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How beautiful!  Everyone has a day when they really need to read this!
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Does anyone have a facilitator guide for Grace Filled Moments?  At my church, Holy Name of Jesus, in Harrisburg PA, we are growing our Women of Grace Program.  This is a great book, and we would like to do another study.  This book is very helpful in help guide women to the mission God has entrusted for us.  Any help is greatly appreciated! 
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As I looked at the mountain of manure that needed to be moved by hand - in other words ME-after the never ending winter, I almost gave up and went back to the house to wait for a time I would have some husband muscle power. Waiting for one's husband to be around to help is not normally  an Army wife's protocol, because one never knows when that will be really.
Instead for whatever reason I found myself asking Saint Moses for help.  'Saint ' Moses ? you say , yes I was startled by that notion too  but was reminded that he is in Heaven ,so he must be a saint . Moses just kept going, toiling on with the burden of doing the task that had been handed to him by God , one he felt utterly incapable of doing.  OK so I wasn't leading Isreal out of bondage, through the sea and desert into the promised land , but trust me , the task at hand seemed too big for just me.  It was then that I was also reminded about the little bent over ladies - the Babushkas-that I had seen when I would visit my Grandmother in Germany. They would just 'get it done', slowly carrying their buckets of water or whatever and little by little get done what needed to be done. It didn't have to be in leaps and bounds with great speed and strength, it just had to get done. This is how I tackled my mountain that I had to move, not with great muscle strength but little by little, it may have taken me longer and more trips to the main pile down the field, but I got the job done eventually.
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Father Michael Russo, Pastor at Our Lady of Fatima Church chose to offer the Women of Grace study to the women of his parish as their Lenten program. Greater than 180 women applied for the class. The parish was able to accommodate 144 women for this class and will repeat it again later in the year for those who did not make this class. Our parish has been abundantly blessed to have so many women stepping up to answer our Lord's call ! In addition, 12 women filled with the Holy Spirit have been trained as facilitators and will lead our 12 groups of women through the study. We are so blessed to have these women!
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Our family may be moving from Ohio to Ct. and we're wondering where to find the best family friendly communities within or surrounding the West Hartford area.   Looking for a faithful church, good schools, etc.  Any advice would be appreciated.  Thanks!  
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I'm halfway through my first pregnancy (😄) and am suddenly starting to feel daunted on how to raise catholic children. My husband is not catholic, as well as his parents, sisters, etc. My family is but there are lots of strained relationships on that side. My main support comes from his family, who are so dear to me. I'm starting to realize the challenges that I'm up against in raising our children catholic. My husband is in full support of this, he hasn't yet chosen the catholic faith although he does come to church with me on occasion, and I've noticed our views on things are becoming closer and closer. Does anyone know of any patron saints, novenas, prayers, etc for resources? I'm going to need a lot of help!
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Hello Friends,
Would you please pray for Marie, a friend of mine who is battling cancer. She has had 25 radiation treatments but has found there is still some cancer there and will need 9 more. Her husband is driving her 80 miles a day for treatment in this snowy, below zero temperatures. Thank you.
Paula Widmer
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This email came in to me today and I wanted to post it so that you can remember Eddy, in your prayers.

My son Eddy who is 37, married with a 7 year old daughter and a 9 year old son was diagnosed with 3rd/4th stage stomach cancer in early August.  He was told it was incurable and inoperable.  A friend who is an oncologist got him into the James at the Ohio State University and they felt that they could shrink the tumor and then operate.  After 4 months of Chemo, blood clots in his lungs and a procedure to help prevent the blood clots from getting to his heart, lungs and brain, he will have his stomach, spleen, half of his pancreas and lymph nodes removed on January 8th.
Please pray for him, ask anyone you can to pray for him and put him on any prayer list etc. that you can.  
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Dear Johnnette thank you for your strong and loving leadership this past year. Each of the Regionals has been such an inspiration as you've made yourselves available for my many questions since my installation in June, and for this I thank you!  I am grateful.  Attached is a picture of the first Parish run Spanish Women of Grace group at St. Joan of Arc Church in Phoenix, AZ.  Norma Ciani hosted a beautiful Christmas gathering for the ladies in her home and I had the opportunity to attend and ask each of the participants what WOG means to them. Many of their comments closely brought me to tears as they shared their hearts with me as Norma translated. I share a a few of their responses below:

