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?
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
I never considered marriage to be a real vocation. As a young student who had converted to Catholicism and attended a small Jesuit College on the prairies in Canada, I was convinced I was called to the active religious life. I wanted to serve God and this was the only option I knew. My spiritual director agreed. I did not even bother dating. What was … Continue reading Marriage IS a Vocation
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd was inspired by Mari Montessori, a devout Catholic, in Rome in 1954. Just like in Montessori schools, in an Atrium, children use their bodies, along with all their senses, to meditate on the Sacraments and Holy Scripture. A catechist creates a sacred space and then adds to the atmosphere by lighting a candle before reading from the Gospel much like a lector … Continue reading Crocheting For An Atrium of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
A young child, who knows enough words to communicate, can describe their prenatal memories and their birth from their own unique perspective, not as an observer. Most of my nine children were able to verbalize their womb and birth experiences if my husband and I posed questions before they were three and a half or four years old because most children can no longer remember … Continue reading Prenatal Memories and Ancient Hebrew Wisdom
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!
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?
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
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
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
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
I must admit, as a woman, I have an advantage over men. Since I was pregnant for two of my children during Advent, I can identify with the pregnant Mary in a deeper way. Continue reading Waiting To Give Birth With Mary
I DO NOT WANT TO SIMPLY PLAY CHRISTIAN GAMES. Continue reading Revisited: Shattered and Renewed
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
+ 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. Then bars of light became visible from both out hearts up to God the Father at the pinnacle of a triangle. + I had a … Continue reading Family: Living Within a Triangle of Light
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?
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 M.S. In an attempt to dull the effects of depression, Louie drinks. In addition, he resorts to verbal abuse, venting his pain on poor Victoria. … Continue reading Saint> Sinner=The Teeter-Totter of Life
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 with four children and is submerged in” the beautiful mess” of family life. One of his favorite quotes illustrates a profound grasp of what is … Continue reading Bill Donaghy & TOB: Step Away from the Insanity Into Reality
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?