Pope Francis: Family Prayer



Authentic prayer is a gift from God, a gift we receive with joy because God initiates and we simply respond.

For his 100th general audience,Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the family by considering family prayer. In his opening statements, the pope pointed out that most people find it difficult to find time to pray.

Pope Francis teaches that love of God, not guilt will inspire us to pray.

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Effective Mothers

13fdb94fa12ad733f9ba5131d7cd0e65 (1)Obviously, an effective mother is passionate about teaching and loving her kids.

It is passion, an inner drive, that is not dependant on seeing results right away. It is passion from the Holy Spirit that prevents discouragement or burnout because it is an inner fire that motivates and energizes mums.

We must learn to connect spirit to spirit, heart to heart with little people in and through God if we want to teach and form them into children of God.

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Assumption of Mary in Art : Icons, Modern, Classical

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary by contemporary, Catholic artist Michael O’Brien
The early Christian belief in Mary’s Assumption was proven by the lack of her relics, empty tombs, the existence of Transitus Mariae stories, and quotes from the first Christians. They were very careful to keep the relics of saints and martyrs, even if it involved great risk (like trying to retrieve the remains of those who were eaten by lions). They did this out of great reverence for the body as a member of Christ and temple of the Holy Spirit  ( I Corinthians 6:15, 19).



Reflections on Matthew 14:22

Jesus simply says, “Come.”


Without hesitation, Peter gets out of the boat and walks on the water.


Peter actually walks on the water.

Nobody talks about that shining few seconds of miraculous faith.

No, commentators focus on Peter’s lack of faith.

Would you have even stepped out of that boat while the sea rolled beneath your feet? Could you have walked on water like Peter did, even if it was only for a few moments?

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Joy IS Prayer

As a Christian, living in the Mystical Body off Christ, I can choose to live in the joy of the Lord or stay in my misery, isolated from the Spirit of God who dwells within.48415f3c975f160c12e9f1d231c0906b

When I live in my head, I live in a prison of whirling thoughts cut off from others and God.

If I go deeper into my being and live in my human emotions, in pain or in self-manufactured “happiness”, I end up stuck as a victim of others and in my sinful, independent self.

However, if I allow God to draw me even deeper into my core, united to Him, joy springs up automatically.

Now I exist in a state of effortless prayer connected to God. Living in my spirit , as a child of God, I am in my true self.  

This joy is the  contagious Presence of the Holy Spirit, blessing others with a taste of the Father’s love.


Dolls from Heaven

In a society where secular values bombard our children, Catholics must encourage those who create Catholic culture so we can introduce our children to their rich heritage. Of course we should become aware of great Catholic artists, authors, bloggers and columnists but we must actively support those artists who craft beautiful toys for our kids, toys which promote Catholic values in a way which appeals to real kids.
 I am  personally delighted with the look of a doll created by Kiczek Family, Their first doll is  the young and beautiful St. Theresa.
As a mum, I just know she will appeal to little girls, inspiring them to identify with her. St. Theresa’s story is a wonderful springboard for imaginative play.

A Response to Fearmongering

Well, people are writing with fear and panic underlying their comments and articeasterles in the face of the States sanctioning same-sex marriages.


We are people of hope, not doomsayers or fearmongers.

Christ has already triumphed over sin and death. We are  not called to focus on disasters, on evil, on sin. Christ commanded us to refrain from condemnation and judgment so  we will not be judged and condemned by our Master. Our mandate is simple; allow the Light of Christ to grow ever more brightly within us, especially as the darkness deepens. Then we will be a light unto the world. He will conquer darkness through us. We are simply channels of truth, light and mercy. This is the central message of the New Testament.


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If I Am the Heart of the Family, Why Was I Not Missed?

I have always heard that the mother is the heart of the family, especially a stay at home mother with a crew of kids, who also helps with a hobby farm. So Why was I not missed when I spent hours locked in the chicken coop?

You must first understand that even if this was a subconscious belief, I behaved as if was the most important member of the family. It took a drastic experience to shake me out of my arrogance.

God has a sense of humour and will use any and all experiences to teach us.

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Do We Trust More in the Power of God or the Devil?


Why don’t we, as Catholics,  give the Holy Spirit permission to do His job? The Holy Spirit is our inner Companion who leads us; we do not  live in fear of  spiritual revelations. Many of God the Father’s children are so afraid that the devil will lead them astray, they do not even listen to His interior whispers of love. Surely we trust more in God  the Almighty, ruler of heaven and earth than the devil, a mere fallen angel?

”But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” John 16:13

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