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What Would You Do if Jesus Came to Visit? |

"Jesus?" by Isaac Torrontera (2012) via Flickr, CC By-NC-SA 2.0

I love the concept of this article. It would be a great children’s book! If we carried this image with us each day, think how it would change our world. Each day we can put Jesus right there as we make our daily decisions. Yes, he is already right here and we can ponder “What would Jesus think” just like the motto several years ago “What would Jesus do”. Thinking about his reaction to today and our lives only brings him closer and deeper into our heart and soul. Enjoy this read.

What Would You Do if Jesus Came to Visit? |

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The Eucharist: The Body of Christ? Reflection for Corpus Christi

My husband and I were just discussing transubstantiation and how do you explain it to non-Catholics in this time of new evangelization. This blog has an excellent explanation with church doctrine to guide you.
“Christ Institutes the Eucharist” by Lawrence OP (Detail from a mosaic in St Salvators Chapel in St Andrews), 2013, via Flickr, CC by NC-ND 2.0. All rights reserved. Readings for June 7: Corpus Christi   The Catholic Church teaches the doctrine of transubstantiation, namely, that in the Eucharist, the communion wafer and the altar…

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Putting On the Armor of God

New book out on Amazon Putting On the Armor of God.

When we live in the Truth of God and his will, we are surrounded by abundant love.

We are given the tools such as: The Belt of Truth or The Shield of Faith, to stand strong against the evil forces and lies.

In Ephesians 6:10-18 we prepare ourselves for the battle from the words of St. Paul to the Ephesians.

Putting On the Armor of God is a great book for families to read together. Alongside with The Bible, parents can discuss each tool and what it means to them. The back of the book gives activities to incorporate each tool. You can even add your own fun ways to reinforce the Armor of God.

Great book for Bible study and PRE classes.

To purchase you can go to Amazon or click this link.

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Following a Mother’s Counsel – The Word Among Us

I read this the other day and it moved me so much. This is an excellent article. I have already told people to ask Mary to show you those whose wine is empty.

Enjoy this article and may it deepen your faith as it did mine.



Following a Mother’s CounselFollowing a Mother’s Counsel – The Word Among Us.

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Small Steps: Perfect Daily Tool for Working Mom’s Faith Journey |

Danielle Bean had wonderful information for mothers on the radio this morning. Its not often I hear someone that expresses all the right components for parenting your children. Check out her blog also.


Small Steps for Catholic Moms


Small Steps: Perfect Daily Tool for Working Mom’s Faith Journey |

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Discipline and Being a Disciplinarian | The Mystery of Parenthood

Just listened to Trey Cashion on  Catholic Relevant Radio. This is a great explanation of the role of Disciplinarian and how that applies to your faith. What a great basis in your home to incorporate.


Discipline and Being a Disciplinarian | The Mystery of Parenthood.

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The power of a Moms prayers



Many times I have been brought to my knees on issues surrounding my children. Somehow the spiritual side gets turned off and Mommy mode takes over. When in reality, it should be opposite. My daughter, who is now 26, had been in a bad relationship. I had to totally put it in the Lord’s hands. I couldn’t understand it, let alone anyone around the situation. Seeking advice from Priests they would tell me to pray. One priest said that the power of a Mom’s prayers were strong and to ask for Mother Mary’s help. From that moment on I grew in my love for Mary along with the plea’s that came from my heart. I did not see an end to my daughters relationship, but focused on my faith in God and the intercession of Mary. That was about two years ago. Within a blink of an eye, prayers were answered and I humbly fell to my knees in praise and thanksgiving. Today my daughter is engaged to a wonderful man who shares her Catholic faith and now I share with so many that it is truly an answer to a Mom’s prayers. God bless each of you as you struggle. Place your cares in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.