The devotion to the Sacred Heart ( Sacratissimi Cordis Iesu in Latin) is a well-known Roman Catholic devotion, centring on Jesus Christ’s heart as a symbol of His Divine love. I love You more than everything —–more than myself. Tell me what You would have me do; for I am ready to do everything with Your help. Bind me, unite me to Your heart and permit me not, … Continue reading Artists Portray The Sacred Heart
1. The most traditional and popular explanation of the Trinity is St. Patrick’s description The Trinity is like the cloverleaf with three separate sections yet part of the same leaf. I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through a belief in the Threeness, Through a confession of the Oneness Of the Creator of creation St. Patrick (ca. 377) 2. I … Continue reading Parables and Images Try to Explain the Trinity
Judson Studios St. Peter’s Basilica When light shines through stained glass windows, they can lift our souls up from our own narrow miserable awareness into His presence as we contemplate them Light is more powerful than darkness and beautiful colourful glass works of art can touch us with a mystical, heavenly light that moves our hearts and souls towards God. No wonder stained glass windows … Continue reading Pentecost Revealed Through Art
It is a simple fact: there is no better way to form deep relationships and a sense of family unity than conversation over a home-cooked meal, then sharing a good movie afterward. It was our large family’s version of going out for dinner and a movie in town. Life around our dinner table was relaxed and happy because I allowed my children to behave in … Continue reading Family Fun: Dinner and a Movie at Home? Yup!
No one actually believes people are to blame if they need eyeglasses to read or insulin to fight diabetes but they still heap abuse on people with depression or anxiety as if these diseases were signs of a weak character or a lack of faith. Continue reading It is Important for Catholics to Understand Mental Illness
I would wager that mental health issues are especially prevalent among the devout who are serious about their inner life because when people tackle deep inner issues which prevent God from working in their lives, their inner equilibrium is upset by stress, anxiety, and depression. This probably explains why most saints experienced profound periods of depression when they finally looked beneath their pious actions to face the reality of … Continue reading Why Even ‘Normal’ Catholics Need Therapy
How about a little taste of eight-year-old reasoning to act as a reality check to balance all those manipulative commercials and sentimental Mother’s Day cards flooding the market as we get closer to Mother’s day? A warning. The following true comments are not politically correct. So simply laugh and enjoy these hilarious comments from little people ; no need to flog me with feminist remarks … Continue reading Why Did God Make Mothers?
Catholicism is, most importantly, an experiential faith. Ironically, most Christians allow fear of deception to impede growth in the Spirit and hinder their participation in the mystical life of the Church. Continue reading Catholicism Is An Experiential Faith
Reflecting on my story of mismatched socks, it really is apparent that God is present in everything in our daily lives. Continue reading Unpaired Socks and Teachable Moments
Just like gravity affects us whether we understand it or not, the Communion of Saints, the fellowship between the living and the dead, affects us whether we believe in it or not. There is a spiritual solidarity which literally binds us together. Even though most of us are oblivious to these invisible relationships, we are connected to those who have died in the Mystical Body … Continue reading A Spiritual Solidarity Binds Us To Souls In Purgatory
I tend to rush through my daily duties like a solitary soul, disconnected from God and other people. However, I became aware that humans are actually intimately connected not just to God and the living but also to those who have died and are alive in Christ after recent encounters with birth, death, and dying. There is only a thin veil between heaven and … Continue reading Living With Only a Thin Veil Between Heaven and Earth
Featured image by Patrick Devonas, “Allegory of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ” The Resurrection, an icon by a modern, American artist, Anne Chapman Father Sieger Köder, a prolific, German artist died in 2015. Maria of Magdala at the Grave and the Resurrection- also by Father Sieger Köder The Empty Tomb by Bulgarian Artist Julia Stankova (2014; painting on wooden panel) Image of the Resurrection de St … Continue reading Modern Catholic Artists Celebrate the Resurrection
Do we grasp the ramifications of this historical event on Holy Saturday? Do we allow the reality of the Resurrection to sink in and save us, transform us into a light? Continue reading Light Just One Candle This Holy Saturday
Everything about God is simple and natural. We are the ones in our pride who complicate our relationship to Him. Continue reading Let’s Surrender to Grace This Triduum
The worst possible fate for me would be to die and discover that I had lived an existence similar to the allegory described in Plato’s Cave. Plato describes man’s condition as similar to living chained in a cave, looking at shadows on the wall cast from a candle; believing that was what life was all about. When one person manages to break free and stumbles … Continue reading Are We Living a Shadow Life?
Raising children is not a default chore for women who were not successful in the world of business, power, and wealth. However, the trend in the last few decades has been to delegate childcare to women who are often treated like second-class citizens. Society seems to dismiss and even ridicule women’s most sacred, natural role as nurturing mothers. I fully realize most mothers have no … Continue reading Pro-Life Motherhood: A Feminist Career Choice
Before we moved to our farm, we had lived for ten years on two acres on a short, dead-end road which turned into a country bike lane, meadows and fields of berries, all near a creek. It was the perfect place for a huge garden, to raise a large family and to foster a sense of community with a handful of neighbours. One of our … Continue reading A Good Irish Wake for A Good Irish Man
Modern artist cast a new light on the Annunciation and reach a new generation who are perhaps turned off by some sentimental, pious art. Gottfried Helnwein The Annunciation is celebrated on March 25th.The artistic tradition continues through hundreds, why even thousands of years because modern artists are still fascinated by Mary and her encounter with the angel Gabriel. There are so … Continue reading The Annunciation Through The Eyes Of Modern Artists
No able-bodied human or animal would live in my house without contributing in some way to our household The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the family as the original cell of society which teaches children all about justice and responsibility. There are countless ways to teach kids about responsibility and one of the best ways is assigning everybody a chore. Even family pets are not exempt. … Continue reading Even Our Guinea Pig Had a Household Chore
Melanie Jean Juneau is a fellow Catholic mum blogger whom I’ve only met via email. She’s one of the contributors of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood. Among the five of us who wrote the anthology, she has the most kids and also the oldest kids. I’ve appreciated her wisdom and advice, as a “veteran mum,” both in Love Rebel and on her blog. Today, Melanie is sharing … Continue reading #LoveRebelMom and Blogger Melanie Jean Juneau