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The Devil Waits Outside the Church

The Devil Waits Outside the Church She arrived during the homily. Walking right up to the statue of Mary Help of Christians, crowned with May flowers and lovingly arranged her small spray in the Virgin’s arms. She genuflected, then crossed to the altar and prostrated herself, before proceeding to sit on the other side. I […]... Read More
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Mother Mary’s Garden

An invitation to hear the cousins play at a tiny church festival in San Luis, prompted a leisurely drive back. We took Highway 159 toward Taos, NM, to County Road P, toward Manassa. Mother Mary’s Garden is tucked away on the left. We parked outside the gate and walked in. Mother Mary’s Garden is a […]... Read More

Carrick Ministries – Catechetical Artistry

  In the few years since I last reviewed Carrick Ministries, their focus has broadened and evolved so much that I thought it was worth another mention.  Julie is still singing, writing songs, touring, and doing parish missions. Carrick Ministries has also teamed up with a number of other artists, such as Leighton Drake, another […]... Read More

Theotokos!

Theotokos.  The very word conjures up a fiery, terrifying Galadriel-like image that exudes power.  Not the humble, Middle-Eastern peasant maiden, lying on the hard barn floor, next to a manger in which she has just lain her swaddled newborn, that she may have a few moments rest from the labors of childbirth. Theotokos, Greek for […]... Read More

First Saturday Devotions – Substance or Superstition?

Today is the first Saturday of June.  My dad’s roses are blooming profusely.  After so many Marian celebrations last month, my thoughts have turned to the First Saturdays and how they got started.  It’s been a few years since Catholic school, and I live out in the sticks, where we’re lucky to have “daily” Mass […]... Read More

Glory to God in the Highest and…um…The Feast of the Annunciation

One of the few things I enjoy when I’m in the Big City is being able to attend daily Mass.  I usually go early, and the nuns and postulants are among the regulars, as well as several working, retired and possibly 1 or 2 homeless persons.  Today, the Feast of the Annunciation was celebrated, which […]... Read More

The Pilgrim Virgin of Guadalupe

A couple of months ago I was priviledged to participate in the pilgrimage of Our Lady of Guadalupe within our Mexican community.  Once a year, a couple from Prescott brings a life-size portrait of the Virgin to our small town and She visits a number of homes where we gather for a nightly rosary, singing […]... Read More

The Third Secret, by Steve Berry

I enjoy Steve Berry’s books.  He is definitely a gifted historical/mystery/suspense writer.  I don’t even mind his frequent digs at the Catholic Church.  Heaven know, we deserve some of it.  But it goes way too far in “The Third Secret”, based on the mysterious Third Secret of Fatima. Whether you believe in the apparitions of […]... Read More

Our Lady of Sorrows

Every year on my birthday I look at the parish calendar and see it there. The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. How apropos, I used to think, with an ungrateful heart. Let’s have a pity party. I felt sorry for myself and what I perceived as my sorrowful life. I feel blessed and honored […]... Read More