One year ago today, I received my statue of Mary from Ashley, on our last day in Rome. In honor of that memorable moment, I created a Snow Mary and used colored water to spray her a shade of blue. I didn’t stop there; I created a rosary in the snow, too! I … More Our Lady of Prompt Succor
A year ago today, Val, Ashley, and I attended mass with Pope Francis in Rome. It was a chilly morning, but standing in line for over an hour didn’t bother me in the least. Our seats were about in the middle of St. Peter’s Basilica and as we prayed a rosary before mass, I … More Epiphany in Rome
Elizabeth Ann Seton founded the first American religious community for women, the Sisters of Charity. She opened the first American parish school and established the first American Catholic orphanage. All this she did in the span of 46 years while raising her five children. The thousand or more letters of Mother Seton reveal the development … More St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Today, we look into the manger scene and see that the shepherds arrived and found Mary and Joseph, holding their newborn. Soon, the shepherds were telling everyone what they saw and all were amazed. Mary listened to what was said and held every word close to her heart, just as she did when Gabriel first … More Mary, Mother of God
Today’s gospel (Matthew 2:1-18) tells the story of Herod’s fear of the newborn king of the Jews and ordered all boys under the age of two years old to be killed. That fear remains in hearts today, with the millions of unborn babies that are being killed by abortion. Today is the feast of the … More Feast of the Holy Innocents
Today is the feast of the Holy Family and I want to share the prayer that I pray each day for my family. Holy Family Prayer Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of our family. Enlighten our hearts and minds that we may live more fully this vocation to love. In our daily … More Feast of the Holy Family
Today begins a full year that I am devoting to writing to, for, and about our Blessed Mother. It’s quite a commitment but I really want to have a focus on Mary. With my consecration to Mary on July 15, 2013, my relationship has grown into a lovely friendship. A high point was when Ashley … More Feast of the Immaculate Conception
What is the difference between praying and losing your faith? If we don’t pray, it’s like we have given up. By being persistent in prayer, we are demonstrating our faith in God and putting our trust in His timing of answering our prayers. If we give up on praying, we give up on hope. We … More Keep on praying!
Six years ago, I attended my first mom’s retreat at St. Michael’s. This retreat, along with a dad’s retreat, were created for the parents of our confirmation candidates to get a taste of what the freshmen experienced at their first Quest retreat. The kids would experience some amazing moments and would go home to tell … More An invitation for you!
As I woke up at 3:30 this morning, my mind of course, had to think, “Is it really 3:30 or is it still 4:30?” It took a few seconds for my mind to register the correct time, but eventually, I figured it out. Either way, I wasn’t able to go back to sleep, so I … More The Feast of All Saints