Archive for September 2013

What is shame?

What is shame?  Do we even know what shame is anymore?  Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines shame as a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety. Sound vaguely familiar?  Long before I was Catholic I experienced shame over things I had done and I’m sure most of us have felt shame at some point... Read more »

What advice would I give to my family twenty years from now?

What advice would I give to my family twenty years from now?
What advice would I give my family twenty years from now?  That’s an interesting question don’t you think?  Especially since my husband and I are at an age where we, um, might not be around in twenty years.  YIKES! For my husband, I would advise him to be really happy that he got to that... Read more »

Quebec seeks to ban public workers from wearing religious symbols

I read this article in Reuters how the Canadian province of Quebec is seeking to ban public workers from wearing religious symbols. Since my conversion, I have always worn a religious symbol, whether it’s a cross or crucifix around my neck.  I’m probably borderline idolatry on this because of my love of all things shiny and... Read more »
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Praying to Saint Anthony when something is lost

The charm is the "little black dress."  This is the front.  Picture from www.charmsaddict.com.  Leann Wu who writes CA was kind enough to give me permission to use her photos.
Praying to Saint Anthony when something is lost is a Catholic tradition: Tony, Tony, look around. Something’s lost and must be found! That prayer and the more “polite” version (Dear St. Anthony please come around something is lost and it cannot be found.) was repeated over and over at our Girls Night Out. After a... Read more »

Pope Francis leads fasting and prayer day for Syria

Pope Francis leads fasting and prayer day for Syria
Today Pope Francis leads fasting and prayer day for Syria.  This is daunting for me.  I used to be able to fast with no problem, but after my third pregnancy, I could no longer do it without a great deal of difficulty. I am in good company.  The Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen also had difficulty... Read more »

Dearest Mother: Notes to Our Blessed Mother

While going through my phone, I found a couple of  ”notes to our Blessed Mother.”  Spend some time today writing her a couple of “notes.”  I’m sure she would appreciate it. Please join me and other Catholics (and some not-so-Catholics!) on my Facebook page and on Twitter. Type your email address in the box and click... Read more »
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