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Come Holy Spirit.

Come Holy Spirit.

Come Holy Spirit.

This little prayer has been on my lips since it was taught to me by a dear friend a few years ago.  It comes easily, and it gives my heart, head, and soul space from whatever is directly in front of me.

And that little space – that little crack is all God needs to pour His graces out upon us. 

This last week I’ve been so full of gratitude, and when I placed my petitions before God in prayer last evening I had an image of what I wanted a year from now: to fully embrace a new friend I’ve made in a full hug. 

And I don’t know that she’d ever consider me a friend or just an acquaintance, but her presence and her words have been so comforting to me these past few months. I don’t even know if she remembers our conversations.

But in reality, that doesn’t matter to me. Her faith comes so easy to her –  I stand in awe. 

I read somewhere that as you grow in faith, so does your willingness to talk about your faith.  I had never thought about that, but it certainly makes sense.

And she really draws me out of my thoughts and into deep conversation about Jesus, and for that I am so grateful. She didn’t try to put words in my mouth, or try to rush the conversation. And in that conversation I recognized how far I have come, thank God.

I pray that you have someone in your life that you have have heartfelt conversations about your faith in ways that feed your soul.


I have to admit something to you:All these years I thought this nativity set was ceramic. I thought it was extremely fragile. I mean – look at it! Doesn’t it look just like the nativity set your mom had, but without the hands of the wise men dripping in the glue from where you dropped it and broke it when you were little?Well… as I opened one of the boxes last week to take some new pictures of the individual pieces I came to realize that this set is unbreakable. It’s made of a resin. So all these years – I’m fretting about breaking in shipping – and there is little to no chance of that happening. I’ve SEEN the pieces, I’ve just never grabbed one. I’m a natural klutz. Sigh….But there are beautiful new photos online with the 12″ version, and we also have 8″ and 18″ sets as well.

Saint Michael the Archangel dime-sized medal made in the USA by skilled artisians. The vintage-style medal depicts St. Michael defeating the devil in battle. “St. Michael Pray for Us” is egraved over the Archangel’s head.

Choose from Sterling Silver or Gold Filled.

Supplied with a chain in a deluxe gift box.

– Lifetime warranty
– Handmade
– Made in the USA
– Deluxe Gift Box 
– 18″ Chain 

The National Catholic Register says: “Catholic social teaching could become a tremendously effective tool for making that better world — where justice, peace and love would be the norm — if we would commit to regularly reading it, praying with it, teaching it, preaching it and living it.”

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I remember when my dad turned 40 we made a special scavenger hunt with rhyming clues. I didn’t think it was old then. And I guess I don’t think it’s old now.

Oddly, 26 was a really tough birthday for me. It was like I was being forced to acknowledge that I was a grown-up (even though I already had 2 little kids). It could have also been tougher back then because I was not grounded in my faith. I was a leery at best, but kept going through the motions.

My saving grace was sending my oldest child to Catholic school, and as she became educated I was dragged along for the ride. 

God knows what He’s doing. 

And as I sit here now and do a Year-40-Inventory of what’s going on in my life right now, I am so grateful for the faith I have, and still frustrated that I can’t literally hear God. 

Yes I see His signs (I think) every now and then, but what I really want is to hear His voice – like sound entering my ears – not just a whisper in my heart.

I don’t know if I’ll ever grow out of that desire.  And on the other side of that token, I’d probably be so frightened I’d be unable to believe it anyway.

So yeah, I guess God knows what He’s doing.


Heavenly Father, we ask You today for Your truth as a belt tight around our waist. We put on the zeal to announce Your good news of peace as shoes for our feet. We put on Your righteousness, O Christ, as our breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet for our head.
Father, we take up faith as a shield, which is able to put out all the fiery darts of the enemy, and the sword of the Spirit, which is Your Word, O Lord.
Father, may the love with which You have loved Jesus be in us, and may Jesus be in us. We ask You for the grace of a servant heart. Amen.

I’m going to be completely honest with you:

I only included this medal here because I’ve never heard of this saint in my life and I just happened across it last night. 

As it turns out, St. Lidwina is the the patron of ice skaters and the chronically ill. 

The more you know…

Track the days until Christmas with this re-usable magnetic Advent Calendar. Add bulbs to the Christmas tree every day until He Comes!

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I don’t have witty metaphor for you this morning.  But – I do want to remind you that there is no expectation of perfection.

You are a work in process. I am a work in process. And the “work” won’t be completed in this lifetime.

