Religion & Faith

In all chaos and reality, choose JOY.


Have a joy filled season,


Sharing a little late but catching up. Make space for peace.

Such a great Advent wreath idea and extension into Lent found at Joywares.


Enjoy the coming holiday,

Many Blessings,

MotherDayIn an attempt to slow down, decompress and stress less this past few weeks I realized that I had these coloring books (thanks to Harper) and a pack of colored pencils.

Just on the cusp of a lot of news casts and articles about coloring as a benefit to you. Yes, you, adults – a simple way to decompress and regain focus and concentration – coloring. With all the “to do” lists and never ending projects it can seem overwhelming and daunting. Regaining appreciation for something as simple as coloring can re-balance, refocus and re-frame your thinking and outlook.

Eleri Fowler, artist from Wales, has created beautiful coloring books – her two spring themed books Joyous Blooms to Color and My Mother, My Heart. A Beautiful mix of poetry and beautiful, truly a hidden treasure and example about simple joy in such a crazy hectic life.

Not to mention – I love books. A bookstore, book nook or book swap can suck me in. With all the “to dos” coming up and the stressful thoughts plaguing my peace and joy – challenging myself to dive in and just be is hard. So finding a unique book at the local library book sale was just what I needed to make my day. It wasn’t a coincidence; I had been wanting to pick up a book about St. Thérèse of Lisieux and the Little Way – I was pleased to find just the book – Let Us Be What We Are: The Joys and Challenges of Living the Little Way. Wondering if I had just made another dust collecting purchase, I came across a quote in the doctor’s office:


Take time to breathe, take time to color, take time to enjoy the simple joys and sacrifices in life – in the spirit of One Thousand Gifts, be simple, be ordinary, be grateful, just Be…


Leave a comment below and tell me what special thing you love about your family. It’s as simple as that. You’ll be entered to win one of the coloring books Joyous Blooms to Color & My Mother, My HeartThis is perfect for a birthday, Mother’s Day or Teacher Appreciation or end of the year gifts. Please spread the word and retweet this link:

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Remember to BE…blessed, loved and joyful,

Canticle of the Sun
Saint Francis of Assisi

Most High, all powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, the honor,
and all blessing.

To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no man is worthy to mention Your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praise be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon
and the stars, in heaven you formed them
clear and precious and beautiful.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene,
and every kind of weather through which
You give sustenance to Your creatures.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night and he is beautiful
and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains us and governs us and who produces
varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Praised be You, my Lord,
through those who give pardon for Your love,
and bear infirmity and tribulation.

Blessed are those who endure in peace
for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.

Praised be You, my Lord,
through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no living man can escape.

Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those whom death will
find in Your most holy will,
for the second death shall do them no harm.

Praise and bless my Lord,
and give Him thanks
and serve Him with great humility.



The very stones will cry out!

Have a very Blessed Sunday,

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San Clamente


Many people, even people in my own life, have said this very same thing…”I would never wear a cross, its an instrument of death.”  This same quote came up as I attended Good Friday service this year.  As the homily started, my ears perked up…reading an article from Crossroads Initiative by Dr. Italy – I soon found myself understanding with “why” we remember our Lord’s Passion – Good Friday – Victory of the Cross.

He read on and brought to mind an earlier post featuring an episode from the Catholicism series on The Church – it featured the mosaic [above] from the Church of San Clemente in Rome – it shows how the cross’s purpose and how it is not just victorious but yes indeed, fruitful – a tree of life, we are grafted onto the vine. It is a wonderful visual of how the cross is connected to the resurrection and LIFE everlasting.

Even Pope John Paul II said,  “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”

 Have a blessed Easter!

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FullSizeRenderMY Anything started in the beginning of 2014. Not to be cliché – making NY resolutions and lists – but I had some time to myself and made the decision to digest Anything by Jennie Allen. I read it quickly in a day or so… and I returned to the words on page 97. Anything….God I will do anything…you can lead me this year and I will go. And just like I had read nothing major happened. So many things were changing already and many things were on the horizon not just because it was a New Year or because I was reading this book. This was the opportunity to look forward to the year ahead. If I look at the elements of experiencing Christ, Prayer, God Speaking, Banding together and Obedience my anything played out differently and yet had a great impact on my life and the lives of people around me.

