Saint Thérèse of Lisieux died on this day in 1897. So did my dad. Well, not in 1897, of course. Rather, on September 30, 2009. And it’s no small coincidence that his death occurred on the same day as the saint who is known for doing small things with great love also died. This one’s for you, dad! I pray one day my kids will proudly say the same of me as I do about you! . . . → Read More: Doing Small Things With Great Love. I Hope.
In honor of Saint Padre Pio’s feast day, here’s one small thing we all can do that gets to the heart of the phrase, “Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry!” Check it out. And join me? . . . → Read More: Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry: 1 Small Thing To Do Today
Today the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Gregory the Great, pope and doctor of the Church. While researching and reading about him, I came across this amusing story about cherry cravings of all things. . . . → Read More: Pope Gregory the Great and Cherry Cravings
Since “retiring” from the workforce in order to care for my young children, I’ve spent a great deal of time pondering spiritual friendships. If I had to pick one word to describe that first year of transition between being a working out-of-the-home mom to an at-home mom, the word is loneliness. My heart longed for a spiritual friend. What do we need to do to gain just one spiritual friend? Three biggies… . . . → Read More: Spiritual Friendships — The Elixir of Life
The life of this simple laborer has much to teach us, but only if we’re paying attention. . . . → Read More: Childhood Lessons from Saint Isidore the Farmer…Sort Of
Mercy! Mercy! Mercy! What are Julie and Lisa talking about this week on Catholic Women Now? They have Eileen Valdez in studio to chat about the Divine Mercy Des Moines celebration. Tune in — we’re Catholic Women Now, heard only on Iowa Catholic Radio; streaming online, too. . . . → Read More: Up This Week on Catholic Women Now: Divine Mercy
“I Failed Lent!” is an appropriate and accurate assessment of how I feel about my 2013 Lenten spiritual journey. I’m not sure how it all happened other than to simply say Joel and I are dealing with some stuff … scratch that … I am dealing with some stuff that in reality won’t bother me one bit as I lay dying. Yet I let that stuff consume my time and emotional energy for the past six weeks. I allowed the insignificant to truly get in the way of a much-needed cleansing this Lent. . . . → Read More: I Failed Lent! Time to Begin Again
I had fun yesterday with my Twitter buddies trying to get the phrase “Love Him Already” trending on Twitter. By him, we’re talking about our new Holy Father Pope Francis. Given I had so much fun learning about then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, I wanted to collect my thoughts here, too. Why do I #lovehimalready? I present a few reasons here and would love to hear why you #lovehimalready too. . . . → Read More: #LoveHimAlready
I often hear from friends about the struggles they face when discussing sexuality with their children. Mine are still young, but here’s what I’m thinking. Why not use the stories of the virgin martyrs as a foundation to build a culture of chastity in our home, and better yet, ask for their intercession? Seems it could become a rather safe entry point to talk about the virtues of sexual purity … over time, then, maybe this stuff organically becomes part of our family’s vocabulary. Really, what other faith tradition gives you all this stuff? Why not take advantage of it? It seems a better alternative than having “the” conversation with my kids once they hit puberty when the culture’s already been having it with them since they’ve been potty trained. . . . → Read More: Teaching Chastity Through the Virgin Martyrs
Wanting to draw nearer to a few select saints, I gave myself the gift of a spiritual board of directors on my birthday last year. I assembled a small group of saints to serve as my cloud of witnesses and guide me, in a particularly intimate way, throughout my daily activities and vocation. A faithful communion with my spiritual board has brought me peace, happiness, and companionship. I can hear the detractors now, “You mean to tell me dead people brought you all this peace and happiness?” Absolutely! . . . → Read More: Are All Your Best Friends Dead?