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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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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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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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Miscarriage: The Loss of a Child

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born," says the Lord Isaaih 66:9 Miscarriage and loss, infant, pregnancy

“Love without suffering is impossible; suffering without love is unbearable.” The Pieta: Our Lady of Sorrows My husband Tom has repeated the above quote to me often throughout our relationship. Having first heard these words from Dr. Scott Hahn (one of my husband’s idols) this quote has become a sort of mantra for his life and…

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St. Benedict Reflection

St Benedict Feast Day inspirational saint Quote

One thing I frequently hear from moms is “How do I make time to pray?” Let’s face it: we’re busy women! Our hands are full of children, responsibilities, and things that must get done to keep the household going. But St. Benedict has a beautiful piece of advice here: Prayer ought to be short and…

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