Author: Birgit J

Blessing, smile

Blessing Others With A Smile
And Random Acts Of Kindness

I recently read an article about parenting and it really resonated with me. The suggestion I took to heart was to look at your children and say ‘I love you’ with your eyes. Here was definitely a concept worth trying – and it was like magic! Those little eyes staring back at me said, “I love you” right back. The...

Catholic Women Veiling 101
Explaining The Devotion To Children

  The devotion of Catholic women veiling is seeing a definite upswing throughout the country. This is evidenced by first time sales by veiling companies as well as the rapid growth of veiling groups in social media. One such group to which I belong, has seen its numbers grow to almost 2,500 actively participating members. Lively discussions, education, and camaraderie...

unconditional love

Unconditional Love For The Unborn
Take It To The Voting Booth

Is your love conditional or unconditional? Do you love one child more than the other, based on some perceived value? Who determines the right to life? How are your values reflected in the voting booth? These questions may appear simple on the surface but what does the world tell us? When it comes to the unborn, how does your pro-life...

snowflake, faith

Cultural Snowflakes and Christianity Lite
A Catholic Solution to Both

We find ourselves in a world ruled by feelings these days. The harsh realities of truth and boundaries are hidden from view. In their stead we find that we are simply languishing in an imaginary comfort zone of our own device. Sometimes the conservative media types call those suffering from this syndrome, “Snowflakes”. A rather apt, albeit edgy description, considering...

good news, bad news

Why Sharing Bad News Can Be Good For The Soul

Sometimes it’s just easier to let the bad news slide and focus on the positive. This approach can be fraught with danger, however. For in not making ourselves aware of the Devil and his tactics, we make ourselves, and others, easy prey. Bad News, Good News Have you ever noticed how virile your attitude is when you get a jolt...

our other child

Our Other Child – May She Rest In Peace

Editor’s Note: Our Other Child was first published in 2014. It is republished here as a tribute on what would have been her 103rd birthday. +   +   + I first met my future husband, Rick’s, maternal grandmother when he and I began our courtship. Rick was 17 and I had just celebrated my 16th birthday – the dating milestone set...

when you feel down

What to Do When You Feel Down

Ho hum, some days just don’t feel all that inspirational. You’ve tried the usual things – taking it to God in prayer, coffee, maybe a bite of something tasty – but you’re still feeling off. What’s a body to do when she just can’t seem to get that lift back in her step?  Through trial and error, as well as...

cancer

I Have Cancer
What Should I Do Now?

Breast Cancer Awareness month is quickly approaching its end. Perhaps, like me a few years ago, you or someone you know is facing a cancer diagnosis.  As a thirteen-year cancer survivor, I can certainly commiserate and would like to share a few suggestions on how to face this situation. As a great-granddaughter, granddaughter, daughter, and mother of others with this...