Monthly Archives: February 2017

Free Video Series During Lent The Bible and the Sacraments

If you are looking for something to supplement your Lenten journey, the Saint Paul Center is offering part of their Journey Through Scripture video Bible Study at no cost during Lent. The Bible and the Sacraments is based on Swear to God; The Promise and Power of the Sacraments, a book by Dr. Scott Hahn.   Over the course of 11 lessons, beginning on March 1, this study presents the participant an opportunity for growth in knowledge of Scripture and the Sacraments. The Bible and the Sacraments is unlike any other study on the sacraments. Certainly …Follow this path →

“I’ll pray for you!” Genuine promise or casual remark?

“I’ll pray for you!” This is something I’ve said to dozens of parishioners and friends, if not more,  who tell me about something going on in their life that needs some divine guidance or assistance. Until a few years ago, I never dwelled too much on those words or that promise. I received an email from a former parishioner. Her email was to inform me that her husband, in his early 50’s, had passed away after a long and hard battle with cancer. I responded expressing my condolences, writing that I would keep him and their family …Follow this path →

Religion and romance

On this Valentine’s Day, some interesting facts and numbers regarding faith and relationships! Read more in the article found in the Randolph County Herald Tribune.   Religious compatibility isn’t a top-of-mind concern for many relationship seekers, who are often more focused on finding someone who likes the same television shows or outdoor activities. According to Pew Research Center, 3 in 10 people who don’t share their religion with their partner describe faith as a source of arguments. Source: Religion and romance: How finding spiritual compatibility can strengthen a relationship – News – Randolph County Herald …Follow this path →

New novel offers spiritual nourishment to children The Costly Cookie Chronicles: A Young Heart Discovers the Face of Christ

Our young people need guidance and encouragement on their paths of discipleship. With each generation faith is becoming less of a priority, needless to say,  planting and nurturing the seeds of faith is very important. Julie Kelly offers her second book aimed at touching young hearts and lives! You can read more about Julie and her books by following the link below to the article in the Arkansas Catholic and you can find her books on the Nativity Press website. Clare, a fictional character in the recently published book “The Costly Cookie Chronicles: A Young Heart Discovers the …Follow this path →

Tiny Saints Little gifts of faith for the young people in your life!

Here is a wonderful way to introduce the young folks in your family to the saints! Joe and Colleen Klinker began this adventure to explain to their older children the unexpected death of their stillborn daughter, Melody Paige. You will fall in love with these adorable small saints and find yourself stocking up on supplies for your children or grandchildren. There are a variety saints from which to choose and many saints you may never have heard about, such as: Our Lady of Kibeho,  Saint Imelda, Saint Josephine Bakhita, and many others. You can read more about …Follow this path →

When God is Silent — Finding spiritual peace amid the storms of life

I have just finished Archbishop Martinez’s, Worshipping a Hidden God and found it to be very insightful and practical. When God is Silent focuses on peace and, in a world that is at times chaotic, unpredictable and stressful, finding peace is a true blessing. Putting this on my future reading list! You can read more on this book review by Mary Hartwell on the Integrated Catholic Life website. Martinez gives three paths to peace. First, he explains the exclusivity of God’s peace—it belongs to Him alone. “My peace I give to you.” These words are spoken …Follow this path →

Dry Spell Tips

A few tips when you fail to sense God’s presence. The first suggestion is dead on! When we have a temporary dry spell, follow Saint Teresa’s advice to reflect on the blessings of the past. I grew up thinking that a relationship with God was a transaction: I gave God very minimal amounts of my time and prayer, and I was supposed to “get” something from Him. I assumed I would get a feeling, a word, a vision. It didn’t help that my Youth Ministry put a very big… via 3 Tips to help you get …Follow this path →