A dear friend of mine is a prayer artist. And I didn’t konw what that meant, but what she does is pretty incredible.

She paints while she prays, and by the time she is done with her piece of art, she has a lovely painting and the perfect words of prayer to accompany it.

And then she cuts the art up into little pieces to create jewerly.

Her process is quite incredible, but it’s the prayers she share that are the cherry on top.  I have a few samples below, and you’re going to want to read them.

We have partnered with her to offer copies of her art – both the painting and the prayers. We have both prayer cards and greeting cards available. I hope these touch your heart like they did mine.

Love to all,

Megan


You are Loved
May you feel to the depths of
your soul how loved you are.
May you see the way others
light up because of the way
you treat them. May you feel 
the warmth and comfort you
bring into conversation. May
you know to the core of your
being your worth and may
you feel truly loved, not just
today but every day.
Amen

Remembering
When the date invisibly
circled on the calendar
sweeps you into heaviness,
may God comfort you with
sweet memories. May you rest
in the joyful thoughts of the 
love you shared. May you
remember the feeling of the
belly laughs, the tightness of
the hugs, and the twinkle in
the eyes. And may you rest in
anticipation of the joyful
celebration yet to come
beyond the gates.
Amen

The Sisterhood
May you be blessed with
friendship that exceeds
anything you could imagine,
the kinds with shuolders to
sigh into and deep hugs. May
you be surrounded by a
sisterhood that lifts you up
and lets you lean in to confide
in the dark. May these women
be your soft landing pad and 
may you be theirs.
A forever sacred sisterhood.
Amen

Dragonfly Flutters
When you are drowning in the
grief of all the memories and
should-have-beens, may He
wrap you in grace. May He
hold you tightly while you cry
the tears and relive the best
parts. Let the dragonfly
flutters remind you of the
love you shared. While you
fight for your peace, may He
fill your dreams with sweet
memories and gently move
you into whatever is next for
you here.
Amen

Rising Up
May you rise up to do the
work that is on your heart
despite shaking legs and a
cracking voice. May you
fully understand how 
important your role is to
this moment in time and
may you give this world
the gift of intentionally
stepping into what you
were created for.
Amen

The Stillness
May you have the
presence of mind to sit in
the stillness, letting God
do His work in the
background. May you 
allow grace to fill all the
nooks and crevices of
things unreconciled. May
you be filled with peace
while you wait for His
plan to unfold.
Amen

In the Wilderness
When you find yourself lost in
the woods, may you dig deep
to find the grit to survive.
May you persevere through
the worlderness, fighting off
the doubts and insecurities.
May you discover you are
capable and strong. May you
see the breadcrumbs He is
placing to lead you to a worn
path, one well traveled by the
souls who have braved this
same wilderness before you.
And may that path lead you
through.
Amen

Over the Rainbow
When you are in the
middle of a downpour,
keep looking towards the
heavens. Let the rain
wash away all of the
broken pieces that are no
longer for you. Keep your
eyes on the hope of 
tomorrow, the promise of
the rainbow.
Amen

Anchored
When the waves are
crashing around you and
it feels as if the sea will
swallow you whole, may
God anchor you. May He
lift you up above the
trashing waves so you
may feel the warmth of
the sun. May you finally 
surrender the battle that 
was never yours and find
rest and refuge between
the tides.
Amen

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Last week I had a Zoom meeting with a stranger-turned-fast-friend. I had met her through a mutual friend and was instantly impressed by her intellgence and eloquence. 

By the end of our conversation, I knew we were going to be friends for life. And then she hit me with such a generous question: “What can I help you with?”

I didn’t even know what to say except “Thanks – I don’t even know what to ask for.”

This woman – let’s call her Sarah – is so far ahead of me in the business world. It was comforting to have the feeling that someone was looking out for me.

And then on Sunday we go to Mass and the message is “Look out for each other.”

Not to mention that I saw the musical Godspell 5 times last week when my youngest daugher performed it at her high school… where the message was “Love one another.”

For me, this has me asking myself “who needs help, but is anable to ask for it?”

