Worth Revisiting: Art Celebrates the Presentation

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a liturgical feast celebrated on November 21 by both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. In the apocryphal Infancy Narrative of James, Mary’s parents,  Joachim and Anne,  had been childless but received a heavenly message- they would have a child. In thanksgiving for the gift of their daughter, they brought her, when still a child, to the Temple … Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Art Celebrates the Presentation

We’ve Forgotten How Great It Is To Be a Catholic Woman

It is difficult to be a woman today, especially a Christian woman. It’s no wonder Catholics are confused about who they are. The Church boldly declares feminine traits are part of a woman’s core identity, deeply rooted in their souls, not just apparent in their physical appearance. Saint John Paul II, in his letter On the Dignity and Vocation of Women, explains God created women to be different … Continue reading We’ve Forgotten How Great It Is To Be a Catholic Woman

A Physical Healing? Really?

It was a conference for Sunday School teachers. The crowd consisted of down-to-earth housewives, mothers, even some older, benevolent grandmotherly types. Lots of nice, well-meaning women attending, simply trying to fill a need at their church. Most were mothers who wanted to be involved in teaching the faith to their kids. My friend and I were the only Catholics in the group and that added … Continue reading A Physical Healing? Really?

Worth Revisiting: Halloween is Catholic? Yup

I raised my nine children in the shadow of other dedicated Catholic mothers, mostly homeschoolers, who thought Halloween was evil, dedicated to witches. Their children were not allowed to celebrate with their neighbors but went to a church basement to celebrate All Saints Eve. This church was an hour away from us. More importantly, I felt my children suffered enough because of a perceived alienation from … Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Halloween is Catholic? Yup

Mystical Union Is Not a Fairytale — It’s Child’s Play

Twenty-five years ago, my husband discovered a book at a Trappist monastery which questioned my basic premise about the nature of reality, rekindled joy in my drooping spirit then challenged me to change and to live in mystical union with Christ.  Although many Carmelites might not recommend this book as a valid description of pure Carmelite spirituality, Guidelines For Mystical Prayer, by a British Carmelite … Continue reading Mystical Union Is Not a Fairytale — It’s Child’s Play

St.Teresa of Ávila: Down to Earth, Smart, Holy

  St. Teresa of Ávila is the real deal; holy, down to earth, humble and best of all extremely articulate.  Her phrases are succinct, to the point yet those few words point to a deep, Divine wisdom. Today, Oct. 15, is the Feast of St. Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus. I love this woman. Although she is a doctor of the … Continue reading St.Teresa of Ávila: Down to Earth, Smart, Holy

What Does Jesus Do With Ghosts?

Michael’s father, a police officer, had given our family free tickets to a large three-ring circus production that the police department was sponsoring. Of course, after a few hours, the flashing lights, loud music, breath-taking suspense, excitement and cotton candy overstimulated all six kids. Rather than playing like they usually did, everyone was hyperactive, yelling and becoming increasingly agitated. It was obvious that I needed … Continue reading What Does Jesus Do With Ghosts?

A True Angel Story for The Feast Day of the Guardian Angels

Angels’ deeds are more than simply the stuff of legends, children’s bedtime tales, wishful thinking or fantasies of illiterate, ancient minds. If you close your mind to these messengers of God, they sit like gold in a bank, useless unless we give them permission to act. An angel is a pure spirit created by God. The Old Testament theology included the belief in angels: the … Continue reading A True Angel Story for The Feast Day of the Guardian Angels

Mystical Union Is Not a Fairytale — It’s Child’s Play

Twenty-five years ago, my husband discovered a book at a Trappist monastery which questioned my basic premise about the nature of reality, rekindled joy in my drooping spirit then challenged me to change and to live in mystical union with Christ.  Although many Carmelites might not recommend this book as a valid description of pure Carmelite spirituality, Guidelines For Mystical Prayer, by a British Carmelite nun, Ruth … Continue reading Mystical Union Is Not a Fairytale — It’s Child’s Play

Art History Reveals The Nativity of Mary

The most important fact of her life, that Jesus was born of her, is enough to tell her whole story. What more do you want to know? What further inquire would you make concerning the Virgin? It is enough for you that she is the Mother of God. What beauty, I as you, what virtue, what perfection, what grace, what glory does not befit the … Continue reading Art History Reveals The Nativity of Mary

For the Memorial of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend

The Power of Images To Change Lives Marie Constantin, the photographer, and author of Finding Calcutta: Memoirs of a Photographer, understands images have power, more power than words alone to impact lives. It was an image in a documentary film that turned Constantin’s life completely around in the early 1990’s. She was a young journalist, completely focused on establishing her career and partying with friends when an … Continue reading For the Memorial of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend

No More Mental Kung-Fu

Anxiety makes us ill in body, mind, and spirit.  It can be ingrained in our nature from the moment we are born because of original sin. Babies are not simply empty slates; they are complex little people who just happen to be preverbal. Babies are born with more than simply inherited physical characteristics but personalities and even inherited blessings and curses passed down through the … Continue reading No More Mental Kung-Fu

A Visual Feast:The Queenship of Mary

A selection of the best art and icons capturing the humility, dignity, and nobility of Mary- The Queenship of Mary. The Church accepts Revelation 12 as a reference to Mary, Israel, and the Church as a three-fold symbolism through the Book of Isaiah and affirms Mary as the mother of Jesus as the prophetic fulfilment described in Revelation 12 (cf. Isaiah 7:14, 26:17, 54:1, 66:7) … Continue reading A Visual Feast:The Queenship of Mary

Let Christ Rip The Rug Up From Under You

When Jesus invites us to die to ourselves, He is not referring to some pious act of self-sacrifice which will make us look or feel holy. No, He has something much more radical in mind. The kind of inner transformation Christ desires will literally rip the rug up from under our feet and shatter our world view. For the very brave, I suggest a quick … Continue reading Let Christ Rip The Rug Up From Under You

Art Celebrates The Assumption of Mary

Juvenal, Bishop of Jerusalem, at the Council of  Chalcedon (451), made known to the Emperor Marcian and Pulcheria, who wished to possess the body of the Mother of God, that Mary died in the presence of all the Apostles, but that her tomb, when opened upon the request of St. Thomas, was found empty; where from the Apostles concluded that the body was taken up to … Continue reading Art Celebrates The Assumption of Mary