We have our ups and downs. Instead of raising our “ups” to higher levels, what if we were to simply concentrate on making our “downs” less down?

Here’s what I mean: In Isaiah 40:4 we are told that “The rugged land shall be a plain.”

Instead of trying to maintain our highest on-top-of-the-mountain days, what if instead we still let those moments come and go and be wonderfully high highs, but our lows weren’t as low and were fewer in-between?

What if we built a habit of laying our lows at the foot of the Cross, put our trust in God, and let Him help us raise our lows?

What would that look like?

Love to all,
Megan


Each Flameless LED Advent Candle Set includes 3 purple and 1 pink candle. Price listed above is per set.

Each candle requires 2 AA batteries, not included.


Saint Michael the Archangel nickel-sized medal made in the USA by skilled artisians. The vintage-style medal depicts St. Michael defeating the devil in battle. 

Choose from Sterling Silver or Gold Filled.

Supplied with a chain in a deluxe gift box.

– Lifetime warranty
– Handmade
– Made in the USA
– Deluxe Gift Box 
– 18″ Chain 


Heavenly Father, we ask You today for Your truth as a belt tight around our waist. We put on the zeal to announce Your good news of peace as shoes for our feet. We put on Your righteousness, O Christ, as our breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet for our head.

Father, we take up faith as a shield, which is able to put out all the fiery darts of the enemy, and the sword of the Spirit, which is Your Word, O Lord.
Father, may the love with which You have loved Jesus be in us, and may Jesus be in us. We ask You for the grace of a servant’s heart. Amen.

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The hard thing about a hardening heart is recognizing it so you can  (with the grace of God) reverse course.

And sometimes I recognize this in myself, and I just don’t want to turn things around. I want to wallow in my grumpiness and judgement.

That right there ^^^^ that statement is why you can’t do it alone. We need God’s grace to do the hard things. You may not know or recognize it as grace, but it’s there. 

And that little reminder, I hope, is enough to send up a little prayer “God change my heart. Mary pray for me.”

Ask for help, lean on God’s Grace for assistance, and start taking little actions even if you’re heart isn’t in it yet.

Love and prayers,
Megan


The custom of distributing prayer cards is a centuries-old tradition in the Catholic faith. 

Prayer cards, or holy cards, are small, devotional cards for the use of the faithful that bear a religious image and a verse or prayer that can be used for private devotion. They also make great keepsakes from special events like First Communions, weddings, and ordinations.

This convenient album will keep your treasured prayer cards safe from wear and tear, allowing you to continue to pray with them for years to come!

This 10″x 9″ blue album comes with six clear pages and can store up to 48 holy cards. 

Refill for album also available – 6 pages in the refill packet.

Our Lady of Grace lightweight & durable Vinyl Polyresin Statue. Can be used indoor/outdoor.

24″ Tall, made in USA.

Picasso’s artistic inspiration takes hold of young Emma’s faith imagination in Drawing God, a beautifully illustrated hardcover picture book about how we all see God differently.

“This urge to draw something beyond spectacular would not leave my side. ‘What should I draw?’ I thought. I sat quietly, listening to my mind and heart. That’s when I heard their whisper and I decided to draw God.”

Emma tries again and again and again to draw God, but her classmates can’t see God in any of her drawings. Emma finally realizes that she doesn’t need their approval.  

“I knew I had drawn God. God knew I had drawn God, and maybe Picasso knew, too. That finally felt like enough.”

But when Emma returns to school on the following Monday, something beyond spectacular happens. Drawing God is a story for children to discover what inspires their very own faith imagination and to realize the contagious faith that lives powerfully within them.

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Our cat is by far the most annoying inhabitant in our house. He meows incessantly to be let out – and then to be let right back in.

He will clean himself with the loudest licks you’ve ever heard.

He lets us know there’s a mouse under the couch, then retreats to the kitchen to yell at us about his empty bowl while we grab fly swatters and kitchen tongs to herd the terrified mouse to the outdoors.

He’s not capable of much more than sleeping, eating, and annoying me. 

But he’s cute, so I guess he has that going for him.

Herman (that’s our cat) makes no bones about what he wants from us. He’s a straight-talking cat for sure. We know exactly when he wants food, cuddles, or fresh air.

There is no mystery in this cat. 

And he frustrates me to no end.

But he brings me an awareness of God. Right when I think I’m at my absolute wit’s end with that cat, he makes me laugh at myself. 

All that fuss over a meow? Really?

