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Tag: Melanie Jean Juneau

Give God His Job Back

August 16, AD2018 0 Comments
Give God His Job Back

Most Christians behave, think, and speak as if they are standing right in the middle of the universe with everything and everybody swirling around them. This worldview is as ridiculous as the medieval belief that the earth was the centre of the cosmos. The bottom line is God is the centre of all; man exists […]

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Am I Weak Enough to Be a Christian?

July 11, AD2018 0 Comments
Am I Weak Enough to Be a Christian?

I have faced difficult situations countless times, finally learning to surrender control to God after playing god becomes too exhausting. Often He has surprised me with bonafide miracles, miracles even skeptical teenagers could not explain away. One would assume I would be experienced enough to stop trying to control but I am still weak. So […]

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Lord, If This How You Treat Your Friends . . .

May 14, AD2018 2 Comments
Lord, If This How You Treat Your Friends . . .

If you try to help a struggling butterfly emerge from the prison of his cocoon, his wings will be permanently deformed.  As a butterfly struggles, fluid is forced into its wings so they stretch and open, allowing them to fly but butterflies are not the only creatures who must struggle before they have the ability […]

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Boredom Nurtures Spirituality and Creativity

May 1, AD2018 4 Comments
Boredom Nurtures Spirituality and Creativity

People, from infants to the elderly, thrive spiritually when they have enough free time to relax, create, and pray. We all need unscheduled time, time to be bored in a positive sense because boredom can the birthplace of authentic spirituality and creativity. Self- obsessed business is often a superficial way of trying to obtain a […]

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Catholics Are Easter People; We Don’t Stop At the Cross

April 1, AD2018 4 Comments
Catholics Are Easter People; We Don’t Stop At the Cross

In fact, everything that exists and moves in the Church – the sacraments, doctrine, institutions – draws its strength from Christ’s Resurrection. (Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Life in Christ, 67) Even though the Church continually invites Catholics to live in the Resurrection of Christ, many of us cling to our suffering. As a result, our spirituality is […]

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Catholic Authors: Pray, Listen, Then Write

March 12, AD2018 9 Comments
Catholic Authors: Pray, Listen, Then Write

Some Catholic authors write as if they belong to a Church Beleaguered, not the Church Triumphant.  Articles tend to be either defensive or angry attacks against adversaries.  Many religious writers retreat, focusing only on like-minded souls, writing for a small, mutual admiration society. The rest are tempted to quit when it seems like the world is wearing […]

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Catholic Writers: Stand Up for the Truth in LOVE

May 22, AD2015 4 Comments
Catholic Writers: Stand Up for the Truth in LOVE

Let us witness then in love, without sinning against those who have yet to experience the joy of the Eucharist or a deep relationship with their Heavenly Mother. I am proud to proclaim I am a Catholic writer. A Spirit-filled lover of Jesus who expects to be accepted by Protestant lovers of Jesus, because I am […]

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Catholic Joy?

April 24, AD2015 12 Comments
Catholic Joy?

Joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, not a special gift given to a select few;  it is simply a by-product of living in God. However, when people think of a Catholic saint, the first image that comes to mind is a sad, pale, thin figure, often tortured and in pain, or looking as […]

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Redemptive Suffering and the Phony Victim Complex

March 27, AD2015 39 Comments
Redemptive Suffering and the Phony Victim Complex

Genuine, spiritually powerful redemptive suffering  does exist as a genuine call from God. However, what most of us experience is far from redemptive, because our suffering is not in union with Christ’s suffering. Redemptive suffering is not long-faced misery, because it is life-giving and life-affirming as we live in, with and through Christ our Saviour. This […]

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“A Beautiful Work of the Holy Spirit”

January 30, AD2015 33 Comments
“A Beautiful Work of the Holy Spirit”

Man likes to be in control, especially of  the Holy Spirit. Of course, most of us would deny trying to box in the Almighty, because we realize how ridiculous this sounds.  Yet, because we really do not like to change, we end up resisting even God.  We like our comfort zone. We especially don’t like […]

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Stealing God’s Job

January 2, AD2015 9 Comments
Stealing God’s Job

If you asked a typical Catholic, “Are you stealing God’s job?”, they would laugh out loud at such a ridiculous question and emphatically deny it.  I know I did.  Granted, the wording of this question is designed to shock. Yet the question is also meant to provoke self- examination.  After someone asked me this question, I […]

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The Spiritual Dynamic of Marriage

December 5, AD2014 9 Comments
The Spiritual Dynamic of Marriage

Do you find yourself waiting secretly for your knight in shining armour to whisk you off your feet so you can live happily ever after? Or for a wonderful woman to lift off your depression and sense of aimlessness? Although we laugh at such ridiculous fantasies as the stuff of naïve, lovesick teenagers, we all […]

