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Day 29: #31 Days—Saturday’s Saint

Day 29: #31 Days—Saturday’s Saint

The last saint in my mini “Saturday’s Saint” series within this 31-day writing series is St. Bernadette Soubirous. She is a most beloved saint in the Catholic Church, because the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her and asked her to build a grotto for healing in her honor. St. Bernadette was born in Lourdes, France on January 7, 1844. She was the oldest of nine children, but some of her siblings died at a young age, and even Bernadette became sick as…

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Day 22: #31 Days: Saturday’s Saint

Day 22: #31 Days: Saturday’s Saint

Today’s saint is St. John Vianney, one of the greatest parish priests in the history of the Catholic Church. Many might be surprised that he struggled in school, because he is such a beloved priest and saint in our church. But he did, and his story of perseverance is inspiring. Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney was born and baptized on May 8, 1786 in France. He was raised in a Catholic home, and his family was often found helping the poor. During the French Revolution,…

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Day 15: #31 Days—Saturday’s Saint & Giveaway

Day 15: #31 Days—Saturday’s Saint & Giveaway

I probably should be writing about St. Teresa of Avila today, as it is her feast day. But today’s saint is St. Joan of Arc. Why? Well, this past summer I was on retreat, and I found this lovely holy card of St. Joan of Arc. I was drawn to it because of the prayer on the back, and I thought, “Wow! St. Joan of Arc is a perfect intercessor for my daughter!” Joan was born in France in 1412….

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Day 8: #31 Days—Saturday’s Saint

Day 8: #31 Days—Saturday’s Saint

As a Catholic mom, I am grateful for the belief in the communion of saints, the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. On earth, they strived to live holy lives, following God’s will, practicing virtue, and overcoming sin. Now, they are in Heaven, and God has generously given them the opportunity to pray for us on earth, who are still striving for our Eternal Home. I often teach my children about particular…

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Day 30 :: 31 Days With Mary—What Would Mary Do?

Day 30 :: 31 Days With Mary—What Would Mary Do?

As I ran errands this week, I noticed the inevitable: stores decorating and displaying Christmas items. The Halloween section was being consolidated, while the Christmas gift wrap was being set up in the very next aisle. Whenever I start to see Christmas coming too early, I get a bit panicky. Suddenly, I feel as if I am behind with the extra to-dos that this season brings. I have to remind myself that I still have an entire month before Advent…

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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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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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October

October

Welcome, October! My favorite month of the entire year!! Today, October greets me with cold rain. But the rest of the month promises crisp air, crunchy and bright leaves, orange pumpkins and everything that makes fall fabulous. Today also is the Feast of St. Therese of Liseux. I didn’t know her growing up, but like Our Blessed Mother, I am getting to know her better slowly and steadily during these recent years. And I am grateful for growing in holy…

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Heaven’s Design

Heaven’s Design

The Eucharist produces impulses of angelic love and has the singular capacity of effecting in souls a holy, instinctive tenderness for the Queen of the angels. She has given us Flesh of her flesh and Bone of her bone, and in the Eucharist she continues to give us this sweet, virginal Heavenly Food. —St. Albert the Great

Close to the Hidden Jesus

Close to the Hidden Jesus

Even though St. Elizabeth of Hungary’s feast day was a couple days ago, I thought I’d post this little story about her that was e-mailed to me. It is too sweet not to share. When St. Elizabeth was a little girl and used to play about the palace with her companions, she always would pick a spot near the chapel so that every now and then, without being noticed, she could stop by the chapel door, kiss the lock, and…

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