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Here & There on the Web

Here & There on the Web

Often, my writing feels like an ebb and flow. I have times when I feel like I am present here on a regular basis, and there are other times, when the weeks fly by before I realize that I haven’t written a peep … here, anyways. The past few weeks, I have been quiet here, I know. But I have been blessed to be in a few other places on the world wide web: CatholicMom.com Saints in 16 Book Club: Chapters 5 and 6…

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Drink Deeply and Be Filled

Drink Deeply and Be Filled

Since the Gospel reading about the Woman at the Well (John 4:5-42) is very common during the season of Lent, I thought I’d add this re-post to the #WorthRevisit blog link-up today. I love this Gospel story; it is one of my favorites. The story of the Woman at the Well reminds me of the sacrament of Confession. Jesus meets the woman where she’s at, and He loves her, even with all her failings and shortcomings. Like the Woman at the Well,…

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Lent Around My Home: Reclaiming My Joy

Lent Around My Home: Reclaiming My Joy

When my children were quite young, in fact when I only had half of the children I have today, I felt compelled to find ways to make the Catholic faith come alive for my children. More than simply attending Mass with them each Sunday, I wanted to teach them to pray, introduce them to the saints, and celebrate the liturgical seasons within our domestic church. I wanted to bridge what they saw and experienced at church and how we lived…

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Yarn Along :: 40-Cross Prayer Shawl

Yarn Along :: 40-Cross Prayer Shawl

This past weekend, I picked up another knitting “work-in-progress” project … One that I intended to knit last Lent but one that remains incomplete. Hopefully, it won’t take me three years to finish, like my dear husband’s scarf! Maybe I’ll even finish it this Lent; I am half-way through, after all! The pattern is a handout from a local yarn shop, and the yarn is Berroco Vintage Chunky in “tide pool” blue. I am currently reading the Bible, with the help…

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Daybook :: It’s Almost Lent

Daybook :: It’s Almost Lent

Outside my window … Light snow is falling on this President’s Day God sent us a Valentine one morning on the way to school. It came in the form of a pink and purple sunrise. Thank you, Lord! We love you, too! Thanking God for … * The chance to go out for tea with my husband on a Sunday afternoon * An extra-long weekend and staying in pajamas for longer than usual * An amazing, first-ever WINE: Catholic Women’s Conference…

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Experiencing Lent Through Our Five Senses

Experiencing Lent Through Our Five Senses

As a mom, I try hard to make spiritual experiences as tangible as possible for my children. I do not want them to think of God as a far-away being but rather Someone who is near, next to, within and all around. I know that it is not always necessary to feel close to God in order to be close to God, but having some tangible experiences can help our overall relationship with the Lord. I think that’s one reason God gave…

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Yarn Along :: Making Progress

Yarn Along :: Making Progress

The progress I’ve made on my Cross Prayer Shawl is a very tangible expression of how my Lent has been going so far. I am giving up Facebook for Lent as well as limiting computer time every day. My focus is on the present moment, to be attentive to the tangible and to love through the task ahead of me, no matter how I feel or what I’d rather be doing. Has it been a perfect Lent? Of course not! Far…

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The Lord’s Gaze

The Lord’s Gaze

Today’s Gospel reading (John 4:5-42) is one of my favorites. I didn’t realize it was, until I heard our pastor read it today at Mass. Many emotions and memories flooded me, as I heard of gentle Jesus meeting this Woman at the Well. I remembered how this Bible story reminds me of the sacrament of Confession. Jesus meets the woman where she’s at, and He loves her, even with all her failings and shortcomings. Like the Woman at the Well,…

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Yarn Along :: Lenten Prayer Shawl

Yarn Along :: Lenten Prayer Shawl

One of my desires for this Lent is to knit a prayer shawl to give away to my parish’s prayer shawl ministry, which gives the shawls to those who are sick in our community. I have made one other prayer shawl, and it was a yearlong labor of love. But when I finally was able to give it away, it brought great joy to my heart. In the beginning of the new year, I read an inspiring article on CatholicMom.com…

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Keep Love in Lent

Keep Love in Lent

Welcome to one of many blogs participating in the Keep LOVE in Lent Blog Link-up 2014! We will be sharing tips, stories and experiences that will help us focus on Lenten sacrifices, prayer and good deeds, and how to carry them out with LOVE instead of a GRUMBLE. To enjoy more of these wonderful posts, please visit them at Catholic Bloggers Network. God bless, and happy Lent! After writing seven blog posts last week, it has been a little quiet…

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