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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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As a family, take ten minutes today for this Advent retreat: Holy Family, Refugee Family. After listening to each segment, use the provided reflection questions for family discussion. Talk about what difference it makes knowing that the Holy Family was... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at catholic family faith
In Isaiah’s time, Israel was near ruin. They turned from God and trampled on the poor. Isaiah prophesied that Israel would pay the price for their sins by being conquered and taken into exile by Assyria. Times seemed bleak, but... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at catholic family faith
How are you making room for Jesus Christ in your life this Advent? Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at catholic family faith
This weekend, we begin Advent and the new liturgical year. Through the next year – continuing through the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe next November 26, 2017 – we will hear from the Gospel of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at catholic family faith
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at catholic family faith
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Lord, we thank you for the goodness of our people and for the spirit of justice that  lls this nation. We thank you for the beauty and fullness of the land and the challenge of the cities. We thank... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at catholic family faith
This article by Courtney Lare sparked some thought... BLACK FRIDAY GREETINGS FROM A NEW CRS FAIR TRADER Hi CRS Fair Traders! My name is Courtney Lare, and I am the newest addition to the team. I’m finishing up my M.A.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at catholic family faith
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The night before the election, my husband, daughter, and I were bantering about who should be elected president. My daughter said she’d vote for Tony Stark/Ironman as president and Steve Rogers/Captain America as vice-president. I declared, “Jesus.” My husband said,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at catholic family faith
Catholics should know about the Bible and regularly read the Scriptures. Check out these links to USCCB webpages to learn more about the Bible: Understanding the Bible Books of the Bible Questions about the Bible Articles on Bible Study The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at catholic family faith
One of the treasures of the Church is the lectionary. The lectionary connects the faithful throughout the world in reading and reflecting on the same readings every day. The lectionary is composed of Old and New Testament and Gospel readings... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at catholic family faith
Lectio Divina = "Divine Reading" This method of prayer goes back to the early monastic tradition. There were not bibles for everyone and not everyone knew how to read. So the monks gathered in chapel to hear a member of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at catholic family faith
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From November 13-19, 2016, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops invites families, parishes, schools, and other Catholic groups to participate in National Bible Week in celebration of the 51st Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council Dogmatic Constitution on Divine... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at catholic family faith
We have a mission. The Church and all the baptized in the Body of Christ share the mission that Christ gave his disciples upon his resurrection: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at catholic family faith
This is a great video for Vocations Awareness Week Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at catholic family faith
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Serra International's mission is to foster and affirm vocations to the priesthood and vowed religious life. They have created lesson plans for National Vocations Awareness Week to help catechists and parents engage their children in learning about vocations in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at catholic family faith
Parents play an important role in nurturing the vocations of their children. Here are some suggestions for parents to nurture vocations in their children: Recognize and nurture your children's natural gifts and talents. For example, if your child has a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at catholic family faith
O God, Father of all Mercies, Provider of a bountiful Harvest, send Your Graces upon those You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor; preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of you. Open the hearts of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at catholic family faith
The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, November 6-12. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the U.S. to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at catholic family faith
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In the Apostles’ Creed, we pray, “I believe in...the communion of saints...the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.” Throughout the month of November, we remember All Saints and All Souls who have gone before us in faith to life... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at catholic family faith
We can tend to forget that God loves all God’s creatures. Wisdom tells us that God only wills into being that which God loves. God cannot create something God does not love. If we truly consider ourselves disciples of Christ... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at catholic family faith
Sometimes Jesus’ teachings slap me in the face. This is one of those teachings. Oh how often I’ve referred to the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector to justify myself! I like to tell myself that my prayer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2016 at catholic family faith
Why pray for others - Intercessions - and ourselves - Petitions? Do our prayers change God's mind? If God knows our minds and hearts, why do we need to speak what's on our minds and hearts? When we pray, the circuitry of our minds and hearts, our relationships, and the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2016 at Teresa M Burns Writing
To connect with God. To experience, to touch God's Presence within. When we connect with God at our center, we discover the Divine Spark at our core. The more we connect with that Divine Spark, the more god is able to manifest Love, Joy, Peace, Care for others through us.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2016 at Teresa M Burns Writing