Instrumentum Laboris: What We Need to Know

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It’s likely that we’ll begin hearing soon from the mainstream media on today’s release of Instrumentum Laboris (working document) for the 3rd Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (to be held October 5-19). Since this document deals with survey results on several culturally significant marriage and family topics, we may get a fair amount of [Read More...]

Am I “Spiritually Corrupt”?

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I love praying each day’s daily gospel in conjunction with a few helpful spiritual resources. Lately, my favorites are our daily gospel reflections at CatholicMom.com and the quick video excerpts from Pope Francis’ homily from Rome Reports. Today’s relatively brief gospel passage (Matthew 5:38-42) left me feeling upbeat and positive upon first reading. “I’m doing [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 5/31/14 – Tuning Out and Tuning In.

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It’s so easy to fall “off the grid” occasionally. It happened to me this week when I took some time offline to attend my son’s college graduation. My laptop, usually a fixture in my day to day routine, collected dust. The most “tuning in” I did was via my phone, with an occasional glance at [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 5/23/14 — Already??!!

The Ambassador of the Vatican in Israel, Nuncio H.E. Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto and EL AL President/CEO David Maimon shown in front of the aircraft adorning Pope Francis’ official logo. Photo credit: Sivan Farag

When John Clem sent me this week’s Sweet Tweets, we both agreed that it couldn’t possibly already be Friday. Despite the fact that we just shared STs (as I call them in my head) on Monday, this was still an incredibly action packed week. I love the photo above, which depicts the awesome EL AL [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 5/19/14 — Anticipating the Holy Land

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Yes, you read that right. It’s Monday and we usually do “Sweet Tweets” on Friday, but I was literally offline having a “mountaintop” experience for the past four days. I was fortunate to lead a women’s retreat at the amazing Whispering Winds Catholic Camp and Conference Center. I’ll share more on that later, but for [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 5/09/14 — Happy (Almost) Mother’s Day!

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  I was so moved this week by Pope Francis’ tweet this week : “In our families we learn to love and to recognise the dignity of all, especially of the elderly.” This seems to be such a fitting week for a week during which we celebrate the gift of motherhood. And with the beautiful [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 5/02/14 — Saints and the Spirit

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What a week this had been! It’s hard to imagine that less than a week ago, a crush of the faithful were packed into St. Peter’s Square to witness the canonization of our two newest saints! For those of us who were unable to be there in person, technology gave us a unique window into [Read More...]

Pope Francis Sends Message to Toronto Students

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I love the part in this Perspectives video about the fact that Toronto’s Catholic school students will be receiving a special message recorded just for them by Pope Francis at next week’s Catholic Schools Week celebration! Here’s a full update on this development: TORONTO, April 28, 2014 /CNW/ – Ontario now has a unique connection [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 4/04/14 — The Good News

NOGALES, Arizona (April 1, 2014) - Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston and 7 other bishops celebrate Mass on the US-Mexico border in Arizona to commemorate the deaths of migrants in the desert and to pray for immigration reform. More information is available at www.justiceforimmigrants.org. Photo credit: George Martell/The Pilot Media Group

Welcome back to Sweet Tweets – after a few weeks off, I’m happy to have John’s great roundup of news we can use from the past week. This is an exciting time for the Church, with us in the thick of Lent, our Bishops so active, “Noah” mania, the Queen and Francis visiting, and the [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 3/15/14 — The Anniversary Edition

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Thank you to John Clem for making this weekly feature possible! Papal Tweet:  Please pray for me. (Pope Francis, March 13th 1 Year Annniversary) Pope Francis invited to address a joint session of Congress (The Washington Post) http://ow.ly/uzChK  The Rev. Jim Martin muses over merging Jesus’s spiritual and historical personas – The Washington Post http://ow.ly/unolO  [Read More...]


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