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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 I write this, I am not feeling peaceful. My grandchildren have been sick so I have been caring for them while my daughter is at work. While this is good, my house is cluttered and dusty, the laundry is... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at catholic family faith
I admit that I struggle with politics. I don't like talking politics because people don't seem to listen to one another and consider each other's perspectives. I don't like listening to politicians talk because they tend to say what they... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at catholic family faith
Today, April 26, is the memorial of Our Lady of Good Counsel. According to tradition, in the year 1467, in the midst of the festivities for the Feast of Saint Mark, the people of Genazzano, Italy, suddenly heard "exquisite music."... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at catholic family faith
According to the Acts of the Apostles, Mark’s mother owned the house where the first Jerusalem Christians prayed and where Peter stayed after his miraculous release from prison (Acts 12:1-19). The New Testament also notes that Mark traveled with Paul... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at catholic family faith
In a homily in Chiapas during his recent trip to Mexico, Pope Francis preached: ‘This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at catholic family faith
Risen Presence, stir hope in us when we waver in our belief about the goodness of humanity. Turn our face toward the sunrise of each morning. Assure us that every day brings light after night's heavy darkness. Let it remind... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at catholic family faith
The Gospel of Easter is very clear: We need to go back, to see Jesus Risen, and to become witnesses of his resurrection. This is not to go back in time; it is not a kind of nostalgia. It is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at catholic family faith
May the Risen Christ fill you with great joy this Easter! Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at catholic family faith
We Roman Catholics are people of Scripture and Tradition. Our faith is based on both the Word of God written in the Scriptures and the Traditions passed down to us by our ancestors. As John the Evangelist writes in his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at catholic family faith
O sacred head, surrounded by crown of piercing thorn! O bleeding head, so wounded, reviled and put to scorn! Our sins have marred the glory of thy most holy face, yet angel hosts adore thee and tremble as they gaze... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at catholic family faith
Holy Week. My most favorite week of the entire year. For Catholics, as well as many other Christians, the celebration of Easter isn’t an isolated event that happens one Sunday each spring. Every Sunday is in fact an Easter for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at catholic family faith
Prayer for the Faithful May the Strength of God guide us. May the Power of God preserve us. May the Wisdom of God instruct us. May the Hand of God protect us. May the Way of God direct us. May... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at catholic family faith
Catholic social teaching inspires and guides how we are to live and work in the world. In this principle, Care for God's Creation, we remember that God created every plant, every mountaintop, every animal-everything. And God said that these things... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at catholic family faith
Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2016 at catholic family faith
When teaching children the Ten Commandments, the sixth Commandment tends to be the most uncomfortable: “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” The definition of the word “adultery” is “voluntary relations between a married person and another who is not the person’s... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at catholic family faith
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at catholic family faith
Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. How can I be more aware of my own failure to live by God’s commands so that I may seek his mercy? Do I ask forgiveness of others humbly? How have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at catholic family faith
In the story of the prodigal son, when the son comes to his senses and returns to his father, his father sees him down the road and runs to meet him. As his father embraces him, the son declares that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2016 at catholic family faith
In this weekend's Gospel, we heard Jesus tell the parable of the barren fig tree. The owner of the fig tree wanted to cut it down because it had not borne fruit for three years. The gardener, however, asked for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at catholic family faith
The Gospel on this Third Sunday of Lent invites us to reflect on God’s mercy. In the first part of the Gospel reading, Jesus declares that suffering is not the result of sinfulness, but that acting in sin will lead... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at catholic family faith
Use this guide to read and reflect on Luke 13:1-9 for the Third Sunday of Lent, Year C. Download Lectio Divina for Third Sunday of Lent - Year C Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2016 at catholic family faith