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Keeping Focused On What Matters in the Liturgical Year

With the coming of Fall, the busy part of the liturgical year creeps closer. There are so many things to celebrate, to try, to embrace! These are GOOD things but, amid all the devotions and feast days, how are the sacraments playing a starring role in your year? I was at a talk given by…

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Our Lady of Sorrows and Motherhood

Our Lady of Sorrows, fleeing from Hurricane Irma, and a valuable lesson for all Catholic mothers

With Hurricane Irma barreling towards the southeast, my husband and I made the decision to evacuate to my parents’ house further inland. Unfortunately, my husband’s job prevented him from leaving immediately. Rather than wait, I decided to hit the road with our one-year-old in an attempt to beat the evacuation traffic. I felt confident in…

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A bullet journal for moms who don’t have time to journal

a bullet journal for moms who don't have time to journal. Journaling for Christian Catholic mothers

I love the concept of bullet journaling, but my inconsistent past kept me skeptical that the gimmick could work for ordering my chaos of little papers scattered throughout my house, car, jackets, and purses. Most of which I always seemed to misplace and find at the wrong times. I love writing and doodling and making…

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Saint Faustina Free Printable Quote on Suffering

Saint Faustina Diary Quote free printable

Suffering means a lot of things to a lot of different people, but if you ever find yourself wondering what the Bible teaches about suffering then you simply have to remember Christ’s suffering on the cross for our sins. He could have so easily stopped the suffering, called angels down to help him, or any…

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The Domestic Missionary

I’ve been meditating on the lovely expression of Saint Teresa of Calcutta: “the call within the call.” Her approach to seeing Christ in the distressing disguise of the poor remains inspiring. Of course, we are not all called to serve God within the religious community of the Missionaries of Charity. Although we are called to…

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Why You Should Write +JMJ+ on Your Papers

If you’ve attended Catholic schools or you completed any Catholic homeschooling, you may have seen +JMJ+ or JMJ at the top of worksheets. Perhaps instructors even told you to write it in the margins of papers. Never seen it before? It’s Jesus, Mary, & Joseph: giving honor to Our Holy Family! There are other acronyms…

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Praying for Your Kids: A St. Monica and St. Augustine Reflection

Praying for your children like St. Monica

My one year-old recently added a frustrating phrase to his vocabulary. Each time I ask him to put his shoes away or clean up his toys, he promptly responds with, “Mommy, do it” and then nods his head. This fun declaration of “toddlerhood” has caused me a bit of frustration and a few long afternoons.…

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