Summer Plans For The Ambitiously Lazy

Most of civilized society is enjoying summer break. For homeschoolers, summer is indistinguishable from the rest of the year because you’re still yelling at your kids all the time, the only difference is now everyone is hot and sweaty. For families with children home from a brick and mortar school, it can be an adjustment Read More

{SQT} Life Changing Reads And Counting Down the Days to Camp

Welcome to June! Let’s belly flop into the deep end of the pool with some Quick Takes! 1. My #31DaysofMary series will start back up in October, the month of the Holy Rosary. I really enjoyed learning about all the international titles of Mary, but with all the other obligations this month, I quickly got Read More

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

No Quick Takes this week. Check back soon for more #31DaysofMary and another great book giveaway! Don’t forget what we’re commemorating this weekend! Seven Ways to Observe Memorial Day As A Catholic Read More

#31DaysofMary Stops in China, Plus Updates On The Boys

May is always a crazy month. October is also a crazy month, but I seem to always remember that. The constant running around that is May, always sneaks up on me. I’ll document a bit of the madness for posterity and be sure to share a new Marian title in the process. I am a Read More

#31DaysofMary: Our Lady of Africa

Our Lady of Africa Title given to a miraculous bronze statue of Our Lady, housed in the Basilique Notre Dame d’Afrique in Algiers, Algeria In the time of Constantine, northern Africa was Christianized along with the rest of the Roman Empire. St. Augustine was from this area. In time, this land fell under Muslim control and it Read More

#31DaysofMary: Our Lady of Altotting

Our Lady of Altotting (sometimes spelled Altoetting) Miraculous Black Madonna statue placed in the Chapel of Grace, Altotting, Germany in 1330 The Chapel of Grace in Altotting, marks the spot where St. Rupert baptized the first Christian Duke of Bavaria. An octogonal baptismal chapel was built to commemorate the event. Although the original chapel was destroyed, the Read More

#31DaysofMary: Our Lady of Mariazell

Our Lady of Mariazell, Austria In 1157 Our Lady dramatically answered the prayer of a Benedictine monk named Magnus by splitting a huge rock formation in two. While walking through the forest of what’s now Austria, a Benedictine monk named Magnus sought the perfect location for his hermitage. He came upon a rock formation too Read More

#31DaysofMary: Our Lady of Le Puy en Velay

Our Lady of Le Puy en Velay Apparition which appeared twice in Haute-Loire, France Around 250, Our Lady appeared to a sick, recently converted Christian woman in Velay, now part of modern France, and told her to visit Mount Anis and lay on a large flagstone. She did this, and upon arising was found to be Read More

#31DaysofMary: Our Lady of Aparecida

Our Lady of the Conception Aparecida, or simply Our Lady of Aparecida Miraculous statue venerated in Brazil, originally fished out of the water in 1717. Three fisherman from the small town of Guarantinqueta had been charged with the task of catching a large number of fish for an upcoming banquet. Before setting out on their Read More

#31DaysofMary: Our Lady of Octlan

Yes, I’m a bit behind, and maybe you’ve noticed I’m backdating these posts….don’t judge me! We’ll continue our travels with Mary and hit 31 days one way or another!     Our Lady of Ocotlan Apparition of Our Lady that appeared in Tiaxcala, Mexico in 1541   Many Catholics are familiar with Our Lady of Read More

#31DaysofMary in Equador

Our Lady of Good Success, Ecuador Apparition of Our Lady that appeared to Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres at her Conceptionist Royal Convent in Quito, Ecuador in 1594 In 1577, 13-year-old Mariana de Jesus Torres traveled from Spain to Ecuador with a group of religious sisters to found a new convent in Quito. By the Read More

#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

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