December 19th, 2016

[podcast] Prayer Support for Catholic Moms #051

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In this special episode, I chat with Sarah Reinhard and Lisa Hendey about their work on The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion: A Book of Daily Reflections.

We discuss some of the challenges all

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September 19th, 2016

[podcast] Easy Ways to Add Prayer to Your Day #038

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NOTES Our topic this week is daily prayer. While we all need to be sure we are making time for quiet, focused prayer each day, there are also some easy ways we can pray

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February 14th, 2016

Lopsided Lent

(This is an old column of mine that originally appeared at InsideCatholic.)

I am not a crafty mom, but I sometimes let fantasy and ambition get the best of me.

Two days before the start of Lent this year, my oldest daughter reminded me of a family activity we had done together many Lents ago. It was a craft I had read about in one of those “Living the

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February 9th, 2016

[podcast] Pray, Fast & Give #006

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This week, we are preparing ourselves for Lent, and so we discuss some creative ideas for ways to add prayer, fasting, and almsgiving during the 40 days between now and Easter.

I really encourage women and families to add small things to their daily routines to set Lent apart from the rest of the

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January 8th, 2016

Think, Pray & Act for Lent 2016

Are you ready for Lent 2016?

I know, I know, maybe you are not prepared even to think about it yet, but it’s by planning ahead and setting goals that we make progress, whether it’s in our professional lives, our family lives, or our spiritual lives. So let’s plan ahead. Together.

Thousands of subscribers enjoyed receiving daily email messages from me, with prompts Think, Pray & Act, throughout Advent 2015,

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November 19th, 2015

Grace at Thanksgiving

Dan and I spent our first Thanksgiving as a married couple at his mother’s bedside in the hospital. She had suffered a stroke and was on her third day in the intensive care unit, incoherent and unresponsive to medication. One of my husband’s aunts arrived and suggested that the two of us should take a break from sitting vigil and head down to the cafeteria for lunch.

And so

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November 12th, 2015

A Mother’s Liturgy of the Hours

I grew up with a dad who prays the Liturgy of the Hours, and as a result, the Church’s daily pockets of prayer have always held a special attraction for me. Perhaps when I am an older woman, I will live the kind of life conducive to praying the Divine Office, but for now, my own version will have to do.

Morning

Alone on the couch with a prayer

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June 22nd, 2012

Why God Waits

This had special meaning for me and a friend, as read in Magnificat this month:

“The purpose of prayer is perhaps less to obtain what we ask than to become someone else. We should go further and say that asking something from God transforms us, little by little, into people capable of sometimes doing without what they ask for. …

Now we understand why God seems to delay: not

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