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Do you ever find yourself noodling on a certain part of the Mass – as if it’s the first time you’ve heard the words (even though you’ve heard them a thousand times)?

I had that experience this weekend. I was cantoring for our parish’s online streaming Mass, and it was time to sing the invocation (I had to look that up – I don’t know the names of the parts of the Mass).

The part I’m talking about is when we sing or declare “Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, grant us peace.”

We ask for mercy before we ask for peace. The order of these statements I think is really important. (Granted – this is how it struck me this weekend. I do not have a theology degree.)

First we ask for His mercy – to take away our sins – to wipe us clean of our past actions. THEN and only then do we as for Him to grant us peace in the future.

Why not just ask for peace in the future? Because our sins were harmful. We can’t just pretend they didn’t happen. We need forgiveness. We need a clean slate and THEN we can have peace.

Granting “peace” over a sea of wounds isn’t loving. How long would that peace last? How true could that peace really be?

Heal the wounds. Grant us peace.


The White First Holy Communion Keepsake Box is the perfect size to hold a rosary, a cross necklace, and/or other trinkets that reminds your little one about one of the most momentous (and holiest) occasions in their young Catholic life, making it easy to look back on the special gift they’ve been given through Christ in the Eucharist. 

The timeless wisdom of the Rule of the Ten Evangelical Virtues allows the Blessed Mother’s “ten evangelical virtues” to illuminate the path to holiness for Marian Fathers and Marian Helpers alike.

This short book focuses on imitating the Mother of God, particularly in her perfect example of the virtues of Chastity, Prudence, Humility, Faith, Devotion, Obedience, Poverty, Patience, Charity, and Compassion. 

It includes a history of the Rule (with color images), chapters on each virtue, and how to pray the Chaplet of the Ten Evangelical Virtues.

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

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I just got off the phone with a good friend who reminded me to breathe. 

It was exactly what I needed. Deep breaths and a moment to pause and remember God is my Father. Thank God.

Too many surprises and unknowns have been stacking up, and these are the times I need to be running toward God instead of thinking “I DON’T HAVE TIME!” (In my head I scream this at myself.)

Of course I have time. I have 5 seconds now to take one deep breath and ask for help and send up gratitude. 

I just need to give God a little space to come in. He finds the cracks and works His way in, and for that I am so grateful.

“…For he has said, ‘I will never forsake you or abandon you.'”
~ Hebrews 13:5

Love to all,
+Megan


This bible is one of my favorites because it has sections that answers questions that I’m too afraid to ask because I don’t want people to think I don’t know my catechism (I don’t.) 

This is the type of bible that your grandfather had dogeared and bookmarked, and always at his side. It’s beautiful and the cover is so soft to the touch.

It comes in burgundy and black.

These are new! I wanted to test them out, so I only have 3. 

(There is also a version for boys found here.)

Give your new communicant a special place to keep their treasured reminders of their special day with this First Holy Communion Girl’s Keepsake Box.

This pink and white wooden keepsake box features a whimsical illustration of a little girl dressed in a white communion gown and the words “First Communion” painted in pink script across the top. The front of the box has a pink glitter border for added sparkle!

If you are unsure of what to do during your time with the Blessed Sacrament, use this handy guide. Your time will fly by and you will find yourself looking forward to Adoration.

The small step-by-step card walks you though the following division of time with detailed instructions and ideas on how to meditate on each:

Step 1: Recognize the Presence of God
Step 2: Thanksgiving
Step 3: Reparation
Step 4: Petition

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I want to share with you the promises Our Lord made to St. Margaret Mary for those devoted to His Sacred Heart.  

I learn something new every time I read the list:

1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life.
2. I will establish peace in their families.
3. I will comfort them in their trials.
4. I will be their secure refuge during life, and, above all, in death.
5. I will shed abundant blessings on all their undertakings
6. Sinners will find in My Heart an infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Lukewarm souls will become fervent.
8. Fervent souls will rapidly grow in holiness and perfection.
9. I will bless every place where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
11. The names of those who promote this devotion will be written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.
12. I promise thee, in the excessive mercy of My Heart, that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their Sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

I hope you find this useful, whether it is comfort or education or inspiration.

Love to all,

Megan


$102.99. Family heirloom quality Twin Hearts Diptych. Free shipping in the USA: 6.5″ high and 9.5″ tall, this classic diptych was crafted in Italy.

$0.79 – Available in Bulk. Laminated Prayer Card

$4.79 – A perennial favorite around here for many reasons: Made in the USA by nuns. Bulk orders available. Sturdy, broad ribbon. Genuine Wool construction.

