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Have Your Best Lent Ever


I’m so excited about Lent this year!  We as Catholics are so lucky!  I just couldn’t imagine being a part of a church that did not observe Lent.  This year, I am going WAY deep.  Last year I was disappointed in myself and I really did not have a good Lent. I’m making up for it this year.  Let me share with you what I’m doing!

  • Daily Rosary (yep. this.)
  • I am not buying anything I do not need.  I have to Really need something to buy it.  I will not buy things I WANT.  Not things I desire.  I will not try to convince myself that I “need” art supplies, more planner supplies, more makeup, more clothing, more online art classes, more STUFF.  I do not.  Truly.  I do not.
  • Frequent visits our Adoration Chapel
  • Morning devotions.

There are several devotions that I’m signed up to receive via email.  I’m stunned at how many there are out there.  Many new organizations and programs have popped up on my radar!

  1. Matthew Kelly’s organization Dynamic Catholic is doing a series for Lent called “Best Lent Ever” I have admired Matthew for many years, read and listened to all of his books and teachings.  He’s amazing.

Join Matthew Kelly, the best-selling Catholic author in America, on a life-changing journey through your Best Lent Ever. Each week, participants will receive short videos and inspiration from Matthew that explain the genius of Catholicism and empower them to become the best-version-of-themselves. It’s simple and completely FREE, the only cost is your commitment to live better each day this Lent.

2. Chris Stefanick at Real Life Catholic is also doing a Lenten “retreat” series called “The Way Retreat.”  Sign up here   Click SUBSCRIBE in the upper left hand corner.  LENT.  IT’S WHAT JESUS DOES. (Love that!)

3. Father Robert Barron has his Daily Lent Reflections (they are good!)  SIGN UP HERE

4. Blessed Is She – this is a new one on my radar screen.  I’m still finding out more about this organization but I am very excited by what I see so far!  You can sign up for their newsletter by clicking the Subscribe button.  They also have a Facebook Group.   LOVE!

We are here to journey together in our Catholic faith. As a community of women: mothers, wives, single women, religious, we are all in this together. Let’s build our foundation on the rock that is this Church and His Word.

5. Redeemed Online is also new to me.  Oh My Word.  This is good!  Sign up for daily videos in Lent 2015 at bottom of the page.

Lent and #ShareJesus are here.

#ShareJesus – the biggest social media experience in the Catholic Church is happening now.

Let’s get to hashtagging people!

Now, how can you NOT have an awesome Lent with these resources?!  We are so very blessed!  Woot Woot!  Till next time…Blessings!  Michelle


Our converts need our prayers…


Especially NOW! 

It is so important for us to remember to pray and fast for our brothers and sisters who are about to come into full communion with the church on this Easter Vigil.  These days leading up to the Vigil are probably the most intense for them.

I have been blessed to sponsor a few amazing people into the church:

*Casey*  *Sheri *  *Denise*  *Michelle*

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…and I know from past experience that this is the time when the devil will start to discourage, rob them of their joy and mess with their heads.  Please join me in prayer for all of them!  Those you know personally, those entering from your home parish and those around the entire world.

And, while we are at it, let’s pray for the Church and our Pope.  With yesterday’s stunning news out of the Vatican, all I can think of is pray, pray, pray.

Happy Fat Tuesday everyone!

“Keep It Simple Sinner!”


So…its been a little while since I wrote anything or shared anything about our faith. I’ve been so wrapped up with my business, my artwork and the new website that my writing seems to be centered mostly on those things. And honestly, my spiritual life and prayer life has suffered a bit.

Guess what? Ash Wednesday is this week. Can you believe it? It’s my absolute favorite time in the church liturgical year. I like it more than Advent and even Christmas. People often ask me why I always look so forward to Lent. Well, to me, its my time to “go deep.” My time to fast, pray and concentrate on discipline. To do penance and regroup.

This year I happened upon an article on Pinterest that really spoke to me. It was published by “Our Sunday Visitor.” The article is called Keeping it simple this Lent with Father Jim’s 1-1-1 Plan. To read this article click HERE.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013

KISS – Here’s a helpful acronym to help you stay focused during Lent:

Keep • It • Simple • Sinner

(I LOVE that!)

I will be doing this 1-1-1 plan! Want to join me?

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Its been a while since I’ve posted anything…Lots going on these days.  Spring is in the air!  Its great to be alive!  So, let’s get started!


It cracks me up when I look at the stats on my blog and how people “land here” – there is a view of the “search engine” terms used every day that are directed to my blog and the most recent search was for “CATHOLIC OLD PEOPLE.” What???!!!   And the search engine sent them here?  LOL!  Too funny.  Some other interesting search engine terms have been:

catholic nuns receinving money in a restaurant

old catholic girl

how to begin my mission as catholic

catholic shampoo (guess they wanted to read that joke!)

matt packer all my lovin

saint patrick slot machine

world biggest god

broken arm infant jesus statue

catholic mary fish under her feet

girl taking dog shot

i forgot what is said in confession

And, the all time highest search engine term has been OUR LADY OF LOURDES.


