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Teaching the young about abortion
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The book I mentioned on today's show which teaches children about the beauty of life in the womb:


"Before You Were Born" by Joan Lowery Nixon, Our Sunday Visitor Press.

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Making a Better Confession (blog)
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Some of you asked for the name of the blog from which I read convert Tod Warner's quotes that would help us understand why and how to make a better confession.

It was at patheos.com/blogs/acatholicthinker/2014/12/i-have-a-confession-to-make/#ixzz3Ov3rPJb2
His four points included"
1)We must understand WHY we need to confess
2) We must understand WHAT we are confessing
3) We must understand HOW we are changed by confessing
4) We must be GRATEFUL for what confessing brings us.

I liked the part that explained about 'cheap grace' we bestow on ourselves rather than the demands of Jesus Christ.

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Thank you, and advice for Tony
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Hi Dr. Colleen,

First, I originally went to your site looking for a podcast of today's show, and came across A Mom's Letter to Santa. It gave me a good laugh, so I immediately posted it on my Facebook page, as a gift to myself, and all the moms among my family and friends. I could immediately relate! Thank you! Two good resources for Tony would be CovenantEyes.com, or Crossing the Goal. Even though I'm not a guy, I have watched this show on EWTN many times, and been blessed by the way those godly men respect their wives, and minister to the guys out there! Also, if he travels for business, he might want to ask the hotel to take the TV out of his room, or limit his access. Hope this helps!

Betsy Forsyth, Spokane, WA

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Question
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Hello!  I was listening to your show this morning and heard you challenge someone to challenge their daughter to 90 days of chastity.  You mentioned letters written by young adults who changed to a life of chastity on your site, but I can't find them.  I'm going to challenge my sister and her boyfriend and wanted to find some letters to include.  If you could email me the link at laurencaggeso@gmail.com I would really appreciate it!  Thanks for your beautiful apostolate!

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Pope Francis Book
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Pat called in today with a suggested book that her pastor gave her to help her get through some hard times.


The name of the book is Pope Francis speaks to Our Hearts: Words of Challenge and Hope.


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A Gift List anyone can afford
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A Christmas GIFT LIST ANYONE CAN AFFORD...

 

Here is a unique list of 10 gift suggestions from "the large of heart and small of purse." When you give one of these gifts, you are giving the most priceless gift of all: yourself.  

  

1. The Gift of Listening. Psychologists tell us that one of the greatest things we can do for another is to listen to him. Why not give this valuable gift to those people on your list who live alone and have no one else to talk to? This means you must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no walking away, no planning your response. Just listen.

 

2. The Gift of Signs of Affection. Take the time to give your loved ones signs of affection. Be generous with your hugs, your kisses, your gentle squeezing of the hand, your pats on the back. Let these tiny actions demonstrate the great love you have inside of you.

 

3. The Gift of a Note. Write notes to your loved ones. They can be as simple as "I love you" or as creative a sonnet. Put your notes where they will surprise those special people: in his lunch, in her purse, among his socks, on her pantry shelf. Though the notes may be a surprise, the message will not.

 

4. The Gift of Laughter. Everyone loves to laugh. Give those you love this gift. Just cut out a cartoon, clip a joke, copy a riddle, save a clever article. Your gift will say "I love to laugh with you."

 

5. The Gift of the Game. Most people have at least one game they like to play, whether it be tennis or golf, poke, chest, or checkers. Offer to play your loved one's favorite game with him or her. Even if you lose, you will be a winner, because together you will have shared an experience.

 

6. The Gift of Doing a Favor. Do favors for those special people on your list. Help with the dishes, type up that letter, clean out the basement, shovel the snow, go to the store. This gift is made more valuable when it anticipates a request rather than when it responds to one.

 

7. The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition. Try to be cheerful around those you love. That means no complaining, no feeling sorry for yourself, no nasty comments, no screaming, no pessimistic predictions. Your gift of cheerfulness will be a precious gift for everyone - including yourself.

 

8. The Gift of Being Left Alone. There are times in our lives when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Become more sensitive to these times in others' lives. Then respond generously by giving them the gift of solitude, of privacy, of "do not disturb," of being left alone.

 

9. The Gift of a Compliment. Pay your loved ones compliments. A simple "You look good in blue" or "I like your hair that way" or "Good supper, Honey" can be an inestimable value to people who may fell they are being taken for granted.

 

10. The Gift of Prayer. Let us not forget one of the most immaterial yet valuable gifts we can give: the gift of prayer. Pray for all those people on your Christmas shopping list, and let them know that you pray for them. Praying for someone is another way of saying, "You are so special to me that I often talk to God about you."

 

[Source: Pamphlet: Christmas, 2007, St. Paul's Cathedral Parish, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.]

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a Mom's letter to Santa to make you smile
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Dear Santa,

I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my children
on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor, sold sixty-two
cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school
play ground.

I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since
I had to write this letter with my daughter's red crayon, on the back of a
receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find
any more free time in the next 18 years.

Here are my Christmas wishes:

I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache (in any color, except purple,
which I already have) and arms that don't hurt or flap in the breeze; but
are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the candy aisle in the
grocery store.

I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of
my last pregnancy.

If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like fingerprint
resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a television
that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a
refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide
to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, "Yes, Mommy"
to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don't fight and
three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power
tools.

I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting "Don't eat in the
living room" and "Take your hands off your
brother," because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing
range and can only be heard by the dog.

If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time
to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury
of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a
Styrofoam container.

If you don't mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten
the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a
vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely.

It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the
house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized
crime family.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my daughter saw my
feet under the laundry room door. I think she wants her crayon back. Have
a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the door and come
in and dry off so you don't catch cold.

Help yourself to cookies on the table but don't eat too many or leave
crumbs on the carpet.

Yours Always, MOM...!

P.S. One more thing...you can cancel all my requests if you can keep my
children young enough to believe in Santa.

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Today's College Student Caller
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Follow up callers expressed much interest in our college student caller today. This is a continuation of the November 8th show hosting Catholic College students witnessing about their college which is on the Cardinal Newman Society top 20 list of colleges.


Today's guest, Marco, is a lay student at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, nick-named The Angelicum, and also attended by the seminarians from the North American College formation center.
Marco informed us that dozens of lay people attend this faithful and intellectual school. They have an international faculty rooted in a Thomistic thought foundation. Tuition is only $2,000, and housing is available nearby for lay people. Many Religious attend this school as well. He said it is a great experience of Western culture and Catholicism, and Eucharistic Adoration is available each day.

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Faithful Catholic Colleges
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Thanks to the many college students who called in for the November 8th show to tell us what makes their college truly a Catholic environment.


You can hear the show via the archives at:

https://www.avemariaradio.net/archive-categories/mast-appeal/

Thanks to the Cardinal Newman Society who helps all of us lay people discern what makes a college Catholic.

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Love vs. infatuation
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 I was listening 10/2/14 on the radio at Coleen explaining the differences between infatuation and love. It was a response to an email she relieved. I would like to share this with my teenage daughter who is "in love" with her boyfriend. I would like her to listen to Dr Mast's objective explanation to take the emotion out of our discussion.

Thank you for being a helpful resource to patents with teenagers.


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