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St. Marguerite d’Youville’s Feast Day Oct. 16th & a bookish book review

St. Marguerite d’Youville's feast day is Oct 16th

I’m quite fond of the Harry Potter series. In fact, (way) back in the day, when the books first started coming out, I would attend midnight opening parties with my friends to buy the books. Then, I would read all. night. long. Partially, it was because my friends were just as nerdy and I didn’t…

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Crafts & Activities: Our Lady of Fatima & the Dancing Sun

Crafts and Activities for Catholic Families: Our Lady of Fatima & the Dancing Sun

Celebrate Our Lady and the Miracle of the Sun on October 13th with these tips and fun ideas for your family! I love celebrations in the Catholic Church, don’t you? This month is special because we’re celebrating Our Lady of Fatima & the Dancing Sun. It has been 100 years since she first appeared! Here…

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September 29 The Feast of the Archangels

Here is a unique way to remember and celebrate each of the archangels throughout a meal–probably your dinner! Our first Archangel that we are going to remember is St. Gabriel. Let’s start the meal with the Angelus which begins with Gabriel’s greeting.This prayer is traditionally said 3 times a day, 6am, noon, and 6 pm,…

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Vincentian Virtues for Moms

The kingdom of God is peace in the Holy Spirit; He will reign in you if your heart is at peace. So, be at peace and you will honor in a sovereign way the God of peace and love. ― St. Vincent de Paul

Admittedly I have been tremendously influenced by Vincentians in my adult life. Prior to that, I had known of the ministry of the Vincentians (read: I had heard of the St. Vincent de Paul Society) since I was little. Unfortunately, that probably remains the greatest association with this vast religious community, other than perhaps De…

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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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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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Having Doubts

Doubting Thomas: A Catholic Mother's Reflection on Saint Thomas' Inspirational Desire

Who doesn’t like St. Thomas? His is an easy feast to celebrate. He is a character we understand because we have all probably been ‘Thomas’ at one point or another. He is skeptical, genuine, hopeful and serious when faced with the risen Lord and the Truth that looks too good to be true.  He is…

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Pentecost Activities and Explanations for Catholic Kids

Pentecost marks the 50th day after Easter Sunday and on this day we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their Earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations. As Catholics, Pentecost is also the celebration of the birth of our Church. Happy Birthday!   See…

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Reading Through the Feast Days: Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Sunday book recommendations

We’ve got a wonderful collection of books focusing on mercy, forgiveness, St. Faustina and Divine Mercy Sunday. My favorite book on this list is by far 33 Days to Merciful Love. It changed my life and I always recommend it to my friends. To pin this post, CLICK HERE.       To read more…

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