Posts in category "Catholic"

My prayer card obsession

St. Laura Montoya
Prayer cards have been a Catholic tradition going back to the 1400′s in Europe.  As a convert, I was aware of prayer cards and have had a few over the years.  However, now I’ve become obsessed with them. My prayer card obsession can be blamed on Melanie Rigney.  Melanie surprised me by sending me a... Read more »

Where are you going for summer vacation?

Where are you going for summer vacation? My only plans this summer will be to continue my series, “Touring Chicago’s Beautiful Churches. My daughter and I went to New York City in March, so I’m financially tapped out for another vacation. Busted Halo has some great suggestions to visit Catholic sites this summer: But if... Read more »

In the aged is prudence

In the aged is prudence: “In antiques best prudent!” “In antiques est prudent!  In the aged is prudence, and do you know why? Because they have had experience, and have fallen many times and then walk more steadily, they take greater heed where they place their feet; and most of all when they find themselves in that... Read more »
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Dear Sister Helen Prejean you are wrong about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Dear Sister Helen Prejean, You are wrong about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  He is not “genuinely sorry” about the bombing at the Boston Marathon.  He is not sorry about killing and maiming people. With all due respect Sister, you saw in him what he wanted you to see.  He used his boyish looks to manipulate you.  I understand... Read more »

I need a prayer for my mother on Mother's Day

I saw this quote from Abby Johnson and started thinking about something totally unrelated: If you are a Christ follower but also hate abortion clinic workers or abortionists, then the Bible says that you are guilty of murder. We won’t win this battle unless we learn to love better. If you have hate in your heart,... Read more »

Outside Magic

The warmer weather has finally arrived and getting outside will be my priority.  I’m looking forward to a summer of long walks, long bike rides and anything else that entails breathing fresh air.  I can’t wait for our annual trip to Ravinia, neighborhood summerfests and all that summer brings. I started walking on a regular... Read more »
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A tribute to Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.

Francis Cardinal George was buried this past week.  I’m sure you’ve read many articles about the man, but please read just one more by my friend Christian Shiu. I met Christian when our choir started singing at St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church in September of 2011.  I’ve written about Christian twice and you can read... Read more »

Life can be a puzzle

Life can be a puzzle.  Sometimes the pieces don’t always fit together right away.  Even when they do, we don’t always see the whole picture. I never knew when the puzzle would be completed that I would end up where I am now. Life can be a puzzle.  Even when you think it’s completed, there... Read more »

Four articles that will stay with me for a long time

Holy Week is finally here and what seemed like a long Lent will finally end this Sunday.  I read a lot regardless of the time of year, but rarely do I read things that just linger inside my brain or my very soul. These four articles that I read this week will stay with me... Read more »
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So much to pray for. Where do I begin?

So much to pray for.  Where do I begin? Do you feel that way sometimes?  I’ve been feeling like that a lot lately.  Before I left for vacation, I prayed the rosary every night so that I could actually get on the plane!  During vacation, I prayed for our safety and well-being.  When I got... Read more »