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My Dear Sweet Readers,
Happy Thanksgiving!! I pray this day is spent with those you hold dear sharing a glorious meal and enjoying the beauty of family and friends.
When I decided to give away four copies of Every Sacred Sunday’s NEW Sunday Mass Journal, I wanted to do something more than just draw a name or do a random number generator. I wanted to do something that celebrated being brave and showing up to do the hard things in life. I also wanted to celebrate YOU my awesome readers who are some of the bravest people I have the honor to know.
So I prayed about it and decided to ask for a short essay telling me how you are brave every day
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Let’s not just skim past moments of gratitude today–let’s stop and give our whole-hearted thanks to the Giver. Please click here for today’s devotion over at Blessed is She. From my family to yours: Happy Thanksgiving!! God bless y’all,Please visit Real Catholic Mom to read the full post.
Not every mountain, not every valley is public property.
Not every story needs to be retold.
Some are meant to to be simple lessons fleshed out in solitude, with time enough to gather our thoughts, with space enough to seduce our faith.
To believe, to understand, to grow.
the meaning of His name,
that Name above every name,
He IS Jesus, He saves:
Call on Him
in your distress.
Offer every wound
and every tear
and every suffering
and sorrow and ache
–everything you lament–
to Our Lord
through His Mother.
He, who knows suffering
of all and for all,
finds these so precious
in His Heart
when given to Him
for His Kingdom,
he is delighted
to enjoin them
amongst the jewels
of His crown
as He so delights in your soul
when you give Him permission
to console you.
Let Him who is salvation
be a salve to your wounds
Take a moment, now, to walk down to the water and reflect. There’s no better time, no better place to fully taste of the enmity, the desolation, the loneliness.
Breathe in the cold, damp, sharp, putrid air.
Try to re-imagine your life as you would have better wanted it. Give yourself over to every chance that was denied, every kiss that was withheld, every prayer that was never heard, never answered
Holy moly, y’all–I’m writing a book! Although I’ve penned columns, blog posts, articles, reflections, devotions, studies, retreat and conference talks, fables, countless unpublished short stories and plays, academic papers, haphazard grocery and overflowing to-do lists (those count for something, right?!), an award-winning poem (when I was 9 years old, LOL) and even a chapter in this book,.Continue reading »Please visit Real Catholic Mom to read the full post.
How foolish that sounds to my ears! As though I were my young cousin Cynthia writing about her beaux. And yet, I must record these things, for my own safety, and I must not communicate them to others, for their safety and mine.
I had word from my cousin yesterday—a courier boat came yesterday, one that was expected a month ago. The boat had been fired upon by an unknown ship and much knocked about, and was forced to flee and take refuge in an unknown land until repairs could be effected. True to the motto of the Courier’s Guild, they then proceeded on to Mont-Havre, faithful in all circumstances
I was in Target looking for a birthday present. “Does your friend like games?” I asked my daughter. I wasn’t seeing much in the way of horse things, which the friend definitely likes. “I think so,” she said. The trouble with games is that you don’t know which ones the birthday girl already has at … Continue reading Talk to Your Kids About What Ouija Boards DoPlease visit Riparians at the Gate + Jennifer Fitz to read the full post.
It has been a century or more since I have done Quick Takes but since I’m doing a little giveaway this week, I thought I’d jump in.
There are only FOUR more days left to take part in the pre-order for the “Be Brave in the Scared” t-shirt sale. This short was designed by Lorissa Horn of Catholic Threads in honor of our sweet daughter Courtney. Part of the proceeds will go to our debt relief. We have worked so hard over the past three years to retire as much as we could of the debt we incurred while caring for Courtney