The Fruits of the Sorrowful Mysteries

Jesus was led away, and carrying the cross by himself, went out to what is called the Place of the Skull. There, they crucified him. John 9:17-18 I used to get distracted throughout the Rosary, and occasionally I still do. I announce the mystery, let my mind wander, and only remember which one I’m onContinue reading “The Fruits of the Sorrowful Mysteries”

The Fruits of the Luminous Mysteries

And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. Matthew 17:2 I used to get distracted throughout the Rosary, and occasionally I still do. I announce the mystery, let my mind wander, and only remember which one I’m on when I pray the ninth orContinue reading “The Fruits of the Luminous Mysteries”

The Fruits of the Joyful Mysteries

They came upon him in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. All who heard him were amazed. Luke 2:46-47 I used to get distracted throughout the Rosary, and occasionally I still do. I announce the mystery, let my mind wander, and only remember which oneContinue reading “The Fruits of the Joyful Mysteries”

How Our Lady and the Rosary Improved my Prayer Life

Although the repeated Hail Mary is addressed directly to Mary, it is to Jesus that the act of love is ultimately directed, with her and through her. The repetition is nourished by the desire to be conformed ever more completely to Christ. St. John Paul II My First RosaryWhen I learned how to pray theContinue reading “How Our Lady and the Rosary Improved my Prayer Life”

Sharing in Our Lady’s Sorrows

And you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. Luke 2:35 I meditate on the Seven Sorrows of Mary, and I find myself on the outside looking in. I’m not a mother yet, so I can’t relate to losing a child. I’ve never watched one of myContinue reading “Sharing in Our Lady’s Sorrows”

Happy Birthday, Mary!

Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled. Luke 1:45 God loves women.At Franciscan Mission Service, I’m so blessed to live in a community of people who are on fire for the Lord. I love to sit on the porch or around the dinner table andContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Mary!”

The Goodness of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask graces from her and that the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ask them to plead for peace from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peaceContinue reading “The Goodness of the Immaculate Heart of Mary”

The Sacrificial Love of St. Maximilian Kolbe

Let us remember that love lives through sacrifice and is nourished by giving. Without sacrifice, there is no love. St. Maximilian Kolbe Love Requires SacrificeTo love is the will the good of the other. Because of this, true love naturally requires sacrifice. When we love, we should be willing to set aside our own wantsContinue reading “The Sacrificial Love of St. Maximilian Kolbe”

When You Need Your Mom

What a joy it is to remember that she is our mother! Since she loves us and knows our weakness, what have we to fear? St. Therese of Lisieux I think everyone to some degree wants to be like their mom. When I was growing up and even now that I’m an adult, I’m intriguedContinue reading “When You Need Your Mom”

3 Reasons Why I Veil at Mass

The covering of the head with a veil symbolizes the reality of woman sheltered in the side of her Source and becoming one with Him. She becomes covered and hidden in her Divine Spouse. St. John Chrysostom In the months prior to SLS 20, the FOCUS conference I attended in January, I kept thinking aboutContinue reading “3 Reasons Why I Veil at Mass”