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Do you look forward to your prayer time?

For years and years – decades – I thought prayer was SUPPOSED to be boring. It had to be formal and full of not only BIG words, but the RIGHT words.

There were correct ways to pray and that was a short list.

In Catholic school we would stand and face the cross when we started our day, left for recess, left for lunch, came back from lunch and at the end of the day. 

And we had to memorize so many prayers. I don’t know that I even paid attention to the content of the acts of Faith, Hope, and Love. I just didn’t want to disappoint Sr. Armella (she was so loveable!)

But the prayers were a chore. I don’t think God wants our conversations to be a chore – a thing to check off my to-do list.

What if we were to turn our favorite things into a prayer? What if the act of doing things well, of using our gifts to make the world a better place in our own little way, was a prayer?

Planting and tending a garden can be a prayer.

Smiling at the barista in the drivethru can be a prayer.

Doing you daily work – and doing it well – can be a prayer.

…whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

This morning I invite to to make an intention of what you would like to do well today, and offer it to God. 

Love to all,

This book lays out a 33 day retreat to prepare yourself for consecration to St. Joseph. If you would like to consecrate yourself on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1, March 30 is the appropriate starting date. 

This new book has been flying out the door. 

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.

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

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As we get closer to Easter, we get closer to the season of Divine Mercy.  I wanted to share some of the Divine Mercy prayers with you so…

…below are four Divine Mercy prayer cards with the full prayers they contain typed out so that you can simply print this email if you prefer.

Love to all,


The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
(for private recitation on ordinary rosary beads)

Our Father…, Hail Mary…,
The Apostles’ Creed.

Then, on the “Our Father Beads” you will say the following words:

Eternal Father, I offer You
the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity
of Your dearly beloved Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for 
our sings and those of the whole world.

On the “Hail Mary Beads” you will say the following words:

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion
have mercy on us and on the whole world.

In conclusion Three Times you will recite these words:

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy
Immortal One, have mercy on us and
on the whole world.

(From the Diary of the Servant of God St Faustina – note Book I, p 197)
Imprimatur: + Joseph F. Maguire
November 17, 1979  Bishop of Springfield, Mass.

I want the whole world to know my infinite mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to who trust in my mercy. (Diary, 687)  

I fly to Your mercy, Compassionate God, who alone are good. Although my misery is great and my offenses are many, I trust in Your mercy because You are the God of mercy and it has never been heard of in all ages, nor do heaven or earth remember, that a soul trusting in Your mercy has been disappointed.

O God of compassion, You alone can justify me and You will never reject me when I, contrite, approach Your Merciful Heart, where no one has ever been refused, even if he were the greatest sinner. For Your Son assured me: “Sooner would heaven and earth turn into nothingness than My mercy fail to embrace a trusting soul”.

You expired, O Jesus, but the source of life
gushed forth for souls and an ocean of
mercy opened up for the whole world. 

O Fountain of Life, 
unfathomable Divine Mercy, 
envelop the whole world and empty
Yourself out upon us. 

O Blood and Water, 
which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus 
as a fountain of mercy for us, 
I trust in You.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One,

Holy Immortal One,
Have Mercy on us and ont the whole world.
(3 times)

JESUS, King of mercy, I trust in You!

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I remember the first time I was introduced to Divine Mercy. I went to what I thought was the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. It wasn’t even at my home parish.

Instead of “just” the stations, them music ministry led us in singing the Divine Mercy chaplet before the stations began. 

Now I had SEEN the image of the Divine Mercy, and had heard of it, but never thought much of it… honestly maybe I had felt a little overwhelmed because I was already feeling like I didn’t know enough about all the other devotions.

But the novena was touching. I stirred something in me.

I even created a playlist so I could listen to the Divine Mercy chaplet being sung while I mowed the lawn. 

I went and found Divine Mercy Explained. – a very short, clear explanation of Divine Mercy, it’s meaning, the prayers, novena and chaplet.

If you’ve never dug into the meaning behind Divine Mercy, perhaps this is the year that you do. The Novena begins on Good Friday and I invite you to pray it with me this year. 

I hope it helps your heart feel the love of Christ the way it did for me.

Love to all,

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. 

