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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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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 6 days ago at catholic family faith
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
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
Image from the USCCB's Prayer Card for the Synod on the Family I just listened to this on 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
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
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
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
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
In this season of back-to-school, many families are returning to routine and busy-ness. It's a time to start fresh: new clothes, new shoes, new notebooks and binders, pencils and markers. It's also a time to make some New School Year... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at catholic family faith
Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 24, 2014 Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Mt 16:15-16) Isaiah 22:19-23 Psalm 138... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at catholic family faith
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 17, 2014 For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. (Isaiah 56:7) Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Psalm 67 Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Matthew15:21-28 It seems that Jesus has a change... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at catholic family faith
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 10, 2014 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a Psalm 85 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught Peter, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at catholic family faith
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 3, 2014 Isaiah 55:1-3 Psalm 145 Romans 8:35, 37-39 Matthew 14:13-21 One of my favorite Scripture passages is this weekend’s reading from Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans: For I am convinced that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at catholic family faith
In an interview published in part in the Argentine weekly "Viva" July 27, the pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to one's life: Live and let live. Be giving of yourself to others. Proceed calmly in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at catholic family faith
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 20, 2014 Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 Psalm 86 Romans 8:26-27 Matthew 13:24-43 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at catholic family faith
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 13, 2014 Isaiah 55:10-11 Psalm 65 Romans 8:18-23 Matthew 13:1-23 Jesus said, “Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at catholic family faith
Pope Francis recently encouraged parents to make time to play with their children. See article... Many parents in our world today leave home before their children are awake and return home after their children are asleep. Pope Francis reminds parents... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at catholic family faith
St Ignatius of Loyola wrote that the deadliest sin is ingratitude. It is "the cause, the beginning, and the origin of all evils and sins." Read more from 31 Days with Saint Ignatius... When we rely on our own merits... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at catholic family faith
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 6, 2014 Zechariah 9:9-10 Psalm 145 Romans 8:9, 11-13 Matthew 11:25-30 Jesus said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at catholic family faith
On this second day of 31 Days with Saint Ignatius, Lisa Kelly shares her perspective on generosity. After reading her post, Lord Jesus, "Teach Me to Be Generous," I am reflecting on my perspective of giving. I have to say... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at catholic family faith
Today begins 31 Days with Ignatius of Loyola, a month-long celebration of Ignatian Spirituality. The feast day of St Ignatius of Loyola is July 31, so July is a fitting month to reflect on his spiritual perspective. The first reflection... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at catholic family faith