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Introduce yourself!

Now that you’ve learned a little bit about us, we want to know about you!  We don’t just want readers to visit our blog, we want to build a community here.  In the comment section below, share a little bit about yourself.  Here are some things you might share:

  1. Where are you from?
  2. What do you do?  What is your life like day to day?
  3. What has your spiritual journey been like?  Are you a cradle Catholic or a convert from another religion, Christian denomination, atheism or agnosticism?  Or, are you unsure of what you believe, seeking out the truth right now?
  4. Who is your favorite author, musician or artist?  Why?  Do you have a favorite book, song or masterpiece that inspires you?
  5. Do you have a blog or website of some sort?  If so, what do you write about?

Thank you for participating!  We look forward to getting to you you better and to watching our community grow.

 

About Martina Kreitzer

Martina is a cradle Catholic, wife to Neil, and mother to six kiddos here {and three in heaven}– 4/96-6/12. She decided to homeschool the kiddos in 2010 after many years in public schools. She is the creator of Catholic Sistas which focuses on a feminine perspective of the Catholic Faith. The website was the result of an existing camaraderie by the contributors in a Catholic women’s group she created. She is also a Seal of Approval evaluator for the Catholic Writers Guild. Lest you think she spends all her time online, Martina has enjoyed getting out into the community by serving on the Pastoral Council from 2010-2013. She is constantly on the lookout to make her parish as welcoming as the small town she grew up in East Texas. This task is not easy given that St. William is the largest parish in the Austin diocese, serving well over twenty thousand parishioners. She loves Jesus, coffee, bacon, chocolate, photography, more bacon, evangelizing, and the company of those unafraid to use their sense of humor.

  • Mary Anne Nagy - Hi,

    I am a cradle Catholic, more in love with the Faith as I grow older. So grateful to be Catholic!

    I have two sons, ages 23 and 21. Unfortunately, I am divorced (have been since 1997). I’ve never sought an annulment mostly because I believe our vows were made with all sincerity and are valid. My husband left the Church, remarried and separated again, and I pray for his return to the Faith.

    Tragically, our children have an aversion to anything related to God and religion as a result of the family breakup at such an early age.

    I rely heavily on St. Monica, and pray for the return of my boys.

    I am 57, a retired attorney, now working as a home health companion and on the Internet. I love my work with the elderly and disabled more than anything else I’ve done.

    Glad to see the growth of Catholic women’s networks on the Internet; it give me a chance to meet people I never would have encountered.

    God bless you all!July 24, 2012 – 10:57 amReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Peck - Am a Catholic, ProLife, NFP-Only Familiy Physician and Wife and Mother of 6. Spend most of my time trying to educate patients and Parishoners about the beauties of NFP (Natural Family Planning)! I like to teach the Marquette method as it is just so easy and objective (nfp.marquette.edu). Have published a couple of articles in various places (www.onemoresoul.com)and have recently researched the multiple harms of contraception (Linacre Quarterly Feb 2012) and how oral contraception really HARMS women and doesnt help them. I feel it is very dishonest of our current administration to make these chemicals free to all women and tell them that these things are good for them. As Catholic women, we need to model that fertility is something to be grateful for — the ultimate gift from God.August 12, 2012 – 7:08 amReplyCancel

  • Marie Antonia - I am so very happy to have found a link to this site when reading a post in one of my email newsletters! What a wonderful blog for Catholic women to share! I have recently come upon the thought that the ‘talents’ spoken of by Jesus in the Parable of the Talents, refers not to talents,intelligence or money, but to the gift of love! This is the currency of Heaven and God deposits this currency in each person’s heart according to His good measure. Now if you keep this love to yourself, then it’s ‘burying your talents, which would reap no spiritual reward, but if invest your love, and add to it through your free will by ‘caring’ and then sharing’ then you mulitply the talents and your eternal reward and throughyour love, helping others to get there as well! This site has a lot of ‘caring and sharing’ and I look foward to drinking from it’s fountains of truth and love! Anyway, I am a single (never married) Cradle Catholic who gave herself to Jesus at the ripe age of 9! After watching a movie of the life of St.Francis of Assisi, I just knew Jesus was real and that He loved me very intimitely, so on my knees I went and forceably told Jesus that I was His! Years later, I begged my mother to let me enter a convent and she told me before her passing, that she said to Jesus, ‘You’re not taking my daughter!’ and no matter how I wept, she would not concede! But it was really God;s will, because my mother was very much a Superior in a convent and about the holiest woman I have ever met (outside of Mother Angelica!) and it was more of a challenge to be a devout Catholic outside a convent than inside, especially with all the liberal trends that had sedduced my generation. ‘MY’ generation…..well, now I must confess my age…just turned 60 this year, and I am not liking it!!!! In my heart I am always 38 years old, so please, if you see any age lines peeking through the lines of my writing, please give me a ‘Zen smack in the head’ and bring me back into the present!Anyway, I live and work on Long Island, am an Interior Designer and mural artist specializing in Childrens rooms (mostly girls) and window treatments for the whole house. I spend each day working very hard to make a living, and wondering what God wants of me today, and inevitably I think it’s as simple as my mother looking at me inthe eyes and saying “SMILE” And so, if you ask what I do in life..well…I smile!September 11, 2012 – 10:40 amReplyCancel

  • Heidi Dixon - I’m a cradle Catholic, although I went to Baptist Church for a year and a half after I got married (for my hubby). I came back to the Catholic Church to stay and he joined 2 years ago. God is good! I am a SAHM of 3 boys, 7,6, and 3. My favorite books are Abandonment to Divine Providence and Searching For and Maintaining Peace. I am a facilitator for ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women), transportation coordinator for my parish, and I write a blog to help women in their spiritual life by disclosing my own. Asoulaidbare.blogspot.com
    I plan to start a spiritual director program next fall and I grow more in love with our Lord and our faith, daily. Thanks for the website!September 28, 2012 – 8:18 pmReplyCancel

  • Sullibe - I converted to Catholicism in ’99, my junior year of college. Though I didn’t actually embrace all that the Church had to offer (as I was subjected to poor catechesis even in RCIA back then) until 2006-7 and have been grateful for the discoveries I have made within the rich Traditions of the Faith.

    I am a 34 year old, married, SAHomeschoolingM with a B.A. in English Lit, and 5 loud children in the house (11,7.5,5,2.5,1) and 1 due in June (though this pregnancy has thrown me for a loop and I have not been myself in the last couple of months). I have a passion for pro-life issues, for presenting the argument for traditional marriage in secular terms, for board games, watching football, and food.

    I blog irregularly at Innocence/Experience. It’s been a while since I’ve had a new post up since I’ve been overtaken by crippling waves of nausea with which I will happily use to guilt this child into behaving in 10 years or so. (‘Cause you know, THAT works)

    I’m a big fan of Romantic Lit and Romantic Period poetry in particular. William Blake is my favorite, hence the name of my blog. I am also fan of NCIS and NCIS:LA and occasionally Bones – their the only T.V. I ever really watch.

    Thanks for sharing the Faith; it’s nice to see others from around the country living out their Catholic Faith so fervently.November 26, 2012 – 4:49 pmReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Hi. Can you tell me more about how contraceptives harm women. I’ve been on the pill for almost 18 yrs now ( with the exception of when I had my two kids ). I was under the assumption the pill was beneficial, as advised by my OB.
    Thanks for your advice.November 27, 2012 – 11:24 amReplyCancel

  • Lisa C - I am from the beautiful Pacific Northwest but originally from California. My husband and I have been married 28 years and we have 8 lovely children ages 27 down to 12 yr old twins. We have 7 in heaven and have great hope they are with Our Lady, playing and waiting until we get there…hopefully !! We have homeschooled all of the kids but I am down to 3 woo-hoo!!

