Reflection 330: Praying for Others

[ad_1] Do not underestimate the power of your prayers.  The greater your trust in the Mercy of God, the more powerful will your prayers be for those who need them.  The Lord knows all things and He knows who needs what.  But He wants to dispense His grace in union with those who ask for it.  Your prayers for others are the most powerful way that you can bring the… Read More »Reflection 330: Praying for Others

Trust in Christ, not in psychics, sorcerers, pope says at audience

[ad_1] VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis scolded people who consider themselves practicing Christians, but who turn to fortunetelling, psychic readings and tarot cards. True faith means abandoning oneself to God “who makes himself known not through occult practices but through revelation and with gratuitous love,” the pope said Dec. 4 during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Departing from his prepared remarks, the pope called out Christians… Read More »Trust in Christ, not in psychics, sorcerers, pope says at audience

God Can Use Your Emptiness to Fill the Cup of Others

[ad_1] I recently joined a group of secular creative professionals, mostly writers, in a networking community. At first, I felt like the lone guppy in a sea of majestic clownfish, intimidating sharks, and graceful dolphins. It’s always like this for me, wherever I go — the highly sensitive introvert who sees things that most overlook, the deep thinker amidst lighthearted sanguines. It occurred to me that each of us goes… Read More »God Can Use Your Emptiness to Fill the Cup of Others

Advent Reflection—Blessed Are They — Integrated Catholic Life™

[ad_1] “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb” (detail) by van Eyck (Michiel Coxie [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons) A Daily Reflection on the Scripture Readings at Mass… “On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of wine on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wine on the lees well refined. And he will destroy on this mountain… Read More »Advent Reflection—Blessed Are They — Integrated Catholic Life™

Reflection 338: Keeping a Secret

[ad_1] One act of love we can offer another is our confidentiality.  We have all had experiences of people coming to us with a problem or confusion and they ask us to keep it to ourselves.  Can you keep this form of a sacred secret?  Confidentiality is a wonderful act of mercy to others.  If you can be truly confidential, others will come to realize this quality in you and… Read More »Reflection 338: Keeping a Secret

Sunday Soundbite for December 8, 2019

[ad_1] Cycle A December 8, 2019 https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/ssadA_2.mp3     Have you heard about “God’s dream for the world”? Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman and this is the Sunday Soundbite for the Second Sunday of Advent. That phrase “God’s dream for the world” is a favorite expression of a colleague of mine to describe how he interprets Scripture passages like those from Isaiah and Saint Paul in today’s liturgy. My… Read More »Sunday Soundbite for December 8, 2019

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent

[ad_1] Taking seven loaves of bread and a few fish, Jesus fed the crowds. Clearly, there was no limit to Jesus’ generosity that day. But is this the end of the story? Do we look back with nostalgia to the “good old days” when prophets spoke and miracles occurred? Do we wonder whether we could ever hope to find God’s healing and love for our problems? The next time we… Read More »Wednesday of the First Week of Advent

The Easiest Way to Pray as a Family — Integrated Catholic Life™

[ad_1] “If we are going to raise children to be active Catholics as adults, we need to show them what it looks like.” “Hail and blessed be the hour and the moment…” Growing up, visitors to our dinner table never quite knew when to make the Sign of the Cross at the end of grace. In addition to the usual “Bless us, O Lord,” we always added the invocation “Mary,… Read More »The Easiest Way to Pray as a Family — Integrated Catholic Life™

Reflection 331: Nothing Beyond Your Strength

[ad_1] It’s important to know that the Lord will never allow you to carry a cross that is beyond your strength.  Do you believe this?  If you do, it should help you to set your eyes on the road ahead and plunge forward doing the Will of God.  If struggles come your way, even if they are great, know with certainty that the Lord is with you, carrying you if… Read More »Reflection 331: Nothing Beyond Your Strength