It’s easy to say “yes I’ll help you” when you are asked, but what about those among us that don’t have the voice to ask for help, or have been told “no” so many time’s they’ve stopped asking?

Looking out for each other is a 2-way street. This week I’m looking around for those that NEED help, but haven’t asked.

How many of us had a stuborn grandparent who would refuse help if we asked “Hey Grandpa – can I help you carry the groceries?” because they didn’t want to be a burden, but secretly would have loved the assistance?

I certainly don’t have the answers, but I would love to know how we can help those who never ask but really need it.

Love to all,
Megan


My friend Jesse is a prayer artist. She paints her prayers and then cuts the art into bits to make into jewerly, but not before scanning in her creation so she can make prayer cards and greeting cards.

I’m so excited to be carrying her new line of greeting and prayer cards. This one is “In the Wait”. It’s about the space of stillness between you asking something of God and awaiting His response. 

There are a seriese of 10 pieces and 10 prayers that we just added to our website. They are so inspiring and thoughtful <3

You can see the whole collection here: https://www.discountcatholicproducts.com/J-Hazel-Paulson-C1604.aspx

Made and handpainted in the USA, this vinyl statue is made for the weather. This durable Infant of Prague statue is 24″ tall and is vibrant in any garden!

Many other saints and devotions available.

The Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (also known as the Brown Scapular) was given by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, promising that the faithful who are invested with it and who wear it daily will “not suffer eternal fire.” 

Hand made by the Slave Sisters of the Immaculate Heart, each scapular is made for long wear, and is even washable! This traditional Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is made from 100% wool and brown cords that are 18 inches in length. It features the image of Mary presenting the Scapular to St. Simon Stock, as well as her promise for wearers of this sacramental. 

Brown Catholic scapulars also available in bulk packs of 50 or 100.

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A few years ago I was having lunch with a friend and she complimented my shirt – or coat or purse or something. My first reaction was to downplay the item.

“Thanks! I got it on clearance.”

Now this shirt (let’s assume it was my shirt) was facier and name-brandier than what I usually buy for myself. Her compliment, though appreciated, was jarring. I felt like I need to justify my purchase and make sure she knew I wasn’t selfish and wasteful.

My friend looked me square in the eye, and with words full of love she said “You don’t have to do that. It’s ok to have nice things. Just say thank you.”

I bring this up because yesterdayI was talking with another friend who said she’s working on “receiving.” Gifts make her uncomfortable because she feels like she needs to reciprocate.

It was the fact that she was specifically trying to get better at receiving that got my gears turning.

God gives us so much. His gifts are un-countable. I’m sitting here trying to discern if I feel the need to justify those gifts, or if I have a hint of guilt – or even if I decline those gifts because I think I don’t deserve them.

On the other side of this – I’ve never given a gift that I wanted the recipient to feel guilty about receiving. I’ve never given a gift where I thought the recipient was unworthy or didn’t deserve what I was trying to give them. We give gift to put a smile on a friend’s face and to show them how much we love them.

So is receiving harder than giving? Are we bringing our own baggage to this?

In reading up on Divine Mercy, I read that in St. Faustina’s visions that Jesus pours more mercies upon us than we can even take in. For those with hardened hearts, those mercies simply roll off those hearts like water off a stone – nothing sinking in. 

Is it possible that we miss out on God’s gifts because we don’t feel worthy? 

“Hey Megan – that’s some nice Faith you have there.. So inspiring!” 

“Oh it’s nothing. It was a white elephant gift from God.”

hmmm… that doensn’t sound right.

“Oh wow, Megan. Good work on the music ministry last week.”

“Thank you!”

Yeah- that sounds better.

Open my heart, Lord. Help me to love like you.

Love to all,
Megan


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The precious blood and tears of Christ are memorialized on this crucifix with bold gold and silver imagery.

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Made in the USA. Handpainted. Crafted for the outdoors (if it gets over 95 degrees outside, please put in cooler area or in the shade)

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When I was little, I was offended by mugs and cards that I saw with this phrase on it because I knew they would be going to moms that weren’t MY mom, so obviously they were wrong.

