St. Matilda

[ad_1] March 14, 2020 Matilda, also sometimes known as Maude, was born around 895. Her father was Count Dietrich of Westphalia and her mother’s name was Reinhild. Her grandmother, who was the Abbess of the Eufurt convent, raised Matilda. In 909, Matilda married Henry (The Fowler) after his first marriage to a woman named Hathburg had been declared invalid. Matilda and Henry had several children: Otto I, who became Emperor… Read More »St. Matilda

Fear and Trust in a Time of COVID-19 — Integrated Catholic Life™

[ad_1] “Instead of anxiety, let us embrace faith and trust in God.” As the entire world responds to COVID-19, I must admit some shock and confusion over the level of fear that seems to be gripping countries, governments, and institutions. Without getting into the science of it all, since I am no doctor or virologist, the radical responses to the virus do not seem to fit the cause. I do… Read More »Fear and Trust in a Time of COVID-19 — Integrated Catholic Life™

Reflection 73: Growing in Our Desire for Jesus

[ad_1] The more we come to know Jesus, the more we desire Him.  And the more we desire Him, the more we come to know Him.  This is a beautiful cyclical experience of knowing and desiring, desiring and knowing (See Diary #273). Do you desire to know your precious Lord?  Do you long for Him in a burning way?  Reflect upon this desire in your soul and if it is… Read More »Reflection 73: Growing in Our Desire for Jesus

West Virginia bishop requires new protocols for safe environment program

[ad_1] WHEELING, W.Va. (CNS) — Expanding the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s Safe Environment Program, Bishop Mark E. Brennan is requiring additional protocols to increase safety and reduce risk of sexual abuse in Catholic schools and parishes. In a Feb. 20 letter to all pastors, administrators and principals of Catholic schools, the bishop announced he is expanding the requirement for fingerprinting to be part of background checks and that the diocese has… Read More »West Virginia bishop requires new protocols for safe environment program

Ten Reasons to Make a Holy Hour According to Fulton J. Sheen

[ad_1] Why spend an hour a day in meditation? Because we are living on the surface of our souls, knowing little either of God or our inner self. Our knowledge is mostly about things, not about destiny. Most of our dif­ficulties and disappointments in life are due to mistakes in our life plans. Having forgotten the purpose of living, we have doubted even the value of living. A broken bone… Read More »Ten Reasons to Make a Holy Hour According to Fulton J. Sheen

Listen to Him — Integrated Catholic Life™

[ad_1] Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Second Sunday of Lent (Year A).. Readings:Genesis 12:1-4Psalm 33:4-5,18-20, 222 Timothy 1:8-10Matthew 17:1-9 Today’s Gospel portrays Jesus as a new and greater Moses. Moses also took three companions up a mountain and on the seventh day was overshadowed by the shining cloud of God’s presence. He too spoke with God and his face and clothing were made radiant in the… Read More »Listen to Him — Integrated Catholic Life™

Reflection 69: Struggles Tempt Us to Doubt

[ad_1] We all encounter struggles in life.  The question is: “What do you do with them?”  Too often, when struggles come our way we are tempted to doubt the presence of God and to doubt His merciful help.  In fact, the opposite is true.  God is the answer to every struggle.  He alone is the source of all we need in life.  He is the One who can bring peace… Read More »Reflection 69: Struggles Tempt Us to Doubt

Sharing the Word for March 7, 2020

[ad_1] March 7, 2020 Daily Reading from the USCCB: Matthew 5:43-48 https://www.franciscanmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/SW_022710_II.mp3   Here’s further direction about Lenten conversion. Jesus tells us today that we are called to treat others as God does–with evenhanded and universal benevolence. That’s a big order. The final sentence of the reading tells us just how big it is. It means being as embracing and generous as God is. That’s an absurd demand for the… Read More »Sharing the Word for March 7, 2020

Be Willing to Cry Out to God, “Lord, the One We Love Is Lost!”

[ad_1] Editor’s note: This article is adapted from a chapter in Maggie Green’s book, The Saint Monica Club, a book for parents whose children have left the faith. We also recommend the article “I Still Have Hope That Christ Will Bring My Kids Back to the Faith” here on CE. Saint Monica’s faith converted both her husband and her son, and it is this steadfastness of faith we seek to… Read More »Be Willing to Cry Out to God, “Lord, the One We Love Is Lost!”

The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality — Integrated Catholic Life™

[ad_1] Photography © by Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles “What did you go out to the wilderness to see?” (Matthew 11:7) These were Jesus’ words to the crowd. John took to the desert to draw people out into solitude to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Messiah. For many years the desert had become a place of encounter. In 1 Kings 19:1-8 a… Read More »The Desert in Carmelite Spirituality — Integrated Catholic Life™