{SQT} Seven Things I Learned About Catholic Mindfulness

Alright, finally, the deets on the Catholic Mindfulness course. In re-reading the materials, I realized how much I missed the first time around, probably because I was in a hurry. (Still such a novice!!) But, the good news is, I’m not expected to be an expert from the get go, so as long as I […]

Hosting Update IV

The house is quieter today. A snow storm moved in and blanketed the area forcing us to abandon plans to go to the movies or sneak in a date night. Instead, we’ve stayed put and each done our own thing relatively undisturbed. It’s bittersweet. I must admit to being happy to having things “back to […]

{SQT} Priorities

Monday found me slightly stressed, with a sugar hangover, and an overwhelming feeling that we would not, under any circumstances, be ready to host orphans by Saturday. My efforts to clean and reorganize the whole house were constantly being undone by my family who didn’t seem to grasp the importance of having everything absolutely perfect […]

New (Liturgical) Year’s Resolutions

We’re beginning a new liturgical year and now is when I reflect on my past year’s efforts in matters of faith, and, through prayer and fasting and the quiet of Advent, try to figure out what I need to work on next year. As we lit the first candle of our Advent wreath on Sunday, […]

{SQT} Up Your Spiritual Game With Deliberate Practice

While reading one of the many self-improvement books I frequently indulge in, I came across, once again, the mention of deliberate practice. Since it’s introduction by psychologist and professor Anders Ericsson in 1996, it’s cropped up in numerous books (like Grit)  and articles (see here) ever since. So, not a new concept for me, but […]

{SQT} How Can We Keep Our Faith When Bad Things Happen To Our Children?

My final post regarding special needs parenting is inspired from a status another SMA parent posted on Facebook a few months ago. This father was very open about his struggles to maintain his faith. He was mentally keeping track of two columns, and the column for tossing aside what little Christian faith he had left, contained the […]

{SQT} I’m a Special Needs Mom, and This is How I Pray

I know I said I’d be writing about this stuff in August, but, this was a slow week and when inspiration strikes, you gotta go with it. When I get emails from other special needs parents they often mention how alone they feel. Many times, I’m the only other person they know raising a child […]

A Worthy Reception: Preparing For Communion Old School!

I first discovered ‘The Imitation of Christ’ when a beat up paperback copy was left in the back of our parish, free for the taking. I’m a sucker for free books, and not knowing anything about what kind of book it was, except religious, I took it home. It quickly became a favorite of mine, and […]

Fulton’s First Holy Communion

Saturday morning, we all woke up early and I think the excitement was contagious.   A photo posted by Kelly Mantoan (@kellymantoan) on Apr 30, 2016 at 5:50am PDT Like many second graders this spring, Fulton Ambrose received his First Holy Communion at a morning Mass surrounded by a packed sanctuary of friends and family. […]

{SQT} The Seven Deadly Sins of Facebook

Between the election year and recent bathroom issues, my Facebook feed is a continuous stream of negativity, vulgar memes, and articles filled with logical fallacies and click bait titles parading as “viral take downs”. I openly admit to unfollowing most people I’m friends with, especially those who are continually outraged about something. Doesn’t it get exhausting […]