Catholic Meme Monday— Issue 17

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday:

Mary reflects the Sonlight of Jesus during the darkest of times.
Even superheroes need a savior.
When math works in your favor. Lol
An apt emoji for this biblical truth. 🙂
Soooo true!
Catholic teaching + superhero theme= awesome meme🔥🔥🔥
Wisdom from one of the greatest saints. 🙏
An excellent summary of how the Hail Mary is rooted in the Scriptures.
Such a powerful image. Jesus is the true Bread of Life.

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An Ode to the ADHD Storyteller

Here’s the thing about ADHD,

You go from A-Z in a second or three.

See someone and greet “hey!”

It leads to horses who love to eat hay.

But the bails of hay make you ponder a barn, that’s all.

This barn it’s decked out in red. Wall to wall.

Boards. Not bored. You can’t be bored with board games.

How you wish you could gather again with your gents & dames.

Playing chess, checkers, or maybe the most apt—Jumanji!

Nostalgic for all the memes about 2020 that made you almost pee.

Laughter was the only medicine it seemed from the isolation,

ridiculousness, weirdness, & cancellation.

Cancelled? It’s what I seriously thought about doing to my Netflix account,

when they failed to renew The Office (it wasn’t tantamount).

This word tantamount reminds me of a tarantula.

I can’t tell you why. But have you read Dracula?

No, not the Twilight version, Edward shimmering in the light.

The original vampire story. A novel idea isn’t that right?

Right, write, or was it Wright as in Wilbur and Orville?

Not the popcorn creator silly, but the fathers of aviation.

It’s amazing how much progress was made in our nation.

Soar high your ambitions, speak kindly to others like the honey of a bee.

I promised you I’d go from A-Z yet how did I only make it to B in three?

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One Simple Way to Instill the Catholic Faith in Your Home (Domestic Church)

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Faith is fostered in the family.

Catholicism is an incarnational faith. It means we understand the body-soul relationship is supposed to be harmonious not disjointed.

One simple way this is shown on a daily basis is through holy art.

I have a Master’s degree in theology but I think some of the best witness of my faith to my kids is simply having holy art in the house and answering questions when they ask.

Below is my youngest daughter, Avila, holding a statue of Mary she took off our dresser.

Statues are signposts to the reality (saints and Jesus).

P.S. I know I have the cutest kid in the universe. 😊

P.S.S. How do you incorporate holy art into your domestic church?

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Catholic Meme Monday— Issue 16

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday:

Too funny! 😆😄✉️
The only time I’ve ever seen the word “wipeth” is in relation to this meme or Bible verse.
😆😆😆
Thank you God for your mercy (even though sometimes it hurts).
Don’t be a heretic!
On the rare occasion I don’t do anything stupid.
JESUS IS THE WAY!

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5 Reasons Why October is the Holiest Time of the Year

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower,” stated Albert Camus the 20th century French Novelist. Fall is my favorite time of the year. Colorful leaves carpet the lawns in my neighborhood. I enjoy seeing the visible transformation occur on trees and watching animals prepare for winter. My wife’s birthday is during October—the middle of fall. I am indebted to God for the gift of my marriage. Without my wife, my fervor for Divine Mercy and St. Maria Faustina—her confirmation saint— may not exist!

Reflecting on autumn, my wife, and the Polish saint allowed for me to have a profound revelation: the first week of October contains an all-star line-up for saint feast days!

Five of my personal favorite saints, and historical favorites among Catholics as well, have a feast day in the first part of October. On top of this amazing realization, October is also dedicated to the Holy Rosary and respect for all life. I will be dedicating other posts on these topics so I will focus on the five feast days of five stellar saintly role models:

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Guardian Angels

My children and I ask for the intercession of our guardian angels every night before bedtime. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church number 336, “From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession.202 ‘Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.’203 Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.” God sends his messengers from Heaven to keep us safe and remind us of His Presence.

St. Therese of Liseux quote

Therese of Lisieux

According to St. Therese, “Our Lord does not so much look at the greatness of our actions, or even at their difficulty, as at the love with which we do them.” Known as the Little Flower, the saint’s words provide a fresh perspective on my daily living and struggles. As a person who focuses on problems as something to be overcome, I sometimes place an emphasis on the amount of effort I have to put forth on a task. I also struggle with desiring recognition toward my works. Instead, if I focus on love as St. Therese teaches us, my life will be more joyful!

Francis of Assisi

Francis serves as an example of holiness, but for me, it is a personal reminder for my college days. I attended Franciscan University graduate schooling. The legacy the Italian saint left on me is truly immeasurable.

His transformation from a wealthy individual to a beggar of Christ is tangible example of the Gospel lived out. Struggling with envy and greed myself, I am able to look to Francis of Assisi as a role model. Lord make me an instrument of peace like your servant Francis!

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Maria Faustina

No other 20th century saint, besides John Paul II and Maximilian, has impacted me as much as St. Maria Faustina. Known as the Apostle of Divine Mercy, the Polish nun is to the 20th century what St. Paul was to the 1st century Church—the evangelizer of truth to the Gentiles! Sister Faustina helped console my wife after her best friend from high school died by suicide.

The Polish sister led my wife to convert to the Catholic faith as well! She became instrumental in deepening my relationship with God over the past decade. St. Faustina is probably the biggest influence on viewing God first as a merciful Father as opposed to a vengeful Judge. Through St. Maria Faustina I heard God’s truth in her words, “Suffering is the greatest treasure on earth; it purifies the soul. In suffering, we learn who our true friend is.”

Teresa of Avila

The final heroic example of holiness the first week of October is St. Teresa of Avila. Her life differs from Maria and Therese as the Spanish saint lived a much longer life. Teresa also experienced more of a 180°-type of conversion.

As a young adult, Teresa enjoyed the allure of the world. It wasn’t until her entry into the convent that the Spanish nun learned the importance of meditative prayer. Teresa’s The Interior Castle is a profound spiritual work that explores the vastness of our spiritual journey. This spiritual treatise has helped aid me on my journey.

While autumn is akin to a second springtime, my communion with the saints during October is like a second spiritual springtime for me. My guardian angel, Therese of Lisieux, Francis of Assisi, Maria Faustina, and Teresa of Avila reflect God’s merciful and transforming love.

Through communion with these exemplary role models I am given hope that my personal vices of greed, envy, and pride are able to be overcome! The Church teaches “We worship Christ as God’s Son; we love the martyrs as the Lord’s disciples and imitators, and rightly so because of their matchless devotion towards their king and master. May we also be their companions and fellow disciples!” (CCC 957). I pray the communion of saints will continue to guide you in your path toward holiness and ultimately lead us closer to God.

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Related Links

Spiritual Surgeons— Clean Out the Wounds of Your Soul with Teresa of Avila

3 Ways St. Maria Faustina Provided Buoyancy in the Overwhelming Ocean of Life

5 Astonishing Facts about Your Guardian Angel

St. Francis of Assisi: Lover of the Eucharist

Why I Absolutely Love Saint Therese Of Lisieux


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