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Celebrating the Saints This Halloween With New Greeting Cards

Celebrating the Saints This Halloween With New Greeting Cards

As a little girl, I was always a little apprehensive about Halloween. I liked dressing up and feasting on candy, but some neighbors down the street created this haunted house experience in their front yard, and I wanted nothing to do with it. I don’t know if I just didn’t like feeling scared or if I actually sensed a type of evil in their decorations. What I do know is that it caused Halloween to be one of my least…

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Small Success Thursday on the Feast of St. Agnes

Small Success Thursday on the Feast of St. Agnes

Well, it’s Thursday already! And it is the Feast of St. Agnes. I attended Mass at the Church of St. Agnes today and received a blessing with her relic. It was the highlight of my week. This week was short, because of the national holiday on Monday. One my children was home sick on Tuesday and Wednesday. So, in some ways, the normalcy of the week feels like it is just getting underway. That’s OK, though. I am still able to see goodness and small…

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Day 26 :: 31 Days With Mary—Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Day 26 :: 31 Days With Mary—Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Originally posted July 16, 2015 My family’s relationship with Our Lady of Mount Carmel began five years ago when my oldest daughter was entering second grade. Days leading up to Our Lady’s feast day on July 16, she asked me if she would be enrolled in the [Confraternity of the] Brown Scapular, after she received her First Holy Communion. I was blown away by her question, because I didn’t know she knew what that meant! I barely knew what that meant! When I made…

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Day 24 :: 31 Days With Mary—Renewing Devotion

Day 24 :: 31 Days With Mary—Renewing Devotion

When people love and recite the rosary they find it makes them better. —St. Anthony Mary Claret— Feast Day: Oct. 24 There is one week left in this 31-day writing challenge. It has not been easy, but I am so glad I am doing it. Thinking and writing about Our Blessed Mother has renewed my devotion to her. While I have not forgotten her significant role in our Church and my own life, I have felt as if I have received the…

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Day 18 :: 31 Days With Mary—St. Luke

Day 18 :: 31 Days With Mary—St. Luke

Today, is the Feast of St. Luke, who is one of the Gospel writers as well as the author of Acts of the Apostles. Luke is known for having a close connection with the Blessed Mother and receiving much of what he included in his writings from her. He also is known to have painted images of Jesus and Mary. He is the patron saint of artists, brewers, butchers, doctors, notaries, painters, physicians and surgeons. According to Catholic Online, “It is…

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Day 16 :: 31 Days With Mary—St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Day 16 :: 31 Days With Mary—St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Today is the Feast of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Jesus gave 12 promises to all those who honor His Sacred Heart, through the apparitions to St. Margaret Mary. They are beautiful to ponder today, on her feast day, and strive to practice everyday! The Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart 1.  I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life. 2.  I will establish peace in their families. 3.  I will console them in all their…

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Day 15 :: 31 Days With Mary—St. Teresa of Avila … And a BIG Giveaway!

Day 15 :: 31 Days With Mary—St. Teresa of Avila … And a BIG Giveaway!

Happy Feast of St. Teresa of Avila! I just completed a special Novena to this amazing saint, and I always enjoy reading her quotes and learning about her life. St. Teresa ties in beautifully to my 31 Days of Mary series. Why? Because during Teresa’s life, she loved the Blessed Virgin Mary. As a Carmelite, her specific Marian devotion was to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. In history, the Carmelite order has been known as “The Order of the Virgin.”…

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Day 14 :: 31 Days With Mary—#WorthRevisit Liturgical Teas

Day 14 :: 31 Days With Mary—#WorthRevisit Liturgical Teas

Yesterday, I mentioned the idea of celebrating feast days within the home. When hearing this idea for the first time, perhaps it sounds daunting. Especially for overwhelmed moms (like myself, ahem!), celebrating feast days could just seem like one more thing to do. But perhaps I can assure you that celebrating feast days can be super simple and completely organic in nature. Meaning, there are no rules to celebrating feast days within the domestic church. As long as a feast day is…

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Day 13 :: 31 Days With Mary—Our Lady of Fatima

Day 13 :: 31 Days With Mary—Our Lady of Fatima

The message of Fatima is an appeal to conversion. In her motherly solicitude, the Blessed Virgin came here, to Fatima, to ask men not to offend God any more. It was a mother’s sorrow that obliged her to speak. —Saint John Paul II— Today is Day 13 of my 31 Days With Mary series, an entire month writing about one topic with hundreds of other bloggers. While May 13 is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, today we remember the day in…

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Day 9 :: 31 Days With Mary—Five Simple Ways to Invite Mary Into Your Heart, Your Home, Your Family

Day 9 :: 31 Days With Mary—Five Simple Ways to Invite Mary Into Your Heart, Your Home, Your Family

One of the last things Jesus did before he died was give us His mother Mary to be our mother. From the Gospel of John, “‘Woman, behold your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home” (19:26-27). Jesus’ final words not only pertained to Mary and John, they also included me and you and allof humanity. “Jesus Christ, after having given us all he could give, that…

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