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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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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 yesterday at catholic family faith
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Fourth Sunday of Advent 2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-16 Psalm 89:2-5,27-29 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38 Throughout the Bible, God speaks to people in many different ways. Sometimes, as with Abraham and Moses, God speaks to people directly. Most often, however, people receive... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at catholic family faith
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In the liturgical calendar, the third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is Latin for “rejoice.” While the readings for the other weeks of Advent have a penitential focus that summon us to repent and prepare for the coming... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at catholic family faith
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This time of year, while our children seem to bounce off the walls in excited anticipation of Christmas, we parents are often frantically trying to keep our cool amidst the chaos of trying to accomplish everything - baking, buying or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at catholic family faith
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O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son, we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at catholic family faith
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O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son, we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at catholic family faith
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O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son, we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at catholic family faith
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O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son, we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at catholic family faith
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O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son, we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at catholic family faith
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O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son, we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at catholic family faith
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O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son, we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at catholic family faith
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On December 8, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This holy day reminds us that Mary, the Mother of God, was conceived without sin in her mother's womb. In order for Mary to become Theotokos, the "God-bearer,"... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at catholic family faith
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On this first Sunday of Advent, I am drawn to the reading from Isaiah (Is 63:16b-17,19b; 64:2-7). It is filled with sadness, desperation and regret; yet there is a glimmer of hope. Isaiah cries out to God: Where are you?... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at catholic family faith
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In the Humanum conference this week at the Vatican, Pope Francis declared that the “complementarity between man and woman in marriage” must be celebrated. Complementarity is "the idea that men and women have different but complementary roles that they say... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at catholic family faith
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Explore the stories and events of your family members' lives for which they are grateful. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, bring some good to others who are less fortunate. Make the Sign of the Cross and the say this prayer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at catholic family faith
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Here's a family activity for an autumn day...or any day, for that matter... Take your family outdoors to spend time in nature, slow down, and see the evidence of the awesomeness of God through the world the Creator has made.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at catholic family faith
The prophetic vision of African Bishops: The role of the Church is to transform culture, not to be transformed by culture. We're not supposed to be popular... we're supposed to propose the truth and invite people by the love and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at catholic family faith
Pope Francis' Day for Life Greeting... Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God's creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at catholic family faith
October is a month devoted to praying the Rosary. Make time to pray this beautiful meditation on the mysteries of the life of Jesus and his mother, Mary, throughout the month. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at catholic family faith
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Image from the USCCB's Prayer Card for the Synod on the Family I just listened to this on USCCB.org. Please keep Pope Francis and all of the bishops in prayer as they prepare for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at catholic family faith
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Bishops from around the world will gather in Rome for an Extraordinary Synod on the Family October 5-19, 2014. The synod was called by Pope Francis in fall 2013 to address the many challenges that families are experiencing as they... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at catholic family faith
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I recently read a wonderful Escape Adulthood post by Jason Kotecki. Jason shared his story of his princess-dress-garbed daughter wading up to her waist in a lake. Read Jason's article... As I read the article, I was reminded of all... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at catholic family faith
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Tweny-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 7, 2014 Ezekiel 33:7-9 Psalm 95 Romans 13:8-10 Matthew 18:15-20 But if you warn the wicked, trying to turn him from his way, and he refuses to turn from his way, he shall... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at catholic family faith
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Gracious God, as school begins today... Bless administrators with your Spirit of Wisdom. May they always be open to your guidance to promote the best for their staff, teachers, students, and parents of students. Guide their use of financial resources,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at catholic family faith
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 20:7-9 Psalm 63 Romans 12:1-2 Matthew 16:21-27 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) Psalm... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at catholic family faith