The hunt for the perfect dog has ended.  We decided to take the plunge!  I am pleased to announce Jackson!  He’s a Zuchon…A Shi-Tzu Bichon mix.  He’s a doll!  He was born on November 9, 2010.  He’s not perfect just yet because he’s still very much a baby, but each day gets better and better!  He’s brought a lot of joy back into the house and he keeps us laughing and running!

Hi, My name is Jackson! I am a good boy!


I had posted a quote on my Facebook that sparked a bit of anger from one of my brothers.  The quote was:

“Even suffering is part of the truth of our life. Thus, trying to shield the youngest from every difficulty and experience of suffering, we risk creating, despite our good intentions, fragile persons of little generosity: The capacity to love, in fact, corresponds to the capacity to suffer, and to suffer together.”

— Pope Benedict XVI

While I still love the quote and would post it again, I totally understand why it angered my brother.  I posted it the day after the Philadelphia scandal broke…the day after they suspended 21 priests.  Bad timing on my part?  Possibly.  The quote was inspiring to me because of Lent.  The quote was taken from a letter from the Pope to Romans on education.  But honestly it didn’t even register with me that the quote could be read in a negative context.  My character and my heart would never allow me to post that quote if I had read it that way.  Just so you know, my brother has the most tender heart.  He’s one of my best friends.  He’s a good man.  He stands up for injustice and he was deeply bothered by the Phili news.  For the record, he asked me “Is that his excuse for the abuse?” and “Where is your blog on this?”  (Angrily)  Well, here it is.  I am disgusted, saddened and sickened by what is happening in Phili and everywhere for that matter.  I am still a sold out Catholic.  The Church I love is imperfect.  It is a hospital for sinners.  Priests are sinners.  I am a sinner.  I do not love the Catholic Church because of it’s priests.  Nor do I love it because of it’s awesome music or preaching.  I love the Catholic Church because of the Eucharist.  Because of Jesus.  Because of truth.  Let us pray for the end of the abuse and the exposure and punishment of all who are guilty.  Let us pray for justice and healing for the victims.  Let us pray for those who have covered it up.


A Pet’s 10 Commandments:

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bare to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.  ALWAYS! ~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God’s critters!  ~We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!  –Author Unknown


Your Catholic Funny for today:
Sister Mary Ann, who worked for a home health agency, was out making her rounds visiting homebound patients when she ran out of gas.
As luck would have it, a Texaco Gasoline station was just a block away.
She walked to the station to borrow a gas can and buy some gas. The attendant told her that the only gas can he owned had been loaned out, but she could wait until it was returned. Since Sister Mary Ann was on the way to see a patient, she decided not to wait and walked back to her car.
She looked for something in her car that she could fill with gas and spotted the bedpan she was taking to the patient. Always resourceful, Sister Mary Ann carried the bedpan to the station, filled it with gasoline, and carried the full bedpan back to her car.
As she was pouring the gas into her tank, two Baptists watched from across the street…One of them turned to the other and said,
‘If it starts, I’m turning Catholic.’!!


So, how’s your Lent going?  Mine could be going better.  I have such great intentions.  I downloaded three things to my Kindle in preparation for Lent.  I’m reading Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper by Brant Pitre.  I also downloaded Praying the Rosary, with the Mysteries and Rosary Novenas To Our Lady: Including The Mysteries Of Light but there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day.  I know I’m not the only one who’s struggling.  I vow to get better about this.  My intention is to say the rosary every day.


I think my most favorite thing about the Lenten Season is the knowledge that those who’ve been studying to become Catholic and attending RCIA are almost “home!”  I have sponsored several people into the church and this is the most exciting, reflective and deep time in their journey.  Being a sponsor to someone who seeks to come into full communion with our church is probably one of the biggest blessings in my life.  Please keep the nearly 2,000 people coming into the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Atlanta and all over the world in your special prayers.  I know one personally, her name is Pam and she’s a very close friend of our family.  My Aunt Leigh is her sponsor.  Praying for you Pam!  I am so excited for you!

Take a look at this awesome story about the recent “Rite of Election” in North Georgia.

“The Rite of Election is the celebration of the impending growth of the Church and of the unity of all those who belong to Christ and are thus safe from the tricks of the one who works best alone, whether in garden or desert,” the archbishop said, referring to the day’s readings, which included the tempting of Eve in the Garden of Eden and the temptation of Jesus in the desert.

“Let us take great comfort in being sisters and brothers in Christ, who has victoriously banished the tempter from all those he calls his own,” Archbishop Gregory said.

The Archdiocese of Atlanta is so blessed!  Almost 2,000?  Praise the Lord!  My heart is just full of joy!  HOME SWEET HOME!