Source: The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) Saint Clare was born Chiara Offreduccio in Assisi in 1194. She followed her fellow citizen, Saint Francis, in a life of poverty and became mother and foundress of an order of nuns, the “Poor Clares” in Assisi. The Poor Clares were devoted to Our Lord … [Read more…]
I know, I know – a blogpost with words defeats the purpose of “Wordless Wednesday.” It’s just we are so excited to announce our pregnancy and I can’t be totally shushed into a wordless mommy today! Baby Schmidt is shown here at almost 15 weeks. Big sister Lucy (who turns three on September 1) came with … [Read more…]
St. Dominic, Priest; Memorial August 8 Source: The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) Saint Dominic was born in 1170 at Calaruega, Spain, was educated in the schools of Palencia, and was appointed canon at Osma in 1199. In 1203 he accompanied Bishop Diego de Avezedo of Osma to Languedoc where Dominic … [Read more…]
Since the nineteenth century, popes have asked the Apostleship of Prayer to pray for specific intentions. Two prayer intentions are requested each month from the Holy Father, a general intention and a mission intention. Let us join the Apostleship of Prayer’s dedication to pray for these intentions each day. Pope Benedict XVI’s August prayer intentions are: … [Read more…]
Happy feast day to a powerhouse of a saint, Saint Ignatius. In her weekly feature, Saints and Scripture Sundays, Dianna at The Kennedy Adventures poses the question: “Are you like me, and act a lot like Martha? Or like Saint Ignatius, a soldier of the Christian faith?” My response: I’m like Martha but I desire in my … [Read more…]
I’ve used and abused Martha so much in the past to justify my busyness. Someone has to step up, be the Martha, and get the work done, right?
Maybe this is common sense for you, but I had an “A-ha” moment a few months back. I had been complaining a lot about how busy Joel and I are required to be with his diaconate formation. Classes to attend, books to read, essays to write, spiritual direction to seek, etc. Sometimes I feel we are kept busy just for the sake that looking busy must mean we are really being formed spiritually.
But it was during one of the seminary classes that I gained a sense of peace about much of this. There is a very dynamic monk at Conception Seminary & Abbey in Missouri, and no matter what he says, it seems he’s always speaking just to me. And he made the point, “It wasn’t what Martha was doing that was her problem. It was her mode!”
Wouldn’t it be cool if all garden gates greeted you with this proclamation? This was the image that welcomed us during a recent trip to Milwaukee. Read more about our experience at the Archdiocesan Marian Shrine.
Over the weekend we visited Joel’s family near Milwaukee and on Saturday headed into the city to visit the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum (a great experience for the whole family!). After several hours exploring, we made our way to Balistreri’s Italian American Ristorante for some of the best darn pizza a person can find anywhere in the … [Read more…]
And as Catholic Vitamins’ own Deacon Tom Fox says, the sign could have been rounded out with “Care to B1-2?”