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Saturday, September 13th, 2008
1:41 pm
Prayer Request

Prayer Request

My mother is dieing and in need of your prayers.
Thank you and God Bless

Current Mood: sad
Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
11:09 am
Prayer Request

My wife and I have had our first two Foster children since before last December and now they will be going home soon so I would like to ask you all too please pray for them as they are reunited with their families.

God Bless and Thank you

Faith. It is a pity to see how frequently many Christians have it on their lips and yet how sparingly they put it into their actions. You would think it a virtue to be preached only, and not one to be practiced. -- St. Josemaria Escriva

Current Mood: sick
Thursday, August 30th, 2007
10:42 pm
Expressing an interest...
I've just been through a very rough time in my life. I'm fourteen, and my father moved overseas for his work around four years ago. Not long after that, I became depressed. I was angry and sad, and I pushed away the family that was still living with me. I was atheistic during these years, but when I began recovering from my depression, I became agnostic. Being agnostic, to me, means that I do not have a specific religion, but I do not deny that there could be a higher power.  In the last year or so, I've been investingating various faiths, since I've come to realise that I couldn't have made it through that period of time without help. Through my research, I've taken an interest in becoming a Catholic. I would go to the local Catholic church, but I'm a bit uncomfortable doing so because of my mother's views about religion. Could someone please tell me about another source that would tell me about how to go about getting this information? Thank you in advance. : )

Current Mood: thoughtful
Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
10:23 am
Saint of the day "St. Francis de Sales"

There is nothing which edifies others so much as charity and kindness, by which, as by the oil in our lamp, the flame of good example is kept alive.

-- St. Francis de Sales

Current Mood: calm
Sunday, October 29th, 2006
11:11 pm
Oops...we have members!
First off, forgive me for being a terrible host and not posting more here.

Second, thank you so much to the folks who have posted here.

Third, hi, nice to meet you all!

God bless and be well. Here's hoping for a more active community.
Thursday, September 21st, 2006
1:11 pm
-- St. John Chrysostom

Poor human reason, when it trusts in itself, substitutes the strangest absurdities for the highest divine concepts.

Current Mood: ecstatic
Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
9:28 pm
Here is a Phone number for help to become a Catholic in Dallas Forth Worth and a really good Parish map/website to locate an RCIA near you & contact in the Dallas Diocese

From the Catholic Radio in your area, here is an outline and number ( from http://www.grnonline.com/index.php, posted Jul 28 2006 under the title: Would you like to become a Catholic??
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process whereby a person comes into full communion with the Catholic Church. Most parishes begin the RCIA process in the Fall season with entry into the Church happening over Easter weekend the following year. If you would like more information on parishes in your area or who you should contact to talk to a priest about exploring the Catholic Church, please call us at 888-784-3476. We'll point you in the right direction or give you the information you're looking for.

To find an RCIA program in the Diocese - here is a PARISH MAP to guide you to a location near you in your county:
Click on the county and you will get a list of parish names, phone numbers, and the parish websites.
Enjoy the search! This is fun locator to use.

Let me know how it goes...

In His Love, Faustynka

(By the way,Today is the Feast of Edith Stein, a.k.a as Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, a remarkable Jewish scholar, PhD student of Husserl, initially an atheist who converted to the Catholic Faith, See the post and link here below with some more info about the DFW diocese)

Also, for the diocese itself: http://www.fwdioc.org/default.aspx?ID=146

Diocesan Directory http://www.fwdioc.org/directory/index.aspx

Adult Formation http://www.fwdioc.org/default.aspx?ID=28
The diocesan Office of Adult Formation supports parish staffs and volunteers to develop effective resources and programs, especially in areas of RCIA and small Christian communities in order to help adults develop a faith that is living, fruitful, and clearly understood.

Ministry Formation Day
Dr. Dan Luby, Director
(817) 560-2452, Ext. 259
Ms. Brenda Quast, Secretary
(817) 560-2452, Ext. 254
Tuesday, August 8th, 2006
10:55 pm
Not too active, I see
I'll ask away anyway.
I am a previously self-proclaimed Atheist, but truthfully a giant spiritual Agnostic. A couple months back I got the overwhelming desire to convert to Catholociscm. I can't entirely explain.

I do plan on taking the RCIA classes, but I do not know even know where to begin. How should I go about finding a catholic church? I imagine there are many in my area (DFW, Texas). Is there a decent site online to find Catholic churches in your specific area?
Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
9:13 am
"The Compedium" is online
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the recently published "Compedium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church" is now online on the Vatican's site.

It's meant to be a simplier, distilled, question-and-answer version of the much bigger Catechism of the Catholic Church. I have the hard copy, and from what I've read so far, it looks like a pretty good introduction to the Faith.

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
8:11 pm
I've had four days to try and reflect on this threshold my wife and I were carried across as we finished our Christian initiation at the Easter vigil and began what I pray will be an eternity of full communion with the Lord Jesus Christ and his Church.

The sentence I've been using to describe my experience of the vigil is "It's like getting ran over by a spiritual dump-truck, but in a good way." My wife, I think, does a better job when she says it was like exhaling after holding her breath since last August.

Beyond those descriptions, I kind of run out of words other than these two: peace and home.

I would, however, like to share what I believe was a gift God sent me during this time. Something that happened after each sacrament I received.

On the Wednesday before the vigil, I made my first confession. After I had received absolution and gone joyfully to one of the pews to pray, a snippet of scripture from chapter 20 of the Gospel of St. John containing a promise Christ made to his Apostles echoed in my ear:

Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven...

The night of vigil was wonderful. Everything was so pregnant with the symbolism of the Resurrection of Jesus. The ancient hymns, prayers and traditions really hammered home that we were hitching our car to the train that the Apostles, Fathers and other Saints were riding.

There were tears of joy when Father Sexton, on behalf of the Church, welcome me and my wife into full-communion. There was a sense of relief and peace when he annointed my head with the Holy Chrism and the Holy Spirit sealed me under the name "Justin Martyr." When I returned to my pew to prepare for the Liturgy of the Eucharist, two more bits of Scripture floated up from my memory (this time from chapter 14 of St. John and chapter 28 of St. Matthew ):

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor...I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you...I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

I found my voice shaky in the responses and songs that lead up to Communion. The Consecration had always been the highest point of the Mass for me, but this one was even more meaningful because I knew I would be invited to partake of its fruit.

When I finally received Our Lord sacramentally, it was more like the still, small voice than the whirlwind, earthquake or fire. When I returned to my pew to kneel and pray a prayer of thanksgiving (which is what Eucharist means after all,) the following from the sixth chapter of the St. John came to mind:

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

That's about it. I was given a beautiful, Christ-centered, scripture saturated reception into the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I'd have to say that, by far, this was our best Easter ever.

Christ is risen!

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