Our pets and farm animals constantly surprised us, especially when they reflected unconditional love to other animals Continue reading Bless God’s Creatures Great and Small
We cannot control the Almighty by forcing Him to act according to our rules. I will never forget the words I heard at the EASTER VIGIL on 30 March 2013 during the homily of Pope Francis at the Vatican Basilica. “Newness often makes us … Continue reading How Mary Burst Into My Life
Death is as common as birth, obviously, but old age homes and palliative care facilities efficiently remove the dying from the public eye. Consequently, most modern folks are ignorant about the process of death and dying and would rather ignore … Continue reading Euthanasia: When It’s Cruel to Be Kind
Mary’s silence at the foot of the Cross is active, not passive. She stands at the foot of the Cross as a strong, silent woman who is suffering over the loss of her son but remains obedient by embracing John as her son. Continue reading Our Lady of Sorrows
+ While I was praying years ago, I literally felt a strong bar of light as it was pulled out from my heart and rooted in my husband’s chest. It was a light of steel, as inflexible as it was invincible. … Continue reading Family: Living Within a Triangle of Light
In English, it is called The Exaltation of the Holy Cross in the official translation of the Roman Missal, while the 1973 translation called it The Triumph of the Cross. The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, celebrated … Continue reading Art Celebrates The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
The most important fact of Mary’s life, that Jesus was born of her, is enough to tell her whole story. What more do you want to know? Continue reading The Nativity of the Virgin Mary Throughout Art History
Lord give us a sense of humour and a creative intelligence to meet the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of our children Continue reading Who Needs a Teddy Bear When You’ve Got a Teddy Baby?
It is easy to become so busy addressing serious moral and religious issues that our spirituality is relegated to Sunday Mass and a few Hail Marys rattled off on the run. Continue reading Join the Angels and Children in The Cosmic Dance
At first glance, the relationship looks bleak. Victoria, with low self-esteem and a victim complex, is in an emotionally abusive relationship. Louie, her husband does love her but he is a miserable man, struggling with cancer and the progression of … Continue reading Saint> Sinner=The Teeter-Totter of Life
Children are delightful because they are not self-conscious and they really don’t worry too much about their appearance. Little people are too busy exploring the world and having fun just being themselves. Thomas Merton, a Trappist Monk, once wrote that … Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Unless We Become Like a Child,Tree, or Frog
I found eight of the oldest images of Mary on a site called Church Pop One of the oldest images of Mary was found in the Catacombs and is dated around the 2nd century. A fascinating carving in stone is thought … Continue reading The Oldest Images of Mary
After interviewing Bill Donaghy from The Theology of the Body Institute about their upcoming Congress this September, I was filled with hope and joy for the Church. Bill lives out the core values of the gospel without pretention, probably because he is married … Continue reading Bill Donaghy & TOB: Step Away from the Insanity Into Reality
We can all fall into a trap- a type of piety which focuses on ourselves, our actions, our devotions, and effort. I am at the front and centre, not God. Continue reading Worth Revisiting:Are you Stealing Christ’s Job?
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Continue reading Is a Mother’s Life Her Own?
As a mother of a large family, struggling to wash, dry, and fold three or four loads of laundry every day, I secretly wondered if there was an obscure saint, with little to do, who could fill in as my … Continue reading Patron Saint of Missing Socks, Pray For Us
I want to shout out a secret to authentic interior freedom, a secret which will go against every fiber of your being. The answer to every crisis, every threat you will face in your life on earth is to stand … Continue reading The Secret to Freedom: Stand Still But Don’t Look Back
Theoretically, we all readily concede that the Mercy of God is available to everyone, from the richest to the poorest, from the most educated to the illiterate, from adults to small children. Since God is omnipresent, this means everyone on … Continue reading Yes, God Can Commune With Infants
Buster was a depressed neurotic when we first took him into our home and our hearts. This springer spaniel had lived a happy country life until his owners divorced. Unfortunately, for the last two years, he had languished in the … Continue reading Blessing God’s Creatures or Our Dog Was a Holy Roller
Many statues in Rome are on the top of churches, seen only from a distance. The statues are huge (up to 20ft/6m) with some details sculpted at a larger scale to make them visible. Carlo Maderno designed for St … Continue reading Close to Heaven: Breathtaking, Outdoor Vatican Statues