#LoveRebelMom and Blogger Melanie Jean Juneau

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 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 HALLOWEEN IS CATHOLIC ? Yup

From the Hub to the Heart

I am pleased Ellen Gable Hrkach of Full Quiver Publishing asked me to be part of a book-launch blog tour for Andy LaVallee’s book, From the Hub to the Heart. His new book  tells of a journey from “fast living to living the fast”. Although I have not read it yet, I can’t wait because  the reviews are fantastic. Others on this blog tour, who have read his book, … Continue reading From the Hub to the Heart

Holy Laughter

Even though icons and holy cards often depict the saints and the entire Holy Family with a miserable scowl on their unhealthy looking faces, the truth is that the saints lived in God’s presence and in His joy. St. Francis of Assisi is the most famous, joyful saint.  Look at our pope, whose name sake is Francis; his very countenance radiates authenticity, kindness, joy and the … Continue reading Holy Laughter

Lawn Chair Catechism: Openness

 Session 8: The Third Threshold: Openness 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 are like speaking about a foreign country. Psychologically speaking, a person needs to hear a completely new concept at least three times before it even begins to register. Sharing about spiritual reality is like … Continue reading Lawn Chair Catechism: Openness

Sunday Snippets

Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at RAnn’s Place , Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival where we share posts from the previous week. Sabbath Moments – Day by Day Beauty will spring up  when I am open to the Holy Spirit, receiving  the water of His Spirit daily even though I leak like a cracked pot. I have put together two stories, one from the Desert Fathers and one … Continue reading Sunday Snippets

Lawn Chair Catechism, Session 5: Grace and the Great Quest

In your own faith: It can be hard to settle our minds on the idea of “cooperating with grace”.  How would you explain the Catholic doctrine on salvation to others? The first answer that pops into my mind comes originally from St Theresa of Avila. Since I have carried this explanation within me for more than 30 years (since I was 19), it has really … Continue reading Lawn Chair Catechism, Session 5: Grace and the Great Quest

Catholic Spirituality Blogs Network

There is a new gathering place for Catholic writers who are interested in prayer, contemplation and growing in their walk with Christ. The web’s best blog posts on prayer, virtue, and inspiration for your walk with Christ. Founder and moderator Connie Rossini describes herself on the members page. Connie Rossini of Contemplative Homeschool writes the spirituality column “God Alone Suffices,” currently published in two Midwestern diocesan newspapers. She … Continue reading Catholic Spirituality Blogs Network

Icon of Mary for Catholic Communicators

Icon of Mary for Catholic Communicators                                Sr. Marie Paul Curley Painting of Mary, Queen of Apostles, commissioned by Bl. James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family Mary, Queen of Apostles, is a wonderful icon for Catholic writers and communicators. On May 18th, the Saturday before Pentecost, the Pauline Family celebrates the … Continue reading Icon of Mary for Catholic Communicators

Are You Stealing Jesus’s Job? I Do!

I am approaching Easter Triduum with joy this year, celebrating His death with the Resurrection in mind because I cannot separate the two anymore. If the priest can sing “Oh happy fault” in reference to The Fall, we should all sing, just as St. Paul surely did, “Oh happy Death”. “O happy fault,  O necessary sin of Adam which gained for us  so great a Redeemer!” Just thinking of Christ’s  death … Continue reading Are You Stealing Jesus’s Job? I Do!

Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival

Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival Hello, and welcome to Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival. We are a group of Catholic bloggers who gather weekly to share our best posts with each other. Light Even One Candle a post for Do the Right Thing Day- every small act of love changes the world   {CWA} THE FIRE OF GOD Quit running around doing.  Stand still and let the fire of … Continue reading Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival

Keep the Love in Lent

“I’m participating in the Keeping LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2013, hosted by Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints, Truly Rich Mom and Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families. We’ll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help us focus on Lenten sacrifices, prayer and good deeds, and how to carry them out with LOVE instead of a GRUMBLE. Please scroll down to the end of … Continue reading Keep the Love in Lent