When all 6 us of us gathered around the t.v. for the Urbi Et Orbi, we thought we were in for a 15 minute deal. The kids squirmed and fidgeted, trying hard to keep up the reverence, thinking the actual blessing was just around the corner. But Pope Francis was in no hurry. And neither … More Urbi et Orbi Litany of Supplication – a short prayer – family style
We are like a barrel of monkeys over here in my house. But, somehow in the midst of hug-fests and pent up pacing, my family gave me space to finish writing this book! It has been on my heart for three years but in the last 3 months, I felt a burning drive to get … More New Book Coming!
Author talks about new book – Collection of Grace – A Flexible Handbook for Growing a Life of Prayer … More What’s the book about?
Trusting God isn’t easy for a girl like me who is always looking forward to the next thing. Anxious for The Next Thing I can’t wait for Friday, till summer starts, to go on vacation, for the weekend, until Christmas. I’ve wanted to know where I’ll go to college, what I’ll do work, whether I’m … More Learning to Trust – what’s around the corner?
This is a simplified and blended version of evening prayer and night prayer for today’s Liturgy of the Hours. All around the globe, monks, nuns, priests and families are praying a variation of these words tonight. Try praying it with someone from your family and be part of the unending hymn of praise to God! … More Evening / Night Prayer – first week of Lent
There is a wellspring of things to offer to God and receive from him by simply looking at your life. This prayer never seems to get old because life is so full and God is so active. Here is my version of this “examen” or “reviewing of my day with God.” Most of it was passed … More A Good Bedtime Prayer
If you listen to a kid pray the Lord’s Prayer, it is super cute “our father who art in heaven, Howard be thy name”… until you realize that she has no idea what she is saying. Even for adults, it is easy to zip through the prayer without meaning the words because they are different … More Howard be thy name?!?… the Our Father for kids
We pray as a family around the fireplace every so often and sometimes just as a married couple. Since this time is not always easy, it can help to have some format. Here’s an idea to try adapting along with your own message: Family Prayer Song Bless the Lord, o my soul and all … More Family Prayer
While trying to explain the “thees”, “thous” and “arts” of the Our Father, my daughter murmured something about a mailbox. “What did you say, Sweetie?” “Does God put us in an envelop and send us away from evil?” “Oh, right. The Lord said, ‘deliver us from evil.’” “Yes, deliver us. The address should say, ‘heaven’.” … More Deliver to Heaven
I’ve found myself feeling pulled in a million directions and failing people at every turn. People who have a legitimate right to my love and attention- friends, parents, children, spouse, neighbors, school administrators… are often cut short and do not get what they deserve from me. This is true also of the orphan, the widow, the … More Give from God’s Strength