Subscribe via RSS Feed Connect on Pinterest Connect on Google Plus Connect on LinkedIn

Author Archive: Melanie Jean Juneau

Melanie Jean Juneau serves as the Editor in Chief of Catholic Stand. She is a mother of nine children who has edited her kid's university term papers for over a decade. She blogs at  joy of nine9 and mother of nine9 . Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, a columnist at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC, author of Echoes of the Divine and Oopsy Daisy, and coauthor of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood

rss feed Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google Plus LinkedIn

Author's Website

Why Most of Us Are Scapegoats, Not Saintly Martyrs

July 11, AD2017 11 Comments
Why Most of Us Are Scapegoats, Not Saintly Martyrs

Every society, every culture has a tradition of a scapegoat: a person or group of people to blame and punish for the sins of that particular society. Centuries ago, old women were blamed for poor crops, cows which failed to produce milk and any birth defects. Less superstitious societies turned on each new group of […]

Continue Reading »

Artist Jonathan Byrne and The Face of Christ

June 26, AD2017 6 Comments
Artist Jonathan Byrne and The Face of Christ

Jonathan Byrne is a professional mid-career artist who lives in the coastal town of Blackrock in Dublin, Ireland. After many years of making images and exhibiting at home and abroad, he returned to a subject that has always enthralled him, the Face of Christ. The images, of which there are over 30 in different colours, […]

Continue Reading »

Are Most Christians Clueless About Their True Identity?

June 23, AD2017 6 Comments
Are Most Christians Clueless About Their True Identity?

A  good friend, Martha, from Madonna House, “happened” to sit beside a self-proclaimed witch on an old bus heading towards the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico. Noticing Martha’s large cross identifying her as a member of the Lay Apostolate, the witch cynically remarked that most Christians were stupid because they were completely clueless […]

Continue Reading »

So, HOW Do We Live in the Love of Christ?

May 25, AD2017 5 Comments
So, HOW Do We Live in the Love of Christ?

To the casual observer, I appear to be a devoted Catholic mother who has lived a sacrificial life worthy of a modern saint. Little do people realize that although I did pour out my life struggling to raise nine kids on a small farm with little disposable income, I actually missed the core of Christ’s […]

Continue Reading »

Catholics and Mental Illness: Coming Out of the Shadows

May 13, AD2017 24 Comments
Catholics and Mental Illness: Coming Out of the Shadows

Since mental illness is as common and invisible among the faithful as it is in secular circles,  concern for mental health cannot simply be relegated to the secular sphere, especially during Mental Health Awareness month in May. I admit the topic of how and why Catholics experience mental illness might seem completely irrelevant to most Catholics. […]

Continue Reading »

Catholicism Is, Most Importantly, An Experiential Faith

April 23, AD2017 6 Comments
Catholicism Is, Most Importantly, An Experiential Faith

A Catholic, baptized into the very life of Christ ( CCC 1213), is invited to discover much more about God, Holy Scriptures, the saints and the traditions of his Church than dry facts because Catholicism is, most importantly, an experiential faith. Ironically, most Christians allow fear of deception to impede growth in the Spirit and hinder […]

Continue Reading »

Living With Only a Thin Veil Between Earth and Heaven

April 13, AD2017 23 Comments
Living With Only a Thin Veil Between Earth and Heaven

I tend to rush through my daily duties like a solitary soul, disconnected from God and other people. However, I became aware that humans are actually intimately connected not just to God and the living but also to those who have died and are alive in Christ after recent encounters with birth, death, and dying. […]

Continue Reading »

A Spiritual Solidarity Binds Us To Souls In Purgatory

March 25, AD2017 0 Comments
A 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 […]

Continue Reading »

Pro-Life Motherhood: A Feminist Career Choice

March 13, AD2017 6 Comments
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 […]

Continue Reading »

Pope Francis: A Corrupt Creation, Christian Hope, and Rebirth

February 23, AD2017 10 Comments
Pope Francis:  A Corrupt Creation, Christian Hope, and Rebirth

On February 22, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the importance of  Christian hope in the face sin during his weekly General Audience. Although his reflections focused on the corruption of creation, they are not the opinions of a left-leaning environmentalist but the profound insights of a man of God. The Environment Unfortunately, many Catholics will most […]

