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A torrent of graces

November 22, 2021 |

{repost from 10/3/2021} Grant us, we beseech Thee O Lord, to be fittingly prepared for the offering of these gifts and, through the mysteries of the most holy Rosary, so to meditate upon the life, passion, and glory of Thine only-begotten Son that we may become worth of His promises. (Secret, External Solemnity of Our Lady of…

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Serviam!

November 22, 2021 |

{repost from feast of Michaelmas 9/29/2021} Serviam!! Other than Christmas and Easter this is is greatest feast day for our little family, the feast of Michaelmas. The Feast of Michael, the Archangel. A day pretty much ordained for us. Michael miraculously woke from surgery on this day, two years ago. Um, his name: Michael Mauss. On the…

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Widow things

November 22, 2021 |

{repost from 10/2021} Let’s talk widow things. As a Catholic, there is much black and white. But as a widow, it’s pretty much all gray. Other than moralities (that apply to all states of life), very little has a right and wrong when it comes to widowhood. And I want to break the taboos of some topics…

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Raising Catholic daughters

November 22, 2021 |

{repost from 11/2021} This time last year Avila was lamenting about all the things “I was making her do…” Pray the Rosary. Go to Mass more than once a week. Wear a veil. Try to find Catholic friends (in addition to her other friends that we both still love). I hadn’t brought up the dress challenge yet…

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On this Friday evening

November 22, 2021 |

{repost from 10/2021} I know it’s Friday evening but the evening is when I like to write. So, hopefully everyone else is out living it up (or in living it up) and I’m the only one on these little squares. But if I wait until the morning nothing I want to say makes sense anymore so I’ve…

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The greater miracle

November 22, 2021 |

{repost from 9/2021} Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the sick man of the palsy: be of good heart, son, thy sins are forgiven thee. And behold some of the scribes said within themselves: He blasphemeth. And Jesus seeing their thoughts, said: Why do you think evil in your hearts? Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins…

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On widows

November 22, 2021 |

{repost from 9/2021} Let me tell you a bit about widows. It’s a group of people I never gave much thought to. Maybe I never let myself. Whatever the reason not only am I one now but I see them in a whole new light. As a widow, it’s easy to feel broken. Damaged. Like there is…

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Overnight

November 22, 2021 |

{repost from 9/2021} Overnight. That’s how quickly things changed. Our own September 11 occurring on Friday the 13th. 9:29 our life was normal. 9:30 everything collapsed. The walls of brain tumors closing in. Walls we never knew were built around us. Walls that crushed his body. Walls that kept the adopted baby out. Walls that kept us…

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Be not afraid!

November 22, 2021 |

{repost from 9/2021} I get asked the question often, “are you worried about your kids?” It’s a valid question in light of the instability of our current age. (Honestly I think we’re coming out of a period of false stability and into what most humans faced in varying degrees in prior history, but that’s for a different…

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One year

November 22, 2021 |

August 20, 2021. One year. Michael, we are missing you and longing for you. We are remembering you. We made your earthly home beautiful with flowers and your headstone finally arrived and now we have a place to honor you properly. We honor you with moving forward each day, we honor you by making your death not…

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