More thoughts on Ardent Charity: How Mary’s Example Sets the Tone for Today’s Application

"However, in the midst of thoughts on the three pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving, our chaplain remarked on something which has stuck with me. He stated, 'Almsgiving is, simply...'" Today's piece is a review of a previously published piece - simply because the chaplain's homily forced me to go back and contemplate the greatest theological virtue. How will you focus on almsgiving in light of this information, during Lent 2018?

#WorthRevisit: The Military Way of the Cross (The Gratitude Project: Week 34)

"If you have followed my blog any length of time, you'll know I am a proud Army wife, and a proud Catholic Christian... The project I undertook, to have it released for this Lent, was not undertaken without some sacrifice on my part." Today's #WorthRevisit is a look back at The Military Way of the Cross, and how that project was one that, although challenging, makes me a more grateful blogger.

The Gratitude Project: Week 34

"Perhaps that can be my focus during Lent 2018 - how much I act like Jonah, and resist His gentle, and sometimes not-so-gentle, whispers and nudges on my heart. Perhaps focusing on my tendency to resist His whispers and nudges are paving my own, personal Way of the Cross. Perhaps opening my arms, and giving my "yes" to Him with less argument, will allow me to learn better from those saints who still followed His call in their lives." This week's special Gratitude Project addresses how a Lenten project for the Military Council of Catholic Women opened my eyes to my own spiritual battle. Includes links to the FREE download of "The Military Way of the Cross."

The Gratitude Project: Week 33

"I felt as though I caught a simple, modern-day glimpse of what Mary must have felt so many centuries ago." This week's Gratitude Project explores some moments which made this mama's heart smile - and, reminded her of simple beauty even when the rest of the world around us is heavy. What are you grateful for this week?

What’s In a Name: Reflections on Naming Baby

Last week, the Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. It made me reflect further on our family's own two tests for baby names, and makes me ask - how does your family approach baby names?