Down-Home Explanation of Our Lady of Perpetual Help


A Mary Moment Monday post In my reading of Ora et Labora et Zombies (a novel that comes in the mail, as letters!) last week, I found myself struck by this explanation of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. It’s found in letter 65. “Even Jesus, in his human side, was scared enough of the cross […]

A Pile of New Mary Books (or, Things that Make Me Say YAY)

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A Mary Moment Monday post As it happens, I have a pile of new Mary books. They all look great, and I’ll be working them into my reading as I can. Quiet Moments: A Month with Mary (Twenty-Third Publications, 2013) This is a booklet of the “Quiet Moments” from Catholic Digest, all centered around Mary. […]

Add this to the reasons I love the rosary (and sems).


A Mary Moment Monday post One of the great joys of my life in the last few years has been the opportunity to work with seminarians through my work at our parish. In the last year, especially, I’ve had the chance to get to know a few of these young men very well. This makes […]

The Assumption: A Taste of Flesh and Blood


A Mary Moment Monday post that’s also a book excerpt In the Assumption, we get a taste of flesh and blood. It’s a mystery of the Rosary that, to me, blends the joy of family members all hugging each other with the brilliancy of great details. Details make all the difference, don’t they? Knowing that […]

Mama cares about the details.


A Mary Moment Monday post It was a special Christmas.  Our family, who lived 1500 miles away, was coming to visit, and our almost-three-year-old daughter was beside herself.  Santa took a back seat to her cousins, and with good reason. We used the week together to make many memories and take hundreds of pictures.  I remember […]

It’s all in how I start


A Mary Moment Monday post I’m an early riser by nature. (That does NOT make me a Morning Person. Nooooooooo.) When the pup’s pestering me at 5:30 in the morning, I’m sometimes already awake (depending on how late I stayed up reading). I’m pretty okay with stumbling out of bed, making my coffee elixir and savoring […]

Why the Hail Mary is my blankie prayer, my go-to phone line, and so much more.


A Mary Moment Monday post I learned the Hail Mary sitting on a mattress on the floor, in the upstairs room of the last apartment I lived in before I got married. I was newly Catholic and I had a special intention. I was convinced the Blessed Mother would work a miracle if only I bugged […]

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