November 24, 2015

How Mercy and Love Can Heal Our Wounded World

After learning the news about the horrific terrorist attacks in Beirut and Paris, I could distinctly hear my grandmother’s voice. “Have mercy!” she used to exclaim when presented with some kind of shocking news. This was usually accompanied by the clasping of her hands to her heart, as if to protect it from another body blow. There isn’t much better way to express one’s shock and horror at the violence recently leveled with such disregard for human life and decency.

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WBAS Topics For Families, WBAS Topics Virtues & Values

November 19, 2015

Feast of Christ the King 2015 Reflection

I confess to not quite getting the image of Christ as king. Perhaps it’s because royalty in my lifetime have been primarily figureheads and, at times, models of bad behavior. The one king I feel an attraction towards, however, is Arthur. Camelot, as portrayed in legend and song, is a kingdom characterized by peace and honor. So, as the feast of Christ the King 2015 approaches, I am giving second thought to this image.

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WBAS Seasonal Feast Days & Holy Days, WBAS Topics Prayer

November 11, 2015

The Prayer of Thanksgiving

I used to love Thanksgiving. Helping my mother stuff a gigantic turkey, one that barely fed our large family, was always a treat. I’d set the table for her as well, putting out the good china and crystal in anticipation of an evening of food, conversation, and music with my siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.

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November 4, 2015

Celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy

“I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: ‘Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful’ (cf. Lk 6:36).Pope Francis, “Presentation of the Jubilee”

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November 3, 2015

Prayer for Kindness Prayer Cards

These days, that dark side is on display far too often. Incivility has risen to new levels as political compromise and honest debate fade into oblivion. The hideous comments posted to news articles and denigration of public figures could qualify as an Olympic sport. Fear of one another results in the stockpiling of guns, and demonizing the poor for their own fate draws adulation for both pundits and politicians. It is more than enough to make God weep.

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WBAS Prayer of the Week

October 29, 2015

Saints Louis and Zelie Martin

The recent canonization of Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux, is an extraordinary event. It is the first time the Church has bestowed sainthood on a married couple within the same ceremony.

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October 22, 2015

Family Faith: Home as the Domestic Church

You can tell a lot about a family by looking at their refrigerator door. Photos tell stories about relationships and rituals. Schedules and appointment reminders highlight favorite activities and everyday needs. Postcards and kids’ schoolwork showcase connections with larger circles of involvement. The fridge door can be a showcase for family faith.

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October 15, 2015

Psalm 23 Reflection: Surely Goodness and Mercy Will Follow Me

“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life…” Psalm 23:6

Of all the psalms, the twenty-third is certainly the most familiar. Each verse is worthy of deep reflection and contemplation, making it ideal for Lectio Divina. In that vein, I spent some time with the last verse and the word “goodness” stood out strongly.

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October 13, 2015

A Halloween Prayer for Families

The neighborhood is starting to light up. Orange lights are strung across porch railings and pumpkins, scarecrows, and witches are perched along curbsides. One household erected a fake cemetery in their front yard while another strung a huge spider web between two enormous pine trees. It’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween.

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October 6, 2015

The Joyful Mystic, Saint Teresa of Avila Prayer Reflections

I read a story recently about a study of the happiest countries on five different continents. Results showed that it wasn’t a surplus of money or goods that equated happiness. Rather it was the absence of worry about the future and a high degree of face-to-face socialization. The findings shouldn’t surprise us. Great saints have been demonstrating for centuries that the road to happiness usually winds its way through simple pleasures.

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