I have a simple little prayer for you this morning:
Lord – Pick me. Let me be the answer to someone’s prayer today. Amen
Love to all, Megan
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.
Hold onto hope with this St Jude Hope Gold Bangle Bracelet.
This powerful saint intercedes on our behalf in very difficult situations, giving us hope when we need it most.
This gold bangle bracelet by Miriam Hahn Designs features a medal with the traditional image of St. Jude, with a flame above his head indicating his presence at Pentecost and holding an image of Christ over his heart, as well as a pendant stamped with the word “Hope.” It comes carded with a burlap branded bag.
Made in the Holy Land with olive wood. Olive wood box with a medal emblem of a dove and the word “confirmation” has a magnetic closure. Box is made of rich, natural olive wood, so wood pattern varies.
Sometimes you just need a little time to pray… so here’s one I came across recently:
Good morning, God,
You are ushering in another day untouched and freshly new, so here I come to ask you God if you’ll renew me too?
Forgive the many errors that I made yesterday, and let me try again dear God, to walk closer in Thy way. But Father, I am well aware I can’t make it on my own.
So take my hand and hold it tight for I can’t walk alone.
Love to all, Megan
Written in everyday language for the non-scholar, The Church’s Best-Kept Secret concisely describes the roots of Catholic social teaching in Scripture and Tradition and gives simple, practical examples of how it works in ordinary life. Sketching the meaning of the Dignity of the Human Person, the Common Good, Subsidiarity, and Solidarity, this book bridges the gulf in our politics and cultural warfare to make the case that Catholic Social Teaching, properly understood, is common sense, as well as the path to living a happier and more just common life for each human person.
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.”
God bless our kittehs!
Do our cats drive us nuts sometimes? Yes. Do we love them anyway? Oh yes.
Ask for God’s blessing on your fluffy friend with this clip-on pet medal. Comes in either pink or blue.
Short on storage? This kneeler is a great answer for church or for home. Folded width is just 8 inches.
Each kneeler has a flame-resistant padded kneeler and a shelf for Bible or missal storage. Handcrafted in genuine maple hardwood and finished in Walnut Stain. Some assembly required.
The sunrise out my window is so gorgeous this morning, and it inspires so much gratitude. Every time I see a sunrise or sunset I use it as a reminder for gratitude and prayer.
If you read books about habits, one of the factors for building successful habits is to have a trigger that reminds you to take the habit action you want to do.
Want to journal in the morning? Put your journal under your coffee cup.
Want to pray more? Find little triggers that remind you of God.
Want to insert a daily Mass into your weekly schedule? What do you already have in your weekly schedule that you can piggy-back that on to?
I’d love to hear about your habits!
Love to all, Megan
Carry a scapular with you by keeping this Green Immaculate Heart Wallet Scapular in your wallet or pocket. Approved by the Vatican, this contemporary way of keeping a scapular gives anyone an alternative to devotional use.
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 rhinestone setting. Comes carded with a burlap branded bag. Miriam Hahn Designs.
Handmade in Kalambaka, Greece by experienced and skilled artisans, this icon set includes two 9″ x 12″ beautifully detailed icons with genuine gold leaf.
The first icon features Jesus Christ as the Tree from which all spiritual life flows hand painted in rich, vibrant colors. He is depicted in this radiant image surrounded by the holy Apostles and crowned by the blessed Trinity. This image brings to mind and heart the Lord’s words in the scriptures, “I am the true vine and ye are the branches.”
The second icon, known as the “Root of Jesse,” depicts Mary as the Theotokos, or “God-bearer” in the center of the tree surrounded by images of Christ’s forefathers along with those who prophesied of His coming. It recalls the verse from the prophet Isaiah: “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” It’s an image that celebrates the earthly heritage of Christ and its role in the fulfilment of the Scriptures.
Bring new light to your home’s sacred space (and to your own spiritual life) by including these pieces of art as your focus for meditation and prayer.
Everything I had planned for our tiny family Christmas dinner went wrong… and it was hysterical!
Since for the first time in my life our Christmas Dinner was just my immediate family – my husband and 2 daughters – we scaled back on Christmas dinner. But that was supposed to up-the-ante on the quality, right?
Oh… but that did not go well.
Way back in high school when I did a lot of theatre, I hated getting nervous before a show, but I also knew that if I was nervous, I was probably going to do really well. It was the times when I had no nervous sensation at all that I had to be wary because those were the performances that were flat and lifeless.
So perhaps my over-confidence and lacksidasical approach to dinner shuold have been a warning of what was to come.
