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Karen Quiner

A Few Of My Life Mantras

By Trust

You know how every once in awhile you hear something that makes so much sense and seems important for you to remember? Here are a few of the things I have heard over the years that have stopped me in my tracks. These things come back to me frequently, often when I need them. (most of them are paraphrased) “People will not remember what you say, or even what you…

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Independence Day

By Pro-Life

By Ann Husted Burleigh In God’s plan of history – that mysterious drama that unites God’s providential care with our freedom – there are particular moments that reveal with glittering clarity that God is in charge. For Americans, Independence Day marks the anniversary  of such a moment. Nearly two and a half centuries ago, on July 4, 1776, members of the Continental Congress approved Jefferson’s magnificent Declaration of Independence, proclaiming;…

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Why Spend Regular Time In Adoration

By Eucharist

In our last blogpost, I was lamenting the fact that people are continuing to stay away from reception of the Holy Eucharist. After all, the Holy Eucharist is: The Bread of Life Food For Our Journey The Source and Summit of our Faith Christ Himself! If you believe that the Eucharist is all of the above, wild horses will not  keep you away forever. The solution? Spend time in adoration…

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The True Presence

Viva Cristo Rey!

By True Presence

Mass at Holy Trinity today was a beautiful celebration of Corpus Christi. The music did the feast justice. We had a procession with the Blessed Sacrament, and Fr. Mark gave a wonderful sermon on the power and reality of the true Presence. And best of all, Jesus showed up, and entered my body, like He does at every Mass. It was all exhilerating. After Mass a group of us went…

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Christ Our Life Iowa

He Leadeth Me

By Christ Our Life, Evangelization

I recently finished the most powerful and impactful book titled He Leadeth Me, by Fr. Walter J. Ciszek S.J.  It is the story of his spiritual journey and the faith which gave him the courage to survive the ordeal that wrenched his body and spirit to near collapse. Not long after becoming a priest, he volunteered to go to Russia with another young priest to evangelize the gospel. WWII broke…

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Mary's Meals

Race to Feed Kids

By Mary's Meals

We’re so excited our Des Moines Mary’s Meals: Race to Feed Kids (5K/10K) is back for 2021!! The Des Moines Mary’s Meals: Race to Feed Kids isn’t your average run/walk. It’s a passion to end hunger for our world’s youth – every single race registration will feed 1 child at our school in Malawi, Africa for an ENTIRE school year! For many of our youth, this may be their only…

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Christ Our Life Iowa

All Beauty is Divine

By Christ Our Life, Evangelization

Excerpted from the book “Strangers in a Strange Land” by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput “The most powerful kind of witness doesn’t come from a classroom or pulpit. It doesn’t need an academic degree or special techniques. Instead, it grows naturally out of the lives of ordinary people – parents and spouses and friends; people confident in the love that God bears for them and eager to share it with others:…

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Christ Our Life Iowa

Three Books, Three Nuggets, Three Thank You’s

By The Saints

My good friend Carol Zimmerman (from Divine Treasures Catholic Books and Gifts) recently gave me some gems from the store. They are three little prayer books based on the spirituality of three different saints. Each one is designed with a very short, powerful reflection, a short phrase from the reflection that you are meant to meditate upon throughout the day, and then a response prayer to pray before bed. Each…

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