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Falling in Trust

Falling in Trust

Jun 22 18 • 0 comments

Trust is an intrinsic part of the human psyche, though it’s resolve can sometimes seem almost irrational. It was trust in God that brought Columbus to discover the New World. The same could be said about the many pioneers who ventured out in wagons to cross the great prairies in the 19th century. In that […]

Slow Down This Summer

Slow Down This Summer

Jun 15 18 • 0 comments

The children of their own accord made a little shrine in our trees the other day. (They affectionately call these trees, The Wildness.) They gathered lilacs and other flowers in bloom, made blue sashes with star badges, and used sticks for swords.  They also made a little flag. It was all in honor of Mary, […]

Heartbreak, Suicide and God's Endless Mercy

Heartbreak, Suicide and God’s Endless Mercy

Jun 13 18 • 0 comments

Frequently, when I speak to groups about death and dying, people will share their own stories of loss. At a recent event, a woman came up to me with tears running down her face, to talk about her daughter who had died by suicide. She had been raised as a Catholic, with the idea that […]

Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Remedy Against the Culture of Death

Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Remedy Against the Culture of Death

Jun 8 18 • 3 comments

Even as we see our government and our leaders try to solve our problems, it’s clear that we cannot rely on them to solve our spiritual problems. Instead, when we as a civilization open ourselves up to God’s love, he will pour a new anointing of His Spirit upon us.  Our plan must be to […]

Ireland, a Land of Atrophied Consciences

Ireland, a Land of Atrophied Consciences

It boils down to confession. Because when the confession lines grow short, sin prevails; first forgotten and then celebrated. Confession keeps us grounded in the truth, as we confront sin and root it out. Without it, we become blind to sin and begin to think and do stupid things. We knew that about Ireland, and […]

Hope in Times of Violence: Loved Ones are Closer Than We Think

Hope in Times of Violence: Loved Ones are Closer Than We Think

May 31 18 • 0 comments

Pick up the paper or turn on the TV, and we hear of another mass shooting. It seems as if some Americans are steeped in rage, and we look on in horror. What can we do? How can we help? Our initial reaction may be to pray for those in mourning and hope that  it never happens […]

Tom Wolfe (1930-2018), A Writer’s Writer, Dies

Tom Wolfe (1930-2018), A Writer’s Writer, Dies

May 23 18 • 0 comments

Susie Fulton, bombshell girlfriend during my graduate school days, had a phrase which perfectly summarizes Tom Wolfe’s early journalism and late novel-writing: “Those of you who think you know what’s going on are really beginning to annoy those of us who do.” TW broke through fakery, excuse-making and hero-worship. American letters has lost a keen […]

Abortion Advocates Tactics

Abortion Advocates Tactics

Promoting abortion is the biggest challenge in advertising today. A false narrative is a must lest women perceive the reality of abortion. Visuals of their handiwork are hidden at all cost. It is the pro-lifers that want show the world what abortion really looks like. They want the truth out. In Ireland right now, that […]

How to Survive Insomnia

How to Survive Insomnia

May 18 18 • 0 comments

I was asked the other day if I suffer from insomnia? Uh, yes. From time-to-time anyway, and it’s terrible.  I never used to have a problem sleeping. Anybody remember those college days of setting the alarm clock for 10am? And sleeping all the way through the night, until 10am? Yeah, that’s a little pathetic, but […]

Good Marriage Prep Matters

Good Marriage Prep Matters

May 15 18 • 0 comments

In my work preparing engaged couples for marriage, I find myself pondering what might have been different for us, if my husband and I would have been required to take the same prep that is currently offered in the Diocese of Phoenix. While we were married in Phoenix over thirty-eight years ago, the marriage prep […]

His Mother Brought Him to Lourdes, His Heavenly Mother Healed Him, Now He's a Priest

His Mother Brought Him to Lourdes, His Heavenly Mother Healed Him, Now He’s a Priest

May 11 18 • 0 comments

Mothers make great sacrifices for their children, that is widely known. That they are often the gateway to sainthood perhaps less so, and yet, behind every great saint (to steal a phrase), is likely to be an attentive mother. Fr. Christy David Pathiala would probably agree. He speaks of his own mother with great reverence, […]