    We are not exactly a normal family although we try. We are sort of like 3 headed turtles from a nuclear waste dump is how we joke about our medical circus. I and all of our children are affected by several rare diseases/disorders, some much more than others. We are studied by universities all over the country even the NIH. We were in the New England Journal of Medicine we’re so weird 🙁 The kids have learned a tremendous amount from this cross. I am actually writing from Seattle Children’s Hospital right now, it’s how I had time !

    I am a convert to the faith having had secret “lessons” from a wonderful old Monsignor when I was 16-18 yrs old. I was baptized at 18 and it was the happiest day for me. I love the family I have been adopted into, the magesterium, our priests and the Holy Father. My husband and I found out very young, in our early 20’s that the church was rather divided into two parts, modernism and orthodoxy. I am very thankful we met and were guided by very Holy priests who led us in the right direction. We are doubly blessed that we found out about NFP 1 month after we got married and it has shaped our lives since.

    I have many favorite authors and love books about the faith and the saints. I don’t often read fiction but love non-fiction because I enjoy the reading and learning at the same time. We love music at our house and have several musicians. They definitely didn’t get it from me!! We listen to many genres of music and watch little TV.

    We have a medical blog on CaringBridge which is probably only interesting to folks with medical issues, but I also have another blog http://www.acrowdednest.blogspot.com which I really enjoy writing. I write about the family, faith, anything that comes to mind really. I am new at it and not exactly an expert :/

    Thanks so much for this site. I thoroughly enjoy it and feel connected by our shared faith to all who write and read. I love how different everyone is and that you don’t promote only one way to be a Mom or a Catholic or a wife.

    Blessings~ LisaNovember 27, 2012 – 5:14 pmReplyCancel

  • AnnMarie - Wendy,

    Here is a link to a post that was done on the Pill, which contains links to the World Health Organization website. The WHO has classified the Pill as a class 1 carcinogen. I also didn’t know this when my doctor prescribed them for me as a teen.

    http://www.catholicsistas.com/2012/10/09/would-you-feed-your-daughter-arsenic/December 1, 2012 – 9:32 amReplyCancel

  • Debbie Ptak - Hi my name is Debbie,im a cradle Catholic,although i havent been to church in a while,because of a nervous problem.im looking forward to returning soon.right now i am in sort of spirtual dryness ,which i hate. But i know God will get me thru it.GOD has always taken very good care of me.Im a59 year old mother of one child a daughter.and i just became a 1st time grandma in march 2012.HE has stolen my heart.I live in michigan with my bother,who is fighting bladder cancer,and i believe what all my heart God will heal him.I love reading,taking care of our house,my cocker spaniel oliver,and 2 hamsters .I am very pro-life.and i have a soft spot for the homeless,and the suffering.I love Jesus so much,i just wish i could feel His presence more.I dont write a blog right now but im thinking of starting one.I hope you guys will accept me in your group.God Bless You all.December 9, 2012 – 9:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Carnival - Hello, I go by Carnival and I joined the Church in 2011. The Church has been an incredible blessing in my life. After three years of maintaining a Christian blog, I have reached a new stage on my journey of faith. As a young adult Catholic, I wish to know what it means for me to be Catholic in a postmodern world. This blog focuses on spiritual writings, Scripture, and the teachings of the Catholic Church. How does my faith help me address the issues of my time?January 9, 2013 – 2:39 pmReplyCancel

  • Anissa - Hello, I’m Anissa from eastern Indonesia (so pardon my English) and cradle Catholic. Back in 200, I left my church for more than 10 years after a nasty-bitter-painful divorce. My mom died last August 2012 and that is the turning point for me. It is not easy growing up Catholic in a Muslim dominated country like mine.
    I’m working at a non-government organization to help empowering poor and less advantage women in my country. I have (finally) obtained Marriage Annulment Decree from the Art Bishop and haven’t thought of dating again. I enjoy being single and love to do something meaningful for other women and children, especially those who are facing domestic violence.
    I think Mother Teresa is the most beautiful woman of all time. There are several books that I find very inspiring: A Song for Nagasaki: it is a story of Takashi Nagai, a scientist who survived the atomic bomb and converted to Catholic. It is not a Novel, it is a biography written by Fr. Paul Glyn. I also like reading The Kite Runner, a beautiful novel about forgiveness and living honest and sincere life in the war land of Afghanistan.
    I’m glad that I found this site! I want to learn and share experiences as a Catholic woman.January 15, 2013 – 12:26 amReplyCancel

  • Lady M - Where are you from? Chicago
    What do you do? Wife, mother, teacher, web coder, blogger.
    What is your life like day to day? I home school nine of my ten children so it’s just a tad busy. 😉
    What has your spiritual journey been like? This one is hard to answer since I’m still on it.
    Are you a cradle Catholic or a convert…? I was born to Catholic parents, married a Catholic man and now we are raising our children in the Catholic Faith.
    Who is your favorite author? Saint Benedict
    Musician? Monks who sing the beautiful Gregorian Chant.
    Artist? Bouguereau but of course only the clothed images. 😉
    Do you have a favorite book, song or masterpiece that inspires you? Most definitely! A book called Counsels of Perfection for Christian Mothers
    Do you have a blog or website of some sort? http://www.LIFEwithGQ.com
    If so, what do you write about? I’m a humor blogger. ;-DJanuary 17, 2013 – 3:42 pmReplyCancel

  • Joanne - Hi Ladies,
    I’m currently living just outside of Washington, D.C. with my husband and 2 month old baby girl. Before becoming a stay at home mom I worked as an English teacher, grades 7-12 in Catholic schools and a public charter school. I’ve lived all over the states and traveled quite a bit before getting married last year and now becoming a mother, which is my great joy! My days currently are spent with my daughter, loving her and growing in my new role as mother. I am passionate about my faith and writing, so presently I have fused those two loves. I recently had a personal essay published in Radiant Magazine. The magazine has since gone under, which is a shame, because it was a beautiful Catholic magazine for women 15-27, but funding was limited for them. For now, I blog at http://www.femininedignity.blogspot.com, and I network with local “writer mamas” in my area.
    My blogging is a part of my spiritual journey. I am a cradle Catholic, and probably like many, my faith became more apart of my life as an adult when I began to really think about my faith and question the Catholic faith. My personal struggles and life experience has brought me closer to God, and I’m grateful. I strive to share those stories on my blog with the hopes that other women come to know Christ and understand the Catholic faith…this is my day to day journey as well.
    My favorite authors who have inspired my faith journey are Archbishop Fulton J Sheen and C.S. Lewis. My favorite books are Mere Christianity and The World’s First Love. The World’s First Love is hands down my favorite book. If you haven’t read it, it’s a must read! He writes so beautifully about Mary and authentic femininity.
    I’m so happy to come across Catholic Sistas. We need more sites online that are filled with what is true and good.
    In Christ, JoanneFebruary 6, 2013 – 10:35 amReplyCancel

  • IvyLynn Olson - Good morning! I am IvyLynn, the very blessed mother of 5 and wife to my soulmate. Both my husband and I were raised in divorced and very hurting families, and our family is the product of God bringing together the shattered remains of each of our first marriages into an amazing example of the beauty of forgiveness and second chances.

