Author Archives: Mary K. Doyle

Living a Saintly Life

All Christians are called to be saints, holy people believed to be close to God. This goal is achieved by striving to hold God in the center of our life. When God is in the forefront of our every thought, word, and action, we move closer to the Almighty One. In Seven Principles of Sainthood […]

Jesus, I Trust in You

“For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” These were the words that popped into my head while undergoing a recent medical test. The test itself wasn’t difficult, but the results had potentially serious implications. I pray often, my favorite prayers being the Hail Mary and Our […]

How Do You Know What God Wants?

Page from Saint Theodora and Her Promise to God. The Story of Mother Theodore Guerin written by Mary K. Doyle, Illustrated by Phil Velikan available from amazon.com, the Sisters of Providence Gift Shop, and my website. (You can see more posts on my Facebook page and my other blog, Midwest Mary.)

Baptized with the Spirit

“And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). The Baptism of Jesus is rich in symbolism and an indication of a God who loves us. As the epitome of fatherhood, God guides us toward becoming more than a follower but a true reflection of […]

The Magician’s Escape Plan

For all the years Marshall’s continued his downward spiral into Alzheimer’s disease, he’s remained otherwise healthy. He’s had symptoms disruptive to daily living since at least 2004. That’s 15 years and counting. Today what he typically remembers of his past is jumbled, understands little of what’s happening in the present, and he needs assistance with […]

We are One Body

One of the greatest ways to strengthen our spirituality is by passing it on. We cannot share what we do not know is within us. In order to pass on our faith, we must recognize, name, honor, and cherish it. The practice forces us to have a clear understanding of our beliefs. We build on […]

Say It and Pray It

Memorare, Angelus, Hail, Holy Queen, Sub tuum praesidium, and dozens of novenas. We have so many beautiful prayers to Mary, including, my favorite, the Hail Mary. That’s my go-to prayer. I pray Hail Marys throughout the day while working, walking, and of course, while praying the rosary. I even time my baking with Hail Marys. […]

Simpler, Yet Demanding Time

Don’t you wonder what Christmas time was like for Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore and her sisters? No doubt, their home in the mid-1800s was not as warm and cozy as ours today. Nor was their table filled with the abundance most of us enjoy. The simpler time was less stressful in some ways and more challenging […]

The King’s Birth

“And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have […]

Save It for Those Who Listen

“I am used to better things,” said the Beetle. “Do you call this place pretty? Why there is not even a dung heap.”  The beetle, in Hans Christian Andersen’s story by that name, may be an example of what Scripture calls an arrogant cynic (Proverbs 9:7-12, The Message version). Not only did the beetle believe […]