March 23, 2019

Keeping in shape is hard work. It involves scheduling time in a busy day to work out, sometimes conquering inertia and lack of motivation to get up and go, and developing the self-discipline it takes to actually put in the work of performing the exercise. It’s sweaty and grueling, and not for the faint of heart. Growing in the spiritual life is similar; it requires diligent labor and effort. We can not grow and mature spiritually without putting in time… Read more

March 22, 2019

Photo by Daniel Watson on Pexels.com For awhile now I have tried to employ the practice of preparing for the Sunday liturgy by reading, studying and reflecting on the upcoming Sunday gospel reading to help me to fully understand and meditate on the reading and to more completely live out the particular liturgical season or feast we are celebrating. This coming Sunday, the Third Sunday in Lent, we encounter what I find to be a challenging and serious lesson that… Read more

March 20, 2019

Examining the life of St. Faustina, we can see that God can speak to us at all times and places and in any circumstance. Saint Faustina was born Helena Kowalska in 1905 in Glogowiec, Poland. After requesting permission from her parents at age 18 to enter the convent and being refused, St. Faustina says in her Diary, Divine Mercy in my Soul, that, “I turned myself over to the vain things of life, paying no attention to the call of… Read more

March 16, 2019

I’ve always heard that when a person is in their last days and nearing death they never wish that they had made more money, spent more time at work, or accomplished more. As much time and energy as we pour into these endeavors, at the end of our lives they will not be uppermost in our thoughts. Instead, most people express that they regret not spending more time with family and friends, deepening their relationships and creating memories that will… Read more

March 12, 2019

Spring is nearing and it’s azalea season in Southern Alabama. The bushes lining the streets and homes are abundantly bearing luscious, vibrant blossoms. Pops of color – hot pinks, lavenders, fuchsias – are budding forth everywhere. It’s a gorgeous sight to see! I have always thought that flowers are a glimpse into the heavenly garden, God’s little tease of paradise to come, but aren’t we sometimes too busy to stop and take notice of the colorful show and think about… Read more

March 12, 2019

As a wife and mother, I am not always able to attend daily Mass, but I attempt to go as often as possible when my schedule allows for it. There are many benefits received from attending Mass, but the overriding reason I go is expressed in this statement from the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.” (CCC 1324) In the Eucharist we find and receive Christ himself, our God and… Read more

March 12, 2019

Today’s fast-paced society is not known for yielding a culture of peace, contentment, or joy, products which can often be found in abundance if you visit a convent or monastery. Experiencing a taste of  the peace and beauty of cloistered religious life as a postulant in a Carmelite monastery, I have felt compelled to try and incorporate some of the lessons I learned there into our family life, with occasional bouts of success. Not being the most organized person, I’ve… Read more

March 12, 2019

Being a stay-at-home mom with small children has provided the luxury of being available for them in their formative years; however there were certainly long, tiresome days of routine and monotony. There have been times over the years when my children were small that I was severely tempted to throw in the dishtowel in search of a more exciting career outside the home due to the long, tedious hours of cooking, cleaning, and caring for them. Through prayer and stubborn… Read more

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