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A Catholic Mom climbing the Pillars

A Catholic wife and mom, master catechist and former homeschooling mom of 8 years constantly climbing the Pillars of fire and truth which is the Catholic church. Always reading, I love reviewing books, conducting book discussions, and writing....then sewi

Updated: 2018-01-07T20:32:53.568-05:00


Laws of life and the road


"And by this we may be sure that we know him, if we keep his commandments.  He who says "I know him" but disobeys his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him." OK, so we all, or most of wait, SOME of us abide by the traffic laws:  Stopping at red lights, stop signs, and not passing on solid lines.  Why we do obey these laws?  We believe in them!  We believe that they will



When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day....... An angel came by and asked." Why spend so much time on her?" The lord answered. "Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?" She must function on all kinds of situations, She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time, Have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart, She

Be Prepared! Wisdom


 Wisdom 13:1-9 and Luke 17: 26-37 For years I have complained to my husband about how bored I am with the mundane weekly grind.   Sundays are my favorite day, we attend Mass and then have a family meal together.  But then Monday arrives and the rat race begins, or as I complain, returns.  In today's readings, it struck me that I have fallen into the same routine as so many others around me.  Get

Getting ready for Advent 2017


During Advent, we are called upon to: 1) prepare ourselves to worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's coming into the world as the incarnate God of love, 2) make our souls fitting abodes for the Redeemer coming in Holy Communion and through grace 3) make ourselves ready for His final coming as judge, at death and at the end of the world ~from New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia

A book review: The living Gospel, Daily Devotions for Advent 2017


As a contributor, we occasionally get the privilege of reviewing books that would help Christian families in their journey through the seasons.  There was a call out for this little devotional and I grabbed at the chance!  Thanks to Ave Maria Press for the opportunity to review this book and to the author, Deacon Charles Paolino, who is also the managing editor at RENEW

The message of Fatima, 100 years ago


O Immaculate Heart of Mary,  Pray for us and for the whole world! Seventy thousand (70,000) people witnessed the miracle of the sun on this date, October 13, 1917...these recent times!  People were able to totally look at the sun as it danced and then came closer and closer to the earth.   Some even felt it touched them.    Marriage and the family would be the target to be destroyed,

Dear NFL: you don't matter......


Continuing Education


Taking a course with Notre Dame called, Christian Doctrine for Catechists.  It's a basic course that starts in the beginning of belief, basically and we are in the second week of our studies.   It has been very interesting so far and I am very enlightened  by the other students in the course.  We are from all different places in the US, we are old, young, teachers, speakers, and bloggers in

Restoring Faith takes it!


Restoring faith through life's storms is difficult at best, but restore it we must!  It has been said that the more we pray  with each other the deeper our faith grows and spreads.  If one falls, we all fall, if one stands it makes it easier for others to do as well.  The "If she/he can do it, well, so can I!" mentality.  It is why we go to Mass each Sunday and whenever possible in between, to

I need to stop beating myself up about this, too


Two out of three of my children have left the Catholic Church.   One claims for good, the other is in name only....never attends Mass, but writes it down as his religion.   

My own road to Emmaus


It's been awhile since I wrote on the Pillars on a regular basis. Believe me, I have missed my enthusiasm and fire. During the past 10 years, (wow, it's been that long since I decided to share my thoughts and faith!) I have tried to inspire, teach, and just plain share my Catholic faith through the lens of my family life. Over these years our children have grown, my role as mommy has transitioned

Lent 2017


Each year Lent comes, often we are unprepared to face this time of reflection and re-evaluation.  Unlike the sun,  moon, planets, and stars which follow a set rhythm of existence, the human soul has the freedom of a will.  Each and every morning the sun rises the same way, in the same direction and even though the colors may differ, still there is a certain rhyme and rhythm.  Each night the

Multi wife...


On February 13th, my husband and I will celebrate 24 years of marriage. During these 24 years, he has been married to probably 3 different people.....maybe 4. Let me explain: The first woman he married was young, beautiful, and excited about life. The prospect of new adventures and the children she will have with her new husband were invigorating to her.  She had been a

The Will of God....Good and bad?


The things that happen to us throughout our lives are known by our Heavenly Father way before we were even born.   He knows what we say, think, do, He knows us inside and out without a word spoken.  Amazing to think of this as a mom, I know my kids forwards and backwards, but no, I really don't, not to this extent anyway. God's Will The things that happen to us throughout our lives are known by

The Power of a Woman


Amidst the discussion of the still-not-up-to-par status of the female equality in the corporate world, society has left off a very huge, but under-prioritized element of our society: the children. Women who want it all, money, career, power, etc that comes only with a corporate position is the socially accepted goal....but really what about these children? These youngsters are stuck in

Christ the King, but do we really??


Jesus stepped out of his glory for just a moment and became like us...a mere human being with all our warts, back and headaches, hunger urges, weakness, and prove to us that He gets us, completely! The mosaic at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC depicts the strength and glory of the risen Christ.  I was in awe the first March for Life that I

Feeding the family AND A BOOK GIVE AWAY!!!!!!!!!


It has been clearly founded that a family that shares at least one meal together each day or as many days as possible a week gives the children a security and validity that those who do not share meals together have.  Why?  Donna-Marie proves it with her newest book, "Feeding Your Family's Soul".  In this gem of a book/cookbook/prayer-book/Inspirational book/activity book is easy to find

Another Quote from our newest Saint


There is always the danger  that we may just do the work  for the sake of the work.  This is where  the respect and the love and the devotion come in  --that we do it to God, to Christ,  and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible. -St. Teresa of Calcutta

Mother (soon-to-be) Saint Teresa of Calcutta's daily prayer


Dear Lord: Help me to spread your fragrance wherever I go. Flood my soul with your spirit and life. Penetrate and posses my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of yours. Shine through me, and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel your presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me, but only you, O Lord! Stay with me, then I shall

In honor of our Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta's Canonization


This weekend the most amazing lady the world has ever known will be canonized, Mother...err, blessed Teresa of Calcutta!  In honor of her sainthood, I wanted to talk about saints and why we need them. As Americans, our history books are filled with courageous men and women who were founding fathers, fearless patriots, dedicated countrymen, strong leaders, fierce fighters, many of whom were

A thoughtful penance


At confession the other day my pastor asked me once again to pray the our father slowly, thinking about each sentence and then to pray the Hail Mary and offer it up for those who have no one to pray for. As I was praying each sentence of the Lords prayer, I thought about what that sentence meant and what Jesus wanted us to pray for. Our father who art in heaven:  that means that he is somewhere

Why didn't we know about this!!???


What's in a Name?


So our middle child got married a month ago and since then has had to do all the name changing stuff to get her new life started.  It really has been a transition for the whole family, even if she lives across town, it's a big change.  My ability to move with the times isn't my forte and even my boss told me that earlier this year with my review...."You don't do well with change." speaking about

The Bride, the Dress, and a Wedding


There is nothing like a woman decked in lace to show how amazingly feminine and elegant she can be. Princes Grace (Kelly) Our daughter got married last week in a whirlwind of events and emotions. A full year ago she picked out her dress and her father and I were impressed.  It is simply gorgeous and elegant, but it has shoulders, a full bodice, and a detailed back that sets off her lovely

This That and the Other Thing: Review: Rachel's Contrition


Here's is a book review on a book I also read and enjoyed it.    This That and the Other Thing: Review: Rachel's Contrition: Rachel's Contrition About the Book: Rachel Winters had nothing, won it all, and then lost everything After the death of h...