My favorite priest, layperson, breathing saint or organization

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.   My motto — “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J Sheehan

Archbishop of Santa Fe


My favorite priest, layperson, breathing saint or organization

Rev. Mario Dorsonville works in the Spanish Catholic Center in Washington, DC. He has been very successful reaching out to the Hispanic Community to increase awareness of the health needs of that group. As well, he continues to promote volunteerism for doctors and laypersons to work for SCC. I know he prays for my family, so I like that.

          Submitted by Dennis DuFour


Interesting sayings

 Surrender, then, all things to God and in him you shall find all things more abundantly. God created us only to fulfill his own purpose. The noble words Jesus Christ has addressed to various saintly souls are relevant here: “Think of me and I will think of you: make my glory your concern and leave me to make your welfare and eternal happiness my concern.”

Father Jean Pierre Caussade, S.J.

A French Jesuit who dies in 1751


Ring out your joy to God our strength,

Shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.

                                       Psalm 81


It is a matter of placing ourselves again before a Presence, of losing ourselves in a dialogue while we are fulfilling ourselves and to feel always in greater depth that the life of God is handed over into our hands.  That is the great and supreme purity

                             Father Maurice Zunder

                             Swiss mystic, poet and philosopher who died in 1975



Attitude is more important that the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important that appearance, giftedness or skill.                             W. C. Fields


I encourage you to keep a smile in the midst of all this turmoil in the Church. “The truth is great and it will prevail.”

                   Most Reverend Richard J. Skilba

                   Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee

Many thanks for the new format for The Joyful Catholic. I like it!

                             Cynthia Collins, San Francisco, CA

I enjoyed your article about Canon Wilson in London. He seems to know what we parishioners crave.  I wish many of our American priests would learn from him.

                             Abraham Jennings, Topeka, KS

 Count me in as one of your new “10 WOW’s” participants!

                               Roger Wilcox, New Orleans, LA

Chuckle time

Mother: Father O’Brien, I want my son Joey to become a priest. How long will it take?

Father O’Brien: To become a dioceses priest will take maybe four years after college.  If he wants to be a Franciscan, it could require as many as six, and to be a Jesuit, it will take a total of 16 years.

Mother: Then, since Joey is a slow-learner and not too bright, we better make him a Jesuit.

Special Intentions List 

As you pray with a broad brush, please include these loved ones, who have been submitted by our readers. You, too, are invited to send me names of your special persons who are in need of prayer.  My address is They will be on the list for 60 days. At the end of that time, if prayers are still needed, you merely have to renew the name.

Juanita Caldwell, Isola Todd, David Abbey, Amie Ellis,

Linwood “Skip” Williams, Gerry Paradiso, Tom Medved, Eileen Grotsky, Roseanne Somlock, Nicholas Gallagher, Tom Lewis, Donald Whitcomb, Violeta Zepeda, John Aylor, Rev. Joseph Marini, Enrique Portillo,

 Sharon McPike, Tom Ryan, Joseph Normile, Jim Quimby, Russell Edwards,

Gertrude Goldstein, Rev. Stephen Huffstetter, Hugh Cannon, Eric Moore, Joan Barrett, 8-year-old Michael Fotta and his parents, Lolita Alvarez, Camilus Musselman, Jack Conner, Ed Block,

Peter Bartkiewiez and his family, Joe Toles.

As you note, because of miraculous healings, several names have been deleted and added to our Deo Gratias list.


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