DEE107's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DEE107 DEE107's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ 2/6/16 #25 - Pope St. Dionysius http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088983 <BR> #25 - Pope St. Dionysius <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from 259-268 A.D. <BR> Died: 268 A.D. <BR> Pronounced die-uh-NYE-see-uss <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Dionysius. <BR> Bearing a rather common name for the time period, Pope St. Dionysius can be easily confused with contemporaries St. Dionysius, bishop of Alexandria, or the martyr St. Dionysius of Paris, among others past and future. Pope St. Dionysius first appears on the scene as a Roman priest under Pope St. Stephen I, which interes... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 00:31:09 EST #24 - Pope St. Sixtus II 2/5/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088177 #24 - Pope St. Sixtus II <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from 257-258 A.D. <BR> Died: 258 A.D. <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Sixtus II. <BR> Given the testy situation in the Roman Empire at the time, St. Sixtus II was elected in secret on August 30, 257. He was known for being a “good and peaceful priest,” according to Pontius, his biographer. Having also been faced, like his predecessor St. Stephen I, with the controversy surrounding rebaptism of heretics, Sixtus handled the fallout more diplomat... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 00:44:24 EST #23 - Pope St. Stephen I 2/4/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087316 #23 - Pope St. Stephen I <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from 254-257 A.D. <BR> Died: 257 A.D. <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Stephen I. <BR> Stephen I was a Roman by birth, and served as archdeacon (pope’s Number Two) to his predecessor Lucius I. Stephen also collaborated with St. Cyprian of Carthage like the two popes before him, but their relationship was a bit rockier than that of Lucius I and Cornelius. <BR> <BR> Stephen had help from Cyprian in continuing to handle the Novatianists, who bel... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 00:59:59 EST #22 - Pope St. Lucius I 2/2/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086412 #22 - Pope St. Lucius I <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from 253-254 A.D. <BR> Died: 254 A.D. <BR> Pronounced LOOSH-uss or LOOS-ee-uss <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Lucius I. <BR> St. Lucius I was the odds-on pick after St. Cornelius was exiled and martyred in 253. He was a Roman priest prior to his election, and almost immediately after taking the Chair of Peter, Lucius was also exiled. The exile, thanks be to God, wasn’t permanent - presumably after Valerian became the Roman emperor, Lucius was... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 00:52:19 EST Pope #21 2/2/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085444 <BR> #21 - Pope St. Cornelius <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from 251-253 A.D. <BR> Died: 253 A.D. <BR> Pronounced cor-NEEL-ee-uss <BR> <BR> How do we know he was pope? <BR> The Liber Pontificalis lists Cornelius as the successor of St. Fabian. His reign is also validated by writings that still exist from St. Cyprian of Carthage (a bishop during Cornelius’ papacy) and Eusebius, writing on Church history in the early 4th century. <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Cornelius. <BR> Facing one of the mo... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 00:34:03 EST 2/1/16 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084445 <BR> <BR> Be aware of the ways you are negative in your thoughts or words about another person. <BR> <BR> <BR> "Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you." St. Augustine <BR> <BR> <BR> Scriptural Thoughts on Wellness <BR> <BR> Spend your time and energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness. Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important for it promises a reward in both this life and the next. Th... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:44:58 EST 1/31/16 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083583 Teach us to give and not count the cost." St. Ignatius of Loyola <BR> <BR> January 30, 2016 <BR> <BR> To Be Quieter <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “We followers of Christ did not come to church striving for efficiency or results, or to swagger and preen and lord it over the rest of the world. We came as sinners, as beggars. We came hungering and thirsting. We came: the blind, the deaf, the halt, the leprous, the demoniacs, the desperate, the lost, the lonely. We did not have our political views... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:29:29 EST #20 - Pope St. Fabian 1/30/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082813 Pope from 236-250 A.D. <BR> Died: 250 A.D. <BR> <BR> How do we know he was pope? <BR> The Liber Pontificalis (“Book of Popes”) lists Pope St. Fabian as the immediate successor of Anterus. Church historian Eusebius, writing around 325 AD, confirms the same and lists him as the 19th successor of St. Peter. <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Fabian. <BR> Fabian’s elevation to the papacy was nothing short of miraculous (more on that in a minute), and he was blessed to rule in peace for the majority... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 01:04:22 EST # 19 Pope St. Anterus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081999 <BR> Pope St. Anterus <BR> <BR> Pope from 235-236 A.D. <BR> Died: 236 A.D. <BR> <BR> How do we know he was pope? <BR> The Liber Pontificalis (“Book of Popes”) lists Pope St. Anterus as the immediate successor of Pontian. Church historian Eusebius, writing around 325 AD, confirms the same and lists him as the 18th successor of St. Peter. <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Anterus. <BR> Possibly born a slave, and with a twin brother named Eros, Anterus was the son of a man named Romulus. He ... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:42:04 EST #18 Pope St Pontian http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081134 #18 - Pope St. Pontian <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from 230-235 A.D. <BR> Died: 235 or 236 A.D. <BR> <BR> How do we know he was pope? <BR> The Liber Pontificalis (“Book of Popes”) lists Pope St. Pontian as the immediate successor of Urban I. Church historian Eusebius, writing around 325 AD, confirms the same and lists him as the 17th successor of St. Peter. <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Pontian. <BR> Pontian was a Roman by birth, and his father’s name was Calpurnius (according to the Liber Po... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:39:19 EST 1/27/16 Pope # 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080225 17 - Pope St. Urban I <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from 222-230 A.D. <BR> Died: 230 A.D. <BR> <BR> How do we know he was pope? <BR> The Liber Pontificalis (“Book of Popes”) lists Pope St. Urban I as the immediate successor of Callixtus I and 16th successor of St. Peter. Church historian Eusebius, writing around 325 AD, confirms the same. <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Urban I. <BR> There isn’t a lot of scoop to be had, because little is known for certain about his life. St. Urban I is mentioned... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:31:50 EST Pope # 16 1/26/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079284 <BR> #16 - Pope St. Callixtus I <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from 217-222 A.D. <BR> Died: 222 A.D. <BR> aka St. Callistus I <BR> <BR> How do we know he was pope? <BR> Both the Liber Pontificalis (“Book of Popes”) and Church historian Eusebius list Pope St. Callixtus I as the 16th Bishop of Rome and 15th successor of St. Peter, noting that he reigned for just five years. <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Callixtus I. <BR> We don’t know when he was born or where, but Callixtus was a slave of Carpo... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 00:23:44 EST 1/25/16 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078350 <BR> <BR> "Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ." St. Jerome <BR> <BR> January 24, 2016 <BR> <BR> Accompanied by God All Day Long! <BR> <BR> St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits, encouraged his followers to be “Contemplatives in Action,” “seeking and finding intimacy with God, in all things,” and we can do that by continually tucking small prayer spaces into our days. Developing this pattern in our days can help us feel accompanied by God all day long. <BR> <BR> Here are a... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:57:57 EST Year of Mercy 1/24/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077515 <BR> <BR> Celebrate the Lord's Day. For a Lord's Day guide visit resources at www.livemercy.org <link>www.livemercy.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Seven Habits for a Day of Sabbath <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ask for God's blessing on arising. <BR> Call upon the Saints. <BR> Offer a prayer of grace at mealtime. <BR> Receive the Holy Eucharist for strength and nourishment. <BR> Reach out to help a neighbor in need. <BR> Savor a few minutes of silence. <BR> Give thanks to God upon going to ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 00:48:36 EST Pope 15 1/23/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076730 <BR> #15 - Pope St. Zephyrinus <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from 199-217 A.D. <BR> Died: 217 A.D. <BR> <BR> How do we know he was pope? <BR> The Liber Pontificalis (“Book of Popes”) lists Pope St. Zephyrinus as the 15th Bishop of Rome and 14th successor of St. Peter. Church historian Eusebius, writing around 325 AD, confirms the same. <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Zephyrinus. <BR> Most of what we know about Zephyrinus is from Roman theologian Hippolytus. The good: Hippolytus was very thorough... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 00:40:18 EST Popes 13 and 14 1/22/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075929 #13 - Pope Eleutherius <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from 174-189 A.D. <BR> Died: 189 A.D. <BR> aka "Eleuterus" <BR> <BR> How do we know he was pope? <BR> St. Eleutherius was the last of the popes listed in St. Irenaeus’ Adversus haeresis (Against heresy), since it was he who appointed St. Irenaeus as bishop of Lyon, France. <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Eleutherius. <BR> Greek by birth, the meaning of his name - “freeman” - suggests he might’ve been a freed slave. Eleutherius served as a deaco... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 00:16:56 EST Popes 11 and 12 1/21/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075054 #11 - Pope Anicetus <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from 155-166 A.D. <BR> Died: 166 A.D. <BR> <BR> How do we know he was pope? <BR> Like his predecessors before him, Anicetus is identified as the 10th successor of St. Peter and 11th Bishop of Rome by St. Irenaeus in Adversus haeresis. <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Anicetus. <BR> Anicetus was Syrian by birth, according to the Liber Pontificalis (a “who’s who” pope history book), and was likely born around the time St. John died at the end of th... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:50:01 EST 1/20/16 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074173 <BR> <BR> <BR> January 19, 2016 - Jubilee of Pilgrimage Workers <BR> <BR> Titus 3: 4-8 <BR> <BR> 4 "But when the kindness and generous love <BR> of God our savior appeared, <BR> 5 not because of any righteous deeds we had done <BR> but because of his mercy, <BR> he saved us through the bath of rebirth <BR> and renewal by the holy Spirit, <BR> 6 whom he richly poured out on us <BR> through Jesus Christ our savior, <BR> 7 so that we might be justified by his grace <BR> ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:27:35 EST 1/19/16 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073254 <BR> <BR> Pray for the Unborn this week. <BR> <BR> <BR> The Words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” <BR> <BR> “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” <BR> <BR> “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of war and racism that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…I... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:34:22 EST Year of Mercy 1/18/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072295 <BR> <BR> "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask where the good way is and walk in it." Jeremiah 6:16 <BR> <BR> January 17, 2016 <BR> <BR> Pilgrimage as Transformation <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "A pilgrimage is a journey to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion. A pilgrim is more than a tourist and pilgrimage is more than a journey. A pilgrim travels with a spiritual purpose, a goal to be closer to God. The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, bec... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:28:59 EST 1/17/16 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071478 <BR> Give us a heart of welcome for those who feel alienated and cut off from God's love. Invite someone to Mass. <BR> <BR> January 16, 2016 <BR> <BR> <BR> A Prayer for Return <BR> <BR> Gracious God, <BR> You are full of compassion <BR> and mercy for your people. <BR> Give us a heart of welcome <BR> for those who feel alienated <BR> and cut off from Your love. Amen. <BR> <BR> Jesus, loving Shepherd, <BR> You search out and gather those who are lost <BR> and carry them home. <B... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 00:20:45 EST Pope 10 1//16/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070667 #10 - Pope St. Pius I <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from 140-154 A.D. <BR> Died: 154 A.D. <BR> <BR> How do we know he was pope? <BR> A second-century document called the Muratorian Fragment, which contains the oldest known list of New Testament books, reads, “in our times, while bishop Pius ... was occupying the chair of the church of the city of Rome.” St. Irenaeus also lists Pius I in Adversus haeresis (surprise, surprise). <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on St. Pius I. <BR> Pius had a brother na... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 00:53:46 EST Pope # 9 1/15/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069835 #9 - Pope St. Hyginus <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from 136-140 A.D. <BR> Died: 140 A.D. <BR> <BR> How do we know he was pope? <BR> Having documented every pope (12) up to his lifetime, St. Irenaeus identified St. Hyginus as the eighth successor of St. Peter in Adversus haeresis ("Against Heresy") <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Hyginus. <BR> He was Greek by birth, according to the Liber Pontificalis, but we otherwise don't know much else about his early life. His feast day is celebrated on Janu... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 00:54:19 EST Popes 7 and 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068960 #7 - Pope St. Sixtus I <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from 115-125 A.D. <BR> Died: 125 A.D. <BR> aka "Xystus I" <BR> <BR> How do we know he was pope? <BR> (You guessed it...) St. Irenaeus marks St. Sixtus I as the seventh pope and sixth successor of St. Peter in Adversus haeresis ("Against Heresy"), preceded by Alexander and succeeded by Telesphorus. <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Sixtus I. <BR> Sixtus I was Roman by birth and of Greek descent, but otherwise not much is known about his life. His ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:23:23 EST 1/13/16 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068129 <BR> <BR> "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" I Corinthians 15:55 <BR> <BR> January 12, 2016 <BR> <BR> Bringing Comfort to Those <BR> on a Rolling, Painful Journey <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Burying the dead is the only one of the Corporal Works of Mercy not named in the parable of the sheep and the goats – "When I was hungry you gave me food. . . .” It comes from the book of Tobit: “If I saw any of my nation dead, or cast around the walls of Nineveh, I burie... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:43:29 EST Year of Mercy and Pope #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067270 <BR> Dear Young People Discerning Your Vocation <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> An excerpt from a homily by Pope Francis to seminarians and novices on July 7, 2013 at St. Peter’s Basilica. <BR> <BR> “Dear seminarians, dear novices, dear young people discerning your vocations: ‘Evangelization is done on one’s knees’, as one of you said to me the other day. Always be men and women of prayer! Without a constant relationship with God, the mission becomes a job. The risk of activism, of relying too mu... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 00:16:48 EST 1/11/16 year of Mercy Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066319 The boot is coming off tomorrow and back into regular shoes and Physical Therapy too wish me luck <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit." Acts 1:5 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sabbath Sunday <BR> <BR> <BR> January 10, 2016 <BR> <BR> A Memorable Day <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We all want to be recognized for who we really are. Today's gospel reading describes that memorable day when Jesus had the joy of being rec... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 00:13:51 EST Year of Mercy 1/10/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065369 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I just realize there is no Pope for the weekend so I did year of Mercy <BR> <BR> Jesus said, "Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the flowers grows." (MT 6:28) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Selfless Saturday <BR> <BR> <BR> January 9, 2016 <BR> <BR> Clothe the Naked <BR> <BR> “Solidarity presumes the creation of a new mindset which thinks in terms of community and the priority of the life of all over the appropriation of goods by a few.... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 00:15:48 EST 1/9/16 #5 - Pope St. Evaristus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064502 <BR> #5 - Pope St. Evaristus <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from 97-105 A.D. <BR> Died: 105 A.D. <BR> <BR> How do we know he was pope? <BR> Like his three predecessors, St. Evaristus is identified by St. Irenaeus in his work Adversus haeresis ("Against Heresy") as the fifth pope and fourth successor of St. Peter. Ancient writer Hippolytus also identifies Evaristus as fifth in line. <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Evaristus. <BR> Honestly, we don't know a whole lot about this pope. The Liber Pon... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 00:40:18 EST Pope #3 1/8/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063665 #4 - Pope St. Clement I <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from 88-97 A.D. <BR> Died: 97 A.D. <BR> <BR> How do we know he was pope? <BR> Like Linus & Cletus before him, Clement I is identified by St. Irenaeus in Adversus haeresis ("Against Heresy") as the fourth pope and third successor of St. Peter. Ancient writers Eusebius and St. Jerome also put Clement I fourth in line. <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Clement I. <BR> Batting cleanup for the Church as Pope No. 4, St. Clement was a pretty big deal. ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 00:35:22 EST 1/7/16 Pope 2 and 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062695 #2 - Pope St. Linus <BR> <BR> <BR> 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 Pope S... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 00:19:52 EST 1/6/16 First Pope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061715 <BR> #1 - Pope St. Peter <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope 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> ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 00:26:22 EST 1/5/16 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060677 <BR> <BR> Jesus said, "May they be one just as we are one." Pray for Christian Unity this week. <BR> <BR> <BR> To Be As One <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “ In this Year of Mercy, it is important during January for us to consider, contemplate, and act on Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue. <BR> <BR> Jesus said, “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you <BR> have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one.” <BR> <BR> “Chiara Lubich is the founder of F... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 00:31:41 EST Jan 4 2016 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059532 <BR> <BR> "You, God, made yourself lowly and small to make us great!" St. Catherine of Siena <BR> <BR> <BR> January 3, 2016 <BR> <BR> A Light to the Nations <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “If the Magi had come in search of an earthly King, they would have been disconcerted at finding that they had taken the trouble to come such a long way for nothing. Consequently, they would have neither adored nor offered gifts. But since they sought a heavenly King, though they found in Hi... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 00:18:13 EST January 3 2016 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058544 "Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and be that perfectly." ~ St. Francis De Sales <BR> <BR> January 2, 2016 <BR> <BR> Trust in God's Mercy <BR> <BR> Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put in me a new heart and right spirit within me. <BR> <BR> <BR> "Gracious Father, I thank you for the mercy you have shown in forgiving my sins and for the peace that comes from being reconciled with you and your Church. <BR> <BR> O God, you are faithful, and you never abandon t... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 00:35:58 EST Jan 2 2016 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057560 <BR> <BR> Mary, Mother of God, extend the mantle of your protection over each & every one of us in this New Year. <BR> <BR> January 1, 2016 <BR> <BR> The Gracious Overflowing Gift of Baptism <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> An excerpt of a homily by Pope Francis on January 1, 2015… <BR> <BR> “At the beginning of a new year, it is good to remember the day of our Baptism: we rediscover the gift received in that Sacrament which has regenerated us to new life — the divine life. And this thro... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 00:02:36 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR 1/1/2016 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056495 <BR> <BR> "If you have God as the center of all your action, then you will reach the goal." Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati <BR> <BR> December 31, 2015 <BR> <BR> A Mercy-Filled Life <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Pier Giorgio Michelangelo Frassati was a handsome, fun-loving, athletic, courageous and devout Catholic born into a prominent Italian family. He died at the young age of 24 and has since become the model for lay people all over the world. In his short life, he lived out the corpo... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 00:31:47 EST 12/31/15 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055773 <BR> "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful." Luke 6:36 <BR> Wisdom Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> December 30, 2015 <BR> <BR> The Wisdom of Elders <BR> <BR> In this week's Gospel readings from Luke 2, we read of Simeon and this is followed by mention of Anna, the Prophetess. They serve as models for us of unstinting commitment to the Lord. Advanced in years and perception, they recognized immediately the fullness of Jesus and his identity. They also serve as examples of the wi... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:35:02 EST 12/30/15 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055050 <BR> <BR> Pray that our bishops today may have the integrity and courage of St. Thomas Becket. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Witness to the Light <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> An excerpt of a homily on the Feast of St. Thomas Becket in 2014 by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. He spoke these words at the Altar of the Sword Point in Canterbury Cathedral, the spot where Thomas Becket, Bishop & Martyr, was killed for his faith on December 29, 1170. <BR> <BR> “Of course, standing here, we know t... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 00:36:41 EST 12/29/15 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054370 In memory of the Holy Innocents, let us in mercy pray for all children in the womb and onward. <BR> <BR> <BR> The Holy Innocents <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A Scripture Reflection from One Family in Mission: <BR> <BR> "As we reflect on the death of the Holy Innocents, we recognize the horrific evil that King Herod wrought on his most vulnerable subjects. “When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and it... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 00:45:59 EST 12/28/15 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053717 December 27, 2015 <BR> <BR> The Ultimate Model of a Loving Family <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "On this feast of the Holy Family we celebrate Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the ultimate model of a loving family dedicated to the will of God and the good of His people. While we salute the Holy Family we take the time to look at our own lives, considering the best way to love our family – and then take that love out into the larger world. As St. Paul told the early Christians, “Put on then, as God’s chose... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:38:58 EST 12/27/15 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053165 <BR> On this Feast of St. Stephen, pray for Deacons & those suffering profound persecution for their faith. <BR> <BR> <BR> December 26, 2015 ~ Feast of St. Stephen <BR> <BR> In the Shadow of the Cross <BR> <BR> <BR> “ In the atmosphere of Christ joy, the reference to the Martyr St. Stephen does not seem out of place. Indeed, the shadow of the Cross was already extending over the manger in Bethlehem. It was foretold by the poverty of the stable in which the infant wailed, the prophe... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 00:28:46 EST 12/26/15 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052699 <BR> <BR> "Adore Him." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> December 25, 2015 ~ Christmas Day <BR> <BR> He is born in our lives! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "O come, let us adore Him. <BR> O come, let us adore Him. <BR> O come, let us adore Him <BR> Christ the Lord!" <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for today: "Fast from Social Media today." <BR> <BR> <link>LiveMercy.org </link> Sat, 26 Dec 2015 00:50:09 EST 12/15/15 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052311 <BR> <BR> 12 Days of Christmas - find out what it means! http://bit.ly/1btx9X9 <BR> <link> http://bit.ly/1btx9X9 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> December 24, 2015 ~ Christmas Eve <BR> <BR> The Journey to Bethlehem <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. <BR> <BR> This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Jose... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 00:24:42 EST 12/24/15 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051916 <BR> <BR> "Love came down at Christmas. Love all lovely, love divine." Christina Rossetti <BR> <BR> December 23, 2015 <BR> <BR> St. Francis & the First Creche <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> To celebrate the birth of Christ, St. Francis recreated the first manger scene in a cave in the hills above Greccio, Italy. The real miracle was not, as some people say, that the figure of the infant came to life—but that it was there that St. Francis first understood the humility of the Incarnation. <B... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 00:41:48 EST !2/23/15 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051458 <BR> <BR> "Christmas has always been about this: contemplating the visit of God to his people." Pope Francis <BR> <BR> December 22, 2015 <BR> <BR> Papal Christmas Thoughts <BR> <BR> “Mankind is great, an immense family. <BR> This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas time.” <BR> Pope John XXIII <BR> <BR> “Before the crib, the eyes of the heart and of faith look intently <BR> upon this Family: upon Jesus, Mary and Joseph.” <BR> Pope John Paul II <BR> <BR> “Jo... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 00:45:55 EST Dec 22 2015 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050994 Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - <BR> the ones at home. - Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Make A Difference Monday <BR> <BR> December 21, 2015 <BR> <BR> Perhaps Its True <BR> <BR> An excerpt from an article on faith and doubt by Margery Egan at www.cruxnow.com <BR> <BR> “Pope Benedict cites a wonderful story by the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber. A scholar of the Enlightenment enjoyed debating rabbis in hopes of shattering their proofs of God’s existence. One... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 00:37:13 EST 12/21/15 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050475 December 20, 2015 <BR> <BR> The Best Option <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "It’s impossible to tell the story of Christmas without including Mary. As Christ’s first and most faithful disciple, the first one to welcome him into the world, she shows all of us how to live every Advent and Christmas season – indeed, every season of our Christian life – with faith. Through her example, Christ teaches us how to respond to God’s action in and around us: by believing in him and by trusting that whatever h... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:19:26 EST 12/20/15 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050033 <BR> <BR> Faith & Doubt <BR> <BR> “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Be willing to talk openly with your God of mercy who wants to speak words of pardon." St. Faustina <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> December 19, 2015 <BR> <BR> Jesus' Call to Mercy <BR> <BR> "I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 00:41:31 EST 12/18/15 Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049610 Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> December 18, 2015 <BR> <BR> A Spiritual Bouquet <BR> <BR> The following is an excerpt from the Franciscan University of Steubenville website: <BR> <BR> “As part of our Year of Mercy efforts we are encouraging you and our entire Franciscan University family to pledge to specific prayer and fasting exercises for the duration of the Year of Mercy. <BR> <BR> Spend some moments praying about your commitments and what prayers and disciplines you can challenge... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 00:50:38 EST