    At our Parish, I am one of two High School Youth Group assistant, the Family Ministry leader, and yearly Parish Festival chairwoman. Oh yeah, and the full-time secretary & librarian as well as – aka mother, friend, confidant, counsellor, listener, volunteer, caretaker, and voice (and then some) for a couple thousand others who continually amaze me and provide so many wonderful graces and blessings to our family!

    I was raised in a division of the Protestant Church that was very anti-Catholic, and resulted in many selfish years spent in pain. The journey from being my own worst enemy to the woman God has molded me into has been quite the adventure, and I am now thrilled to say it’s not even close to over yet!

    I adore reading and music, so Barnes & Noble’s online store and Jango internet radio are two of my best friends lol. There are so many incredible Christians, Protestant and Catholic alike that have so much of God’s love to share with us that I often get side-tracked just exploring them!

    I have desperately wanted to be a writer/journalist from the time I was 6 or 7 years old. Thanks to a challenge from one of my Twitterbuddies, @Catholicdrinkie, I recently decided to revive my old blog. How exciting to live in a world where we can all live our dreams with just a few minutes and a computer!!! I like to think I have a decent sense of humor and am basically pretty common sensical.Please feel free to swing by and visit me anytime, either at http://mrscatholicspaz.blogspot.com/, on FB, or on Twitter @mrscatholicspaz – I can’t wait to meet you!!February 6, 2013 – 11:35 amReplyCancel

  • Lori - Good morning, I am Lori, a 55 year old cradle Catholic. I have 5 children and 5 grand children. I am a recent widow, having lost my sweet husband of 35 years to a massive heart attack. I am homeschooling my 3 youngest daughters. We attend a beautiful Traditional Latin Mass church, I love listening to Lighthouse media cd’s and I love reading Michael O’Brian books, Fr. Elijah Is my favorite. My favorite St Quote comes from Padre Pio, Pray about everything, worry about nothingFebruary 7, 2013 – 8:46 amReplyCancel

  • Bobbi @ revolution of love - Why have I not seen this website before?? I love it. 🙂

    –Where are you from? – I am originally from So Calif but moved to the Central Coast of Calif 13 years ago.
    –What do you do? – I have been married to an amazing Catholic man for 13 years and we have four children. (1 tween girl, 3 boys under age 5, and two babies in heaven.) My day is pretty much spent keeping on top of the dishes, laundry and dirty diapers. If I have a few spare moments I like to blog.
    — What has your spiritual journey been like? — I grew up Catholic but wasn’t really practicing. I fell away from God in my early 20’s then had a reversion in my mid-twenties. I discerned a religious vocation but found myself called to marriage and motherhood. I continue the journey today.
    — Who is your favorite author? My favorite author is Jane Austen, although my favorite book is Jane Eyre. I love the book because Jane overcame incredible difficulties and she would not compromise her beliefs even though it cost her dearly. Yet in the end she was rewarded for her faithfulness.
    –Do you have a blog? I blog at http://www.revolutionofloveblog.com. It is a Catholic mom blog with posts about family life, homemaking (& my quest to get more organized), period dramas (especially Downton Abbey) and my Catholic faith. 🙂February 13, 2013 – 4:51 pmReplyCancel

  • Daniel McInerny - Dear Ladies:

    Congratulations on your marvelous website!

    My name is Daniel McInerny and I’m a homeschooling dad from Virginia where I live with my wife Amy and our three children. I’m also the author of the humorous Kingdom of Patria series for middle grade readers. By “middle grade” I mean that the books are targeted at readers, both boys and girls, approximately 8 to 13, though they skew a little younger–and perhaps older–as read alouds. The books are laugh-out-loud adventure/mysteries. The first book in the series is called STOUT HEARTS & WHIZZING BISCUITS and the cavity-preventing sequel is STOOP OF MASTODON MEADOW. Your readers can find the ebooks on Amazon, barnesandnoble.com, iTunes and Kobo, and the print versions on Amazon.

    There’s also a companion, interactive website, the Kingdom of Patria (http://kingdomofpatria.com). There you’ll find free Patria short stories in both text and audio, clubs for kids to join, character blogs, and more!

    I think my series is a perfect fit for your audience. While the series is not explicitly Catholic, there are subtle elements of a Catholic worldview within it, and it is absolutely family friendly. Those of you who know Sarah Reinhard’s blog SNORING SCHOLAR can read her enthusiastic review of the series there.

    I’m also the holder of a PhD in philosophy and spent 17 years in academia, most of it in Catholic institutions. I now work full-time as a writer.

    Thanks so much for this chance to tell you a little about myself and the Kingdom of Patria series! There’s also a Facebook fan page of the company I founded to develop the series, Trojan Tub Entertainment, as well as a Twitter account: @kingdomofpatria.

    If you would be interested in a guest blog on the series, I would be very open to contributing one.

    In any event, Lenten blessings on you all!
    Daniel McInernyFebruary 18, 2013 – 11:52 amReplyCancel

  • Patty - I’m a twenty something newlwed, grad student, and youth minister. My hubs and I live in the metro Detroit area.

    By profession, I’m a Youth Minister. I am in charge of high school youth ministry and confirmation prep for a parish in the archdioces of Detroit. Days are filled with everything to planning relevant meetings/events for teens, studying for my classes, dating my dear husband, and enjoying a good book.

    I’m a cradle Catholic. Started to get luke warm in my junior high/high school years…had an experience of Jesus that really propelled me into a more adult, intimate relationship with Him and his Church.

    I’ve started a blog ‘Tales of Me and the Husband’ http://www.thehappyhubbardfamily.blogspot.com to chronicle our first year of marriage, a way to share my love of my Catholic faith, and anything and everything else in between:)

    I’ve been reading your posts for awhile and really find them awesome and meaningful to me…do you ever have guest post’s?? If so, I would love to do one sometime:)March 27, 2013 – 4:27 pmReplyCancel

  • Krista shelly - I have read a lot on this site, would love to learn more. I am 38 years old. I am a domestic engineer, ha ha . I have 3 kids 20,15 and 11. I am married. Love this site!April 10, 2013 – 6:58 amReplyCancel

  • Katie Sciba - Hey Girls – what a fabulous resource for Catholic girls who want to be MORE Catholic and feminine!

    I’m a columnist for the Shreveport Diocese, wife to the mastermind behind Truthandcharity.net, and mama to three little boys. I blog at The Catholic Wife and work toward spreading the importance of service in marriage. God bless you girls!November 1, 2013 – 12:40 pmReplyCancel

    • Martina - Glad you found us, Katie! I hope you will join us in the comments from time to time! 🙂November 1, 2013 – 4:00 pmReplyCancel

  • Kat - Hi! I’m Kat, and I’m a cradle Catholic…except I’m 14, so I’m kinda still close to the “cradle” part. I love Catholic anything, but there aren’t many teen Catholic blogs- so I enjoy reading anything I can get my hands on. I’d start my own blog/YouTuber, but my parents are kind of strict when it comes to internet safety.
    I’m a quintuplet, although my sister was born stillborn, and is an angel watching out for us. I also have a younger brother.
    It’s really awesome, to be Catholic, because being a teenager is hard, and with my Catholic faith, I always know Jesus is with me.

