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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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We bring our needs to the altar, offering them up to God. This is our act of humility, our acknowledgment that we are not the most powerful force in the world, that there is One who is greater. Our Lady,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at catholic family faith
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Jesus had said to Nicodemus, “The Spirit is like the wind… you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.” (Jn 3:8) When the Spirit appeared to Elijah it was like a gentle breeze… to indicate His... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at catholic family faith
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Why such a gruesome death? In God’s plan this was the best way to win the largest number to salvation, based on love, not fear. The power of love itself will attract a response of love from those who have... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at catholic family faith
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Every year they used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover. Even as a boy, Jesus was a pilgrim. When He was 12, their pilgrimage took on a special meaning. He became an adult in the eyes of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at catholic family faith
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“Jesus is His name” (the angel said to both Joseph and Mary). After eight days they had Him circumcised and gave Him the name, Jesus (Joshua… Savior). After 40 days they took Him to the temple to present Him to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at catholic family faith
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Mary called Joseph a “just man”… i.e. God-fearing, faithful, strong, loving. He was forbidden by law to take this pregnant maiden into his house as wife. But how to save her from public shame? Once the angel spoke to him... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at catholic family faith
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Find more prayers at https://oblatesusa.org/ Mary’s majestic hymn of praise proclaims “the greatness of the Lord” because He has literally turned the world upside down. God scatters the proud; He brings down the powerful; He sends the rich away empty.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at catholic family faith
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Find more prayers at https://oblatesusa.org/ Through the voice of His mother, Jesus greets and sanctified His “voice in the wilderness” while they are both still in the womb. John is the “greatest among the children of men,” the man who... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2018 at catholic family faith
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This Novena from the Oblates of Mary Immaculate is a beautiful prayer for our own journey to welcoming Christ into our hearts and lives at Christmas. Here is the first prayer in the Healing and Hope Novena: A messenger was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at catholic family faith
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I love the first snowfall! I love the beauty of the snow falling and coating the trees and ground with a blanket of white. I love walking in a gently falling snow and feeling the crisp cold of the air... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at catholic family faith
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Christ the King Novena - Day Nine In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Christ, our Savior and our King, renew in me allegiance to Your Kingship. I pray for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2018 at catholic family faith
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Christ the King Novena - Day Eight In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Christ, our Savior and our King, renew in me allegiance to Your Kingship. I pray for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2018 at catholic family faith
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Christ the King Novena - Day Seven In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Christ, our Savior and our King, renew in me allegiance to Your Kingship. I pray for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2018 at catholic family faith
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Christ the King Novena - Day Six In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Christ, our Savior and our King, renew in me allegiance to Your Kingship. I pray for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at catholic family faith
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Christ the King Novena - Day Five In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Christ, our Savior and our King, renew in me allegiance to Your Kingship. I pray for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at catholic family faith
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Christ the King Novena - Day Four In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Christ, our Savior and our King, renew in me allegiance to Your Kingship. I pray for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at catholic family faith
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Christ the King Novena - Day 3 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Christ, our Savior and our King, renew in me allegiance to Your Kingship. I pray for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2018 at catholic family faith
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Christ the King Novena - Day 2 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Christ, our Savior and our King, renew in me allegiance to Your Kingship. I pray for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2018 at catholic family faith
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Christ the King Novena - Day One In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Christ, our Savior and our King, renew in me allegiance to Your Kingship. I pray for the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2018 at catholic family faith
Readings for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time 21 October 2018 I can see myself in James and John. These two Sons of Thunder, boanerges Jesus called them, wanted to be in positions of honor. They wanted to sit a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2018 at catholic family faith
This article is a good reminder that faith-filled Catholic families do not need to be and are not perfect. No one wants to admit to having mice, because they think it reflects badly on their housekeeping skills. As if the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at catholic family faith
God of endless love, ever caring, ever strong, always present, always just: You gave your only Son to save us by the blood of his cross. Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace, join to your own suffering the pain of all... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2018 at catholic family faith
Wisdom is one of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (cf. Isaiah 11:2-3). In Baptism, we receive this gift and are strengthened in Wisdom with Confirmation. But what does it mean to be wise? There is a difference between God’s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2018 at catholic family faith
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Most holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary, united in perfect love, as you look upon us with mercy and caring, we consecrate our hearts, our lives, our family to you. We know the beautiful example of your home in Nazareth... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2018 at catholic family faith
Saint Paul had a “thorn in the flesh” to keep him from becoming “too elated.” Because he did not want to suffer, he “begged the Lord...that it might leave [him].” The Lord told him, “ “My grace is sufficient for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at catholic family faith