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. The Wedding Feast at Cana by Sarah Reinhard She looks around and sees a celebration, the union of two people at the beginning of their life together. It is the ending of each as … [Read more...]

The Visitation


When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled,” Luke 1: … [Read more...]

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

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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! {pretty} --- 1 --- I attended my parish's Altar & Rosary Society annual … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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


Happy Feast Day Saint Martha!  Ah, good ol’ Martha.  If you don’t know the story, it goes a little like this: Jesus is visiting his friends, sisters Mary and Martha, who live in Bethany not far from Jerusalem. In efforts to be the hostess with the most-est, Martha is busy being busy, filled with anxieties and worries about pleasing the crowd Jesus brought with him. At one point, Martha notices that Mary is sitting around, not helping her out, just listening to Jesus speak. “Martha, burdened … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]