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
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
Consider these quotes from the saints: “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!” -St. Catherine of Sienna “The nation doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.” -St. Teresia Benedicta (Edith Stein) In other words, be who you were created to be; discover who you are in Christ and then simply allow this inner reality to … Continue reading When a Fish Tries To Fly
Last year in 2015, I recorded two interviews for Catholic radio shows. Now you can actually hear my voice and learn more about my faith and life as a convert. Here is a radio interview I did with Elizabeth Reardon, last year on her show on Breadbox Media: An Engaging Faith Featuring Melanie Jean Juneau And if that is not enough for you try this … Continue reading Elizabeth and Allison Both Interviewed Melanie on BreadBox Media
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
For me, it was easy to look like a saint on the outside as I mothered nine little people. The trouble was, although I looked like I lived a life of self-denial, losing myself to give life to others, I tended to over control. I depended on my strength to get through the overwhelming chores which were part of running a household of eleven. . … Continue reading Letting Go of Control Meant Mismatched Socks
“We enter into solitude first of all to meet our Lord and to be with Him and Him alone. Continue reading Camels, Jet Planes and the Desert
Fallen man wants to run his own life and take control. Letting go of this control seems extremely difficult because it is hard to trust a God you cannot see and usually cannot feel or hear. However, when we refuse to give up control and submit to the Father, we shut out the power of the Holy Spirit. Once we shut out the movement of the … Continue reading Worth Revisiting:The Vacuum Cleaner Syndrome
What was my reaction to this overwhelming scene? I leaned against the kitchen wall and slid down till I sat on the floor with my legs sticking straight out and started laughing. One evening, when I had only four children, everyone was finally asleep and Michael had gone out to play hockey with his house league team. “Ah”, I thought to myself, “A chance to … Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Laughter Turned a Tragedy into a Comedy of Errors
I read an article encouraging writers to reveal odd facts about themselves so their readers could become acquainted with the person behind the articles. I think it is time to revisit this post because we all need a good laugh now and then. 1. I HATE scary movies. As soon as the music rises ominously, I start pacing. Once in a movie theatre, at The Lord … Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Letting My Readers Connect With Me
Enjoy this sample of Christian and Catholic humour, created by religious people who have learned to laugh at themselves.
Continue reading Catholic Humour? Yup
The simplest way to play with our kids is in nature, especially with pets or farm animals. Have you noticed how a toddler delights in the mere glimpse of a dog or cat? Even a goldfish on the counter or a hamster in a small apartment will fascinate a small child with their antics. For our family, joyful living meant welcoming animals into our lives. … Continue reading Joyful Spirituality: Kids + Pets
Michael’s father, a police officer, had given our family free tickets to a large three-ring circus production that the police department were 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 Worth Revisiting: “Mum, What Does Jesus Do With Ghosts?””
Even though I was can function like an acrobat who can multi- task, my new role as a mother forced me to evolve and adapt. Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Babies vs. Housework
I have always heard the mother is the heart of the family, especially a stay at home mother with a crew of kids, who also helps with a hobby farm. So why was I not missed when I spent hours locked in the chicken coop? You must first understand that even if this was a subconscious belief, I behaved as if I was the most important member of the family. … Continue reading Worth Revisiting: If I Am the Heart of the Family, Why Was I Not Missed?
Teenagers I am living proof that it is possible to actually enjoy those annoying, hormonal, child/adult hybrids who have taken your phone, tv., computer and fridge hostage. One of my sons, in his early teens, had just announced that he could not stand living under our roof another minute, “I’m out of here!”, he bellowed, “and don’t expect me to come back!” The door slammed … Continue reading How to Survive Teen Drama
My first obstetrician was a brilliant, strong feminist who did not have any children of her own, although she did have tropical fish and a parrot. I was an enigma to her as she was to me.
Continue reading Worth Revisiting: I Was An Enigma To My Obstetrician
Joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, not a gift given to a select few, but a by-product of living in the God. Sacred Scriptures exhorts us to trust and embrace the joy of the Lord. The very first time we became aware a Godly life could be filled with joy was 26 years ago while my husband made a silent retreat … Continue reading WORTH REVISITING: ” ‘Tis a Gift to be Simple”
We are free to even laugh and even enjoy religious humour because people who are secure in their faith understand their Father in heaven chuckles along with them. ( Melanie’s Theology 101) Continue reading Can You Joke About Religion?
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 a short, free e-book on Smashwords. Supposedly, this process only … Continue reading Want an Difficult Lenten Discipline? Just Try Self- Publishing