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Graduation Flower Bouquet DIY (supplies) by Brenda Ponnay for #graduationgift #graduationbouquet #cupcaketopper #graduationflowers

It's graduation season. You could just give your graduate a card full of cash or a gift card attached to flowers from market OR you could punch them up a little bit and add a whimsical personal touch, like we did here.

Supplies you need to make your Graduation Gift Bouquet:

our graduation printable (click here to print) skewers tape 2 inch circle punch (or scissors) flowers (or cupcakes!)

How to make your Graduation Gift Bouquet:

First print out our printable. Cut it down into strips (so it will fit in your punch) and then punch our your circles [...]

Tue, May 22, 2018
Source: Alpha Mom

Pixabay (2017), CC0 Public Domain

This might be obvious to you, dear reader, but I only recently realized that the practice of feasting presupposes a prior fast.

See, what I thought feasting entailed is stuffing myself full of all of my favorite foods and feeling no guilt over it. Then, this past Easter — after I had been sated with bacon-wrapped chicken bites, chocolate cake, and cheesy potatoes — it occurred to me how ridiculous it is to celebrate the greatest day of the Church calendar by committing the sin of gluttony. Coming off of Lent, we had [...]

Tue, May 22, 2018
Source: Catholic Mom
Reading 1 Jas 4:1-10 Beloved:
Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from?
Is it not from your passions that make war within your members?
You covet but do not possess.
You kill and envy but you cannot obtain;
you fight and wage war.
You do not possess because you do not ask.
You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly,
to spend it on your passions.
Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God?
Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of the world
makes himself an enemy of God.
Or do you suppose that [...]
Tue, May 22, 2018
Source: Today’s Readings – USCCB
By Tito Edwards | New Book Coming from Pope Benedict XVI - Sandro Magister, Settimo Cielo via L'Espresso+++ My Fifteen All-Time Favorite Churches. . .& Why – Fr. Dwight Longenecker This is What... [...]
Tue, May 22, 2018
Source: National Catholic Register
After eighteen years of married life, St. Rita lost, by death, her husband and her two sons. Called afterwards to the religious state, she professed the Rule of St. Augustine at Cascia her native town, in central Italy. In a life-long and terrible malady her patience, cheerfulness, and union by prayer with almighty God, never failed her. Jesus imprinted on her brow the mark of a thorn from His crown. She died May 22, 1456, and both in life and after death has worked many miracles. This optional memorial is new to the USA liturgical calendar. [...]
Tue, May 22, 2018
Source: Catholic Culture Liturgical Year
Q+A: Tips on Breastfeeding, Choosing Schools, and Balancing More Than One Child

Question: Hi. I just had baby #3. He is 2 months old. We were just recently in the hospital for three weeks. He had feeding issues due to his breathing condition. The surgery he just received has helped his breathing almost completely, since then feeding as improved. While in the hospital he was on bottles (breast milk plus a small amount of formula) to help him gain weight. He is very under weight. They wanted to measure out his intake and calories very close My question is I want [...]

Tue, May 22, 2018
Source: Ask Dr. Sears

Concepción, Chile, May 21, 2018 / 07:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic “Mobile Mercy Shelter” celebrated its first anniversary in service to the poor and homeless in the city of Concepción, Chile.

The modified bus is an outreach of the Archdiocese of Concepción. Various organizations contributed to the effort from the design of the bus to its completely remodeled interior.

When launched in 2017, Archbishop Fernando Chomali told ACI Prensa, CNA's Spanish language sister agency, that “there are a lot of needy people, that's true, but there are also a lot of people that want to help, who don't [...]

Tue, May 22, 2018
Source: Catholic World Report
Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad, Iraq

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad, Iraq, celebrates a liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this Feb. 4, 2013, file photo. Patriarch Sako was one of 14 new cardinals named by the pope May 20. CNS photo/Paul Haring

Pope Francis' naming of Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako as cardinal is a gift to the Chaldean Catholic church, which has been struggling in the face of terrorism, said an Iraqi archbishop.

Chaldean Archbishop Yousif Thomas Mirkis of Kirkuk and Sulaimaniyah called Cardinal-designate Sako a “courageous voice.”

“He's transparent in his way to guide our church and with his presence. He's [...]

Mon, May 21, 2018
Source: The Catholic Spirit

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

In today's news story about a sex abuse victim's understanding of the personal counsel of Pope Francis (Chilean abuse victim: Pope said I should be happy as a homosexual), we have Juan Carlos Cruz quoting the pontiff as saying: “God made you like that and he loves you like that and I do not care.” I do not intend to argue that this is what Pope Francis actually said, nor to clarify what Pope Francis must have meant if he said it. We cannot know either of these things.

Mon, May 21, 2018
Source: Catholic Culture

Sitting Bull is the legendary first chieftain of the entire Lakota Sioux nation, a commonplace figure among the Wild West history of the American Frontier. Most everyone in grade school learns the history of his involvement with resistance against the government, his time spent with Buffalo Bill, and his unfortunate death. What most people don't know about him, however, is that Sitting Bull wore a crucifix. Here's why…

While most learn about Sitting Bull and the American Indians, most don't learn about the great work done by Catholic missionary priests on the American Frontier. The most famous of these priests was [...]

