Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In honor of Mother Teresa on her 104th birthday today!

Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly,
That my life may only be a radiance of Yours.

Shine through me, and be so in me
That every soul I come in contact with
May feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus!

Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine,
So to shine as to be a light to others;
The light, O Jesus will be all from You; none of it will be mine;
It will be you, shining on others through me.

Let me thus praise You the way You love best, by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching, not by words but by my example,
By the catching force of the sympathetic influence of what I do,
The evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You.

[by Cardinal John Henry Neuman and prayed constantly by Mother Teresa]

Monday, August 4, 2014

Meeting the Purgatory Lady!

I loved meeting Susan Tassone and sitting beside her at a recent book signing at the Catholic Marketing Network this past week in Chicago. I was signing copies of my Catholic Saints Prayer Book and Susan was signing Prayers, Promises, and Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. 

Susan is affectionately known as the "Purgatory Lady."

Here's a You tube of her appearance on EWTN's Bookmark show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxXQxjB5aw0


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mom-ism Monday # 4: Gluten-free pizza, planting flowers, & lessons from the birds!

How's your summer going? What's happening in your domestic church? Any recipes or parenting tips to share?

1) I made some yummy gluten-free pizza recently. It's so easy. I buy the frozen gluten-free crusts at the local health food store. I get the "Against the Grain" 4-cheese type. We love it.

I spread my favorite tomato or pesto sauce (sometimes it's home-made) on the crust and then add whatever healthy ingredients I have on hand. And, sometimes I actually plan for this meal and go out and buy specific ingredients that we like on our pizzas. :)
     Other times, I empty the refrigerator for the pizza toppings. :) All over the top, of course, we sprinkle our favorite cheeses (grated).
     If you don't want to to turn the oven on and heat up the house, cook your pizzas outside in your gas grill! We do. Keep the temperature to about 400 degrees and keep an eye on the pizzas. They will cook in 6 to 8 minutes or maybe 10, depending on your grill.

Gluten free pizza!

These pizza toppings were a combination of left-overs (even potatoes!)

Everything but the kitchen sink!
They were delicious!

2) Looks like fun, right? Cute pots...pretty flowers...fun to do with your kids or grandkids...

It was!

3) I have a sweet story to tell you soon about the cute bird family outside my kitchen window.

Mama ready to go inside to see the babies.

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Share your three "Mommy Moments" (photos and/or text) from the past week (or from any time). Add its URL by clicking the "Add your link (below)." Include the "Mom-ism Mondays" image from the top of this post in your post.

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4) HAVE FUN and celebrate your MOTHERHOOD all the time (especially on Mondays)!

I hope you join in to share highlights from your motherhood (or what I call "Mom-isms). Follow the simple instructions in this blog post and please include the "Mom-ism" image at the top of this post.

I look forward to reading your post--have fun!

God bless you and yours!