Subtly things began to change. I began to open up and facilitate small groups and I was able to connect with others and band together – through small groups with Stuck and Restless. Though it seemed I was even more restless after the Restless study was over in 2014. I had lost my father and I still had so many questions. By September I was so frantic I didn’t know what to do. I had led two amazing Bible study groups, banded together with amazing ladies and I was joining the next group and yet I was so lost. I sat stoic and immovable…I was missing something. I also at this time finished two very insightful books by Father Robert Barron Eucharist and Catholicism. Page after page just reiterated all I already believed to be true about God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. I had from the time I was a child had a progressive experience with Christ and yet struggled to understand what it meant to embrace the joys and sufferings of each day.

coverSo I Prayed – honestly I had no idea how to pray or what to say or what to do. I had prayed anything, prayed for others, struggled to hear God speak and even taken up daily the rosary. And one Saturday I felt led to look – seek – search into the unknown. A place I was so afraid of because I had no knowledge and no control. It was uncharted, uncomfortable and it made no sense. I went on to our local Diocesan website and searched for a nearby parish which led me to a little town that I had blown past in a job search months before because it was too “far away” and nothing was there. No seriously if you blink you’ll drive right past it. But honestly….what? What is going on here. Really God. Really why? What am I doing? I have a church. I am doing well. Why rock the boat? Why? And then it happened…

God speaks through promptings in our spirits, a burning in your gut – Anything pg 187. Honestly, this was the hardest thing ever. To leave all the comforts of church, change, go somewhere new, to nowhere Bally, Pennsylvania. As I argued with God, I heard a “voice” answer me saying, “This is not about you.” And I was reminded that yes I had said anything to God nine months earlier. He hadn’t forgotten what I promised and He was holding me to it. So obediently I went and I began my seven months of RCIA and continued to digest all that I could to curb my questions, my prayers and my desire to know more about what God was asking me to do.



I was obligated to Obey – even if it meant telling people that I didn’t know why when they asked me why was becoming Catholic. How fitting to remember the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Do whatever He tells you. John 2:5 Even when you face struggles, obstacles arise and yes even when people seem to turn against you. Obey.

FullSizeRender2As the New Year 2015 began and I continued in my journey, I devoured even more books, began to face new struggles and facilitated two more studies – One Thousand Gifts and Anything re-release. None of it was easy, work was hard, my faith was tested, and my long term relationship struggled – even on the cusp of Easter and through summer began to dissolve. Even so, I yielded to God’s decision that I come into full communion in the Roman Catholic Church and started my transition out of my old church. I turned a lot over to God and I had thought that giving up all of these comforts and familiarity would be hard. However, God, ever faithful, made it very bearable and He has blessed me with new challenges and new beginnings. He amazes me still every day.
My anything was giving up my comfort, my control, my fear of the unknown and my places. Does any of this make sense? No I am still baffled but God is behind and before me and He knows the route and I must let Him lead. Everyday is an all-out struggle to let go of what is familiar, what I can/not control and what I know.



Here is to your anything,



Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God , you take away the sins of the word, Grant us peace.


A few notes about the Church that I have pulled out of this full length episode from Catholicism: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church – Episode 6

The Church is:
Christ’s mystical body – a Living breathing organism not a club from the Greek – Ekklesia
Ekklesia – Jesus calls us out from the world and into a community of love and purposeful mission – life of Christ!
1) One – unified under one Lord God,
2) Holy – bearer of grace and forgiveness of God – through broken vessels; people 2 Corinthians 4: 7-9
3) Catholic – universal,according to the whole, means by which God gathers the whole world to Himself
4) Apostolic – rooted in the apostles – who were formed and shaped by Jesus Christ and sent forth to be missionaries

No matter what we think about religion, Christianity, the Church or church itself – we must remember the ONE – the Holy one, who founded it, called the disciples (and us) out from the world and into His Holy church community to preach love and salvation and the means by which it has been sustained through the ages.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit may the mission of the Church continue.
Thank you Word on Fire Catholic Ministries


In His Love and Spirit,

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