    Prayer request: My brother Alex is epileptic, and is frequently in the hospital. Please keep him in your prayers 🙂November 12, 2013 – 2:25 pmReplyCancel

  • Vicki - Hi! I’m a cradle Catholic, married to a cradle Catholic, and mom of 5 – two boys (19 & 18)who just left for College Station, 16 y/o daughter who is STRUGGLING with (against) her faith, and is the reason I found this site, 10 y/o son and 7 y/o daughter, all who attend or graduated from Catholic School. I’m a part time Physical Therapist and full time mom. And I am determined to win this battle for my daughter’s soul! (any help, suggestions and prayers appreciated!!)September 14, 2014 – 1:04 pmReplyCancel

  • MaryRuth Hackett - Hi there! I am so glad to have found you. I am a convert to the faith who married a moderately involved cradle Catholic and God has been rocking our lives since my conversion! We have 4 kids (3-11) and are striving to walk in holiness as a family and as individuals. I am a fairly new blogger and have turned to blogging to help merge psychology & parenting (my academic background) with Catholic family life, to give me an outlet for writing and to spark me to deeper thinking on it all. I found you through CWBN on Facebook. I am learning soooo much in that group! I look forward to reading more here (in all my ‘spare’ time). I blog at http://www.peer-review-parenting.blogspot.com.January 13, 2015 – 8:09 pmReplyCancel

  • Michele E Finley - Momma Michele here. I am from and live in Alaska. My friend Mindy recommended your blog, and it is a refreshing read.
    I am the mother of 6, married 33 years to Tim, just turned 60, have been a nurse nearly 40 years and still working full time. A day to day in the life of is too long and busy and involved to get into right now, but occasionally I would love to share some of it. My life is anything but boring!!!!

    I am a cradle catholic — a pre-and-post Vatican II Catholic, who converted at age 16 to become a fully involved Catholic. I entered the convent in 1973, just before my 18th birthday, and left the convent in December 1980, before taking permanent vows. I met my husband one year later. We were married 5 months after we met, and our life has been an adventure shared in faith, in love, in hope, and in friendship. I love the saying that a woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that her husband has to seek God in order to find her…My eldest daughter describes us as “ridiculously catholic.”

    I do not blog or have a website, but I use FAcebook as inspiration and do a lot of writing there…and praying. A LOT of praying. Daily mass is an important part of our lives, and our parish is our family base.

    I love concept of spiritual muscle memory being reinforced by our practice of Lenten discipline. Thank you for giving me a great big Spiritual morsel to chew on today! I look forward to seeing more or your writing!March 14, 2015 – 1:28 amReplyCancel

  • Micaela Perez - Glad to see your in Austin! I just sent you guys an email!April 18, 2015 – 9:40 pmReplyCancel

  • Mariana - Hello,

    I am so glad to have found this website.

    My name is Mariana, I was born in Brazil and made my way to Canada via the US. I lived in Brazil ’till I was 15, in a suburb of Chicago ’till I was 18, and immigrated to Canada in 2000. I currently live in Kingston, ON, Canada

    I am a cradle Catholic who nearly left the church during my university years, until I found a Catholic chapel that I felt so welcome in I could no longer bear to leave the church. This means I’m not officially part of any real parish, as my home chapel is not part of a diocese. We love our church but wish there were more young people in it. Thechurch is the chapel at a Motherhouse for nuns, so there are not a lot of young people there.

    I am learning about my faith everyday, growing each year, questioning and learning some more.

    I am married to another cradle Catholic and have three kiddos 5 and under. I’m homeschooling my kiddos and blogging about guilt-free living, homeschooling, and Catholicism at http://www.noguiltmama.com.

    Looking forward to reading more about homeschooling and people’s experiences in their faith journey.

    Thanks again for this great website.

    Yours,

    MarianaMay 22, 2015 – 10:00 pmReplyCancel

  • Jolleen Price Podschlne - Hi I am a catholic and have been married for 9 years to my husband who is also a catholic. I live in Maine and I am going to home school my two boys who are 5 and 7 for the first time. I am so happy that I came across your blog. I live in a very small town and the Catholic community is small. I am looking for other catholic moms who are home schooling and seeing what is out there for curriculum’s. My husband works shift work and long hours and I don’t live near my family. I am a stay at home mom and I run the household. I am excited to home school.July 11, 2015 – 11:37 amReplyCancel

  • Brenda Jetter Polak - Hi, I am a Catholic, married to my Catholic husband for 49 yrs. We have 5 girls, 5 son-in-laws, 16 grandchildren(one in heaven, named Simon) 1 grandson-in-law.
    We live in a small town in Texas in the Victoria Diocese. My children all live here except for 1 family an hour away. Our family stays in contact, for all special occasions!! Lots of food!
    I am trying to spend time daily in prayer with the Holy Trinity, making it a priority. For two years I have been involved with the God’s Embrace program, check it out http://www.godsembrace.org I think it is coming to the Austin Diocese.
    I do love Jesus, enjoy reading about how human he was, while eating my chocolate,& coffee too. Gardening is my favorite past time, and of course cooking , reading books, listening to music, being with the family.July 19, 2015 – 10:53 pmReplyCancel

  • Mardia Gallarte Carranza - Hi everyone! first let me wish every reader a blissful day. I am a catholic married for 7 years with my catholic husband Chris and blessed with 4 children. We are a Filipino citizen presently residing in a hot United Arab Emirates. Being a fulltime employee and a fulltime mom of 8,7,5 & 3 kids plus fulltime housewife, a day to day life is like a “catastrophic” hypothetically. I came from a structured catholic family but grown up just like an ordinary one which just believe that God is real but not really doing my best as a catholic child. Musician/artist not so, but I do like soft music, books yes I like books but never had a chance to read much, I am inspired with any catholic hymn or hillsong that I can relate. I do always try to create a blog but never finished as I have a chaotic system, but I do love to have one… I love to write… life, love, feelings, anything that is real and inspiring, learning I want to write. but disappointingly I couldn’t find time to write, never had time to write, can’t focus. that all I am.July 22, 2015 – 12:35 pmReplyCancel

  • Fabiola - Hello! My name is Fabiola, I was born in Mexico and now living in the US for the last 13 years and the last 2 years here in Austin.
    I am a cradle catholic and blessed to have found a church nearby where I hear everyday about the huge movement of catholic women homeschooling their kids.
    After couple years with two of my kids in Catholic school and surviving a long driving everyday we decided to take a leap of faith in to homeschooling and doing some researching on the web I found this website.
    I am hoping to learn a lot more of my catholic faith and tips to survive our first year doing homeschool.
    Thank you and blessings!
    FabiolaAugust 4, 2015 – 10:05 pmReplyCancel

