The Journey & Other Poems

The JourneyYou're in front of meAnd I don't see you. BesideMe and I don't know.Fill my emptiness with you.Touch my darkness with your lightWith longing I searchFor you. In hope I travel.Towards or Away?How can I know or be sure?I long for your hidden smile.Will I find you, seeYou, know you? Elusive love,Yet faithful lover.Journey's end and beginning Pilgrim heartsease and hearts wound.Of this I am sure,The anchor to which I cling,That which sustains me,If Read more [...]

I am 50something, born in Scotland, living in England. By profession I am a registered nurse but due to long term illness have not worked for a couple of years.

Acceptance: Unlock the Doors!

Acceptance is a two-fold virtue: accepting yourself and accepting others. How difficult is it for you to acknowledge and accept your own limitations and weaknesses? How difficult is it for you to accept the same in others? Do you hold others to a higher standard than yourself, because you expect more from others than you do of yourself?Finding acceptance in our lives requires that we first unlock the door to the interior self. It is there that we commune with God. We discover and come to Read more [...]
Virginia Lieto

You can find Virginia blogging about the virtues at virginialieto.com. Virginia has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology. She is an adjunct professor of Theology at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. Her first upcoming book titled, Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience will be published August 25, 2015. She lives in Harrisburg, NC with her husband Nick.

August Saint Days and Feasts

(I am really excited to FINALLY get back into being a regular contributor here at Catholic Bloggers Network!)As Cathoics, we are truly blessed to have the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints in heaven who pray for us. It is good for us to honor them and to ask for their intercession; therefore, in order to help you do so, I have put together a list of the saints and feasts in August....continue reading Read more [...]
Carol D'Annunzio

Like many of us, Carol is a jack of all trades: wife, homeschooling mother, homemaker, and most importantly, a child of God. She blogs at Simple Catholic Living where you will find encouragement and resources for living out your womanly Christian vocation.

Poverty Alleviated: It’s Up to You!

Poverty Can Be EliminatedPoverty can be eliminated if we, to whom much has been given, were to share with those less fortunate. Everything that we have comes from the providence of God. Nothing that we think we own, do we actually own, for it could all be taken away in the blink of an eye. Everything belongs to God, and we are merely the stewards of his benefaction. Saint Francis de Sales says:…our possessions are not our own; God has given them to us that we may cultivate them, and it Read more [...]
Virginia Lieto

You can find Virginia blogging about the virtues at virginialieto.com. Virginia has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology. She is an adjunct professor of Theology at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. Her first upcoming book titled, Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience will be published August 25, 2015. She lives in Harrisburg, NC with her husband Nick.

Saint Mary: The Beautiful Dove

But she, not finding where her foot might rest, returned to him into the ark: for the waters were upon the whole earth: and he put forth his hand, and caught her, and brought her into the ark. And having waited yet seven other days, he again sent forth the dove out of the ark. And she came to him in the evening, carrying a bough of an olive tree, with green leaves, in her mouth. Noe therefore understood that the waters were ceased upon the earth. And he stayed yet other seven days: and he sent Read more [...]

I am 50something, born in Scotland, living in England. By profession I am a registered nurse but due to long term illness have not worked for a couple of years.

Giver? Me? What’s in it for Me?

Why be a giver?You might be thinking, “Why should I part with my hard earned money and give it to someone else? No one’s done any favors for me?” The short answer is that you do it because Jesus commanded you to when He said “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31). How can you love your neighbor as yourself, if you allow your neighbor to do without while you live comfortably? You, in essence, love yourself more than your neighbor.We are all in this together. We are all on Read more [...]
Virginia Lieto

You can find Virginia blogging about the virtues at virginialieto.com. Virginia has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology. She is an adjunct professor of Theology at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. Her first upcoming book titled, Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience will be published August 25, 2015. She lives in Harrisburg, NC with her husband Nick.

Heaven in Ordinary

As Paul went on and on, a young man called Eutychus who was sitting on the window-sill grew drowsy and was overcome by sleep and fell to the ground three floors below.Acts 20:9 If Eutychus isn't the patron saint of ordinary churchgoers then perhaps he should be. On days when the sky is blue, the sun is warm, the sermon is dull and a tall glass of something cool is waiting for you outside then who is the one whose attention would not waver at least a little? I don’t think that this is a Read more [...]

I am 50something, born in Scotland, living in England. By profession I am a registered nurse but due to long term illness have not worked for a couple of years.

Why be Reborn?

"What's in it for me?" is a perfectly reasonable question to ask whenever someone tries to persuade you to take a risk. It may not be the only or even the most important question but it is certainly one which can legitimately be put. One cannot, therefore, blame non-Christians for taking it into consideration when hearing the appeals of evangelisers to be 'born again in Christ Jesus.' To people who believe in neither heaven nor hell the promise of the one and the threat of the other will make Read more [...]

I am 50something, born in Scotland, living in England. By profession I am a registered nurse but due to long term illness have not worked for a couple of years.

Joy IS Prayer

As a Christian, living in the Mystical Body off Christ, I can choose to live in the joy of the Lord or stay in my misery, isolated from the Spirit of God who dwells within.When I live in my head, I live in a prison of whirling thoughts cut off from others and God.If I go deeper into my being and live in my human emotions, in pain or in self-manufactured “happiness”, I end up stuck as a victim of others and in my sinful, independent self.However, if I allow God to draw me even deeper Read more [...]

Melanie Jean Juneau is a wife, writer and mother of nine children who blogs at joy of nine9. The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life, especially a life lived in God.

Give Freely: Munificence, A Little Known Virtue

Give freely from your wealth to alleviate the suffering of the poor; that is the easiest way to define the virtually unknown virtue of Munificence. A person truly practices Munificence when he/she uses his/her wealth to alleviate the suffering of the poor, while acknowledging the merit of poverty for oneself in regards to eternal life. Remember, you can’t take it with you!As with the virtue of Magnanimity, with Munificence, intention matters. The primary purpose must be to alleviate the Read more [...]
Virginia Lieto

You can find Virginia blogging about the virtues at virginialieto.com. Virginia has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology. She is an adjunct professor of Theology at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. Her first upcoming book titled, Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity – Finding Patience will be published August 25, 2015. She lives in Harrisburg, NC with her husband Nick.