23 Apr 2014

Thoughts on the Resurrection

“After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.  For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.  But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. “
Matthew 28: 1-6



“Therefore the Eucharistic Celebration is much more than simple banquet: it is exactly the memorial of Jesus’ Pascal Sacrifice, the mystery at the center of salvation. Memorial does not simply mean a remembrance, a mere memory; it means that every time we celebrate this Sacrament we participate in the mystery of the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.”
Pope Francis

Read more at:  His Unending Love

Kicking Stress to the Curb (II): By Way of TRUST!

Upon introducing our series here on STRESS,
 I began to describe a time in my life when stress had made itself at home—
through me, with me, in me.
It had crossed the threshold of my heart, where it should never come to dwell,
but did...
Way quote. T.R.U.S.T. Total-Reliance... I

The Power of A Single Act of Kindness

On a hot and humid summer day over a decade and a half ago, while attending my Grandmother's wake, I had an encounter with the power of a single kindness.  Read more about my experience here....

Reactions to Resurrection

Many people played a part in the Passion story. Some were heroes, some villains, and some merely minor characters. I wonder what went through their minds on learning that Jesus was alive? Maybe it was something along these lines . . .
Pilate:  Why didn’t those soldiers do a better job at killing him? Now he’ll probably overthrow Rome and establish his kingdom. I’ll be the first one he comes after.
Pilate’s Wife:  I knew Pilate should have listened to me.
Mary, the Blessed Mother:  Thank God my Son’s mission is complete and he has triumphed. I’m so proud of him. I’d say yes all over again despite the excruciating pain it entailed for both of us. Continue www.kathleenglavich.org

Abandonment

Continuing the theme - Praying the Our Father
The next letter of the OUR FATHER is the letter A which stands for Abandonment. It 778px-Veringendorf_St__Michael_Gethsemane-Szene_Detailtook me a long time deciding whether or not to use such an uncompromising word, but frankly I have no choice. If we really believe in God and what he has planned to do for us, has already done for us, and is doing for us now to put his plan into operation, to unite our destiny with his, then there is only one way to respond. He has chosen to give us his all, how can we do less than give our all for him.  read on ....

Your Emmaus Valley

Have you ever been to Emmaus Valley? Dark clouds above and a gloomy future ahead?

Father Ignatius teaches about such situations in our lives ...

Please read HERE

22 Apr 2014

His Love Endures Forever





Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His Love endures forever” Psalm 107
   When fear beckons to overcome me, I run to His Presence. I throw myself down at His feet, knowing that I will find safety there. 
   As I gaze upon my Eucharistic Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, He embraces me with his tender love and mercy. I weep before my King and He ever so gently wipes away each tear. Continue Reading
   

Learning typology with Daniel in the lions’ den

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Daniel in the Lions’ Den by Rubens (Wikimedia Commons).

I  titled this post “learning typology,” instead of “teaching typology,” because this is a subject we can adapt to any age group. Many adult Catholics are unfamiliar with typology. So if your children are grown, or you’re not a parent, read this for yourself. If you do have young children or you teach religious education, you can adapt this to your students’ ages.

If you are completely unfamiliar with typology or need a refresher course, start with my post on Teaching typology with Joseph and his brothers.

Since it is Easter,  it’s a good time to look at the similarities between the prophet Daniel and Christ. The story of Daniel in the Lions’ Den prefigures Christ’s Death and Resurrection. I will go through a proposed lesson step by step for various age and skill levels.


Continue reading at Contemplative Homeschool.

Country Girl's Daybook is Hosting a Finding Grace Giveaway

It's amazing how many wonderful people I've "met" in the Catholic blogging world in the three years I've been adding to my little String of Pearls.  One of the sweetest gals I've gotten to know is Iris, the voice behind Country Girl's Daybook.

Iris is giving away a signed copy of my Catholic novel, Finding Grace, over at her lovely blog, if you'd like to stop by and throw your name into the hat!

Just click on this link for a chance to win: Country Girl's Daybook: finding grace book giveaway
My deepest thanks go to Iris, who is helping me to spread the word about my book--though she's never even met me in real life.  I am truly blessed to have friends like her.

So head on over to Iris's--and as she puts it, "May the odds be ever in your favor."

Story of a Soul of God

 
By a most unusual of circumstances, which is usual in my life, I ended up living in the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge Ma. I ended up there to translate the Divine Mercy material into Spanish, which I had already started while living in Mexico. I lived in Mexico from the first day of my homelessness.
That’s another story altogether.
As I was furiously translating the first book, one of the Marian Fathers came in holding a photo, of what seemed to be a painting I had done of St John Vianney. I really don’t know 1456027_669906379707228_1685016450_nhow father ended up with that photo. No one there knew my past career as a professional artist. Without letting me see that photo, he showed me a large page illustration of a mural from Portugal of stunning power, even as it was in a black and white very old piece of paper.
Father asked me if I could paint that picture. Completely flabbergasted of how could he possibly have known that I could paint, I blurted out : “yes father, I can do that”.


to continue http://theoutlawedgod.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/story-of-a-soul-of-god/

To Give Up One's Cloak

When St. Martin of Tours encountered a poor, naked beggar, he tore his own warm cloak in half, to share it. Later, he discovered in a dream that the beggar was Christ. Throughout his life he had a special love for the poor. The story of St. Martin and the beggar touches on an area of Christian life that is often dealt with superficially and with suspicion. This area is the equality and dignity of woman. It seems to me that most voices do not echo Jesus in either His actions or His words. Jesus was a defender of the true equality of woman precisely because He always showed us the way to true dignity: a dignity that is shared by men and women alike, because they are human. "Did the Lord at any time make a distinction between men and women? […] But in His love He knew and knows now no distinction." [1]  Continue Reading...