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I’ll be honest – I have a hard time deciphering when to bite my tongue and when to speak up. 

Being a Catholic business we are a natural target for those who harbor pain and hatred towards us. Now I want to be really careful when I say this because in now way do I want to give off a “victim” vibe.

On the contrary, I’m in a position where I can handle it; I’m strong enough in my faith that these hurled barbs posted as comments on our ads or as “reviews” do not shake me.

But when it comes to deciphering if someone is raging to rage or if they are asking for help, I can’t tell if there is a window open to understanding our beautiful faith.

The super scary step that comes next – after the “yeah, I think I can talk about my faith with this person”  –  is “what the heck do I say?”

So once I get far enough to NOT stick my foot in my mouth (let’s be real – my foot has spent A LOT of time shoved ankle-deep in my mouth for most of my life), then what?

Really what I want is an easy answer. I think to myself “Can I just sneak a green scapular into their car or house and have them not notice? Mother Mary can take it from there….”

At every step I want to turn and run. In fact, I am quite terrible at talking about Catholic things to non-Catholic people. But — I gotta say — I’m getting better (if you consider moving from 1 to 1.5 on a scale of 1-10).

Prayer plays a roll, and so does educating myself and being extremely open-minded to the possibility of being wrong. Rigidity and a false sense of righteousness don’t do well in these conversations. 

I think these conversations naturally have a sense of urgency – as if I need to have the right answer RIGHT NOW. Giving myself the grace to say “I’m not sure” or “I don’t know” gives me the room I need to learn, gather my thoughts and pray (and perhaps cool down) about how I want the next part of the conversation to go.

This might all be presumptuous, but I’m hearing a lot of meaningful conversations happening. Facebook is losing it’s luster, there’s not a whole lot of new content on Netflix, and the news is tiresome. We’re running out of ways to distract our minds and returning to good ol’ conversations.

All this just to say… give grace, respond in love, and keep praying.

Love to all,
Megan


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“I love this item. I bought several of them. I used them for my prayer cards and I also organized my funeral cards. Beautiful quality and I love having all of these cards organized for easy access.”

With its stunning detailing and remarkable color combinations, this Cloisonne Pink Bead Rosary balances art and function. This rosary has 7mm cloisonne beads and is 20 inches in length.

In A Year with Mary: Daily Meditations on the Mother of God, best-selling Catholic author Paul Thigpen sets sail on that ocean, using as his map the profound insights of saints and other spiritual writers. These 365 reflections, drawn from their writings, reveal Mary’s role in God’s plan, the virtues she so perfectly models, and the rich benefits of Marian devotion.

The beautiful Premium UltraSoft gift edition features two-tone sewn binding, ribbon marker, gold edges, and designed interior pages.

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Lately my prayer has been filled with lots of silence. I’m just out of words. Not in a sorrowful or frustrated way, it just feels right to sit.

Every once in awhile a “Thank you” or “Please bless…” or “This is beautiful” or “Help me” arises, but not nearly the long string of words that usually bubbles up.

Just a few words, lots of quiet.

Perhaps it’s because the weather has been so incredibly beautiful… unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in a South Dakota spring-to-summer.

Even on Saturday we all sat out on the covered porch and quietly watched the rain.

No TV has been on during the evening. There is just no desire for it. Just quiet. 

And it’s beautiful. I feel incredibly loved.

I pray you have the same or better.

Love to all,
Megan


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Get the look of a granite, bronze, wood, copper or color statue for your garden without the cost or risk of breakage. This lovely 24″ Our Lady of Grace garden statue is designed for lasting durability indoors and outdoors.

Also available in 32″

Choose this beautiful bible for the first “real” bible for your First Communion candidate.

It’s perfectly sized and makes children receiving their First Communion feel grown-up and important. It’s high quality means that this bible will last for ages to come.

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This pyx features the Chi Ro image on the green enameled cover while the high quality pyx is made from pure brass. Made from Italy, this pyx can hold up to 6 hosts. Our Chi Ro Brass Pyx is the perfect gift or token for those who devote their lives to serving the Lord.

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On Monday morning I woke up to the voice of my oldest daughter asking “Where’s the fish?”

I don’t know if I’ve ever heard a more ominous question. There is no answer that would be a happy outcome.

You see, my oldest daughter has the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever met. She loves deeply and completely. She literally wouldn’t hurt a spider. (Mosquitoes, yes. Spiders, no.)

When she graduated high school, she rescued a couple of the classroom goldfish from their summer demise. So we became a fish family, I guess.