And then I felt bad that everyone else had to pretend to have the world’s best mom, while I got the real deal.

Later in life I’d learn the difference between fact and opinion.

But here’s a fact for you…

We as Catholics are blessed to have the Best Mother in the World. There will never be another like Our Mother.

She’s not just our mother, but the whole world’s, but we get to know her better than anyone. She gently guides us to Jesus. She does not judge or punish. 

When I close my eyes in prayer I can imagine being wrapped in her loving arms, just how I used to curl up with mon on the couch when I was little and take a nap – completely safe and protected without a care in the world. 

Next month we get to honor our moms on Mother’s Day. Pray for the moms of the world. They wall want the best for their children.

Love to all,
Megan


I snatched up the last of the wood blocks Jen made with this image on it because it can either be hung on a wall or set on a shelf – so it’s perfect for giving as a gift. 

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L’Innocence on a 12″ plague to hang on a wall. Breathtaking.

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Is our faith “easy”? Could it be easy?

Last night my husband asked the typical end-of day questions: “How was your day? How are you doing?”

And “tired” was my one word response. I had been counting inventory all day and my energy was drained. So for supper we grabbed some takeout – that was the “easy button” that I was happy to push.

There are also days/weeks/seasons I’m look for the minimum amount of effort that I need to put forth. Other times I’m so full of ambition are ready to go that I feel like nothing can hold me back.

I’ve been pondering what it would mean if holiness were easy…if I sometimes make it harder than it is.

 How does this relate? Because when I get tired, that should be when I’m most leaning on Jesus to help me through, but instead it seems like those are the times in my life where prayer becomes an afterthought instead of being woven into everything I do. 

I KNOW the saints had their own struggles, but when I read about St. Therese or St. Faustina I tend to get jealous of their unwaving faith. It’s so strong and potent and gets them through every bump in the road.

Or is that just the picture that we see? With these two women we’re lucky enough to have acces to their writings.

The struggle makes us stronger, right? Trees need wind in order to grow strong.  Perhaps the resistance is a blessing – something for us to sharpen our faith on.

But I know I can rest in God, and that is so comforting. 

In peace,
Megan


The Whole World Will Love Me: The Life of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face

One of the most beloved saints in the Catholic Church is St. Therese the Little Flower. The Whole World Will Love Me contains an easy-to-read and completely enthralling story of the life of this great saint and Doctor of the Church. This wonderful book describes in great detail Therese’s holy parents and sisters, her life before and after she enters Carmel, her devotion to the Holy Face, and her death at the age of 24. 

Before her death, St. Thérèse came to an understanding of her own spiritual advancement, for she made several predictions that all came true: that her Story of a Soul should be published as soon as possible, that she would let fall a shower of roses on the whole world when she died, that she would assist anyone who called upon her for aid, and finally, that the whole world will love her. And, surely, it does!

Her faith in God, her complete trust in His will, and her devotion to “the Little Way” makes St. Thérèse an excellent example for us still on earth. The Whole World Will Love Me is a must read for Catholics looking to know this beautiful soul better. 

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Exquisite. This rosary boasts double-capped genuine glass beads made in the historic tradition in Murano, Italy. The rosary center is a blue and white enameled gold Miraculous Medal.

The crucifix is rich in symbols and historical detailing. Who says a rosary has to be boring? This one is so detailed, beautiful and vibrant you will want to put it on display as a reminder of your faith. Make sure to take a look at the additional image to get a better idea of the amount of detail in this rosary. Richly gift boxed for perfect gift-giving.

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Happy Friday!

Below are three more prayers for you on this Easter Friday. Feel free to print them out or use them however you want.

The Prayer for Peace has been drumming through my head all week, so I made sure to include it this week.

We’ve been blessed with much-needed rain all week, and I see a tiny sliver of sky between the clouds this morning! I hope you have a blessed weekend.