Mon, May 21, 2018
Source: UCatholic

See last week's press release about the Kansas and Oklahoma laws that keep Catholic (and other) adoption and foster care agencies in service!

U.S. Bishops' Chairmen Applaud Kansas and Oklahoma for Enacting Laws that Keep Kids First in Foster Care and Adoption Services (May 18, 2018)

The post U.S. Bishops' Chairmen Applaud KS and OK Laws appeared first on Marriage Unique for a Reason.

Mon, May 21, 2018
Source: Marriage – unique for a reason
Today, for the first time, the Church celebrates the obligatory memoria of Mary, Mother of the Church. The reason given for instituting this new feast is stated in the decree of 11 February, 2018: Having attentively considered how greatly the (…)

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Mon, May 21, 2018
Source: iBenedictines
Education: University/College, FT Employee
Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, DC)

The Registrar & Accreditation Liaison reports directly to and works closely with the Vice President and Academic Dean of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception to insure the efficient and effective management of the academic functioning of the school, the ongoing assessment of programs, and the maintenance of accreditation status with accrediting agencies.

• Processes student applications for admission into degree programs, forwarding those applications to the Admissions Committee or Doctoral Committee when necessary, guiding candidates through the application process, and informing [...]
Mon, May 21, 2018
Source: Catholic Jobs

Once upon a time, I traveled around the country giving chastity talks. For some reason, as I sat down to write a conclusion to the two previous posts on NFP, one of the more unique chastity talks I ever gave came to mind.

Let me set the stage for you. We were invited to give a talk at a Catholic college in Louisiana. It was a mandatory talk for all the fraternities and sororities on campus. That in itself made for an interesting setting.

We were pleasantly surprised by the incredibly enthusiastic frat boys, who came running up [...]

Fri, May 18, 2018
Source: Modern Catholic Mom

Last week a friend messaged me to tell me she pre-ordered my book.

“HOW?!” I asked.

“It's up on Amazon!” she said.

So OBVIOUSLY I dropped everything to check it out and lo and behold, it was there.

MY BOOK. The one I've been working on for the past 14 months with Ave Maria Press. It doesn't even feel real that it's finally here.

I took a deep breath and shared the big news with my podcast's Facebook group. A few hours later, my book had climbed to #11 on the Catholic bestsellers page on Amazon.

There I am. Just hanging out next to Thomas Merton. [...]

Wed, May 16, 2018
Source: Carrots for Michaelmas

For God who commanded the light to

shine out of darkness, hath shined

in our hearts to give the light of

knowledge of the glory of God in

the face of Jesus Christ.

(2 Corinthians 4:6)

Darkness: How many times have I stumbled in the darkness, not knowing where to go? How many times have I ignored God's light in favor of my own or Satan's?

What is the darkness? Webster's dictionary defines it as an absence or deficiency of light, or a lack of knowledge or enlightenment. Paul's definition is living in a state of sin, not acknowledging and walking with Christ. These [...]

Tue, May 15, 2018
Source: New Evangelizers

I wanted to tell you about a super fun conference I'm helping to host down here in Orlando this summer….and I really hope you can attend!

It's the 37th Annual G.K. Chesterton Conference.

The theme is “The Test of the Imagination” and it will take place from August 2-4, 2018 at the DoubleTree Orlando Airport hotel.

I'm pretty familiar with Catholic conferences. I travel the country every year, speaking at several and attending many more.

So trust me when I say this: this annual Chesterton conference is the BEST Catholic conference I go to each year.

Whether you've never read Chesterton, or love [...]

Mon, May 14, 2018
Source: Brandon Vogt

This Sunday is one of the few days of the year that Catholics (who attend the Ordinary Form) will be hearing different readings depending on where they live. Either they will hear the readings for The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord or for the 7th Sunday of Easter.

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord celebrates the bodily ascension of Jesus into heaven. Two of the evangelists give an account:

“Then he led them [out] as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them. As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven.”-Luke [...]

Wed, May 09, 2018
Source: Mass Explained
At this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, the comedian Michelle Wolf joked about "knocking around" unborn children, in order to abort them. Her shameless endorsement of abortion places her in line with Friedrich Nietzsche, who had a special contempt for the Christian values of sympathy and compassion for the vulnerable and believed all morality was relative. But if Wolf and Nietzsche are right—if good and evil are merely relative states of affairs—then there is nothing to hem in and control the tendency of cultural elites to dominate others. When objective moral values evanesce, armies of the expendable emerge. [...]
Tue, May 01, 2018
Source: Word on Fire – Articles & Commentaries
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
More than 2,700 Palestinian demonstrators were injured on Monday — at least 1,350 by gunfire — along the border fence with Gaza, the Health Ministry reported. The mass protests began on March 30 and had already left dozens dead. [...]
Source: New Advent