And that’s when I remember to send up a tiny short prayer. Herman is like my fuzzy, obnoxious prayer reminder.

But would it kill him to catch a mouse?

Love to all,
Megan


12 Inch Pearlized Nativity Set – 11 Pieces

Free Shipping Alert:
Every single year we sell out of this nativity set, and each year we order more than ever before.
For good reason: It’s gorgeous and super affordable. 
We’ve put in our order and have been notified that they’re on their way. Meaning we’ll be able to start shipping them out mid-October – with free shipping on your order.
St. Joseph stands 12″ tall. The pearl finish is stunning. Don’t miss out on this nativity set (again).
$130 + Free Shipping

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.

This necklace has a modest but elegant look. The St. Francis medal is thick and substantive, as is the “Peace” tag and rhinstone setting.

Comes carded with a burlap branded bag. Miriam Hahn Designs.

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″.

Call upon the Sacred Heart of Christ in times of need with our Blessed Sacrament Catholic Chaplet and Prayer Card. Meditate on the Seven Sorrows using the pale-colored rosary beads and a crowning silver medal while using the included rosary prayer pamphlet as a reference.

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I color code my calendar. Between work, kids, personal – all of it has a color. And church stuff is purple (purple is also my favorite color – or royal blue).

So I have these little chunks that appear here and there on my calendar, but what I really really want is a light purple that is the background of ALL of my time.

I’m on a constant quest to make God the center of everything I do, and I fail more often than I succeed. But once I made the visual connection in my  brain that instead of JUST small dark purple chunks, my life could have a constant, steady lavender background, I feel a whole lot better about the times I fail at putting God first.

Because I don’t have to wait until the next purple chunk to make it right. 

Just a simple acknowledgement of His presence throughout every nook and cranny of my life is comforting. 

Thank God.

Love to all,
Megan


Our Lady of Mental Peace

Mother of Tranquility and Mother of Hope,
look upon me in this time of my
weakness and unrest.
Touch my searching heart to know that
God’s Love for me is unchanging and 
unchangeable, and, that true human love 
can only begin and grow by
touching His Love.
Let your gentle Peace which this world
cannot give be always with me. And help 
me to bring the same Peace into
the lives of others.
Our Lady of Mental Peace, pray for me.

St Francis Peace Charm Necklace

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.

This necklace has a modest but elegant look. The St. Francis medal is thick and substantive, as is the “Peace” tag and rhinstone setting.

Comes carded with a burlap branded bag. Miriam Hahn Designs.

Head of Christ Brass Pyx

Share God’s healing power with ailing Catholic loved ones via our Head of Christ Brass Pyx. Delicately fashioned from high-quality brass, our pyx displays a pewter cover featuring an image of Christ crowned with thorns.

Along with a prayer cross, this brass pyx is an ideal gift for sick Catholics seeking a divine cure. Inspiring faith in the power of Christ, our pyx is an ideal gift for traveling priests or those who minister to the sick. Help our fellow Catholics find peace through the Lord via this Head of Christ Brass Pyx.

Inside this pyx, you will find a high point (or bump) at the bottom for easy access to the Host. 

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I like to spend my weekends in my garden. But this Saturday I got out there and realized I had nothing to do. 

There were no weeds to pull, and not much to harvest beyond just grazing on carrots and cherry tomatoes.

The stores are all sold out of canning lids, so making more salsa is out of the question for now.

So I kind of just stood there and looked around a bit. Poked at some peppers, talked to the cauliflower, and went back inside.

Throughout the day I found excuses to go out and water this or compost that, but nothing to really get my hands dirty.

At the end of the day, I felt distressed because I hadn’t accomplished much. There was no plan, there was no achievement, just a day of putzing around. 

How often do we lack a project or a goal in our faith life? Maybe we’re not fired up on Sunday morning because we don’t have a vision for what COULD be in our communion with God.

Take a minute to envision what you want out of your faith. What does that look like? By when do you want to accomplish it?

Thoughtful, intentional growth in faith…. think about it.

Love and prayers,
Megan


The cover of this bible is so soft and comfortable in the hand you will never want to put it down, and the slightly larger font size makes it easy on the eyes for young and old.

Bible is embossed with a single decade rosary on the back.

How to Converse with God is a famous booklet of St. Alphonsus Liguori, Founder of the Redemptorists and Doctor of the Church, which shows us that God delights in us speaking to Him as we would a friend. 

Crucifix from the Veronese series in cold-cast bronze cross with pewter style corpus, 10″.

