Sacred Heart Novena – Day 2 …


Click here to receive daily email notifications.Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena PrayersO my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.”Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…(Mention your Intention Here)Our Father, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our tresp … [Read more...]

Sacred Heart Novena – Day 1 …


... My Irish Catholic Granny gave up Catholicism in 1966. Swayed by the charismatic nature of deep southern Protestantism she abandoned everything Catholic except her devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the image of the Divine Mercy. On her death bed she had a full reversion back to the faith and died under the watchful gaze of her two favorite images.It's in her memory that I am participating in the novena to the Sacred Heart that starts today.Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena … [Read more...]

Fine Art Friday…


... I feel I'm in desperate need of a palate cleanser from the nastiness I've witnessed and endured all week. Not just on the internet, but in my everyday life and at work.Everybody's hot, cranky and fight-y.The only way to combat all the ugliness is to sit for awhile in beauty.Sit in it. Soak it up. Focus on the finer details...Anton Raphael Mengs, Dream of St. JosephTurn up your speakers and take it all in...Sit awhile with me here, in the stillness of … [Read more...]

Hijacking Father’s Day …


... Every Father's Days it's the same. An annual invitation to bash fatherhood.Can you imagine if Mother's Day got hijacked to such a degree.It doesn't build up motherhood or empower woman to tear down fathers, whether you think they deserve it or not.Single moms, this Father's Day lets try a different approach.1- Don't be bitter.Even if you feel your bitterness is justified and caused by circumstances that may have been out of your control you have to stop and … [Read more...]

Controlling our own reactions to Francis…

Pope Francis preaching crop

... Some reader comments are just too good to be kept hidden away in the com-box. Some deserve the light of day.I really do have the best readers who contribute quite a good deal to the content here with comments and insights. I know some blogs don't even allow comments and I can see the appeal of that practice. It saves a great deal of frustration; however, you miss out on some wonderful opportunities for thoughtful dialogue.It would feel weird to me not to have comments enabled, like … [Read more...]

Mary, Undoer of Knots DAY NINE…


... Well, at least you learned something; how not to pray novenas.The key is to actually complete them in nine days, not skip a few days and double up the next or forget entirely.Click here to subscribe for daily email reminders.Daily Opening Prayers:Begin each day of the Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, with the Sign of the Cross.Make an Act of Contrition. You can use any form; simply ask God to pardon your sins and make a firm purpose of amendment not to commit … [Read more...]

Rigid Traditionalists?


... Who called traditionalists rigid? Not the pope.To be clear, the pope said rigid uniformists.“Uniformists” who believe that everyone in the Church should be just like them. ”They are rigid!” said the Pope. “They do not have that freedom the Holy Spirit gives,” and they confuse what Jesus preached with their “own doctrine of uniformity.” Jesus never wanted the church to be so rigid, Pope Francis said. Such people “call themselves Catholics, but their rigid attitude distances the … [Read more...]

Granny’s and Southern Gospel, Two of My Favorite Things…


... When I think of my Granny, eternal rest grant her, I remember a woman who rarely spoke, laughed a lot, and was always humming.She taught me the necessity of slowing down long enough to let the sun warm your skin. She also showed me life was full of simple pleasures to be enjoyed right now. This very moment.Things like the cold sweetness of a glass of tea, the scent of honeysuckle blowing in on a warm breeze, the rustle and wave of wild grass, and the haunting stir of good Southern … [Read more...]

Abortion Rom-Com Romanticizing Infanticide Hits Theaters…


... Absolutely repugnant.[NewsBuster] In the new abortion romantic comedy hitting theaters, the child in “Obvious Child” is anything but obvious.Director Gillian Robespierre’s “Obvious Child” follows an aspiring young comedian, Donna Stern, whose abortion turns into a “happily ever after” love story. Opening June 6, the film stresses “self-discovery and empowerment” and the “realities of independent womanhood.” With endorsements from Planned Parenthood and NARAL as well as applause from … [Read more...]