Words Are Powerful Tools to Quell Panic!

Posted by Maureen Pratt on 7/27/16 7:00 AM

Words are Powerful Tools
Image: British Sign Language. Jeremy Segrott.

We cannot see them or touch them, and we often cannot even find them! But they are crucial to our lives nonetheless, especially when we begin to feel anxiety rise within us.

Yes, words are powerful tools to quell panic and inspire calm, strength, and peace! But, too, they can stir anger, anxiety, and a frenzy that can spill into awful action. The phrase, “Them’s fighing words,” does (no pun intended) carry a punch.

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Topics: peace

Mother Teresa's Vast Outreach

Posted by Maryanne Raphael on 7/26/16 7:00 AM

Mother Teresa's Reach Extended to Iran

On December 13, 1979, Mother Teresa went to the Iranian embassy in Rome. America was concerned with the fate of the hostages taken when the American embassy in Iran was seized by Islamic revolutionaries led by Ayatollah Khomeini.

I have come to see you about the American hostages,” Mother Teresa said. “I come as a mother who longs for her children. I am willing to go to Iran or to talk to the Ayatollah on the telephone.”

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Topics: poverty, mother teresa sainthood, mother teresa, interfaith dialogue, consciousness

Advice Worth Ignoring for Families

Posted by Dr. Ray Guarendi on 7/24/16 10:49 AM


Smart people learn from their mistakes. Smarter people learn from the mistakes of others. The smartest people learn from good advice. A pithy observation. Also, it would seem, good advice. No one learns solely from his own experience. If he tried, he’d find life a lot more frustrating, and perhaps a lot shorter. All of us learn, for better or worse, by others’ guidance. The aim is to get better at separating good guidance from bad. 

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Topics: family, parenting, advice, parents

My Lord, the Healer of Wounds

Posted by Colleen Mitchell on 7/21/16 7:48 PM


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Topics: Prayer, Grace, Who Does He Say You Are?, Lord, healing

Mother Teresa and Francis of Assisi: Two Saints, One Spirit

Posted by Guest Blogger on 7/21/16 7:00 AM

Every day after Holy Communion, Mother Teresa and her community would say the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis. The foundress of the Missionaries of Charity carried with her a small reproduction of an old painting of Francis in which the weeping saint holds a cloth to his eyes. “He’s wiping his tears,” she said, showing the picture to the Franciscans around her. “I think he’s crying after receiving the Stigmata.”

She treasured this keepsake, remarking that it is different from other items given to her, which her sisters and friends would sometimes “steal.” “I would never give this away,” she said, smiling.

Why did Mother Teresa admire Francis? And why did she think that he has had an impact on her life? “I suppose it’s because Francis of Assisi tried to imitate the poverty of Christ so closely,” she said.

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Topics: poverty, mother teresa, saint francis, charity

Saints in the Making

Posted by Guest Blogger on 7/20/16 7:00 AM

Mary, the mother of Saints
Image: Dick Vos.

Occasionally, we will hear someone say, “She was a saint,” but we’re more likely to hear, “He was no saint,” or to say with a shrug, “I’m not a saint.” Our concept of saints is that they are extraordinary people who, for the most part, lived long ago and possessed special divine favors that the majority of us neither have nor comprehend.

We admire and venerate them, but their alabaster perfection is beyond us. Becoming a saint is frightening because it seems to demand the impossible. Why would God demand from us what is not attainable?

Or do we not understand what makes a person—a sinner like any of us—a saint? 

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Topics: Saints, Holiness, Grace, All Saints

Finding God in the Everyday

Posted by Guest Blogger on 7/19/16 7:00 AM

Finding God in the Everyday
Image: Ale Marquez.
Ever felt lost on your spiritual journey? Many people have—even in the Bible.

A very wealthy young man runs to Jesus, kneels at his feet and asks him: “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mk 10:17). After this eager inquirer asserts that he has faithfully kept God’s commands all his life, Jesus lovingly invites him to a deeper level of discipleship—along with a promise that he will find treasure in heaven—after selling his possessions. When the young man hears this, he walks away sad because he refuses to give up his many possessions. 

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Topics: Prayer, Holiness, God, GPS, finding god

The Father and His Prodigal Son

Posted by Greg Friedman, OFM on 7/18/16 7:00 AM

The Father and His Prodigal Son

Image: The Return of the Prodigal Son, 1907. Mayer Stained Glass, CHS Cathedral.

Each year, I’m privileged to visit the Holy Land to promote the nearly 800-year-old mission of the Franciscans there. With each visit, I discover something new. God is always at work, opening up new insights for any pilgrim who visits this ancient land.

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Topics: mercy, prodigal son, forgiveness, fathers and sons, parables

Mother Teresa's Journey of Grace

Posted by Guest Blogger on 7/16/16 7:00 AM

Image: Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province.

Mother Teresa was born into a loving family. Her parents, Nicholas and Rosa, nurtured their children and the young Bojaxhiu family flourished. During the day, their devoted mother cared for the children while their father was at work. When evening approached, Rosa would rush about and prepare to greet Nicholas. No matter what had happened during the day, Rosa was always smiling when Nicholas returned home. Growing up in the midst of this joyful existence was a pleasure for Aga, Lazar, and Agnes.

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Topics: mother teresa, sainthood

Mother Teresa: A Saint Who Conquered Darkness

Posted by Kerry Walters on 7/15/16 6:30 AM

Image: Mother Teresa is pictured holding a rosary while speaking in this undated photo. (CNS)

One of Mother Teresa’s deepest fears after she founded the Missionaries of Charity was that she or one of her sisters and brothers would do or say something to cause scandal or detract from the Order’s mission. In all likelihood this explains, at least in part, her reluctance to speak publicly of the interior locutions she had experienced for seven or eight months after the call within a call came on the train to Darjeeling. 

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Topics: mother teresa sainthood, mother teresa, dark night of the soul

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