Ready for your frame or poster display, this 8 x 10 color image of The Divine Mercy is printed on heavy heavy weight, glossy paper.

8 inches by 10 inches 

Here is hope for those of us who have ever wondered, “How could God possibly love me?”
Written by Felix Carroll, Loved, Lost, Found profiles 17 everyday people who discover God’s extraordinary mercy. They include a former abortionist, a blind atheist, an unfaithful husband, a former cult member, a rape victim, a prisoner, and a survivor of the “Miracle on the Hudson” plane crash, among others. This book illustrates how Jesus shows mercy to prodigals.

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The publisher has caught up to demand!

These St. Joseph Consecration books have been generated a lot of phone calls. We now have a shipment that just came in and they’re ready to go right back out the door to you.

The date to start your 33 day study (which this book guides you through) is March 30. Your consecration day would be on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1. 

From the publsher:

What does it mean to consecrate yourself to St. Joseph?

What does it mean for a person to be consecrated to St. Joseph? Well, it basically means that you acknowledge that he is your spiritual father, and you want to be like him. To show it, you entrust yourself entirely into his paternal care so that he can help you acquire his virtues and become holy. Total consecration to St. Joseph means you make a formal act of filial entrustment to your spiritual father so that he can take care of your spiritual well-being and lead you to God. The person who consecrates himself to St. Joseph wants to be as close to their spiritual father as possible, to the point of resembling him in virtue and holiness. Saint Joseph, in turn, will give those consecrated to him his undivided attention, protection, and guidance.

If you have already consecrated yourself to the Virgin Mary, can you be consecrated to St. Joseph, as well?

The answer is a resounding “Yes!” God desires that all children be committed to the care of a mother and a father. You are not a member of a single-parent spiritual family. Mary is your spiritual mother, and St. Joseph is your spiritual father. The spiritual fatherhood of St. Joseph is extremely important for your spiritual growth. Total consecration to Mary is not diminished by total consecration to St. Joseph. Mary wants you to consecrate yourself to St. Joseph! Jesus wants you to consecrate yourself to St. Joseph! Everything you have given to Jesus and Mary can also be given to St. Joseph. The hearts of Jesus, Mary, and St. Joseph are one.

Program Overview

Consecration to St. Joseph emulates the tried-and-true preparation method employed by St. Louis de Montfort in his Marian consecration, highlighting many of St. Joseph’s titles, privileges, and heroic virtues.

The program of preparation and consecration takes 33 days.

It can be undertaken on your own or in a group.

How to make your consecration as an individual

  • Choose a consecration date. (See Consecration Chart here.)
  • It’s recommended to choose a day that coincides with a liturgical feast of St. Joseph. Your consecration date is day 33 of the program.
  • You’ll spend about 20-30 minutes a day on a short exposition on one of the invocations in the powerful Litany of St. Joseph, followed by a reading on St. Joseph, concluding with the recitation of the Litany of St. Joseph.
  • If you miss a day, just make it up and continue your preparation.
  • On the day of your consecration, feel free to use whichever act of consecration you like best; you can also make up your own, if you like.

Group Program

  • In the book, you will find instructions on how to make the preparation and consecration as a group. Group meetings should last about 90-120 minutes.
  • Speak with your pastor and/or your director of religious education to determine how to proceed.
  • Once you’ve chosen a consecration date and advertised, everything you need for the weekly group meetings is provided in the book, including discussion questions for each meeting.
  • When doing the preparation and consecration as a group, recite the same consecration prayer together.

Love to all,

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The days are getting longer. It’s so wonderful to wake up to a hint of the sun still yet to rise, and to look out the window after supper and still have plenty of daylight.

The word “Lent” comes from an Old English word for “spring season”. And as each day is longer than the one before, it’s like hope is growing as we get closer and closer to Easter.

But before we can celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we remember the Sacrifice.

As Catholics we don’t shy away from the death of Christ. Instead we embrace it – with the Corpus on the cross at the front of our church, we don’t gloss over the pain.

The celebration of Easter would have far less meaning without the suffering that comes before. In the contrast is where we find opportunity to grow in our faith and gratitude.

This morning I had a long conversation with a friend who is going through a very painful time right now. There is no avoiding it. He told me “There is no way around this. The only thing I can hope for is that in three months or six months I will somehow see that this was all worth it.”

