Lent: What Does GOD Want From Us ?

The words from Isaiah 58:1-9 are like brilliant beams of light, cutting through any false notions we might have about this season of repentance that we call Lent. Often we tend to think of Lent as a time to share in the suffering of Christ yet when we do so, we become morose and end up centering more on our own wonderful sacrificial devotions than on God.In these first days of Lent, the Church shows us exactly how God wants us to pray, fast, serve His people and worship Him.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.

Proportionate Reasons and Voting: Understanding the Ratzinger Memorandum

During every election season, we have to watch certain Catholic voters try to justify their intent to vote for a pro-abortion candidate, saying that the Church actually permits their action. So inevitably, people will march out the the words of then Cardinal Ratzinger in his 2004 memorandum on the issue of politicians and whether or not they could receive the Eucharist. The final section of this document, in brackets, addresses the issue of the Catholic that votes for the politician who supports Read more [...]
David W

I've been blogging since 2007 (though my work before mid 2009 is not currently available). I teach RCIA in my parish. I have a Masters in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.The point of my blog is to examine the attacks or questions about the Church that cause people to doubt her authority and try to show why these attacks are not justified.

Clothe the Naked. Shelter the Homeless.

Clothing those in need and sheltering the homeless are considered “corporal” acts of mercy because they physically impact the human body. Everyone has a need to be physically clothed and sheltered from the weather. They have a human right to these things; to act otherwise, would be disrespecting the dignity of the human person. Expressing such indifference towards the naked and homeless indicates that we do not live up to Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31).In 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." Virginia is also a public speaker on the Catholic faith. She lives in Harrisburg, NC with her husband Nick.

Prayer – How to get Started

Many years ago I used to run a retreat and conference centre in London. As I had to run the place on a shoe string I tried to do as many of the odd jobs myself to save money. But I always had to call in the plumber when the drains were blocked. One day when he was having his lunch I went to look inside his tool box to see if I could find the tool that he used to save me calling him again. It was then that I saw these words written in Latin inside the lid. ‘All for the greater  honour and glory Read more [...]

I’m David Torkington, a Spiritual Theologian, Author and Speaker. I specialize in Prayer, Christian Spirituality and Mystical Theology. I write and speak predominantly about Prayer which I believe transforms us into Christ in this life, and enables us to share in something of the life and love that continually flows between Christ and his Father. I blog and podcast at http://www.davidtorkington.com

Lenten Almsgiving (to Catholic Charities) PLUS fill your Easter Basket…all in one go!

Zelie & Co is a group of Catholic women artisans. They work collaboratively to support each other's business growth, pray for each other, and offer weekly sales on Instagram @zelieandco. Their patron saint is St Zelie, lacemaker and mother of St Therese, the Little Flower.Zelie&Co Catholic Artisans are excited to partner with some of our Catholic Community's most beloved Bloggers to support some amazing Catholic Charities! Our Blogger-Partners include: Haley Stewart Read more [...]
Monica @ Catholic Bloggers Network

Monica is one of the Founders of the Catholic Bloggers Network and continues as an Administrator for the site.Check out Equipping Catholic Families to see what she's up to when she's not over here!

Please Don’t Leave Social Media during Lent … pretty please

Really. Don't leave for Lent.  I understand that many use this hiatus to spend more time working on their own personal spiritual growth and I can completely respect that HOWEVER.... please don't completely disappear for 40 days when social media needs you the most.  Okay, I've always had a flair for the dramatic but this is a serious situation.  Here's why... Lent is a time that many people, especially those who may have been lukewarm, maybe a bit disassociated or just plan lax work to spice Read more [...]

Reading to Children: Tops on My List!

Reading to the Children During Catholic Schools Week-Yesterday, I got to meet with 120 children at Saint Pius X Catholic School in Greensboro, NC. As part of the Catholic Schools Week festivities, I read my new book, Adventures of Faith, Hope, and Charity: Finding Patience to the Kindergartners, as well as the First and Second Graders. My thanks go out to Ann Knapke, Principal and Christina Foley, Librarian for a well planned visit. The students asked great questions during the Q&A periods. 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." Virginia is also a public speaker on the Catholic faith. She lives in Harrisburg, NC with her husband Nick.

Choosing Our Behaviors

I have a confession to make: I can be pretty impatient at times. I pride myself (therein lies the real problem!) as being very efficient, which can be a definite plus  until I take it too far. That’s why I call myself a recovering perfectionist. {wry smile} It’s very easy for me to get caught up in making everything “just so” that I sometimes forget the purpose behind what I am doing. ... (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.

Politics and Religion Intersect!

It’s that time again folks, where politics and religion collide! Today marks the beginning of the 2016 Presidential electoral process. The great state of Iowa, the first in the nation, conducts their Iowa caucuses today, to determine who will get Iowa’s electoral votes for the Democratic and Republican parties. Now the race is really on!Have you been watching the political news? The Republican candidates are cutting each other’s throats with trash-talking and degrading language. One 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." Virginia is also a public speaker on the Catholic faith. She lives in Harrisburg, NC with her husband Nick.

Chickenhawk: Thoughts on Catholics and Ad Hominem Attacks Aimed at Silencing Opponents

Before I begin, let me just say that in writing this article, I don’t intend to defend or promote any specific candidate or their position. Indeed, I hope to write something that would remain true if it was read fifty years from now. My concern is that many people who are using this argument seem to be unaware of the fact that it can be used to attack other positions as well. Thus the Catholic who uses it to attack a political view they dislike may find himself “hoisted by their own petard” Read more [...]
David W

I've been blogging since 2007 (though my work before mid 2009 is not currently available). I teach RCIA in my parish. I have a Masters in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.The point of my blog is to examine the attacks or questions about the Church that cause people to doubt her authority and try to show why these attacks are not justified.