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St John Paul II & Family

Saint John Paul II (1920-2005)

Karol Józef Wojtyła was born in 1920 in Wadowice, Poland. After his ordination to the priesthood and theological studies in Rome, he returned to his homeland and resumed various pastoral and academic tasks. He became first auxiliary bishop and, in 1964, Archbishop of Kraków and took part in the Second Vatican Council. On 16 October 1978 he was elected pope and took the name John Paul II. His exceptional apostolic zeal, particularly for families, young people and the sick, led him to numerous pastoral visits throughout the world. Among the many fruits which he has left as a heritage to the Church are above all his rich Magisterium and the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church and for the Eastern Churches. In Rome on 2 April 2005, the eve of the Second Sunday of Easter (or of Divine Mercy), he departed peacefully in the Lord.He was canonized by Pope Francis on 27 April, the Second Sunday of Easter 2014.

Open your hearts... Live as Christ has called you to live!

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Self Esteem…


We sometimes value ourselves mistakenly: at first, we think we’re the best in the world; later, we switch to despising ourselves, to feeling that we can’t succeed at anything.  We swing from one extreme to another.  The Blood of Christ gives us true self-esteem— we’re worth a lot in Jesus’ eyes!  Not because we are better or worse than other people, but because we have been and remain very much beloved.

—Pope Francis

 Lord Jesus, help me to see myself as You see me, and to become the person that You, O God, desire me to become… to become the person You have created me to be.  Amen.


Peace begins at home…



Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,  world without end. Amen.




The Synod on the Family continues.  Remember, occurring right now is only the Discussion phase.  This is not the Final Statement, or Definitive Pronouncement Phase.  Click here to follow: Family

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I love my kids!

Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of my children!

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Thank you Lord…

Follow The Synod on the Family








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The family that …

Follow the happenings of the Synod of Bishops on the Family.

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Pray always … begin with a meal prayer…simple, but sincere

Do you pray with your family?

If not, why not start with a meal time prayer/blessing?

If you do, are you praying regularly? Are you praying at mealtime?

Your children will follow your example, not your advice…

Jesus be with me...

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Dear God, please bless my children…

Dear Heavenly Father, please bless my children, & send Your angels to watch over them.


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A blessing challenge…for parents…

Do you ever pray a blessing over your child/children?

There are several “Blessing challenges” that are becoming popular.  The intent is to encourage parents to pray a blessing on their child.  Parents call on God, asking Him to personally envelope the child in God’s love, protection, & care.

The blessing does not take long, but the impact is powerful.  Below are some Scripture verses that can be used as part of the blessing.  Under the Scripture verses there is a link to an in-depth series on one of the more popular Blessing challenges (via Focus on the Family).


Consider adding “blessings’ to your life, & the lives of your children:

“You are my son/daughter, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.” (Mark 1:11 MSG)

“‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face
shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’
(Number 6:2426)
“The Lord created your inmost being, he knit you together in your mother’s womb…you are fear
fully and wonderfully made, all
the Lord’s works arewonderful.” (Psalm 139: 1314)
“The Lord has incredible plans for your life, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Dear Heavenly Father…

  • “I pray that __________’s identity will be firmly rooted and established in Christ’s love, and that __________ may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,and to knowthis love that surpasses knowledge—that he/she may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19).
  • Let ______ grow as Jesus did, in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Luke 2:52).
  • “Show ________that he/she is fearfully and wonderfully made, and that your works are wonderful. Teach her that he/she is precious in your sight, and that you love him/her.” (Psalm 139:14; Isaiah 43:4).
A blessing shows your family how important and necessary God is in our lives.  Parents are also extremely important.  Parents are able to teach and provide their children with many valuable lessons & tools.  A blessing is one such treasure.  Take a few moments to read about blessings:

Kids today thirst for parental acceptance — they long for their mother and father to reinforce their worth.Meeting your child’s need for affirmation doesn’t have to be difficult. One way is to do what I call “the blessing.” Continue reading… If link does not open, go to


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How do the people you love, "feel" your love?

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M Crooks, Doctorate Pastoral Ministry: 2009-2012