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JPII Talks Holiness - 7 Quotes

The theme of Saints 365 is the church's universal call to holiness. Pope John Paul II not only lived out this call through the radical holiness of his own life, but also challenged and encouraged the world to become saints!  Below are 7 powerful quotes on holiness from Saint John Paul the Great!  -1- "Dear young people, the Church needs genuine witnesses for the new evangelization: men and women whose lives have been transformed by meeting with Jesus, men and women who are capable of communicating this experience to others. The Church needs saints. All are called to holiness, and holy people alone can renew humanity. Many have gone before us along this path of Gospel heroism, and I urge you to turn often to them to pray for their intercession." (Letter to World Youth Day Attendees, 2005) -2- -3- "...the life of holiness which is resplendent in so many members of the People of God, humble and often unseen, constitutes the simplest and most attractive w

8 Inspiring Quotes on the Resurrection

Alleluia! Jesus is risen from the dead!  Today (and for the next 8 days) the Church celebrates the Octave of Easter, which basically means that the celebration of Jesus' resurrection from the dead goes on for eight straight days!  Here are eight (seven below + one above) inspiring quotes on the Resurrection to meditate on during the Octave...   "The Gospel of Easter is very clear: we need to go back there, to see Jesus risen, and to become witnesses of his Resurrection. This is not to go back in time; it is not a kind of nostalgia. It is returning to our first love, in order to receive the fire which Jesus has kindled in the world and to bring that fire to all people, to the very ends of the earth." (Pope Francis, Easter Vigil Homily, 2014 ) "Faith in the Resurrection of Jesus says that there is a future for every human being; the cry for unending life which is a part of the person is indeed answered."( Pope Benedict XVI,   Benedictus , 128) &quo

7 Lessons From Keeping A Spiritual Journal

Keeping a spiritual journal can be a great asset to growing in our relationship with the Lord Jesus. I began keeping a journal about eight years ago and it has proven to be one of the most fruitful practices I have. I am not an expert, but here are seven lessons I have learned through journaling. --- 1 --- Many of the saints kept journals.  Journaling has a long-standing history in the Catholic Church and some of the greatest saints have kept spiritual journals. Two examples of well known saints' journals which have been published are St. Therese of Lisieux's  The Story of a Soul and St. Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises.  These journals, published many years after the saint's death, continue to be a source of  inspiration and encouragement to millions of people. More recently, Blessed John XXIII kept a personal journal from the age of 14 until his death, which is available in a book entitled The Journal of a Soul.   Read more about his journal here . The

Chasing the Fox

Have you ever been to a fox hunt?  Me neither. In fact, as a city girl, a fox hunt is about as foreign to me as a game of stickball is to an English country gentleman. The idea that a spiritual lesson based around a fox hunt could in any way resonate with me is a stretch, but a few years ago at a faith formation program I was attending, that is precisely what happened. Here's how it went: In a fox hunt, the hounds who lead the pack have seen the fox they are chasing. They have sniffed his scent. These hounds have encountered the fox and this encounter motivates them to chase him with abandon - always keeping him in their sights. There are other hounds in the hunt as well who, by contrast, have not actually seen the fox for themselves. Instead, this second set of hounds are chasing the first set  - caught up in the excitement and frenzy of the pursuit. After a time, however, the second set of hounds loses interest and drops out of the race. Why? Because they do not have a clear

7 Lessons From Teaching My Children To Pray

Pope Francis tweeted the following earlier this week: "Dear parents, teach your children to pray. Pray with them." My husband and I are parents to an 11 year old son and a 9 year old daughter and over the years we have learned many lessons in trying to teach our children to pray. We are by no means experts at this and we certainly do not have it all together, but the lessons that we have learned, we gladly share. --- 1 --- Kids thrive on routine.  For our family, one of the best things we ever did when it came to bringing our children to Mass was to set up a routine when they were just babies. Sunday mornings meant pancakes, baths, 12 Noon Mass and a trip to Dunkin Donuts. We have stuck to that routine almost without exception for more than 10 years. The routine helps them know what to except and gives little wiggle room for objections (which is not to say that those don't happen from time to time). Our persistence in struggling through years at Mass with cr