Outside My WindowIt is a gorgeous, sunny, spring day and the Cherry Blossom trees in my backyard are in full bloom. Days like this often leave me thinking that the color of my manufacturer-labeled “Sky Blue” shirt pales in comparison to the vivid depth of the blue sky outside. No one paints a landscape quite… Read More


The following are seven suggestions for viewing your family’s “Emergency Procedures” through the lens of your Catholic faith:1.  Emergency ProceduresCalling 911 in the event of an emergency is a procedure I have drilled into the heads of my children since they were old enough to talk. It is second nature to most of us that… Read More


I have a confession to make. I was raised a cradle Catholic, but for most of my life I have had a bit of a “distant” relationship with the Blessed Mother. The idea of this perfect, sinless woman was a bit of an obstacle to me – I mean, I am far from perfect and… Read More


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