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”

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 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”

8 Awesome Things to Write in a Prayer Journal

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 You’re shopping and you find a beautiful notebook. You pick it up to check it out, and the cover has a cute design and a nice texture. You love howContinue reading “8 Awesome Things to Write in a Prayer Journal”

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”

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”