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Sing of Mary: Great Things

Sing of Mary: Great Things

I recently discovered the amazing artist that is Donna Cori Gibson, who is helping prepare our hearts and minds for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. This song, Great Things, is the Blessed Mother’s Magnificat set to music.  It is among my favorites, as I’ve been praying the […]

Prayer for Busy Moms

Prayer for Busy Moms

“O almighty and eternal God, Lord of both the living and the dead, Your tender mercy embraces all men foreknown to be Yours by faith and a good life. Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary our Mother, and of all the saints, grant Your merciful pardon to all mothers for whom we pray, whether they still are living in this world or have departed from this flesh into the world to come. Especially, dear Lord, grant the requests I now make of You for my own beloved mother.” -from Catholic Online

One of the lessons I’ve learned as a mom is how to sneak prayer into the in-between moments of my day. Where I used to fault myself for not having a more “dedicated” prayer life, I now rejoice in the prayers my children “gift” me, whether they are prayers of happiness or prayers of despair.

Because, you see, I’ve come to realize that my children (and the choices I make as a mom) “are” in fact the most important prayers that I can possibly give to a Lord who has entrusted in me their care and keeping.

For an amazingly heart-felt read on the subject of prayer, I invite you to read this blog post at To Jesus, Sincerely.  If you are a busy mom like me, you need the kind of encouragement that Sara (author of To Jesus, Sincerely) offers.

Trust me. It’s worth your time.

The Cistercian Way

The Cistercian Way

Thursday, April 27th 2017 My six children and I traveled to the Valley of Our Lady Monastery in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin to be enrolled as an Oblate Family.  I will write more about our experience as time permits.  In the meantime, here is a bit […]

Marian Consecration

Marian Consecration

Having completed our 54-day rosary novena, my children and I are now preparing for total consecration to Jesus through Mary. When I first began the Nineveh 90 challenge, I invited my children to “follow” along, not realizing how deeply committed they would become.  My oldest […]

God alone suffices

God alone suffices

Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything. Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices.”
— St. Teresa of Avila
About that “Nineveh Thing”

About that “Nineveh Thing”

The Lenten season has a way of sneaking up on me. Every. single. year. When I was a new Catholic, it was no big deal. Without much thought, I would give up chocolate or alcoholic beverages and avoid meat on Fridays (easy, since I am a vegetarian) and consider […]

A Novena To Three American Saints For Life

A Novena To Three American Saints For Life

Saints Elizabeth Seton, Frances Cabrini and John Neumann are powerful witnesses to the Gospel of life. May we come to better know, love, and serve God as emulated by them, in their everyday lives.   Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, a prominent […]

16th Day of Christmas: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

16th Day of Christmas: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord, bringing to close the season of Christmas.

 

“The Lord was baptized, not to be cleansed himself, but to cleanse the waters, so that those waters, cleansed by the flesh of Christ, might have the power of baptism.”

-St. Ambrose of Milan

Words can hardly express how much we have grown as a family, and also as a Church community, during these last 44 days [of Advent and Christmas]. In the waiting, we experienced the joy of expectation. In following the star, we found the courage to carry on. In gazing into the newborn Jesus’ eyes, we witnessed the fulfillment of a promise. In the waters of Christ’s baptism, we begin anew.

And to sweeten the renewal of our faith, here is a traditional Greek recipe for Diples (more popularly known as Christ’s Diapers):

Christ’s Diapers
INGREDIENTS
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Grated rind of 1 orange
  • Vegetable Oil or shortening for deep frying
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Chopped pistachio nuts
  • Confectioners’ sugar

 

Directions

With an electric beater, beat the eggs until light and fluffy.

Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Gradually stir the flour into the eggs.

Turn the dough onto an unfloured board. Add the olive oil, a little at a time, and the grated orange rind. Knead the dough until it is smooth—about 10 minutes.

Roll the dough out paper thin on a well-floured board. Cut it into squares about 1 1/2 inches across. Fold these into triangles, then join the ends to form diapers. Press the corners together gently but firmly. (If you don’t press the corners well, the diapers will come undone!)

Drop the diapers, a few at a time, into hot fat (360º-370º F. on a deep-fat-frying thermometer). Turn once or twice and fry until golden brown. Drain thoroughly on paper towels.

Bring the honey and water slowly to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in the cinnamon and lemon juice. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 or 2 minutes.

Dribble the honey syrup over the diapers, and sprinkle them with chopped pistachios, then with confectioners sugar.

When the diapers are fully dry, pack them in a tin and cover tightly. These keep well, if well covered.

Recipe Source

Continual Feast, A by Evelyn Birge Vitz, Ignatius Press, San Francisco , 1985

15th Day of Christmas: Solemnity of The Epiphany of the Lord

15th Day of Christmas: Solemnity of The Epiphany of the Lord

The Solemnity of the Epiphany is celebrated either on January 6 or, according to the decision of the episcopal conference, on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8. For Christians, the Epiphany commemorates the coming of the Magi to the child Jesus, the manifestation of […]


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The Cistercian Way

The Cistercian Way

Thursday, April 27th 2017

My six children and I traveled to the Valley of Our Lady Monastery in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin to be enrolled as an Oblate Family.  I will write more about our experience as time permits.  In the meantime, here is a bit of an invitation to you from the monastery website:

“Cistercian Nuns live the Contemplative life under the Holy Rule of St. Benedict. Our Cistercian Oblates are lay men and women who feel a call to live this ideal as the guide for their daily life. We have a one year novitiate before making final oblation. Oblation is a promise to live the oblate life in so far as their state in life permits according to the Rule of St. Benedict. The main emphasis of our oblate program is on development and growth in the spiritual life through prayer and the Sacraments. We encourage them to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, especially Lauds and Vespers, daily Mass, and the practice Lectio Divina or Sacred Reading, a monastic form of prayer.  It is the Cistercian contemplative life lived in the world rather than in the monastery. If you feel God is calling you to this way of life please email: HERE


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Sing of Mary: Great Things

Sing of Mary: Great Things

I recently discovered the amazing artist that is Donna Cori Gibson, who is helping prepare our hearts and minds for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. This song, Great Things, is the Blessed Mother’s Magnificat set to music.  It is among my favorites, as I’ve been praying the […]

Prayer for Busy Moms

Prayer for Busy Moms

“O almighty and eternal God, Lord of both the living and the dead, Your tender mercy embraces all men foreknown to be Yours by faith and a good life. Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary our Mother, and of all the saints, […]

Marian Consecration

Marian Consecration

Having completed our 54-day rosary novena, my children and I are now preparing for total consecration to Jesus through Mary. When I first began the Nineveh 90 challenge, I invited my children to “follow” along, not realizing how deeply committed they would become.  My oldest […]

About that “Nineveh Thing”

About that “Nineveh Thing”

The Lenten season has a way of sneaking up on me. Every. single. year. When I was a new Catholic, it was no big deal. Without much thought, I would give up chocolate or alcoholic beverages and avoid meat on Fridays (easy, since I am a vegetarian) and consider […]

On Teamwork…

On Teamwork…

“What you are doing, I may not be able to do…What I am doing you may not be able to do…But all of us together are doing something beautiful for God.” -Mother Teresa   Watercolor painting of Saint Teresa of Calcutta By Mondalsamir – Own […]