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Teresa Burns
I am a woman of faith, wife, mother, parish catechetical leader, "zoo" keeper, and dreamer.
Interests: Reading, writing, walking with my dog, snuggling with my cats...and my husband, and discussing my faith.
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Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion Jesus emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at catholic family faith
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Pope Francis has some wonderful advice to married couples in this video from Catholic News Service. http://bcove.me/09d9cn2s Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at catholic family faith
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Fifth Sunday of Lent Ezekiel 37:12-14 Psalm 130 Romans 8:8-11 John 11:1-45 “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die."... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at catholic family faith
“We have to regard ourselves as sealed, even branded, by this mission of bringing light, blessing, enlivening, raising up, healing and freeing.”(Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, #273) "Branding" is a marketing tool used by companies to help consumers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at catholic family faith
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Fourth Sunday of Lent 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a Psalm 23 Ephesians 5:8-14 John 9:1-41 You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at catholic family faith
“The dignity of each human person and the pursuit of the common good are concerns which ought to shape all economic policies.” (Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, #203) I don't have any control over national and internation economic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at catholic family faith
“The message is one which we often take for granted, and can repeat almost mechanically, without necessarily ensuring that it has a real effect on our lives and in our communities. How dangerous and harmful this is, for it makes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at catholic family faith
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“Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” (John 4:15) Third Sunday of Lent Exodus 17:3-7 Psalm 95 Romans 5:1-2,5-8 John 4:5-42 In the story of Jesus... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at catholic family faith
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“Missionary disciples accompany missionary disciples.” (Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, #173) Pope Francis challenges all who are baptized to live as "missionary disciples." Missionary disciples are men and women, boys and girls, who reach out to share the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at catholic family faith
“To speak from the heart means that our hearts must not just be on fire, but also enlightened by the fullness of revelation and by the path travelled by God’s word in the heart of the Church and our faithful... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at catholic family faith
"Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer say that we are “disciples” and “missionaries”, but rather that we are always “missionary disciples”. (Pope... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at catholic family faith
“The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.” (Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation: The Joy of the Gospel, #114) There are too... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at catholic family faith
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Happy One Year Anniversary, Pope Francis! One year ago, March 13, 2013, Pope Francis was announced to the world as the new Bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church. Check out his e-book of quotes from his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at catholic family faith
“Some resist giving themselves over completely to mission and thus end up in a state of paralysis and acedia.” (Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation: The Joy of the Gospel, #81) Pope Francis speaks out boldly on a problem that is afflicting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at catholic family faith
“And so the biggest threat of all gradually takes shape: ‘the gray pragmatism of the daily life of the Church, in which all appears to proceed normally, while in reality faith is wearing down and degenerating into small-mindedness.’ A tomb... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at catholic family faith
“We must recognize that if part of our baptized people lack a sense of belonging to the Church, this is also due to certain structures and the occasionally unwelcoming atmosphere of some of our parishes and communities, or a bureaucratic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at catholic family faith
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“Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.” (Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation: The Joy of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at catholic family faith
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“There are Christians whose lives seem like Lent without Easter.” (Apostolic Exhortation: The Joy of the Gospel, #6) Pope Francis isn't saying that we always need to be buoyant and rejoicing. There are times in our lives when we face... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at catholic family faith
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Lord's Day Faith Chat - First Sunday of Lent On this first Sunday of Lent, we hear the familiar stories of the first sin and Jesus’ temptation in the desert. From Genesis, we listen to the myth of how sin... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at catholic family faith
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The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step toward Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms.” (#3) If we open ourselves to an encounter... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at catholic family faith
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I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them: I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. (#3) The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at catholic family faith
This week, I started an online course with the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation through the University of Dayton on Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation on The Joy of the Gospel. Our facilitator, Sr Angela Ann Zukowski, invited us to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at catholic family faith
Jesus said, “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?” (Matthew 6:30) I love the images in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at catholic family faith
“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. " (Matthew 5:17) The law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets expected certain practices from the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at catholic family faith
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Since I read the Gospel for this weekend, I’ve had a song in my head. (As a liturgical musician and cantor for many years, I have a lot of musical Scripture references in my head.) Jesus calling us to be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at catholic family faith