DEE107's SparkPeople Blog DEE107's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A Year of Mercy Sabbath Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 26, 2016 <BR> <BR> Setting Your Hand to the Plow <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Jesus said, ‘No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.’” (Luke 9:62) <BR> <BR> The words of the Gospel have much to teach us. Please reflect on the following: <BR> <BR> “Plowing gets a field ready for planting. In Jesus' time, a farmer plowed a field by following an ox on foot. The farmer used the reins in his ha... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:58:57 EST A Year of Mercy Selfless Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 25, 2016 <BR> <BR> Opening my Heart <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “The Lord teaches us a lesson for our own lives too”, Pope Francis said, suggesting that we ask ourselves through a genuine examination of conscience: “Do I remember the wonders that the Lord has done in my life? Do I remember the Lord’s gifts? Am I capable of opening my heart to the prophets, to what they say to me: ‘This is wrong, you have to go there, move forward, take a risk’, as the ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:23:33 EST A Year of Mercy Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 24, 2016 ~ Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist <BR> <BR> Prepare the Way for Others <BR> <BR> “Perhaps God’s plan for us includes preparing the way for others so that they may come to believe. We are asked to be holy as our Father is holy. By our acceptance of the graces that God so generously places in our paths, this becomes possible. Through our love of God and our care for the needs of our neighbor, we return the gift of our lives to our ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:26:05 EST A Year of Mercy and dad Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 23, 2016 <BR> <BR> Washed, Anointed, Fed & Ready for Work <BR> <BR> Who has a vocation? Every man, woman, young adult, and youth who has been initiated into Christian life--washed, anointed, fed, and now ready for work. <BR> <BR> Subliminally we imagine that “vocation” is about priesthood or religious life, and therefore someone else’s concern. Yet God’s calling is personal, unique to your personhood, ongoing, ever unfolding as you mature in you... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:51:43 EST dad When dad fell Tuesday night early Wednesday He fell head first and has a black and blue from the eye brows to his chin, hurt his chest , knees swellon and cuts and his hands are a mess.. I spent a lot of time with him today and now off to bed sweet dreams Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:10:13 EST My day went out with dad yesterday he was good .. last night soaked his feet and the went numb of a long while .. took dad to er and was told to see his foot doctor or primary its his sugar causing the problem .. then walking out the area is dark and dad knew the curb was there and went down to fall face first .. back in er from 955pm to 4 10am.. off to see dad will try to get back on later Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:43:27 EST A Year of Mercy Make A Difference Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 20, 2016 <BR> <BR> A Prayer for Priests <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Gracious and loving God, we thank your for the gift of our priests. <BR> Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments. <BR> <BR> Help our priests to be strong in their vocation. <BR> Set their souls on fire with love for your people. <BR> Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength <BR> they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. <BR> Inspire them wi... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:28:55 EST A Year of Mercy Sabbath Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 19, 2016 <BR> <BR> A Father's Day Prayer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you, friend Jesus, <BR> for my father who loves me, <BR> for my grandfather who cares for me, <BR> and for God, your father and mine, <BR> who made me and is always with me. <BR> How lucky I am! <BR> <BR> —from Friend Jesus: Prayers for Children by Gaynell Bordes Cronin <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "You're one of the world's best blessings!" <BR> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:30:30 EST A Year of Mercy and Happy Father's Day Selfless Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 18, 2016 <BR> <BR> A Lot More Help <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So far today, God, I've done all right. <BR> I haven't gossiped, haven't lost my temper, haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or over-indulgent. I'm really glad about that. <BR> <BR> But in a few minutes, God, I'm going to get out of bed and from then on I'm probably going to need a lot more help. Thank you. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen. <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for To... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:24:00 EST 6/18/16 A Year of Mercy Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 17, 2016 <BR> <BR> Prayer of Quiet <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "At times prayer becomes silent. Peaceful communion with God can do without words. 'I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother.' Like the satisfied child who has stopped crying and is in its mother’s arms, so can 'my soul be with me' in the presence of God. Prayer then needs no words, maybe not even thoughts." <BR> <BR> The above quote is from an article at the Tai... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 01:09:42 EST A Year of Mercy Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 16, 2016 <BR> <BR> Yes, Lord <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Yes, Lord, I believe and I profess that you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Take my will, my life, and all that I have, that I may be wholly yours now and forever.” <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Read this Sunday's readings during a meal today. Take time to ponder what you read. What stuck out?" <BR> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:51:24 EST A Year of Mercy <BR> Wisdom Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 15, 2016 <BR> <BR> Gift for God <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “What you are is God's gift to you, <BR> what you become is your gift to God.” <BR> <BR> ~ Han Urs von Balthasar <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Judge the Catholic Church not by those who barevly live by its spirit, but by the example of those who live closest to it." ~ Ven. Fulton Sheen <BR> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:34:21 EST Year of Mercy Transforming Tuesday <BR> June 14, 2016 <BR> <BR> Do You Gossip? <BR> <BR> <BR> “I struggled to reign in my tongue for years, wanting to be kinder with my speech, but not as much as I wanted to fit in. Then a wise priest gave me James 3 as penance after I confessed my struggles with gossip. Reading that 'We bless the Lord and Father, and curse human beings who are made in the likeness of God' (James 3:9), I was struck that my worship and honor of God was only as authentic as the honor I ga... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 01:01:30 EST A Year of Mercy Sabbath Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 3, 2016 ~ Jubilee for the Sick & Disabled <BR> <BR> The Wounds of Our Brothers & Sisters <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Let us open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help! May we reach out to them and support them so they can feel the warmth of our presence, our friendship, and our fraternity! May their cry become our... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:25:30 EST Year of Mercy Selfless Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 11, 2016 <BR> <BR> Spiritual Health <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Not long ago, a seasoned marathoner had just crossed the finish line with an impressive time when he suffered a heart attack and died. From the outside, he looked to be the picture of health, but a fatal condition was hiding on the inside. Every one of us needs an occasional visit to the doctor for a checkup to make sure everything is working alright and that we don’t have an unknown serio... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 21:47:55 EST A Year of Mercy <BR> Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 10, 2016 <BR> <BR> A Celebration of Devotion & Joy <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “I propose increased opportunities for Eucharistic adoration. Far from detracting from the celebration of the Eucharist and far from privatizing the Eucharist, Eucharistic adoration increases our capacity to believe in the Eucharistic mystery, to participate in its celebration with devotion and joy, and to go forth in charity to serve the needs of others.” <BR> <BR> ~ Ar... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 00:44:20 EST A year of Mercy Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 9, 2016 <BR> <BR> Transformation <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Recently I have been alternately avoiding and pondering this quote: “God is not in the business of tweaking. He is in the business of transformation.” ("Rediscover Jesus" by Matthew Kelly) <BR> <BR> I want to be transformed. I am tired. Why can’t I be transformed? It’s not because I am tired. It’s because I am afraid and I keep forgetting who will transform me. I think it’s up to me. ... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:30:28 EST Year of Mercy Wisdom Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 8, 2016 <BR> <BR> Humility <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "The word ‘humility’ comes from the Latin word ‘humus’ which means fertile ground. To me, humility is not what we often make of it: the sheepish way of trying to imagine that we are the worst of all and trying to convince others that our artificial ways of behaving show that we are aware of that. <BR> <BR> Humility is the situation of the earth. The earth is always there, always taken for granted, ... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 00:42:22 EST A year of Mercy Transforming Tuesday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 7, 2016 <BR> <BR> Share with Your Neighbor <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “When we look beyond our borders we see that matters are more drastic in other parts of the world. Pope Benedict XVI has written that feeding the hungry is an ethical imperative for the universal Church, and he observes: ‘Hunger is not so much dependent on lack of material things as on a shortage of social resources’ (Caritas in veritate 27). It is a tragedy that people go hungr... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 00:29:19 EST A year of Mercy Make A Difference Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 6, 2016 <BR> <BR> Nourish the Hope <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "I would like to ask you all to see a ray of hope as well in the eyes and hearts of refugees and of those who have been forcibly displaced ... I admire the courage of those who hope to be able gradually to resume a normal life, waiting for joy and love to return to brighten their existence. We can and must all nourish this hope!" — Pope Francis <BR> <BR> Visit the Catholic Relief S... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 00:49:26 EST A year of Mercy Sabbath Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 5, 2016 <BR> <BR> Happiness Doubled by Wonder <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G. K. Chesterton <BR> <BR> God meets us in our everyday life, and all too often, we do not recognize or thank Him for His presence. Practice today that “highest form of thought,” and spend a moment to give God thanks for three things, people, or experiences in your ... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:27:44 EST Year of Mercy Selfless Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 4, 2016 <BR> <BR> Coffee & Jesus <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> All I need today is a little bit of coffee <BR> and a whole lot of Jesus! <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Give a Catechism of the Catholic Church to a graduating senior." <BR> Sun, 5 Jun 2016 00:41:03 EST Year of Mercy Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 3, 2016 <BR> <BR> Jubilee for Priests <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> On this Year of Mercy Jubilee for Priests, please pray this prayer in honor of priests everywhere, but most especially for those men of courage close to your heart. <BR> <BR> Litany for Priests <BR> <BR> Jesus, meek and humble of heart <BR> Give all priests Your spirit of humility <BR> Jesus, poor and worn out for souls <BR> Give all priests Your spirit of zeal <BR> Jesus, full of patien... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 00:58:48 EST Year of Mercy Thirsting Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 2, 2016 <BR> <BR> Morning Prayer <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Dear Lord, I do not know what will happen to me today. I only know that nothing will happen that was not foreseen by You, and directed to my greater good from all eternity. I adore Your holy and unfathomable plans, and submit to them with all my heart for love of You, the Pope, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Amen.” <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Die to yourself today. ... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 00:40:11 EST Year of Mercy Make A Difference Monday <BR> <BR> <BR> May 30, 2016 ~ Memorial Day <BR> <BR> A Prayer for Courage <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> On this annual Memorial Day, we pray for all Veterans, living and deceased. We pray for those who graciously give of their time, talent, and treasure to protect their country. We pray this prayer in honor of them. <BR> <BR> Lord, I ask for courage. <BR> Courage to face and conquer my own fears.... <BR> Courage to take me where others will not go. <BR> I ask ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 00:36:08 EST #104 - Pope Benedict III #104 - Pope Benedict III <BR> Pope from September 29, 855 - April 17, 858 <BR> Died: April 17, 858 <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Benedict III. <BR> Benedict III was born and raised a Roman, and was cardinal and pastor (“cardinal-priest”) of the church of St. Calixtus at the time of his election. During his brief reign, Benedict III wrote to the Frankish bishops, whose territory was falling into disrepair for all sorts of reasons, and encouraged them to smell more like their sheep, since the... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 00:45:07 EST #103 - Pope St. Leo IV #103 - Pope St. Leo IV <BR> <BR> Pope from April 10, 847 - July 17, 855 <BR> Lived: 790 - July 17, 855 <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Leo IV. <BR> Leo, a Roman by birth, was a very devout and holy man. Prior to being pope, he was educated at the monastery of St. Martin in Rome, served as a subdeacon under Pope Gregory IV, then as cardinal and pastor of the Church of the Quatuor Coronati (“Four Crowned Martyrs”). Given the ruinous state of the city at the time, it appeared that the Roman nob... Tue, 31 May 2016 00:44:55 EST #102 - Pope Sergius II #102 - Pope Sergius II <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from January 844 - January 24, 847 <BR> Died: January 24, 847 <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Sergius II. <BR> Prior to being pope, Pope St. Paschal I appointed Sergius as cardinal and pastor of the Church of Sts. Martin & Sylvester in Rome. A Roman of noble birth, Sergius’ family lineage ended up getting him elected in January of 824. His election, however, was the result of a coup by the Roman nobility to suppress the selection of the archdeacon... Mon, 30 May 2016 00:54:31 EST Is tired I think I have been in my craft room a few weeks or a month.. the room was so pack with Yarn, paints and needlework.. the boxes and bags was all over the place.. last week I found some floor today I found a lot more .. re arranging a lot but gave a lot of wonderful stuff away.. also going to make my knitting group a library with most of my books .. youth group getting a lot and bring a lot in for my knitters and friends ... how did I get this ... Sun, 29 May 2016 00:32:48 EST #101 - Pope Gregory IV #101 - Pope Gregory IV <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from March 828 - January 25, 844 <BR> Died: January 25, 844 <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Gregory IV. <BR> Born in Rome late in the 8th Century, Gregory was known for his penchant for learning and his rugged good looks (yes, seriously) prior to being pope. After priestly ordination, Gregory served as cardinal and pastor of the Basilica of St. Mark, which he adorned with mosaics still able to be seen today. His election happened si... Sat, 28 May 2016 00:48:57 EST #100 - Pope Valentine #100 - Pope Valentine <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from August 31, 827 - October 10, 827 <BR> Lived: 800 - October 10, 827 <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Valentine. <BR> Valentine, a Roman by birth, advanced very quickly in his service of the Church. Being very holy and of pure morals, he for good reason became a favorite of both St. Paschal I and Eugene II. Valentine was ordained by Paschal to the diaconate and named archdeacon (basically, “chief deacon”), then continued to serve in that role und... Fri, 27 May 2016 00:53:20 EST #99 - Pope Eugene II #99 - Pope Eugene II <BR> <BR> Pope from May 11, 824 - August 27, 827 <BR> Died: August 27, 827 <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Eugene II. <BR> A Roman by birth, Eugene was the archpriest (pastor, basically) of the Church of St. Sabina in Rome prior to being elected. He took office on May 11, 824, having been the choice of the Roman nobility (more on that in a minute). Eugene, who had been well-educated, convened a council of 62 bishops in 826 to decide matters of discipline for bishops and ... Thu, 26 May 2016 00:35:20 EST Pope St. Paschal I Pope St. Paschal I <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from January 25, 817 - February 11, 824 <BR> Died: February 11, 824 <BR> Given name: Pascale Massimi <BR> Pronounced: PASS-cuhl <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Paschal I. <BR> Paschal was born to parents Bonosus and Lady Theodora in Rome. As a young man, Paschal was well educated and eventually made the superior of St. Stephen’s monastery near St. Peter’s Basilica by Pope St. Leo III. This appointment made him well known among Rome’s clergy, which exp... Wed, 25 May 2016 00:32:49 EST My update Went to doctors early this morning to the asthma doctor.. all was good and told