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#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…

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{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…

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#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…

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#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…

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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),…

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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…

My Conversion Story: Methodist to Roman Catholic

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…

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{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…

We Don’t Celebrate Advent

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…

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How To Be Thankful When God Gives You What You Want

Last week as I sat in the hospital with Fulton during his four-hour observation window, I tried, between the nurse interruptions and (mis)alarming equipment, to hash out a Quick Takes post. By the time we left that night and got home I was too spent to reread and edit it into something coherent, thus the…

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NFP And Genetic Disorder

Next week is Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week. I do not normally write about NFP because I would prefer to keep that aspect of my marriage private, as would my husband. However, based on the emails I’ve been getting, I feel there is a need for an NFP post to be written for parents…

Seven Ways To Observe Memorial Day As A Catholic

This weekend, like many of you, I will be consuming grilled food, drinking party beverages, and hopefully soaking up some rays poolside. But, Memorial Day is so much more than just the start to the summer season. Personally, I think it is one government holiday that we can baptize just a bit. So prepare to…

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The World Will Be Saved By Beauty

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,…