Creative Mother's Day Gifts

Creative Mother’s Day Gifts

What can you give to the woman who makes the best meatloaf and taught you how to tie your shoes?  Often, children feel that no gift is  enough to thank the woman who loves them like no other, while for mother’s the humblest  of gifts are treasured. Motherhood, when done with love, (yes, some have […]

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Mary, My Mother

May 9 18 • 0 comments

In relation to boys, girls have always had a very short childhood, inversely proportional to the wealth of the family. Two thousand years ago in Palestine they were hardly off the breast before they were expected to conform to strict behavior patterns. Little girls grew in the knowledge that they were second class citizens, forever […]

You Need a Silent Retreat

You Need a Silent Retreat

May 1 18 • 0 comments

As we’re now in the Easter season and summer is just around the corner, I want to strongly encourage all of you to sign yourselves up for a silent retreat this year. Yep, just look at your summer calendars, and do it. Unfortunately for me, I’ll have to wait until my latest baby is done […]

What’s It All About, Alfie?

What’s It All About, Alfie?

Apr 26 18 • 0 comments

For the second time within a year, England has a high-profile case of court-mandated murder of a desperately ill child. The first was Charlie Gard, and now comes Alfie Evans. Alfie missed several developmental milestones in his first seven months of life, which did not alarm physicians at the time. It’s not known precisely what […]

How to Survive Barfing Children, Ear Infections and Other Nasty Stuff

How to Survive Barfing Children, Ear Infections and Other Nasty Stuff

Apr 23 18 • 0 comments

Some of you may be wondering how it might be possible to survive sickness in your household and teach school all day? Since I am in the midst of caring for Sick Children right now, I thought I’d offer a few tips of advice.  This is mostly to encourage myself and cheer on the rest of you, who […]

The Gun Debate and the Dignity of Life

The Gun Debate and the Dignity of Life

Apr 20 18 • 0 comments

In the wake of the tragic St. Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, much of the “national conversation” in the mainstream media about mass shootings and gun violence has been missing a key element: recognition of the widespread lack of respect for the dignity and sacredness of human life […]

A Day of No Yelling

A Day of No Yelling

Apr 13 18 • 0 comments

Today is Tuesday, and I have not yelled at my children at all.  So far.  Yes, I know it’s 6am, and they’re not up yet, but hey, I’ve got to start somewhere, right? Last week I was listening to a great show on the Sin of Wrath, and it got me thinking that I should […]

A Day in the Life of a Crazy Fool: Part 5

A Day in the Life of a Crazy Fool: Part 5

Apr 6 18 • 0 comments

Welcome back to a day in my life. This is the final part. After the children have completed their dinner chores, they usually have time to mess around for a bit until the next part of our evening begins, which is the Rosary 7pm Rosary Around 7pm, my husband calls all the children to Rosary […]

The Meaning of Easter

The Meaning of Easter

Apr 5 18 • 1 comment

To the secular world, our celebration of Easter Sunday is an odd event. In their eyes, we celebrate a corpse rising from the dead, and they really can’t figure out why.

The Octave of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday

The Octave of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday

Apr 3 18 • 0 comments

Easter Sunday is not the end of our Easter celebration.  After forty days of preparation with Lent, and the Easter Triduum from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday, it is easy to miss looking ahead on the Church’s liturgical calendar. This is, after all, the climax of the Christian year with the celebration of the Passion, […]

Good Friday, Allegri, and A White Easter

Good Friday, Allegri, and A White Easter

Mar 30 18 • 0 comments

Today is Good Friday. Now I know that I ought to be focused on the passion and death of Jesus Christ, and I am, but I am also a mother. Therefore, I must plan ahead for my family accordingly. And this entails preparing any necessary music that my family will want to sing and listen […]

Triduum Traditions

Triduum Traditions

These days of the Paschal Triduum are a very special time.  For me, they are not an easy time, but they are a wondrous time. They are full of traditions…traditions common to the Church throughout the world, traditions I brought from home, and traditions I have developed personally during my time here at St. Anne’s. […]

Powerful Prayer for Spiritual Protection

Powerful Prayer for Spiritual Protection

“You’d better take down your article,” I was advised in an email.  “The Blessed Mother has warned that anyone who interferes with her message will suffer consequences.”  Ah the joy of writing about condemned apparitions.  The article being referred to was five years old. The odds of me taking down an article I had carefully […]

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