January 2019 – Liturgical Living

My 2019 New Year's Resolution is to live liturgically. Not just going through the motions, but intentionally planning things that go along with the liturgical calendar. It's something that I had slowly started to do at haphazard moments in 2018. Ideas for activities, outings, and meals would simply pop into my head at random. Then unexpectedly, my mom gave me Kendra Tierney's new book, The Catholic All Year Compendium...

Mary & Elizabeth: The Importance of Their Relationship

Mary was probably about three years old at the time she began her duties as a Temple virgin. She was young, far from home and her closest relatives were childless. It's logical to assume that a deep bond developed between Elizabeth and Mary during this time, possibly one similar to the bond between a mother and a child.

How Jesus Saved His Mother

Every single one of us needed saving from sin -- including Mary. It just so happens that God saved her outside of time. This post provides an explanation and an analogy to help understand the Immaculate Conception.

it’s ok if you’re not ok

“Remember --sin hurts!” he would say as the last bell of the week rang and his high school juniors would race out the door. My co-worker was a fellow religion teacher, in charge of our morality curriculum, and had a personality that lightened the mood of any tense situation. He could say difficult things to... Continue Reading →

Mary’s Birthday = the Dawn of Salvation

“The New Testament lies hidden in the Old, and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New.”  ~St. Augustine This is a fairly well known quote from Augustine, and also, a fairly well known truth. This mysterious “intertwining” is one of my favorite things about Scripture. It catches my attention, locks me in, and leads... Continue Reading →

Why is Mary the “Queen”?

The answer to this is pretty simple: because Jesus is the King. This is confusing for those of us who came into the world while monogamous marriages are the norm. Most recent monarchs had one wife (or at least one at a time [*cough*cough* Henry VIII *cough*cough*), and in our experience, the title of Queen always... Continue Reading →

What the Eclipse Reveals about Mary

The earth cannot survive without the sun, not only does it provide light and the possibility of nourishment, the entire world revolves around it. Without the sun, life could not be sustained. Did you know, this is also true of the moon? According to Scientific American, life may owe it's very origins to the moon.... Continue Reading →

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