#31DaysOfMary : Our Lady of Czestochowa


31 Days of Mary, Catholic

  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 […]

05/03/2018

Free Dates For Catholic Couples


Catholic, Parenting

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 […]

04/11/2018

My Conversion Story


Catholic, Seven Quick Takes

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 […]

03/30/2018

We Don’t Celebrate Advent


Catholic, Seven Quick Takes

Now that I lured you in with that click bait title you can relax: our family has not abandoned Advent! However, we definitely don’t celebrate it – we observe it the way we do Lent (though not as strictly), and we celebrate Christmas in its proper time (for twelve days, and in small ways up […]

11/24/2017

The World Will Be Saved By Beauty


Books, Catholic

Since everyone wants to know about the book I was pouring over last week, here’s the review I didn’t have the brain cells to write late last Thursday night. I’ve mentioned on the blog before that I’m a big Dorothy Day fan, so when Shannon shared ‘Dorothy Day, The World Will Be Saved by Beauty, […]

05/16/2017