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Hello everyone! Welcome back from the past week. I hope your past seven days included moments you'd like to share.

The reason for this weekly feature is to encourage. We all have a thousand little voices in our head and out there in the real world, telling us (whether overtly or otherwise), to quit, to despair, or not to try at all. Small Success Thursday is about reminding ourselves not to quit, despair or fail to try.

So we spend each Thursday recalling moments which manifested joy, whether we noticed at the time or not, so that we can go forth this [...]

Thu, Jul 19, 2018
Source: Catholic Mom
Reading 1 Is 26:7-9, 12, 16-19 The way of the just is smooth;
the path of the just you make level.
Yes, for your way and your judgments, O LORD,
we look to you;
Your name and your title
are the desire of our souls.
My soul yearns for you in the night,
yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you;
When your judgment dawns upon the earth,
the world's inhabitants learn justice.
O LORD, you mete out peace to us,
for it is you who have accomplished all we have done.

O LORD, oppressed by your punishment,
we cried out in anguish under your chastising.
As a woman about to give birth
writhes [...]
Thu, Jul 19, 2018
Source: Today’s Readings – USCCB
The annual Sacred Liturgy Conference - with inspiring talks, gorgeous music, and beautiful liturgies - comes again to western Oregon [...] [...]
Thu, Jul 19, 2018
Source: Catholic World Report
A couple of reports caught my eye as I skimmed the news headlines this morning. One suggested that societies become wealthier as they lose their religion, the other that a majority of people in this country think that religion is the main cause of wars.* Are we back to the Durkheim versus Weber debate, I ... A Bad Day for Religion? [...]
Thu, Jul 19, 2018
Source: iBenedictines

If you've ever looked at a Crucifix, chances are you most likely noticed the four letters “INRI” inscribed atop the cross. What does it mean, and why exactly is it there?

The four letters are a titulus, Latin for label, inscribed above Jesus Christ on the Crucifix. They are the Latin initials for the phrase Pontius Pilate had written when he ordered Him to be crucified, as described in John 19:19-23. These words were “Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum” translating to English as “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Latin uses “I” instead of the English “J”, and “V” instead [...]

Thu, Jul 19, 2018
Source: UCatholic
Historically today is the feast of the holy abbot Arsenius. Before he left the world and retired into the desert, he led an innocent and saintly life at the court of Theodosius the Great, who had entrusted him with the care of the education of his children. [...]
Thu, Jul 19, 2018
Source: Catholic Culture Liturgical Year
By Jonathan Liedl | I've known Oscar for only a couple days, but I already think he has some gifts that would make him a great priest. The 19-year-old seminarian, who is just finishing his second year of formation, has been a... [...]
Wed, Jul 18, 2018
Source: National Catholic Register
foster care

Cecilia Paul sits with daughter Taylor and her son, Jamil, in this 2015 file photo. CNS photo/Sarah Webb courtesy Archdiocese of Philadelphia

A federal judge has swept away claims of religious discrimination by plaintiffs including Catholic Social Services of the Philadelphia Archdiocese and ruled the church agency must provide home assessments for same-sex couples wishing to provide foster care for at-risk children in Philadelphia.

The Catholic agency's leadership testified in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia that doing so would amount to church approval of LGBT relationships.

Catholic teaching emphasizes respect and compassion for LGBT persons but opposes homosexual acts as contrary to [...]

Wed, Jul 18, 2018
Source: The Catholic Spirit

A couple exciting items about my new book, Why I Am Catholic (And You Should Be Too).

First, the book recently earned a 1st Place Award from the Catholic Press Association for being this year's best “Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith.” So exciting!

Second, I was recently interviewed about the book by Angelus News, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The reporter sent me several questions via email but, due to space, was only able to quote a few lines for the final piece.

I asked if I could just share the full interview here on [...]

Wed, Jul 18, 2018
Source: Brandon Vogt
How to Set Boundaries and Help Your Kids Have a Healthy Balance with Technology

Do you struggle with modeling or helping your kids have a healthy balance with technology use? A study published in June 2018 by researchers at the University of Texas asked subjects to take a series of tests that required full cognitive attention. The researchers found that people who had their smartphones nearby — even though they were on silent — performed significantly worse than those whose phones were in another room. In other words, if your phone is nearby, you can never really stop thinking about it. [...]

