Stay-at-home wife to a my prince (son of the King of Kings by Baptism–see Galatians 3:26-27 & I Timothy 6:15).),
who is a high school math teacher (Catholic school).
Godmother to a boy and a girl.

Patron Saints:

  • St. Clare of Assisi
  • St. Maria Goretti (I chose “Maria” as a Confirmation name after Maria from “the Sound of Music”–that’s how clueless I was!–but later realized that St. Maria Goretti was a better fit)
  • Sts. Martha & Zita (homemakers)
  • (and a veritable litany of C/Katherines)

A few of my favorite things:
Eucharistic Adoration,
daily Mass (when I can get there),
talking & cuddling with my sweetheart,
talking about God (but not debates!),
long flowing skirts,
kitties (we have two),
decorating (walls, cards, stationery, jewelry, food, anything that holds still long enough!),
netting (a type of lace-making),
graphic design,
music, playing the flute, singing, silence, dancing (informal or simple contra),
looking things up,
strings of little white lights,
bonfires, candles,
our lack of TV (!),
planning fun little surprises

Books I keep recommending (this is the short list!)

  • Sacred Scripture
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church (once this came out & I read it, I could finally say, “Yes! This is what I believe!”)
  • anything by Archbishop Ullathorne: The Endowments of Man, The Groundwork of the Christian Virtues, Christian Paience
  • This Tremendous Lover, by Fr. Eugen Boylan (devotional theology)
  • I Believe in Love, by Pere Jean du Coeur de Jesus D’Elbee (based on the spirituality of the Little Flower)
  • The Story of A Soul, by St. Therese of Lisieux (her Autobiography)
  • The Story of a Family: The Home of St. Therese of Lisieux, by Fr. Stephabe-Joseph Piat, OFM
  • A Companion to the Summa, by Walter Farrell (makes Aquinas’ thought accessible–makes life make sense!)
  • Introduction to the Devout Life, by St. Frances de Sales
  • He and I, by Gabrielle Bossis (Gabrielle’s tender conversations with Jesus)
  • The Practise of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence
  • Your Hour, by Rev. M. Raymond, OCSO (uplifting stories about suffering–amazing!)
  • The Theology of the Body, by Pope John Paul II (but I needed Christopher West to explain it!)
  • The Reed of God, by Caryll Houselander (faithful, poetic reflections on Mary’s role)
  • A Right to be Merry, by Mother Mary St. Paul, PCC (the joyful life of Poor Clare nuns)
  • Selected Poetry of Jessica Powers (aka Sr. Miriam of the Holy Spirit, OCD), ed. by Regina Siegfried and Bishop Robert Morneau (I’m afraid I can’t recommend Bishop Morneau’s writings, though)
  • Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word, by Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis (devotional commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, based on the Greek text)
  • The Catena Aurea, by St. Thomas Aquinas (commentary on the Gospels by the Fathers of the Church)
  • Spring Comes to the Hill Country, by Sr. Mary Jean Dorcy with Dan Paulos (stunning scissored paper cuttings of the Blessed Virgin)
  • In the Midst of Chaos, Peace, by Sr. Mary Jean Dorcy, Dan Paulos & Sr. Wendy Beckett (more scissored paper cuttings)
  • Saints Are Not Sad, by Frank Sheed
  • The Virtues on Parade, by Fr. John F. Murphy
  • Pardon and Peace, by Alfred Wilson, C.P. (NOT the newer book by the same title!)–best book I’ve seen on Confession, although it is somewhat dated
  • Umbert the Unborn: A Womb With a View, by Gary Cangemi (pro-life cartoons)
  • The Creed in Slow Motion, by Fr. Ronald Knox (all of his “slow motion” books are wonderful!)
  • Christianity and Infallibility—Both or Neither, by Fr. Daniel Lyons
  • Who is the Devil?, by Nicholas Corte
  • Fr. Francis J. Finn’s books: Tom Playfair, Harry Dee, Claude Lightfoot, Ethelred Preston, That Football Game, Percy Wynn (gripping stories with visible faith woven through everything)
  • St. Rose of Lima, by Mary Fabyan Windeatt’s (and all of her stories of the saints–easy to read, engaging and catechetical)
  • The Little Book Of Humility & Patience, by Archbishop Ullathorne
  • The Sanctifier, by Most Rev. Luis M. Martinez, translated by Sr. M. Aquinas, O.S.U. (devotional book on the Holy Spirit)
  • Dressing With Dignity, by Colleen Hammond (why & how-to)
  • The King of the Golden City, by Mother Mary Loyola (a sweet allegory of the Christian life)
  • Clean of Heart, by Rosemarie Scott (pure, practical, Catholic book on breaking free from sexual sin–applicable to other sins too)
  • Anything by Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI
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