  • Katie Sandomir Price - Hi! My name is Katie Price, and I am from Arizona. I am an English teacher by trade. I have worked as a high school teacher and online writing instructor, but right now I am a full-time wife and mom. Techincally Jewish at birth, I’m more like a “toddler-bed” Catholic. (That story is on my blog!) My husband and I have been married for 20 years, and we have four kids, ages 4 to 18. We have a 12 year-old daughter who is not in love with reading, so if she happens to be reading anything and actually enjoying it, then the author of whatever she’s reading is my new favorite author. When I’m not setttling disputes like a hostage negotiator, wishing I could play the drums, or trying to turn my desert backyard into a California oasis, I write a story-telling style blog about our faith, marriage, and parenting at http://nicelittletantrum.blogspot.com/August 11, 2015 – 8:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Christine - I am a mother of 7, six on earth and one in heave due to anencephaly. I am homeschooling my youngest three now, and life is changing. my oldest is 21 and trying to move out on his own, but is having trouble in this economy, though he is a certified electrician now jobs are still tough to come by. My second son recently joined the US Navy and is in school to become a Navy Diver (I’m very proud of him because I was a Navy Hospital Corpsman when I met and married his dad where he’s attending school right now). Son #3 is a Junior in public school and on the swim team and ROTC shooting team. My oldest living daughter is homeschooling with my husband and I through OLVS and she is doing wonderful. My two youngest (son 12 and daughter 11)are both in 7th grade with OLVS. I homeschooled all my children over the years as we have moved around so much. My husband recently retired from the US Coast Guard and has many health issues, so it’s a blessing that he is home with us now, but sad to see him not enjoy things like he used to due to his health. We’ve recently started attending daily mass to start our ‘school’ days off on the right foot, and I was shocked at how much all of us enjoy it. It truly is a blessing. I have been looking around your site and you ladies have done a WONDERFUL job! What a great resource!!! nice work!!! I’d like to win the art work from the giveaway. My second son is so far from home (we are retired here in Mississippi and he’s in Chicago right now, soon to be in Florida) and I send him notes of encouragement and love weekly. I know I would use the postcards/notecards and I know of all my children, he would appreciate them the most. I look forward to reading your site often in the future!!!!
    God bless!August 17, 2015 – 11:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Laura Boronski - Good morning! I’m Laura, youngest of 13, Irish Catholic, married 23 years to my rock of a guy with 8 kids here (7 girls, 1 boy) and one in heaven. Homeschooling for 17 years, one through college two still in, the rest coming through the ranks. I’m a singer/songwriter and I absolutley love our merciful God. Been through a lot, like to help others get through it. I hope you all have a blessed day!August 19, 2015 – 11:48 amReplyCancel

  • Ted J Sexton - Hello! My name is Jill Sexton. I am a wife to husband of 4 years, Ted, and mother of one son here (17 months) and one baby in heaven. I’m mostly a stay at home mom, but work on weekends as an occupational therapist with the elderly (I love old people!). I am a cradle catholic but have been through a few “reversions” in my life and am always looking for ways to deepen my faith and grow closer to God.August 27, 2015 – 6:50 pmReplyCancel

  • Jill Sexton - Hello! My name is Jill Sexton. I am a wife to husband of 4 years, Ted, and mother of one son here (17 months) and one baby in heaven. I’m mostly a stay at home mom, but work on weekends as an occupational therapist with the elderly (I love old people!). I am a cradle catholic but have been through a few “reversions” in my life and am always looking for ways to deepen my faith and grow closer to God.August 27, 2015 – 6:53 pmReplyCancel

  • Kathleen Yeager - Good Morning to All! Not sure that I will fit in this blog but here goes. First- I am not catholic. Second- I am divorced and now married again. Third – I have never belonged to any religious group. You must be wondering why or even how I found this group. First I want to say that I have taken classes in religion in college, I have been to 6 different faith churches (including Catholic). I was only 19 when I married my first husband , he was 25. I had no idea what marriage was about, the nature of my commitment or even who I was, what my values were, what I needed in a husband. I was married by a catholic priest, in a Catholic Church at the full alter or what ever the main alter is referred to. Yes I was married in a full Mass ceremony. My husband was raised catholic, when we went to the priest all I had to do was promise to raise my children catholic. I just thought it was fun planning a wedding and was looking to be grown-up. Had no business getting married. I won’t go into the horrible result of that union, but it ended in divorce. The wonderful part I will never regret are my children. I had 4. Now I am remarried. Guess what …. To another catholic….?Is God trying to lead me in some direction? Unfortunately he is divorced too. I am finally at a place in my life that I have a heart that is truely seeking peace and love that only can come from a personal relationship with God. I have been to many church services over the years but the Catholic Mass touches my soul. I want to become a catholic but I fear it is impossible. Any guidance or information would be most appreciated . Thanks for listening. KitSeptember 6, 2015 – 6:07 amReplyCancel

    • Michelle Fritz - Hi Kit! Welcome to Catholic Sistas! We are so happy you are here and we hope that through our site you will grow closer to God. I promise you that nothing is impossible with God! If you have hopes of becoming Catholic I have no doubt that God will make it so. It will require patience on your part, but the things we want most and which are good for our souls, often take a lot of patience! We are here to travel with you on this journey. If you need us, don’t hesitate to write to us. We will be keeping you in prayer <3 ~MichelleSeptember 6, 2015 – 8:46 pmReplyCancel

  • Janet Wolken - Hello everyone!! My name is Janet Wolken. I am a wife to Dan for 32 yrs. and a mom to 3 daughters, 2 who are married and the youngest in her last semester in college. I also have a son who went to heaven 4 yrs. ago at the age of 20. My husband & I farm and I am very active in the farming operation. I also have 2 beautiful little granddaughters and 1 grandchild in heaven. I joined the Catholic church 32 yrs. ago when we got marrried. I was raised in the Lutherean church (I know–those Lutherans– lol) When I am not farming, I love to junk and repurpose things. I have always had God in my life—but the last 4 yrs. have taught me that I need to have a deep relationship with God. His love and strength are what get me through each day after having to say “I will see you again someday” to my son. I look forward to being a part of this group. Have a Blessed day!!September 10, 2015 – 5:51 pmReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Myles Valencia - Hi. My name is Beth. Married to Henry for 41 years. Mother to Brian, Michael, Ben and Teresa. Retired from teaching a few years ago and as my principal said, “You are not retiring, you are redirecting your life.” She was so right. I am very active in St. Bridget parish in Mesa, AZ and am part of a women’s group called Spiritual Companions. We meet once a month from September through June. Each year we choose one or more books to read and discuss. Believe me, the Holy Spirit guides those discussions and helps each of us grow and mature in our faith. I start each day reading Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. This book is life changing and I highly recommend it. The author has written it from God’s point of view so you feel as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. I also love walking the labyrinth. It is my favorite form of prayer and we have one in Mesa that is patterned after the one in Chartres Cathedral in France. When I walk the labyrinth I feel connected to God in a way that no other form of prayer provides. Sometimes I receive a message and sometimes I don’t but I always feel an incredible sense of peace. It is a beautiful experience and makes the rest of the day so much better. I attend a Bible class every Tuesday morning. My teacher went to Notre Dame and Catholic University and lived in Jerusalem for 2 years studying with the rabbis at Hebrew University. His class is wonderful because he gives us the historical and cultural perspective of the Scriptures. If you want to download his classes go to http://www.AZbibleclass.com. So glad to have found this site. May God bless each one of us with whatever we need to draw closer to Him.September 17, 2015 – 6:48 pmReplyCancel

  • Pat Fields - Hi, my name is Pat Fields and I live in Toledo, Ohio. I am a widow and I retired from The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy 8-1/2 years ago. I am a cradle Catholic; however, I was away from the Church for many years. Approximately ten years ago I felt called to return to the Catholic Church. As I was feeling this calling, my now late husband, Len, was also being called to convert to Catholicism. For Len, this calling came at a time when he was dealing with numerous health issues and was hospitalized when I discovered he had been thinking of taking his life. He and I joined Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Toledo and he went through RCIA to convert to Catholicism. Returning to my Catholic faith is definitely a highlight of my life. My faith has so much meaning to me now and I continually learn more about my faith. In 2008, God called Len home which, for him, was a blessing as his health was on a downward spiral. Len and I had 22 years together from which I have many wonderful memories. In 2009 I met Jerry, whose spouse passed away the day before Len passed. Jerry and I feel that, between our Lord and our spouses, we were were brought together and blessed with another relationship filled with love. Jerry and I had many similar experiences in our lives with our spouses, one of which was caregiver to our spouse for 7+ years. A short time after Jerry and I met, he began attending Mass with me. He then went through RCIA and converted to Catholicism. We both love being part of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish community and feel truly blessed!October 19, 2015 – 5:08 amReplyCancel

