The Ignatian Way: Finding God in All Things

Happy feast day to a powerhouse of a saint, Saint Ignatius.

In her weekly feature, Saints and Scripture Sundays, Dianna at The Kennedy Adventures poses the question: “Are you like me, and act a lot like Martha? Or like Saint Ignatius, a soldier of the Christian faith?”

My response: I’m like Martha but I desire in my heart to be more like St. Ignatius. The Ignatian goal of finding God in all things means that every part of our lives can lead us to God. Yep, I like it, need to hear it often, but more importantly, live out that goal in all my comings and goings.

In the past year I have . . . → Read More: The Ignatian Way: Finding God in All Things

It’s not what Martha was doing. It was her mode!

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I’ve used and abused Martha so much in the past to justify my busyness. Someone has to step up, be the Martha, and get the work done, right? Maybe this is common sense for you, but I had an “A-ha” moment a few months back. I had been complaining a lot about how busy Joel and I are required to be with his diaconate formation. Classes to attend, books to read, essays to write, spiritual direction to seek, etc. Sometimes I feel we are kept busy just for the sake that looking busy must mean we are really being formed spiritually. But it was during one of the seminary classes that I gained a sense of peace about much of this. There is a very dynamic monk at Conception Seminary & Abbey in Missouri, and no matter what he says, it seems he’s always speaking just to me. And he made the point, “It wasn’t what Martha was doing that was her problem. It was her mode!” . . . → Read More: It’s not what Martha was doing. It was her mode!

A Pearl

With all of the recent tragedies that have affected my friends and family in the past several weeks I can’t help but wonder what message God is trying to give each of us. Personally, it seems like He is trying to get our attention, to get us to depend on Him for our daily needs, and to get us to realize what is really “valuable” in our lives. I also think He is giving us the opportunity to serve one another by letting us help each other in all ways possible: prayer, food, cleanup hands, a listening ear, comfort, or simply a hug.

As I have listened to those affected . . . → Read More: A Pearl

Wordless Wednesday: Vanity Plate for Bloggers

 

Darn! Someone beat me to it!

Help a Friend Defend NFP!

The Problem

In our continuing focus on Natural Family Planning Awareness week, I would like to highlight the good work of our friend Kristan Doerfler who writes The Emmaus Road blog, the Catholic voice on HoustonBelief.com (hosted by the Houston Chronicle). As one might imagine, she has a broad, diverse readership that can result in a litany of less-than-charitable comments. Yet, she always responds thoughtfully, rationally, and sometimes humorously, striving to moderate productive discussion.

Further, Kristan doesn’t avoid the more “controversial” issues. This week, her Why the Pill is a Problem post expectedly has generated lots of comments, most of which are rather negative and decidedly anti-NFP. I urge you . . . → Read More: Help a Friend Defend NFP!

God’s Plan for Parenthood (Part 2)

In honor of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, please once again welcome contributing author Renee McGuire to The Practicing Catholic. Renee and husband Kerry are fellow parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines, IA, where they also teach NFP classes. Part 1 of their story appeared yesterday.

Pick-up from Part 1. . . So much of my research following our miscarriage pointed to the residual hormones in my body not letting our baby thrive. There was incredible guilt over that possibility. I knew that the Church had told us not to use artificial birth control – we didn’t understand why and thought it was just a . . . → Read More: God’s Plan for Parenthood (Part 2)

God’s Plan for Parenthood (Part I)

In honor of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, please welcome contributing author Renee McGuire to The Practicing Catholic. Renee and husband Kerry are fellow parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines, IA, where they also teach NFP classes. Part 1 of their story appears today; please stop back tomorrow for Part 2!

Used with permission from the NFP Program, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. All rights reserved.

Over the last few years, NFP has become a passion of ours. Fr. Zach Kautzky’s homily on July 3 wonderfully reflected why this is so important. He referenced the Theology of the Body by Pope John Paul . . . → Read More: God’s Plan for Parenthood (Part I)

Wordless Wednesday: Good Advice For Entering the Gate

Wouldn’t it be cool if all garden gates greeted you with this proclamation?

This was the image that welcomed us during a recent trip to Milwaukee. Read more about our experience at the Archdiocesan Marian Shrine.

A Marian Shrine Tucked in the Corner of a City

Over the weekend we visited Joel’s family near Milwaukee and on Saturday headed into the city to visit the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum (a great experience for the whole family!). After several hours exploring, we made our way to Balistreri’s Italian American Ristorante for some of the best darn pizza a person can find anywhere in the United States! As we neared the restaurant, I spotted this sign from the corner of my eye.

A double take! A Marian Shrine? Joel and I always make a special effort to get to Balistreri’s when we visit his family. We’ve been eating there for years. How had we missed this before? So after our . . . → Read More: A Marian Shrine Tucked in the Corner of a City

Wordless Wednesday: A Vitamin for Christians?

And as Catholic Vitamins’ own Deacon Tom Fox says, the sign could have been rounded out with “Care to B1-2?”