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Have you ever looked back on your life and traced your spiritual story?

As in:

“I grew up in a Catholic home and was baptized as a baby. I thought everyone prayed before meals and went to Mass on Sundays.

“I remember when I was really little – long before my First Communion – I wanted to receive the Host so badly that I DEMANDED my mom bring back one and give it to me.”

And on and one the story goes with the highlights, struggles, and turning points that bring us to today.

If you do decide to do this exercise, this next part could be very revealing….

Now that you have your story, go back and find the parts where you were trying to run the show or where you weren’t hearing what God had to say. Maybe there are even parts where you felt His presence, and didn’t know what to do with it.

And look for the parts that were blessings and graces.

For example – in the little story above perhaps the Eucharist was so attractive to me as a child, but I had no idea what was drawing me in or why.

Are there any over-arching themes? Did you learn anything about yourself or how you want to move forward with your faith?

Hindsight can be so helpful, and I know I don’t use it often enough.

Love to all,
Megan


We’re just starting to test out these little prayer card albums.  We have 3 of each color and will bring in more colors (and more quantity) if you like them.

This convenient soft bound leatherette album with snap will keep your treasured prayer cards safe from wear and tear, allowing you to bring them with you and have them at your fingertips when you need them!

This 4 x 5 inch blue or black album comes with 20 single card clear pages. 

The Our Father in beautifully illustrated Hardcover form, this book explains each phrase of the Our Father simply so our children can pray along with the story.

What a sweet way to end an evening’s storybook reading. Please note that “you” and “your” are used in place of “thee” and “thou”.

This beautiful patron saint sterling silver bracelet is handmade in New England by talented silversmiths. Each medal depicts its subject in delicate detail.

This sterling silver bracelet features the following saints: Christopher, Joseph, Therese, Jude, Anthony, and Anne. It also has a Miraculous Medal, Scapular Medal, and a crucifix charm.

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Last week I had the pleasure of learning from an expert in the world of brainwaves and what that has to do with our ability to get into that ever elusive state of “Flow” – where you are so involved with the thing you are doing, time seems to fly by and you make massive amounts of progress.

It was so interesting learning about the phases you have to go through in order to get to that phase – Struggle,  Release, Flow and Recovery.

Struggle is where beta waves start to flow through your brain and we have to consciously focus because there is some resistance – the task is just a little hard so it conjures a bit of stress.

Once you overcome the “hard” part, your mind quiets and you get to the Release phase (with alpha waves), and then you can slip into Flow. Flow is where we become open-hearted and the task becomes effortless, timeless and selfless.

I think Flow is where I’d LOVE to be whenever I pray my rosary, but seem to get stuck over and over and it becomes a chore. And I think I now understand why thanks to this scientist.

There is a final phase that I’ve been neglecting. And without proper time in this phase, the Flow state becomes harder to get to.

Recovery. Recovery is were we are actively restoring our brain. Think of going to the gym; you don’t build muscles at the gym; you tear them down. When you rest and eat a healthy diet, that’s when those muscles grow back.

The Restore phase cannot take place while you are watching TV or scrolling through social media. Recovery requires intention.

I spent a huge chunk of this email just explaining the phases, but I couldn’t help but consider my own prayer life as he was explaining the bits and pieces. 

What really caught my ear was the term “Open Hearted”. That’s what I want to be to God’s voice. Completely open hearted to His will.

About a year ago I expressed to my spiritual director that I wanted to hear God’s voice – like literally hear it because I felt like I was always guessing.  I was stuck in Phase 1: Struggle.

Now I’m armed with breathing techniques and paying attention to how I allow myself to recover. 

God told us to rest. He certainly wasn’t wrong.


$5

Children and teens love these fun, cute, colorful and durable charms. This St. Therese of Lisieux Tiny Saint Charm is made of soft PVC. The clip allows you to attach the charm to jacket zippers, backpacks, keychains, or lanyards.

Made in the USA.

So many saints to choose from!

$7.95

This classic book, a guide for anyone seeking union with God in contemplative prayer, invites us to intently and purposefully seek the Lord, pointing out to us the challenges along the way, so that we might remain on the true path.

$9.98

These rosaries are perfect for the car. The magnetic clasp allows you to easily store this one-decade rosary around your rear-view mirror. Regardless of the color you choose, these beads are designed to catch and scatter the sunlight into a beautiful spectrum of light. A perfect gift for that someone who has everything.

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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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Angel lightweight & durable Vinyl Polyresin Statue. Can be used indoor/outdoor.

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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