How I got myself back into Lent this year

My husband and I volunteered to accompany the Stations.  After Mass, I prepared myself for the journey that was to come.  Stations of the Cross is a long standing Lenten tradition.  Participating in Stations every week keeps my focus during Lent.  Photo by Pam Spano taken at St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church in Chicago
I wrote a post about how I was just not into Lent this year and Amy from Prayer Wine Chocolate suggested that I work on the sequel, “How I got myself back into Lent this year.” That gave me a lot to think about and as Lent progressed, I found myself drawn deeply into this... Read more »

I am just not into Lent this year

This is the flu bug that was going around.  I didn't have the flu, but I did have pneumonia.  I wonder if I can blame my illness on my lack of enthusiasm for Lent.  Okay, maybe not.  Photo by Pam Spano.
I always have the best intentions when Lent starts out, don’t you?  I try to keep it simple, so that I don’t get overwhelmed or end up just being frustrated, but I am just not into Lent this year. I don’t know why.  I just don’t have any ambition for it.  No excuses, just an... Read more »

Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
This past Sunday’s readings struck an uncomfortable chord with me.  Especially Matthew 6:26-27: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” The fact that I had to do the readings... Read more »
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The most powerful prayer you can possibly pray

The most powerful prayer you can possibly pray
Years ago, I came up with the most powerful prayer you can possibly pray.  It was out of necessity and desperation that I began praying this way.  I wrote about it for CatholicMom.com and that article was re-published in our February 5, 2017 church bulletin. Though it is a practice that I do quite regularly, I never... Read more »

Two things I can do this Lent

Two things I can do this Lent
Every year I debate about what I’m going to do for Lent.  This year, as I recover from pneumonia, I started checking other Catholic bloggers to see what everyone was planning. Last year, I focused on my physical health and I hope to get back to that routine before Lent.  Weather and illness has kept... Read more »

Six things I learned while I was sick

Six things I learned while I was sick
I’m never sick, but recently I caught some unrelenting nastiness that landed me flat on my back for one full day and sick for five.  In my fevered, congested state, I had the time to reflect and learn a few things.  Here are the six things I learned while I was sick: I love to... Read more »
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Social media has left my heart broken

Social media has left my heart broken
Since the seemingly never ending presidential campaign and when the election was finally over, I have watched people debate and argue on Facebook. Social Media (actually the people in it) has left my heart broken. The worst part is, not only have I lost respect for those I don’t know, but more importantly, I have... Read more »

Need a pick me up? Try #CatholicChic

Anticipation of things to come!
The holidays are over and we’ve settled into a dreary January – at least here in the midwest.  Need a pick me up (or as my daughter and I call it “a tiramisu”)? You may be able to get out of the winter blues by gifting yourself (or someone else) a little something from #CatholicChic (Hashtag... Read more »

The 16 books I read in 2016

After watching the second episode of her A&E series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, I downloaded her book and began reading in tears.  This is a fascinating and painful read as Leah discovers what happens behind the scenes of her church of 35 years and that everything she's ever believed was a lie.
I love to read whether it’s fiction, history, religion or memoir and since I quit my job, I have the time to indulge in one of my favorite activities. Reading spiritual books like The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion and Letita Suk’s Getaway with God is always something I look forward to and plan on as part... Read more »
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The day I unintentionally did the smartphone detox

The day I unintentionally did the smartphone detox
The other day I ran out of the house to catch the bus with my oldest son when I realized I left my phone at home.  The bus was coming!  What should I do?  I was so tempted to turn around, go home and get the phone.  They’ll be another bus, right?  The feeling I... Read more »