Author: Birgit J

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The Recipe for a Faithful Life

What does baking and a faithful life have in common? The answer lies with the ingredients and instructions. A correlation recently occured to me while performing an ordinary task. I often bake our daughter’s favorite pie for her birthday. The only recipe I have is old. It originates from a great-aunt who died 30 years ago – in her late...

meatless friday

Are Meatless Fridays Still A Thing?

Historically, practicing meatless Fridays is one of the most obviously Catholic social practices. From school menus to restaurant fare, there is an across the board acknowledgment of this devotion dating back hundreds of years. Yet in tandem with the Second Vatican Council and the liberal direction of the 1960s, this practice is no longer widespread. Unfortunately, this presents a weakening...

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Abstaining From Meat
Kid-Friendly Meatless Friday

Hmmmm…it’s Friday and the troops are hungry, but if you’re like me you’ve simply been too busy to worry about it…that is until the rumbling bellies distract you from other matters! Since our family adheres to the practice of abstaining from meat throughout the year, this quick meal is a favorite. It’s an easy solution that is kid-friendly. The three...

maria goretti

Saint Maria Goretti: Chastity, Mercy, and Love

During my sixth grade year of Catholic school, Sister James Alma taught us about Saint Maria Goretti – the young patroness of chastity, rape victims, and merciful forgiveness. Although my knowledge of sexuality was immature, I felt an instant affinity for this young saint of chastity. Her story touched a chord deep within my heart. To think that someone so...

Church Militant

Church Militant: Leave No Soul Behind

We are living in turbulent times; that is an undeniable fact. As souls on their way to becoming part of the Church Triumphant, and residents of Heaven, many of our tactics mirror a supernatural version of being a soldier. Our holy weapons are the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Rosary. Our companions are praying for us in...

messy, humble

A Serving of Humble Pie

Never say never. That’s what they have always said. And how true it is – both in this world and regarding Eternal Life! If you’re beyond a certain age and have children, you may already have experienced the phenomenon of becoming your parents. As a child, you resented their constraints and swore never to replicate that which had you straining...

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The Joyful Mysteries and the Veil

I first began practicing the optional devotion of wearing a veil seven years ago. The post, Lifting the Veil, explains the decision making process. Initially, my adult daughter and I both felt the call and chose to begin on Mother’s Day of that year. One of my more recent posts is entitled Veiling Revisited – Is It Mandatory?. There I...

time

God is Not Asleep
But Time Is His Alone

Do you ever wonder if God is asleep at the wheel? Isn’t it time He took control? With all of the turmoil seen in today’s world I often wonder if I have stepped into a realm worse than Sodom and Gomorrah. The passion with which many defend late term abortion – all the way to infanticide – is only one...