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Karen Quiner

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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Christ Our Life

The Kiss of Jesus

By Christ Our Life, Eucharist

On Wednesday, father Ruben Perez de Ayala, a 36-year-old priest, died in the explosion of a building in Madrid. Here is a text written by this young priest: “THE JESUS KISS ′′ Six months after being ordained, my bishop sent me to run a parish; I had to replace a priest who had been there for over 30 years, so I noticed the coldness of the inhabitants of this place….

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Breathe on us again!

By Uncategorized

O Lord hear, O Lord forgive us. We have lost the awe of You. Have mercy, have mercy. O Lord, cleanse Our hearts which are divided. Stir the faith that we once knew We’re thirsty, we’re thirsty. O Lord restore The church that bears Your name. O Spirit send A revival to this nation. Breathe on us again, Breathe on us again. Breathe on us again. O Lord restore The…

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Christ Our Life Iowa

I know what I have to do

By Christ Our Life 2020, Trust

Now I just need to do it. My spirit is unsettled. There is a knot in the pit of my stomach. Can you relate? It’s been a rough year. But in spite of all the obvious hardships of 2020, I have been luckier than most and can even say that there have been many blessings during this weird year. Our business has been down but we are doing ok. We…

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Christ Our Life Iowa

A Christmas Eve Treat

By Christmas, Incarnation

It is highly unlikely that anyone subscribed to this blog needs to listen to this story by Paul Harvey to believe in the incarnation, but it is a creative parable about the incarnation and it moved me, so I share it with you on the eve of the celebration of Christ’s birth. ENJOY! This famous story as only Paul Harvey could tell it was aired over ABC Radio, on Christmas…

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The Darkness and the Light

By Advent, Christmas

In all my 64 years of life I have never had such a God-focused Advent and I am grateful for the grace, because that is what it is – GRACE. God has always been in my sight, even from early childhood. I always knew I needed Him. The reasons for needing Him have shifted from a need for freedom from fear in my early years to simply longing for more…

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