Week 52 - December 30 2018
The Inner Blueprint – Richard Rohr

“Let’s begin in the beginning with the prologue to John’s Gospel (John 1:1-11). John is not talking about Jesus; he’s referring to Christ. I’m going to give you my own translation, which I think is a fair one. Instead of “Word,” which is taken from Greek philosophy’s Logos, I’m going to substitute the word “Blueprint,” because it’s really the same meaning. Logos is the inner blueprint.”

Week 51 - December 23 2018
Joy to the World – Scott Hahn – Summary in The Prodigal Catholic Blog Website

“What could be more familiar than the Christmas story – and yet what could be so extraordinary? Allow your Christmas to become new all over again in Scott Hahn’s book, Joy to the World. Dr. Hahn sheds light on the most important element of the Christmas story—the Holy Family — examining the characters and the story in light of biblical and historical context in an extraordinary way that will change your Christmas, this year and forever.” I have linked to a summary of the book – but you can purchase the book at amazon.ca.

Week 50 - December 16 2018
Pope Francis Explains Symbolism of Vatican Christmas Tree and Sand Nativity – Catholic News Agency

“As the Vatican illuminated its 65-foot Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square Friday, Pope Francis shared the deeper meaning found in the traditional festive spruce.”

Week 49 - December 9 2018
Christmas According to Kids – Southland Christian Church

“What happens when you ask a bunch of kids to tell the story of Christmas? Enjoy this story of Bethle-ha-ha-ham and the magical star that appeared.” A heart warming video to watch!

Week 48 - December 2 2018
My Other Self – Clarence J Enzler

“My Other Self uses the methodology of Jesus (in first person 'I') having conversations with the author whom Jesus addresses as my other self (which can also be the reader).” This is a beautiful book. The first lines are: ‘My dearest friend, I am overjoyed to see you. I am with you speaking to you and listening to you.’ You can download the book for free from the link above in openlibrary.org or purchase it through any book retailer. It is a wonderful book to read – particularly as we enter Advent.

Week 47 - November 25 2018
Catholic Life Daily Reflections – mycatholic.life

“My Catholic Life! offers daily reflections, meditations and prayers focused on the Gospel of the day, the gift of Divine Mercy, our Lord’s Passion, our Blessed Mother, the saint of the day, feasts of the liturgical year, daily Mass readings and much more! Below are links to various resources to inspire you on a daily basis.”

Week 46 - November 18 2018
How to Pray the Rosary Everyday

“How To Pray The Rosary Everyday was created to encourage you, the average person to pray the Rosary everyday, enabling you to find peace and serenity in your life.” This website was a great find! I particularly like the Rosary booklets for each of the mysteries – with bible reflections for each decade.

Week 45 - November 11 2018
Pope: Small Acts of Kindness – by Carol Glatz, National Catholic Register

“God shows his love, not with great speeches, but with simple, tender acts of charity, Pope Francis said. "When Jesus wants to teach us how a Christian should be, he tells us very little," the pope said, but he shows people by feeding the hungry and welcoming the stranger.” Google ‘small acts of kindness’ and find all kinds of examples!

Week 44 - November 4 2018
A Prayer for Stillness – by Fr Ronald Rolheiser

“Be still and know that I am God. Scripture assures us that if we are still we will come to know God, but arriving at stillness is easier said than done. As Blaise Pascal once stated, “All the miseries of the human person come from the fact that no one can sit still for one hour.” Achieving stillness seems beyond us and this leaves us with a certain dilemma, we need stillness to find God, but we need God’s help to find stillness.”

Week 43 - October 28 2018
Tragedy into Triumph – Inky Johnson

“Inky Johnson, who played safety at Tennessee, was projected to be a first-round NFL draft pick. But that dream evaporated when Johnson suffered a life-changing injury that left his right arm paralyzed. Since then, Johnson has turned his story into one of triumph to encourage and uplift those around him. His testimony shows us that the things that happen in life are not designed to stop us but to reposition us so we can come in contact for what God really has for us.” Very powerful video.

Week 42 - October 21 2018
God’s Chisel – Skit Guys

“When God chisels the dead weight out of our lives it can be quite painful. In one of their most requested skits, Tommy and Eddie give a very creative look at a typical believer having to go through the process of discipline.” This skit is an older one – but one of their best!

Week 41 - October 14 2018
Saint of the Day – St Francis of Assisi - Franciscan Media

“Francis of Assisi was a poor little man who astounded and inspired the Church by taking the gospel literally—not in a narrow fundamentalist sense, but by actually following all that Jesus said and did, joyfully, without limit, and without a sense of self-importance.”

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