“And what if that doesn’t happen?” I asked him.

He had no answer. 

We have the advantage of KNOWING that after Lent comes Easter. We know how this plays out. But we don’t know what comes next for us when we are going through hard times in our lives right now.

We have faith, though. We have each other. And I’ll be praying for you.

Love to all,

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RCIA Rosary in Olivewood Box from Bethlehem

Beautiful, hand-crafted olivewood box from the holy land. A perfect gift for someone undergoing the conversion by the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

Our Lady of Grace Vinyl Outdoor Statue

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

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Yesterday I was listening to a speaker and he was talking about marketing. Unrelated to faith? Kindof…

But he ended the talk with a question: What’s my gift (talent), who is it for, and why do I give it?

Ok… so that’s three questions in one.

But there is an assumption within that question: It assumes that the gifts we’ve been given are not ours to keep, but ours to share. 

And maybe it’s not even important to answer these questions as God will use us how He designed us to be used. I don’t know that it will change any outcomes, but it’s an intriguing thing to pray about.

“Make me a channel of Your Peace.”

I have a feeling I’ll be praying on that question for quite some time. 

Love to all,

Brown Scapular with Crucifix & St Ben Medal

Handmade in the USA, this sturdy scapular includes the blessing for the Garment of Grace (Latin and English) and an explanation of the St. Benedict medal attached to the scapular.

Guardian Angel Love Silver Bangle Bracelet

Remember your Guardian Angel is always with you! Designed to be subtle and timeless, this bangle bracelet with a thick Guardian Angel Medal, rhinestone, and “Love” tag can be worn on its own or combined with other bracelets. Great gift idea for someone who is feeling alone or as a show of appreciation for the woman in your life.

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

Confirmation Blessing Cross Plaque

This modern cross is graced with the prayer 
“May the Fater always watch over you.
May the Son ever bless you.
And may the Spirit ever guide you.”

Comes wrapped in tissue paper and boxed for easy wrapping. 

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blog Looking forward to Lent?

I love the feeling I get the day after a great workout at the gym. The tender muscles are a reminder of what I’m capable of.

Lent begins tomorrow, and we get a chance to grow our faith muscles. we are given the chance to “rediscover our Bapstism and live it more fervently and generiously.” (from My Lenten Prayer Book – see below).

I get really pumped when it comes time for Lent. I feel like a runner at the starting line in a Cross Country race… anticipating the course, knowing my lungs and legs will be burning soon, not knowing exactly what twists and turns are to come.  It’s going to be challenging, and it will hurt (but not harm).

I’m excited! I’m excited to see what I’m capable of – how much I can grow, how much I can (hopefully) inspire and encourage others.

As you carefully (or frantically, or forgetfully) pick something to “give up” for Lent, remember to give yourself grace if you fall off the wagon. 

Yes, Lent is a solemn time. There is much self refletion and penance to be done. And works of mercy. And prayer. But instead of looking at that as a list to check off, each of these is an invitation to grow closer to Jesus.

What a blessing!

Love to all,

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Laminated 4×2 St Joseph Prayer card to add to your Holy Card collection and share with your church and friends.  Purchase as the perfect gift during this Year of St. Joseph as delared by Pope Francis, or on the Feast days of St. Joseph,  March 19th and May 1st.

We love the way this card looks and feels. Smooth edge lamination has the shiny, smooth plastic coating without the clear border of a traditional laminated prayer card. This lamination process resembles a credit card, but the card is slightly taller than a credit card, and about half as thick.

Only available in pack of 25 cards

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My Lenten Prayer Book is a small but powerful 96-page book containing readings, reflections, and prayers for every day of Lent from Ash Wednesday all the way to Easter. Even if Lent has already started, there is plenty to be gained by starting anywhere in this daily devotional. My Lenten Prayer Book can be used over and over year after year.

Imagine having the most productive Lent of your life by setting aside a little extra prayer time every day throughout the 40 days of Lent. Your prayers will bear fruit in the form of an enriched faith and a deaper connection to God.

Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, author of 33 Days to Morning Glory, one of the most popular Catholic books of the last decade, brings us his first new book in three years.33 Days to Greater Glory, based on the Gospel of John, completes a trilogy of consecrations: first to Mary, then to Jesus, the Divine Mercy, and now to God, our Father. This final consecration to our Heavenly Father truly is the “greater” consecration, the one in which all others find their origin and end.
This book follows a four-part structure:
-Week 1 covers the first four chapters of John and introduces several key people.-Week 2 covers the seven miracles, or signs, Jesus works in the Gospel-Week 3 is dedicated to the Upper Room where Jesus speaks to His disciples before the Passion-Week 4 focuses on the Passion, death, and resurrection of Christ where the glory of the Father is most fully revealed.

This 33-day, self-led “retreat” includes daily readings and reflections to help you prepare to more fully encounter our Heavenly Father.
Find other books by Fr. Gaitley here.

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Last week I got to spend some time with very dear friends. It was refreshing!

One of the topics that came up was exercise… and how much I really dislike going to the gym. 

I’ve tried everything. Classes – which keep me going because there are other people in the room; Swimming lessons – I didn’t learn to swim until I was 22, but swimming takes commitment – special suit, getting a swim lane; Straight-up gym membership – this is my least favorite of all because it’s SO BORING.

And it takes so long to get results.

Do you ever find yourself getting bored or avoiding submerging yourself in prayer because you don’t know if it’s “working”? Do you ever set an intention to go to confession or pray the rosary but don’t follow through?
Have you ever given yourself permission to find a new way of prayer that fits you?

Maybe instead of the traditional methods that first come to mind (or in addition to), you can discover your own unique method of prayer. 
It might be painting an abstract of whatever paint hits the paper as you meditate on your gratitude for a beautiful day.

It might be lying still on your back and observing the world around you with a sense of awe.

It might be singing loudly in the shower to a tune of your own making.
There are limitless ways to pray. We were made in God’s image – and He is The Creator. Therefore we are all creators. If you aren’t loving your time with God, you are empowered to do something about it. Create. 
Create ways to love your time with God. 

How can you show Him gratitude? How can you pray for those around you with actions? 

In what way can you use the talents God gave you to create your own form of prayer?

Love to all,

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The Catholic Children’s Bible provides 110 easy to understand stories from both the Old and the New Testaments, in a way that upholds the beauty of the original text. Each story contains vivid, full-color illustrations to help young readers more fully engage with Scripture.

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This full-color, laminated prayer card printed in Italy features a moving image of the Blessed Mother mourning the death of her Beloved Son after His passion and words of comfort from Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner for those who mourn. 

Available in singles or in packs of 25. 

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Solid brass findings, pins, and chain with genuine rhodium plating to prevent tarnishing. Exclusive designed sterling silver Miraculous Medal centerpiece and sterling silver 2” crucifix.

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As I sat in prayer this morning, I asked the Holy Spirit to help me write an email to you. I want to tell you something to help you along your day.

What came to me was a simple message: We’re all just human. Each of us. 

Even though I don’t KNOW know you… I don’t know your whole backstory. I don’t know all about your family, I don’t know your inner thoughts or fears.

For all I know we could be complete opposites. We could cheer for different teams, be on opposite sides of political issues, and maybe even be “enemies” in online games.

But I know that you are part of the Body of Christ.

And that is all I need to know about you to love you and pray for you.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. God bless you.

Love to all,

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Due to his reported abilities to ward off evil and heal the sick, Saint Benedict received a huge Catholic following over the years. Our Saint Benedict Black Wood Rosary allows devotees to reach the saint through daily rosary prayer. This religious item made of oval-shaped black wooden beads is graced by the patron saint’s medal and a crucifix with silver accents.

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Primitive Church: The Church in the Days of the Apostles fills in the gaps of the early days of the Catholic Church. Here is the recorded history beginning with the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost Sunday and continues through the death of St. John the Evangelist at the end of the first century.

Our Lady of Grace Vinyl Outdoor Statue

This duarble outdoor statue is made right here in the Midwest and handpainted to ensure a quality look.

It’s made specifically for the outdoors (although a shady place is recommended), and has been a customer favorite for years!

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I have a simple little prayer for you this morning:

Lord – Pick me.
Let me be the answer to someone’s prayer today. 

Love to all,

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.

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