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Vincent de Paul Quote of the Day <BR> January 22, 2017 <BR> “Remember that the means for acting in a useful manner in your office are mistrust of self and confidence in the Lord who, if He needed the help of men for the successful outcome of His plans, would have put in your place a Doctor and a saint.” <BR> St. Vincent de Paul Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:34:37 EST St Vicent De Paul quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302851 Growth of Community <BR> That was the beginning . . .it was not then, what it is now, there is reason to think that it is not now what it will be later on when God brings it to the state on which he has decided. You should not think that communities come into existence all at once. [The founders] . . . never dreamed of doing what they actually accomplished. But God acted through them.[lx] Vincent de Paul Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:28:40 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302271 29. Why is there no contradiction between faith and science? <BR> <BR> Though faith is above reason, there can never be a contradiction between faith and science because both originate in God. It is God himself who gives to us the light both of reason and of faith. <BR> <BR> "I believe in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe." <BR> (St. Augustine) <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 159 <BR> <BR> <BR> 30. Why is faith a personal act, and at the same time ecclesial? <B... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:28:44 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301694 27. What does it mean in practice for a person to believe in God? <BR> <BR> It means to adhere to God himself, entrusting oneself to him and giving assent to all the truths which God has revealed because God is Truth. It means to believe in one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 150-152, 176-178 <BR> <BR> <BR> 28. What are the characteristics of faith? <BR> <BR> Faith is the supernatural virtue which is necessary for salvation. It is a free... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:25:33 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301081 <BR> 25. How does man respond to God who reveals himself? <BR> <BR> Sustained by divine grace, we respond to God with the obedience of faith, which means the full surrender of ourselves to God and the acceptance of his truth insofar as it is guaranteed by the One who is Truth itself. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 142-143 <BR> <BR> <BR> 26. Who are the principle witnesses of the obedience of faith in the Sacred Scriptures? <BR> <BR> There are many such witnesses, two in particular: one ... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:52:09 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300366 23. What is the unity that exists between the Old and the New Testaments? <BR> <BR> Scripture is one insofar as the Word of God is one. God's plan of salvation is one, and the divine inspiration of both Testaments is one. The Old Testament prepares for the New and the New Testament fulfills the Old; the two shed light on each other. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 128-130, 140 <BR> <BR> <BR> 24. What role does sacred scripture play in the life of the Church? <BR> <BR> Sacred Scripture giv... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:20:39 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299655 20. What is the Canon of Scripture? <BR> <BR> The Canon of Scripture is the complete list of the sacred writings which the Church has come to recognize through Apostolic Tradition. The Canon consists of 46 books of the Old Testament and 27 of the New. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 120, 138 <BR> <BR> 21. What is the importance of the Old Testament for Christians? <BR> <BR> Christians venerate the Old Testament as the true word of God. All the books of the Old Testament are divinely inspir... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:23:21 EST A quote from St Vincent De Paul http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298961 “You will find out that Charity is a heavy burden to carry, heavier than the kettle of soup and the full basket. But you will keep your gentleness and your smile. It is not enough to give soup and bread. This the rich can do. You are the servant of the poor, always smiling and good-humored. They are your masters, terribly sensitive and exacting master you will see. And the uglier and the dirtier they will be, the more unjust and insulting, the more love you must give them. It is only for your... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:35:58 EST A quote from St Vincent De Paul http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298324 Be careful to give no credit to yourself for anything; if you do, you are stealing from God, to whom alone every good thing is due. - St. Vincent de Paul <BR> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:17:01 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297729 18. Why does Sacred Scripture teach the truth? <BR> <BR> Because God himself is the author of Sacred Scripture. For this reason it is said to be inspired and to teach without error those truths which are necessary for our salvation. The Holy Spirit inspired the human authors who wrote what he wanted to teach us. The Christian faith, however, is not a “religion of the Book”, but of the Word of God – “not a written and mute word, but incarnate and living” (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux). <BR> <B... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 01:02:26 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297072 <BR> 16. To whom is given the task of authentically interpreting the deposit of faith? <BR> <BR> The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the deposit of faith has been entrusted to the living teaching office of the Church alone, that is, to the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome, and to the bishops in communion with him. To this Magisterium, which in the service of the Word of God enjoys the certain charism of truth, belongs also the task of defining dogmas which are formulatio... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:31:53 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296398 14. What is the relationship between Tradition and Sacred Scripture? <BR> <BR> Tradition and Sacred Scripture are bound closely together and communicate one with the other. Each of them makes present and fruitful in the Church the mystery of Christ. They flow out of the same divine well-spring and together make up one sacred deposit of faith from which the Church derives her certainty about revelation. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 80-82, 97 <BR> <BR> <BR> 15. To whom is the deposit of f... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:50:21 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295697 <BR> 12. What is Apostolic Tradition? <BR> <BR> Apostolic Tradition is the transmission of the message of Christ, brought about from the very beginnings of Christianity by means of preaching, bearing witness, institutions, worship, and inspired writings. The apostles transmitted all they received from Christ and learned from the Holy Spirit to their successors, the bishops, and through them to all generations until the end of the world. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 75-79, 83, 96-98 <BR> ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:12:03 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295024 <BR> 10. What is the value of private revelations? <BR> <BR> While not belonging to the deposit of faith, private revelations may help a person to live the faith as long as they lead us to Christ. The Magisterium of the Church, which has the duty of evaluating such private revelations, cannot accept those which claim to surpass or correct that definitive Revelation which is Christ. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 67 <BR> <BR> <BR> 11. Why and in what way is divine revelation transmitted... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:25:29 EST Pope #2 st Linus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294281 Pope from 67-76 A.D. <BR> Died: 76 A.D. <BR> <BR> How do we know he was pope? <BR> St. Linus is identified by St. Irenaeus in his work Adversus Haeresis ("Against Heresy") as the second pope and first successor of St. Peter, stating, "The blessed apostles, then, having founded and built up the Church, committed into the hands of Linus the office of the episcopate." <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Linus. <BR> Sources are unable to confirm whether this Linus also carried a blankie with him at ... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:32:39 EST Religious Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293594 St. Francis of Assisi: What does the poor man do <BR> What does the poor man do at the rich man’s door, the sick man in the presence of his physician, the thirsty man at a limpid stream? What they do, I do before the Eucharistic God. I pray. I adore. I love. <BR> <BR> St. Francis of Assisi Sun, 8 Jan 2017 00:40:53 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292963 <BR> 8. What are the next stages of God's Revelation? <BR> <BR> God chose Abram, calling him out of his country, making him “the father of a multitude of nations” (Genesis 17:5), and promising to bless in him “all the nations of the earth” (Genesis 12:3). The people descended from Abraham would be the trustee of the divine promise made to the patriarchs. God formed Israel as his chosen people, freeing them from slavery in Egypt, establishing with them the covenant of Mount Sinai, and, throu... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 01:00:57 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292305 <BR> 6. What does God reveal to man? <BR> <BR> God in his goodness and wisdom reveals himself. With deeds and words, he reveals himself and his plan of loving goodness which he decreed from all eternity in Christ. According to this plan, all people by the grace of the Holy Spirit are to share in the divine life as adopted “sons” in the only begotten Son of God. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 50-53, 68-69 <BR> <BR> <BR> 7. What are the first stages of God's Revelation? <BR> <BR> From the... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 00:40:34 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291614 <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. How is it possible to know God with only the light of human reason? <BR> <BR> Starting from creation, that is from the world and from the human person, through reason alone one can know God with certainty as the origin and end of the universe, as the highest good and as infinite truth and beauty. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 31-36, 46-47 <BR> <BR> <BR> 4. Is the light of reason alone sufficient to know the mystery of God? <BR> <BR> In coming to a knowledge of God b... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 00:40:01 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290830 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. What is the plan of God for man? <BR> <BR> God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. In the fullness of time, God the Father sent his Son as the Redeemer and Savior of mankind, fallen into sin, thus calling all into his Church and, through the work of the Holy Spirit, making them adopted children and heirs of his eternal happiness. <BR> <BR> Further reading: CCC 1 thru... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 00:00:15 EST Pope Peter #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290022 ope from 30-67 A.D. <BR> Died: 67 A.D. <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Peter. <BR> St. Peter, first pope and the pearly-gate-keeper in all those jokes about heaven, hardly needs an introduction. It was to Peter whom Jesus said, "On this rock I will build my church" (Matt. 16:18), and it was Peter who consistently appeared in the Gospels as the head of the Twelve Apostles. Plus, he's the only pope who contributed directly to the Bible. <BR> <BR> What was he known for? <BR> Peter was, well, ju... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 00:30:18 EST Religious Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289150 <BR> For what do we pray when we say "and lead us not into temptation"? When we say "and lead us not into temptation," we pray that God will always give us the grace to overcome the temptations to sin which come to us from the world, the flesh, and the devil. <BR> <BR> Because thou wast acceptable to God, it was necessary that temptation should prove thee. (Tobias 12:13) <BR> <BR> For what do we pray when we say "but deliver us from evil"? When we say "but deliver us from evil," we pray th... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 00:14:14 EST A Year of Mercy Happy New YEAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288322 Selfless Saturday <BR> December 31, 2016 - New Year's Eve <BR> <BR> A Mighty New Year / A New Dawn <BR> <BR> “12 months of holiness, <BR> 52 weeks of joy & surrender to the Lord, <BR> 365 days of prayer, <BR> 8760 hours of good thoughts, <BR> 525,600 minutes of compassion, <BR> 31,536,000 seconds full of faith. <BR> So we wish you a mighty New Year <BR> Immersed in the presence of God.” <BR> - Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> May God bless you abundantly! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calend... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 00:18:58 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287751 Fasting Friday <BR> December 30, 2016 <BR> <BR> A Firm Certainty <BR> <BR> “Let us never give in to pessimism, to that bitterness that the devil offers us every day. Do not give in to pessimism and discouragement. We have the firm certainty that the Holy Spirit gives the Church with His mighty breath, the courage to persevere and also to seek new methods of evangelization, to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth.” Pope Francis <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:54:03 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287252 Thirsting Thursday <BR> December 29, 2016 <BR> <BR> Love Abounds <BR> <BR> <BR> “Love abounds in all things, <BR> excels from the depths <BR> to beyond the stars, <BR> is lovingly disposed to all things. <BR> She has given the King on high <BR> the kiss of peace.” <BR> St. Hildegard of Bingen <BR> <BR> l. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Pray the Jesus Prayer. "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." <BR> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:21:35 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286754 Wisdom Wednesday <BR> December 28, 2016 - Feast of the Holy Innocents <BR> <BR> An Overflowing Cup <BR> <BR> <BR> What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace Agnes M. Pharo <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> May God bless you abundantly! <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "One cannot desire freedom from the Cros... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:45:51 EST My day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286750 Dad got sick fri last week, took him to the doctors and by sunday Christmas was not better but worst 100 percent and I wanted him to go to er and he said no .. I gave antibodics for him that was stronger then the nurse practitioners gave him.. couldnt get the doctors appt Tuesday .. went in Today .. My sister thought since dad has been sick and I am almost living there she would give me a break,, dad doctor 10 45am and by the time I left ... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:33:38 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286253 Transforming Tuesday <BR> December 27, 2016 - Feast of St. John, Apostle & Evangelist <BR> <BR> Boundless Love <BR> <BR> "Because of his boundless love, Jesus became what we are that he might make us to be what he is." -Irenaeus <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> May God bless you abundantly! <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Go through your closet and give away what you don't need. <BR> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:26:31 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285773 Make A Difference Monday <BR> December 26, 2016 - Feast of St. Stephen <BR> <BR> The True Light <BR> <BR> "Today the darkness begins to grow shorter and the light to lengthen, as the hours ofnight become fewer.... Realize that the true light is now here and, through the rays of the Gospel, is illumining the whole earth." - St. Gregory of Nyssa <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It has been a privilege to journey alongside you during the Jubilee Year of Mercy! You have been our companions in encoun... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 00:26:20 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285367 Sabbath Sunday <BR> December 25, 2016 - Christmas Day <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas & Peace on Earth! <BR> <BR> "It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you." <BR> Mother Teresa of Calcutta <BR> <BR> "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." <BR> Charles Dickens <BR> <BR> "Let us celebrate this day not because of the visible sun, but because of Him who made this day." St. Augustine <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: We wish you the ... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:21:44 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285042 Selfless Saturday <BR> December 24, 2016 - Christmas Eve <BR> <BR> A Christmas Eve Blessing <BR> <BR> God grant you the light of Christmas, <BR> which is faith; <BR> the warmth of Christmas, <BR> which is purity; <BR> the righteousness of Christmas, <BR> which is justice; <BR> the belief in Christmas, <BR> which is truth; <BR> the all of Christmas, <BR> which is Christ. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It has been a privilege to journey alongside you during the Jubilee Year of Mercy! You have been ou... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 00:14:05 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284718 Fasting Friday <BR> December 23, 2016 <BR> <BR> All I Know <BR> <BR> All I know about Christmas I learned from Jesus: <BR> The best gift I can give to others is love. It’s free and lasts forever. <BR> Joy is sharing & caring. <BR> Peace on earth begins with me. <BR> Christmas means that Jesus is born in our hearts. <BR> Follow Him. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> May God bless you abundantly! <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Fast from anger and practice patience and love today. <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:56:23 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284374 Thirsting Thursday <BR> December 22, 2016 <BR> <BR> Shadows vs. The Real Thing <BR> <BR> “Here’s an Advent illustration for kids and those of us who used to be kids and remember what it was like. Suppose you and your mom get separated in the grocery store, and you start to get scared and panic and don’t know which way to go, and you run to the end of an aisle, and just before you start to cry, you see a shadow on the floor at the end of the aisle that looks just like your mom. It makes you... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:44:50 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284005 Wisdom Wednesday <BR> December 21, 2016 <BR> <BR> The Promise <BR> <BR> “A softening of hard-heartedness, a lively expectation, would herald the coming of Messiah. And once again, in this season of Advent, the same promise for the same Anointed One is coming closer.” Luci Shaw <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: God has not called you to be successful. He has called you to be faithful. <BR> Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:41:26 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283561 Transforming Tuesday <BR> December 20, 2016 <BR> <BR> Already at Home <BR> <BR> “One of the essential paradoxes of Advent: that while we wait for God, we are with God all along, that while we need to be reassured of God’s arrival, or the arrival of our homecoming, we are already at home. While we wait, we have to trust, to have faith, but it is God’s grace that gives us that faith.” - Michelle Blake <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> May God bless you abundantly! <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy C... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:44:00 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283153 ake a Difference Monday <BR> December 19, 2016 <BR> <BR> Traveling to Find You <BR> <BR> “In one sense we are always traveling, and traveling as if we did not know where we are going. In another sense we have already arrived. We cannot arrive at the perfect possession of God in this life, and that is why we are traveling and we travel in darkness. But we already possess God by grace, and therefore, in that sense, we have arrived and are dwelling in the light. But oh! How far have I to go... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:46:43 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282721 Sabbath Sunday <BR> December 18, 2016 <BR> <BR> As God's Chosen Ones <BR> <BR> Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. - Colossians 3:13 <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Assemble holiday food baskets for the needy in your area. <BR> Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:18:25 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282304 Selfless Saturday <BR> December 17, 2016 <BR> <BR> Always A Space <BR> <BR> "Although the life of a person is in a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God." Pope Francis <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Prepare your soul for the coming of Christ by attending Confession. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Dec 2016 00:24:54 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281913 Openness to God <BR> <BR> "Openness to God makes us open towards the marginalized of this world, and gives us the courage to leave the confines of our own security and comfort to become bruised, hurting and dirty as we joyfully approach the suffering other in a spirit of solidarity." - Pope Francis <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Fast from the dishwasher - do the dishes by hand. Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:34:34 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281518 Thirsting Thursday <BR> December 15, 2016 <BR> <BR> The God of Our History <BR> <BR> “Worshipping the Lord means giving Him the place that he must have; worshipping the Lord means stating, believing - not only by our words - that He alone truly guides our lives; worshipping the Lord means that we are convinced before Him that He is the only God, the God of our lives, the God of our history.” - Pope Francis <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Examine your conscience to... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:36:50 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281094 Wisdom Wednesday <BR> December 14, 2016 <BR> <BR> Become the Word <BR> <BR> “Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit.” - Pope Francis <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Do not try to excuse you faults; try to correct them." - St. John Bosco Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:23:11 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280648 ransforming Tuesday <BR> December 13, 2016 <BR> <BR> <BR> God's Peace <BR> <BR> <BR> “We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.” - Pope Francis <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Help someone who is thirsting for a friend or someone to talk to. <BR> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:25:59 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280175 Make A Difference Monday <BR> December 12, 2016 <BR> Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Star of Evangelization <BR> <BR> Take Time <BR> <BR> <BR> “Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives. Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present.” ~ Edward Hayes <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:17:27 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279703 Sabbath Sunday <BR> December 11, 2016 <BR> <BR> A New Kind <BR> <BR> <BR> “God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man.” C.S.Lewis <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thought for Today: "To fast is to banquet with angels." St. Athanasius Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:32:17 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279243 Selfless Saturday <BR> December 10, 2016 <BR> <BR> Optimism & Hope <BR> <BR> <BR> “Optimism and hope are radically different attitudes. Optimism is the expectation that things—the weather, human relationship, the economy, the political situation, and so on—will get better. Hope is trust that God will fulfill God’s promises to us in a way that leads us to true freedom.” ~ Henri Nouwen <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Celebrate the Lord's day this evening. <BR... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:37:51 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278813 <BR> Fasting Friday <BR> December 9, 2016 <BR> <BR> The Depths of Your Heart <BR> <BR> <BR> "The greatest gift you will ever receive will never be found under a Christmas tree. It is far too valuable to be stored in any other place but in the depths of your heart." ~Anonymous <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Fast from carbs today. <BR> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:37:53 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278351 Thirsting Thursday <BR> December 8, 2016 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception <BR> <BR> A Bit More <BR> <BR> <BR> "Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe perhaps Christmas means a little bit more." - Dr. Seuss <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Plan a pilgrimage to a nearby shrine with friends or family. Ask people for prayer intentions prior to this trip. Pray for them while there. <BR> Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:29:50 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277878 Wisdom Wednesday <BR> December 7, 2016 <BR> <BR> Bethlehem <BR> <BR> <BR> “For outlandish creatures like us, on our way to a heart, a brain, and courage, Bethlehem is not the end of our journey but only the beginning – not home but the place through which we must pass if ever we are to reach home at last.” <BR> Frederick Buechner, The Magnificent Defeat <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: God is merciful & will hear you in prayer. <BR> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:42:13 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277403 Transforming Tuesday <BR> December 6, 2016 - Feast of St. Nicholas <BR> <BR> Waiting <BR> <BR> <BR> “Sometimes it seems as though we spend our lives waiting. Daydreaming about an upcoming vacation, worrying over a medical test, preparing for the birth of grandchild-our days are filled with anticipation and anxiety over what the future holds. As Christians, we too spend our lives waiting. But we are waiting for something much bigger than a trip, bigger even than retirement or a wedding: We ... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 00:10:20 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276943 Make a Difference Monday <BR> December 5, 2016 <BR> <BR> A New Future <BR> <BR> <BR> “Repentance is the response to grace that overcomes the past and opens out to a new future. Repentance distinguishes Christian life as one of struggle and conversion and pervades it, not with remorse, but with hope. The message of Jesus is not “Repent,” but “Repent for the Kingdom of God is near.” - John Shea <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: This week pray for fallen away ... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 00:40:37 EST