Chosen: A Confirmation Program Worth Checking Out


As a Confirmation catechist and program leader, I am ALWAYS looking for great resources. With our Confirmation Boot Camp program, we have never found anything that works completely and totally. We have a program we use, sort of, but it comes down to a team approach of tapping into resources, pulling together what this year’s […]

My Favorite Novena


I love novenas. They give me a chance to feel like I’m actually doing the work of prayer, as opposed to just dashing off a quick request and sending it heavenward. They remind me, over the course of the nine days of prayer, of the discipline and the focus that I can give as a gift […]

Sometimes, You Just Have to Be Still


I’m not good at being still. I’m not good at trusting God. It’s an ongoing lesson. There’s an art to stillness, and this weekend, I realized that maybe I’m getting better. Not good, but better. See you at Integrated Catholic Life for more.

Parenting Tips for Moms from Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton {Mom to Mom}


One of the special saints in my life is Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. She’s so special to me, in fact, that we picked her as my oldest daughter’s patron saint. (Or one of her patrons, anyway.) I love the idea of turning to Saint Elizabeth for mothering tips, and these tips, in particular, speak to […]

Spending Lent with Mary

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A few years ago, my Lent began in an unfamiliar house, face-to-face with a woman who was living my nightmare. On Epiphany that year, my sister-in-law faced a horror I still can’t imagine, one that topped her list of sorrows and that changed my prayer life forever. When her husband, my brother-in-law, died suddenly and […]

An Interview with Dr. Brant Pitre and an Excerpt from Jesus the Bridegroom,

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Dr. Brant Pitre’s new book, Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told tackles something that I find confusing when I stop to think about it. Jesus, a bridegroom. OK, yeah, but isn’t that a metaphor? Turns out, not so much. According to the the blurbage, Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, the book […]

Lent at Ephesus: The Soundtrack of My Lent

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I got my first CD from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, Christmas at Ephesus, in the mail a number of years ago. I almost didn’t open the envelope, but something about it caught my eye. And then…then I listened to it. I promptly sent a little donation to the sisters for the […]

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