Norma feels honored to be a Facilitator of the study as she has always had a desire to translate and bring the faith alive for the Spanish Community. Her heart is bursting with joy to be called to the ministry of Women of Grace.
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Dear Johnnette thank you for your strong and loving leadership this past year. Each of the Regionals has been for me this year such an inspiration as you've made yourselves available for my many questions and for this I thank you!  I am grateful.  Attached is a picture of the first Parish run Spanish Women of Grace group at St. Joan of Arc Church in Phoenix, AZ.  Norma Ciani hosted a beautiful Christmas gathering for the ladies in her home and I had the opportunity to attend and ask each of the participants what WOG means to them. Many of their comments closely brought me to tears as they shared their hearts with me as Norma translated. I share a a few of their responses below:

Norma feels honored to be a Facilitator of the study as she has always had a desire to translate and bring the faith alive for the Spanish Community. Her heart is bursting with joy to be called to the ministry of Women of Grace.
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Dear Sacred Sisters!   Hope you can listen to:

A Faith to Die For

This was a Homily recently given by Father John Lanket at our Cathedral in Phoenix where Bishop Olmsted resides. Awesome is an understatement! So appropriate for these times. 

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Dear Sisters in Christ,
I recently became a volunteer in the ACTS ministry to the imprisoned.  It is amazing!  I was not sure I was being called to this ministry, so decided to visit with the team and see what it was like.  Basically, there is some fear of entering the prison and being locked in!  When the ladies started coming into the chapel at the prison, what I saw was the body of Christ!  Old, young, all colors of skin and hair, healthy and those in pain were present.  They were so grateful that we were there to teach them.   If you are asked, please consider the ministry.  Often you can enter as a special volunteer at first for a limited time.  Then, after training, you are a regular volunteer.  Rules and regulations must be followed and safety is a major factor in the training. 

ACTS=adoration, community, theology and service. 

Love in Christ,
Susan
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As I prepare for the Nativity of Christ, turning my heart toward the Lord desiring to be transformed, the third tool of my repentance is alms-giving.

As I empty myself through my fasting, I ask God to fill me with His life.  I empty myself of self and selfishness.  I hunger not for food, or material possessions, I come to know that I hunger for my God.  I ask that He fill me with His life.  Through my prayer I ask to be firmly rooted in Kingdom living.  I pray the scriptures to know the Word incarnate,  I pray for God's mercy for myself, my marriage, my family, my friends and associates.  I pray the greatest of all prayers, the prayer of the Liturgy itself. 

It is through fasting and being filled with God and His life through prayer that I will pass on He and His life on to others by the sharing of my time, my talents and my treasures.  Alms-giving is the overflowing of His life in me onto those I encounter.

MATTHEW
Chapter 25
34Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
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In my time of preparation for our Lord's Nativity I again enter into a time of repentance, a turning, a desire to be transformed, I look at a second tool of repentance, Prayer.

Why should I pray?  Prayer is the fertile soil of my life.  The place where I send down my roots in my life with my God.  With St. Therese, Little Flower, I too am a flower in the garden of my God.  If this little flower is uprooted from the soil, it will look good for a little while, but in fact is slowly dying, for it has been separated from the element that is it's source of life.  In the same way, if I am not in communion with my God through my prayers, I am slowly dying, being separated from the Giver of Life.

What is my prayer today?
My prayer is a conscious, purposeful act of uniting my whole self to the one, true, God, in order to come to know Him and His will, in order to do His will. My prayer is not something I do, it is who I am to become today.  I desire to become prayer today because as I stand before God, open to Him totally, I ask that the Holy Spirit pray within me, to pray in me constantly this day.  Romans 8:26-27  "The Spirit comes to the aid of my weakness for I do not know how to pray as I ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.  And the One who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because He intercedes for the holy ones according to God's will." 
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Today begins the St. Phillips 40 day Fast in the Byzantine Catholic Churches.  The fast is part of the preparation of our hearts for the coming of our Savior to us in His nativity.  Fasting is one of the tools of repentance, along with prayer and alms giving (sharing of ourselves, our time, our talent and our treasures given us by God, with others).  Repentance, we prepare for Christmas with repentance?  Joel 2:12-13 says, "Yet, even now, says the Lord, return to Me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning.  Rend your hearts, not your garments and return to the Lord, your God.  For gracious and merciful is He, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment."

