Feasts, holy days, holidays

Embracing Lent… links to read, stuff to do, prayers to pray… and podcasts!

This year I was feeling a bit overwhelmed facing down the Lenten season. It felt like one more thing on my to-do list. But after praying about that I realized that some of the difficult things in the family (lots of illness and joblessness for many loved ones), and in the world (you name it,…

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Our Lady of Lourdes, I love thee! Some links of interest…

My archived Among Women podcast of my trip to Lourdes in June 2012. Photos from my trip, on my old blog. My Among Women conversation with Joanne McPortland about her trip to Lourdes and other shrines in Europe. A link to add your petitions to Our Lady of Lourdes in France. Blogger Billy Newton suggests…

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It’s World Marriage Sunday – Watch this free video: “The Rich Gift of Love”

Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, OP presents a good lesson on The Rich Gift of Love.  Watch the video here.  

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A Blessing for the New Year

May God, the source and origin of all blessing,  grant you grace, pour out his blessing in abundance, and keep you safe from harm throughout the year.  Amen. May he give you integrity of faith, endurance in hope, and perseverance in charity with holy patience to the end.  Amen. May he order you days and…

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A White Christmas in New England…

        Taking a little blogging break! See you in the New Year!

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St Peter Canisius… a great Jesuit & Doctor of the Church… gave us the first Catechism in print!

Today is the feast of St Peter Canisius, a Jesuit, who was a writer/publisher and catechist of the highest order. I like him because he was the first to ever publish a catechism — and there were like 200 editions of it in his lifetime and it was translated into 12 languages! Peter was one…

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Gaudete! JOY!

Be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing. Those whom the…

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Another feast day for Momma Mary — as Patroness of the Americas, Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe is among my favorite titles for Mary. And though my circumstances prevent me from sharing very much here, I do have a few things you may like… My favorite quote from this apparition: “Let not your heart be disturbed. Do not fear that sickness, nor any other sickness or anguish. Am…

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