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  • Pro-Life Motherhood: A Feminist Career Choice
    Raising children is not a default chore for women who were not successful in the world of business, power, and wealth. However, the trend in the last few decades has been to delegate childcare to women who are often treated like second-class citizens. Society seems to dismiss and even ridicule women’s most sacred, natural role as nurturing mothers.

  • Spiritual Solidarity Binds Us To Souls In Purgatory
    Just like gravity affects us whether we understand it or not, the Communion of Saints, the fellowship between the living and the dead, affects us whether we believe in it or not. There is a spiritual solidarity which literally binds us together. Even though most of us are oblivious to these invisible relationships, we are connected to those who have died in the Mystical Body of Christ and we can communicate with each other.

  • “…Death itself is final in that the soul has left the body, not to rejoin it until the Second Coming. For many people, it feels like there is an impenetrable wall between themselves and those who have died, most probably because they cannot see the dead with their own eyes.
    Yet death does not end our relationship with the deceased because those who have passed on are not lost to us. The veil between the living and the dead is thin when we are part of the Mystical Body of Christ…” http://www.catholicstand.com/living-thin-veil-earth-heaven/ @mjmjuneau

  • Norm mentioned 8 people 2 years, 1 month ago

    Many are praying for Ana (@anastpaul). I received this update from her yesterday so please keep her in your prayers.

    \”Please post this for me – I haven’t the energy. The pain is too bad.
    What happened – I was busy preparing for my Jumble Sale (the proceeds of which supplies food to about 30 families at present) on Saturday – Johan and Chels were helping.
    We were moving boxes, clothes-rails, etc from the Storeroom to the Hall.
    Our Hall tables are metal – big heavy things that takes 2 to move and place.
    Anyway – long story short – an old broken table fell off the top of some wood and an old altar onto my back and head. Knocked me out and tore muscles in my right lower back.
    After lying there for about an hour the Medics sent for a Doc to check the spine and Fr gave me the Sacrament of the Sick.
    My spine is fine, praise the Lord.
    But the lower back muscles are big and connected to the front muscles which are in agony too.
    And that’s it.
    Today is the 5th day and I am still bedridden.\”

    @sharyn @avila @jinane-chahoud @mjmjuneau @jenn @crisriego @frcraig and others

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    • I spoke with Ana on the phone yesterday- she was very tearful and emotional, but still able to laugh and be her usual self. She described a lot of agony and I encouraged her to offer it for the souls in Purgatory. She is grateful for all the prayers and asks that we should all keep on praying for her.

    • Oh how terribly painful and frightening! Will indeed continue to remember her in prayer.
      Last year, when my mom had been suffering from great back pain due to fall, I was able to discover Saint Gemma Galgani, a Patron Saint of those suffering with back injury or pain, who then became a dear friend to us.
      St. Gemma Galgani, pray for @anastpaul as well.
      “Oh St. Gemma, how compassionate was your love for those in distress, and how great your desire to help them. Help me also in my present necessity and obtain for me the favor I humbly implore, if it be profitable for my soul. The numerous miracles and the wonderful favors attributed to your intercession instill in me the confidence that you can help me. Pray to Jesus, your Spouse, for me. Show Him the stigmata which His love has given you. Remind Him of the blood which flowed from these same wounds, the excruciating pain which you have suffered and the tears which you have shed for the salvation of souls. Place all this as your precious treasure in a chalice of love and Jesus will hear you. Amen.”

    • :prayman: for you our @anastpaul

    • Ana, Oh my….I knew something had gone horribly wrong! My prayers are ascending for you and hope to hear soon of your full recovery! May God bless you my dear! Sending you love and much prayers…Patricia

    • @anastpaul @admin – I Ana-lyzed the situation and I see that Ana’s Ana-tomy has been affected badly, and what Ana needs is a lot of prayers, so here goes: Ana-one, Ana-two, Ana-three – :rosary: :rosary: :rosary: :rosary: plus WHOOOSSSHHH! Divine Mercy, yeah!!! We miss you, dear Ana!

    • Oh, Ana, I was thinking something might have happened to your back since you are in such great pain. I am so thankful that your spine wasn’t injured, but the whole situation must have been terrifying. Has the doctor given you any idea of how long it will take for the pain to subside? I will continue to pray very hard for you.

