May 27, 2015

My friends thought it was harmless. But I had been warned by my mother. “Ouija boards are evil. Don’t play with them.” I heard my mother’s warnings in the back of my head, but I was curious. I was at that age when one has more fascination with (than fear of) the unexplainable. Yes, even preacher’s daughters were tempted by things like this. Even “good girls” were vulnerable to the temptation. So, my friend pulled out her game and plunked… Read more

May 25, 2015

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May 25, 2015

It is the Marriage at Cana all over again. It really is. Everyone is celebrating. The crowds are excited and hopeful. And behind the scenes, the apostles are dealing with a crisis. The Blessed Mother sees both: the celebration and the building crisis. And she intervenes. Right now, we are gearing up for a celebration. In September, the Church will come together to celebrate the gift of the Sacrament of Marriage and the beauty of the domestic church (the family). … Read more

May 24, 2015

About two years after my conversion, the whole Mary-and-the-month-of-May thing hit my radar. “So what’s with Mary and the month of May?” I asked my cradle Catholic friend. She explained that the Church has set aside the month of May to honor the Blessed Mother – hence, May Crowning. It’s time to pray the rosary and present the Blessed Mother with flowers and a crown, she said. Try explaining that to your Protestant family & friends. You do what? We… Read more

May 22, 2015

Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. And sometimes you know that you need to keep the good thing, but the real problem is that you haven’t been clinging to the GREAT thing enough. Such is the way of Catholic authors who have hopped on to the rollercoaster ride of a book’s initial release. And the life of syndication. And freelance editorial work. And being a faith travel writer and all-around faith trekker. And a mom, grandma,… Read more

May 21, 2015

In the 1970s, my parents took us on family vacations to the Black Hills in South Dakota to visit my mother’s favorite sibling who lived near Rapid City. It was the highlight of every summer. My sister and I were in cousin heaven. Deenie was slightly older than my sister and Carrie was slightly younger. Chrissy was slightly older than I was and Jojo was slightly younger. It was a 2:1 ratio. Two cousins to each of us. It just… Read more

May 7, 2015

Every once in a while, something comes to me, and I just go with it. Every once in a while, the thought grows into something so much bigger and more amazing than I ever expected. That is how I would describe Walking With Mary to Ein Kerem. I didn’t need to pack my bags. I didn’t need a passport. Sometimes, all I needed was the long lane that connects my home with the main road or a treadmill or an… Read more

April 27, 2015

May Walking With Mary   Click on the link to access the chart. Journey to Elizabeth’s home with the Blessed Mother–and share Christ! Read more

April 23, 2015

You wake up earlier than everyone else in the house. You fall asleep in the chair when the family sits down to catch up on recorded episodes of Survivor. In the middle of the day, you have to retreat to your bedroom and crash. The whole rhythm of your day is thrown off. After a pilgrimage, the phenomenon of jet lag is a gift–provided your schedule permits you to freelance your way through your days. But it is a time… Read more

March 11, 2015

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