May 2013

Giving Ourselves

Giving Ourselves

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Mary was in the early days of pregnancy when she made the long journey to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Was her trip punctuated...

Taken, Blessed, Broken and Shared

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This week, we bring you another Beyond Words reflection on Sunday's upcoming readings from the Bible Geek (aka Mark...

Spiritual Motherhood: A Total, Faithful, Fruitful Yes!

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Even before a little girl is old enough to walk, she is given a baby doll. She cuddles, dresses and feeds the doll–it is...

Virgin Most Hopeful

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“And behold!  God's Temple in Heaven was opened, and within His Temple could be seen the Ark of the Covenant…  A...

Pausing to Honor

Pausing to Honor

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Ah, Memorial Day.  Most of us look forward to this “unofficial” start to summer.  A long weekend filled with relaxation,...

A Community of Love

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Deus Caritas Est  (God Is Love),  an encyclical letter of Pope Benedict XVI to the Bishops, Priests and Deacons, Men and Women...

A Communion of Persons

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My dad loves to golf, and if you ask him how his round of golf went, he knows every single shot from memory.  After a great...

Sons of St. Philip Neri

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St. Philip Neri (1515-1595), known as the Apostle of Rome, moved to Rome from Florence as a young man, spending much time in...

Strange Notions

Strange Notions

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  “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.”  These words of St....

Alcohol and My Heritage

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My wife and I first got the idea of making homemade wine when my grandmother offered us some of her home vintage.  It was...

Feeling Something Different

Feeling Something

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Editor's Note:  Today we welcome Angel as our guest author.  Angel is a young man from St. Patrick's Catholic Church...

Receiving the Spiritual Seal

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1286    In the Old Testament the prophets announced that the Spirit of the Lord would rest on the hoped-for Messiah for his...

The Work of the Spirit

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Pentecost ranks as one of the most important feasts in the Liturgical year.  Why, you ask?  It commemorates the decent of the...

Fanning the Flames

Fanning the Flames

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We celebrate this great feast of Pentecost when the Lord fulfilled His promise to send the Holy Spirit – the Holy Spirit,...

Fun, Creative and Catholic Graduation Gift Ideas

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We are already in the midst of graduation season.  Many college students have already received their diplomas and high school...

Celebrating the Invisible through the Visible:  Pentecost

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As we count down the days to Pentecost on May 19, you may feel faced with a challenge:  how do I make this birthday of our...

Blessed Are the Barren

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Editor's Note:  Today we welcome Theresa as our guest author.  Theresa is a young woman who offered to share with us her...

Honoring the Mother of God

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Devotion to the Blessed Virgin  971   “All generations will call me blessed”: “The Church’s devotion to the...

Crowning Mary

Crowning Mary

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As you know, May is known as the month of Mary.  One common celebration during this month is the May Crowning, in which a crown...

A Mother’s Day Prayer

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Join us in praying asking Mary, Jesus' mother and ours, to intercede for all mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, spiritual...

So That We Can Follow

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As our Easter celebration draws to a conclusion, we celebrate our Lord’s glorious Ascension into heaven. What a wonderful...

Joy of Christ’s Ascension

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Joyfully, we have been celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus for the past six weeks. As we approach a return to Ordinary Time...

What Kind of Disciples Are We?

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“So Jesus just leaves us?”…is what I remember feeling in my youth upon my first heartfelt reading of the Ascension....

Scriptural Roots of the Rosary

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Catholics sometimes struggle to read the Bible.  Mary can teach us how to read Scripture.  How?  As Saint Luke says, she...

Summer Fashions:  The Attack on True Beauty

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As summer approaches, the clothes of winter are put away and the light, airy clothes of summer are put on. The hotter it gets,...