Sunday, March 5, 2017


     A great resource for busy days, Father Stedman's Jesus, Mary and Joseph Manual of Novenas is a treasure tried and true. Filled with Catholic devotions, novenas and Scripture, this little booklet helps us to fit prayer into every aspect of daily life. It can be purchased here@ Fraternity Publications.

Sunday, February 5, 2017


Several years ago, I came across a discarded book. Its crumbling cover and pages were worn. The binding was flimsy. As I gently turned the fragile pages, I was at once overcome with awe at the Christ filled beauty within, and shocked that this neglected treasure might have ended up in the trash!
I decided to learn more about the priest who so carefully compiled the prayers and meditations. Reading these pages opened a miraculous window in my life as a lay Catholic woman. I have since enjoyed many of his other books, which never fail to enhance my gratitude for our Catholic faith.

Originally Posted February, 2013, @ mommynovenas

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The World's First Love

     With every beat of her heart, Our Lady taught us how to love Jesus. In his classic eloquent style, Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen illustrates the Blessed Virgin Mary's role in the life of all Christians.
 This informative and inspiring book may be purchased 
@ Ignatius Press or @ Catholic Company
See  The World's First Love Video.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Heart on Fire

     In a frictionless readable way, Father James Kubicki, S.J successfully introduces the contemporary reader to the spiritually transformative exercise of Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Father Kubicki's lovely style of writing, caringly teaches every Christian how to live this aspect of our faith. We learn that even our daily, hurried lives can be a holy expression of this sacred devotion. Its roots in Holy Scripture and Christian Tradition are clearly presented as are inspirational quotes from many Holy Saints. After reading this work, praying the Morning Offering will never be mundane, nor will the reader's experience of Mass, the Holy Eucharist, Adoration, Scripture reading/contemplation and daily prayers.  I highly recommend obtaining a copy of A Heart on Fire @ The Apostleship of Prayer.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

St Teresa-of Avila

     The Spanish language (with English Subtitles) DVD miniseries, St Teresa-of Avila, is informative and entertaining. St. Teresa's early life, her family's response to her vocation and the turmoil she faced throughout her humble service to Jesus are beautifully portrayed by Miss Concha Velasco. Admirable was this saint's undaunted fortitude, as she lead a reform within the Carmelite Order of nuns during a politically precarious time in the history of Spain. Her vigorous scriptural studies, divinely inspired writings and intense prayer life earned her the honor of Doctor of the Church. As Catholics, it is a holy assistance to have such a wonderful saint to emulate as we walk through our daily lives with Jesus.  

Sunday, October 2, 2016

An Excellent Resource for Mothers and Daughters

     All Things Girl, Friends, Fashion and Faith by Cheryl Dickow is an excellent resource for mothers and daughters. Grandmothers, aunts, teachers and mentors would also enjoy sharing with  young ladies in their care, the knowledge and advice found in this study guide and workbook. Written in a friendly and warm manner, there is invaluable information about modesty, fashion, comportment, financial management, vocations, virtues, prayer, social media, relationships, etiquette and more. There are inspiring stories and lovely recipes as well as natural hair and skin care ideas.
     I was so happy as I read through this book and workbook. The way Cheryl Dickow has organized the material invites and promotes healthy and memorable learning experiences for young ladies and the women who aspire to guide them along the correct path of grace, beauty and reverence for God and His beautiful ordered creation. The experience of working through the reading and journal is certain to enhance every young ladies' self esteem. I highly recommend this resource for all young ladies, families, home school families and religious education instructors. Find this wonderful resource @ or

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Parents and Vocations

     This very sweetly written children's story reminds us of the magnificent yet humble gift of priestly vocations. The loving encouragement of parents during a lifetime of discernment is a precious, sacrificial gift to Our Lord. Ms.Sabatini's book, Joseph's Hands, is available in both Spanish and English. This and many other beautifully written family centered Catholic books can be purchased @ Bezalel