Our Catholic Faith Journey is a personal web site that started as a hobby and still is! I have a strong passion for my faith and so believe in sharing it with others.  I do believe that God has blessed me with great talents and I need to use my talents to glorify Him.

My aim for this site is to be a place of daily devotion, articles, prayer requests, a resource for RCIA and Sunday School, and for the sharing of testimonies.  A place where Catholics and non-Catholics alike can come and learn about scripture.

Our Catholic Faith Journey is not a single church-based website or newsletter.  It is my personal ministry to give of my Time, Talent and Treasure to the wider Catholic community, to inform, educate, evangelize and bring glory to God.

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Joseph Interprets Pharaoh's Dreams


Gen 41:1 After two years, Pharaoh saw a dream. He thought himself to be standing above a river,

Gen 41:2 from which ascended seven cows, exceedingly beautiful and stout. And they pastured in marshy places.

Gen 41:3 Likewise, another seven emerged from the river, filthy and thoroughly emaciated. And they pastured on the same bank of the river, in green places.

Gen 41:4 And they devoured those whose appearance and condition of body was so wonderful. Pharaoh, having been awakened,

Gen 41:5 slept again, and he saw another dream. Seven ears of grain sprung up on one stalk, full and well-formed.

Gen 41:6 Likewise, other ears of grain, of the same number, rose up, thin and struck with blight,

Gen 41:7 devouring all the beauty of the first. Pharaoh, when he awakened after his rest,

Gen 41:8 and when morning arrived, being terrified with fear, sent to all the interpreters of Egypt and to all of the wise men. And when they were summoned, he explained to them his dream; but there was no one who could interpret it.

Gen 41:9 Then at last the chief cupbearer, remembering, said, "I confess my sin.

Gen 41:10 The king, being angry with his servants, ordered me and the chief miller of grain to be forced into the prison of the leader of the military.
Contents: Pharaoh’s dream. Joseph’s exaltation in Egypt and his Gentile bride.

Characters: Pharaoh, Joseph, butler, Asenath, Manasseh, Ephriam.

Conclusion: The faithful believer will be abundantly recompensed for the disgrace he has patiently suffered and his righteousness will shine forth so all will know that God is with him.

Key Word: Exalted (set over), Gen_41:41.

Strong Verses: Gen_41:38, Gen_41:39.

Striking Facts: As Joseph solved Pharaoh’s vexing problems, so Jesus relieves the heart of its burdens. Rejected, exalted, Jesus is now taking a Gentile Bride to be with Him when the “Time of Jacob’s trouble” comes upon the earth.


Reader! two or three things in a way of Providence ought to affect your heart in reading this Chapter. See how safe their interests are, however long they may seem to be forgotten, whose concerns are in the divine hands! And how much therefrom, it ought to be the study of the faithful to attend to the workings of the LORD in all events of their life; convinced of this, that they who humbly watch and trust a merciful GOD, for the fulfillment of all his covenant promises, will never want a faithful GOD to watch over and take care of them.

But with those providential views only, let not the Reader close his meditation of this Chapter. A view of grace also is at hand. And if from Joseph’s exaltation to the right hand of Pharaoh, our eyes are directed by the SPIRIT of GOD to the LORD JESUS at the right hand of power, into whose Almighty hands the sovereignty of grace is committed; here we shall see indeed, a true Zaphnath-paaneah: a wonderful counsellor! before whom all nations shall bow, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and whose dominion endureth throughout all ages. Oh! thou great provider for all thy people’s need, incline our hearts by thy grace to come to thee for food. And forasmuch as there is none but thou who hast the words of eternal life, none so discreet and wise as thou art: be thou our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. Thou shalt be our lord and governor, and according unto thy word so let our souls be ruled. Ever would we desire to bow the knee before thee; and may not only ours, but every tongue confess, that thou art JESUS CHRIST the LORD, to the glory of GOD the FATHER.

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Whenever I speak with people about praying - you know one of the most common reactions is this:

"I'm not good enough. That person over there - well she probably is. And that one over yonder - well, I think he would be.

"But not me. You don't know me. I mean, the things I've said and done and.....no, I just can't bowl up to God and start praying."

That's how so many people feel. And if that's your reaction - in one sense you'd be right. But in another - completely and utterly wrong.

Because on the one hand God is a perfect or "holy" God - and we all fall well and truly short of that. But on the other Hand - He knows that. 

And that's why He sent Jesus Christ His Son to die for us - to pay for all of the "falling short" that we do - so that we can have free access to Him.

Jesus, it turns out, is the key. And we can come boldly before the throne of grace through Him. You know - grace is only grace when we don't deserve it.

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The Spiritual Works of Mercy have long been a part of the Christian tradition, appearing in the works of theologians and spiritual writers throughout history.  Just as Jesus attended to the spiritual well-being of those he ministered to, these Spiritual Works of Mercy guide us to "help our neighbor in their spiritual needs".

The seven Spiritual Works of Mercy are listed below.  After each work of mercy there are also suggestions and words of advice for living them out in our daily lives.

Works of mercy can be directed not only toward the needs of the body, but the needs of the soul as well. Indeed, the most serious form of poverty of all can be the poverty of the spirit, not only because it drains life of all energy, joy, and sense of purpose, but also because it is the one kind of poverty that can last forever. 

The evangelist Billy Graham tells the story of a private dinner he shared with one of the wealthiest men in the United States. During the meal the man confessed that despite having every good thing money could buy, he was miserable beyond words. The lesson: money cannot buy happiness. It's a cliché, but it's true. Clearly, this wealthy gentleman suffered from moral poverty. 

Indeed, the human spirit longs for the nourishment of truth, goodness, and beauty if it is to be healthy and strong and if it is to grow in sanctification and be prepared for the life to come.

That's why, in addition to the corporal works or mercy, the Church has outlined the spiritual works of mercy. Look to these works as preventative medicine for poverty of the spirit. The spiritual works of mercy are as follows:

(1) Admonish sinners.
(2) Instruct the uninformed.
(3) Counsel the doubtful.
(4) Comfort the sorrowful.
(5) Be patient with those in error.
(6) Forgive offenses.
(7) Pray for the living and the dead.

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What is Cursillo?

  • an opportunity to grow in faith and in spirituality

  • a deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus and how we can serve Him.

  • an experience of living and sharing with others in a loving and caring Christian community and realizing that this can be extended into our own environment

  • a continuing community that gives support and encouragement to help Christians carry out their Baptismal Vows.

The first Cursillos developed in the Roman Catholic Church in Mallorca, Spain, in the late 1940s. Under the leadership of their bishop, several laymen began to formulate a way to draw active laymen into the work of "Christianizing" the everyday life settings where they lived.

Eventually, the Cursillo Method found interested parties in the United States. The first Cursillo Three-Day Weekend in the United States was held in Waco, Texas, in 1957. At first, these were still held in the Spanish language, and were available only to Roman Catholics. The first English speaking weekend was in 1961 in San Angelo, Texas. In time a few Episcopalians were invited to participate in the weekends.

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