me he would see me in 6 months .. if I need medicine just to call it in ... Woo hoo I am back under control again .. computer went down last night and didnt come back into wee hours of the morning Tue, 24 May 2016 22:16:50 EST #97 - Pope Stephen IV #97 - Pope Stephen IV <BR> <BR> Pope from June 22, 816 - January 24, 817 <BR> Lived: 770 - January 24, 817 <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Stephen IV. <BR> Stephen IV was part of the Roman nobility, and had worked for both Adrian I and Leo III before being elected himself. Stephen, who was ordained a deacon by Leo III, was chosen and consecrated on June 22, 816. His short papacy, lasting barely 7 months, was a stark contrast to the fact that the Church had only seen two pontiffs in the 44 ye... Mon, 23 May 2016 00:26:41 EST #96 - Pope St. Leo III #96 - Pope St. Leo III <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from December 27, 795 - June 12, 816 <BR> Lived: 750 - June 12, 816 <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Leo III. <BR> St. Leo III was a different kind of pope than his predecessor, Adrian I. He wasn’t a part of the Roman nobility, which made him a hostile target of theirs from the moment of his election two days after Christmas in 795. Prior to his election, Leo was a cardinal serving at the church of St. Susanna in Rome. To ward off the Saracen army,... Sun, 22 May 2016 00:29:48 EST #95 - Pope Adrian I #95 - Pope Adrian I <BR> <BR> Pope from February 1, 772 - December 25, 795 <BR> Lived: c. 700 - December 25, 795 <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Adrian I. <BR> A Roman by birth, Adrian set himself up well to follow Stephen III and take over the papacy at such an uneasy time in the Church’s history. Adrian was from a noble family, had been a valuable steward to both Paul I and Stephen III before him, and (perhaps most important) he was a pious man to boot. These qualities of Adrian’s helped t... Sat, 21 May 2016 00:44:09 EST #94 - Pope Stephen III <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from August 7, 768 - February 1, 772 <BR> Lived: 720 - February 1, 772 <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Stephen III. <BR> Stephen was born in Sicily, the son of a man named Olivus. Stephen first served as a Benedictine monk in the abbey of St. Chrysogonus (sound familiar? His name is in the Roman Canon), then was ordained a priest and sent to work in the Lateran Palace under Zachary, Pope No. 91. Following St. Paul I's death, Stephen III was finally elected after a ye... Fri, 20 May 2016 00:37:07 EST #93 - Pope St. Paul I #93 - Pope St. Paul I <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from May 29, 757 - June 28, 767 <BR> Died: 700 - June 28, 767 <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Paul I. <BR> Paul was born in Rome, and was the odds-on choice to succeed Stephen II in 757. Paul I was elected despite a rival faction having formed before Stephen’s death to elect the archdeacon, Theophylact. He was chosen by a strong majority and consecrated on May 29. With iconoclasm still running rampant, one of Paul’s great acts was to dedicate a mon... Thu, 19 May 2016 00:48:31 EST #92 - Pope Stephen II (and Pope-elect Stephen II) #92 - Pope Stephen II (and Pope-elect Stephen II) <BR> <BR> Pope from March 26, 752 - April 26, 757 <BR> Lived: 715 - April 26, 757 <BR> <BR> Okay, wait. Why are there two Stephen II’s? <BR> After the death of Pope St. Zachary, a man named Stephen was elected. He died, however, just three days later, before being consecrated. Incidentally, the next guy in line was also named Stephen, a deacon who had served the Church from childhood. Because of this, “Pope-elect Stephen II” is normally left... Wed, 18 May 2016 00:54:34 EST #91 - Pope St. Zachary #91 - Pope St. Zachary <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from December 5, 741 - March 15, 752 <BR> Lived: 679 - March 15, 752 <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Zachary. <BR> Zachary, Greek by birth and the last of the Byzantine popes, was born around the year 679. He was elected immediately after the death of St. Gregory III, being immensely popular among the clergy and a close advisor to his predecessor. Zachary took great care of Rome’s churches, restoring many including the Lateran Basilica. During tha... Tue, 17 May 2016 00:30:48 EST #90 - Pope St. Gregory III #90 - Pope St. Gregory III <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from March 18, 731 - November 28, 741 <BR> Died: November 28, 741 <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Gregory III. <BR> Gregory III, a member of the Roman clergy before being pope, was apparently so popular that during Gregory II’s funeral he was chosen as successor by popular acclamation. A month later, on March 18, 