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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A Year Remembered in Favorite Photos - 2016

My favorite photos from 2016 to remember the year and its blessings.

2016 photos favs set to music from AllisonGirone on Vimeo.

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
Hillsong United

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand
And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now
So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior…

Songwriters: Joel Houston / Matt Crocker / Salomon Lighthelm

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Advice for Young People - Flee the Evil Desires of Youth

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  2 Timothy 2:22
“Dear young people, let yourselves be taken over by the LIGHT OF CHRIST, and spread that light wherever you are.”
~ St. John Paul II

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Archbishop Chaput Speaks at Franciscan University, Post Election - Quotes & Photos

"When our hearts rest in God then the times will change because God will use us to change them."

Abp. Chaput’s talk at Franciscan University of Steubenville on Friday, November 11th was entitled, “The Mission of the Church in the New America” is largely adapted from his new book, “Strangers in a Strange Land.

Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput and Steubenville, Ohio Bishop Montfortan at Franciscan University 
"We are here to make this world a better place, but this world is not our home....and our elites will believe anything so long as it doesn’t involve God."
 "We’ve just lived through 8 years of an administration that came to power on the promise of change, mutual respect, and hope …and then violated all of those noble goals. Despite the election, the next four years may not be any better."

"Christians have the task of living their faith well in a broken world.  The Church’s mission in the new America is the same as it has always been: to lead souls to heaven."

"God remains king, even as presidents come and go. 

Truth without love is a weapon; love without truth is not love at all."

(Thanking FUS twitter feed for quotes)

Monday, November 7, 2016

How to Prepare for Election 2016 - Voting Humor

#ElectionElixir #Grapesofwrath #Vinumcrucis

One of these things is not like the other....

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Turning From Politics to The Beauty That Soothes

Looking for beauty in these contentious, pre-election days....

And in taking comfort in quiet reading of meditations and Scripture, I found this quote in the book Tea Time With God.

A prominent British scientist said he would give more to the enjoyment of things that are beautiful: "If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the part of my brain now atrophied would have been kept active through use.  The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature."

Grateful for the sharing of beauty from friends. Blooms of colorful beauty and the poetry of God's Word soothe....

Flowers...Fall...and most importantly, FAITH I choose to elect these to my eyes and mind.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. - Phillipians 4:8

Monday, October 3, 2016

If You Were God - Fr. Donald Calloway Speaks on The Blessed Mother, Mary (Talk Notes & Photos)

Fr. Donald Calloway - Franciscan University - October 1st, 2016
"I've been 'mercified,' he said.  "I pay attention to Mary because Jesus does."

Fr. Donald Calloway spoke at Franciscan University on the topic of The Blessed Mother.  His conversion story is like no other and he attributes coming to Jesus through The Blessed Mother, Mary.

Here are my talk notes and photos from the hour he gave the crowd filling the Christ The King Chapel on campus. On 10/1/16, he spoke about how he felt about his own mother and how that relates to how God feels about Mary
Fr. Donald Calloway - Franciscan University - October 1st, 2016
Fr. Calloway's mother joins him on some of the pilgrimages he leads to Holy sites.  Often people will come up to him and tell him how much they like her.  He said that if someone brought a gift to his mom....his response would be, "You! Front of the bus!

Conversely, if someone were to say to him, while also on the pilgrimage trip, that they thought he was "cool" but his mother is a problem in their relationship he'd likely reply, "You! Back of the bus!"

After Fr. Donald Calloway's talk - Franciscan University - Christ The King Chapel - October 1st, 2016
God became Man...with a mother.  Jesus is the God/Man and he has a mom. He loves her VERY much.  He said the 2 best books on the topic are : 

(1) True Devotion by St. Louis de Montfort
(2) Archbishop Fulton Sheen's The World's First Love: Mary, Mother of God

Fr. Calloway supposed that if he were God and was able to make his mother....would he make flaws? NO.  He'd hold nothing back and give her every superlative, every virtue.  She'd be a masterpiece.  And when He spoke, as God, from high upon a Cross... to the world that would know of those words for generations...He said, "Behold, YOUR mother," and He meant it.  In the privilege of bringing us into His family, His mother would ,of course, become our mother.

Nuns and students - Franciscan University - October 1st, 2016
Created by God from all time for His most special purpose, Mary is the mold of sanctity. Her dainty foot will crush the head of the serpent....and the serpent knows this! Satan has angelic intelligence.  Saints tell us to seek refuge under her mantle and so for 2000 years Satan has been trying to DISMANTLE  and strip the Blessed Mother. 

Franciscan University - October 1st, 2016
Her words, "Fiat," are the perfect words God wants us to say as well. Wise men STILL find Him WITH His Mother. Most of what we know about Him came from His Mother, who has the greatest knowledge of Him.  

JC - Franciscan University - October 1st, 2016
Born again?  In Scripture Nicodemus responds to Jesus by asking if a man can re-enter his mother's womb? Because Nicodemus understood what being born again means... there is a Mother involved in birth...

(It was through Mary that the salvation of the world was begun.  Jesus came through Mary and we too can come to Jesus through Mary as no one loves her more than He did.)

Fr. Donald Calloway speaking with Franciscan University students after his October 1st, 2016 Marian talk
For more beautiful words about our faith and God's gift of The Blessed Mother to Fr. Calloway's book, 

Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest 

and his new book is a perfect read for the month of October, dedicated to the rosary - Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon.

Rosary Circle - Franciscan University - October 1st, 2016
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Monday, September 26, 2016

First Latin Mass of the 2016-2017 School Year - Franciscan University

The first Extraordinary Form, Latin Mass of the 2016-2017 school year was held at Franciscan University of Steubenville on Sunday, September 25th.

Father Gregory Plow, TOR, gave an inspiring homily on how it's often not the bad things, but even good things that can distract you from attending the Wedding Feast ... a reminder about priorities.

I regret not finding a way to record and share the Schola, as they sang beautifully!