™

Reflection 17: Turn to Our Blessed Mother in Prayer 

[ad_1] Turn to our Blessed Mother in confident prayer.  She holds you close to her Immaculate Heart and will direct you to her Son, Jesus.  She is the perfect Mother, the Mother of All Grace.  Trust in Her maternal care and intercession.  She knows how to unlock the graces of the Mercy of her Son. And she longs to do so for you, her precious child (See Diary #11). Sincerely… Read More »Reflection 17: Turn to Our Blessed Mother in Prayer 

Poor Clares’ monastery in Tennessee quietly closes; last four nuns move on

[ad_1] MEMPHIS, Tenn. (CNS) — As Christmas approached and 2019 came to a close, the last Catholic contemplative monastery in Tennessee quietly closed. An 88-year-old priest, Father David Knight, was the last remaining resident. He had hoped to live out his days in his tiny single room with a connecting office where he has written over 40 books. Few people have been behind the tall brick walls and iron gates… Read More »Poor Clares’ monastery in Tennessee quietly closes; last four nuns move on

How We Can Pray for Others When We Get Prayer Requests

[ad_1] We have all experienced it: someone asking for our prayers, either for their need or someone else’s. We receive these requests in emails, phone calls, texts, Facebook, a tweet, or in a simple conversation. They come from our family, friends, or maybe even a complete stranger who knows you are a believer. Social media is a wonderful way for people to share prayer requests. They ask for prayers for… Read More »How We Can Pray for Others When We Get Prayer Requests

Reflection 13: An Invitation Within the Silence

[ad_1] Within our souls we must seek to hear God speak. He speaks in the silence and in the depths. He speaks, first, an invitation. He speaks an invitation to know Him and to encounter The Divine Mercy flowing from His Heart. The invitation is only that: an invitation. Jesus’ Mercy is not imposed or forced. For that reason, the invitation requires a response and our response will determine the… Read More »Reflection 13: An Invitation Within the Silence