  • Jaime Baggs-Scheid - Hi Ladies, I am Jaime Scheid. I am a happily married (22 yrs) mom of two (son(20) & daughter (18) woman. I was a fulltime wife/mom for 18 years until I was offered a partime position in our parish office. I was told to pick my own hours and to make sure that I understood my family came first! Wait..what??? Of course I’ll take the job. Although my husband still refers to me as a stay at home mom because I am home when they are and able to drop work at a moments notice. I am our Ministry Coordinator and recently accepted a Vocation’s Secretary position for our Diocese of Monterey which is because our Parish Priest is the Diocese Vocations Director. Honestly, I am beyond blessed to be home, still maintain those duties, delegate some too and put my mommy brain to use at work. It’s amazing how much I love working. I am a Catholic Convert with a Fundamental Christian foundation. I follow Catholic Sistas on Instagram and am so excited to take my obsession a little further by taking part in this blog. Is that what it’s called? ha! I’m a little nutty at times, outgoing and full of life..most of the time.October 21, 2015 – 7:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Lori Sousa - Hi everyone, my name is Lori Sousa and I am from Massachusetts. I am single and looking for work. I have been the primary provider for my 90 year old mother, she is now in a nursing facility where i know she is well cared for and safe. I am very active in my church, Corpus Christi. I have been a Religious Education teacher for 28 years, I Lector and I have run various programs in my parish for the evangelization of the faith. The book that changed my outlook of life and my faith was C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicle of Narnia”. A must read all the way to the end…..
    I realised that the older I get the more my life’s requirements change. Less is more, life is precious, love those people in your life with all your heart because they can be gone tomorrow. Jesus asked us to do two things Love one another and to forgive one another, seems easy but it’s the hardest things we will do in our lives.October 26, 2015 – 4:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Magdalene Shekar - Am a cradle Catholic who was lost and returned like the prodigal son to Our Lord. I am a practicing Catholic for the last 13 years. Am married to Hindu and am a mother of two children age 6 and 2. we got married when I didn’t know my Savior and was not aware of the Church’s teaching on marriage. I am from India. Now am relying on the intercession of Mamma Mary and the Saints for the salvation of my family.October 27, 2015 – 9:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Alexandra Monique - Hi Ladies!

    My name is Alexandra, I am a 21 (soon to be 22 on December 19!) year old college senior majoring in Communications. I am 100% Pro-Life, Conservative, a Devout Cradle Catholic, and someone who feels unbelievably alone in my every day life, being a woman who wants to take the more traditional route, marry and have a big family (at least 4 little ones!) I am constantly surrounded by other women (and men) who feel as if its their place to tell me that what I want in life is meaningless and demeans me as a woman (and have been told on more than one occasion that my only goal in life shouldn’t just be a “baby factory.”)

    I am so glad to find a community of Catholic women who I believe I will find solace and support with. I make God my main focus in my everyday life and try to make him proud with my actions and my words. I am so grateful asNovember 2, 2015 – 4:48 amReplyCancel

    • Alexandra Monique - My response got cut off. I am so grateful as a young Catholic woman to find a website like this and know that I am not alone! Thanks for being here, you’re helping so many souls not feel so alone! 🙂November 2, 2015 – 4:51 amReplyCancel

      • Michelle Fritz - Welcome to Catholic Sistas! We are so happy to have you here!November 2, 2015 – 8:37 amReplyCancel

      • Suzi Whitford - Alexandra, your comment touched me! I was in your shoes not too long ago. College life tends to look down on motherhood, but it is such a beautiful vocation! I graduated a few years ago, was in the corporate world for a while and now I’m a mother to two. My children have made a bigger impact on my life than any corporate job would ever be able to do. My children bring me daily closer to Christ, my job pushed me in the opposite direction. If you need support, just reach out! (thewhitfordlife at gmail dot com) Don’t feel alone, your goals are lofty, motherhood is beautiful!November 3, 2015 – 8:22 pmReplyCancel

    • Marie Graham - Hi Alexandra,

      I know what you mean – it isn’t always easy going against the “norm” but know that there are lots of people out there trying to live authentic Catholic lives too.

      Keep smiling!November 24, 2015 – 9:12 amReplyCancel

  • Suzi Whitford - Hi! I’m Suzi Whitford and I’m from South Africa but live in Florida now. I’m married to a wonderful man and have two daughters. I converted to Catholicism in 2009 and my husband joined me in 2012. We are both passionate about the Catholic Faith and love our Catholic community that Christ has blessed us with. We blog together at http://www.thewhitfordlife.com . Please check us out and let us know what you think!November 3, 2015 – 8:18 pmReplyCancel

  • Immanuel Cristo - hi all!..is this blog site only for ladies?..well anyway I am 26 year old man from the Fiji Islands but at the moment am doing theological studies in Rome as a seminarian for the Marist Fathers. I found this site while looking for ideas on how to make a crown of thorns for our liturgy. anyway..wishing you all very best and may the good Lord continue to bless you, your individual faith journeys and your families..grazie milie!November 22, 2015 – 4:05 pmReplyCancel

  • Marie Graham - Hello! Thank you so much for this lovely blog, I have just found it and it has really brightened my day. My name is Marie and I am from England. I live in London with my husband Terry and our 5 month old baby boy, John. My day to day life consists of trying to be a good mummy to John, a good daughter and a good wife to my amazing husband. I definitely don’t always succeed but I am always trying! I am a cradle Catholic but I fell away from the Faith in my teens and returned three years ago. In the time since returning God has blessed me with so much. You are inspirational ladies, thank you for sharing your lives in this way! God bless.November 24, 2015 – 9:07 amReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Sypniewski - Hi there i’m Cynthia and i am a cradle catholic I’m to my husband Steven Sypniewski no kids yet but i hope so soon I work at meijersDecember 19, 2015 – 3:08 amReplyCancel

  • Chantel Carriere-Deschesne - Hello. My husband and I are cradle Catholics. Friends since the age of 5. Meet in University, again. We have 6 kids. 3 girls than 3 boys. Tealia 21, Keely 18, Novena 15, Christopher 12, Keefer 9, Ephrem 7. Married 22 years, together almost 25. Trying to learn more about our faith. My husband is a military physician. So we’ve been across most of Canada, and thinking of settling where we are, Pembroke, On. Just started homeschooling our boys due to the oldest boy just diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and maybe other issues. Very blessed to have 2 homeschooling groups here, exspecially our Bibical based group.December 19, 2015 – 7:01 amReplyCancel

  • Matthew Schaefer - GOOD MORNING!! I’m from Cincinnati, OH. Single, no kids. I’m a cradle Catholic, and PROUD of it!! I attend mass every Sunday and read the Magnificat (monhthly publication) daily.

    I work thrid shift in the hotel business, so my day is reversed from most people’s experience. I am active in the Catholic Order of Foresters.

