The Soul’s Desire

“I have shown you, dearest daughter, that in this life guilt is not atoned for by any suffering simply as suffering, but rather by suffering borne with desire, love, and contrition of heart.  The value is not in the suffering but in the soul’s desire. Likewise, neither desire nor any other virtue has value or life except through my only-begotten Son, Christ crucified, since the soul has drawn love from him and in virtue follows his footsteps.  In this way and in no other is suffering of value. “

Source:  Catherine of Siena, The Dialogue

“Paradise regained – to walk in the garden, naked, unashamed, hand and hand with God just as He intended.”  Source:  Patty Palmer, OFS

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

O most Sacred Heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you and with true sorrow for my sins, I offer You this poor heart of mine.  Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to Your will.  Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in You and for You.

Protect me in the midst of danger, comfort me in my afflictions, give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, Your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death.  Amen.


A Skunk Came Walking By   Leave a comment

By Ouida Tomlinson, OFS

A skunk came walking by last night,

traveling east and leaving his stinky smell behind.

Time passed.  I thought about the skunk – I thought about me.

I thought about my quickly passing life.

Like the skunk, I too travel east,

but seeking God’s grace and sweet fragrance to cover my sometimes stinky self.

How can I explain to my priest why I overslept this Easter morning?

How will I explain that I could not sleep because a skunk came walking by?


Posted April 1, 2018 by ouidaofs in Easter, God

Reverend Billy Graham Funeral Service   Leave a comment

March 2, 2018

Click link below to watch video of funeral on C-Span.

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Posted March 2, 2018 by ouidaofs in Reverend Billy Graham

The Four Marks of the Church   Leave a comment

“‘This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic.’ These four characteristics, inseparably linked with each other, indicate essential features of the Church and her mission. The Church does not possess them of herself; it is Christ who, through the Holy Spirit, makes his Church one, holy, catholic, and apostolic, and it is he who calls her to realize each of these qualities.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 811

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Read and Study: United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Chapter 11 (pgs. 125-139)

Posted February 27, 2018 by ouidaofs in Catechism of the Catholic Church, Lent

“The Church Has No Other Light than Christ’s”   Leave a comment



“The Church has no other light than Christ’s . . . the Church is like the moon, all its light reflected from the sun. . . . The Church is the People that God gathers in the whole world. She exists in local communities and is made real as a liturgical, above all a Eucharistic, assembly. She draws her life from the word and the Body of Christ and so herself becomes Christ’s Body.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 748

Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 752

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Video on Vimeo

Posted February 26, 2018 by ouidaofs in Catechism of the Catholic Church, Lent

Receive the Holy Spirit   Leave a comment


“‘The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with sighs too deep for words’ (Rom 8:26). The Holy Spirit, the artisan of God’s works, is the master of prayer.”—

Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 741

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Posted February 24, 2018 by ouidaofs in Catechism of the Catholic Church, Lent

The Saving Death and Resurrection of Christ   Leave a comment

“By giving up his own Son for our sins, God manifests that his plan for us is one of benevolent love, prior to any merit on our part: ‘In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins’ (1 Jn 4:10, 19). God ‘shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us’ (Rom 5:8). . . . The Church, following the apostles, teaches that Christ died for all men without exception: ‘There is not, never has been, and never will be a single human being for whom Christ did not suffer.'”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 604, 605

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Posted February 23, 2018 by ouidaofs in Catechism of the Catholic Church, Lent

The Good News: God Has Sent His Son   Leave a comment



“We believe and confess that Jesus of Nazareth, born a Jew of a daughter of Israel of Bethlehem at the time of King Herod the Great and the emperor Caesar Augustus, a carpenter by trade, who died crucified in Jerusalem under the procurator Pontius Pilate during the reign of the emperor Tiberius, is the eternal Son of God made man. He ‘came from God’ (Jn 13:3), ‘descended from heaven’ (Jn 3:13, 6:33), and ‘came in the flesh’ (1 Jn 4:2). For ‘the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. . . . And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace’ (Jn 1:14, 16).”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 423

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Posted February 22, 2018 by ouidaofs in Catechism of the Catholic Church, Lent

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