New (Church) Year’s Eve

It’s New Year’s Eve for the Catholic Church! On this special day of joy and thanksgiving I have several suggestions for you as you gather around your home altar with your family. Review Blessings. I mentioned on Thursday that it was a good time to start compiling a list of things from the last year that…

For You Worriers

Whether you are a chronic worrier like me, or simply need some perspective at this hectic time of the year, here are some verses of Holy Writ to comfort you and remind you of what’s really important: And he said to his disciples: Therefore I say to you, be not solicitous for your life, what…

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving! If you live in the U.S., your parish church likely has a Mass this morning on this “American feast day” to thank the Almighty for His continued blessings upon us and our country. May you enjoy this time to rest and enjoy a feast with your families. For Catholics everywhere, this whole week…

Read Fairy Tales

Last Sunday was the Feast of Christ the King. You know, it is so important to think of Christ as a King that we have a feast day, the last Sunday of the Church Year, devoted to His royal title. I have been meditating on Christ’s Kingship this week: although the world is a very wicked…

Read. This. Book.

Ah–it was everything I hoped it would be, and more. I laughed out loud so many times! I saw this delightful new book in the Sophia Institute Press catalog a few weeks ago, and when it F-I-N-A-L-L-Y came in the mail I devoured it in one night (about 2.5 hours of non-stop reading). Cari Donaldson…

Advent Preparations

It’s Monday of the very last week of the Church Year! This is it, y’all! It’s almost Advent. Are you ready for Advent? Do you have your: • Advent Wreath? Have you got one that you reuse each year, or do you buy/make your own annually out of evergreen branches? It’s time to make sure…

Teaching Children to Pray

How do your children learn to pray? They listen to you. That’s how they learn anything, to begin with. So, do you pray out loud with your children, letting them hear you using your own words to speak to God? When you gather before your home altar, don’t just use pre-written prayers, lovely and worthy…