Category Catholic

Who Do You Want Your Children to Follow?

Biographies are one of my favorite stories to read or watch. I’m fascinated by how we all live the life we’ve been given, overcome our challenges, and achieve our goals. When I was a child, saints topped that list of biographies. These were the people I wanted to emulate.   It would be interesting to […]

Honoring Mary, Our Blessed Mother

One of Jesus’ many gifts to us was in sharing his mother. Mary is our most perfect example of discipleship. If you call on her, she surrounds you with motherly love and carries our prayers to her son. Our Blessed Mother knows that nothing is more important for us than our relationship with her son. […]

God is Love

Music and art are effective teachers. We absorb the words to songs and images that touch us emotionally. Earliest teachings were taught in this way. Christians learned about the Lord and Jesus’ gift of salvation through hymns, paintings, and sculptures in the Church. One of my favorite hymns heard in my church during the 1970s […]

Forgive Yourself

“Everything is clearer in retrospect. You know what or how you could have done something better when looking back. Things are not so clear or easy when you are under pressure to care for your loved one 24/7. Your responsibilities are great, and you often must perform your duties without proper rest or assistance. Most […]

Celtic Cross and God’s Everlasting Love

As with much of Irish symbolism, the Celtic cross is rich in legend. Ancient roots are clouded, resulting in some guesswork to its exact origin. The Celtic cross is the Latin cross with a circle of light intersecting it. It is also known as the Irish cross or cross of Iona. These crosses may be […]

Underground Ancient Symbols of Faith

The ancient city of Rome was home to an estimated 50 to 90 million inhabitants at its height in AD 117. And where there is life, there also is death–and the need to bury the deceased. During the first century, most Christians buried their dead in public cemeteries. After the middle of the second century, […]

Pray It to Pieces

Beads, chains, center pieces, and crosses. Serious rosary pray-ers have a collection of broken rosaries and rosary pieces. Inexpensive strings of beads are not well constructed and don’t hold up for long. If we use these rosaries, beads eventually become disconnected. My favorite devotion is to pray the rosary. It’s calming, allows me to escape […]

When Life is Prayer

When is the best time to pray? Always. When we get into the practice of talking to God, Mary, the saints, or our angels all day long, we find it becomes an essential and integrated way of life. This past year has raised the bar on reasons to pray. Family members, friends, neighbors, our country, […]

American Novena

Prayer works. Calling on our God for guidance, assistance, relief, and peace is always answered, as all prayers are in one way or another. And if God is with us, we are never left alone. Back-up and support comes in numerous ways. The following prayer was shared with me by my friend, Marla, who received […]

Praying for Those on Your List

If I tell you that I’ll pray for you, I definitely will. I know that prayer works and plays an important role in healing broken bodies and hearts. Getting through our troubles is a lot easier when riding on the wings of prayer. In addition to helping others, praying for those in need benefits us, […]