We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics!

We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.

 “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan Archbishop of Santa Fe

My favorite priest, layperson, breathing saint or organization.

 Sister Carol Keehan, DC, RN, MS, is a very special Catholic. I first met her many years ago when I was a volunteer at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC, and she was president of the hospital. Those were tough economic times and Providence had to care for the vast majority of the poor in the Nation’s Capital. She made the statement and stuck to it that “No one will be refused the best of medical care.” She worked tirelessly to achieve this goal, and she was loved and respected by all the employees and patients. Today, Sister Carol in the ninth president and CEO of our Catholic Health Association. How fortunate we are to have her serving us in this important role. Sister Carol, you are a perfect Joyful Catholic!

(Now, tell me about your favorite Catholic priest, layperson or organization that is making a difference joyfulcatholic@comcast.net)

Interesting sayings

 Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with gladness. Psalm 101

We should not scrutinize ourselves too closely but try to live simply, bravely, and joyously beneath the gaze of God and for him.Elizabeth Leseur A French laywoman who died in1914 and is being considered for canonization.

 It was a joy for Christ to share his word with the people of his time, just as it is a joy for him to do so with us. We hear his word through the Scriptures and through his Spirit that speaks to our hearts. Jesus’ love prompts him to share his values with us, and if we make them a part of our lives, we begin to resemble the mind and hear of Jesus. What a cause for joy! Fr. Ken Grabner, a Holy Cross priest and chaplain at Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame.

Although always prepared for martyrdom, I prefer it should be postponed. Winston Churchill


Thanks you for honored me in your Joyful Catholic blog. It’s vital to discuss the issues that are important to us. Together, we can build a more prosperous and peaceful world. Bill Clinton

I find that becoming a smile collector has a boomerang effect on my life. It has made me more appreciative of others. It’s a healthy sport! Maurice Goodson

 Congratulations upon having recognized Sister Carol Keehan for her splendid contribution for our Catholic health service. Patrick Mulligan, M.D.

As I am not a morning person, my husband and I never talk at breakfast. But after your article about smiling, I surprised him the next day. When I came into the dining alcove where he was having breakfast, I gave him a big smile with a “Good morning, dear.” He was so startled that he spilled coffee down the front of his shirt. Mary Collins

I was very much impressed with your account of Juanita Caldwell, the Baptist “Mother Teresa” in the nursing home. What a fantastic person! Nicholas Granson

 Chuckle time

Correcting his housekeeper for referring to the dining room table in the rectory as “your table”, the priest said, “No, I own nothing here. Everything in the rectory belongs to the parishioners, of which you are one. Therefore, you should have called it “our table”. The next week when the priest was meeting in the rectory living room with the ladies of the Sodality, they heard a shriek from upstairs. The housekeeper shouted, “There is a mouse under our bed!”

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 joyfulcatholic@comcast.net.

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, Isobel Milligan, Peter Bartkiewiez and his family, Joe Toles, Grace Toomey, Camilus Musselman, Robert Earll.

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


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