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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 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 10 hours ago at catholic family faith
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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 6 days ago 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has published a new website focusing on Faith and Safety: Technology Safety Through the Eyes of Faith. Technology offers us wonderful tools for learning, finding information, connecting with family and friends, and much,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at catholic family faith
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The Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul, Apostles June 29, 2014 Acts of the Apostles 12:1-11 Psalm 34 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18 Matthew 16:13-19 Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15) This June... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at catholic family faith
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Solemnity of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ - June 22, 2014 Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14B-16A Psalm 147 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 John 6:51-58 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at catholic family faith
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I my post earlier this week, I shared how we parents and grandparents need to show our children and grandchildren how to pray by our example. Simply being open about praying helps our children to learn how to pray, but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at catholic family faith
I am a follower of E-Magis, a newsletter of IgnatianSpirituality.com. In the newsletter I just received, they offer an Examen Prayer Card. The Examen is a simple, but profound prayer for discovering God's presence in our lives throughout the day.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at catholic family faith
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Today's Gospel reading from Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18, is the same reading as for Ash Wednesday, about prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. In the Scripture, Jesus says to his disciples, "...But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at catholic family faith
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity - June 15, 2014 Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9 Daniel 3:52-56 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at catholic family faith
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Read 1 Kings 19:9-16, then watch and listen for God's whispers in your family. Sometimes it's easy to feel God in our family. An evening curled up on the couch together watching a fun or inspiring movie. A picnic in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at catholic family faith
Solemnity of Pentecost Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at catholic family faith
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My grandson is 3 1/2. He has lots of energy...and I mean LOTS!!!! He can wake up in the morning at 8 AM and go and go and go all day until sunset, which in West Michigan right now is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at catholic family faith
Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts of the Apostles 8:5-8,14-17 Psalm 66 1 Peter 3:15-18 John 14:15-21 Beloved: Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at catholic family faith
Fifth Sunday of Easter Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7 Psalm 33 1 Peter 2:4-9 John 14:1-12 I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) YOU are chosen... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at catholic family faith