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Mantoan Family Traditions – February

As someone who abhors winter, February is always the longest month of the year. When everyone was little and homeschooled, February was the month when we all wanted to give up. It always seems more fitting to me when Ash Wednesday falls early in February so that Lent and the dreariness of the month occur…

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Lent 2024

A very solemn Ash Wednesday to you all. I’m happy to say my Catholic Valentines have been bringing in quite the traffic spike. It’s not too late to download a few to give to those whose eternal souls you’re enamored with….saving from the fires of Gehenna. And once again, it’s time for me to naval…

The American Catholic Liturgical Year

And here we are in December. I’m not going to bother updating you on the entire month of November because I’ve already done that for newsletter subscribers and I don’t feel like typing it out again. In a nutshell, it was the usual busyness plus I was trying to learn everything there was to know…

An Orthodox Inspired Lent

Someone asked me recently if I was still updating the blog so I took it as a subtle hint that I should post something. Thankfully, it’s time for my annual Lent post! Four times a year I love to over-analyze my life and create lofty goals: beginning of the year, Lent, beginning of the school…

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2022 Lent Documentation

We’ve passed the second Sunday of Lent so probably a good time to share some Lenten thoughts and goals and admit I’ve already gone to Confession for failing at the one thing Fulton and Teddy asked me to give up. I used to not like sharing my Lenten practices, then I overshared and did crazy…

You Can Do Lent

Day two of sugar withdrawal is going well. How about I use these under-fueled brain cells to put together my annual ambitious Lenten plans post? There’s nothing too crazy this year; it’s actually pretty much the same as last year. I even made a video with some ideas for people who wonder why they should…

Easter is Coming.

I am in a funk and suppose I do not have much to say. All is well here. School is proceeding well, and our home remains a happy and comfortable place. Yes, we all long to get out for various reasons, but we’re not suffering from crippling anxiety or depression or anything. We’ve started saying,…

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‘Accepting the Gift’ in Review

What great weight is lifted off one’s shoulders when a major project finally comes to completion. I spent all of last Sunday walking around and smiling and remarking to Tony, “I’m no longer planning a conference!” Of course on Monday I dove into video editing, and by Wednesday I was making notes for another event,…

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Your Child Can Attend the Catholic College of Your Dreams

Everyone is talking about the college bribing scandal, and the lengths some wealthy parents went to to secure their childrens’ admission into a few Ivy League schools. Although somewhat shocking, we need to admit that nothing is more important than enrolling our children into top schools by any means necessary. As Catholics, we know it’s…

Just Tell Me What To Do Already!

Long time readers will know that typically every Lent I try to challenge myself with some extreme diet or mortification, then spend several weeks writing about how I’m such a lousy Catholic because I can’t do this crazy, self imposed fast/diet/penance. This year, as Lent approached, I got antsy. I didn’t know what I wanted…

We Are All Burdens

Last week during one of my many scrolls through Facebook I came across an older article shared by a friend that talked about “finding God by welcoming the disabled”. A quote she shared from the article caught my eye and has stuck with me since. “So whether it is the disabled, the unborn, the elderly,…

#sackclothandashes And Action

Today begins the #sackclothandashes campaign founded by my good friends Kendra and Bonnie. I invite you to join along with us for 40 days of fasting and prayer in reparation for the sins committed against the faithful of the Church by those who should have been leading it.   While it would be easy to…