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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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ALBANY’S STORY OF HOPE The community garden outside the Sister Maureen Joyce Center was once an abandoned lot in a low-income neighborhood in Albany, New York. Today, it provides fresh fruits and vegetables to the center’s soup kitchen, where nearly... Continue reading
Posted 19 hours ago at catholic family faith
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Scripture Readings: Mark 11:1-10 Isaiah 50:4-7 Psalm 22 Philippians 2:6-11 Mark 14:1—15:47 Highlights of the Liturgy: The liturgical color for this celebration is red. The liturgy is divided into three parts: The Commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem. The... Continue reading
Posted 19 hours ago at catholic family faith
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On this seventh day of the last full week of Lent, reflect on Jesus placed in the tomb t from CRS' Operation Rice Bowl Resources. THE SEVENTH SORROW OF MARY: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb (John 19:38–42) After this,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at catholic family faith
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On this sixth day of the last full week of Lent, reflect on Jesus taken down from the cross from CRS' Operation Rice Bowl Resources. THE SIXTH SORROW OF MARY: Jesus is Taken Down From the Cross (Mark 15:42–46) When... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at catholic family faith
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On this second day of the last full week of Lent, reflect on the Flight into Egypt from CRS' Operation Rice Bowl Resources. THE FIFTH SORROW OF MARY: The Crucifixion (John 19:17–30) And carrying the cross himself he went out... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at catholic family faith
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From Catholic Relief Services' Operation Rice Bowl Family Activities Some of us may be too young to remember the days of Pope John Paul II. Others of us may still think of him when we hear mention of the papacy—after... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at catholic family faith
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On this fourth day of the last full week of Lent, reflect on Mary meeting Jesus on His way to the cross from CRS' Operation Rice Bowl Resources. THE FOURTH SORROW OF MARY: The Meeting of Jesus and Mary on... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at catholic family faith
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Fried Plantains • 6 ripe green plantains • Salt to taste • 6 tablespoons FAIR TRADE olive oil Peel plantains and cut into thin slices. Lightly salt both sides. Pour oil into pan and heat. Carefully place each plantain slice... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at catholic family faith
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On this third day of the last full week of Lent, reflect on the loss of the child Jesus in the temple from CRS' Operation Rice Bowl Resources. THE THIRD SORROW OF MARY: The Loss of the Child Jesus in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at catholic family faith
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On this second day of the last full week of Lent, reflect on the Flight into Egypt from CRS' Operation Rice Bowl Resources. THE SECOND SORROW OF MARY: The Flight Into Egypt (Matthew 2:13–15) When they had departed, behold, the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at catholic family faith
HAMULI’S STORY When banana trees die, Hamuli Kahati has nothing to sell. And his family has nothing to eat. That’s why it’s so important for farmers like Hamuli in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be able to care for... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at catholic family faith
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Through this last full week of Lent, join me in reflecting on the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Each day, I will share one of Mary's sorrows from CRS' Operation Rice Bowl Resources. THE FIRST SORROW OF MARY - The Prophecy... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at catholic family faith
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The Anglo-Saxon word for “Lent” means “spring.” As of the Spring Equinox on March 20, we can officially celebrate spring! The sun was directly over the equator at 6:45 p.m. ET on March 20. As daylight lengthens and temperatures begin... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at catholic family faith
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From Catholic Relief Services' Operation Rice Bowl Family Activities... Our lives can be so fast paced and noisy that we sometimes forget to find God in quiet moments. It may even become hard for us to believe that God can... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at catholic family faith
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Fattet Laban One 32-ounce container of plain whole milk yogurt Cheesecloth 1 bunch fresh mint, finely chopped 1 teaspoon dry mint 2 garlic cloves, crushed Two 16-ounce cans chickpeas Pita bread Almonds, chopped, toasted (optional) 2 tablespoons FAIR TRADE olive... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at catholic family faith
TANIOUS’ STORY Before civil war broke out, 5-year-old Tanious Issa and his parents lived a good life in Syria. But in 2011, the family’s house burned down and they lost everything. Like so many of their neighbors, they made the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at catholic family faith
from Catholic Relief Services' Operation Rice Bowl Family Activities Christ calls each of us to work in the world, building up the Kingdom of God, many times in ways we can’t possibly understand. Imagine if one day you started to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at catholic family faith
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Fourth Sunday of Lent - March 15, 2015 2 Chronicles 36:14-23 Psalm 137:1-6 Ephesians 2:4-10 John 3:14-21 How do you feel when you fall down? Not very good, right? When children fall, they cry. When we adults fall, we want... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at catholic family faith
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West African Peanut Stew • 1 medium onion, chopped • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced • 4 tablespoons FAIR TRADE olive oil • 6 cups water • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper • ½ teaspoon... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at catholic family faith
Habibou's Story Life in Niger is ruled by the seasons. There’s the dry season, the hot season, the rainy season—and the hungry season. The hungry season comes every year, when food supplies run out and prices rise. Poor families face... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at catholic family faith
Third Sunday of Lent - March 8, 2015 Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 19:8-11 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 John 2:13-25 God wants to have a relationship with us. God created us in God’s image. God IS relationship: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Therefore,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at catholic family faith
from Catholic Relief Services' Operation Rice Bowl Family Activities We all go on walks—sometimes for exercise, sometimes to enjoy the wonders of nature, and other times simply to get to where we’re going. But how many of us walk 15... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at catholic family faith
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Gallo Pinto 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 bell pepper, chopped 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 4 tablespoons FAIR TRADE olive oil 2 cups rice 4 cups water Two 16-ounce cans red beans, drained 1 bay leaf Salt and black... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at catholic family faith
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 Mar 1, 2015 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 Feb 28, 2015 at catholic family faith