She took wonderful care of the fish, hauling them too and from college. Last summer one fish came down with some sort of disease that was eating away at it’s dorsal fin, so instead of flushing it down a toilet (because what a terrible way to go), we took it to the vet so they could euthanize the poor thing. $36.

Yesterday, however, was a bit unexpected. The goldfish “Anne” had grown to a healthy length of 5″ and my daughter had just bought a larger tank to give her more space to grow. Apparently Anne did not want to wait for her new tank and sometime during the night jumped out of her tank and directly into the cat food bag.

Which is impressive.

Impressive because the opening to the bag is quite small. It was sad, tragic and darkly funny. My heart breaks for my sweet girl who left for work in tears and came home the same way.

That beautiful heart teaches me something every day. Yesterday she reminded me that it’s ok to laugh through tears, it’s ok to hurt, and it’s ok to love completely and without reserve.

Love to all,
Megan


These vinyl outdoor statues are turning into one of our customer favorites. Each style of 24″ statue comes in 6 colors: White, Granite, Full Color, Bronze, Patina, and Wood Stain. 

These Tree of Life icons are so beautiful. And they’re handmade in Greece with real gold leaf. There are photos of the artisans writing the icons at the link.

This gorgeous statue of St. Micheal.

These statues are a bit larger, both in height and width, and the detail is exquisite. As of right now we only have St. Micheal listed on our website; we want to be sure the upgraded version is something our customer would be interested in. 

Crafted in New England from fine pewter. Gift boxed.

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Everything is a hyperbole these days – we are living in extremes wondering what’s coming next. 

Last week I went to the dentist with sever jaw pain, and my dentist said he’s seen more jaw issues in the last 2 months than in the last 10 years. People clench their jaws and grind their teeth in their sleep when they are stressed.

And honestly, sleep has not come easy for me lately. And when it does it’s pocked with distressing dreams. 

On Sunday I spent the large majority of the day out in a section of my yard I’m trying to restore to native prairie. (It’s not going well.) Thousands upon thousands of thistles insist on making this their home. 

Luckily for me, gardening is when prayer comes most naturally for me. This time the hymn “Be Not Afraid” repeated on a loop in my head, except I was unable to finish the phrase “Be not afraid. I go before you always. Come, follow me and I will give you ____”. 

Joy? Peace? WHAT will He give me? Why can’t I remember?

I’ve known this hymn all my life and have never forgotten the last word. And I couldn’t think of it no matter how hard I tried. And then what I believe was the Holy Spirit said to me “It’s exactly what you are looking really hard for and can’t find. You need to know what you are looking for, so you remember where to find it.”

Rest. 

At the end of all of this is Rest. We will find rest for our souls. 

Come, follow me, and I will give you rest.

Love to all,
Megan

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When feelings of frustration, anger, or hurt bubble up in your daily life, this Saint Francis of Assisi necklace reminds you to breathe and become peaceful. Let St. Francis help you de-stress as you turn your actions and thoughts towards those of peace.

We could all use some help finding peace these days. I find mine meeting Jesus in prayer.

This book teaches the reader how “to tune one’s inner attention to the presence of the Lord” by praying the Jesus prayer, a simple, time-honored manner of drinking in His presence every hour of the day.

Bronze-dipped, made in Italy.

Two children rest safely in the arms of an angel, represented by the 11″ Guardian Angel w/ Children Statue. 

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The last couple of months have been chock-full of experimentation. We’ve been cooking new recipes, growing different peppers, and playing new games.

My oldest has been on a baking spree, and I’m definitely not going to complain about the smell of fresh baked kolaches coming out of the oven. I haven’t tried her dandelion jelly yet though.

So maybe experimenting with prayer can be fruitful too. I noticed during my my morning prayer I was reading and re-reading the same passages without connecting to the text. It was becoming very rote.

I was lacking an actual conversation with God.

Then I thought to myself… Why am I sticking with what’s not working? I love trying new things, so why not do the same in my prayer life?

There is no end to options for prayer. How beautiful is that? God will meet us where we’re at, and we get to create our own opportunities to meet Him!

So last week I switched it up and simply sat in silence looking out over the green outdoors and bright goldfinches flittering by.

I also have my bible close by. And I can tell from our sales patterns that many Catholics are taking this opportunity to dig in to their bible too.

Our parish is offering virtual bible study. Adoration is still available, as well as daily Mass (online and in-person). I have a wonderful group of Catholic women with whom I get to spend my Tuesday mornings.

And gardening… There is nothing that lifts my soul and reminds me of God’s glory quite like a long, beautiful day getting my hands dirty.