We spend a lot of time in preparation for Christmas in decorating our homes, preparing for gift giving, thinking of the foods we will prepare, cookies, cakes, Christmas dinner.  What of our time in preparing spiritually for the greatest event in history? God become man in order to restore man to life in Paradise.

In Full of Grace, Chapter Four, we learn of the Triple Harmony of God.  We read that before the Fall of Adam and Eve "harmony existed between God's will and man's will, between man's bodily appetites and his soul (man's passions and sensate desires were subject to his reason and his will), between man and the exterior goods of the earth and man and others." PARADISE  "Disharmony resulted when man broke union with God through sin; the disobedience caused disorder in every level of the human experience.  Three mortal wounds were inflicted by disobedience, carnal allurements (desire of the flesh), enticements (desires) of the eyes, and desire for riches (pride of show).  These three mortal wounds attach us to passions of the flesh, enticements of the senses and desire for material goods.  They attach us to the things of the earth rather than the things of God."
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Grief is a Journey



I appreciate a prayer as I have been a little down these past few days. My son Nathaniel would have been 15 years old on Sunday. I recently watched an interview on The World Over/EWTN with the mom of Matti Stepanek. Raymond Arroyo, in no way being insensitive, simply asked Jeni Stepanek how heroic she has been in handling the loss of Mattie and his siblings. Her response so real, so refreshing. I paraphrase here: 

-Raymond, there is not a day that I don't cry and that I don't miss my son, my children. Grief is not something you get OVER, it is something you endure as you make your way on this journey called life. THANK YOU JENI STEPANEK for not undermining so great a loss as that of your dear sons. It permits us to embrace and not undermine our own losses. 

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Here it comes again; the holiday season!
During my prayer readings this morning I suddenly felt sadness at the loss of "what could have been". I am being called to release"that" thing to The Lord for healing, yet, I know that it is never truly finished and I must experience the grief if it might, perhaps, be redemptive in any way.
My vocation in life was to be a wife and mother, to mold children and a safe place for that family as long as I lived. They could return and be refeshed, rested and strenghtened to continue on their journey. I did not fail- I didn't know I couldn't do if by myself- I never really and truly had a partner, another "half" of me who shared my vocation and my desires.

Families need the fullness that is required to succeed, to be a part of the Church Militant that must "fight to give the oppressed their right" (taken from the Hymn in the Magnificat for the morning of November 11, 2013). This is God's perfect plan for the family, His Domestic Church.

I am reminding myself that God forgives my failures (sins) yet the tears continue to flow on occassion; hopefully they are redemptive when shed from the hearts of mothers that cannot be completely healed until we stand before our Redeemer, Our Lord Jesus Christ when He will fulfill His promise to us: "He will swallow up death for ever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth; for the Lord has spoken." Isaiah 25:8

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Ladies,

I am posting today out of a desire placed upon my heart months ago.  I am the young mother of a beautiful kindergartener, 3 yo boy and a soon to be 1 year old girl.  My eldest has shown an interest in scouting.  Thanks to Johnette and all of the great programming on EWTN radio, I have come to know the truth about GSUSA and WAGGGS and their anti-woman agenda.  If any of you are in the Monmouth/Middlesex County Area of NJ and are looking to join an American Heritage Girls Troop, please feel free to contact me.  

Your Sister in Christ,
Maura
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For many years i taught yoga , i was an instructor. Teaching my students proper body alignment, and breathing tequinices and meditaion .. oct.10 th 2012 i ened up in the er with a panic attack . due to yoga or not iam not sure .. but am nw on the pursuit to find out is there a spiturial link to some physical sensations and attacks like had . I was getting very deep into it and the meditiation was pulling me deeper into ,i began to crave a deeper sense of it . i had prayer over me and was delivered from the yoga i taught and asked forgiveness for teaching it,the physical sensations i feel and felt are cold chills, head tingles, shakyiness, and foggy head.. it sometimes keeps me from praying .. any thoughts ..anyone had any experciance .
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My son died Oct 28, 2013 we buried him yesterday. Please pray for him and our family. He was 42y/o and committed suicide.
Thank You
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