Want an Difficult Lenten Discipline? Just Try Self- Publishing

A good self-mortifying exercise for Lent? Look no further than your local self-publishing site. Actually, Smashwords  publishing is wonderful, explaining every step with diagrams and in ordinary terms  in a Smashwords Style Guide…but I am a technological idiot. After days of fumbling, forcing myself to work as if I was technologically intelligent, I finally self-published…… Continue reading Want an Difficult Lenten Discipline? Just Try Self- Publishing

The Light From One Candle

“I can only trust that even oppressive darkness cannot snuff the light cast from many tiny flames of truth.” Melanie Jean Juneau Thanks to Diane McKelva, editor at CatholicsStand, for creating a meme out of one of my comments. She has written a wonderful article on Fifty Shades of Grey entitled The Death of Shame.…… Continue reading The Light From One Candle

Pope Francis: The Importance of Fathers

On February 04, 2015, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the family, reflecting on the role of fathers.This week, the pope focuses on the positive roles and qualities of effective fathers. He discusses three great Biblical fathers to illuminate qualities of a good father: the parable of the Prodigal Son, the figure of God “Our Father,” and…… Continue reading Pope Francis: The Importance of Fathers

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival

When I started blogging, I stumbled upon a wonderful place to connect to other Catholic Bloggers. Even though I have not participated in a long time, we are still supporting each other.  Please join me and other Catholic bloggers over at RAnn’s Place where we share posts from the previous week. To participate, go to…… Continue reading Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival

Angry Comments

 People are free to disagree with me; in fact, I am grateful to have people point out a fallacy in my facts or in my thinking because it helps me learn and grow as a person and as a writer. As for negative or angry comments, I have finally become smart enough to understand that the…… Continue reading Angry Comments

Catholic365.com Book Giveaway

I write for Catholic 365. Most writers already attract a lot of exposure on this new site. The editors are looking for new writers, as well as for people to sign up for their newsletter. Sign up to Catholic 365 newsletter for your chance to win “The Gospel According to Morty”. Just go to their…… Continue reading Catholic365.com Book Giveaway

In Defense of Pope Francis

Why does Pope Francis upset many traditional Catholics? Every time Pope Francis speaks, the papers are filled with sensational headlines.  Many have gone as far as labeling him a heretic or at worst the antipope. Apparently, some Catholics also label the Second Vatican Council “heretical”, after which the church became illegitimate. But why such a strong,…… Continue reading In Defense of Pope Francis

Come On: It is Time For YOU to Nominate Great Catholic Writers

THIS AWARD HAS NO STRINGS ATTACHED NO RULES, NO OBLIGATIONS A SIMPLE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF GREAT CATHOLIC WRITING WHICH BRINGS JOY, TRUTH, FREEDOM OR  ENCOURAGEMENT TO OTHERS IT CAN BE SOMEONE WHO WRITES ABOUT PRAYER THEIR STRUGGLES AND PAIN. BRINGING HOPE TO OTHERS LIFE IN GOD FAITH STORIES THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH PASS THIS AWARD ON…… Continue reading Come On: It is Time For YOU to Nominate Great Catholic Writers

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 79,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see…… Continue reading 2014 in review

Introducing A Vibrant, Catholic Children’s Magazine Appealing to REAL Kids

Kids can smell a phony, pious publication a mile away, but the tone of St. Mary’s Messenger is direct and unpretentious with a  vibrant spirituality that connects with real kids. If you ever dreamed of a Catholic magazine which would capture your children’s interest immediately yet hold it as they delved deeper, look no further than…… Continue reading Introducing A Vibrant, Catholic Children’s Magazine Appealing to REAL Kids

Tender Tidings Winter 2014

The Tender Tidings Winter 2014 Magazine is now available for free download. http://catholicap.com/2014/12/tender-tidings-winter-2014-now-available/ I am part of Tender Tidings Magazine, a FREE parenting publication, which is now available for your enjoyment! Just click on the flipbook to explore. PDF is also available from flipbook. THE SLEEP ISSUE:  tips for getting more sleep, the science of safe…… Continue reading Tender Tidings Winter 2014

Pope Francis: The Greatest Modern Pope?

Theology Degrees contacted me, wondering if I would share their latest infographic entitled “Pope Francis: The Greatest Modern Pope?”  The information  on this infographic is a concise history of Pope Francis, where he came from, what he believes and how he fits into both the history of the Church and modern Catholicism. it is an invaluable aide to…… Continue reading Pope Francis: The Greatest Modern Pope?

DUNG-COLOURED GLASSES

Ah, we love to make fun of those in love, the young and the naive who view the world through rose-colored glasses.  But what about the rest of us, those of us who wear dung-colored glasses? We should chuckle just as loudly when we realize this tendency to see darkly. When I am miserable, nothing,…… Continue reading DUNG-COLOURED GLASSES

Atheists: Compassion Not Condemnation

It is easy to become self-righteous or defensive when I feel attacked by atheists. It is a natural, human reaction. However indignant rants which bludgeon the unbeliever with the ‘truth’ treats them as objects and not an intelligent people who are also loved by God.  When I am  secure in the Love of God, I can…… Continue reading Atheists: Compassion Not Condemnation

Evangelizing in Caves

How would you communicate the message of salvation and the subsequent new life in Christ with the unchurched, with people who have no Christian frame of reference or Christian vocabulary? When I speak with someone who is curious about the faith, I realize my revelations about the spiritual life in the Mystical Body of Christ…… Continue reading Evangelizing in Caves

Secrets of Turning Water into Wine

 A Marriage Book by Karee and Manny Santos  . Ave Maria Press will be releasing a Catholic marriage help book by the Santos in 2016. The working title (although publishers always change the title!) is Secrets of Turning Water into Wine. Why are they writing the book? What can you learn from the book? Read on to…… Continue reading Secrets of Turning Water into Wine

Respectable or Faithful?

Faithfulness to God was never equated with respectability in sacred scripture. Just look at those biblical characters who we raise up as examples of faith today. In their own time, these paragons, who obeyed God in their personal lives, were considered quacks and for good reason. What would you think about a fellow like Noah…… Continue reading Respectable or Faithful?

Words Have the Power of the Atom

The Power of His Words: To bring freedom and healing To shine light and reveal the truth                                                                              …… Continue reading Words Have the Power of the Atom

The Fish Symbol

Why is the FISH a symbol of Christianity? The symbol of a fish was found on ancient Christian monuments and buildings. It represents Christ.                     The Greek word for “fish” is ICHTHUS. If we take the letters of that word they provide the first letters of other…… Continue reading The Fish Symbol