Tag: Catholic Women's Devotional Bible

Praying With Mary Magdalene

Today’s Gospel relates the events after Mary Magdalene and the other Mary find the tomb of Jesus empty.  Jesus appears to them and tells them to tell the others. There’s a lot of stories about Mary Magdalene from the Bible to modern fiction.  She is somewhat of a mystery which is why I’ve always been fascinated... Read more »

Trying to Make Room in My Soul

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be... Read more »

St. Jude: Superhero of the Saints

Patron saint of lost causes, desperate situations and hospitals, St. Jude of Thaddaus is the saint we turn to in despair. Jude’s letter was “written to warn against false teaching regarding what has sometimes been called ‘cheap grace.’  Apparently the community was threatened by teachers who proclaimed that God’s grace allowed them to sin freely.  Jude calls... Read more »

A Scandalous Birth by Ann Spangler

A teenage girl and a young man left their town in Galilee to travel south to Bethlehem, just outside Jerusalem.  The trip couldn’t have been easy, especially for the young woman whose womb was stretched to bursting with a pregnancy in its ninth month,  We know the story well – too well perhaps to be... Read more »

This Post is Not About Being Catholic ... Really

Reading Julia Keller’s article in Sunday’s (8/28) Tribune brought a smile to my face.  Julia is the Trib’s cultural critic and writes primarily book reviews. Julia is hanging on to her DTB (dead tree book) collection and has hauled it around with her every time she moves.  Just thinking about that makes me want to... Read more »

Transparent: To be the Lantern Not the Light

The angel spoke to me, saying, “Come here. I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” He took me in spirit to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. It gleamed with the splendor of God. Its radiance was like that... Read more »

You Are Peter ... Louise Perrotta

In the popular imagination, the head of the apostles has been typecast as a sort of bouncer at the doors of a celestial supper club – Saint Peter at the pearly gates.  Though this picture may make for a few good jokes, it does not fit his actual job description. Jesus Christ, in fact, is... Read more »

Rules and Regulations by Jeanie Miley

Imagine that you are a Pharisee or teacher of the Law in Jesus’ day.  Get in touch with that feeling of being right.  Feel the power in being part of the leadership of your religious community.  Savor the feeling of being both right and important. See yourself approach Jesus in confrontation. Stand with Jesus while... Read more »

Lying Lips Are An Abomination

Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who are truthful are his delight.  Proverbs 12:22, New American Bible Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord: but they that deal faithfully please him.  Proverbs 12:22, Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are... Read more »

Does Purgatory Make Sense?

I was flipping through the pages of my Catholic’s Women’s Devotional Bible, when I found this little gem by Louise Perrotta: Purgatory makes sense. Certainly the people of the Old Testament, who never used the word itself, felt the need for the process it refers to.  They believed that because of the great divide between... Read more »