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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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9 Days for Life Novena - Day 3 Intercession: For victims and survivors of human trafficking. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: Pope Francis calls for a renewed commitment to end human trafficking, which he aptly describes... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at catholic family faith
Jesus’ primary proclamation is “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mk 1:15) His entire life and mission focused on this announcement. By his words and actions, he showed us what the kingdom of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at catholic family faith
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9 Days for Life Novena - Day 2 Intercession: For the end to abortion. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: More women and girls consider abortion than we may realize. They are our relatives and friends, people... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at catholic family faith
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9 Days for Life is a novena of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person's life. 9 Days for Life Novena Day 1 - January 18, 2018 Intercession: May a culture of life grow ever stronger... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at catholic family faith
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Through January 18-25, Christians around the world will participate in a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has a history of over 100 years in which Christians around the world have taken part... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at catholic family faith
Blessing Before Going to Work May God bless the work I (we) do this day, that all our actions may bring Christ to the world. Blessing Before Going to School May God bless your day at school that you may... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at catholic family faith
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When my oldest daughter was in second grade and preparing for her First Holy Communion, our priest exhorted us parents to bless our children every day. He told us that just as we claimed our children for Christ in Baptism... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at catholic family faith
As a family, spend 20-30 minutes reflecting on today's Gospel, JN 1:35-42 with Lectio Divina: Download Lectio-divina-2018-ordinary-2-english Invite a family member to pray the opening prayer. Invite another family member to slowly read the Gospel passage. Invite all family members... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at catholic family faith
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This week the Catholic Church in the United States led by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) celebrates National Migration Week. The nearly 50-year-old program, serves as an opportunity to reflect on the circumstances of the nearly 65... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2018 at catholic family faith
In the synoptic Gospels – Matthew, Mark, and Luke – Jesus invites Simon, Andrew, James and John to become “fishers of men.” (Mt 4:18-22; Mk 1:16-20; Lk 5:1-11) It is Jesus who initiates the encounter. In the Gospel of John,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2018 at catholic family faith
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It is easy to pray individually. We can talk to God anywhere and at any time. It can be a little more difficult to pray with others, including family. Family life can be chaotic and unpredictable. I think this is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at catholic family faith
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I love to pray sitting on my sofa or rocking chair in the dimness and quiet of the early morning. I turn on my gas fireplace, turn on a dim light, and light a candle to remind me of God's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at catholic family faith
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Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35) Jesus often went off to a deserted place to pray, often very early before dawn or in the night. In a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at catholic family faith
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This is a traditional morning offering prayer. It is a beautiful way to begin the day with the intention of offering all your joys and sufferings, prayers and works the Sacred Heart of Jesus. O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at catholic family faith
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Today, January 8, 2018, is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. It is a good day to remember our own Baptisms. Do you know the date of your Baptism? Do you know where you were Baptized? Who was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at catholic family faith
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Blessing of the Home on Epiphany All pray together the Sign of the Cross. Leader: Let us praise God, who fills our hearts and homes with peace. Blessed be God forever. All: Blessed be God forever. Leader: The Word became... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at catholic family faith
Lectio divina is a form of meditation rooted in liturgical celebration that dates back to early monastic communities. It was a method practiced by monks in their daily encounter with Scripture, both as they prepared for the Eucharist and as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at catholic family faith
In the infancy narrative of Matthew, a star led the magi to Jesus. The magi, astronomers in the priestly caste of Persia, navigated their way to the Jewish Messiah by the light of the star. Matthew could be drawing from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at catholic family faith
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As Catholics, we believe in the power of prayer for healing. People throughout the ages have asked for the prayers of the faithful and the Saints to be healed from ailments, and many have experienced the miracle of healing. Many... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at catholic family faith
The Te Deum is an early Christian hymn of praise to God. The title, as with most things Catholic, is taken from its opening Latin words, Te Deum laudamus, which means "Thee, O God, we praise". Te Deum O God,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at catholic family faith
Following yesterday's Litany to the Holy Name of Jesus, let's pray another litany, The Divine Praises. This is a simple, but beautiful litany that can be prayed any time. The Divine Praises Blessed be God. Blessed be his holy name.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at catholic family faith
Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Jesus, hear us. Jesus, graciously hear us. God the Father of Heaven Have mercy on us. God, the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at catholic family faith
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Prayer of Saint Basil the Great (330-379) As I rise from sleep, I thank Thee, O Holy Trinity, for through Thy great goodness and patience Thou hast not been angry with me, an idler and sinner, nor hast Thou destroyed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at catholic family faith
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Through 2017, Catholic Family Faith shared daily reflections on Saints. It was good to learn about our spiritual ancestors, to discover how they lived their faith and shared the Love of Christ with others. One of the significant aspects of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at catholic family faith
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I love hearing about Simeon and Anna every year on the Feast of the Holy Family. These two faith-filled people inspire me. As I was reading about them and reflecting on their stories this year, I realized something: Simeon is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at catholic family faith