Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy – Book Tour & Giveaways

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To celebrate the launch of her new book, A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism, Sarah Reinhard invites us to pray the rosary together. The Practicing Catholic is the eighth stop on her Rosary Blog tour. Today, Sarah shares a reflection on the Wedding Feast at Cana. . . . → Read More: Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy – Book Tour & Giveaways

The Visitation


Painting of The Visitation by Jason Jenicke. . . . → Read More: The Visitation

Is it cheating to combine 7 Quick Takes & {phfr}?

I enjoy linking up to the {pretty, happy, funny, real} series hosted at the blog Like Mothers, Like Daughters. And I also take pleasure when participating in Jen’s 7 Quick Takes at Conversion Diary. Is it cheating to combine the two popular series and post a 7 Quick Takes, {phfr}-style? Killing two birds with one stone? Or will this lead to a blogosphere double whammy? Let’s roll the dice and let the fun begin!


Crowned in love. Isn’t she lovely?

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I attended my parish’s Altar & Rosary Society annual spring luncheon this week. The event began with praying the Rosary followed by . . . → Read More: Is it cheating to combine 7 Quick Takes & {phfr}?

Pope Benedict XVI’s May Prayer Intentions

Unite with Christians throughout the world in praying for the pope’s monthly prayer intentions.

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 May 2012 prayer intentions are:

General Intention – The Family: That initiatives which defend and uphold the role of the family may be promoted within society.

How can you and I encourage society to support and strengthen the family?

Addressing ambassadors to the Vatican . . . → Read More: Pope Benedict XVI’s May Prayer Intentions

Dominican Sisters: Say N-O to B-O. Novena Starts Today.

And we ain’t talkin’ body odor, folks

These Nashville Dominican Sisters have some spunk.

Have you seen their statement about President Obama’s health insurance mandate? Here’s a snippet.

Health Insurance Mandate: Religious Freedom and Conscience Rights in United States Seriously Threatened

The United States, from its very beginnings, has been an example of true human freedom and religious liberty for all. During its history, in fact, our nation has sheltered countless people who came here from countries where their basic freedoms were either in danger or being denied altogether. Sadly, Americans now face a similar threat. At this moment, which is strange and new to us, our own . . . → Read More: Dominican Sisters: Say N-O to B-O. Novena Starts Today.

It’s not what Martha was doing. It was her mode!


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!” . . . → Read More: It’s not what Martha was doing. It was her mode!

Turning Mary’s “Yes” Into a Pork Chop on a Stick?

The Famous Pork Chop on a Stick at the Iowa State Fair

Yesterday I had an email exchange with a good friend who is also an ordained deacon — and a very good one! We had a short back and forth about the statement our Bishop released this week to remind Catholics in our diocese that the requirement to abstain from meat has been waived today. A quick look at the liturgical calendar tells us that today, March 25, is the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, a day we especially celebrate “Mary’s yes”.

Catholicism 101: The Church celebrates today as a solemnity, and thus, in . . . → Read More: Turning Mary’s “Yes” Into a Pork Chop on a Stick?