Sweet Tweets for 8/09/14 – Sharing Our Gifts

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Last week, when I was at the Catholic Marketing Network conference, I had the great privilege of signing and giving out the very first galley copies of my new book The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living. The process of writing this book has truly changed the way I perceive the world around me. I seem to be constantly listening and watching for examples of “Yes” wisdom and acts that point to the beauty of a life lived generously.

I’m happy to report that they seem to be abundant. I’m also thrilled that Pope Francis is such a “Yes” advocate and teacher. Even in his tweets, our Holy Father points us to the grace of sharing our gifts with the world around us. Such was the case with three of his tweets this past week:

Pope Francis teaches us about generosity of spirit with his @Pontifex tweets.

Pope Francis teaches us about generosity of spirit with his @Pontifex tweets.

In a world so full of strife and suffering, we each need to be reminded that our small sacrifices and acts of love bring us closer to one another and to the God who has blessed us so greatly. May we each give God our worthy “Yes” this week!

As always, I’m grateful to John Clem, O.F.S. for compiling our Sweet Tweets:

  • Papal Tweet:  “If you hoard material possessions, they will rob you of your soul.” (Pope Francis Aug. 5th)
  • Life of a Catholic Librarian Blog ow.ly/zSvOk
  • Inspiring Parish Bulletins – Pt. 1 | Inspired Angela ow.ly/zSWCz
  • Diocese of Richmond mourning the loss of a great priest and apostle — Monsignor Chester Michael (1916-2014) RIP ow.ly/zTcyn
  • Pope at Angelus: compassion, generosity, gratitude (News.va) ow.ly/zTgXn
  • Pope Francis Chills With Jesuit Buddies For Feast Of St. Ignatius (PHOTOS) Huff Post Religion ow.ly/zTh15
  • The lavish homes of American archbishops (CNN) ow.ly/zU1my
  • Congressman Frank Wolf rips administration’s silence on ‘genocide’ in Iraq :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) ow.ly/zU88n
  • Babe Ruth, an unlikely Catholic, was a giant both in appetite and charity | National Catholic Reporter ow.ly/zUmn5
  • Updated: Magis Center website — great source for materials on faith, reason, & science ow.ly/zUKky
  • Immigration protests surge in U.S. (CNS) ow.ly/zX8Wy
  • Furniture for the poor in Andes Mountains (CNS) ow.ly/zX9MG
  • He was an atheist, but he made a film about Jesus and dedicated it to John XXIII (Rome Reports) ow.ly/zXXXE
  • Graphic to share: Pope Francis’ 10 Tips to Bring Joy in One’s Life (from World Meeting of Families 2015) ow.ly/i/6slvj
  • The Story Behind the Feast Day of St. Mary Major and why it’s important to Pope Francis (Rome Reports) ow.ly/zY7oo
  • ISRAEL-PALESTINE: An open letter to members of the international community regarding Gaza | PAX CHRISTI USA ow.ly/zY7Jc
  • Islamic extremists impose reign of terror on Iraq | National Catholic Reporter ow.ly/zZjY8
  • EWTN features The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help – The Fathers of Mercy (only approved Marian apparition in USA) ow.ly/zZnzM
  • What We Fear Controls Us. A Meditation on the “Eighth Deadly Sin.” « Archdiocese of Washington ow.ly/A0bGO
  • Catholic Schools | Now More Than Ever (USCCB) ow.ly/A0erW
  • God’s Creation: The Rose of Jericho — known as the resurrection plant — from tumbleweed to a lush fern vimeo.com/25485145
  • NEW Video from Fr. Robert Barron: Heroic Priesthood – Holiness is Heroism -BrandonVogt.com : ow.ly/A14MH
  • Pope to Youths: Don’t let technology distract you from what’s really important (Rome Reports) ow.ly/A16gh
