Category: Catholic

#31DaysofMary: Our Lady of La Vang

If you’re still with me on this cross-cultural Marian adventure, you deserve a bonus! Just pretend it’s a song about Mary…in some way or another. Our Lady of La Vang, Vietnam Apparitions that occurred in the woods of Quang Tri, Vietnam in 1798 to Catholics hiding from persecution. In 1798, the Nguyen Dynasty which ruled the Read More

#31DaysofMary: Our Lady of Walsingham

Our Lady of Walsingham Apparition of Our Lady that appeared and asked for a replica of the Holy Family’s house to be built in Walsingham, England Feast Day, September 24 In 1061, Richeldis de Faverches a rich young widow, prayed for guidance in how she might honor Our Lady. Mary appeared to Faverches and took Read More

#31DaysofMary: Our Lady of the Snows

Pretty sure this is the longest streak of anything I’ve completed since a pregnancy…or maybe my Whole30. I’m not sure. MOVING ON TO THE INSPIRING STUFF… Our Lady of the Snows Fourth century Marian apparition that led to the creation of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, Italy On August 4, 358 Our Read More

#31DaysofMary : Our Lady of Good Health

Our Lady of Good Health, or Our Lady of Vailankanni, India Apparation of Our Lady that appeared twice in Vailankanni   Around 1550 a shepherd boy was completing his daily chore of carrying milk from Vailankanni (a seaport town on the Bay of Bengal) to his master at Nagapattinam. He stopped along the way to nap and Read More

#31DaysofMary: Our Lady of Akita

Our Lady of Akita Title given to a statue of The Lady of all Nations that spoke to Sister Agnes Sasagawa of the Handmaids of the Eucharist, Akita, Japan Beginning in 1973, Sister Agnes Sasagawa of the Handmaids of the Eucharist began to experience signs and visions, the first being a bright light emanating from the Tabernacle Read More

#31DaysofMary : Our Lady of El Cobre

Nuestra Senora de la Caridad, which means, ‘Our Lady of Charity’, also known as Our Lady of Cobre Statue housed in a basilica in Cobre, Cuba Around 1600, three boys, Rodrigo, Juan de Hoyos, and Juan Morenowere, were out in a boat on the Bay of Nite, when a strong storm blew up and threatened Read More

{SQT} More Mary, Hospital Help, And Another Giveaway!

1. Let’s keep the streak going with another Seven Quick Takes + #31DaysofMary. Not sure what I’m talking about with that long hashtag? Check out this post, or tl:dr, I’m blogging everyday this month, and featuring miraculous Marys from around the globe. So far we’ve got: Our Lady of Siluva, Lithuania Our Lady of the Read More

#31DaysOfMary : Our Lady of Czestochowa

  Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the Black Madonna Miraculous icon housed at the Jasna Gora Monastery, Czestochowa, Poland Tradition states that St. Luke painted this image of Our Lady on a cedar tabletop used in the holy family’s house (thus one of the reasons he’s the patron saint of artists). It was discovered Read More

#31DaysofMary : Our Lady of the Pillar

  Our Lady of the Pillar, The Oldest Title of Our Lady Appeared to St. James in 40 A.D in Zaragoza, Spain   According to tradition, Mary (who was still alive) appeared to St. James the Greater in 40 A.D on the banks of the river Ebro in Zaragoza, Spain on a pillar of jasper Read More

It’s A Global Adventure With Mary That Doesn’t Require A CD-ROM!

Because I’m not already spinning approximately 2,203 plates, for the next month I’ll be posting daily about Mary and sharing 31 of the titles she known by around the globe. You might know some of the more popular ones (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel), and some might be new to you (Our Lady of Sheshan), Read More

Free Dates For Catholic Couples

Last week, Tony and I slipped out for a couple hours alone while the kids watched a movie. As long as Fulton and Teddy are healthy, or at school, we’re comfortable stopping by a nearby restaurant for lunch, dinner, drinks or just uninteruppted adult conversation. Taking a walk after lunch or dinner is also no Read More

My Conversion Story

This week, in honor of the holiest day of the year (a.k.a. EASTER) I thought I would share my conversion story. I’ve always hesitated to share too much because I don’t want my parents or family or friends from my old church, many of whom I still see, to be upset or feel attacked. This Read More

{SQT}The Year Fasting Became Hard Again, And Other Tales From The Lenten Trenches

For the last few Lents, I’ve shared my goals; what I’m giving up, doing, or not doing, in the run up to Easter. With our Florida trip coinciding nicely with Ash Wednesday, that didn’t happen…though I truly did have the best of intentions! So, instead of the long post sharing what strange eating plan I’ve Read More

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