Instead of referring back to the recipes that are tried-and-true and honed over years and years of holiday meals, I though “meh – I know this by heart. It’s fine.”
Well it wasn’t. The turkey was dry and tasteless, the dressing was under-seasoned, the fresh cranberry salad as soupy and the potato dumplnigs were so bad they didn’t even make it to the table because they had turned to mush when we boiled them.
This is the first time in my life I left a Christmas Dinner table without the regret of “Why did I eat so much?”
So where was the ZING? I was missing the jitters I felt when making dumplings for a whole crowd of people. It was replaced with a meh – it’s a Friday cooking dinner” feeling. A complete lack of anticipation.
And how many times have I approached the Eucharist with the same lack of AWE or ZING or LOVE?
A bible verse comes to mind as I write this “Return to me with your whole heart, with fastin , weeping, and mouring.” Joel 2:12
“Do not fear, O land! dileght and rejoice, for the Lord has done great things!” Joel 2:21
That lack of zing, that lackluster mind-wandering during prayer and Mass… those are all indicators that I need to up my game and find new ways to be energized in my faith.
Happy New Year! I pray that you always have that special “Zing” in your heart for Jesus.
Love to all,
The crucifix from Jeweled Cross has delicate sprays of gold florals with a gold finish corpus and a gold finish INRI sign. Gift Boxed.
The perfect way to kick off the new year … with Our Mother Mary!
Perfectly small but impactful readings for every day of the coming year. Learn more about Mary and deepen your relationship with her and her Son!
The thing I love about this bible is that even though it’s a “youth” bible, I learn a ton from it as well.
Designed specifically with Catholic youth in mind, this edition will enable teens to grow emotionally and spiritually in their Catholic faith.
Lately I’ve been contemplating the mis-match between my wants and what I’m prepared to receive – including God’s grace.
We hear stories of saints who suffered greatly, but were also open and able to recieve abundant Grace. That ability to RECIEVE God’s grace is not to be overlooked.
In St. Faustina’s diary she writes of this message she received: “Souls without love or devotion, souls full of egoism and selfishness, proud and arrogant souls full of deceit and hypocrisy, lukewarm souls who have just enough warmth to keep themselves alive: My Heart cannot bear this. All the graces that I pour out upon them flow off them as off the face of a rock. I cannot stand them because they are neither good nor bad.”
So if God is pouring out abundant graces on me, am I even capable of receiving it?
The sixth day of the Divine Mercy novena begins with God’s request to bring Him meek and humble souls because “Only the humble soul is capable of receiving My grace.”
Well… I guess the good news is that I certainly have room for growth, and I’m grateful for that little roadmap of how to be able to receive more Grace!
Love to all, Megan
This small booklet by Father Michael Gaitley, author of 33 Days to Morning Glory and Consoling the Heart of Jesus gives you a brief but comprehensive introduction to Divine Mercy including, its history and context, the essential elements of the devotion, and how you can live this profound and beautiful message.
It also includes two bonus appendices: Valuable Divine Mercy prayers and Divine Mercy wisdom from Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
This book has everything you need to know about this important message and devotion.
Creating a habit of constant growth in one’s faith isn’t easy. It starts with tiny steps. That’s why I love this series of books. It doesn’t demand massive amounts of time or brain power. Instead you get to spend an entire year with a single facet of the Church:
Church Fathers Mary The Angels The Saints The Eucharist The Bible
It’s not a feeling that you sit around and wait for.
You are also a bottomless vessel of love. You are capable of so much more love than you even know – because you are made in God’s image, and God is Love.
It’s one thing to understand this intellectually, but a whole different thing to understand it in your heart and soul.
Perhaps an act of Faith and Love is to “do it anyway”. Love those around you anyway.
Don’t get me wrong; I don’t mean that you subject youself to harm and abuse, but only that in those situations instead of reacting in kind, you find compassion for why they are hurting, pray for their healing, and love them from a distance.
Looking for God inside a person that drives us nuts is an act of love, maybe even a radical act of love especially in today’s world where we are so quick to write someone off as “other” or “them”.
Look for God. Pray for healing. Love them anyway.
Love to all, Megan
This nativity is stunning! Each figure is wrapped in cloth and the detail is amazing. Click here to see the stunning wire sculptures that make up the background pieces of camels and angels.
This morning totally got away from me, so I can’t even wish you the regular “good morning” today.
That’s the 3rd time in 2 days that I’ve noticed my time is slipping away. Yesterday I called it a “calendar fail”.
Today I acknowledged that if I don’t take ownership of my calendar mess, I’m setting myself up for a not-so-Merry-Christmas.
