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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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Melvin's Story Melvin Sánchez Ramírez makes his living as a coffee farmer in one of the poorest regions of Nicaragua. For him, his wife and his son, it has always been a challenge, but they’ve managed to get by. Then... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at catholic family faith
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Second Sunday of Lent Genesis 22:1-2,9-18 Psalm 116:10,15-19 Romans 8:31-34 Mark 9:2-10 Saint Peter writes, “God did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all...” (Romans 8:31b-32) I have to admit that the idea that God... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at catholic family faith
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from Catholic Relief Services' Operation Rice Bowl Family Activities Too often we measure success by the number of great deeds we’ve accomplished; that’s why the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux is so amazing. By the world’s standards, she didn’t... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at catholic family faith
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Ugali • 4 cups water • 2½ cups cornmeal Boil water, then stir in cornmeal. Simmer until mixture is thick and water is absorbed. Stir often to prevent burning. Shape the mixture into round balls, one for each person. Bean... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at catholic family faith
Gertruda's Story Like many farmers in Tanzania, Gertruda Domayo used to struggle to provide for her three grandchildren. Now she is a member of Soya ni Pesa, a Catholic Relief Services project that means “soybeans are money.” Read more about... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at catholic family faith
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First Sunday of Lent Genesis 9:8-15 Psalm 25:4-9 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:12-15 It is the beginning of Lent. For the next 40 days, we will pray, fast, and give. To go along with the traditional “give up something for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at catholic family faith
I just read Fr. Robert Barron's Lent Reflection for Ash Wednesday. He uses the analogy of baseball's spring training. As a coach begins with the basics in spring training, "Lent is a time to get tuned up, to get back... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at catholic family faith
As Dr. Carolyn Woo states in this video, and as any coach, music teacher, or dance instructor would confirm, it takes practice to become good at something. If we really want to become good at something, we will practice, practice,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at catholic family faith
Lent begins this Ash Wednesday, February 18. How will you enter the enter the desert to encounter Christ Jesus in the next six weeks? Video from Busted Halo Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at catholic family faith
What is your plan for Lent? Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at catholic family faith
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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Leviticus 13:1-2,44-46 Psalm 32:1-2.5-11 1 Corinthians 10:31--11:1 Mark 1:40-45 In Moses’ time, in Jesus’ time, and even until very recent years, leprosy has been a dreaded contagious disease. Lepers have had to live outside of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at catholic family faith
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Pope Francis: “Do not hide your faith, do not hide Jesus, but carry him into the world and offer the witness of your family life!” (Meeting with Families in the Philippines, January 16, 2015) Breaking open the theme: Did you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at catholic family faith
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Pope Francis: “In the family, we learn to embrace and support one another, to discern the meaning of facial expressions and moments of silence, to laugh and cry together… This greatly helps us to understand the meaning of communication as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at catholic family faith
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Pope Francis: “Faithfulness, perseverance, and fruitfulness are the three pillars of Christ’s love for His bride, the Church – three characteristics that are also at the heart of Christian marriage.” (Mass in Casa Santa Marta with Fifteen Married Couples, June... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at catholic family faith
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Pope Francis: “We must not allow ourselves to be conquered by a ‘throwaway culture’. This fear of ‘forever’ is cured by entrusting oneself day by day to the Lord Jesus in a life that becomes a daily spiritual path of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at catholic family faith
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Pope Francis: “Families are the domestic Church, where Jesus grows; he grows in the love of spouses, he grows in the lives of children.” (National Convocation of the “Renewal of the Spirit,” June 4, 2014) Breaking open the theme: The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at catholic family faith
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Pope Francis: “You see that the love John speaks of [1 Jn 4:11-18] is not the love of soap operas! No, it is something else. Christian love has a particular quality: concreteness. Jesus Himself, when He speaks of love, speaks... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at catholic family faith
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Pope Francis: “The image of God is the married couple: the man and the woman; not only the man, not only the woman, but both of them together. This is the image of God: love, God’s covenant with us is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at catholic family faith
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is promoting National Marriage Week, February 7-14, 2015 Come to Catholic Family Faith through the week for an adaptation of the USCCB's Virtual Marriage Retreat with Pope Francis, or download the following Virtual Retreat... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at catholic family faith
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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Job 7:1-4,6-7 Psalm 147:1-6 1 Corinthians 9:16-19,22-23 Mark 1:29-39 In today’s Gospel, after he heals Simon’s mother-in-law and those who were brought to his door, he arose “very early before dawn...and went off to a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at catholic family faith
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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Psalm 95:1-2,6-9 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 Mark 1:21-28 In reflecting on the readings for this weekend, the line that caught my attention was in St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians: “I should like you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at catholic family faith
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Samuel 3:3b-10,19 Psalm 40:2, 4,7-10 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a,17-20 John 1:35-42 God called to Samuel, but Samuel didn’t recognize God’s voice because “at that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD, because the LORD... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at catholic family faith
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Dear Beloved, Do you know that you are truly my Beloved? My child, “my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit.” (Is 42:1) I love you so very much, my dearest. I formed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at catholic family faith
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Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Sirach 3:2-6,12-14 Psalm 128:1-5 Colossians 3:12-21 Luke 2:22-40 There’s been a lot of buzz about family in the church recently. Pope Francis and selected bishops from around the world met... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at catholic family faith