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”

Fiat 90 Follow-Up

Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word. Luke 1:38 Many Small SacrificesAs many of you know, I did Fiat 90 this year. I mentioned facets of it in several blog posts, but to refresh your memory, I’ll explain it again. Fiat 90 is aContinue reading “Fiat 90 Follow-Up”

St. Joseph: Protector of the Holy Family

“Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit;” Matthew 1:20 Completing the Holy FamilyThroughout his life, St. Joseph was hard working, yet humble, and he always made protecting Jesus and Mary his first priority. In the Bible, he neverContinue reading “St. Joseph: Protector of the Holy Family”

“Let it Be Done:” Why I’m Doing Fiat 90

Then Mary turned to the servants and said to them, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:5 “Do whatever he tells you.”These are Mary’s last recorded words in the Bible, and they still apply to us today. She points us toward her Son and gently tells us to follow Him, doing whatever He tells usContinue reading ““Let it Be Done:” Why I’m Doing Fiat 90″

A Glorious New Morning: My Marian Consecration Journey

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son,” and then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. John 19:26-27 A Glorious New Morning on the First of the YearIn aContinue reading “A Glorious New Morning: My Marian Consecration Journey”

How I Started to Love Mary as my Mother

“And Mary said: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on, all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me–holy is his name.’” Luke 1:46-49 Growing Closer toContinue reading “How I Started to Love Mary as my Mother”