While reading the daily Mass readings on the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, I was struck not so much by Saulâ€™s dramatic conversion rather by Ananiasâ€™ faithfulness and obedience. St. Ananias reached out to me so forcefully that I declared him my February Saint of the Month right then. Here’s what he’s teaching me about developing a close relationship with the Lord.
Before I move on from my January saint of the month and share Februaryâ€™s, here are a few thoughts resting on my heart inspired, in part, by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Itâ€™s a confluence of ideas, of sort — Old Testament figure meets the first American-born saint who then collide with a pop culture icon. Okay, maybe not that dramatic, but work with me here.
Itâ€™s that time of the year when many of us enlist the help of an online saint generator to randomly select a saint who journeys with us throughout the year. Rather than journeying with one random saint this year, Iâ€™ll walk with at least twelve. Think of it as a saint of the month club. My January saint of the month is Elizabeth Ann Seton â€“ daughter, wife, mother, widow, friend and the first American-born saint.
“How do you know your dad is in Heaven?” That was the pointed question that helped me understand how praying for the dead is one of the greatest acts of charity we can perform. Today the Church observes the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls). In its honor, here’s the rest of the story behind that question.
“Dichos” is the Spanish word for proverbs or wise sayings used in Mexican culture. One “dicho” I recently read about is â€œThe saints cry over lost time.â€ It was once a popular expression often said by parents to help keep their kids on task. It’s been a helpful saying, not so much for keeping my kids on task, but motivating me to get rolling on a special project!
Iâ€™ve scaled back on participating in book reviews and blog tours, primarily because I want to safeguard my holy leisure reading time for whatever the current book is for Well-Read Mom. But when I received the request to participate in the blog tour for The Kiss of Jesus by Donna-Marie Cooper Oâ€™Boyle, my intuition told … [Read more…]
During his homily at the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis spoke on the importance of sharing little gestures of love within the family. These little acts of love are vital to the heart of a parish family, too. Here are some examples of little gestures we can do within our parishes to welcome others and foster a culture of encounter. What ideas can you add?
I recently had a few text exchanges with a friend about a ministry project I’m working on. My texts went something like this: I’m freaking out. I didn’t sign up for THIS!! Get me off this crazy train!!!Â My holy friend responded something on the order of: Hold up, girl. There’s a grace for that. … [Read more…]