Category Grieving with Mary

Lean on Loved Ones

One of the most challenging aspects of grief is its unpredictability. We often are caught off-guard by its appearance and return. We think we are on the road to recovery. We think we are healing, or maybe even fully healed. And then it strikes again. A song, scent, or something visual can be a trigger […]

Mary’s New Home

  One of the challenges of selling a home is the removal of all meaningful items. Before placing the house on the market, family photos, awards, valuables, and religious articles must be packed away. The theory is that potential buyers need to imagine their things in the house and not be offset by yours. Good […]

Bring Them Home

The loss of a child leaves a hole in a loving parent’s heart. Whether we lose them through employment or military relocation, disagreements, substance abuse, or death, nothing can replace their absence. The pain may change over time, but it remains in some form until we reunite. Not a day goes by that memories of […]

Mini Mary Garden

My outside Mary garden is too cold to sit in at this time of year, so I created a little one for my desk. Being near it while meditating on the rosary or a scripture passage is peaceful. And I’m enjoying looking at it while working. I started with an interestingly shaped container from a […]

In the Presence of a Saint

Relics are important avenues for prayer that are often misunderstood. These sacramentals are means to enhance our prayer life, bring us closer to the deceased saint, and ultimately, closer to God. Revering relics isn’t just a “Catholic thing.” We have references of relics and extraordinary results after coming near them noted in both the Hebrew […]

Peace Prayers Begin Today

Today we begin the year-long celebration honoring the 100 year anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. Mary appeared to three shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta in Fatima, Portugal beginning on May 13, 1917. She returned every month with a final sign, known as the Miracle of the Sun, on October 13, […]

Grieving with Our Lady of the Rosary

Are you frustrated, sad, or in pain today? Feel better by praying part or all of the rosary. On this day, October 7th, we remember Our Lady of the Rosary. Mary has called herself by this name and repeatedly asked that we pray the rosary daily. How can we not be happier, more peaceful, and […]