Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

New School Year, New Beginnings; Filled with Hope

New School Year Do you remember, as a child, those last lazy days of August, soaking up the last bit of summer before the new school year would start? You made every attempt to get that last bit of fun in before your days filled with school work.

Preparing for the New School Year

Over Labor Day weekend you shopped for new clothes and new supplies. I remember taking brown grocery bags and cutting them up to make book covers for my books. That was back in the day when, as children, we had actual hardcover text books, that our parents paid for and we could keep! (I went to Catholic grade school).

Palpable hope exuded in the atmosphere that the new Continue reading

Assumption of Mary into Heaven, Our Blessed Mother

Blessed Mother 1 Because Saint Ann conceived our Blessed Mother in her womb without original sin, and because Mary remained sin-free for her entirely earthly life, God assumed Mary into Heaven, body and soul, at the end of her earthly life. Mary’s refraining from sin resulted in no need for her earthly body to decay; to experience death as we know it.

In stark contrast, for everyone else, our souls separate from our bodies at the time of our earthly deaths. Our bodies decay because of the original sin committed by Adam and Eve, and from our own concupiscence to sin. God created Adam from dust, and as a result of Original Sin, unto dust we all shall return. Our departed souls Continue reading

I See Christ in You

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I wrote this poem for a loved one. I tried to express my compassion and understanding for the difficult time and circumstances he experienced. Yet, when all was said and done, it was his demeanor and Christ-like behavior that buoyed my spirits and truly helped me to see Christ in him; to fully understand the hope found in the Beatitudes.

This poem was first published at Catholicmom.com on March 4, 2016.

 

 

 

I See Christ in You

 

When others demand that you act a certain way,

And do certain things the way they prefer,

And you follow your conscience and act in Godly ways,

I see your poverty of spirit.

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Grandma and Timmy’s Hope!

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Grandma and Timmy’s Story of Hope

Timmy was waiting by the front window for Grandma to arrive. “Will she remember me?” thought the little four-year old. Timmy remembered Grandma’s sweet perfume, and soft cheeks. He loved her laugh. He was bursting at the seams waiting for her arrival. Then, he saw the car pull up in the driveway. Daddy ran around from the driver’s side and opened the passenger door. There was Grandma! The wait was over!

Timmy ran out the front door and dashed into Grandma’s arms. He hugged her tight, never wanting to let her go. “Grandma, it’s so good to see you,” Timmy said excitedly. “I’ve missed you!” It was only after getting his hug, that Timmy Continue reading

What Do You Wish for in the New Year?

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Wish! Make a wish!

It’s a new year, with new beginnings; filled with hope for better tomorrows. What is it that you would like to see happen this year? Where does your hope lie? For me, I wish for the usual things, like good health for Nick and me. However, when I broaden my horizons and begin to think of others, I wish, and pray, mostly for peace.

I actually pray for those who have sworn allegiance to ISIS. I wonder how many others pray for them like I do. Do you pray for them? I pray (and wish) for their conversion of hearts; that these individuals come to realize that God does not condone violence in any way. I Continue reading

Surprise!

Faith Hop and Charity

As we close out our reflections on the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, and before we move on to the cardinal virtues of Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude and Justice, I thought we might take a little breather and sit back and enjoy one of the greatest Christian hymns ever written, sung by one of my favorite artists, accompanied on guitar by one of the best guitarists of all time. I hope you enjoy it!

This song speaks of faith, hope and love. What a wonderful way to end a discussion on the theological virtues!

Next up is the virtue of Prudence. What is Prudence? We’ll discuss that in our next reflection on the virtue of Prudence. Don’t miss it!

Expectation of Everlasting Life

Hope in the LordDo you expect to receive everlasting life? As we conclude our series on the virtue of Hope, we see that “Hope adorns the will…as it strengthens our expectation for the gift of everlasting life and steadies us against the temptation to despair of it or to presume willy-nilly on receiving it1 We hope for the gift of everlasting life because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross to obtain redemption for our sins. Through His sacrifice, we have the hope of one day experiencing eternal life with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Therefore, we do not despair, for Christ died once, for all, so that we might have life (1 Thessalonians 5:10).

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The “Our Father”

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What requests have been answered by God for you as a result of your praying the Our Father? How has that filled you with hope? Our Lord knew that once He would ascend to Heaven forty days after Easter, that we would need assistance to stay the course for living a virtuous life. Therefore, He taught us how to pray; how to request the assistance we would need; He gave us the “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9-14).

 

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread and,

Forgive us our trespasses (sins) as we forgive those who Continue reading