Wed, Jul 18, 2018
Source: Ask Dr. Sears
Learn About New Auto Technology for Teen Driver Safety (and your sanity)

My first car was a Dodge Aspen, a giant plain-Jane sedan that could traverse snow and ice in the tundra of northern Indiana in the winter. When it arrived in my parents' driveway, it had a simple AM radio and that's it; to my teenage sensibilities, that was not going to cut it. I had 80s tunes to crank up.

The new stereo was my joy and my safety nemesis. I, like most teenagers, didn't have the kind of driving training or experience yet that would keep me from attempting to change the radio station, or plug in [...]

Wed, Jul 18, 2018
Source: Alpha Mom
Fundraising, FT Contract
Lebanon Catholic School (Lebanon, PA)

Lebanon Catholic School, a Pre-K-12 institution of the Diocese of Harrisburg, is seeking a full-time Director of Institutional Advancement.

Position Description: Under the direct supervision of the Principal, the Director of Institutional Advancement is responsible for advancing the mission of Lebanon Catholic School through fundraising and constituent relations including alumni, donors, business partners, parents, prospective families, board members, faculty, staff, pastors/parishes and members of the community.

Job functions:

As a member of the senior administrative team and in partnership with the Principal, the DOIA will be responsible for the development [...]
Wed, Jul 18, 2018
Source: Catholic Jobs

The Book of Ecclesiastes offers fascinating insights into what the Jewish intellect had grasped of the purpose of life two or three hundred years before Christ. The voice of the book is that of Ecclesiastes, or “the Preacher”, who was King over Jerusalem, and who may be construed in some sense as a representation of Solomon. The Preacher recounts how he has devoted himself to acquiring every form of knowledge and wisdom, and to pursuing the good things of the world, only to find again and again that everything is “vanity and a striving after wind” (e.g., 2:11).

Tue, Jul 17, 2018
Source: Catholic Culture

For the husband is the head of the wife, even

As Christ is the head of the church:

And he is the savior of the body.

Therefore as the church is subject

Unto Christ, so let wives be

To their own husbands

in everything.

(Ephesians 5: 23-24, KJV)

During this time of Christ's crucifixion, resurrection and ascension we focus on what Jesus did during His short time on earth. He was sent as a symbol of the new covenant God wanted with all his people. As married couples, we also are symbols of God's new covenant. Just like Jesus and the [...]

Tue, Jul 17, 2018
Source: New Evangelizers
For the past several days, I've been with my Word on Fire team, filming for the Flannery O'Connor and Fulton Sheen episodes of our “Pivotal Players” series. Our journey has taken us from Chicago to New York to Washington, DC, and finally to Savannah and Millidgeville, GA. At every step of the way, we have met numerous people who have been affected by Word on Fire materials: sermons, podcasts, YouTube videos, and the “CATHOLICISM” series. Many have told me that their exposure to Word on Fire started a process that led them back to the Church. Now I'm telling you [...]
Tue, Jul 17, 2018
Source: Word on Fire – Articles & Commentaries
Catholic Hospital Bag

I am 38 weeks tomorrow. My baby girl continues to stubbornly stay breech and transverse in there so this week is chock full of chiropractor visits, more handstands at the pool, acupuncture, moxibustion, and if all that fails (as it has been) an external version at the hospital on Friday.

I am feeling very not in control of much right now. But I can pack my hospital bag (and I plan to take it with me on Friday just in case there's complications with the version and we need to switch gears for a c-section).

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This will be [...]

Mon, Jul 16, 2018
Source: Carrots for Michaelmas

Check out this article from Archbishop Aquila in Denver about religious freedom.

The post Archbishop Aquila article: Punishing the Poor and Needy appeared first on Marriage Unique for a Reason.

Fri, Jul 13, 2018
Source: Marriage – unique for a reason

This year we will make the last of our family pilgrimages before we reach the next stage of our lives: children in college and finding ourselves absolutely broke for the next twenty years. Ha, Ha.

