The Church celebrates the 2nd Anniversary of the Canonizations of Sts. Pope John Paul II and Pope John XIII – here are some of my reflections on that beautiful Mass. 4:00AM. I grimaced when the alarm went off. I’m an early riser, generally up and at my desk by 5:30AM, but 4:00AM on a Sunday… Read More


The theme of Saints 365 is the church’s universal call to holiness. Pope John Paul II not only lived out this call through the radical holiness of his own life, but also challenged and encouraged the world to become saints! Below are 7 powerful quotes on holiness from Saint John Paul the Great! -1-“Dear young people, the… Read More


Narrowing down the lessons taught by Saint John Paul the Great to a mere 7 is a nearly impossible task. These are the 7 things that have most touched me – please feel free to share how he has impacted your life in the comments below!— 1 —Do not be afraid.”Brothers and sisters, do not… Read More


We’re joining Loyola Press in celebrating the release of The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis, a brand new book documenting Pope Francis’ vision for the Catholic Church in his own words. The book shares the Holy Father’s powerful message of mercy, service and renewal – a message that has captured the attention of Catholic’s… Read More


Alleluia! Jesus is risen from the dead!  Today (and for the next 8 days) the Church celebrates the Octave of Easter, which basically means that the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead goes on for eight straight days!  Here are eight (seven below + one above) inspiring quotes on the Resurrection to meditate on… Read More


Not a lot of watching or listening going on with me this week, but lots of great reading:As a Mom, I appreciated this article about vocations very much in helping guide my children to discern the Lord’s will in their lives: The Subjective Side of Vocations – Fr. Matthew Schneider – Ignitum TodayGreat post about the… Read More


The church celebrates the Feast of the Visitation on May 31, bringing to a conclusion the month devoted to our Blessed Mother. The account of Mary’s Visitation to Elizabeth from Luke’s Gospel (Luke 1:39-56) is reflected upon by Catholics in  the second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary, and I number it as one of my… Read More


The church celebrates the Feast of St. Philip Neri on May 26. I was delighted to discover a treasure chest of his maxims here, which has only stirred up an interest in this unique saint. I read this great post about the Oratory which St. Philip Neri founded and their unique charisms, which led me… Read More


 Max Lucado’s children’s book You Are Special (Max Lucado’s Wemmicks) is a favorite of mine and a beautiful story with many facets to it and much to be learned from it. It is a sad story of judgment; of pride and slavery; of sin and brokenness.  It is also a beautiful story of witness and hope –… Read More


At a Sunday afternoon Regina Caeli address, Pope Francis instructed the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square to:“Bother your pastors, disturb your pastors, all of us pastors, so that we will give you the milk of grace, of doctrine, and of guidance.” (watch the short 2 minute video of his address below)The Pope spoke these… Read More