    • Oh this is so painful!! May God heal you very fast with the intercession of Saint Charbel.

    • Oh my, I strained my lower back this spring just picking up some boxes and even the pain in the wake of that was debilitating. I cannot imagine what Ana must be going through. Prayers for her for relief and that the pain she does have is something she can offer to our Lord Jesus such that he can use it for his good ends and eventually repay her in great joy for her gift.

    • Oh no!!!!!!! Ana, I’m so unbelievably sorry that all these horrible things are happening to you!!! This is really gut wrenching and tear jerking indeed. I will add you to my daily prayers, and hope that you heal up quickly!! Goodness, the enemy is relentless with trying to beat us down. Take your time, rest up, and heal well, my friend.

    • The sky is very dark! I see flying things! Are they planes? Are they birds? Are they bees? NO, they are souls released from purgatory through the prayers of @anastpaul. Good job, Ana.
      :clap: :clap: :clap:

    • Ana, you actually tore your muscles but I think I had only strained mine so your recovery will take longer. For my case, though, it was about two weeks where it didn’t improve at all and I was just about to go into the doc to see if it was something else. However, a day or two later it got better and quickly. The bad news for you is it will probably take longer. The good news is that it will get better even if it seems you are making slow or no progress. The advice for me was to not baby my injury but to keep working the muscles. I don’t know if that applies to you since yours are torn but it’s worth keeping in mind. Praying you find healing and encouragement until then!

    • What really helps when I’m really down is EWTN homilies, Archbishop Fulton Sheen homilies, Bishop Robert Barron homilies, Father Spitzer talks, Gregorian Chant, and (my favourite) singing hymns that come to mind. Sometimes, when I’m really down, I just have them speaking/ singing in the background, and I empty my mind and let their words flood it, concentrating on them instead of on how I feel. The more we bombard our mind with things of the Lord, the less the enemy has a chance to break our spirit.
      You’re getting there, Ana, keep up the good work!!!

    • 3 months is too long for the pain. You’re very kind to come back to Awestruck now. You are a blessing to all of us here, you know.

    • SIX weeks? But you’re back now… How do you do all of this while you’re in pain? Of course, I’m praying for you and it WILL help you get better. But don’t overdo too much or it might set you back. You really need to take it easy, Ana.

    • Ana- that is an awful happening. I hope that you can just find peace and healing and that your lower back can be blessed by Our Lord, for all the pain he experienced in his lower back as he carried the Cross. I am praying for you and think of you a lot.

    • Spoken like a true Soldier of Christ. Love you, Ana.

  • St Ignatius of Loyola, “Laugh and grow strong.”

  • @mjmjuneau Melanie, I just subscribed to Catholic Stand, and it was a complete and pleasant surprise to see that you are its Editor-in-Chief. I have seen several interesting stories from CS and it\’s good to see the Awestruck connection. You\’ve got a new subscriber!

  • When Mary lives in your heart and God places a hunger for the Eucharist in your heart, nobody wants you but the Catholic Church. Within 6 months, I  joined the Church much to my family’s despair. As my gr […]

  • Melanie Jean Juneau‘s profile was updated 2 years, 9 months ago

  • Melanie Jean Juneau posted an update 3 years ago

    Ana suggested I whip up a few memes for your subscription campaign. – IF you like them, I can refine font, size, wording. OR… If you would rather use some of my phrases with your own images that is fine too. Ana stresse4d this should be a private message but I am not sure if I am doing so

  • Well, people are writing with fear and panic underlying their comments and articles in the face of the States sanctioning same-sex marriages.


    We are people of hope, not doomsayers or fearmongers.

    Christ has already triumphed over sin and death. We are not called to focus on disaster, on evil, on sin. Christ commanded us to refrain from condemnation and judgment so we will not be judged and condemned by our Master. Our mandate is simple; allow the Light of Christ to grow ever more brightly within us, especially as the darkness deepens. Then we will be a light unto the world. He will conquer darkness through us. We are simply channels of truth, light and mercy. This is the central message of the New Testament.

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    • I could not have said it better. If we all act as apostles / believers and not worry and be anxious – do as Christ calls us that light is very bright indeed.

  • Inspiring meme for St, Jeanne d’Arc

  • images from artist Father John Giuliani

  • images of Mary you’ve probably never seen before

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