The Day the Fatima Prayer Was Revealed

July 13, 2017

Today, July 13th, is the 100th commemoration of one of the famous apparitions of Mary to the children at Fatima. On the date of the July apparition,  two of the most critical moments of the interaction between Mary and Lucia, (Saint) Francisco and (Saint) Jacinta took place: the visions commonly referred to as the “secrets” of Fatima, and the revelation of the so-called Fatima Prayer: O My Jesus, forgive us…

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A Pious Visit

May 31, 2017

Pentecost is almost upon us. It is the day when the Spirit was poured out on the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is the birth of the Church.  It is the beginning of our universal mission.  It is the reason for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  But, it is also the reason that we should love our country, our families, and all those joined to us in faith. Allow me…

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Through a Mother’s Eyes

March 3, 2017

  The silence of Lent can be deafening. The pressure and privilege to strip it all away… to do more with less… to suffer in small, secret sacrifices… The season is striking. An intentional time of retreat, of penance, of desert-living. Its austerity is both alluring and alarming. Lent reminds us both of what we truly can do without during the year and the quiet, solitude, and stillness we have…

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Happy Galentine’s Day 2017!

February 13, 2017

What’s Galentine’s Day?? I’ll leave the explanation to its creator, Leslie Knope of Parks & Recreation: “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” While I personally think there is no level of…

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Do you pray the Rosary? You should!

January 19, 2017

These days, I don’t do much driving, and so I listen to the radio very, very rarely. But in the last few weeks, it seems any time I happen to be in the car long enough to turn on Catholic radio, I’ve inevitably heard somebody talking about the 100th anniversary of Fatima, which Catholics will celebrate this year.  For those not keen to the Fatima story, in 1917, in a small…

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Learning to love with the Holy Family of Nazareth

December 30, 2016

Recently my wife and I welcomed our first child into the world, a daughter named Lily Marie.  Her addition to our family has been more powerful and joy-filled than we could have ever imagined, though this is not to ignore the exhaustion that comes with a newborn!  Here’s a picture of her: By naming her Lily Marie we wanted to honor two Saints who have been and continue to be…

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Living the Joy of Christmas When You’re Still Waiting

December 29, 2016

Christmas is upon us and the joy of this season is real.  This reality of joy, however, looks different for each one of us.   I love Christmas.  All the little gifts–baking cookies, watching Christmas classics, decorating the tree, catching up with friends–are so special to me. Still, as much as I delight in Christmas, I am in no way on this persistent emotional high once the clock strikes midnight to…

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When Your Wine Glass Is Empty

December 19, 2016

  As a tumultuous 2016 quickly draws to a close—a year wrought with political vitriol, unprecedented violence between police and the citizenry, international humanitarian crises, and a shortage of hatchimals, we need our Mother more than ever. Let us turn to her in these final days of Advent and ask her to intercede on behalf of our country. Where do we get this concept of Mary as advocate and intercessor?…

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Our Lady of Guadalupe: Learning How to Dance from My Mama

December 12, 2016

I’m a New Orleans girl, and I really love to dance.  I love swing dancing, line dancing, second lining, you name it.  Just the other day, I was trying to explain the way we second line to some friends of mine who are not from New Orleans.  After struggling to explain, I realized I really couldn’t do it with words. I was quickly reminded that the best way for me…

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Remembering and Celebrating the Immaculate Conception

December 8, 2016

Today, the Church celebrates the Immaculate Conception.  In case you’re one of those Catholics (like me) who used to think that this feast was about the conception of Jesus, recall that the dogma of the Immaculate Conception refers to the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne.  This is a particularly interesting dogma as it was not formally defined until 1854, in the encyclical of Pope…

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