Apparitions: Our Lady of Mount Carmel

First, where is Mount Carmel? I don’t know about you, but in all the times I’ve heard of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, I never knew where it was. So, I did what everyone does: I Googled it! Turns out it’s in Israel! Who knew? It is in a mountainous region where Catholic hermits, underContinue reading “Apparitions: Our Lady of Mount Carmel”

Apparitions: Our Lady of The Miraculous Medal

Our Lady twice appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in Paris of 1830. It was in the convent chapel of the Daughters of Charity, started by St. Vincent de Paul, that Mary appeared very late one night. She asked Catherine to have a medal cast as Mary described it for her. It was Mary’s picture onContinue reading “Apparitions: Our Lady of The Miraculous Medal”

Birdsong

Before the grass turns green with the Spring rains, I am on the lookout for red-winged blackbirds. Why? Because in our family these small black birds with the red and orange stripes on their wings were the earliest harbingers of the fairer season. Most people look for robins in the Midwest. I always look forContinue reading “Birdsong”

Easter Without Jesus?

I was appalled to see a post on Facebook glorifying celebrating Easter without Jesus. What? How is that possible? Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. No bunnies or chocolate treats can take that away. Period. If Easter does not represent the resurrection, then it’s not Easter. Bunnies, jelly beans,Continue reading “Easter Without Jesus?”

Apparitions – Our Lady of Guadalupe

I was prepared to write about a different apparition of Mary, but then I realized that I really wanted to start with the beginning of apparitions in the Americas. That would be Our Lady of Guadalupe. Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico in December of 1531. Juan Diego, a former Aztec, and convertContinue reading “Apparitions – Our Lady of Guadalupe”

Acts of Service

During Lent, especially, some people try to do extra acts of service. One year, the children and I did the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. Some modifying had to be done, but it was accomplished and turned out better than I’d hoped. This year we were not specifically trying to practice any of theContinue reading “Acts of Service”

Apparitions: Our Lady of Lourdes – The Immaculate Conception

When I think of the apparitions of the Blessed Mother of Jesus (otherwise known as Our Lady,) Lourdes comes to mind. What on earth is Lourdes? Lourdes is a small town in France where Our Lady appeared to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous as she was out gathering firewood in 1858. She was a sickly shepherd girl.Continue reading “Apparitions: Our Lady of Lourdes – The Immaculate Conception”