Divine Mercy Sunday – What “She” Wore

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One of these days I’m going to take that fancy camera of ours and spend a few hours simply wandering around our home parish, the Basilica of St. John in Des Moines. For now, the iPhone has done a fine job capturing her beauty, and here’s a few “what she wore” on Divine Mercy Sunday […]

Leaving God at the Altar, Finding Him in My Housekeeping

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“It is most laudable in a married woman to be devout, but she must never forget that she is a housewife. And sometimes she must leave God at the altar to find Him in her housekeeping.” I first read those words by St. Frances of Rome back on March 9, her feast day. Depending on how you feel […]

Speaking Event This Saturday in Ames, Iowa

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Joel and I are looking forward to speaking at this year’s Pure Fashion Show on Saturday evening at the Gateway Hotel Conference Center in Ames, Iowa. What’s better is Jonny Diaz is taking a break from his national concert tour to perform at the show. His name may not be familiar, but I bet you’ve heard his […]

A Saint Peg Doll Exchange – Des Moines Style

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If you follow the popular Catholic-crafty blogs such as Catholic Icing, you’ve probably seen Lacy’s posts on how to paint saint peg dolls and participate in a peg doll exchange. Those posts certainly inspired several gals (some husbands, too!) here in Des Moines to get out our brushes, call on the intercession of some holy […]

Desperate for Respite – Event for Families with Special Needs

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While this post is intended for our Des Moines area readers, I’m sharing it here because Joel and I so often hear from families with special needs who simply desire and need a bit more support from their local parishes. Collectively, there is a sense that our Church can and should do better. But how? It truly […]

Jesus Did Not Vanish Without Leaving a Trace

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When I received the email with the subject line, “CNN new original series ‘Finding Jesus’ blends science and archeology to offer fascinating insights into well-known biblical relics,” I assumed CNN was the acronym for the Christian News Network (or something like that) squeezed between EWTN and TBN on the basic cable package. Turns out CNN is […]

Join Me in this Lenten Google Hangout

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Pope Francis had fun with a Google+ hangout recently, why not me? And you, too! Please consider joining fellow CatholicMom.com contributors Lisa Hendey, Sarah A. Reinhard, Jared Dees and me next Monday (Presidents’ Day – 12PM eastern time/11AM central) as we participate in a hangout and explore ways to bring Lent to life in our […]