Posts tagged "faith"

The Faith and Wonder of a Child: My Own Attempts to Deepen My Faith

Over the years, the faith and wonder, I had as a new convert attempting to deepen my faith were pretty childish. I read everything I could get my hands on (retained very little of it!) and I was constantly looking for ways to learn more about my faith. I’ve slowed down quite a bit, but... Read more »

In My Thoughts And in My Words

In My Thoughts And in My Words
Recently I was preparing to write a post and as I started to write, my own words sounded familiar.  I did a search on my past blogs and what do you know, I found this post from 2010!  I’ve improved. *cough* “I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I... Read more »

Mark Wahlberg on Faith, Family, Hard Work, and What He Prays For

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Since I’m not a celebrity follower, I had no idea that Mark Wahlberg was Catholic.  I had seen an interview with him years ago describing his gang banging days and jail time and never thought anything of it. After seeing this clip, I have a new respect for the man.  He did change his life... Read more »
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Tis the Season to be Meaner: Fa la la la la la la la la!

Tis the Season to be Meaner:  Fa la la la la la la la la!
I wrote this last year, but I think it’s worth repeating (besides, I LOVE Matt Dillon!): “I went to bed last night mean, and I woke up meaner.”  Marshall Dillon, Gunsmoke Tis’ the season to be, well meaner.  A lot of stores are asking for donations to various causes, but it seems that when a... Read more »

I Once Was Lost ... Now I Find the Strays

I Once Was Lost ... Now I Find the Strays
In today’s Gospel (Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14) Jesus talks about becoming a child to enter the Kingdom of heaven and whoever receives a child in His name receives Him. I used to think differently about these readings when I first converted.  I used to think that it was more about reaching out to children and... Read more »

O You of Little Faith, Why Did You Doubt?

O You of Little Faith, Why Did You Doubt?
In today’s Gospel (Matthew 14:22-36) Jesus reaches out to Peter and in faith, Peter walks on the water.  When Peter becomes frightened, Jesus reaches out and saves him.  Jesus also chastises him when he says, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Peter is the rock on which our church was built, but... Read more »
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Rules And More Rules

I’m often amused when people say that Catholics have too many rules.  And a lot of Catholics are “Cafeteria Catholics” who pick and choose the rules they are going to follow.  We live in a society of rules whether we like it or not.  There are laws that we have to abide by as well... Read more »

A Testament of the Tools of Faith

I overheard a young man spouting hate-filled things about religion.  He was raised Catholic and his parents by all appearances were very devout.  I think that’s what rattled me the most.  Where did all that hatred come from? But maybe it wasn’t hatred.  Maybe it’s anger or even jealousy.  Maybe his own life and the... Read more »

The Faces of the Faithful

After communion, as I kneel in prayer, I find my mind wandering.  If there’s something weighing on my mind, I can remain in prayer until the priest takes a seat.  But most times, I find myself, well, people watching. There are times when I’ve admired a handbag a woman carried or I’m intrigued by a... Read more »
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WWJD?

What would Jesus do? On the warm, balmy Monday after Thanksgiving I found myself shopping in a store I used to work at.  I hadn’t shopped with them since I was laid off a few years ago.  I didn’t like the way I was treated (see my blog:  www.chicagonow.com/blogs/being-catholic-really/2010/11/why-we-celebrate.html#more) so I decided to no longer... Read more »