Salvation: It’s Not All About Me

Formulae like 'I accept Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour' are very commonly used among Evangelical Christians. They can act as the gateway marking the point at which a person becomes a Christian. In that sense they resemble the shahada, the Muslim profession of faith. What they don't resemble is the traditional Christian gateways which are baptism and the profession of the Nicene creed. There are many things which could be said about this but I propose to focus on what I see as the 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.

Gratitude is Personal and Reverent

Gratitude is personal. Here is an example. If a person needs to take a taxi to the doctor’s office, he simply does so. However, if this person were to receive a ride to the doctor’s office by a neighbor or friend, then this person would most likely feel a sense of gratitude. He/she would express gratitude by saying thank you for the kindness expressed. Therefore, for gratitude to exist, two human beings must be involved; one that gives, without expecting anything in return, and one that Read more [...]
Virginia Lieto

You can find Virginia blogging about the virtues at virginialieto.com. Virginia has a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Theology. She is an adjunct professor of Theology at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. Virginia is the author of a children's book titled, "Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity - Finding Patience." She lives in Harrisburg, NC with her husband Nick.

A Pilgrimage: A Call To Step Out In Faith

Funny things happen when you decide to step out of your comfort zone and do something you might never think you would do.  After attending the initial meeting for our September Papal visit, I was so full of hope and overwhelmed with the knowledge of how many people would travel to Philadelphia to see the Holy Father.It gives me cause to pause and ponder the political and spiritual implications. I think about the state of our country, from our idealization of Bruce Jenner to the Supreme Court's Read more [...]

Lori Conklin is boldly Catholic, a wife, writer, and mother of 7. She is certified in Spiritual Formation, and enjoys teaching the faith to all ages by speaking about matters of the heart. Her passion is to help others realize their God-given gifts and talents and to use them for their benefit and His glory.She blogs at voted-off-the-island.com.

Temptations Are Gifts

I have been mad all day!  I am short with my husband and my children.  I can't even stand to be around me!!  I can't get the dream out of my head and its self revelations.  Images of the same pattern of behavior plaque me.  Am I really that dense, that I cannot read a situation and choose a different path.  Oh I think I will recognize the pattern and be able to handle it, that I am doing things differently THEN bam it's just a different road to the same end.My problem or weakness is Read more [...]

Lori Conklin is boldly Catholic, a wife, writer, and mother of 7. She is certified in Spiritual Formation, and enjoys teaching the faith to all ages by speaking about matters of the heart. Her passion is to help others realize their God-given gifts and talents and to use them for their benefit and His glory.She blogs at voted-off-the-island.com.

Expect Temptations

It is literally six days since the official beginning of our September Pilgrimage to see Pope Frances. I have not felt that spiritual high since the ride home from the meeting.  In fact it has been a never-ending crisis,  I no sooner resolve one issue, that another one arises, a whirlwind, with no time to think, to ponder, to breathe.I know intellectually, distractions are temptations to succumb to either sin or defeat.  To me, they are an attempt to give up my resolve about writing these things Read more [...]

Lori Conklin is boldly Catholic, a wife, writer, and mother of 7. She is certified in Spiritual Formation, and enjoys teaching the faith to all ages by speaking about matters of the heart. Her passion is to help others realize their God-given gifts and talents and to use them for their benefit and His glory.She blogs at voted-off-the-island.com.

A Holy Journey

It is the Feast of the Assumption, it is an important day not only does it mark the beginning of our Papal journey but it  marks the 18th  anniversary of my Consecration to Our Lady according to St. Louis De Montfort, as I walk through the doors, I am struck by its significance.The first speaker, speaks about being prepared for our September journey not only physically and mentally but most importantly spiritually. To visit our Holy Father in Philadelphia is like Jesus traveling to Jerusalem. Read more [...]

Lori Conklin is boldly Catholic, a wife, writer, and mother of 7. She is certified in Spiritual Formation, and enjoys teaching the faith to all ages by speaking about matters of the heart. Her passion is to help others realize their God-given gifts and talents and to use them for their benefit and His glory.She blogs at voted-off-the-island.com.

Thank You! Two Words: Never Overused!

“Thank you” can never be said too much. Gratitude is a sense of thankfulness to God and to your fellow man for kindnesses extended to you, expressed in word or in deed.Everything good that comes our way is a gift from God. We came into this world with nothing. We leave with nothing. All that we obtain in between comes from God. Therefore, we say thank you to God for meeting our needs and blessing us in abundance; for providing us with possibilities and opportunities. We even say thank Read more [...]
Virginia Lieto

You can find Virginia blogging about the virtues at virginialieto.com. Virginia has a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Theology. She is an adjunct professor of Theology at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. Virginia is the author of a children's book titled, "Adventures of Faith, Hope and Charity - Finding Patience." She lives in Harrisburg, NC with her husband Nick.

Effective Mothers

Obviously, an effective mother is passionate about teaching and loving her kids.It is passion, an inner drive, that is not dependant on seeing results right away. It is passion from the Holy Spirit that prevents discouragement or burnout because it is an inner fire that motivates and energizes mums.We must learn to connect spirit to spirit, heart to heart with little people in and through God if we want to teach and form them into children of God.continue reading 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.

Secrets to a Happy Marriage

Tomorrow my husband and I celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. It hasn't always been a smooth ride but I can honestly say that I am truly blessed to have had Michael as my husband. Therefore, although I do not consider myself an expert or anything, I thought I would share our “secrets” for a happy marriage. Of course, these aren’t really secrets at all, but they have helped us through the ups and downs that inevitably all couples face...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.

#CatholicCrafts on Instagram, #Giveaway at Catholic Sistas and #SuperSaints!

Do YOU love Instagram? There's a new tag out there to help you organize and discover awesome Catholic Crafts! Read all about it at Equipping Catholic Families and add #CatholicCrafts to share your Catholic Craft Triumphs!Check out this GIANT Giveaway over at Catholic Sistas! $1300 in Catholic prizes and over 60 winners!...and some other exciting news directly from Equipping Catholic Families: We've launched our campaign for the official print of the Super Saints Quizzing Cards!Please Read more [...]
Monica McConkey

Monica, mom of 5, is usually blogging about Catholic crafts and family traditions at Equipping Catholic Families. She is the author of A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families, Hand in Hand with Jesus (a Faith Journal through the Sacraments) and a series of paper Cathletics Craft Kits™ and Cathletics™ quizzing cards to help teach the Catholic Faith.The Catholic teaching tools and gifts are available through Arma Dei, the Catholic family publishing company founded with her husband Bill. Monica is also one of the founders of the Catholic Bloggers Network, a venue to link and promote Catholic blogs.