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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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Day 7 :: 31 Days With Mary + #WorthRevisit :: Exalt in Monotony

Day 7 :: 31 Days With Mary + #WorthRevisit :: Exalt in Monotony

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, during the month of the Rosary! I discovered a lovely reflection on the Rosary in my archives, and I thought it would be #WorthRevisiting today: All the supreme teachers, the popes, have been unanimous in proclaiming that the devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Rosary are the hope and salvation of the world in our evil and dangerous era. They have endeavored, by word and example, to bring the…

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Day 5 :: 31 Days With Mary—On the Feast of St. Faustina

Day 5 :: 31 Days With Mary—On the Feast of St. Faustina

Today is the Feast of St. Faustina. She was a young nun in Poland in the 1930s. She came from a poor family, and she did not have much education, so her tasks in the convent were simple and humble. During her time in the convent, Jesus appeared and spoke to Sister Faustina. She compiled her conversations with Him in notebooks, which became what is known today as the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska. The message is one of God’s…

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Day 2 :: 31 Days With Mary — How Mary Became My Queen, My Mother in SQTs

Day 2 :: 31 Days With Mary — How Mary Became My Queen, My Mother in SQTs

Since I am writing 31 Days With Mary during the month of October, maybe I will begin by sharing how Mary became my queen and my mother. Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said of Mary, “She existed in the Divine Mind as an Eternal Thought before there were any mothers. She is the Mother of mothers, she is the world’s first love.” #1 Slow beginnings My first real encounter with Mary was through the quiet actions of my grandma, who…

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#WorthRevisit :: Happy Birthday to Our Lady

#WorthRevisit :: Happy Birthday to Our Lady

So, our Blessed Mother’s birthday isn’t for a couple weeks. But I thought this post from six years ago was worth revisiting today, because it gives you, dear friends, plenty of time to prepare your own birthday celebration for Our Lady. Celebrating liturgical feast days is something my family and I have enjoyed for many years. We definitely have seasons of celebrating many feast days and also seasons of only celebrating a select few. But nevertheless, it is a delightful tradition that children truly…

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#WorthRevisit :: A Rough Start

#WorthRevisit :: A Rough Start

I originally posted this nearly six years ago. But I’m reposting it today as part of the #WorthRevisit link up, because rough mornings still happen. I still feel overwhelmed—spiritually, emotionally and physically. Spiritual attacks from the enemy are more real than ever before, especially attacks on the family. But there is hope, and there are strategies we can take to strengthen our resolve and call on God’s army to protect us. Our day started out rough. I was tired. I…

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St. Martha’s Example of Feminine Strength and Expectant Faith

St. Martha’s Example of Feminine Strength and Expectant Faith

Have you ever been asked the question, “Are you a ‘Mary’ or a ‘Martha’”? It’s as if we are expected to choose one or the other. It’s also as if one is better than the other, for doesn’t Jesus say, “Mary has chosen the better part”? (Luke 10:42) Many women identify with Martha more than Mary. After all, we see ourselves doing the same tasks that cause so much anxiety in Martha—cooking, cleaning, running errands, feeling busy with our long…

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