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http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/oddnews/woman-makes-surprising-find-inside-garden-gnome-statue-she-accidentally-breaks-190435242.html;_ylt=AwrBEiHbgX1Tn3wAbxLQtDMD I have heard two off-the-wall news stories recently that somehow I feel pertains to my life! This is one of them! The other is a story about a wedding dress found in a field in Alabama. It dates from the time I was temporarily assigned at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. Real life can be stranger than a dream! Anyone knowing anything about these events should consider responding to me. Thank you.
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A pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey is scheduled for October 28-Nov 7. I attended the pilgrimage to Fatima with Father Shelby as the spiritual director and was blessed with a healing miracle last year! Registration fee is due June 1. There is still time to pray for God's guidance in sending you on this blessed journey!
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Love Letter from God

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GZSbeTLIIQ 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...
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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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Women of Grace in CT

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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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Raising catholic children

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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,...
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A Friends Cancer

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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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Prayer request

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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...
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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...
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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...
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A Faith To Die For

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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. http://www.faithandlifetv.com/audio-shows/a-faith-to-die-for God bless you and Happy Thanksgiving!
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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Grief is a Journey

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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...
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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...
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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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