Continue Reading »

The Problem of Ingrained Sin

February 10, AD2017 4 Comments
The Problem of Ingrained Sin

When we feel cut off from God, battling a losing war with ingrained sin, the only viable solution to our dilemma is to call out to Christ to save us. Instead, most of us strive to be perfect through self-discipline. It was a shock to me when my Spiritual Director challenged this tendency by saying, […]

Continue Reading »

Surprised By Three Miracles

January 19, AD2017 12 Comments
Surprised By Three Miracles

Modern, educated folk tend to dismiss the miraculous, preferring to believe science will eventually provide a plausible explanation for the inexplicable. For the cynical, only the ignorant or gullible set out on desperate pilgrimages seeking cures or chase after Charismatic signs. Many Protestants think miracles were only for the age of dispensation of grace; for […]

Continue Reading »

Only Spirit Inspired Evangelization Is Effective

January 5, AD2017 3 Comments
Only Spirit Inspired Evangelization Is Effective

Trained to evangelize, with social media at their fingertips, modern Catholics might be surprised to discover that the most effective missionaries are still those who humbly carry Christ in their hearts to others.  When Catholics actually carry Christ, they are filled with the love and joy of the Lord which is infectious.  These ordinary folk spread […]

Continue Reading »

During Christmas, Find Christ’s Joy In Your Deepest Wounds

December 23, AD2016 4 Comments
During Christmas, Find Christ’s Joy In Your Deepest Wounds

“In my deepest wound, I saw your glory and it dazzled me.”- Saint Augustine. Most people assume they will automatically feel cheerful during Christmas.  Not only does the Church celebrate the birth of our Saviour with joy, secular society also promotes the idea that everybody is happy during this season, bombarding us with images in the media […]

Continue Reading »

Is Your Doctor Pro-Life? It Matters to the Unborn

December 13, AD2016 10 Comments
Is Your Doctor Pro-Life? It Matters to the Unborn

By the time I was pregnant with my sixth child, I was desperate to find a supportive family doctor and obstetrician. Four of my five children had been delivered by Dr. Leslie E.,  a brilliant, strong feminist.  As a mother of a growing family, I was an enigma to her as she was to me. […]

Continue Reading »

Waiting To Give Birth With Mary

November 29, AD2016 5 Comments
Waiting To Give Birth With Mary

One day in December, our new priest led an Advent reflection in the school gym and asked the students, “Who is waiting for the birth of a new brother or sister this Advent?” Five hands went up. “Oh my, isn’t this wonderful”, the priest exclaimed, without really identifying each face, “So many of you are waiting for the […]

Continue Reading »

Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend

November 18, AD2016 4 Comments
Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend

The Power of Images To Change Lives Marie Constantin, the photographer and author of Finding Calcutta: Memoirs of a Photographer, understands images have power, more power than words alone to impact lives. It was an image in a documentary film that turned Constantin’s life completely around in the early 1990’s. She was a young journalist, completely focused […]

Continue Reading »

Are You Saved ?

November 1, AD2016 7 Comments
Are You Saved ?

Forty years ago, when I was still a Protestant, I looked at Catholics with suspicion. Catholicism seemed like a cult that worshiped Mary and idolized statues.  I pictured Catholics rattling off memorized prayers as clouds of eerie incense billowed around them, bells rang, and candles illuminated their pagan rituals.  Ironically, I now endure similar misconceptions […]

Continue Reading »

Struggling To Hear God In the Silence? Try Colouring

October 13, AD2016 4 Comments
Struggling To Hear God In the Silence? Try Colouring

I  recently spoke on the phone with Tara. M. Owens, CSD, MTS, the author of At Play In God’s Creation- an illuminating coloring book. This book is not a fluffy bit of New Age nonsense but based on Tara’s profound grasp of both traditional, Catholic spirituality and human nature. She has learned exactly how to help people be in the […]

Continue Reading »

Come, Bless God’s Creatures Great and Small

September 17, AD2016 2 Comments
Come, Bless God’s Creatures Great and Small

When God’s creatures are blessed and surrounded by the love of God, they absorb and reflect His love back in seemingly miraculous ways. My husband and I stumbled on this truth during the twenty years we raised nine kids and an odd assortment of farm animals and pets on a small family farm in eastern […]

Continue Reading »