Wise Words on Wednesday: Giver of every good gift

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As you take your seat at table, pray… offer thanks to the Giver…remember Him Who supplies you with this gift, to make your heart glad and to comfort your weakness. Has your need for taking food passed away? Let not the thought of your Benefactor pass away too.

As you are putting on your tunic, thank the Giver of it. As you wrap your cloak about yourself, feel yet greater love to God…

Is the day done? Give thanks to Him Who has given us the sun for our daily work, and has provided for us a fire to light up the night and to serve the rest of the needs of life”

– St. Basil

Help! What should we call this?

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Microphone

HELP PLEASE! My friend Nessa and I are starting a podcast, but we need help with the name…

We’ve been meeting up for the past few weeks to record some prototype episodes. Each one has been 15-30 minutes long and topics have been pretty broad-ranging:

  • “Worship in the Early Church”
  • “Dating non-Catholics”
  • “Getting more out of the Mass”
  • “13 Reasons Why”
  • “Getting to grips with the Old Testament”
  • “An introduction to Confession”

…what should we call the podcast? Take Our Survey

Music Monday: Que Tu Corazón vuelva a latir

Last year I shared a song sung by Danny Gokey, Tell your heart to beat again, as well as its background story. This morning YouTube let me know that a Spanish version of the song has been recorded:

Destrozado como nunca antes
Y tu vida está rota en mil pedazos, que dolor
Y las palabras no importan ya
Cuando este mundo te trata mal
Y piensas que nunca serás
El mismo de antes otra ves

Dile a tu corazón que hoy vuelva a latir
Y la oscuridad se irá, con su gracia y su verdad
El ayer quedo atrás, ya no vives ahí más
Deja atrás todo el dolor y hoy vuelve a vivir

Comienza desde el principio otra vez
Todo está bien, la sanidad del amor llego
Levántate a caminar y que el sol brille sobre ti
Porque tú historia no ha acabado
Un viaje nuevo va a empezar

Que toda herida y desamor
Sean una memoria viva
De aquel que te ayudo
Pues el amor todo lo ve
Y el cielo está obrando todo para ti bien

Catholic Word of the Day: Kecharitomene

At this point, I’ve given a few talks on the subject of the Blessed Mother (e.g. Mary and the Early Church). However, I’ve never had a chance to speak about one of the more interesting aspects of the Annunciation, the words used in greeting by the Angel Gabriel.

Gabriel greets Mary with “Hail, full of grace!”. The Greek word used here is Kecharitomene (κεχαριτωμένη) and its significance should not be underestimated. Here’s Renee from RebornPure to explain…

Wise Words on Wednesday: Keeping darkness at bay

Gandalf

“I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”

– Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings

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