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Birth Story #4

  I was always one of those people who wondered how in the world a woman could be so caught off guard by the birth of her child that she could accidentally deliver in a car, bathroom, or elevator. I mean, how could a woman be so out of tune with her body that she’s not aware she is in labor? Well…now on baby four, I know! Labor is a

Running a Household

This fun interview with Christian Radio’s Claude Jennings allowed me to get into the “nitty-gritty” of running a household as a stay-at-home mom of little kids. The funny, the frustrating, and the need for affirmation! Claude and I went beyond my book, “Mommy, Mommy, When You Pray,” and discussed the serious and silly sides of the vocation of parenthood. From the absence of accolades, such as “best diaper changer,” to

Why Easter?

  If you asked many Christians what the highest holy day of their faith would be, they would say Christmas. While truly significant and necessary, the birth of Christ would mean nothing to us unless it was fulfilled in the Resurrection. There are also churchgoers who we refer to as “Chreaster” Christians, because they only attend church on Christmas and Easter. While we may mumble under our breath on these

Peace & Growth Through Suffering

  It was through several instances of spiritual struggle and discernment – confession for one, that I heard mentioned again and again the name of a French priest and his very popular books on peace. Fr. Jacques Philippe, a priest serving in The Community of the Beatitudes since 1985, has dedicated his priesthood to spiritual direction, community formation, as well as preaching retreats. And yet, Fr. Jacques consolidated treatise of

Creating a Reading Nook

  One thing I really desire in a home is lots of windows and lots of light! Thankfully we had that to work with when we moved into our home. In many ways though the house was like a blank canvas of empty space. It was hard to plan just how to best utilize the space and light properly. This empty corner however – it just begged to become something

Blogging and the Faith Journey

Joining fellow Catholic Mom writers on a fun and silly live video that will certainly cheer you up, give you a laugh, and show you the “reality” of the people behind the blogs! Erika Marie (SimpleMama) and Lisa Henley Jones (SoundMindandSpirit) host this episode of CM Hangout, where we discuss: Introducing prayer with children Publishing a book Sharing my faith journey The influence of Padre Pio The reality of motherhood

Christ in the Holocaust

The last memory Immaculée Ilibagiza has of her father is him approaching her somberly, placing his rosary tightly in her hand, and instructing her to go to a local pastor’s house to seek shelter for her life. It was 1994 and the holocaust in Rwanda was beginning. Tensions between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes had been increasing since 1990 and culminated when an airplane carrying the Rwandan and Burundian presidents

Weighted Rice Blanket

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard someone say they were going to create a patting machine for their baby’s back throughout the night. Or how many times I have heard my husband say he was going to cut off his hand and leave it on our kid’s back through the night, because it is the only way they will stay asleep! Something about the warmth, comfort,

A Boyhood Tale of St. Patrick

  Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, we are given a wonderful opportunity to kindle a love of the beloved patron of Ireland with our children – celebrating a feast day that is deeply rooted in the faith of a boy who became a great man. This fabulously illustrated children’s book seeks to capture a day in the life of St. Patrick as a boy. His family’s faith influence,

Relevant Radio Live

  MORNING AIR LIVE WITH JOHN HARPER ON RELEVANT RADIO As we enter Lent and consider a return to being more diligent to reading and reflecting on scripture, the simple age-old tradition of Lectio Divina (explained in detail here) offers an easy blueprint. The four-step process of Reading, Meditating, Praying, and Contemplating a small bite-sized portion of scripture has been practiced in the Church since Origen in the 3rd Century.

The Depth and Richness of Lectio Divina

  Make knowledge of the Scripture your love … Live with them, meditate on them, make them the sole object of your knowledge and inquiries. ~St. Jerome The first time I visited the Croatian Embassy on DC’s famous Embassy Row, I couldn’t help but take notice of the solitary statue of St. Jerome the Priest directly outside. St. Jerome was sculpted in bronze by artist Ivan Meštrović and originally donated

Why America Craves Jack Pearson

Despite not having a good paternal role model himself, NBC‘s Jack Pearson overcomes the obstacles of his past to win every heart in his role as husband and father extraordinaire on the new drama series This Is Us.  Jack is loving and kind, quiet and hardworking. He gives all to his young bride Rebecca, and desperately desires children, even though Rebecca is not sold on the idea. Jack is the