I have a new friend who is a Byzantine Catholic.
And I know, I’m butchering the terminology from line one, but I’m just figuring this whole Catholic rites thing out so gimme a break!
Anyways, I went to Mass on a recent Saturday and noticed it was the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.
That Solemnity isn’t a Holy Day of Obligation for me (Latin Rite) but I happened to know (don’t ask me how) that it was a Holy Day of Obligation for my Byzantine friend.
So I got to wondering how she would fulfill her Holy Day of Obligation, since her Byzantine church is kinda far away.
Continue reading “How to Fulfill Your Holy Day Obligation”
#MyMassTakeaway for the 4th Sunday in Lent.
As a hungry teen in my mom’s kitchen, I would often sample the pantry.
“I don’t know what I’m hungry for.”
I’d eat a cookie, a handful of chips, a few crackers, a piece of chocolate. Nothing satisfied.
And then my mom would offer me something, “Can I make you an omelet?”
My mom makes the best omelets. Stuffed with veggie and cheese and cooked just right to perfect fluffiness and deliciousness.
The real food she offered me – nutritious, healthy, and yummy – always satisfied.
Continue reading “I’ll Be Here – Come Back When You’re Ready”
#MyMassTakeaway for the 3rd Sunday in Lent.
Moses reacts to the burning bush in a way I never would.
Something uncomfortable and inexplicable happened in Moses’ life, right in front of his eyes. A bush was engulfed in flames, but it didn’t burn.
I would have been out of there so fast.
No way would I have gone and taken a closer look. But Moses didn’t run away. Moses entered into the mystery.
Continue reading “Facing Fears: Draw Near to the Burning Bush”
This post is sponsored by Katie Warner and Faith First Treasury and contains Amazon affiliate links. I received a free copy of Father Ben Gets Ready for Mass in exchange for an honest review.
Katie Warner has been releasing so many amazing Catholic kids books, I can hardly keep up!
I’m just the biggest fan of everything Katie, does, so when she offered me a copy of Father Ben Gets Ready for Mass, I was all over it.
As soon as it came in the mail, my kids swarmed. We tore the packaging open, and sat down to read it.
Continue reading “Father Ben Gets Ready for Mass”
This post originally appeared as a guest blog I wrote for The Thin Place. You can find the original posts here:
Part 1: Teaching Kids to Pray: A Catholic Perspective.
Part 2: Teaching Kids to Pray: Common Catholic Prayers.
As Christian parents, we long to see our children embrace the faith we hold so dear to our hearts.
We teach them about Jesus and about
the Bible. We help them learn about the virtues. We have them memorize daily
prayers and, as they grow, study theology.
But most of all, we want them to
have something deeper than a collection of facts and information.
We want our kids to love Jesus
with all their hearts. To have a meaningful and vibrant relationship with
Continue reading “Teaching Kids to Pray the Catholic Way”
#MyMassTakeaway for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Just imagine the world as a place where people were quick to extend mercy and slow to pass judgment. Where forgiveness prevailed over condemnation. Where enemies loved each other.
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus says,
Continue reading “You can be your enemy’s greatest gift”
Today’s the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Find the Mass Readings here: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 4, 2018 Continue reading “Love Yourself, Too.”
Today’s the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Find the Mass Readings here: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 21, 2018. Continue reading “#MyMassTakeaway: Can You Drink the Cup?”
“Look, Mom,” my 6yo Son, Hero, whisper-exclaims as he snuggles into my arm, “It’s your favorite part of Mass!”
The priest elevates the host, proclaiming, “Behold the Lamb of God! Behold him who takes away the sins of the world.”
That part of Mass gets me every time. Continue reading “Behold the Lamb of God: My Favorite Part of Mass”