Yesterday I read in my devotional that as we are called to act boldly, we have to be prepared first. And as Advent is the season of preparation, the next step is to be bold!
(Honestly, I don’t know what the Bold part looks like, but first thing’s first: preperation.)
A few weeks ago I felt a tug to clean off my calendar for 2 weeks. I did and it was magical. Since then instead of keeping it up, I went the other direction and neglected good calendar hygiene.
This advent, my preparation is being aware of my time obligations too – protecting time to spend with Jesus, enjoying time with our little family since we can’t get together with the extended family, and looking at my calendar and asking “Is this helping me get ready to be bold?”
I hope you have a wonderful Advent season and find a way to grow closer to God.
Love to all, Megan
Silver Oxidized Visor Clip – Shown in Brass – Available in Silver only – With metal clip on back.
Jen Norton’s painting of The Our Father is printed on a 8×8″ Cradled Birch Panel Base, Archival print on paper adhered with matt medium, 2-tone painted sides, protective varnish top-coat.
Recently I picked up my paintbrushes again, and I started experimenting with water colors.
The best part is that I did this in the middle of the day. I played with paints in middle of a work day and it was so delightful! And I only did it after some prodding from a friend.
She told me something that struck a cord – and I hope I don’t botch her words too terribly: When we play, we are trully ourselves as God meant us to be. Giving ourselves permission to play brings us closer to God.
And with her permission to give myself permission, I have been having such a joyful time creating things. I’ve painted tiny root vegetables, written a children’s story, and been more imaginative in my prayer than ever before.
I’m not playing to be productive, but to feed that part of me that wants to create. Creating without judgement is delightful! And it’s a form of prayer.
Give yourself permission to play, and see how God meets you there.
Enter into the beauty and the mystery of the Christmas season with our 12” Wood Grain Texture Nativity Set. Displaying a Nativity scene in your home during the Christmas season is a long-standing and well-loved Christian tradition. This gorgeous Nativity is sure to become a beloved tradition in your home and a treasured family keepsake.
And I think it’s a little scary. When it comes up on the horizon, I feel like change is in the air… like something BIG is going to happen, and God is expecting me to be a part of it.
And that means I’ll have to change.
And change can be scary.
The truth is that something big IS in the air. We are going to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. We are stepping out of Ordinary Time (which, let’s be honest, is when I get a bit lazy about by spiritual wellbeing).
We are told to stay awake and be ready. We need to prepare the way of the Lord. His coming is more imminent.
Now I’m asking myself – am I going to resist what God is asking of me, thus making it harder on myself, or am I going to lean in and trust?
So outside of all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, make sure you make time to pause, ask God what He wants from you and listen.
These vinyl garden statues are a popular gift for mothers during the Christmas season. If have a hard time finding gifts for someone who loves to garden or takes pride in their landscaping, these beautiful hand-painted statues may be worth looking into.
LIke – if I can’t just go out in the streets and start hugging people, if posts on Facebook get lost in the noise, what do I do?
My husband started playing Christmas songs yesterday because we have 7″ of snow on the ground – which is beautiful. And my heart grew 2 sizes. It reminds me that I get to have my little family all together for 2 solid months.
I’m so ready for family time. I can’t wait for my oldest to come home from college and the 4 of us to be together, getting on each other’s nerves, teasing, playing games, eating popcorn while watching movies, and simply being in the same building together.
But outside our little bubble, how can we make sure we’re leaving this world better than when we came in?
Or is that too much to bite off?
I’m diving back into the book “Only Love Creates” this weekend. In it, Fr. Fabio Rosini talks about it’s not the body that causes the most suffering, but the heart.
How can we show love in deaply meaningful ways? That’s what the spiritual works of mercy are for:
To instruct the ignorant. To counsel the doubtful. To admonish the sinners. To bear patiently those who wrong us. To forgive offenses. To comfort the afflicted. To pray for the living and the dead.
Common do-good-ism is all around, but Fr. Fabio Rosini says, we no longer know what mercy is – and mercy is more essential than ever before.
We confuse mercy with generic compassion, forgiveness, or acceptance.
But mercy is something completely different. It is an act, a work, a knowledge, a care, the fruit of a relationship with other people. It springs up not from humans but from one’s relationship with God.
It is therefore a work of God, and not of ourselves.
The hustle and bustle in the days leading up to Christmas can easily distract from the joy and love that is meant to accompany this holy and sacred season. However, this pewter coin fits perfectly into your pocket or purse and serves as a gentle but persistent reminder that you can carry with you throughout Advent.