The key is to remember to be grateful ❤️

Love to all,
Megan


This bible is one of my favorites because it has sections that answer questions that I’m too afraid to ask because I don’t want people to think I don’t know my catechism (I don’t.) 
This is the type of bible that your grandfather had dog-eared and bookmarked, and always at his side. It’s beautiful and the cover is so soft to the touch.
It comes in burgundy and black.

Totally adorable!

A few churches are starting to schedule First Communion celebrations. Imagine how cute your young man will be with this little bowtie!

Chaplet of the Blessed Sacrament with color laminated Prayer Card. Contains prayer “Soleman Resolution” with instructions and Job’s Tears beaded chaplet in clear carded package. Prayer card measures 4 1/8″ x 2 1/2″.

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Last weekend my parents planted 199 trees. 

They have spent the last 3 years cleaning out the invasive buck thorn from their shelter belt, cutting down the doomed ash trees, and setting the stage for beautiful trees that they will probably never see in their full glory.

And I don’t mean that they hired out this back-breaking work. Mom took lessons on running a chainsaw. Every day it wasn’t raining these two retirees methodically worked their way through acre after acre caring for the land. 

Cutting, pruning, planting, cleaning, restoring.

One hundred of the trees they planted last weekend were chestnut seeds (the rest were actual plants). These chestnut trees are going to eventually grow to be majestic giants, but not for at least 50 years.

Dad joked that he’s going to come back as a ghost and check on his trees and great grandchildren 100 years from now.

So why do it?

They could let the buck thorn choke out all the native plants that live under the canopy of the trees. They could just watch as the ash borers destroy the whole stand of trees in the coming decade, but what does that say about us as Catholics if we stand by and let the next guy take care of it?

We all have gifts. And I don’t mean talents. Even the ability to speak is a gift. The ability to carry a shovel is a gift. The ability to smell clean country air is a gift.

To let these gifts sit idle when there is a difference that can be made – when we could be defending human dignity at all stages of life – to cluck our tongues at injustices we witness every day but do nothing to stop – to squawk on Facebook and call it speaking up for the voiceless – to let God’s creation become infected with pollution and assume someone else will fix it – to claim helplessness when in reality it’s just laziness – that is waste.

These are our God-given gifts. We do not hide them under a bushel basket. We use them, we share them, and we rejoice is His glory!

Let love be your guide. When you approach every person with the love of Jesus Christ, and you can see Christ in each person you meet, you can’t be wrong.

Love to all,
+Megan


Saint Teresa of Avila. Jesus teaches us of the prayer that leads to contemplation, offering her own experiences as encouragement, showing us how to surrender ourselves more and more to this blissful union with our divine Lover. 

The most touching message a customer ever had us engrave was on the back of a St. Joan of Arc medal. It read:

“You’re brave too”

I tear up every time I think of that.

A Praying Virgin by Pintoricchio Florentine plaque, gold leaf, 11.75×15.5″. MADE IN ITALY

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How did it get to be Friday already?! And not even the morning anymore…

Below are a few treasures I came across when cleaning out some categories on our site.  I don’t know that I ever really “SAW” the medal. It’s so pretty!

I hope you have something to look forward to this weekend. I’m finishing up a few things in the garden, my oldest has been experimenting with making dandelion jam, and the weather should be gorgeous.

Enjoy and have a blessed day!
Megan

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It’s not often you see a medal like this. It’s petite and stunning. The detail of Jesus’ eyes is compelling.

Head of Christ Brass Pyx – $85.00 – Free Shipping!

Alviti – the company that makes this pyx – crafts the finest metal objects for the Catholic faith. Their pyxes are gorgeous and have the heft that reflects the significance of its contents.
With a few parishes opening back up in the coming weeks, many families are discussing how to safely return to Mass and get the Holy Eucharist to those who can’t make it to Mass.
The pyx is the vessel Eucharistic Ministers use to carry the Host to those not present at Mass.

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This key pendant is on a ball chain with a clear crystal bead to accent the key. The note inside the box reads: “The key to your future lies within your heart”.
This lovely necklace is an affordable reminder to the graduate that you believe in them and are praying for them.
Gift Boxed in a (super-cute) graduation hat box with tassel.

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Children love to imitate the world around them through play. 
This mass kit encourages kids to play “Mass” with all the parts they see at the real Mass – Chalice, Crucifix, Candles, Incense and so much more.
Made for ages 3+, this Mass Kit for Children comes with the Seal of Ecclesiastical Approval. 

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Saint John Paul II Holy Water Bottle

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