731, Gregory III was consecrated as the 90th pope. Around the year 737, Gregory welcomed St. Boniface back to Rome for an update on ... Mon, 16 May 2016 00:52:15 EST #89 - Pope St. Gregory II #89 - Pope St. Gregory II <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from May 19, 715 - February 11, 731 <BR> Lived: 669 - February 11, 731 <BR> Given name: Gregorius Sabellus <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Gregory II. <BR> Gregory, the son of Marcellus and Honesta of the Roman nobility, worked within the Church for most of his life, primarily in the treasury, a prestigious choir, and the papal library. Just before his election, then-deacon Gregory helped Pope Constantine reach a compromise with Emperor Justini... Sun, 15 May 2016 00:27:42 EST #88 - Pope Constantine #88 - Pope Constantine <BR> <BR> Pope from March 25, 708 - April 9, 715 <BR> Lived: 664 - April 9, 715 <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Constantine. <BR> Constantine, born in Syria around 664, succeeded his brother (Sisinnius) as pope on March 25, 708 and reigned for just over seven years. Rome suffered through a great famine for the first half of Constantine’s time as pope, but apparently enjoyed the exact opposite for the second half. Feast or famine, indeed. During his time in office, Cons... Sat, 14 May 2016 00:48:20 EST #87 - Pope Sisinnius #87 - Pope Sisinnius <BR> <BR> Pope from January 15, 708 - February 4, 708 <BR> Died: February 4, 708 <BR> Pronounced: suh-SIHN-ee-uss <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Sisinnius. <BR> Little is known of Pope Sisinnius other than being the son of a man named John and having been born in Syria. He was consecrated on January 15, 708, but was already very elderly and suffering from a nasty case of gout at the time of his election. The illness was bad enough that Sisinnius couldn’t feed himself, b... Fri, 13 May 2016 00:39:22 EST #86 - Pope John VII #86 - Pope John VII <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from March 1, 705 - October 18, 707 <BR> Lived: c. 650 - October 18, 707 <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on John VII. <BR> Greek by birth, John was born around the year 650 to parents Blatta and Plato. John’s father was high up in the Byzantine government, so John, therefore, was the first pope to be the son of an imperial official. Reportedly a huge fan of the Fourth Commandment, John built a residence near his parents’ house on the Palat... Thu, 12 May 2016 00:39:25 EST #85 - Pope John VI <BR> Pope from October 30, 701 - January 11, 705 <BR> Died: January 11, 705 <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on John VI. <BR> Born at Ephesus around the year 655, John VI was elected almost two months after the death of St. Sergius I. Due to the declining Byzantine Empire, territories in and around Rome were attacked by Gisulf, a duke of the Lombard Kingdom. John VI, being a savvy and resourceful man, was able to persuade Gisulf to go bother someone else by sending priests to his camp and pay r... Wed, 11 May 2016 00:48:53 EST #84 - Pope St. Sergius I #84 - Pope St. Sergius I <BR> <BR> #84 - Pope St. Sergius I <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from December 15, 687 - September 8, 701 <BR> Died: September 8, 701 <BR> Pronounced: SUHR-jee-uss <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Sergius I. <BR> Pope St. Sergius I was of Syrian descent, but grew up in Sicily. He came to Rome in the 670s, like his predecessor, Pope Conon, to avoid the Islamic battles there during that time. His election was full of drama as well. In Conon’s dying days, a deacon, Paschal, t... Tue, 10 May 2016 00:41:29 EST #83 - Pope Conon #83 - Pope Conon <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from October 21, 686 - September 21, 687 <BR> Died: September 21, 687 <BR> Pronounced: COE-nuhn <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Conon. <BR> Pope Conon was the son of a Thracian soldier and had been educated in Sicily. Though not a barbarian, he apparently still was very good looking. His appearance, along with his character and advanced age, caused him to be a solid compromise candidate when rival camps couldn’t decide on a new pope following the death ... Mon, 9 May 2016 01:06:17 EST Happy Mother's Day to all <BR> Happy Mother's Day <BR> <BR> Today is a day of Joy and sadness .. 4 years ago we had my mothers wake .. Dad wanted to see her that day and we had day one of her funeral .. Its hard enough to lose a mom but to do it mother's day is tough.. I get very emotional during this time , I do remember the good and the sad . But the one that thing at I remember was her love.. we went to the cemetery and put balloons and flowers for her.. I know she loves me but I wish some... Sun, 8 May 2016 15:24:55 EST