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Reflections on Pain, Peru, and the Power of Prayer

Reflections on Pain, Peru, and the Power of Prayer

Nearly a year ago, I injured myself in karate class.  In a disappointing twist of fate…I was just days away from both a tournament and a green belt test…my pelvis shifted forward on the right side and locked into place at the S.I. Joint. This […]

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Be careful, my child, in all you do, well-disciplined in all your behaviour. Do to no one what you would not want done to you. Give your bread to those who are hungry, and your clothes to those who are naked. Whatever you own in […]

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I shall be very happy to make my weaknesses my special boast so that the power of Christ may stay over me, and that is why I am quite content with my weaknesses, and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and the agonies I go through for […]

Good Stewards

Good Stewards

Each one of you has received a special grace, so, like good stewards responsible for all these different graces of God, put yourselves at the service of others. If you are a speaker, speak in words which seem to come from God; if you are […]

Planting Seeds, Growing Roots

Planting Seeds, Growing Roots

Wise families remain well rooted by sharing together in the daily disciplines of the spiritual life. The family cloister discovers God’s grace growing within the family in the ordinary rhythms of life together. When we root our families in Christ, in God’s Word, and in a spiritual community, we will grow and flourish.

-David Robinson, The Family Cloister

Book Review: The Catholic Catalogue

Book Review: The Catholic Catalogue

The Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up a Catholic Life Part 1: Smells and Bells I love the way in which our Catholic customs are explained in this part of the book…in a simple, no fluff way that appeals […]

Sickness and Soup Kitchens. Saying Yes to God’s Call.

Sickness and Soup Kitchens. Saying Yes to God’s Call.

So, I experienced a sort of, “ah, now I get it” moment this morning. Well, more like a continuation of a “moment” that I experienced on our mission trip to Peru. And this quote sums it all up so nicely: In sickness we discover two […]

Faith is a living thing

Faith is a living thing

Faith is a living thing that must be nurtured every day through prayer, kindness, and acts of love. It will lead us through our darkest days and restore love and light to even the most troubled soul in the most dire of circumstances.

-“Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide (Left to Tell)” by Immaculée Ilibagiza

 

 

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 […]


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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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Reflections on Pain, Peru, and the Power of Prayer

Reflections on Pain, Peru, and the Power of Prayer

Nearly a year ago, I injured myself in karate class.  In a disappointing twist of fate…I was just days away from both a tournament and a green belt test…my pelvis shifted forward on the right side and locked into place at the S.I. Joint. This […]

Planting Seeds, Growing Roots

Planting Seeds, Growing Roots

Wise families remain well rooted by sharing together in the daily disciplines of the spiritual life. The family cloister discovers God’s grace growing within the family in the ordinary rhythms of life together. When we root our families in Christ, in God’s Word, and in […]

Sickness and Soup Kitchens. Saying Yes to God’s Call.

Sickness and Soup Kitchens. Saying Yes to God’s Call.

So, I experienced a sort of, “ah, now I get it” moment this morning. Well, more like a continuation of a “moment” that I experienced on our mission trip to Peru. And this quote sums it all up so nicely: In sickness we discover two […]

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, […]