Mary, Undoer of Knots DAY EIGHT…


... See, I told you guys I've never been able to faithfully keep to a consecutive nine days. I missed day eight, which should have been posted yesterday. So I don't know if you can double up today or not. I'm hoping you guys went on ahead with Day Eight without me.So now what? Does my novena no longer count or do I need to start over. Or does Mary understand I'm terrible at commitment? Man, I was so close this time. So close.Picking up where I left off...Click here to … [Read more...]

From Johnny Rotten to Johnny Reverent in One Easy Step …


... Does your son fidget and act unruly during mass? Or does he get bored and sit there like a listless lump zoning out?Do you wish he'd be more attentive, prayerful, or respectful and listen to the homily for stinkin' once?!?Now you too can have a new improved, wonderfully well behaved son accompanying you to mass each week with Altar Boy 2.0*!Here's how it works in one easy step.Step 1 -- Make your son be an altar server.I don't care if he wails and kicks and says … [Read more...]

I wish I could care but I don’t…


... Today was Divine Mercy Sunday and I didn't even realize it till later in the day. I mean I knew it was, it just slipped my mind. Also, some popes were canonized today and I tried to watch the coverage on EWTN but it was a JPII marathon extravaganza and I just got bored. Not that I have anything against JPII, I just wondered if they realized more than one pope was being canonized, that's all.Plus, I was supposed to be there and I was feeling all Rome sick and junk. Till I saw the crowds … [Read more...]

“We’ve never had sex in Midwife and we never shall.”


... Anybody else watch this show? If not, here's as good a reason as any to start watching.Call the MidwifeHeidi Thomas, who created the award-winning programme, said sexual activity would have no place in the 1950s setting.She told Radio Times magazine: “We’ve never had sex in Midwife and we never shall. We have the consequences of it, certainly, but I always try to look at things within the historic context.“In the East End of the 1950s – or so a lot of people have told us … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas, we got a dog…


... What?! I have a blog?! You would never know judging from the frequency in which I post. This particular time of the year is such a whirlwind of do this, buy that, make all the memories.Here's a re-hash. There was a Big Fat Puerto Rican Thanksgiving, followed by an aggressive game of Catch Pharse. There was the Christmas miracle of gifts, gas, and groceries from my Christmas angel. Oh, and there was this...Baxter, the Airedale Terrier mix that we rescued from the pound. … [Read more...]

You Never Know Who Is Reading…

color on Mt. Viso 1923

... While researching saint costume ideas for a project in my son's faith formation class, my son stumbled upon Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati. What originally was nothing more than an easy costume idea has now blossomed into a Confirmation saint. And it all started with a blog.Sure, I said, I can whip up a hiking outfit, complete with pipe and walking stick, but you have to do the research on the saint. You have to know, really know, the saint you're going to be representing, I told him. So … [Read more...]

A Quick Seattle Re-Cap…


... What an incredible weekend. Seattle itself was absolutely fun but the real joy was being part of the Frassati Conference, hearing the other speakers, meeting some wonderful people, and making new friends. It really was a blessing to be there.If you live in or around the area, you should make a point to attend next year. Our Lady Star of the Sea is a wonderful parish full of the nicest folks who are serious about their faith.Just a brief re-cap, there is no audio of the talk I gave. … [Read more...]

Tips for surviving the Thanksgiving holiday…

... Thanksgiving can be stressful; dealing with the family and that one crazy uncle compiled with all the endless cooking. Something always get burnt or catches fire and the drunk, true to form, drinks too much and gets belligerent. It's even more stressful if you are a first timer undertaking the monumental task of preparing the whole meal.Whatever the circumstances may be, please let me share with you my sage wisdom on dealing with Thanksgiving. This is carefully gleaned advice from years … [Read more...]

Hide your Swiss Guards, hide Gorgeous George…

... I'm going to Rome! I woke up this morning and my email, facebook and twitter account was on fire. What's this... I was chosen as one of the 150 bloggers to attend the Vatican Blognic! Never in a million years did I actually dare to presume I would be chosen. I can only guess it is due the readers who contacted them and suggested I attend. For those emails I am humbly grateful. Now begins the work. The event is May 1st, in two weeks. That's a lot of planning in a very short amount of time. … [Read more...]