September, 2013

Small Steps as the Foundation for an Integrated Catholic Life: An Interview with Elizabeth Foss

I remember eight years ago, when my oldest daughter was still a surprise human being in my home, alarming me and delighting me in equal measure. Nothing, nothing, prepared me for motherhood. As I explored the blogosphere and tapped into the wisdom of other Catholic moms, I found myself drawn to two women, women who, while they were “big names” online, […]

Ask a Carmelite — Is There a Difference Between a Nun and a Sister?

Dear Sister Timothy Marie, Sister Timothy, are you a nun? Dear Friend, Well, I do wear a long brown habit and I have professed three vows of obedience, chastity, and poverty, in consecration to God forever. But am I a nun?  My name is SISTER Timothy Marie. But am I a nun? Here is the answer. In a practical, everyday […]

The Pro-Life Rosary

Photography © by Andy Coan

“Every child that isn’t born, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, has the face of the Lord.” (Pope Francis) October is the Month of the Rosary and the 40 Days for Life campaign began on September 25th. I urge every Catholic to pray the Rosary not only for an end to abortion but also […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Vincent de Paul

The Good Samaritan by Eugene Delacroix

“Extend your mercy towards others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His Mercy from us?” (St. Vincent de Paul) September 27 is the Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul, priest (1581-1660) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends […]

Flannery O’Connor’s Prayer Journal: Hearing an Old Friend’s Voice Again

Flannery O'Connor

The year was 2005.  I was sitting on the back deck talking with my spiritual director, Father Richard Lopez, when he suddenly asked me if I’d ever read Flannery O’Connor’s letters. I’d read her stories long ago but not her letters, and his question piqued my interest. Before long, I was poring over “The Habit of Being,” a collection of […]

Daily Catholic Quote from J. R. R. Tolkien on the Blessed Sacrament

J. R. R. Tolkien

“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament … There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth … which every man’s heart desires” (J. R. R. Tolkien). If you liked this quote, please […]

Dear Blessed Mother

Photography © by Carmelite Sisters

  “Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.” (Saint Francis de Sales) Dear Blessed Mother, You may wonder why I am writing this letter to you.  As I reflected on you during Eucharistic adoration this week, I was reminded of how much more clearly I communicate when I […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

“Let anyone who comes to you go away feeling better and happier. Everyone should see goodness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile. Joy shows from the eyes. It appears when we speak and walk. It cannot be kept closed inside us. It reacts outside. Joy is very infectious.” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta) If you liked this quote, […]

“Grace Unplugged” — A Prodigal Daughter

Imagine that the father of the “Prodigal Son” from Scripture once partied like a rock star before converting to the goodness of a Godly life.  He taught his sons well, sharing the emptiness of his past as a place never to wander. But one son, thinking his Father to be boringly conservative, leaves for the bright lights and all that […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort

St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort

“Since grace enhances our human nature and glory adds a still greater perfection to grace, it is certain that our Lord remains in heaven just as much the Son of Mary as he was on earth. Consequently he has retained the submissiveness and obedience of the most perfect of all children towards the best of all mothers.” (St. Louis-Marie Grignion de […]