7QT Friday: St. Lucy Day and Our Lucy

Today is Dec. 13,  Saint Lucy Day. We named our youngest daughter Lucy. Our oldest daughter mockingly suggested the name Lucy when I was pregnant with our ninth child. My husband’s head snapped up and he said, “That’s it! That is what we will call her.” My daughter was appalled, “Dad I was kidding. You can’t…… Continue reading 7QT Friday: St. Lucy Day and Our Lucy

Catholic Woman’s Almanac {CWA}:

On this Feast of St.  Jerome Thanking God for Well first of all I am thanking God for St Jerome, of course!! We NEED a patron saint for students. One of my daughters is struggling to learn Greek. I can’t wait to remind her about St. Jerome and especially send her some of the great…… Continue reading Catholic Woman’s Almanac {CWA}:

The Purity and Power of Parables

Catholic writers, especially those of us who expound on the inner, spiritual life should carefully follow Christ’s example. Jesus used simple stories and parables to explain spiritual truths. It was the only way He could come close to explaining the inexplicable. Although He could discuss complex theological issues with deep insight into scripture from the age…… Continue reading The Purity and Power of Parables

Child’s Play: A Theological Debate

        debate between two pre-schoolers “Someone just called my name. I think it was God!” It was early evening. We often played musical beds at bedtime because the younger children liked the security of a sibling or two falling asleep with them, especially when older brothers and sisters were still up and having fun. So it happened…… Continue reading Child’s Play: A Theological Debate

Visual Moments of Grace

With Jenny at Suscipio. Moments of Grace can be found not only in words, or the work of God in our life but in art, any art but for me especially in religious paintings, icons and stained glass. This painting of the Trinity, represented as a ‘Mercy Seat’ is found in the refectory of Santa…… Continue reading Visual Moments of Grace

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

Let These Icons Inflame Your Inner Spirit

Theses icons speak for themselves. Relax. Soak in their presence because  holy men and women painted layer after layer in between prayer and fasting. Your heart will become inflamed with the same passion as the painters themselves experienced as the Holy Spirit ministers to your heart and soul.               …… Continue reading Let These Icons Inflame Your Inner Spirit