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Living The Pro-Life Blessing

November 10, AD2014 29 Comments
Living The Pro-Life Blessing

A few years ago when a journalist interviewed me for an article on Mother’s Day for our city’s major paper, she asked me if I ever regretted not using my degree to pursue a career. I simply stared at her in shock for a few moments, my mind blank. “No”, I finally stuttered, “the thought […]

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Spiritual Care for Atheists: Compassion Not Condemnation

October 11, AD2014 19 Comments
Spiritual Care for Atheists: Compassion Not Condemnation

It is easy to become self-righteous, or defensive, when a Christian feels attacked by atheists. However, indignant arrogant rants that bludgeon others with the ‘truth’ treats the unbeliever as an object and not an intelligent person who is also loved by God.  When I am  secure in the Love of God, I can love and respect […]

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God Reveals – We Respond?

September 12, AD2014 14 Comments
God Reveals – We Respond?

As Christians we are called to listen and respond to God’s direction, because our lives revolve around God. We have no business asking God to bless our great ideas and projects. Decades ago, I ranted and raved at the efficient, organized people who tried to carry out their own personal agendas within the Catholic Church. […]

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Uniting With Christ Through Our Senses

August 15, AD2014 16 Comments
Uniting With Christ Through Our Senses

How do we perceive the Divine and communicate with God as beings who possess both physical and spiritual senses? Some ascetics might try to starve their physical senses to sharpen their inner senses, but such a notion seems to me to be contrary to Catholic wisdom and practice. The Catholic Church  repudiates Gnosticism, realizing that believers […]

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Finger-pointing: The “Sins” of Pope Francis

July 19, AD2014 127 Comments
Finger-pointing: The “Sins” of Pope Francis

I am appalled by commentators and writers who quickly denounce Pope Francis, often misinterpreting or twisting the meaning of his comments by taking them out of context. These critics are acting like the ‘ the accuser of our brethren… which accused them before our God day and night’. [Revelation 12:7-12] They seem poised, ready to pounce on any hint of […]

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Family Trauma: Responding With Control or Love

June 20, AD2014 20 Comments
Family Trauma:  Responding With Control or Love

In the past six months, my large family of eleven has been tested by multiple traumas; we have been  bombarded with illness, cancer and subsequent treatments, a threat of a premature birth of our fifth grandchild and a traumatic birth, celebrated  the birth of a fourth grandchild, suffered with  a daughter cracking under  a combination […]

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Is It Truth or Sophistry?

May 19, AD2014 5 Comments
Is It Truth or Sophistry?

Years ago, I was washing up some pots, just before dinner, when all of a sudden a word popped into my head, seemingly out of nowhere. I turned around and blurted out to my kids, who were doing homework around the kitchen table,“Sophistry! The word that keeps coming to me is sophistry.” Of course, everyone burst […]

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Presence Evangelism

April 30, AD2014 7 Comments
Presence Evangelism

I call the new movement of God Presence Evangelism, because it is quiet, subtle and entirely grassroots. The stars have fallen. The big names have grown old. Society is weary of huge, dazzling Christian shows.  People crave reality. They do not respond to the evangelism of the 20th century. Of course God is working through new technology as well, […]

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Living a Holy Life Is Child\’s Play

March 25, AD2014 13 Comments
Living a Holy Life Is Child\’s Play

Just  like C.S. Lewis,  I was Surprised by Joy.  Of course, there are certain serious Catholic bloggers who have a problem with my spirituality. Often traditional, Pre-Vatican ll prophets of doom, who religiously fast and recite prescribed set prayers for hours each day, take the exception to my childlike spirit of joy. Yet this path was […]

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Accepting Miracles: Embracing Mystery

March 14, AD2014 11 Comments
Accepting Miracles: Embracing Mystery

The modern world heaps scorn on those who have experienced  miracles. This cynical attitude simply serves to coerce most legitimate eyewitnesses into silence; only quacks speak out. As a result, of course, society’s prejudice is simply reinforced. At least Catholics believe in miracles, although sometimes more in theory than in their day-to-day lives.The word “miracle” […]

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Saints Are Simply Living the Normal Christian Life

February 24, AD2014 13 Comments
Saints Are Simply Living the Normal Christian Life

Twenty-five years ago, my husband discovered a book entitled \”Guidelines to Mystical Prayer\” by a British Carmelite nun, Ruth Burrows. That book changed our lives. Ruth Burrows describes, Petra, a woman who lives only by faith without any experiences of God, and Claire, a “light on” nun who experiences mystical encounters. Both women know with […]

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