    My favorite author is JRR Tolkien becuase he infused his Catholcism into his works. I LOVE the Silmarillion, Tolkien’s version of creation. My favorite msuic group is Genesis. I LOVE prog rock, the time signature changes, the depth of the musical knowledge of most prog groups.December 28, 2015 – 12:20 pmReplyCancel

  • Teresa McCoy - Hi! I’m Teresa McCoy and I found you through a wonderful lady I follow on IG. I’m SO glad I did! I am a cradle Catholic who joined a convent right out of highschool, was sent to Germany, and discerned out. I went through a rough patch then transfered to Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. I eventually met my wonderful husband who converted to the faith and now I stay at home with my two beautiful girls. After leaving college my faith journey has been hard because I’m no longer just in charge of me. It used to be so easy to leave my dormroom and walk down the hall to Adoration or make it to daily mass everyday. It was also so easy to find bible studies, events, etc. things to help me grow in my faith. Now that I’m gone its hard for me to find my place. That’s why i’m so grateful for blogs like this! You are a Godsend <3 This year, 2016, I'm really looking forward to living each day with purpose and to not let one day slip by without appreciating it. I got your planner and I know it's going to help me! I've wanted to start a blog of my own but I just haven't. I'm not sure I have the writing skills to do so :D But I did just start a group on facebook called Prayer Warrior Moms. My intention is to share novenas, blogs (like this one!), books, gifts, etc. that will help us grow in our faith. I am also preparing to homeschool my daughter once she's turns 3 (Nov 16') I know its a ways a way but you can't ever be too prepared! For about 4 years I have been working on fitness/eating related goals. I really enjoy eating healthy (not 100% my husband and I definitly enjoy our yummy foods) and doing crossfit with my husband. I now have those down and am looking forward to working on my spiritual goals. Lastly: one of my favorite books I recently read was "Love in the Little Things: Tales of Family Life" by Mike Aquilina. Sorry I wrote so much. I'm just so excited!December 29, 2015 – 1:06 pmReplyCancel

    • Martina Kreitzer - Teresa, welcome!! So glad we are helping in some small way with your journey. Please do check in from time to time to let us know how things are going. 🙂December 31, 2015 – 12:48 amReplyCancel

  • Fintan John Cummings - I just found your blog-site and I enjoyed the post from Misty on why she became Catholic and not buddhist. May I share your blog-site and Facebook page with my parishioners?
    God bless you!

    Father Fintan John Cummings
    Reynolds, INJanuary 1, 2016 – 9:32 amReplyCancel

  • Marcia Brown Castro - Hi, my grandkids call me Meemaw. I have 3 grown childre, 2 sons and a daughter. I am a cradle Catholic who sent my children to Catolic school, only, only to have them lose their faith. Therefore l am catechizing and evangelizing my 4 grandkids using the Baltimore Catecism ,the Bible, and God’s help. I am a retired RN, who lives 24/7 with chronic back pain. I am a rad trad and attend the TLM , my pastor is a 40 year old former Marine has been a godsend. I am raising 3 granddaughters, my son is a chef and works 12-16 hours a day. He seperated from his wife who seems to have forgòtten her children. IAll this keeps me hopping, so l have precious little time to blog. I do long distance Bible study with a Facebook friend in N.D, that l led out af the LDS faith
    I found you through one of my long time Facebook friends who contributes her life experieces to Catholic SistrasJanuary 3, 2016 – 3:24 amReplyCancel

  • Letina Gouge - Hello. I am Letina. I am ccurrently a member in a Baptist church. I am in my last semester getting my master’s degree in church ministry. However, after studying theology and the history of the church I have developed a great interest in Catholicism. I am feeling really drawn to continue to learn more.January 3, 2016 – 9:33 amReplyCancel

    • Martina Kreitzer - Letina,

      Pick up a copy of Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic by David Currie. You will probably enjoy what he writes very much.January 4, 2016 – 8:01 amReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Hello! Greetings and blessings from the beautiful Palmetto State!
    I am from South Carolina and love nearly everything about this fine state. I currently work as an administration assistant. I enjoy researching and organizing. I get to do both of those things daily.

    By the grace (and never-failing patience) of God, I converted to Catholicism at the Easter vigil in 2010. I was raised Baptist (duh, I live in SC) then moved to a Lutheran church in high school. I married my cradle Catholic husband on 11.11.11 (on my grandparent’s 61st wedding anniversary.) No, he didn’t make me convert. But I would be lying if I tried to act like God didn’t use him to guide me on my journey. I chose St. Monica as my patron saint when I was confirmed that vigil because she struck me as someone I could relate with: someone who knows the love of Christ and believes anyone and everyone should be Catholic. I am the only Catholic in my immediate (and distant as far as I can see) family and pray daily for my family’s conversion…similar to that of Monica praying for her dear husband and son that we know so well.

    I enjoy reading what I call “beach reads” – quick and easy but engrossing books like James Patterson & Rhys Bowen mysteries. On the flip side I enjoy reading about my faith and the saints. Fascinating folks, those saints! I love country music and enjoy about any other type from time to time.

    I have a very tiny blog that I hope to contribute to more and more as the days go on. I have always enjoyed journaling. I journal all the live long day in my head…I just don’t always get to writing it down…January 6, 2016 – 1:15 pmReplyCancel

  • Chrissy Carroll - Good Morning! This blog is a blessing. Thank you. I found my tribe. Catholic convert (2013), married, & sometime actor.January 14, 2016 – 3:23 pmReplyCancel

  • Jill - Thanks for creating this community! I stumbled upon it the other day, and have been reading a little obsessively!

    I´m a Catholic convert (used to be Methodist and almost Lutheran . . . then I found out that I liked Catholicism better). I now live in Mexico and have been shocked/heartbroken by the huge division between catholics and protestants there (fault on both sides, and I´m not pointing any fingers). I just try to be a bridge for both groups, and find myself explaining Mexican Catholic culture to other expats here. Good thing I converted, so I understand better myself!

    I document our adventures at http://www.meximamma.blogspot.com.January 15, 2016 – 3:24 pmReplyCancel

  • Lynette - I was raised in a very very fundamentalist Protestant church and became Catholic over 25 years ago, but had a real Catholic Awakening 10 years ago. I am a Wife, Mother, and The Grammy. I work full time outside the home. I learned of you through facebook…wanted a Catholic personal calendar so here I am.February 3, 2016 – 11:45 amReplyCancel

  • Laurian - Hello Martina, I live in Australia, my name is Laurian and I was converted to the Catholic faith at the age of eight years and love my faith.

    I am a Mother and Grandmother and my Daughter and three of four grandchildren have been living with me since 2010.

    My marriage was annuled a long time ago and I chose not to remarry but to help my children as best I could.

    I own a tiny three bedroom weather board cottage in a quiet and friendly neighbourhood.

    My goal and intentions are to keep supporting my faith, my daughter and her children. Many people have supported me with prayer and friendship and I know I’m blessed to receive their kindness.

    Thank you for a website that also supports my faith.February 5, 2016 – 7:35 pmReplyCancel

  • Joe Bigliogo - I’m 14 years old, male and have quite a dilemma. I grew up in a mostly nonreligious upbringing though I was baptized as an infant. You could say we were just cultural Christians as church attendance was pretty rare. My parents are separated and I’m now living with my mother.
    Recently my mother converted to Catholic and wants me to convert too. I’m not Catholic, never was and I don’t really even believe in God. But she insists I go to mass with her… so how do I tell her I have no desire to convert? I want the right to choose for myself my religious beliefs and I do not want to attend mass or be baptized and confirmed. How do I convince her not to force her Catholic religion on me? Trying to force me doesn’t make me believe it but only turns me off it even more.
    What should I do?May 2, 2016 – 12:14 pmReplyCancel

  • Shelley - My name is Shelley and I live in Illinois. I was lucky enough to be adopted as an infant into a Catholic family where my mom was raised Catholic and my dad converted after they married. I have been married for 26 years to the love of my life, Terry, (who is the youngest of 10 children raised in a good Catholic family), and we have 3 wonderful children. They have all attended a Catholic grade school and high school, 2 have graduated and our youngest is a sophomore. We are lucky enough that our 2 oldest children have significant others who are Catholic as well. I was brought to this website through my niece (Liz S.) who writes a blog for your site. She is a wonderful writer and until I read her blogs recently I didn’t realize how talented she was. I look forward to her posting new ones.

