The Whisper of the S...

The whisper of the Salve Regina echoes in my heart, a distant memory of chant at the Benedictine Monastery. …the January night sky glittered above with the sparkling of lighted stars. The long endless country road that dips and winds to the brothers’ abode. The moonlight shining on the...

Chin Up!

Last week I spent some time in south Florida. To relax and    unwind I disconnected from my material world and meandered on the beach. There is an incredible amount of interesting shells, birds and critters that span the shoreline. On this rare occasion I witnessed a seagull devour an...

A Simple ‘Yes&...

I like to watch things grow. Three pine trees were planted in my front yard when I was a little girl. They were so small we could jump over them. Throughout the years I would watch them grow. They became too tall to jump over. Then taller than my brother. Now they are as tall as the...

Mary and Litanies an...

My niece sent me a text the other day that said, ‘Thanks auntie.’ Auntie. It’s a title that I carry with such pride. One of the greatest joys in my life is being able to help mold the character of my nieces and nephews. Each of us hold different titles. From mother to father, sister,...

Martyrdom in Mosul

When I heard of the atrocities happening in Mosul this past week, I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t. This is happening in our world today? I know there are bad things happening all of the time. I know there is evil. But I couldn’t wrap my mind around such brutality, such fierce...

St. Anne Novena

I’m going to let you in on a secret. When you type words into a search engine and then click on a link, the owner of that link (blog, ecommerce site, etc.) can see the words in the search that led you to their blog. For instance here are some screen shots from...

Five Books That Chan...

Books come into our lives at different times for different purposes, sort of like friends. And like friends, some have a great impact and stay with you forever. Here is a list of five books (aside from Sacred Scripture) that have changed my life. It is not a reflection of the five best books...

Modern Day Saints

This upcoming Sunday we will celebrate the canonization of two historical Popes, men who not only contributed greatly to the church but have loved with such passion and zeal, they illuminated Christ himself. As we look to their canonizations, we are reminded that we are all called to be...

…and the Life ...

***Spoiler Alert for The Good Wife*** The Good Wife is a Sunday night drama about the intricacies of law, life and love. I first became hooked a year ago after watching an episode with my mom. It’s her favorite show, and is now mine. Until last night. I can’t decide if it’s...

From Precious Moment...

I think I’ve owned a total of three Bibles in my life: 1. My pink Precious Moments Bible from my childhood. 2. The New American Bible (NAB) that showed me Catholics had ‘extra books’, given to me by the TEC community. 3. The one my homegirl, Shawn, the hippie mystic that she...

2014, Moment by Mome...

It’s that time of the year again, the last day of the year. A time for us to reflect, look back upon this past year of our lives and all it contained. The joys, the sorrows, the mishaps, the successes. The births and the deaths. It’s a time to reevaluate our lives. It’s also...

Tuesday Five: Liturg...

Advent is a season of preparation, waiting and expectation, but society all around us says otherwise. Christmas has been sprawled out in supermarkets and department stores since mid-October, manger scenes spread across suburban lawns and the music, oh the music that is jingle belling and deck...

Add to Your Collection: Catholic Dictionary Nov05

Add to Your Collecti...

The Catholic Dictionary: An Abridged and Updated Edition of Modern Catholic Dictionary by John A. Hardon, S.J. is a must have for any Catholic who likes to study the faith, doesn’t like to study the faith or doesn’t even know how to read…it’s that good.  I have been...

Getting Back to the ...

You’ve graduated from college, found yourself in your (dream) job and find that taking the time to pray just isn’t as easy/conducive as it was in college when you had your cozy Newman family, FOCUS Missionaries, and a quaint little chapel right in your backyard. In your college days you...

Get Involved!

I have worked and volunteered for the church for over 20 years now, helping to teach my first Religious Education class when I was a junior in high school and most recently serving as the Newman Director for a campus in Wisconsin. I love working for the church, but it can still take effort to...

Pew Isolation

I recently had dinner with three fabulous girls. One is married, the other two are single. Our conversation turned towards the single life and we discussed how one of the most difficult things for a single girl is attending Sunday Mass. You walk into church  and find yourself in a pew...

The Gift of My Patro...

I didn’t choose my patron saint, she choose me. It was a breezy spring afternoon at wrap up week for National Evangelization Teams (NET) Ministries. Hanging out in Amery, WI at Camp Wapo was a chance to connect with friends and prepare ourselves to ‘face the real world’. As the crowd...