When You Need More Than the Rote of the Rosary

“The Rosary prepares you to pray.”

Wait, whaaat?!

I heard these words at a First Saturday talk about prayer. They stopped me in my tracks.

I always thought the Rosary WAS prayer (and a pretty good one, too!)

The priest who spoke these words continued to explain, and when I took the time to reflect deeper – it made total sense.

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Teaching Kids to Pray the Catholic Way

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 Him.

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aromaRosary: Where Grace and Wellness Meet

This post is sponsored by aromaRosary. I received a free Nativity Rosary and Bracelet set in exchange for an honest review (and I honestly love it to death).

The excited laughter grew louder as my children ran from mailbox to front door, arms filled with papers and envelopes – and a package!

They couldn’t wait to see what was in it, and neither could I. The return address read “aromaRosary” and I knew I was in for a treat. My lovely friends at aromaRosary sent me a gift to experience, and to share my experience with you.

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Family Move? How to Pray the Joyful Mysteries

A meditation on the Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary for a family who will be moving soon.

We’re counting down the days until the big move.

Everyone has something to be excited for: a new job, a new house, a lovely yard, and a welcoming neighborhood. We have an ice cream store and a beach right down the road. Five plus parishes to choose from.

But the upheaval in our life is undeniable. We’re all feeling the stress of moving away from family and friends. The house is a mess. And our emotions can be even messier. Continue reading

The Prayer That Changed My (Sex) Life

My husband and I are a CCL-certified NFP (Natural Family Planning) teaching couple. And as such, we like to share a little TMI sometimes… 

Hey there, husbands and wives. You should pray before sex.

Hey, Sara. You’re nuts. That’s awkward and weird.

I know. Do it anyway. It changed my (sex) life and it will change yours.

Okay, well… how?

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Send a flood of prayer.

We’re all familiar with the Noah story. People were wicked. God sent a flood to destroy them. Then He promised never to destroy the earth by flood again.

Why the sudden change of heart? We look around today, and it seems like wickedness still abounds. Every news outlet is filled with stories of hate and hurt and tragedy. Why doesn’t God send another flood? Why doesn’t He just take out all the bad guys?

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The Cradle and the Convert – 3 paths of prayerful discernment

This post is part two of three in the series 3 Paths of Prayerful Discernment: the importance of prayerful discernment in dating and marriage, stories from 3 Catholic women.

Today I (Sara) am sharing with you the story of my discernment process in dating and marriage. I started with a strong desire to date a good Catholic boy, but God had different and beautiful plans for my life. Continue reading

3 Paths of Prayerful Discernment

The importance of prayerful discernment in dating and marriage.

In a perfect, sinless world, everything would be the way God planned it to be. Man and woman would be naked and not ashamed. They’d love Him with their whole hearts. They’d join together in the union of marriage, with perfect self-sacrificing love, and endless bliss.

But since the fall, things became a bit more difficult. It’s no longer a matter of lounging in the garden, eating ever-ripe fruits straight from the Tree of Life. Now we have to work hard for our living, our holiness, our vocation. God’s will isn’t as cleanly spelled out as it was in Eden days: “Don’t eat the fruit of that tree.” Not only do we have to choose between right and wrong as laid out by the Commandments and the precepts of the Church. But we also have to choose between good, better, and best. Continue reading

A shower prayer (just for fun)

Have you ever heard of the shower prayer?  I pray it every day.  It goes something like this:

Lord, wash my feet that they may follow Your path.  Wash my hands that they may do Your work in this world.  Cleanse my head of all distractions and fill it with thoughts of You –

JUST KIDDING!

I wish I prayed like that in the shower every morning.  I probably should.  But my shower prayer (and I don’t pray it every day, only every-day-I-shower) goes more like this… Continue reading