The truth is, we are likely broke now, but we've decided to ignore that reality and finish the “Trilogy” of family pilgrimages before our kids have grown too old to have the time or desire to travel with us anymore.

We knew that Italy, Spain and Portugal, and Ireland had to make the top of that list — not because of their appeal to tourists, [...]

Fri, Jul 13, 2018
Source: Modern Catholic Mom

It seems that most birthday parties I attended as a child had either a clown or a magician. I disliked both. Not because I had an aversion to illusionists or found greasepaint creepy, it was because there was a slight chance they might call me up to the stage. As an introvert with Social Anxiety Disorder, that was terrifying.

An orchestra once visited my elementary school to perform in the cafeteria. The teachers thought it would be fun to have a student play conductor. Because of my good grades, I was given the privilege. Needless to say that when I left [...]

Fri, Jun 08, 2018
Source: Mass Explained

Dear Millennial Woman,

I did not think I would ever be a biological mother. This didn't bother me; I was too busy anyway and much too afraid of the sheer pain of it all. I winced to hear the word “labor” in connection with childbirth. But love won me over.

It started with my need to be loved and cherished by someone. I know you have that need, too. A woman wants nothing quite as much as arms to hold her and a heart to lay her head on. Let's be honest: this is at the root of some of our worst [...]

Mon, May 21, 2018
Source: For Your Marriage
Thu, Mar 30, 2017
Source: USCCB Media Blog

If you're looking for ways to observe Lent with your kids this year, you've come to the right place! Browse all my Lenten resources for families by subject below. Click on the link for full directions or printables. Be sure to save this link- I update this post every time I come out with new Lenten resources for kids.

Click here to download my printable Lenten calendar- FREE!

Print my Lenten Countdown Calendar!

Lenten Planning Pages– an 18 page pack to help you lay out your Lenten and Easter plans for a smooth journey [...]

Sun, Feb 26, 2017
Source: Catholic Icing
Fri, Feb 03, 2017
Source: Catholic Retreats

Manual for Spiritual Warfare
Paul Thigpen
Tan Books
ISBN 9781618906533

Like it or not, you are at war.

This book is excellent. To be honest I had no idea where to begin with writing a review. So I went back to the book and copied my highlighted texts from the introduction and first chapter to give you a taste. To begin with we have: “First, belief in Satan's existence and activity is today widely dismissed as an outdated superstition. As a result, most Catholics hear very little about him, leaving them unprepared to understand and defeat him. They need to [...]

Tue, Feb 24, 2015
Source: Catholic Dads
Jesus and the Money Changers in the Temple

Jesus and the Money Changers in the Temple

This phrase frequently comes up during in the course of counseling. Many have injuries from past and even current relationships that continue to cause pain thus hindering advancement to fuller productive lives. The desire to move on is present but former feelings of being hurt, mistreated, ignored, and/or neglected keep cropping up causing re-injury. The desire to eliminate these sensations and memories is strong but for some reason there is an inability to move on. Efforts to “stuff it down” and “forget about it” just don't seem to [...]
Sun, Jul 20, 2014
Source: Catholic Counselor Lady
Mon, Dec 26, 2011
Source: That Catholic Show

Welcome to New Evangelizers Network. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

The post Hello world! appeared first on Total Consecration.

Thu, Nov 10, 2011
Source: Total Consecration

Rosary Army the apostolate is still going strong, but after 244 great shows, this is the last episode of the official Rosary Army podcast. Join Greg and Jennifer as they say goodbye, talk about the future of Rosary Army, and embark down the next path God has set before them.

Links and songs from this episode:

The Catholic Channel on Sirius 159/XM 117 Continue Following Greg and Jennifer at their New Family Website

Subscribe to the feed | Subscribe with iTunes

The post RA #244 [...]

Wed, Nov 19, 2008
Source: Rosary Army
Unless the Second Coming happens during your lifetime, you're going to die. Nobody knows when, but it's going to happen. So live accordingly! Death is when your soul separates from your body. Your body will start to decompose, but your soul will live on forever (eventually being reunited with your body at the final resurrection)... [...]
Source: New Advent