SparkPeople Catholic Bible Study Team Messageboard Catholic Folk learning about their faith and losing weight together. SparkPeople Catholic Bible Study Team Messageboard Catholic Chat Hello! For some odd reason I am exhausted today and will make this message brief and on all of my teams. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I did an article on The Bath &amp; Body Works Experience. Today, I did an article on How To Know If A Man Loves You. Wish me luck on many views. <BR> <BR> I am still waiting on Mr. Right. Do you know him? <BR> <BR> Today, I did a 16 minute walk of a Walk Away The Pounds DVD and got bored. <BR> <BR> For dinner, I made Cincinnati Chili. Used a sauce I have never... Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:47:26 EST Advent reflections The Journey Begins <BR> <BR> Today's Readings <BR> <BR> Isaiah 63: 16b-17, 19b, 64: 2-7 <BR> Psalm 80: Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved. <BR> 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9 <BR> Mark 13: 33-37 <BR> <BR> Reflection for Today <BR> <BR> Every journey begins with a step, and this year during the Season of Advent, Good Counsel is walking with you as we take our first step toward life. Yes, we think of Advent journeying towards light… the Light of Christ… and this i... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 09:27:09 EST Daily reflection <img src=""> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 14:36:38 EST Daily Gospel Reflection Sunday, July 16, 2017 <BR> <BR> 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A <BR> <BR> Matthew 13:1-23 <BR> <BR> The Parable of the Sower. <BR> 1 <BR> * On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.a <BR> 2 <BR> Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore. <BR> 3 <BR> * And he spoke to them at length in parables,* saying: “A sower went out to sow. <BR> 4 <BR> And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:31:12 EST New from MN Back at it again! I rely on God's mercy to do this again. I need to want to honor Him in my weight, greater than I want to eat. Oh, why should it be a struggle. Wed, 17 May 2017 18:13:15 EST 5/24/16 readings Reflection from "Living faith" based on mark 10:28 <BR> <BR> "Peter began to say to Jesus, 'We have given up everything and followed you' <BR> <BR> Do you ever feel like Peter in that following Christ has already cost you significantly in terms of your finances, your time devoted to ministries, your organizational or artistic or speaking abilities? <BR> <BR> You're probably right. You probably have sacrificed greatly in tangible ways. But what about the less tangible ways? Have you given ... Tue, 24 May 2016 04:00:58 EST Readings for Moday 2/15/16 How must we act in order to gain eternal life? Moses clearly presents God's commandments, which teach us how to treat our neighbors. Matthew's account makes it even more personal: my heaven will depend on how I perceive and treat Jesus in the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the stranger, and the imprisoned Mon, 15 Feb 2016 04:22:59 EST Sunday readings for 2/7/16 Today is the World day for Consecrated life. And today's readings are all about vocations. After Isaiah is purified, he exclaims: "Here I am, send me." Peter is painfully aware of his inadequacy, yet Jesus wants him to become a fisher of men. And Paul toils harder than all the others in the Lord's service.. <BR> <BR> If you already know your vocation/calling in life, then pray for Jesus to help you live it well, day by day. <BR> <BR> If you are like me and are not sure if you have found... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 17:25:55 EST Sunday readings for 1/31/16 The 1st and 3rd readings for today should remind us that what people thinks about us should not matter--only what God thinks about us matters. the Lord knew each of us before He brought us into being. In the second reading, Paul completes the thought: We should concentrate on loving God and others Sun, 31 Jan 2016 06:56:12 EST Celebrating the Lord's day These are suggestions from the Live Mercy website. Please follow the link <link><BR>urces.html </link> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 06:42:50 EST Year of mercy Yes, I am about a month late is putting this up (so, what's new?). But I just got a wonderful calendar. It is available free from <link> </link> with suggestions on prayers and thinks to do to help us all on our quest to be more merciful and get more out of this year of mercy. <BR> <BR> Today is Sabbath Sunday and below is an excerpt from an article on how to truly celebrate and keep the Sabbath. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> KEEPING SUNDAY--ALL DAY <BR> <BR> Celebrating th... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 06:59:23 EST What is your spiritual New Year's Resolution? We all make resolutions to lose weight, organize, eat better, sleep more, but what are we doing for our souls? I never actually thought about the question until I saw it on my Year of mercy calendar. So what is my new year's resolution? To learn to open up my heart more fully to God. As much as I do and pray, I can do more and I can be better and I have to free my self from the fear of truly becoming open to God in the most complete way. <BR> Sun, 3 Jan 2016 06:45:43 EST washing of feet Washing of feet <BR> <BR> At the Last Supper on the night before he died, Jesus washed his disciples' feet. <BR> <BR> This is told only in John's Gospel. John does not tell about what Jesus did with the bread and the wine. He wanted to place the washing of feet front and center. <BR> <BR> When Jesus finishes, he says, "As I have done for you, you should also do." These words are very similar - and just as strong - as the words of Jesus in Luke after the bread was <BR> given to the apos... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 21:33:21 EST Bible Study on the Penitential Psalms: Ps 143 Author: King David (c. 1040-970 B.C.) <BR> Outline: <BR> David, with a troubled conscience, prays for the Lord’s mercy (v. 1–6) <BR> David asks to hear the Gospel preached (v. 7–8) <BR> David prays for deliverance (v. 9–10) <BR> David’s confident final petitions (v. 11–12) <BR> <BR> St. Augustine on Psalm 143: <BR> “Let us seek then in this Psalm our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, announcing Himself <BR> beforehand in His prophecy, and foretelling what should happen at this time by things w... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:47:29 EST Matt 26: 23-25 Jesus said in reply, "He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will <BR> betray me. The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born." Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, "Surely it is not I, Rabbi?" Jesus answered, "You have said so." (Mt 26:23-25) <BR> <BR> One gets the impression that Judas stayed quiet when the other disciples asked one after... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:34:46 EST Matt 26: 20-22 When it was evening, Jesus reclined at table with the Twelve. And while they were eating, he <BR> said, "Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me." Deeply distressed at this, they began to say to him one after another, "Surely it is not I, Lord?" (Mt 26:20-22) <BR> <BR> Originally the Jewish people stood while they ate the Passover meal. But gradually they adopted the Greek custom of reclining at table on individual, low couches. Thus, <BR> "Jesus reclined at table with the Twelve." ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:33:29 EST Matt 26: 17-19 On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus and said, <BR> "Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?" He said, "Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, 'The teacher says, My appointed time draws near; in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples'." The disciples then did as Jesus had ordered, and prepared the Passover. (Mt 26:17-19) <BR> <BR> In Matthew's story it is now Thursday, and the Passover will begi... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:32:14 EST Matt 26:14-16 Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" They paid him 30 pieces of silver, and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over. (Mt26:14-16) <BR> <BR> "From that time on" Judas looks for a chance to hand Jesus over. Matthew used that phrase - "from that time on" - twice earlier in his Gospel, each time to mark an important <BR> shift. <BR> <BR> The first was aft... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:30:04 EST Triduum Our holiest three days of the year are the Triduum (Latin for three days), which begin tomorrow evening and continue through the evening of Easter Sunday. <BR> <BR> Through the centuries, Christians have set these days aside - free of social engagements, entertainment, and (if possible) work. It is a time of prayer, special fasting, and expectation. <BR> <BR> The Triduum is "all one piece," one single celebration of the dying and rising of Christ (referred to as the Paschal Mystery). <BR> ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:03:15 EST St. Cornelius "Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, respected by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to summon you to his house <BR> and to hear what you have to say.' <BR> - Acts of the Apostles 10:22 <BR> <BR> St. Cornelius, centurion <BR> <BR> While St. Longinus may be known as the centurion who thrust his lance into the side of Jesus, the Church also honors another centurion as a saint. <BR> <BR> Cornelius was a Roman military officer assigned to Palestine. ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:54:34 EST The Good Theif 'The Good Thief' <BR> In the fourth century, an apocryphal book called the "Acts of Pilate" gave a purported account of the trial, death and resurrection of Christ as seen through the eyes of Pilate. <BR> <BR> The book drew heavily on the four Gospels and added many details. <BR> <BR> It is in the Acts of Pilate that the "good thief' is given the name Dismas (sometimes spelled Dysmas) - from a Greek word meaning "dying" It is another example of how legendary writings imaginatively supply d... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:42:15 EST The Four Types of Love I've been getting videos and emails from Dynamic Catholic as part of the "Best Lent Ever" program and , naturally, I'm a week behind. So, I am up to the part about the church and matthew Kelly is talking about agape love. I've heard the word agape but never looked it up. So, I put the video on pause and researched--come to find out, it is the highest of 4 types of love mentioned in the bible--news to me. I found a short bible study from Patheos website (an evangelical site, don't shoot me! Th... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:16:57 EST Do you believe in guardian angels? I do. And although I don't think they are meant to interfere with our lives other than try to steer us in the right direction, I choose to think that, when I am being particularly stubborn, that my guardian angel may be stepping in, in a way. For example, when I decided to eat popcorn (even though I had no business eating it) and I wasted 2 or 3 bags (they just didn't pop), I think my guardian angel was trying to tell me that I didn't need it. Maybe it was the Holy Spirit. who knows. or, wh... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:24:40 EST John 11: 45-56 "The chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, "What are we going to do?"... But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, ''You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish." (Jn 11:45-56) <BR> <BR> Today, Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent, is the one and only time this Gospel passage is used at Mass. For that reason, many people may not be ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:24:10 EST Bible Study on the Penitential Psalms: Ps 130 OVERVIEW <BR> About: <BR> Psalm 130 is the 11th “song of ascents” <BR> (Psalms 120–134). Known as De Profundis, from the opening words of the Latin translation. <BR> <BR> Outline: <BR> Fear, the cross of the old man (v.1–4) <BR> Hope, the life of the new man (v. 5–8) <BR> <BR> St. Augustine on Psalm 130 (paraphrased): <BR> Just as Jonah cried to God from the depths of the ocean in the whale’s belly, so also we cry out to God from the depths of our sin, confident that our prayer, like Jonah’... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:28:57 EST Bible Study on the Penitential Psalms: Ps 102 OVERVIEW <BR> Author: Unknown <BR> The subtitle is part of the Psalm, and identifies the author and circumstance: <BR> “A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord.” <BR> Outline: <BR> A great complaint in time of sorrow and affliction(v. 1–11) <BR> Comfort found in God’s eternal trustworthiness. He has promised to build His church, and He will do it (v. 12–28) <BR> <BR> St. Augustine on Psalm 102: <BR> The penitent, like Lazarus, is raised up from... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:12:54 EST Bible Study on the Penitential Psalms: Ps 51 OVERVIEW <BR> Author: King David(c. 1040-970 BC) <BR> Outline: <BR> Petition for Holy Absolution (v. 1–2) <BR> Confession of Guilt (v. 3–6) <BR> Further Petitions for Absolution (v. 7–12) <BR> The Sanctified Life (v. 13–15) <BR> The Sacrifices of God (v. 16–19) <BR> <BR> St. Augustine on Psalm 51: <BR> "Prosperity is more perilous to soul than adversity to body… Something useful is tribulation; useful the surgeon’s lancet rather than the devil’s tempta-tion,” (The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fath... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 18:22:40 EST Bible Study on the Penitential Psalms: Ps 38 OVERVIEW <BR> Author: King David(c. 1040-970 BC) <BR> <BR> Outline: <BR> Opening petition for God to rebuke David in mercy (v. 1–2) <BR> An overview of David’s sorry condition (v. 3–5) <BR> The details of David’s con-dition (v. 6–14) <BR> David’s hope in the Lord (v. 15–16) <BR> David repents in front of his enemies (v. 17–20) <BR> A final prayer for mercy (v. 21–22) <BR> <BR> St. Augustine on Psalm 38: <BR> “[When a man’s soul has a sound sense of smelling], he perceives how foully sins st... