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Monday, September 15, 2014

Be Merciful not Fearful



Christians do not have a choice; we must exercise mercy because we have been shown mercy.  Mercy is at the crux of both the Gospels and the teaching of the Church. The Holy Father, during a talk given on Sept.10 explained,"God has sent His Son! God has made Himself man to save us, that is, to give us his mercy. Jesus says it clearly, summing up his teaching to the disciples: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (Lk.6, 36).
Pope Francis challenged us to come out of our comfort zone, to ignore our fear and embrace even prisoners as brothers and sisters in Christ, 'But Father,' some will say, 'This is dangerous. These are bad people.' Listen carefully: any one of us is capable of doing what these men and women in prison have done   continue reading> 
Melanie Jean Juneau is wife and mother of nine children. The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought provoking with a strong current of spirituality running through it. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life.She blogs at joy of nine9 and mother of nine9

What is Zeal?


What is zeal? Are you seen as being "crazy" if you are zealous about your faith? Or are you a saint, living a Christ-like life? How would you prefer to be perceived? To read the full post, please visit http://virginialieto.com.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Get Wisdom and Change the World!


How do you get Wisdom? How would the gift of Wisdom change how you will act in this world? How could it make you more virtuous? To read the full post, please visit http://virginialieto.com.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

"We can love completely—even without complete understanding…”

God understands completely; HE will be the bridge between our heart and those who need our love.

We do not fully grasp what is best for our husbands, children or parents. Often our way of loving misses their hearts completely. Some people crave touch, others need to hear love articulated. Still others think talk is cheap and anyone can hug but only feel love when it is put in action or they receive gifts. Even understanding the four languages of love does not make us much more effective because relationships cannot be explained in neat, tidy boxes. Life is messy. Life is a conundrum.  
Thank goodness that God is in control and we are not. read more>
Melanie Jean Juneau is wife and mother of nine children. The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought provoking with a strong current of spirituality running through it. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life.She blogs at joy of nine9 and mother of nine9

Born to be Queen





Born to be Queen

Catholics celebrate with great joy the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In much of the world the birth of girls is a source of disappointment sometimes leading to infanticide. From the beginning the Church has found this morally repugnant. I blog about how Christianity has always been pro-woman and about what is so special about our Lady.




Why Should You Choose Wisdom?

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Why would you want to choose Wisdom? Well, do you want to know God better? What better way than to see the world through God’s eyes? - To read the remainder of this post, please visit http://viirginialieto.com.