Reflection 349: Losing Your Peace of Heart

[ad_1] What is it that has the power to steal away the peace and calm of your heart?  What if you were insulted, ridiculed, falsely judged, imprisoned, beaten or even killed?  Would any of these rob the peace of God in your heart?  Only if you let it.  It is essential that you know and believe with firm faith that nothing can steal the peace of your heart unless you… Read More »Reflection 349: Losing Your Peace of Heart

Sharing the Word for December 14, 2019

[ad_1] December 14, 2019 Daily Reading from the USCCB: Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11 https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/SW_121110_I.mp3   In the Gospel reading for today Jesus is speaking to His apostles about Elijah, who was expected to return to prepare the way for the Messiah. In our Old Testament reading we hear the wise man Sirach giving an overview of Elijah’s accomplishments. God sends spokesmen to proclaim His message to His people: strong, brave, assertive… Read More »Sharing the Word for December 14, 2019

Our Gaudete Joy in the Gospel

[ad_1] This Sunday, we celebrate Gaudete (Rejoice!) Sunday. Our Gospel gives us John the Baptist in prison as our meditation. Isn’t that a bit downbeat? Gospel (Read Mt 11:2-11) St. Matthew tells us that John the Baptist “heard in prison of the works of the Christ” in Galilee, undoubtedly from his own disciples. He sent those disciples to Jesus with a question: Are You the One Who is to come,… Read More »Our Gaudete Joy in the Gospel

Watching and Waiting — Advent in Carmel — Integrated Catholic Life™

[ad_1] Advent in Carmel To experience Advent in Carmel is to enter into a rarified atmosphere that is filled to the brim with Carmel’s living legacy of Advent customs and observances. My first Advent in Carmel remains fresh in my memory today, still as vibrant and alive as when it happened. I feel at a loss, however, to write about it. What words can do justice to a wordless experience?… Read More »Watching and Waiting — Advent in Carmel — Integrated Catholic Life™

Reflection 345: Drowned in God

[ad_1] Do you ever soak in God?  This is a rare and even non-existent experience for most people.  Soaking, or drowning in God means that you become immersed so deeply in prayer that it’s as if you are lost in His presence.  When this happens, the Lord fully takes you over and possesses your soul for that moment.  You may not remain this way and you may soon return to… Read More »Reflection 345: Drowned in God

Sharing the Word for December 10, 2019

[ad_1] December 10, 2019 Daily Reading from the USCCB: Isaiah 40:1-11 https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/SW_120710_I.mp3   In this reading we see a heavenly assembly in which God is commissioning His prophets to go forth to proclaim His care for His people. “Bring comfort to My people,” He says. “Give them encouragement. Provide them straight roads to travel on. From the mountain tops proclaim good news to Jerusalem. Here is your God!” This is… Read More »Sharing the Word for December 10, 2019

The Meaning of the Immaculate Conception

[ad_1] The Beatitudes rank high on the list of all-time favorite Bible passages.  But what is “beatitude,” anyway?   In the bible, a “blessed” person is someone who has received gifts of the greatest value, gifts that lead to true fulfillment and lasting happiness. If I were to ask you to name the first beatitude, you’d probably say “blessed be the poor in Spirit.”  According to St. Matthew’s gospel you’d be… Read More »The Meaning of the Immaculate Conception

Supreme Court leaves temporary stop on federal executions in place

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court has left in place a preliminary injunction prohibiting the Trump administration from carrying out the first federal executions in 16 years. In an order handed down the evening of Dec. 6, the justices unanimously denied an application by the U.S. Department of Justice to lift a federal court injunction blocking the federal government from carrying out four executions scheduled for December 2019… Read More »Supreme Court leaves temporary stop on federal executions in place

Making Room for God on TV

[ad_1] Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s legion of admirers can only hope his beatification, originally scheduled December 21 in his home diocese of Peoria and now postponed by the Vatican, will soon take place. The postponement was requested by what the diocese said were “a few members”  of the U.S. bishops’ conference. No reasons for the delay were given, and the diocese called Archbishop Sheen “a model of holiness and virtue.” Beatification… Read More »Making Room for God on TV

Immaculate Mary—Our Tainted Nature’s Solitary Boast — Integrated Catholic Life™

[ad_1] “Esquilache Immaculate Conception” by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons From my earliest years, the memories of my mother’s prayers to Our Blessed Mother and her praise and thanksgiving offered to Jesus, her Lord, still travel across the decades of time and touch my heart, especially on each feast day dedicated to Our Lady. My mom would tell me over the years that Our Blessed Mother’s love… Read More »Immaculate Mary—Our Tainted Nature’s Solitary Boast — Integrated Catholic Life™