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 14:15:50 EST Bible Study on the Penitential Psalms: Ps 32 OVERVIEW <BR> Author: David <BR> Outline: <BR> The Blessed One (v. 1–2) <BR> The Curse of Silence (v. 3–4) <BR> Confession/Absolution (v. 5–7) <BR> Wisdom’s Instruction (v. 8–11) <BR> <BR> St. Augustine on Psalm 32: <BR> "To David himself; for understanding; by which it is understood that not by the merits of works, but by the grace of God, man is delivered, con-fessing his sins," (The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. VIII:70). <BR> <BR> v. 1: "Blessed is the one whose transgression is ... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:09:35 EST Legends and Fables of Lent A legend or a fable is a story that doesn't pretend to be historical, but simply teaches a lesson. The events surrounding the suffering and death of Christ gave rise to many legends. <BR> <BR> The Cross on the donkey's back <BR> <BR> Once there was a donkey who was strong and smart, but smaller than the other donkeys. Because of his size, he was often overlooked when people needed a donkey to ride. <BR> <BR> One day the donkey stood tethered on the street near one of the gates of Jerusa... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:02:45 EST detachment to follow christ DETACHMENT TO FOLLOW CHRIST <BR> Today's Gospel tells us how Christ called four of <BR> his disciples ... If we are to follow Christ, our soul <BR> has to be free from any attachments: from love of <BR> self in the first place; from an excessive concern for <BR> our health or for the future ... from riches and <BR> material goods. When the heart is set upon and <BR> filled with concern for earthly goods, there is no <BR> room in it for God. God will ask of some people an <BR> absolut... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:27:39 EST Bible Study on the Penitential Psalms: Ps 6 The Penitential Psalms <BR> <BR> The Church has designated psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143 the penitential psalms (for a biblical description of penitence, see Psalm 51:17). Why did Psalm 6 make the list? What is penitential about this psalm? <BR> <BR> Verses 1-3: cry of anguish <BR> v. 1: The Lord's anger/wrath against David <BR> <BR> What might provoke the anger/wrath of the Lord? <BR> <BR> To what does Moses connect the anger of the Lord in Deuteronomy 9:18? <BR> <BR> What did the... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:40:01 EST Valentines from the saints VALENTINES FROM THE SAINTS <BR> <BR> Nothing is sweeter than love, nothing stronger or higher or wider; nothing is more pleasant, nothing fuller, and nothing better in heaven or on earth, for love is born of God and cannot rest except in God, Who is above all created things—Thomas a Kempis <BR> <BR> Pure love …knows that only one thing is needed to please God: to do even the smallest things out of great love , and always love.—St. faustina <BR> <BR> God loves each of us as if there were... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 10:23:10 EST Being reborn in Jesus For This Purpose... <BR> <BR> Being reborn in Jesus is not rapid for many of us. It is a quiet, gentle growth, like the <BR> growth of the child in the womb of his mother and like his gradual growth in knowledge, <BR> affection, physical strength, and understanding after birth. The healing power of the spirit is a <BR> quiet, gentle power. He makes die in us all the fears, the desire to possess or to destroy, the hurts and the frustrations, all the power which wants to dominate. There is... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 18:34:27 EST LENT 2015 from Pope Francis LENT 2015 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and every believer. Above all it is a <BR> "time of grace" (2 Cor6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. "We love <BR> because he first has loved us" (1 Jn4: 19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He <BR> knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in <BR> each... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 18:23:07 EST Proverbs to live by Re; Anger: <BR> <BR> The quick tempered man makes a fool of himself; but the prudent man is at peace (Prov 14: 17, NAB) Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:03:28 EST week of christian unity--day 8 Day 8, Many believed because of the woman’s testimony <BR> <BR> <BR> Scripture <BR> <BR> •Exodus 3:13-15, Moses at the Burning Bush <BR> • Psalm 30, The Lord restores us to life <BR> • Romans 10:14-17, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news <BR> • John 4:27-30.39-40, Many believed because of the woman’s testimony. <BR> <BR> <BR> Meditation <BR> <BR> <BR> With her heart transformed, the Samaritan woman goes out in mission. She announces that she has found the Messiah. ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:09:27 EST week of christian unity--day 7 Day 7, Give me to drink (John 4:7-15) <BR> <BR> <BR> Scripture <BR> <BR> •Numbers 20:1-11, The Israelites at Meribah <BR> • Psalm 119:10-20. I will not forget your word <BR> • Romans 15.2-7, May God … grant you to live in harmony with one another <BR> •John 4:7-15, Give me to drink <BR> <BR> <BR> Meditation <BR> <BR> <BR> Christians should be confident that encountering and exchanging experiences with other religious traditions, can change us and help us to reach into the depths of the... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:39:43 EST week of christian unity--day 6 Day 6, Jesus said : The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life (John 4:14) <BR> <BR> <BR> Scripture <BR> <BR> •Exodus 2:15-22, Moses at the well of Midian <BR> • Psalm 91, The song of those who take refuge in the Lord <BR> • 1 John 4 :16-21, Perfect love casts out fear <BR> •John 4 :11-15, A spring of water welling up to eternal life <BR> <BR> <BR> Meditation <BR> <BR> <BR> The dialogue that begins with Jesus asking for water becomes a d... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:09:21 EST week of christian unity--day 5 Day 5, You have no bucket and the well is deep (John 4:11) <BR> <BR> <BR> Scripture <BR> <BR> •Genesis 46:1-7, God tells Jacob not to be afraid of going down to Egypt <BR> •Psalm 133, How good it is when kindred live together in unity <BR> •Acts 2:1-11, The day of Pentecost <BR> •John 4:7-15, You have no bucket and the well is deep <BR> <BR> <BR> Meditation <BR> <BR> <BR> Jesus needed help. Exhausted in the heat of noon, he feels hungry and thirsty (John 4:6). Yet it is he who is in a ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:51:26 EST week of christian unity--day 4 Day 4, Then the woman left her water jar (John 4:28) <BR> <BR> <BR> Scripture <BR> <BR> •Genesis 11:31-12:4, God promises to make Abram a great nation and a blessing <BR> • Psalm 23, The Lord is my shepherd <BR> • Acts 10:9-20, What God has made clean, you must not call profane <BR> • John 4:25-28, Then the woman left her water jar <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Meditation <BR> <BR> <BR> The encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman shows that dialogue with the different, the stranger, th... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:50:39 EST week of christian unity--day 3 Day 3, “I have no husband” (John 4:17) <BR> <BR> <BR> Scripture <BR> <BR> • 2 Kings 17:24-34, Samaria conquered by Assyria <BR> • Psalms 139:1-12, O Lord, you have searched me and you know me <BR> • Romans 7:1-4, You have died to the law through the body of Christ <BR> • John 4:16-19, I have no husband <BR> <BR> <BR> Meditation <BR> <BR> <BR> The Samaritan woman answers Jesus: “I have no husband but Jesus knows the woman has had five husbands, and the man she has now is not her husban... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 06:07:26 EST week of christian unity--day 2 Day 2, Tired of the journey, Jesus sat down facing the well (John 4:6) <BR> <BR> <BR> Scripture <BR> <BR> •Genesis 29:1-14, Jacob and Rachel at the well <BR> • Psalms 137, How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? <BR> • 1 Corinthians 1:10-18, Each one of you says, I am for Paul, or I am for Apollos <BR> •John 4:5-6, Jesus was tired out by his journey <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Meditation <BR> <BR> <BR> Jesus had been in Judea before his encounter with the Samaritan woman. The Phari... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:29:23 EST week of christian unity--day 1 Day 1, It is necessary to go through Samaria (John 4:4) <BR> <BR> <BR> Scripture <BR> <BR> • Genesis 24:10-33, Abraham and Rebekah at the well <BR> • Psalm 42, The deer that longs for running streams <BR> • 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, The generosity of the churches of Macedonia <BR> •John 4:1-4, He had to go through Samaria <BR> <BR> <BR> Meditation <BR> <BR> <BR> Jesus and his disciples travelled from Judea to Galilee. There was a certain prejudice against Samaria and the Samaritans. The ne... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:16:46 EST Ques. for reflection on the daily themes Questions for Reflection on the Themes of the Eight Days <BR> <BR> 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity <BR> <BR> During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity we are invited to enter more deeply into our faith and to reflect upon the experience of Jesus as he meets the Samaritan woman at the well. The biblical readings, commentaries, prayers and questions for reflection, all explore different aspects of what this means for the lives of Christians and their unity with one another, in and... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:14:34 EST theme for the week of christian unity BACKGROUND: Introduction to the Theme <BR> <BR> <BR> 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity <BR> <BR> “Jesus said to her, ‘Give me to drink’” (John 4:7) <BR> <BR> Who drinks of this water...? <BR> <BR> Journey, scorching sun, tiredness, thirst … “Give me to drink.” This is a demand of all human beings. God, who becomes human in Christ (John 1:14) and empties himself to share our humanity (Philippians 2:6-7) is capable of asking the Samaritan woman: “Give me to drink” (John 4:7). At th... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:12:09 EST week of prayer for christian unity 2015 <BR> The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is jointly observed every year from January 18 through January 25 by the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches. The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 is "Jesus said to her: 'Give me to drink.'" This line is found in John 4:7, in the midst of the biblical text for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015, John 4:1-42: <BR> <BR> <BR> When Jesus therefore understood that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus maketh mo... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:03:40 EST advent bible study--lesson 4, 5 and 6 I am posting the last 3 lessons of the advent bible study today. The next few weekends will be busy and I don't want to forget. I hope everyone has enjoyed the study so far. have a great Christmas! <BR> <BR> week 4: <link><BR>dy/Advent%20Study_Part%20IV.htm </link> <BR> <BR> week 5: <link><BR>dy/Advent%20Study_Part%20V.htm </link> <BR> <BR> week 6: <link><BR>dy/Advent%20S... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 06:08:52 EST advent bible study lesson 3 <link><BR>dy/Advent%20Study_Part%20III.htm </link> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:38:56 EST full of grace FULL OF GRACE! <BR> <BR> On the day of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary...our gaze is drawn to the beauty of the Mother of Jesus, our Mother! With great joy the Church contemplates her "full of grace" (Lk 1:28), and starting with these words we salute her together: "Full of grace!" This is how God saw her from the first moment of his loving design. He saw her as beautiful, full of grace. Our Mother is beautiful! Mary sustains our journey toward Christmas, for she teaches... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 06:12:04 EST Advent Bible Study--Lesson 2 <link><BR>dy/Advent%20Study_Part%20II.htm </link> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 17:22:41 EST Advent Bible Study--Lesson 1 Here's our first lesson: <link><BR>dy/Advent%20Study_Part%20I.htm </link> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 03:25:57 EST Advent Bible Study--Int troduction Here is the link to the Advent Bible Study, as found on Agape Bible Study <link><BR>dy/Advent%20Study%20Introduction.htm </link> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:18:22 EST My apologies My apologies to the team. I have been a poor leader and have not posted anything new in quite some time. I am trying to get my life back on track. Still keeping up with my prayers and bible reading but struggling on ways to not have my work dominate my life so that I can actually have a life, which includes getting on spark more regularly, as I did before. I am hoping to post new material soon. Again, my apologies Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:39:49 EST The Saints Day by Day St. Ethelburga <BR> <BR> "I implore the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God,- a spiritual act of worship" <BR> Romans 12:1 <BR> <BR> Reflection: No one can make poor those He makes rich, for those who have been supplied with heavenly food can't be poor. <BR> <BR> For those who are being perfected, elaborate and costly houses will seem dull in comparison to the dwelling in which God has lived. <BR> St. Cyprian <BR> <BR> Prayer: St. ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 05:44:12 EST gifts of the holy spirit weeks 9 and 10 <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 19:09:33 EST gifts of the holy spirit weeks 7 and 8 Sorry I missed last week but here are the next 2 weeks of the bible study <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:57:03 EST Soon-to-be e-Catholic Hi! My DH and I are still in the process. My annulment is before the Tribunal now. Our parish is continuing dismissal for those of us that didn't finish at the Easter Vigil, for which we are very grateful. <BR> Conversion is the next step on our Journey of Faith. We are truly blessed by our parish, are becoming involved and are learning so much that was not taught by any of our former churches. <BR> I look forward to being part of this team and increasing my faith. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:19:15 EST gifts of the holy spirit, lessons 5 and 6 I am posting links for the next 2 weeks of lessons as I will be away next weekend. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 27 May 2014 05:24:24 EST gifts of the holy spirit week 4 <link> </link> Sun, 18 May 2014 18:06:26 EST Gifts of the Holy Spirit week 3 This week's lesson <link> </link> Sun, 11 May 2014 17:48:29 EST Holy Spirit Bible Study--week 2 here's the link for lesson 2: <link> </link> Sun, 4 May 2014 16:00:16 EST Rosary of the Holy Spirit <BR> PRAYER: The Rosary of the Holy Spirit <BR> <BR> <BR> The Rosary of the Holy Spirit was composed in 1892 by a Franciscan Capuchin missionary of the English province in order to give the faithful an easy means of honoring the Holy Ghost. It was approved by Pope Leo XIII in 1902. It is intended to be in regard to the Holy Spirit what the Dominican Rosary is in regard to the Blessed Virgin. <BR> <BR> At the cross: In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. ... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 17:10:36 EST Gifts of the Holy Spirit--In troduction Lesson 1 and introduction: <link> </link> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 14:33:43 EST Gifts of the Holy Spirit Bible Study I have done a few bible studies at my local church recently and these studies, in addition to being in the middle of the Easter Season, have sparked a desire to learn (or re-learn) more about the Holy Spirit. I have found a Catholic Bible Study online that I's like to invite everyone to participate in. These are weekly studies and you will need your bible and your catechism. because some of the subjects are lengthy, rather than copying the entire text and reproducing it here (I personally ... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 14:28:36 EST How are you preparing for tomorrow's canonization? One of the local churches will be showing a movie on Pope John Paul 2 right before a Divine mercy hour at 3pm. I may attend but I want to watch the canonization on EWTN and that starts at 3:30pm Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:46:57 EST Hello everyone I just joined today also and look forward to sharing our journey both with Spark and our Faith. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:18:44 EST been a bad girl I have to apologize to the team. I just saw the message about me being inactive leader. I have to admit, I have been a bad girl. (I am sure it has been very obvious). I had a lot of good plans at the beginning of the year that have not come to full fruition due to feeling incredibly overwhelmed at work. I feel as if I have been in a perpetual state of "catching up". I do still have a lot of plans of different bible studies, but haven't found the time to either type it in/scan it (which w... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 22:34:08 EST breaking free from fear week 4 WEEK FOUR <BR> Some things in life are worth living for—and worth dying for! Yet sometimes the fear of man, the fear of death, even fears about the daily challenges of life override our conviction and our passion for justice and truth. <BR> <BR> We've seen how the fear of the Lord can prevail over all other fears, how a proper understanding of God's authority and our relationship with Him puts everything else into perspective. In the next few lessons, we'll consider further the truths we nee... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 16:49:32 EST breaking free from fear week 3 WEEK THREE <BR> <BR> Wouldn't it be awesome to live free of fear? to be liberated from fears that assault your mind, trouble your soul, and bring untold anxiety, stress, and physical difficulties? to be unbothered by fear of man, of death, of life? <BR> <BR> Perhaps you're thinking, That's impossible! <BR> <BR> Well, according to God such freedom truly is possible—if you will learn to live in the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord brings all other fears into submission. <BR> <BR> So w... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:43:21 EST year of faith week 6 Session 6 <BR> <BR> FAITH AND THE NEW EVANGELIZATION <BR> "Intent on gathering the signs of the times in the present of history, faith commits every one of us to become a living sign of the presence of the Risen Lord in the world. What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord, and capable of opening the hearts and minds of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end." <BR> — Pope Bened... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 20:24:59 EST Breaking Free From Fear Week 2 WEEK TWO <BR> <BR> Fear can be provoked by circumstances, by things we see, or by words we hear. Fear is rooted in what we believe; it's a state of mind that can take a toll on our bodies and spirits. <BR> <BR> Do you remember what David wrote in Psalm 56:3? "When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You." Do you remember what Jesus said to the disciples in the midst of the storm? "Why are you afraid? How is it that you have no faith?" (Mark 4:40). In both instances, when fear came it was to... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 19:49:55 EST Breaking Free From Fear Week 1 BREAKING FREE FROM FEAR <BR> <BR> Life is filled with all sorts of fears, isn't it? Fears of terrorism and natural disasters. Fears about the economy, the safety of loved ones, dreaded diagnoses. Fears of losing a job, a home, a relationship, our sav¬ings, our dreams, our independence, our health, our lives. We can find so many reasons to be fearful. <BR> <BR> And in these days of instant news, we seem to hear continually about the latest disasters, calamities, and tragedies striking our wo... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 11:25:18 EST year of faith week 5 <BR> CELEBRATING FAITH <BR> "We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope. It will also be a good opportunity to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist, which is 'the summit towards which the activity of the Church is directed; . . . and also the source from which all its power flows.' At the same time, we make it our prayer that believers' witnes... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 05:08:09 EST What are your goals for 2014? My main goal is to be more consistent in everything I do. I lost that this year and I paid for it. Weight gain, disorganization, late/missed bills (which I have never done before), late postings to this team. I have to get back into a rhythm in 2014 and get my life back in order. Part of that plan is to come up with a schedule of bible studies for the year rather than waiting until the last minute for a topic. I will be posting a schedule (actually sending a message) soon. I m just tryi... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 06:21:14 EST Keeping Christmas It is a good thing to observe Christmas day. The mere marking of times and seasons <BR> when men agree to stop work and make merry together, is a wise and wholesome <BR> custom. It helps one to feel the supremacy of the common life over the individual life. It reminds a man to set his own little watch, now and then, by the great clock of humanity which runs on sun time. <BR> <BR> But there is a better thing than the observance of Christmas day, and that is, keeping Christmas. <BR> <B... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 17:57:23 EST Are you ready for christmas? Tomorrow is Christmas. Are you ready? Likely there were many things you wanted to do in preparation before Christmas, but the time passed too quickly. <BR> <BR> No matter. This is God's work. The coming of Jesus is God's personal act of entering our lives. Through the prophets, God promised it, and now God does it. <BR> <BR> Like the Magi and like the angels, our response is simply to kneel in praise and to adore. This is our response to the birth of Christ. This is what we truly prepar... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 17:32:39 EST Prayers to Our lady of Guadalupe In honor of the feast day of Our lady of Guadalupe, which is tomorrow, here are some prayers that you can say: <BR> <BR> MEMORARE TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE <BR> <BR> Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, that in thy celestial apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, thou didst promise to show thy compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting thee, seek thy help and call upon thee in their necessities and afflictions. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thou didst promise to hearken to ou... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:03:46 EST catholic convert Hi spark friends, i converted to the catholic faith around 1995. Although, i feel like in many ways, i have always been catholic in spirit. I so love my faith and spend regular time in prayer and study. <BR> i am inspired by andromedia and so many others who r so faithful in prayer and catholic ways that r not always familiar to me... i saw this team on andromedias spark page and thought i might gleam some of those wonderful catholic tools of your faith and learn from the richness of all of u... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 19:32:49 EST Advent credo I saw this on the back of one of the local church bulletins: <BR> <BR> <BR> Advent Credo <BR> <BR> It is not true that creation and the human family are doomed to destruction and loss— <BR> This is true: For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life; <BR> <BR> It is not true that we must accept inhumanity and discrimination, hunger and poverty, death and destruction— <BR> This is true: I have come tha... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 17:11:55 EST Hello Everyone! I'm from Baltimore right now (!) and am trying to lose 20 pounds. I've had a very hard time. The spark machine says I need to eat more calories, but I am 58 yo and wonder if they are correct. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I normally shy away from Bible Studies unless they are given by a Priest, or a Priest is involved, because it is easy to take the bible out of context, it needs to be studied as a whole. Hence, someone who has studied it that way needs to be involved and provide correction. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 08:16:40 EST Agape Advent Bible Study In keeping with Advent, I am sharing a bible study specifically for advent from Agape Bible Study. I will be posting the links for each weeks study, rather than copying everything here. Below, please find the links for the introduction, parts 1 and parts 2 (there are a total of 6 parts, not including the introduction, and handouts with each, so I will be combining some of them together) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>dy/Advent%20Study%20Introduction.htm </link> ... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 07:56:10 EST year of faith week 4 exercises Read in your own Bible the following passages that show St. Paul's drive to demonstrate his love of Christ as the central force of his life: <BR> • Romans 8:31-39 <BR> • 2 Corinthians 4:7-18; 11:16-33 <BR> • Ephesians 3:1-13 <BR> • Philippians 2:14-18; 3:1-16 <BR> • Colossians 1:24-25 <BR> • 2 Timothy 1:1-18 <BR> • Romans 5:1-11 and Romans 8:28-39 in your own Bible. <BR> • Stop here and read Romans 12 and 1a in your own Bible. <BR> <BR> <BR> INVESTIGATE—FAITH AND WORKS <BR> In James 2:10-1... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 07:46:02 EST year of faith week 4 Session 4 <BR> THE WITNESS OF CHARITY <BR> <BR> "Faith and charity each require the other in such a way that each allows the other to set out along its respective path. Indeed, many Christians dedicate their lives with love to those <BR> who are lonely, marginalized or excluded, as to those who are the first with a claim on our attention and the most important for us to support, because it is in them that the reflection of Christ's own face is seen. Through faith, we can recognize the face o... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 07:39:09 EST year of faith week 3 exercises <BR> INVESTIGATE: SIMON PETER <BR> No one else is mentioned in the New Testament more than Simon Peter, except for Jesus Christ. It can be instructive to read the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles with the view of seeing the various ramifications of Simon's acceptance ofjesus' invitation to follow him that day. Read and make notes on some of the following passages. <BR> PASSAGE NOTES <BR> Matthew 14:23-33 <BR> Matthew 18:21-35 <BR> Matthew 19:27-30 <BR> Matthew 26:33-41 <BR> Acts... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:25:18 EST year of faith week 3 Session 3 CONVERSION <BR> <BR> "The Year of Faith, from this perspective, is a sum¬mons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the one Savior of the world. In the mystery of his death and Resurrection, God has revealed in its fullness the Love that saves and calls us to conversion of life through the forgiveness of sins (cf. Acts 5:31). For Saint Paul, this Love ushers us into a new life: 'We were buried . . . with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:22:50 EST year of faith week 2 exercises <BR> INVESTIGATE HERESIES <BR> Look up the following passages that deal with false teachings and heretical groups in the early Church. What were the errors contained in each variant form of Christianity? Some of the texts indicate the motives of those who taught error. Write down notes about those motives for falsehood. <BR> <BR> --Galations 1:6-9, 2:4-5 <BR> --2 Cor 11:1-6, 12-15 <BR> --Philippians 3:2-11, 17-21 <BR> --1 Tim 1:3-7, 18-20 <BR> --Hebrews 6: 1-6 <BR> --2 Peter 2: 1-3:4 <BR> ... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 18:17:31 EST year of faith week 2 Session 2 <BR> ASSENT TO THE CREED <BR> "To rediscover the content of the faith that is pro¬fessed, celebrated, lived and prayed, and to reflect on the act of faith, is a task that every believer must make his own, especially in the course of this Year. <BR> <BR> "Not without reason, Christians in the early centuries were required to learn the creed from memory. It served them as a daily prayer not to forget the commitment they had undertaken in baptism. With words rich in meaning, Saint Au... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 18:12:05 EST year of faith week 1 exercises PROPHECIES FULFILLED <BR> Look up some of the Old Testament prophecies that Jesus fulfills in Matthew's Gospel. Skim through the Gospel looking for the phrase, "This was to fulfill. . . Look at the bottom of the page of your Bible and find the verse number you have chosen. There you will see references to the Old Testament verse being cited. For example, the first occurrence of "fulfill" occurs in Matthew 1:22-23. Look for the reference to verse 23 and you will see Isaiah 7:14 listed. Try thi... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 18:49:56 EST year of faith week 1 Session 1 <BR> BELIEF IN JESUS CHRIST <BR> "We must rediscover a taste for feeding ourselves on the word of God, faithfully handed down by the Church, and on the bread of life, offered as suste¬nance for his disciples (cf. Jn 6:51). Indeed, the teaching of Jesus still resounds in our day with the same power: 'Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life' (Jn 6:27). The question posed by his listeners is the same that we ask today: 'What must we do, ... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 18:36:40 EST All Souls Rosary This can be siad on a regular rosary. <BR> <BR> On the Crucifix recite the psalm "de Profundis": <BR> Psalm 130 <BR> Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice. <BR> Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. <BR> If Thou, O Lord, shalt observe iniquities; Lord, who shall endure it? <BR> For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness: <BR> and by reason of Thy law, I have waited for Thee, O Lord. <BR> My soul hath relied on His word; my soul hath hope... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 20:57:25 EST Prayers for peace Most holy and immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our loving Mother, being his Mother, you shared in his universal kingship. The prophets and angels proclaimed him King of peace. With loving fervor in our hearts we salute and honor you as Queen of peace. <BR> <BR> We pray that your intercession may protect us and all people from hated and discord, and direct our hearts into the ways of peace and justice which your Son taught and exemplified. We ask your maternal care for our Holy Father... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 15:28:01 EST gathering faithfully Together- preparing for the S I learned of this at a recent bible study class. It is a way to help the word become more a part of our lives and not just on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Gathering faithfully Together encourages us to prepare for the Sunday gospel by taking time during the week to read and pray about the Sunday scripture readings. A simple process for doing this reading is to follow three steps, which you can remember with the letters ABC: <BR> <BR> A. Attend to the Bible with reverence. Ask the Holy Spirit to help... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 21:28:55 EST African Bible study Something I learned at a recent bible study: <BR> <BR> African Bible study: you read the reading 3 times. If done in a group, use the SAME bible. <BR> <BR> example: Read Mark 9: 2-8 <BR> <BR> Answer question 1: One word that spoke to you. <BR> <BR> Read the same reaading <BR> <BR> Answer ques 2: where does the reading touch you today? <BR> <BR> Read the same reading <BR> <BR> Answer ques 3: What do I need to do? What do I need to be? What do I need to change? Mon, 2 Sep 2013 21:14:59 EST Names of God Bible Study--week 8 Week 8 <BR> The Sovereign God <BR> Daniel 7:7-14 <BR> <BR> Sleep therapists tell us that we dream every night. It’s often only the weird or dramatic or frightening ones we remember the next day. <BR> <BR> The Old Testament prophet Daniel had a whopper of a dream one night—and he remembered every detail the next morning. The dream revolved around four great beasts that emerged from a storm tossed sea. Each beast was more fearsome than the one before. No one and nothing seemed capable of ... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:27:17 EST Names of God Bible study-week 7 Week 7: The Glory of God <BR> Psalm 29 <BR> <BR> “I love thunderstorms! When the thunder starts rumbling at night, I actually get up to watch the lightning flash and listen to the wind blow. I even have a CD called Wilderness Thunderstorm” that I play once in a while in my office. The sights and sounds of a storm demonstrate the power and majesty of God to me. <BR> One of the most memorable storms I’ve experienced swept across the central Pennsylvania mountains late one summer evening when... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:25:12 EST Names of God bible study--week 6 Week 6: Holy, Holy God <BR> Isaiah 1: 1-20 <BR> It was not a day I had been looking forward to. I had the responsibility of confronting 2 men with serious wrong in their lives. My part went pretty much the same in both meetings. I laid out the situation gently but firmly, and pleaded with each man to repent and turn away from the paths they were on. I promised them God’s forgiveness if they would respond correctly. <BR> The difference in the 2 meetings was the response. The first man was... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 10:18:33 EST names of God Bible Study--week 5 Week 5: The Lord Almighty <BR> 1 Samuel 17: 1-51 <BR> <BR> The man sitting in my office was broken—and broke. He had lost his house, his business, his family and his reputation. His gambling addiction had become all-consuming. What made it worse was that he didn’t see the problem. Everyone else saw the wicked “giant” in his life, but he refused to acknowledge its presence. He was convinced that he just needed that one big score to win back everything he had lost. <BR> What that man need... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 11:44:32 EST Names of God Bible Study week 4 Week 4: The God Who provides <BR> Genesis 22: 1-14 <BR> <BR> The van was empty. We had carried all my daughter’s clothes and gear up to her dorm room. After we hugged, she turned to head back across campus to a new season in her life. Before I had the van out of the parking lot, tears were streaming down my face. I was leaving a child of my own flesh behind. It was only for a semester at college, but the pain of separation stirred up my emotions. <BR> <BR> GROUP DISCUSSION: Describe a p... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 11:12:21 EST week 3-Names of God Bible Study Week 3: God’s Personal Name <BR> Psalm 68: 1-20 <BR> <BR> The “names “ of God that we find in the Bible are more accurately referred to as descriptive titles. Really God has only one name. His personal name, the name he revealed to his people, is Yahweh (or, in older versions of the Bible, Jehovah). The name Yahweh speaks of God’s eternal existence and His unchanging character. He is the “I am” (which is what Yahweh means in Hebrew). Our God stands above the past, present and future as t... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 06:50:19 EST Names of God Bible Study Week 2 Week 2: God Most High <BR> Genesis 14: 17-24 <BR> <BR> I talked today with a man who hasn’t been in church in 20 years. At one time he attended service regularly and even participated in the leadership of a congregation. “Why did you quit?” I asked. <BR> His answer was one I had heard before. “I just didn’t get anything out of it. I got bored and haven’t been back.” <BR> It’s difficult even for committed Christians to remember that genuine worship isn’t really about getting; it’s far mor... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 06:15:46 EST Names of God Bible Study Discussion Thread here is where you can post if you would like to participate in a group discussion. Answer any of the questions in the bible study, ask any of your own questions,etc Sun, 30 Jun 2013 06:52:37 EST Names of God Bible Study week 1 Week 1: One Supreme Being <BR> Genesis 1 <BR> <BR> “I don’t believe in God—never have, never will!” The words came casually from the young man’s lips. <BR> “Why?” I asked in return. “What’s your reason for rejecting God’s existence?” <BR> “I don’t know,” he said after a moment’s hesitation. “I guess I’ve never seen anything to convince me that God really is there. God may exist, I guess, but he doesn’t care about me.” <BR> <BR> GROUP DISCUSSION: Why do you believe God exists? <BR> <BR> P... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 06:50:29 EST Names of God Bible Study intro The Names of God Bible Study <BR> <BR> Disclaimer: This bible study is taken from the Lifeguide Bible study series by Douglas Connelly and will run over eight weeks. I will set up a discussion thread as well as a thread for each week's bible study <BR> <BR> Intro <BR> <BR> For most of us, our names simply identify us. We might be named in honor of a grandmother or some famous person, but our names don’t have much meaning or significance beyond that. That is not the case, however, with ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 06:47:25 EST Bible Trivia Challenge! These quizzes will be coming from a different source book than the one I use for the regular bible quizzes. They are based on the King James version of the Bible (but everyone should be able to answer regardless of which version you read) and they will cover all topics from Creation to revelation. So, GAME ON!! <BR> <BR> Quiz 1: CREATION <BR> <BR> 1. When did God create "the heaven and the earth"? <BR> <BR> 2. Fill in the blank: " And the earth was without_______, and void." <BR> <BR> 3... Sun, 26 May 2013 10:27:25 EST Hi Sparkies! My name is Mary Catherine. I live in Pittsburgh. I am so thrilled to be on Spark People and sparking. Good luck to all of you on reaching your goals. Dont hesitate to send spark mail to me and I will try to answer each and every one. Mon, 20 May 2013 15:35:19 EST new member Hello everyone! My name is Manda. I just joined this SparkTeam today! I figured that since I am on this weight loss/healthy journey I can't do it alone! I have quite a bit of weight to lose and I know that I can do that with my husband, the Lord, and other people that share the love for the Lord that I do. <BR> <BR> Please don't hesitate to get to know me, I am fun, easy to talk to, I am a team leader in most respects in my life, and would love to grow in my relationship both with the ... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:12:55 EST First saturdays In my attempt to continue to go to mass as often as possible (a carryover from Lent), I unwittingly went to church this am on a first Saturday of the month. Some people stayed afterward to say the rosary, say the act of consecration and the act of reparation. Now, many of you may have learned this before. if I learned it in grade school/high school, then I clearly didn't remember it. So, for those of you who want to understand the meaning behind first Saturdays, follow the link below: <BR... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 12:50:46 EST Good friday <link><BR>hp </link> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:20:34 EST God Delights in you! The following is from a Lenten Bible study that I participated in back in 2010 and I wanted to share it with the team. <BR> <BR> Scripture readings for those who believe that God delights in you: <BR> <BR> You shall be called my delight, for the Lord delights in you and will claim you as his own--Isaiah 62:4 <BR> <BR> Cheer up, don't be afraid, for the Lord your God has arrived...He will rejoice over you in great gladness; He will love you and not accuse. Is that not a joyous chorus I hear... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 17:30:25 EST Beyond Giving Up Chocolate: Going deeper Into lent<BR>aborativeMinistry/Lent/BeyondChocolate<BR>.html Sun, 10 Feb 2013 06:32:48 EST Lent 2013: K.I.S.S. and the 1:1:1 plan If you don't know what to do for Lent, follow the link for some really good suggestions <BR> <link><BR>Keeping-it-simple-this-Lent.aspx </link> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 21:04:46 EST New To Team Hello everyone. I am new to this team and very much look forward to bible study. I have been looking for a bible study group so that I can dig deeper into my faith. I am working hard to lose weight and I think that if I can go deeper into my faith, it will help me to believe that I can complete this journey both spiritually and physically. I look forward to meeting everyone and reading and learning the bible. <BR> <em>296</em> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:14:57 EST new member I am Catholic, a member of the Dominican laity, and trying to loose weight. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 10:31:22 EST Questions/ Commentary on the Gospel of Luke This thread will be specifically for questions or comments on the weeks readings from the Gospel. Here is where you can post anything that YOU may have learned in your own studies that will help bring further understanding to everyone . Let's have fun and learn and grow to be better Christians! I know I need it! Sun, 6 Jan 2013 06:59:17 EST Gospel of Luke Bible Study Here we are at the start of a new year and the start of a new bible study. This bible study will focus on the gospel of luke. I will be posting readings weekly and links to commentaries from "The Daily Word of Life" and the United States Conference of catholic Bishops. Questions and Comments are most definitely encouraged. I will post the first week of readings tomorrow. below is an introduction to the Gospel of Luke from the USCCB: <BR> <BR> The Gospel according to Luke is the first ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 21:38:40 EST Controlling the appetite from Book of Sirach This is from the Good News Bible: <BR> <BR> Ch 37: 27-31 <BR> <BR> My child, as you go through life, keep your appetite under control, and don't eat anything that you know is bad for you. All food doesn't agree with everyone, and everyone doesn't like the same kinds of food. Don't feel that you just have to have all sorts of fancy food, and don't be a glutton over any food. If you eat too much, you'll get sick; if you do it all the time, you'll always have stomach trouble. Gluttony has b... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:54:10 EST May I please invite you? Please join me in spreading kindness by going here: <BR> <link><BR>-think -ill-try-my-own-advice.html </link> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 07:12:53 EST The Year of Faith is coming! The year of faith begins Oct. 11, 2012 and concludes Nov 24, 2013. The first day of the year of faith also marks the 50th anniversary of the Second vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the catechism of the Catholic Church. <BR> <BR> The Year of Faith is a “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta Fidei 6). In other words, the Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and ent... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 06:31:22 EST The Book of Job If you are following the weekly bible readings that i have been posting, then you are in the middle of reading the book of job. I have read Job before and didn't quite understand what was going on. I didn't fully understand why he and his friends were reprimanded (for different reasons). unfortunatley, the Agape online bible study doesn't cover job but I did find a commentary on it that not only gives some good bible study questions but also some life applications. it definitely helped me... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 15:50:28 EST Choosing a Bible Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Has anyone out there heard of or tried the "Inductive Bible Study" method? I was invited to a study like this with a mixed group of Christian denominations (including a few Catholics). I really like it and then was looking to choose a study Bible. Something I learned is that the Catholic Bible is different from other Christian Bibles, including some books that the Protestant Reformers removed. I decided on an RSV-CE study Bible, but I wonder what other folks thin... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 19:48:51 EST Pro-abortion because of your faith? REALLY? Read this to learn how some people make that crazy "leap of faith": <BR><BR>4/can-you-be-pro-abortion-because-of-y<BR>our.html Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:35:37 EST Celebrate the 50 Days of Easter! Today at mass, the priest mentioned how we all do a good job at penance and sacrifice for Lent but we do a lousy job at celebrating Easter. The church gives us 50 days to celebrate easter. In view of that, here are some links to give everyone ways to celebrate the Easter season, all the way until Pentecost! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_50_days_easter </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>brate-the-season-of-easter </l... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 17:16:24 EST Spy Wednesday You may have never heard of the name Spy Wednesday. It is the day before Holy Thursday, and with the Gospel reading from John 12, we remember Judas’ betrayal of his friend Jesus. We hear him say, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you.” <BR> <BR> So as we remember this betrayal, we can imagine what that treachery felt like to Jesus. <BR> We might also remember times we have felt betrayed or betrayed others. <BR> We can hold in prayer those who are experiencing the pai... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 05:02:57 EST How do you handle hard times? I borrowed this from one of my other teams: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rotsEggsCoffee </link> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 21:04:15 EST 40-A lenten Allegory 40 is a thrilling post-apocalyptic drama. <BR> <BR> Seven strangers appear to be the only survivors of a mysterious, calamitous event: Los Angeles is empty, devoid of people. No sign remains of family, neighbors or coworkers. No space ship hovers over the city, there are no zombies or flesh-eating viruses. Just seven strangers, who share the same iridescent blue mark on the shoulder, a tiny, precise square of color that wasn’t there yesterday. Were they chosen? Or have they been culled? By ... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 05:58:21 EST Praying Lent Home I realize lent has begun, but I just came across this site and it had some good topics for preparing for Lent (which you could still follow if you still don't know what you will DO for Lent) and Realigning our priorities, which I thought was a good article. They also have daily prayers. Just follow the link below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>borativeMinistry/Lent/index.html </link> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 05:29:01 EST Lenten reading List <link><BR>enten-reading-list.aspx </link> Sun, 19 Feb 2012 10:38:55 EST new Evangelization and self evangelization Our Sunday Visitor has a good article about the New and self-evangelization. I liked the concept of self-evangelization, especially as we prepare for lent and, eventually, Easter. just follow the link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>atholic-Guide-to-a-Spiritual-Makeover.<BR>aspx </link> Sun, 19 Feb 2012 10:25:56 EST Lenten Resolutions 2012 What do you plan to give up for Lent? <BR> <BR> After my drama with the flies, I plan to give up complaining (that is going to be really hard), and cursing (i hate to confess that at times, they fly from my lips like crazy) and to learn more patience and to think before I act. I also plan on my usual--giving up chocolate. I will cut down to one cup of coffee. I won't eliminate it entirely--I did that one year and I was the crankiest person alive!! <BR> <BR> What are you planning to do? Fri, 17 Feb 2012 21:27:03 EST Bible facts!! 1. When God called Abraham, he promised to bless him in 7 ways (Gen 12: 2-3). The 7th promise, that "all peoples on earth would be blessed through you" (Gen 12:3) is mentioned in the New Testament and referred to Abraham's physical descendants (Acts 3:25) and spiritual descendants (Galatians 3:8) <BR> <BR> 2. When Abraham was told to count the stars, God promised him "So shall your offspring be" (Gen 15:5), Abraham must have realized that God was saying that he would have countless descendan... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 11:32:48 EST Catholic Traditions Good saturday morning! One of the things I just recently learned from this book "Catholic and Loving it" (by Sabitha Narendran and Andrew Salzmann) is that the Church has sanctified specific days of the week and months of the year. <BR> <BR> January is almost over, but January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. It's a devotion that became widespread in the 1400's with the preaching of Saint Bernadine of Siena. One way to honor the Holy Name of Jesus is to obey the second commandemen... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 07:35:16 EST Do any bible passages irritate you/ I don't know about anyone else, but some bible passages do irritate me or make me wonder. It has nothing to do with God's law or anything, just the story in general and the way people behave . i just read genesis 16: 3-5. sarai GIVES her maid to her husband so the maid can get pregnant, then gets mad AT HIM when this maid starts to taunt her after she gets pregnant. Why are you mad at him?! YOU GAVE this woman to him for the express purpose of getting her pregnant to have a son through her.... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 05:15:51 EST Patron Saints of 2012 Hello everyone! You might have heard about drawing "Patrons for the New Year" while reading the Diary of St. Faustina. If you haven't, the excerpt from the diary is located below. In short, St. Faustina's religious community would draw a holy card every year that would have a saint on it - the saint on the holy card would represent who their patron saint for that entire year would be. <BR> <BR> So I thought it would be a great idea to carry on this tradition into our own homes. If you or som... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:30:53 EST Catechism of the catholic Church in one year Hi everyone! The same study guide that gives me the bible readings in one year also give the catechism readings in one year. Personally, it's been a REALLY long time since my religion classes in high school and i do take some "liove" bible study classes when i can find them and attend. For me, it will be afirst to read the entire catholic catechism. <BR> <BR> Now, i don't have the actual book. What i do have is a book called "The teaching of Christ" <BR> which follows the catechism but ... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 23:10:15 EST Reading the bible in one year I haven't read the entire bible in at least 10 years and when I did, it was the New International version. At the time, I was unaweare that there were "Catholic bibles" and that what i was reading didn't even have the canons in it. I have had a catholic bible for many years now and read daily, but the readings correspond to the daily mass readings and I find that there are some books I have not read in their entirety. So, my goal is to read the entire catholic bible. To help in my efforts, ... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 05:27:25 EST To God Alone be the Glory Hello, <BR> I am a new team member. I joined back in the summer, but had some trials and wasn't able to continue with SparkPeople for a few months. So I am taking that step to come back. <BR> <BR> I am thinking about a what the bible says about giving glory to God. I am interested in what people think about giving compliments and how to respond when someone praises you or your children. Someone expressed to me what a wonderful job my daughter had done playing guitar in the school Chri... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 06:48:34 EST Prayer to obtain favors Sharing a prayer novena (actually more than nine days). It is believed that whoever recites the prayer 15 times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (Nov. 30) until Christmas will obtain what is asked. <BR> <BR> Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of his bless... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 05:05:36 EST Bible Quiz! 1. To which bereaved woman did Jesus say "Don't cry"? <BR> <BR> 2. Which one of jesus' miracles is recorded in all 4 gospels? <BR> <BR> 3. What is the bible reference for the famous verse which begins "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son..."? <BR> <BR> 4. After meeting Jesus, who said he would give half of his possessions to the poor? <BR> <BR> 5.True or false? There is only one mention in the Gospels of a meeting between Jesus and the apostle Paul. <BR> <BR> 6. ... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 21:00:01 EST Any other Catholic bloggers here? Here's my post from today: <BR><BR>8/come-down-immediately.html <BR> Please visit & let me know if you blog, too! Mon, 15 Aug 2011 07:18:21 EST SparkPeople Newbie Hi there. I've only been here for a few days, and I feel really good about beginning to make some changes. MiladyTracy told me about this team, and I'm glad to join up. <BR> <BR> I'm 59, married (39 years), no kids, two cats, a semi-retired nurse, living in North Carolina. I'm active in my church (St. Matthew Catholic Church, in north Durham), and other passions include photography, Durham Bulls baseball, reading, blogging, and reading. <BR> <BR> I'm extremely out of shape & would love sug... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 15:26:06 EST Prayers for my son. Please lift up my son in your prayers. He is soon to be discharged from the military, but is having some difficulty in finding a job when he gets out. Please pray that the proper doors will open for him. Thank you! <BR> <BR> Brian Wed, 6 Jul 2011 21:52:52 EST non-stick cooking I am ready to buy new cookware. What is your favorite for easy cleanup? Thu, 16 Jun 2011 10:05:21 EST Asking for Prayer Please pray for my son, Mike, job situation. He is working for a good company, needs the job and works hard. However, the management at this particular store is a challenge. Several employees have threaten to walk out, Mike is determined to stay (working his way through college) unless God directs him elsewhere but he is under so much stress! <BR> <BR> Thank You Tue, 14 Jun 2011 18:45:30 EST Hi Hi...Again...I joined...left...tried again...and I'm really here to stay this time...if you will let me!... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 20:09:58 EST Weekly Challenge and Goodie Give Away! Hey folks! Each week we're going to send a goodie to the person who achieves the most in each week's challenge. This week a goodie goes out to the person who drinks at least 8 glasses of water every day! Let's go team!! Mon, 25 Apr 2011 14:15:14 EST I was blessed today by... Hi All! <BR> Drop a line here to tell everyone how you were blessed today! Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:31:57 EST Faith Notes! Hi Everyone, <BR> Post a note of inspiration from the bible here. When we're struggling we'll have a place to go to get closer to the Lord and be inspired and motivated by him who guides us! Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:30:39 EST Weekly Weigh Ins! Hello All! Stop in here and let us know how you're doing. If you've lost weight we want you to know you're awesome! If you've gained weight, let us give you some motivation! Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:26:56 EST This week's bible study! Hello all, <BR> Please find the links below for this week's study. Enjoy! <BR> <link><BR>on_17.htm </link> <BR> <link><BR>on_17_Handouts.pdf </link> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 13:25:05 EST Palm Weaving Do any of you do palm weaving? We have some designs that we do and I would be willing to share if there is an interest! And I would love to learn something new myself. We have a workbook that was written a long time ago by a nun from St Cloud, MN. It has some wonderful designs that are fun and easy and some really hard ones that are quite challenging. The book is out of print and she will not be re-releasing it in the future so she said people can share her ideas. Thu, 7 Apr 2011 23:13:23 EST Catholic Homeschool mom Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am so happy I found this group! I am a devoted Catholic and married to a wonderful Catholic husband. We have 8 children from 22-2 years of age. We both come from big families ourselves and love the rich history of the Church. Anyone of you do Seton Home Study? How about anyone going to World Youth Day in Madrid in August? <BR> <BR> I sing in the choir, we do a lot of Latin and I love that! We lead a monthly study group in our home, our parish sponsors it and we a... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 23:04:52 EST Fasting Suggestions I am looking for some fasting ideas. I would like to be able to fast and pray more effectively and I am not sure about how to go about it. <BR> <BR> Presently for the first 3 days of the month, I eat only fruits and veggies in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Sacred Heart of Jesus and as a way to prepare for first Friday and First Saturday. <BR> <BR> I heard on Catholic Radio the other day, the end of a program, where they had been discussing a bread and water fast- but I mis... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 09:59:39 EST Lenten Resolutions Hello All, <BR> Let's post our lenten resolutions here and give each other encouragement and be accountable to one another during the season. Good luck to all! God bless! Wed, 9 Mar 2011 17:50:28 EST This weeks bible study! Enjoy! <BR> <link><BR>on_10.htm </link> <BR> <link><BR>on_10_Handouts.pdf </link> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 18:28:15 EST just joined I am a 71 year old woman who has one daughter, another sort of adopted with two grandsons. I grew up in Ohio(30 yrs)...moved to New York (25 years), then SC and now in Phoenix, AZ!!! I was an Ursula nun in Toledo where I taught for 16 years. <BR> <BR> I taught math for 44 years and am now retired. I share a house with my husband, sister and temporarily my daughter and husband who are out of work, 4 cats and 2 dogs! <BR> <BR> I am scheduled for surgery Wed and am a little worried but kn... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 20:04:22 EST Hello! I joined Sp and this team once before, but due to health problems, I didn't stay active. Forgot my password and the email I used so I am starting over completely! <BR> <BR> I became Catholic a few years ago and love my newfound faith, and want to learn more! I have type 2 diabetes and a lung disease (sarcoidosis) that has controlled me for too long, now I am taking back control. <BR> <BR> Also, I'm happily married, have one son, love genealogy, cross-stitch and cooking Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:27:12 EST OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH, WE'RE AWESOME!!! Hey guys guess what!? We are doing totally awesome on our team goals! Wow, I am really really happy about this. When I set them i honestly thought we wouldn't make it but we've surpassed (way way surpassed) two already. Way to go everyone! <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>243</em> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:14:33 EST Prayer Request Could we have a section dedicated to P. Requests? My request is that people pray for the unity of my family and my obtaining a good job that I like and care for. Mon, 24 Jan 2011 12:35:22 EST Roe v. Wade Anniversary is today! I thank God that I'm alive. In 2006, I was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder and thought my life was over. I had just graduated College, lost the weight, rediscovering myself when boom, life threw me a curve! I am grateful to God for strengthening me by testing my Faith. He continues to guide me as I try and become a better member of his body. Sat, 22 Jan 2011 11:02:33 EST Okie is my name, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I was born Catholic and will die Catholic. Sat, 22 Jan 2011 10:57:27 EST A Journeyman... woman Blessings to you! I am just beginning to search the truths of the Catholic faith. I have been a God seeker since a very young child. I love Bible study! The protestant denominations I've been a part of have been wonderful and I've learned much, but I long to approach God where He is... on His throne rather than bring Him to my level... a human with specifics likes and dislikes in worship style. Sigh, I am to meet with Father Leonard tomorrow for the first time as my husband and myself conside... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 09:47:59 EST Walking with God Hello Everyone! I had the wonderful opportunity to read ESCOBEDO's bog post the other day and she had such an awesome idea I thought we could all join in her journey. ESCOBEDO is "walking" to Vatican City. Her goal is to walk the amount of miles it would take to get to Vatican City. I thought that was really cool and a great goal. Please feel free to read her blog at <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3879365 </link> I hope this inspires all of you a... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 17:02:43 EST January Challenge!! Hello Everyone, <BR> For this month let's try to do the following: <BR> 1. Do a Bible Study each week/spend time with the Lord each day. <BR> 2. Drink 8 cups of water each day. <BR> 3. Get 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week. <BR> Post your achievements for each day following this example. Instead of re-posting simply edit your original post each day. Feel free to decorate your post as much as you'd like! LET'S MAKE 2011 A GREAT YEAR!! We can do this!! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>34... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 23:01:25 EST Hello from WNY Just want to introduce myself..I am not new to Spark. Have been with SparkPeople since 2008. I am a member of Catholic Critters and a leader for Fired Up Catholics. So glad to be part of this team. Mon, 3 Jan 2011 01:00:02 EST Patron Saints for the New Year 2011 Hello everyone! You might have heard about drawing "Patrons for the New Year" while reading the Diary of St. Faustina. If you haven't, the excerpt from the diary is located below. In short, St. Faustina's religious community would draw a holy card every year that would have a saint on it - the saint on the holy card would represent who their patron saint for that entire year would be. <BR> <BR> So I thought it would be a great idea to carry on this tradition into our own homes. If you or som... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 16:01:04 EST December Challenge! Hello Everyone, <BR> I'd like to continue to build this team. I thought as a way to incorporate everyone we'd start a monthly challenge. So for this month let's try to do the following: <BR> 1. Do a Bible Study <BR> 2. Drink 8 cups of water <BR> 3. Get 30 minutes of exercise <BR> Post your achievements for each day following this example. Instead of re-posting simply edit your original post each day. Feel free to decorate your post as much as you'd like! <BR> <BR> I've accomplished: <BR> D... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 17:38:18 EST Advent Bible Study Hello Everyone! <BR> I thought in addition to our regular bible study I would also post an advent bible study. Since the coming of Jesus Christ is an event of such immensity I thought it would be nice to dedicate a little more effort to my daily studies. I'll post the studies every 5 days. Below please find an introduction, the first study and the two accompanying handouts. <BR> <link><BR>dy/Advent%20Study%20Introduction.htm </link> <link>www.agapebi... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 16:50:18 EST Advent Traditions Hello Everyone! Please post your advent traditions here! Our family doesn't really have any traditions yet but we are thinking of adopting some. I'll keep you posted on what traditions we start. Happy Holidays Everyone! <em>458</em> Wed, 1 Dec 2010 16:23:05 EST Weekly Bible Study Hello Everyone! Here is our first Bible Study! <BR> 1/21-11/27 <BR> THE PENTATEUCH PART I: GENESIS <BR> INTRODUCTION <BR><BR>esson_1.htm <BR> Please visit the link above and work through it during the week. Post questions, thoughts, or discussion topics to the forum and we can work through the material together. I'll post the topics each week but I'd like this to be a group function (I'm certainly no expert <em>41</em> ) Sun, 21 Nov 2010 18:23:31 EST Potluck Recipes Hi Everyone! <BR> I just got home from a church potluck for the Knights of Columbus. We had a really nice time, it was great to meet more fellow parishioners. I thought it would be fun to post good recipes for pot lucks or anything else. I made Shelley's Sour Cream Enchiladas and they were a huge hit! Here's the recipe (it's a Spark recipe of course <em>30</em> )<BR>il.asp?recipe=74633 Sat, 20 Nov 2010 00:05:38 EST Daily Ptayer I need to do this. I need to be focused. Amy Ideas? Wish I had my rosary, I think I will go buy one. I think Daily Prayer, thanking God, and praying for others qould be positive. Thu, 14 Oct 2010 15:10:18 EST Bible Readings for Sunday September 12 First Reading: Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 <BR> Psalm:51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19 <BR> Second Reading:1 Timothy 1:12-17 <BR> Gospel:Luke 15:1-32 or 15:1-10 <BR> <BR> Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the foremost. 1 Timothy 1:15 <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Sep 2010 22:26:44 EST Bible readings for tomorrow First Reading:1 Corinthians 3:18-23 <BR> Psalm:24:1-6 <BR> Gospel:Luke 5:1-11 <BR> <BR> “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” <BR> Wed, 1 Sep 2010 18:50:36 EST Helllo from FL- Just joined Sparks Hello- <BR> <BR> I am familiar with email, but don't have any blogging experience. We moved to Florida 11 months ago and LOVE it. I have 4 boys- almost-14, 12, 5 and 2. I am new to sparks, but unfortunately not weight loss. I love what I have read in this team and look forward to learning more. I try to get to daily Mass. I have Adoration on Monday nights from 11pm to midnight. Our VBS starts this coming Monday and I am leading a section. During the school year I volunteer at our bo... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 18:53:15 EST Understanding the Holy Rosary and It's Mysteries What is the origin of the Rosary? Fri, 18 Jun 2010 17:09:39 EST Hi from S. Texas Just posting a hello from S. Texas, and looking forward to good discussion! Fri, 18 Jun 2010 13:13:08 EST Let's start a new Bible nterested? I would love to start a Bible study with this team. Is anyone else interested and do you have ideas on what to study? Tue, 11 May 2010 04:11:08 EST New Catholic Web Site I would like to introduce you to a new Catholic web site. Members can pray the daily prayer at their convenience while praying for the intentions of the entire membership. There are also many other pages with an abundance of Catholic information. Please check us out and if you like what you see, feel free to join. God Bless You, Nick <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 4 Mar 2010 09:48:10 EST Saint Katharine Drexel Novena One of our American Saints. Saint Katharine was canonized on October 1, 2000. Her feastday is March 3rd. If you would like to take part in a 9 day novena, it begins on February 22! Sat, 20 Feb 2010 01:20:12 EST May God be with you Hello, my name is Nick, I'm on the diet since Dec 2009. I would like to feel better, have more energy, and most of all make my body a proper Temple for God. Please consider joining another team which I started "Where two or more are gathered in my name" Everyday I post a new prayer for us, in addition to a minute meditation. Its not meant to replace any other team you are on, but add to your arsenal. May the Lord bless you and Mary keep you. <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Feb 2010 10:47:22 EST Hi! My Dh, Ds and I came home to the Church in 2003 and I still have sooo much to learn. This looks like a great place to continue that journey. <BR> <BR> I'm Michelle, 48 (until next month), married for 28 yrs and Mom to a "grown" son! Wed, 17 Feb 2010 16:48:28 EST Hi! I'm new!! Hi! My name is Chris. I am a Catholic homeschooling mom of 4. I need to lose 30-40 pounds. Every Lent I feel very defeated because I never follow through with my resolutions. This year I want things to be different. I am looking for a Buddy to help during my weight lose. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 16:07:06 EST New member in Maryland! I'm just a two week newbie to Sparkpeople, and I was fortunate to find this team today! My name is Janet, and I have 50 lbs to lose. I live in Maryland and am married, and blessed with 3 daughters and 1 son. We've also been blessed with 2 grandsons who live in California. I have two rescued dogs, one a mutt and the other a yorkie. <BR> <BR> My faith is strong, and I love the Catholic Church. I serve with our youth group, as well as a lector and extraordinary minister. I served for many... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 20:17:36 EST Study the Bible Scriptures behind the Mysteries <BR> I have an idea for study. <BR> <BR> <BR> Perhaps we could study each of the Mysteries of the Rosaries. Discuss the Bible passages that are behind each Mystery and search for a deeper meaning each Mystery may hold for us. Wed, 27 Jan 2010 12:14:31 EST Beautiful Video! <link><BR>pters/7.htm </link> Sun, 3 Jan 2010 15:14:22 EST 44 yr. old Texan Hi, my name is Noe and I am wanting to kick start the new year with faith, prayer, and health. I have been a member of SP since May 09. I have done o k ... <BR> just wish I could do better. <BR> I am a wife of almost 26 years, a mother of three daughters and a grandmother of 5 plus 1 on the way makes 6! I was baptized 25 yrs ago, should go to mass more often and I am a sinner. <BR> I have lived in Texas all my life and I am a Dallas Cowboy fan and a Texas Tech fan... <BR> <BR> <BR> :) Noe Tue, 29 Dec 2009 01:44:23 EST Childrens Bible Can anyone recommend a good children's Bible? My oldest is asking me lots of questions, but the Sister at church said a children's Bible will be better, not so scary. <BR> <BR> Does it matter if it is NKJV or Catholic or whatever? Wed, 11 Nov 2009 22:50:06 EST Please say a Prayer today Nov 5 Please say a Prayer today for Melissa. A lovely young woman w/an 8 yr old daughter. Melissa has just been diagnosed w/a serious kidney infection and her doctor has given her a massive dose of antibiotic. If the infection does not lessen by tomorrow he wants to put her in the hospital Monday. She can not afford this, nor the time off and has no one to stay w/her daughter. <BR> <BR> Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 13:35:38 EST Stumbled Upon you guys! Wow, prayer and getting healthy! What a great combination! I prayed to God every day a few years ago to help me lose weight and make the right choices, I did a great j ob and lost 30 lbs. Now, I am having to start all over. <BR> <BR> Recently, I received my Master Catechist certification, and gave my first parish adult education lecture on prayer. It was wonderful, but truly a nerve-racking process before hand. <BR> <BR> Anyway, pray for me to get motivated and I'll pray for you! <BR> ... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 22:57:48 EST So much to learn where to start!!! <em>198</em> Tue, 3 Nov 2009 17:53:50 EST Starting again! I've tried to do this on my own. Now I feel like the sea is engulfed in a storm & I'm screaming JESUS, SAVE ME from my addiction to food. I know that it sounds melodramatic. But, I keep eating in excess and saying I'll start again tomorrow. I feel so disgusted with myself. I try offering it up as a prayer, especially for the holy souls. Then I fail them and myself. Thank you ahead of time for your prayers and support. I promise I will pray for you and your intentions. Tue, 3 Nov 2009 01:13:25 EST Greetings from California! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been sparking for about 10 days now. Thought it would be really neat to find a Catholic team, and decided on this one, since one can really never get enough of the God's word to feed the soul. <BR> <BR> I LOVE being Catholic, having gone through RCIA and confirmed in 2005. See my blog: On Being Catholic. <BR> <BR> I am involved in the Militia of the Immaculata at my church and am editor of our newsletter. Let me know if you would like any info on that. <BR... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 10:58:36 EST Why do we do the sign of the cross... three times before the gospel is read? <BR> <BR> My daughter asked and I do not remember. I know I never did as a kid and since I have started back to church a few yrs ago. I see everyone doing the sign on the forehead, the lips and the chest...why? Mon, 26 Oct 2009 23:08:38 EST Marking in your Bible. I have a strange question to ask. <BR> <BR> I was never allowed as a kid to mark in books, puppy dog ear corners....It took me some time to get use to markingn in my college books. However, for some reason I can not get myself to mark in my Bible. I feel like I am graffiting my book. <BR> <BR> Is it okay to mark in our Bibles and are there special pens or markers I am to use? I am sorry this sounds dumb. Fri, 11 Sep 2009 09:30:49 EST !!!disturbed by the scripture! !...please help I just read I. Tim 4:1-4 and I am bothered greatly. I have abstained from things such as sugar flour and meat for about a month now, and I thought that was with the help of God. Was I wrong?! Thu, 3 Sep 2009 13:43:01 EST Hello from Florida Sorry, it has taken me so long to say hello. <BR> <BR> I am Becky and a SAHM to three kids. I have married for 13 yrs November to my best friend and my only friend. <BR> <BR> I started back to church in June with my daughter. My oldest girl Brittney starts Catechism classes Saturday. It will be a big learning time for the both of us. I love going to church with my girls and pray for the day my son and dh comes with us. <BR> <BR> I love to sew, crochet (I am part of the prayer shawl m... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 22:48:25 EST Starting anew. I have only been Catholic for a short time. In fact, my first Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation was what brought me to OA and started me on the path that has helped me release over 70 pounds. So my first goal as a Catholic is to read the books of the Bible that have been left out of my life all this time. As I read a bit each day I will post to this message board and give a few of my thoughts. Please comment and encourage, not only me, but the others in this group to read the Bible. Sun, 30 Aug 2009 23:14:17 EST Please PRAY for Missing Boy from my parish<BR>24218592&ref=nf <BR> <BR> If you can't use this link just google Bring Home Luke Dillier. <BR> <BR> He is a young man from my parish and he has been active in our church for years. He just disappeared. <BR> <BR> Please say a prayer for Luke and his Family! <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> <BR> Cissy Sun, 26 Jul 2009 16:51:04 EST Good Bye Just want to say I should have left a long time ago. Thought I could one of you to talk and do Bible study.. but you just dont want to be involved. I thought a good Catholic group of people to talk to relate to would be great for me. I never thought YOU are just a bunch of quitters.. bye and thanks for the experience.. I hope you do find your way back HOME. GOd bless Dee Wed, 24 Jun 2009 17:00:46 EST Another Newbie Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I recently joined Spark (about 2 weeks) and have some weight to lose and faith to gain. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with both over the years. I am a single mother of 3 girls, the middle of which recently announced that she would like to start catholic school next year, for the seventh grade. And she says she wants to become a nun. God bless her. <BR> <BR> I don't know how I feel about this, but it is her journey and I would like to be more of a help to her. An... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 11:42:45 EST June Log in Points I am hoping at some of you will join me. I am only a member here and would like to grow in my faith.. hugs and a Happy Sunday to all Sun, 31 May 2009 13:54:12 EST Did you wear red today? Today is Pentecost Sunday did you wear red and did someone speak in another language during the Mass today?? Sun, 31 May 2009 13:51:01 EST Rosary Meditation with Mary - Saturday Second Joyful Mystery – Saturday <BR> The Visitation Luke 1:39-56 <BR> <BR> Mary, I have to admit that of all the Mysteries of the Rosary I love the Joyful Mysteries the most. I see in my mind’s eye you rushing toward Elizabeth. Her arms are outstretched to welcome you into her home. Two women who share the joy of each other’s company. <BR> <BR> Pray for me that I may truly appreciate the women in my family and love them as dearly as you and Elizabeth love one another. <BR> <BR> Pray for ... Sat, 30 May 2009 12:36:21 EST A Rosary Meditation with Mary – Friday First Sorrowful Mystery – Friday <BR> <BR> The Agony in the Garden Matthew 26:36-46 <BR> A Rosary Meditation with Mary <BR> <BR> Mary, your Son suffered and prayed alone in the Garden of Gethsemane. He prayed that God’s Will be done. That prayer seems impossible to pray when a loved one suffers and we are powerless to help them. <BR> <BR> Pray for me, that when I can not accept or understand the sorrow of this world, I will not add to that sorrow with my own bitterness. <BR> <BR> Pray f... Fri, 29 May 2009 11:01:37 EST A Rosary Meditation with Mary – Thursday First Luminous Mystery – Thursday <BR> <BR> The Baptism of the Lord <BR> <BR> <BR> Mary, <BR> <BR> John was surprised when Jesus came to the Jordon to be baptized by him. I have often thought that this was an act of humility for both men: Jesus, who humbled himself to do the will of the Father: John, who knew that his mission had come to an end. <BR> <BR> Pray for me, that when it is time for me to step back to let another take the limelight, I will do so gracefully and with great ... Thu, 28 May 2009 09:53:30 EST A Rosary meditation with Mary – Tuesday Third Sorrowful Mystery – Tuesday <BR> The Crowning of Thorns <BR> Matthew 27:27-31 <BR> <BR> Mary, there are so many times that I come to you with my sorrows and my pain. When you were suffering with your son, was there any woman to whom you could turn and on whose shoulder you could rest your weary head? <BR> <BR> Pray for me, that when I am suffering, I will see the suffering of others. Pray for me, that I learn how to give comfort to those in pain. <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 May 2009 11:16:21 EST Hello I debated about joining this Catholic Team and the Catholic Critters. Then I decided I can join both and perhaps each team will put up with me. <BR> <BR> Anyway I think that this is great fun and hopefully I can contribute to this team. Mon, 25 May 2009 00:52:29 EST Happy Memorial Day Wishing everyone a great weekend and hope you have a safe and healthy day. Good luck to all of you. Fri, 22 May 2009 11:12:44 EST Starting Over I Know you guys do not chat much, but I found a piece of mail that I made a blog from it. Please check this out.. Thank you and God bless Wed, 13 May 2009 08:05:58 EST Login in Points for May May 1 3 <BR> may 2 3 <BR> May 3 3 <BR> <em>213</em> hope to get others to join in Sun, 3 May 2009 21:50:59 EST Hi! I am a 28 year old woman in South Dakota that has been a member of the Catholic Church for only a year and overweight for 6 years(college weight). I am loving the church and all the availability of being involved. I enjoy learning about the Bible and the Catholic Faith. I am also hoping to lose some weight in time for a new job I will be starting in August. <em>213</em> Tue, 21 Apr 2009 14:52:34 EST What can I do for Jesus today? Not complain! Tue, 31 Mar 2009 09:24:11 EST National Night of Prayer for Life This is very short notice, but I only recently found out about this myself. This year's 19th Annual National Night of Prayer for Life, is a prayer movement uniting the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with the Feast of St. Juan Diego by holding a prayer service from 9 PM December 8 (Monday) to 1 AM December 9 (Tuesday). The group is asking parishes nationwide to hold an Hour of Unity from December 8 at midnight to 1 AM(Tuesday) EST, to unite "churches across the country in prayer to end abo... Mon, 1 Dec 2008 12:41:50 EST Saying Grace I've always found it difficult to remember to say grace before meals--difficult and a little awkward. <BR> I got this idea from a friend who is a Third Order Carmelite. I now just make a quick sign of the cross over my food before i eat it. This gives the eating of the meal a more sacred quality and makes me think of what I'm doing instead of eating mindlessly. Thu, 20 Nov 2008 07:32:46 EST A Halloween story A young boy was sent home from school because his costume was considered offensive. The lad was dressed as Jesus Christ. The boys mother is Catholic. Father's beliefs are unknown. Although I'm new in my Catholic studies I would like some input/feelings on the subject if you have any. This story was in the Bergen Record paper and I was trying to hash out some of this in my mind. <BR> Gloria Mon, 3 Nov 2008 00:03:06 EST A newbie in more ways than one, I'm Gloria When I asked God to show me the truth my world just went haywire. Anyway be very careful what you ask for because it can be quite a ride. Right now I'm in RICA and will be confirmed Easter Sunday. <BR> <BR> Lately I've had one of my daughters almost die in the hospital. Being the emotional eater that I am you can't even imagine the weight that a person can gain in a month and a half (That's how long she's been in). <BR> <BR> At any rate it's time for this ol' gal to stop the elbow exercise... Mon, 27 Oct 2008 22:02:18 EST PRAISE GOD WITH ONE WORD! DO YOU KNOW HOW TO PRAISE GOD OUR SAVIOR, PLEASE SHOW AS MANY WORDS EACH DAY TO PRAISE JESUS. <BR> <em>288</em> <BR> <em>296</em> Tue, 7 Oct 2008 15:48:53 EST Daily Bible Verse Hi Friends! <BR> For the past two years, I have bought a desktop calendar with a Bible verse for each day. I can find the verse in the Bible to read more of the passage it came from. It is a good way to read a little of the Bible each day. I absolutely love how God speaks to me through these verses. I'ld like to share them with you and would love hearing how they fit your day. I'm going to post these on all my Catholic Spark Teams so if you belong to more than one, ignore my multiple post... Tue, 7 Oct 2008 12:31:40 EST Morning Mass Hi all, <BR> <BR> Do you go to morning Mass? Does it make a difference in your day? It sure does for me. And, I find that the people at morning Mass form their own little unspoken community. Whoever is there is there because they really want to be. I used to go everyday, but now I go about twice during the week. How about you? <BR> Thu, 25 Sep 2008 05:36:12 EST Hi! I'm new! I joined SP on 9/10 and just found these Catholic groups. I'm so excited to join. I'm 46, married, and have a 16 year old son and 11 year old daughter. I'm a first grade teacher and assist in the R.C.I.A. group in my small town Church. It is wonderful to meet you! Mon, 22 Sep 2008 13:49:41 EST Let's Read The Bible/Vamos a Leer La Biblia! I love to read! And lately I have a Desire to read the Bible; Please joing in to write a verse or 2 from the bible so we could keep our heart and mind healthy!!! <BR> Mela Mon, 25 Aug 2008 20:54:33 EST I'm starting over! Greetings all! I'm starting back with SparkPeople. I've joined Weight Watchers and their program is good. I've lost some weight, but I wasn't motivated or inspired with it. I felt more connected on SparkPeople. So I'm back. But I'm really looking for a great group to join. I hope this is it. <BR> Looking forward to meeting some of you. In the mean time, May the Lord bless you and keep you. ss Thu, 21 Aug 2008 23:17:12 EST Hi my name is Janice Hi everyone! My name is Janice. I am 46 years old. I am married and have two boys living out of the home as they are 21 and 24. My life has changed dramatically since JESUS changed my life. For me it is a miracle. I hope you will accept me as a member of your group. GOD BLESS! Janice Sun, 15 Jun 2008 20:15:12 EST Anxiety Alley Sometimes when we are worried it helps to write it down or to tell someone. Here's the area you can do that. Are you worried that this weeks scale is going up. Do you worry about your financial situation. This is the place to write about it, and also a place where you can show someone compassion. <BR> <BR> The Lord said that He can make our burdens light, so here's a place to hand them over to Him. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This week I am a concerned that the scale is going to go up. It is the... Sat, 14 Jun 2008 09:56:14 EST Prayer requests Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I will be... <BR> <BR> Let us be your other person. Place your prayer request in this topic and we will gladly pray for your request. As always, we ultimately pray that God's will be done! Thu, 12 Jun 2008 09:23:23 EST Let's talk (a forum for any topic) This topic will be for any reason, and for anything that is on you mind. Please keep it clean as I know you will, and respect each other's opinions. Other than that, Let's talk... Mon, 9 Jun 2008 09:22:52 EST Prayer Challenge May 21, 2008 <BR> <BR> Submit yourselves, then, to God. <BR> --James 4:7 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In New York City, in front of the RCA Building on Fifth Avenue, there is a gigantic statue of Atlas, a physically fit, well-proportioned man who is holding the world up on his shoulders. <BR> <BR> In this piece of art, Atlas is not having an easy time with this task. But rather, he is straining fiercely under the crushing weight of it. <BR> <BR> Just across the street in Saint ... Wed, 21 May 2008 12:55:25 EST weigh-in Here you can post your weight and inches lost, all your successes and your struggles. Weigh in on whatever day your once a week weigh in day is. Mine is Sunday, but your can be any day of the week. <BR> <BR> On my Sunday weigh in I didn't lose a pound, but I did lose .5 inch around my hips (I like losing around my hips. lol) Wed, 21 May 2008 08:40:16 EST Sp website What was your favorite discovery with this website? <BR> <BR> <BR> I just discovered that the topics that have "sticky" have nothing to do with content, but that they don't move from the lineup of topics. But so far my favorite discovery is in healthy lifestyle, wellness, the mind over body program. <em>104</em> Wed, 21 May 2008 08:34:24 EST Choir singers unite! Any church choir singers in here? <BR> <BR> I sing for the Sunday Spanish Church choir and we also sing for different weddings, quinceaneras, special masses. Mon, 19 May 2008 18:02:10 EST Emoticon Your Day... I saw this on another site and I thought it was fun, easy... Just add an emoticon to the post on how you are feeling, it's that easy. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Mon, 19 May 2008 09:09:51 EST Good Morning... Good Morning... On this topic I hope that we can inspire each other to get up, get moving, and to stick with our diet plans. So Good Morning Team...Have a great day! Mon, 19 May 2008 09:07:43 EST Healthy Body I would like to use this topic to discuss health issues, find out what recipies you like, how you are doing on your diet and just talk about how to live holy, healthy lives... <BR> <BR> Today I would like to ask you what motivates you in your journey to a healthy lifestyle? Mon, 19 May 2008 09:01:25 EST Catholic Spark team in spanish??? I like being a part of this team and I especially like that you ladies have begun a bible study group... however, as weird as this may sound, I do not understand religion in English. I've always gone to church, catecism, youth group, choir, bible studies, read, prayed, sang, adored Him in spanish and I really have a hard time understanding mass or anything else that contains religious terminology in english. <BR> <BR> Do you ladies know of a Spanish Catholic SparkTeam I may be able to join? Tue, 13 May 2008 20:11:04 EST Thought for the Day You Will Know The Truth... 5/9 <BR> <BR> Dn 3:14-20, 91-92; Jn 8:31-42 <BR> <BR> God shows me the truth if I stay in touch through prayer. Relationship is all about sharing. Do I share myself with Jesus and let him share himself with me?\ Fri, 9 May 2008 12:47:40 EST Healthy living Bible study We will take a different book from the Bible and study it as it pertains to our healthy living. We can use the readings of the day, or study one book at a time...any suggestions? Mon, 5 May 2008 11:04:32 EST Hi from Sunny So. Florida Hi, I found you by doing a team search with just Catholic as the search word. <BR> <BR> I was baptised Catholic as an infant and am a born-again Catholic since 1983. Our pastor calls us recycled Catholics. <BR> <BR> I love sharing my faith and it's a little tricky in other Christan groups although they have been kind. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you. <BR> <BR> <em>296</em> <em>247</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2008 14:23:19 EST Triduum-008 Hi Everyone, <BR> Since this week is Holy Week and tomorrow begins Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday), it might be a great opportunity to eat less and fast in between meals. I find prayer and fasting easier during this time of the year. <BR> Any other insights? Wed, 19 Mar 2008 15:06:25 EST Bible Timeline -- The Great Adventure Has anyone taken this in their parish? If so, was it the 4-week, 8-week, or 24-week version? Were the people charge and how much? How did it go over? <BR> <BR> Lot's of questions, but I would be grateful if someone does have answers. Mon, 10 Mar 2008 22:14:55 EST Is anybody doing Renew in their parish? We started the Renew: Why Catholic program last fall in my parish. We are finishing up the first book in the series, which is based on the first pillar of the catechsim, the Profession of Faith. Is anybody else doing Renew in their parish, and if so, how's it going? <BR> Peace, <BR> Laura Tue, 26 Feb 2008 17:57:15 EST Group Bible Study I get the impression that we are not doing any Bible Study together as a group. I suggest that we pick one of the Bible Study courses that are on the site you get to by clicking on the team picture. Perhaps our leader could choose one and make it a sticky topic. Mon, 18 Feb 2008 11:32:01 EST Peace Be With You All! Hello, my name is Barbara and I live in South Carolina. I've just joined SP a few days ago and was thrilled to find this Spark Team. I am a cradle Catholic and have participated in many Bible study groups over the years though I am not involved in one now. I live 18 miles from church which limits my participation in some activities. First thing in the morning, I get online and go immediately to a website called Sacred Space This is a daily devotional which follows th... Sun, 27 Jan 2008 14:15:40 EST Hello Hello everyone! <BR> My name is Kim. I am 45 years OLD. Feeling it! <BR> I live in the State of Pennsylvania, central they say, I think a little more south. <BR> I am hoping by offering myself anew into Gods hands, and putting his word in my heart, I will be able to empty myself out and have new beginnings. <BR> I am looking forward to stepping into the bible study. <em>270</em> Fri, 18 Jan 2008 11:36:15 EST Hello My name is Noelle, I was born and raised catholic and left a while ago in my early 20's. I am slowly returning home. I have no access to a catholic church were I live in the England, so I have started to just pray the rosary on sundays instead. no buses run on sunday or late saturday evening. I am looking forward to going to church when my husband-a non catholic- come home to Florida to visit my parents. I am looking to lose weight, been trying a long time. I need to surrender my food addict... Wed, 9 May 2007 11:32:27 EST ROSARY CHALLENGE Please post here for everyday you have said at least one decade of the Rosary. Tue, 1 May 2007 00:59:26 EST Introduce Yourself From time to time I get messages of new members who join the team, however, they do not post on the boards and the other members do not get to know them. <BR> <BR> Therefore I am encouraging all newbies to introduce yourselves on this thread so that we can welcome you to the group and to Spark and be there for you along the way. <BR> <BR> Those of you who do not have a SparkPage are encuraged to set up on at this time. <BR> <BR> Ronlee Tue, 17 Apr 2007 22:25:37 EST Mabuhay from the Philippines! Hello, I'm Joy, a Western/Roman Catholic. I am pleased to meet everyone here, and I'm terribly sorry I haven't been posting fervently as well. <BR> <BR> So far, I've been unable to fast because my body needs the food (exercise + lack of sleep + work stress = weak Joy). But, I've been doing well at other things I think... I'm slowly trying to let go of my past, which is full of "mortal" sins (the 7 sins). And I've eased my body into what will be, hopefully, a juice-and-water fast tomorrow (Go... Thu, 5 Apr 2007 10:43:05 EST Hello I just started going a Mom's scripture study at my local parish. I am also a runner and saw this forum and was interested in the bible study for Catholics on-line here. <BR> <BR> Spark people web site has been great for me and my family. <BR> <BR> When I have time this on the lap..I will get back on. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Mon, 5 Feb 2007 16:51:37 EST GREAT LENT STUDY Hi Ladies! <BR> <BR> Since Great Lent is nearly upon us, how 'bout a Bible study based on each Sunday's gospel readings during Lent? We could start a new thread for each week to keep them small, and so someone who missed a week could go back to a certain date. The only thing is, I don't know if Orthodox and Catholics follow the same lectionary. Last Sunday our reading was on Christ's Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee, so a study would involve discussion on the Pharisee's prideful p... Sat, 3 Feb 2007 10:50:40 EST Returning Hi everyone. I've noticed that over the last several weeks, I've allowed my spiritual life to take a back seat, so I've decided to return to this group. Hopefully this time I'll make the time to actually follow the Bible study! Thu, 30 Nov 2006 00:03:51 EST Hello Everyone from Cold And Rainy Pennsylvania! Hello Everyone!! <BR> <BR> I am a Catholic Mom in Pennsylvania who has recently signed up with this Spark program, who would love to join this group! I am so excited to get started, and am looking forward to travelling this journey with many new friends! I also happen to love Scott Hahn! Our Scripture Study program in church is currently doing "Hail Holy Queen", and all of the programs have just been incredible! Thank you for allowing me this forum! <BR> <BR> Yours... <BR> Lisa Thu, 19 Oct 2006 10:23:12 EST Cheating yourself It's obvious that you are cheating yourself when you eat a couple more of this or that and not write it down, or when you over-indulge. But I found myself wanting to cheat in a subtler way. <BR> <BR> I know not everyboday weighs themselves daily. I do. I like to know the rhythms and tides of my body on a day-to-day basis. <BR> <BR> Here recently, however, I got down to 172 lbs. and was thrilled! It looked like it would stay, but one unhappy day (day before yesterday) it hopped up to 179... Fri, 13 Oct 2006 09:29:58 EST Hi to everyone, Just wanted to greet everyone, and inquire about the bible study. My name is Wendy and I look forward to sharing on this team. <BR> <BR> Wendy Tue, 3 Oct 2006 20:37:28 EST Lean Mean Halloween Challenge You know how they say that it takes about 6 weeks to break and old habit and to learn new ones? Well we have roughly 6 weeks left until Halloween and so I decided to launch a personal challenge to learn new habits so that I can live a more healthy, balanced, life. <BR> <BR> Here are my goals: <BR> 1) Become more organized and manage my time better <BR> <BR> 2) Plan and cook my meals ahead of time <BR> <BR> 3) Shave a minute off my 5K time (I will run a 5K on Sunday at my best pace and go ... Mon, 18 Sep 2006 14:34:31 EST Hello! A little about myself... Hello, all! Hi! My name is Dawn, and I am a stay at home mom of two boys. I was baptised Catholic at age 7, but my parents never attended church - I went with my aunt. I stopped attending mass when I went to Ipiscopal school 4th-12th grade. After HS, I had several years of college at Seattle University, but never really practiced my faith growing up. After my four year old was born, my husband and I wanted to return to the church, and started attending mass again after reconciliation. I went... Sun, 6 Aug 2006 10:33:38 EST Bible Study for Catholics Group Forum This topic was automatically created when the SparkPoints Group "Bible Study for Catholics" was started. Here is the description for this Group: <BR> <BR> Catholic Folk increasing their faith and walk with God while losing weight together and living a healthier life in Christ. Sat, 6 May 2006 10:39:31 EST