21 Apr 2014

Route 66 Travel Update: Maintaining Spiritual Momentum Beyond the Season of Lent

Happy Easter!  Christ is Risen!! 

Victory has been Won!

So what are we going to do next?! 

We're going to Rome!

...along with Fr. Barron!  When I read the following message this evening from Fr. Robert Barron [concluding his "Lent Reflections" series], I couldn't help but think of our ongoing support group for "The Route 66 Challenge" & Way...
Hope you, too, find his words to be encouraging!...

Easter Eggs, Art, and All That

Decorated eggs aren't a Christian invention: folks were trimming ostrich eggs 60,000 years back. I gather that folks in Mesopotamia started the Easter Egg custom: using real eggs.

From 1885 to 1917, Peter Carl Fabergé supervised the design and crafting of several dozen very fancy 'eggs.' Fabergé eggs are still famous, one stayed in Russia, and that's another topic.

In today's America, stores sell plastic eggs and egg-dying kits.

The Easter Bunny is a hare, not a rabbit, emigrated from Germany in the 18th century, and that's yet another topic....

...I like the matter-of-fact look of Francesca's "The Resurrection of Jesus Christ."

Quite a few artists took a more flamboyant approach....

More at A Catholic Citizen in America.

Received into Full Communion


It's official. I'm Catholic!
I have been trying all day to come up with the words to describe Saturday night's Easter Vigil Mass. I'm falling short. Of course, it was beautiful. It was amazing. It was wonderful. It was awesome. I can think of many other overly-used words that describe the service, and all are true as these words are all true. But none of them are sufficient. My experience at the Mass Saturday night was indescribable. Truly, I do not think I can put into words what it is like to be baptized, then confirmed, then receive first communion all in one night.
But you know I'm going to try anyway, so here goes.
I laughed. I cried. I got drenched. I got oiled. Twice. It was incredible. Joyous. Emotionally wonderful and exhausting.

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Read the rest HERE.

I Will Destroy This Temple and build it up again in 3 Days.... John 2:19

 
In 1997 I was born again.
                     Back off evangelicals!!!!, it’s not what you think!.
                      The other day I was watching something on TV about the tallest ocean waves and this surfer was coming down it. It was incredibly frightening. The wave was curving over him so fast and he was sliding, cutting across the water just as fast… the white water began to cover him but he would emerge out from the foam…..
                     Watching that reminded me of my born again experience.
                     I’ll leave for another storiette the why it happened, but over night I became homeless. The IRS thought that I should give them all my income to pay for a fictious debt, minus about 10% and I disagreed. God gets the first 10%, neither them nor me get it  Well, that’s what the paper work says. But I am going to tell you what really happened.
                    Because they levied my salary, I could not pay any of my expenses, so my house now had a date with a foreclosure; all my utilities were about to be disconnected and my car….. well, let me tell you a little about my car, it’s a hysterical story.


to continue the story follow link  http://theoutlawedgod.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/destroy-this-temple-and-i-will-build-it-up-again/

Father Ignatius makes a discovery

Father Ignatius makes a discovery which he did not know about ... what is it?

Did YOU know this about Jesus?

Please read HERE

By Way Of Introduction: Author Interview


I have been a writer at the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers for a few months now, and Catholic Fiction.net just posted an Author Interview with me, which might serve well as an introduction also here.

“CONSTANT INTERACTION BETWEEN ONESELF AND THE CREATOR” – AN INTERVIEW WITH CATHOLIC NOVELIST CLARA FLEISCHMANN


20 Apr 2014

Easter Afternoon


My husband and I hadn't been to Helyar Woods together in years. I remember going with our sons when our puggle was a puppy; Greg doesn't remember the last time we walked the woods together and neither do I.

This 43-acre patch of old growth forest sits hard against U.S. Route One in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Easter afternoon seemed the right time to wander these trails.







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The Eighth Day: Two Millennia and Counting


(From Piero della Francesca, via Wikimedia Commons, used w/o permission.)
(Piero della Francesca's "The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.")

Easter is the big holiday for the Catholic Church.

It's when we celebrate Christ's return to life.

I enjoy the cultural trappings of this springtime holiday: pastel decorations; plastic eggs; and all. I'll get back to some of that in another post....

More at A Catholic Citizen in America.

Song and Paintings of Mary Magdalene and Jesus at Resurrection By: Maryann D'Amico