HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  Clang the bells and welcome in 2013!  I very likely am sleep as this posts for me automatically (Thank God for WordPress!) but my heart is in the welcoming of the New Year. I hope for everyone much grace and many blessings in the coming year. Remember that Jan I, 2013 is a Feast Day and Holy Day of Obligation. I hope everyone sings a wonderful Marian hymn or two to honor Mary, Theotokos. Let us be sure to seek willful holiness, sanctity, and all the virtues in the coming year so that we become better examples … Continue reading

Looking To 2013

I love the pristine hopefulness of a new year. A New year has so many possibilities, so much potential and a whole 12 months of adventure in it. I shall make plans and enter into the New Year eagerly and energetically.  How will it turn out?  Will the New Year be a disaster, or success, or something in between? I resolve to cling tightly to my personal goals.  I plan to adhere to my healthy eating plan, geared to my issues with blood sugar, and my need to lose weight.  How?  I will combat the feelings of deprivation by pampering … Continue reading


JOY TO THE WORLD, THE LORD IS COME, LET EARTH RECEIVE HER KING, LET EVERY HEART PREPARE HIM ROOM AND HEAVEN AND NATURE SING, AND HEAVEN AND NATURE SING, AND HEAVEN AND HEAVEN AND NATURE SING! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!! CHRIST IS BORN! GLORIFY HIM! Dear Lord, may all come to Faith in Jesus, conversion in every area of their lives, and growth in virtue so that their work is good, and so that as many as are willing to choose rightly can attain heaven. Thank YOU for making our salvation possible and for the grace to choose right even … Continue reading

Advent Music

I love the periods of penitence and preparation we experience in our Liturgy. This is Advent, and it is a beautiful time of preparation for the celebration of the Birth of Christ. Did you know that Advent music and Christmas music are actually not the same hymns?  Here is one of the beautiful traditional antiphons sung during Advent. and another: Dear Lord, thank You for the beauty in the Liturgy and in the hymns of Your Church. Amen. … Continue reading

Memories of Childhood

Over at A Woman’s Place…Depends On Her Vocation, she posted on the determination of her little one in hunting for the hidden gifts.  This made me smile as I recalled a time my brother and sister and I managed to FIND the Christmas gifts about a week before Christmas. Our Dad had quite the challenge to convince us that because Santa could not possibly get to EVERY house in one night that he often chose some parents to be helpers and take an early delivery of the Santa presents. They were quickly re-hidden and we didn’t see them again until … Continue reading

12-12-12 and Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe who is patroness of the unborn and also the patroness of all the Americas. Today is a really cool date because it is 12/12/12. Today the Pope got going with his new twitter account. I read most of the responses are crass, crude and even obscene. God bless Pope Benedict XVI for his efforts. Dear Lord, thank You for the example of the Virgin Mary; thank You for her prayers for the unborn and for all the Americas. Please help all those who love You to honor Your mother properly. … Continue reading

Advent: Revisiting Our Preparation for Christmas

Fr. Z wrote a post at his blog on how we change and as we change we gain different things from great books. Of Sympathy and Pageant, Of Aging and Refreshing resonated with me and I urge my readers to go, enjoy it. I have re-read many favorite classics over the years and indeed have come to appreciate old favorites more and more as years and experiences grow.  The Liturgical Calendar passes through seasons of the year and we revisit each part of the Gospel story, and many parts of the New and Old Testaments.  This is a blessing which, … Continue reading

Advent: Hell is REAL!

Hell is a very real place and the vast majority of humanity through the abuse of their free will have chosen to live lives that will end with their spending eternity in Hell. 13 Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. 14 How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it! —Matthew 7:13-14 REPENT! is a constant admonition in the Scriptures and the Tradition of the Church.  St. … Continue reading