Reflection 340: Being Tested – Daily Reflections on Divine Mercy

[ad_1] It may not be immediately pleasant, but at times we greatly benefit from being tested.  The Lord permits this in a variety of ways.  Being tested is not a temptation; rather, it’s a way that the Lord allows us to endure a trial so as to invite us to more deeply submit to His holy Will.  When you feel a trial come your way, the best thing you can… Read More »Reflection 340: Being Tested – Daily Reflections on Divine Mercy

Sharing the Word for December 6, 2019

[ad_1] December 6, 2019 Daily Reading from the USCCB: Isaiah 29:17-24 https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/SW_120310_I.mp3   Isaiah’s prophetic proclamation continues to look forward to the time of God’s kingdom–the time of salvation, the time of healing and restored healthiness. The people will see the work of God’s hand in their midst. It will be a time of fruitfulness for them. The condition of the deaf, the blind, and the needy will be reversed.… Read More »Sharing the Word for December 6, 2019

Friday of the First Week of Advent

[ad_1] It’s easy for one to be blinded when faced with many pressing issues that are thrown upon us. There are so many responsibilities to handle and various commitments to fulfill. After a while, the intense pressures of what need to be accomplished can overwhelm our direction and priorities. Life can indeed be confusing. We have conflicts between making money and spending more time with our families. We sometimes let… Read More »Friday of the First Week of Advent

For Advent, Let’s Focus on Simplicity — Integrated Catholic Life™

[ad_1] Man at Prayer Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all of the stress, responsibilities and challenges in your daily life? If I am honest with myself, the times I feel most anxious or stressed are usually caused by my lifelong tendency to over-complicate things and an inclination towards “busyness”. I am grateful for the occasional insights I have into ways to address this problem and as I grow older,… Read More »For Advent, Let’s Focus on Simplicity — Integrated Catholic Life™

Pope demands action for failing fight against climate change

[ad_1] VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Despite growing recognition of climate change as a legitimate and looming threat, current commitments to mitigate its effects and alter human behavior fall short of those needed to resolve the crisis in time, Pope Francis said. “We must admit that this awareness is still rather weak, unable to respond adequately to that strong sense of urgency for rapid action called for by the scientific data… Read More »Pope demands action for failing fight against climate change

Come Christmas, Will Christ Find Room in Our Souls?

[ad_1] The Advent season is a time of waiting, longing, expectancy, and preparation. We find ourselves in this liturgical season and a new liturgical year, during the busiest time of the year. There are Christmas parties to attend, gifts to buy, meals to plan and cook, and a whole host of other obligations that often lead to December passing in a whirl. It is not incidental that the season of… Read More »Come Christmas, Will Christ Find Room in Our Souls?

Advent Reflection—The Will of the Father — Integrated Catholic Life™

[ad_1] “The Exhortation to the Apostles” by James Tissot [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons An Advent Reflection on the Scripture Readings at Mass… Jesus said to his disciples: “Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21) The Father sent the Son. The Son did the will of the… Read More »Advent Reflection—The Will of the Father — Integrated Catholic Life™

Reflection 339: The Pure Soul

[ad_1] It may not be something you immediately conclude, but a soul who has a pure love of God is feared by many.  The “fear” that they have is a fear to oppose such a soul.  Those with malicious intent will not dare to attack such a person because they know it may backfire on them.  It’s impossible for anyone to harm you when your heart is perfectly set on… Read More »Reflection 339: The Pure Soul

American Catholic Radio for December 9-15, 2019

[ad_1] Week of December 9, 2019 — Program #19-50 https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/ACR_Episode_1350.mp3   Saint of the Week This widow achieved holiness by making choices that reflected her baptism and her growth as a disciple of Christ. Sharing Faith Judy Zarick’s guest is Michael Huber, Arkansas State President of the worldwide Knights on Bikes organization. Founded in 2005, these Knights of Columbus combine their enthusiasm for motorcycles with their devotion to Christ and… Read More »American Catholic Radio for December 9-15, 2019

Thursday of the First Week of Advent

[ad_1] December 5, 2019 It is not a philosophy, principle, gimmick or psychology that provides the solid foundation on which we can build our life safely. Rather, it is the personal God and His Word, the Truth that provides the unshakeable basis for a safe passage through the storms of life. The Word of Jesus is the foundation of our life. We have to pay attention to what Jesus says.… Read More »Thursday of the First Week of Advent