  • Catholic groups unite to help Iraqis ousted by extremists :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) ow.ly/A179L
  • Jesus relied on women (Fr. James Martin, S.J. – CatholicTV) youtu.be/aIcnsEJubz4
  • Papal Trip To Korea August 13-18, 2014 for 6th Asian Youth Day – EWTN coverage ow.ly/A1Dy4
  • 10 Destinations for Spiritual R&R – Busted Halo ow.ly/A26K2
  • The Anniversary of Hiroshima: John Paul II and Fulton Sheen on the Bomb and Conversion | Catholic World Report ow.ly/A2bAo
  • CHILDREN AT OUR BORDER: National Humanitarian Vigil on August 9th | PAX CHRISTI USA ow.ly/A3J1N
  • ISIS Closes In On Christians in Dramatic Overnight Development – Aleteia ow.ly/A3SDp
  • US bishops ask parishes to pray for Iraq on August 17 (Deacon Greg Kandra – Patheos )ow.ly/A5b9o
  • Law and morality in public discourse – (Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. – Catholic Philly) ow.ly/A5aWp
  • Competition for Amazon? Google and Barnes & Noble Unite to Take On Amazon -NYTimes.com ow.ly/A4Sf9
  • 200th Anniversary of Jesuits’ Restoration (Vatican Radio) ow.ly/A3Sq9
  • Don’t ignore rural Catholics in America, advocate exhorts :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) ow.ly/A3R0C
  • Tech News: Apple patent application hints at Siri coming to the Mac – CNET ow.ly/A4Yfs
  • What Common Core can’t fix | Catholic World Report – Russell Shaw ow.ly/A5a82
  • What Are Our Pets Really Saying? Perhaps they express the longing of all creation. « Archdiocese of Washington ow.ly/A3Gti
  • A new generation of mosaicists in Holy Land (Franciscan missionaries serving the Holy Land) ow.ly/A3EDW
  • A Defense of the Grotesque in Flannery O’Connor’s Art – Crisis Magazine ow.ly/A4Y0y
  • Tech News: Pinterest launches messaging feature (USA Today) ow.ly/A4Yzg
  • In El Salvador, Signs of Faith and Joy | America Magazine ow.ly/A5kMd
  • Graphic to share: Jesus is my Superhero (Catholic Online) ow.ly/i/6tPS3
  • A summer stroll in the papal gardens (CNS) ow.ly/A4ZMH
  • Satire: Love thy neighbor as thy selfieow.ly/i/6tBE4
  • Papal Tweet:  “I ask all men and women of goodwill to join me in praying for Iraqi Christians and all vulnerable populations.” (Pope Francis Aug. 8th)
  • Pope Francis: appeal for Iraqi Christians (News.va) ow.ly/A6qod
  • Think on these things before you go to that porn site: An Appeal to Count the Personal Cost of Porn (ADW) ow.ly/A6piU
  • ACN on the humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq (News.va) ow.ly/A6o8V
  • Pope Francis appoints personal envoy to Iraq :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) ow.ly/A6y9H
  • Updated: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now as ISIS Threatens Iraqi Christians and Shiites (Elizabeth Scalia – Patheos) ow.ly/A6B2E
  • Carmelite Chronicles: The Missions and the Discalced Carmelites | Blog | Order of Carmelites ow.ly/A6x4x

John Clem, O.F.S.

John Clem, O.F.S is the Director and Media Minister at Catholic Web Services (http://catholicws.com/). John is currently in formation to join the Secular Franciscan Order, and loves to share his talents in faith, technology, and journalism in service to the church.  John also writes a blog entitled Call To Holiness  (http://www.calltoholiness.us/). Follow John on Twitter at @Catholicwebs, on Facebook and at Google+.

About Lisa M. Hendey

Lisa Hendey is the founder and webmaster of CatholicMom.com and the author of The Grace of YesA Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and The Handbook for Catholic Moms. Lisa writes for several online and print publications, enjoys speaking around the country and is a frequent television and radio guest and host. Visit her at LisaHendey.com.


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