Love & prayers,
Megan


O Blessed Saint Joseph, tender-hearted father, faithful guardian of Jesus, chaste spouse of the Mother of God, I pray and beseech thee, to offer to God the Father, His divine Son, bathed in blood on the cross for sinners, and through the thrice holy Name of Jesus obtain for us from the eternal Father the favor we implore…

Appease the Divine anger so justly inflamed by our crimes; beg of Jesus mercy for Thy children. Amid the splendors of eternity, forget not the sorrows of those who suffer, those who pray, those who weep; stay the almighty arm which smites us, that by thy prayers and those of your most holy Spouse the Heart of Jesus may be moved to pity and to pardon. Amen.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

In Loving Memory

Almighty God, through the death of your Son on the cross, You have overcome death for us. Through His burial and resurrection from the dead, You have made the grave a holy place and restored us to eternal life. We pray for those who died believing in Jesus and are buried with Him in the hope of rising again. God of the living and the dead, may those who faithfully believed in You on earth praise You forever in the joy of heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Prayer for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
and where there is sadness, joy.

Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;

To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we are recieve
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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I hope you had a lovely Easter!

Our Easter was so beautiful! We were not able to spend it with the whole family as we had planned – my little niece was in quarantine after being exposed – but it was still so wonderful!

True to form, I cried at Easter Vigil mass. When Truth hits home, it lets me know with tears. When those bells rang out during the Gloria, there was no going back. 

I realize not everyone is able to return to Mass yet. I’m so exited for your return! Love is in every part of the liturgy. The community of your parish is irreplaceable.

And now the season of sacraments is upon us. We have Divine Mercy Sunday coming up this week, and First Communions will be celebrated in many places. 

I can’t wait to hear your stories!

Love to all,
Megan


The precious blood and tears of Christ are memorialized on this crucifix with bold gold and silver imagery.

This beautiful crucifix is white glass with a pewter corpus. White glass makes this crucifix a lovely gift for Baptism, First Communions, or weddings. 

Due to the hand-craftmanship of each piece, each of these crucifixes are different – no 2 are alike. 

7 Inches tall, Gift boxed

Do you remember Hummel images? These little children are the artwork of Sr. Maria Innocentia Hummel, O.S.F., a Franciscan sister and artist.

Each First Communion gift set includes a mass book, rosary, lapel pin, scapular and rosary case.

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Origin, Inspiration and History of the Bible 

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Three Year Cycle of Readings 

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The Succession of Popes

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Yesterday a dear friend reached out to me – maybe “lashed out” would be a better term. Her cousin – a young mother of 3 small girls – died quite suddenly at the young age of 42.  My friend, in her pain, told me “No offense to you and your faith, but this is how I know there isn’t one single all-caring God.”

I haven’t responded to her. I don’t know how. 

I’m not offended. I hurt for her hurt, and I hurt for her loss of faith.

At this point, all I can do is keep her in my prayers and love her anyway. Unconditionally. 

On Friday we begin the Divine Mercy novena. One of those days is dedicated to praying for those without faith. I hope you will participate in the novena. 

We are not all blessed with being able to see God’s grace at work in our lives, but opening ourselves to being open to Him pouring grace upon us is a beautiful first step to it.

Love to all,
Megan


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I cracked this book open a few weeks ago and I couldn’t put it down. Full disclosure: I’m forty years old, and I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. 

This book spoke to me. For a long time I thought discernment was only for those considering holy orders. That’s simply not true. But that doesn’t take away the mystery of vocational discernment. 

This book does a beautiful job of walking the reader through discernment and hearing God’s voice.

This New American Revised Edition has a soft, burgundy cover, gilded gold pages, and is embossed with a single decade rosary on the back for you to pray along with. Inside it has a variety of additional resources to help further your understanding of Scriptures and the Catholic faith. Plus, the larger print makes it easier to delve into God’s word.

It would also make the perfect gift for catechumens or new members of the Church.

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This delightful set of six board books with colorful illustrations inspired by Sister M.I. Hummel feature life lessons for children ages 3-6, including when to pray, how to help others, being a good example and more. Ideal for teaching moments.

