OWAB: Letter Writing

Dear Reader, When was the last time you wrote a letter, by hand, to someone you love? A friend of mine has started almost-dating a man she goes to church with. As both of them are very busy, he finishing up his master’s degree and she working several part-time jobs, finding time to be together…

Saying Thanks

One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2014 was to say an extra-special “Thank You” to someone each day. Gratitude is an amazing thing! It works off of the whole “It is better to give than to receive” principle. When you thank someone for something, it gives so much happiness to the other person that the goodness…

“We’re Painting the Roses Red”

Today I celebrated the birthday of a non-Catholic “patron saint,” Lewis Carroll Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, with the students at the school I work at. A dear man, and an inspirational educator/writer/dreamer, I couldn’t help but include a memorial to Lewis Carroll here since he is an inspiration to me. To celebrate his birthday, I brought The Other Alice:…

Eye Candy: Catholic Church Construction & Restorations

For your Sunday afternoon contemplation–there are architects who still design Catholic Churches with beauty and sacred styles! This is my favorite architect’s page to visit, drinking it all in and rejoicing that our Catholic tradition is still very much alive! See the portfolio for yourself on the website: Portfolio « Duncan G. Stroik Architect, LLC | Religious…

Before Holy Mass

So I’m reading this FANTASTIC book, A Sense of the Sacred, by James Monti. It’s all about Catholic worship in the “Middle Ages.” * How enlightening and awe-inspiring it is! I wish we still did Catholic worship in all those ways I’ve been reading about. Sure, I like indoor plumbing, and people living to 80 and no Bubonic…

From the Bottom of My Heart…

I just received notification of the 23rd subscriber to this blog. Thank you, dear readers. Thank you for your time to read these words, day in and day out. Thank you for your prayers, which have sustained me during those long periods of writer’s block. Thank you for your comments, which always make me smile. And…

Garrison in the Wilderness

Look at this photo: how bleak and stark it seems here! On vacation over the weekend, my husband and I visited this place, and he took the pictures. The buildings are reconstructions on the site of a fort that was built in colonial America, when this area was the untamed wilderness. The British soldiers that lived here…

Tomorrow: Feast of St. Agnes

“St. Agnes’ Eve—Ah, bitter chill it was!” So John Keats begins his poem entitled The Eve of St. Agnes. I will be fasting today on the eve of St. Agnes, in preparation for the feast tomorrow, because ST. ANGES IS MY PATRON SAINT!                         I chose St. Agnes at Confirmation as my patroness because of her…