Prayer for Sick Children

I don't know about your homes, but out here we are all in some unfortunate phase of a nasty virus, smack in the middle of such a fun Christmas season. Of course we are most worried for the little one, and so this morning I'm offering up a prayer I found in a little prayer book given at my baby shower... For the Health of a Child Holy Mother, health of the sick and constant aide of those who pray to you, please speak with me to your divine Son. He showed himself loving and merciful in … [Read more...]

When Christmas brings sadness

Peace and blessing on this Fourth Day of Christmas! The Christmas dust is settling in our home.  We are having a wonderful holiday with family and friends.  With the hustle, bustle and wonderment of four kids and many visiting cousins, we feel blessed beyond measure (and perhaps slightly deficient in sleep). I am thankful that our Christmas season has been filled with great joy.  I have been reminded several times over the past month, however, that the Christmas season is hard for many … [Read more...]

My Favorite Moment of Christmas

Each year, my children choose a name from a hat and buy a gift for one sibling. We choose the name on the first Sunday of Advent and they plan the gifts, whispering and scheming and wrapping. Opening Secret Santa gifts is their favorite part of Christmas morning, no matter what else is under the tree, bikes or skis or huge marble run sets, somehow the package of markers from your big sister is the best gift you get. I think that the children know each other so well and they choose really … [Read more...]

Joy to the World


She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means 'God is with us.'" Matthew 1: 21-23 … [Read more...]

All Are Welcome, All Are Loved

It was Christmas Eve Mass a handful of years ago.  We were "running late", which meant we arrived with only 45 minutes to go until the service and the place was a total madhouse.  Alas, we were shuttled away from our sanctuary to the illustrious gym space, where the second mass was being held for the overflow.  It was a fine Mass and I tried keeping a positive attitude, despite being 6 months pregnant and in discomfort.  Thanks to the generosity of some kind parishioners, I enjoyed a seat … [Read more...]

A Hallelujah Christmas

I really enjoyed this song.  My husband and kids did too.  Very moving. In these last fews days of preparation for Christmas remember to always be aware of the presence of Christ.  When you run out of scotch tape at the 11th hour, when you are standing in a yet another long line at the food store, when you burn your last batch of Christmas cookies -- be aware of the presence of Christ.  Emmanuel means God is with us.  Embrace His presence.  Many prayers for a peaceful end to Advent … [Read more...]

GK Chersterton on Santa Claus

“The Other Stocking” by G.K. Chesterton This is taken from the facebook page of the American Chesterton Society, and was originally published in a paper in London in 1903. What has happened to me has been the very reverse of what appears to be the experience of most of my friends. Instead of dwindling to a point, Santa Claus has grown larger and larger in my life until he fills almost the whole of it. It happened in this way. As a child I was faced with a phenomenon requiring … [Read more...]

Light in the Darkness

I have been thinking a lot lately about keeping the presence of God this Advent and Christmas. Amidst all the busyness and the short dark days, how can I remember that we are preparing to celebrate the Light of Love which pierced the darkness so many years ago? How can I take consolation in that when I am worried or grieving, especially when others around me seem happier or more fulfilled? St. Josemaria Escriva taught his friends to greet Our Lord and Our Lady when they saw statues and … [Read more...]

Let it Snow: Texas Style


Wintry weather in Texas normally means ice. So we make the most of it. With all of our sledding-type apparati at the grandparent's in Colorado, we have to improvise a bit. 3' vertical drop on a sheet of ice, we can rip it up! No board, no problem. Just grab a cookie sheet. P.S. Mom, I think you were right that I do need new cookie sheets for Christmas.   … [Read more...]

Visiting Christ’s Birth: a St. Andrew’s Novena Reflection

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen. Years ago one Advent I uttered this prayer in earnest for the first time.  Its words flooded my heart with meaning during a season of real wanting. My husband was in the throes of his first … [Read more...]