Each book is 16 pages long and perfect for parents and young readers. This box set provides parents with valuable teaching moments for their young child’s faith development and in their relationship with God and others. 

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Continuing our 3-week long tradition of sending you printable prayers, I picked the 3 below because we are so close to Holy Week.

The Act of Contrition
I know this one by heart -until I get in the confessional. And then I feel silly for not knowing the prayer that I’ve known forever. But let this also be a reminder to you to get to confession!

Beautiful Hands of a Priest
Holy Week is their Super Bowl after running a marathon after training a new puppy. It’s a lot of work for Priests. Please keep them in your prayers.

An Hour in Adoration
If you’ve never been, try it for 15 minutes. It’s so peaceful, it might just become the favorite part of your week.

Enjoy!

Love to all,
Megan


Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for
having offended You, and I detest
all my sins because of Your just
punishments, but most of all
because they offend You, my God,
Who are all good and deserving of
all my love.

I firmly resolve, with the help of
Your grace, to sin no more, and to
avoid the near occasions of sin.

Amen.

An Hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament
Four 15-minute Steps for Adoration

1. Recognize the Presense of God – Enter into His holy Presence with awe and love.
2. Thanksgiving – Praise and thank the Lord. Worship Him.
3. Reparation – Repent of and express sorrow for your sins and those of the whole world.
4. Petition – Ask for your own deeper conversion and personal needs, as well as for those around you and the whole world.

Dear Jesus, You have made Yourself present in the Blessed Sacrament because You thirst for me. O dear Lord, I also thirst for You. I want to be one with You. I bow down before You with faith, hope, and love, from the depths of my heart. I worship You.
Amen.

Beautiful Hands of a Priest Laminated Prayer Card

We need them in life’s early morning,
We need them again at its close;
We feel their warm clasp of true friendship,
We seek it while tasting life’s woes.

At the altar each day we behold them,
And the hands of a king on his throne
Are not equal to them in their
greatness; Their dignity stands alone.

When we are tempted and wander
To pathways of shame and sin
It’s the hand of a priest that absolve
us not once, but again and again.

And when we are taking life’s partner
Other hands may prepare us a feast
But the hands that will bless and unite us,
Are the beautiful hands of a priest.

God bless them and keep them all holy,
For the Host which their fingers caress,
When can a poor sinner do better than
to ask Him to guide thee and bless?

When thehour of death comes upon us,
May our courage and strength be increased
By seeing raised over us in blessing
The beautiful hands of a priest!

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My husband ran into the grocery store to pick up a handful of things, and I waited for him in the car. 

A few spots down from me, a woman had just pulled up, and she had an enormous smile on her face. She was just beautiful!

It took me 2 days to figure out why I kept thinking about her, but I finally got it….

You could tell that she was comepletely herself. There was no one else in the car with her, so it wasn’t a smile out of obligation or social norm. It was a true-blue, from the bottom of her soul, smile.

As I age I certainly have gotten better at just being myself, but I don’t know that I’ll ever outgrow ALL sense of self-consciousness. Perhaps wanting to be a considerate person comes with the extra baggage of being concerned with how one makes other people feel.

So how often, then, do we get to see unabashed, unfiltered, and untainted pure joy on the faces of those around us?

I am so grateful I got that tiny glimpse into that stranger’s life. 

And when we open our hearts to God in prayer, how can we bring that same openess?

Love to all,
Megan


In a few days the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults will be administered in parishes everywhere.

Easter Vigil Mass has always been one of my favorites. It’s so beautiful and holy. We are always in Rochester MN at my sister’s for Easter (except for last year) and this year it’s going to be even more meaningful because this will be the first time our family has been together for well over a year. 

What does that have to do with this cross? I don’t know… It’s just what came to mind when I looked at it. We had a few come in from our vendor today, and I almost cried – I’m that excited!

I love this interpretation of St. Joseph taking the Child Jesus by the hand. It’s so tender and sweet.

Whether these are St. Francis’ words or not, they still give me hope and guidance. Perfect for keeping in the visor of your car.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
and where there is sadness, joy.

Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;

To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we are recieve
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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