    I will admit over the last several years our faith has been tested with tragic unexplained deaths, illnesses, near death experiences but it’s that faith and prayers of our family and friends that have gotten us through. We did doubt God for a time but we have made it through, and all because of Him. I look forward to exploring your website and growing in my faith.May 3, 2016 – 9:27 amReplyCancel

  • Erin - Glad to have found this site! I’m Erin, and I’m 25, unmarried and unattached. I’m originally from Illinois but I am currently finishing out my second year as a youth ministry missionary in West Virginia. After the year ends I’ll probably head back home to Illinois for a bit and do some job searching. I am preparing for a second interview at a retreat center in Cincinnati, so prayers for that process would be appreciated 🙂 My job as a missionary involves sooo many things…running camps and retreats, traveling to put on confirmation rallies and youth nights, office work, sending emails, traveling to conferences, working in the kitchen when groups are using our retreat center, and lots of other things. When I’m not working, I love to listen to music, cook + bake, and be in nature. I love hiking and I kind of want to start getting more serious about it, but alas, I am a poor missionary getting paid a few hundred dollars a month, so specialized gear and clothing is beyond my reach at the moment. My main side-hustle is writing; I blog at erinmdaly.wordpress.com and I’ve been busy lately not only trying to improve my blog, but writing for other websites in hopes of publication.

    My faith journey has been an interesting one. I was baptized Catholic as a baby and went through Catholic schooling K-12, but faith was never part of my family life. It wasn’t until my last year of high school that I fell in love with Christ and got into my faith. Halfway through college I started experiencing a dark night or a desolation or some kind of darkness that caused me to totally lose feeling for my faith and for Jesus. It was a pretty hard blow, and it actually led me to nearly abandon Catholicism, or at least orthodox Catholicism. I attended a rather liberal Catholic college and studied Religious Studies, so my coursework and capstone led me to adopt a pretty liberal mindset. I also wasn’t going to mass regularly and wasn’t praying much. I was still in that mindset, and that desolation, when I started as a missionary in WV. I had a hard time with my workplace’s orthodoxy at first and wondered what the heck I was doing in youth ministry, but after a few months, my heart started to soften. My relationship with Christ started to heal. I started to embrace my Catholic faith again. It’s been a marvelous process; I’m in awe of how attentive Jesus has been to my hurts and my needs as I’ve emerged from that darkness. Since coming out of that time, I’ve gotten into some traditional Catholic practices that scared me a little when I was in my desolation…daily rosary, Marian consecration, devotion to Divine Mercy and the saints. I’m even entertaining the notion of religious life, which is something that scared me to death a few years ago, even when my faith was strong before my desolation!

    Anyway, happy to have stumbled upon this site! Thanks for what you do!May 4, 2016 – 7:20 pmReplyCancel

  • Sophia shah - Please pray for me daily so that I may get a good job in medical college. I am facing difficulties in getting a job in medical college. I have always been a very brilliant student and wherever I try for job interview they give the job to people with any source. I pray daily, read Bible and fast but God is not helping me. Due to these difficulties I am going into depression, I nowadays feel like to suicide. I has been 2 years since I am trying for job in medical college. I don’t know what to do.

    Please pray for me daily so that I may get a good job in the medical college soon and all my difficulties may go away.
    Thank you.June 7, 2016 – 5:17 amReplyCancel

  • Gina Wylie - Hi Everyone,

    I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself. I’m Gina, from south central Kentucky. I am a Catholic convert and so is my husband. I love my small parish Holy Trinity Catholic Church. I meet with others once a month to help make rosaries and help with BINGO at our local nursing home. My husband and I also play music and provide the music for our church when our regular piano player is away. I play the banjo and guitar and my husband plays the mandolin and guitar. We also write a lot of our own songs. I enjoy home cooking and taking pictures to post on my FaceBook page. I also love to bake cookies and cakes to give away. I am currently learning to paint and trying to learn to line dance. It is nice to meet all of you and I look forward to being a part of your community.November 11, 2016 – 8:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Soodabeh - Hello guys
    This is Soodabeh. Iranian originally and Muslim by birth.I never felt relax in mosque,with our prayers or even by reading our holly book.I found our mosques a place for those want to use religion as a weapon against humanity and freedom,so I started to be a person without religion.I has been the same until I met a catholic guy who I fell love with .He never ever asked me to change my religion and only was bring me to church for weekly services and I was wondering how peaceful is this place and they welcome me as a Muslim while mosque doors are closed to non Muslim. I started to think why only lady name in ghoraan is Miriam and one complete section is about Jesus and there is not name of Mohammad.After few months I lost my beloved bf and i was working in china that time and for it was like that world stopped.One evening I decided to go same church he used to bring me,I elated in the nearest subway station and did not know how to go the rest of the way.That time I did not know Mandarin and Chinese people do not know english and normally not aware of Church or religion.I was standing out of station and was thinking god without Tony how I can go. Evenly I saw a western guy ,I asked him about church location and he said that he is going the same way and we can go together.I joined the church service that day and realized that guy was a father of that church.After service he came directly to me and put his hand on my head and told me my child if you lost love you need to move on.He asked me to join next bible stusdy. I joined happily ,in the start of session he asked me open bible and read a part only and I did the same and the sentence of that page was that”I called you by name”
    I am one person with no religion and with a heart full of anger,full of hope for power and he was calling me by name
    really do not know why dears,a sequence of other things happened in my life when I decided to be Jesus servant.I am not the level to follow him ,my knowledge is very less about him but I swear he is the only truth,only wisdom exists.I have started reading bible with this hope to deserve to be his servantDecember 26, 2016 – 7:14 amReplyCancel

    • Michelle Fritz - We are praying for you on your journey! May God be with you and we pray you always remember that Christ not only calls you by name but he also knows every hair on your head. You are precious to him and He loves you!December 26, 2016 – 9:18 pmReplyCancel

  • Caryn Schmidt - I am a Catholic homeschooler of four kids, high school to elementary. This is my third year homeschooling; as time goes on I am finding it less overwhelming little by little! Cradle Catholic, married to a convert. I was a music major in college, piano and vocal emphasis, and I love classical music so it’s not hard to find inspiration from day to day in that medium, especially given the deep, rich history of Church music. I think my biggest struggle is keeping my children grounded in an increasingly secular, self-absorbed world. It would be nice to just keep them shut up in a closet, but of course that’s not realistic!

    I reside in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.December 30, 2016 – 1:09 pmReplyCancel

    • Michelle Fritz - Welcome to our site, Karen! I too am in the Archdiocese of Atlanta 🙂 It’s nice to meet you!January 1, 2017 – 11:12 amReplyCancel

  • Christine Trcka - Hi! My name is Christine and I work as a Catholic school teacher and music minister in the Archdiocese of St. Paul. My days are busy and fulfilling.

    As a cradle Catholic my life has richly blessed by sharing my faith. As my three children grow and venture out into the world, I embrace my serviceto the church and my relationship with God. I’m always looking for time with God and the opportunity to serve God and share that with others.February 28, 2017 – 2:48 amReplyCancel

  • Beth Anne - I’m a bookkeeper at a large Episcopal church in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Though I live in Alabama, I prefer northeastern Autumns to any humidity which is a daily occurrence down here. I also love snowy winters, having lived a portion of my life on the border of Canada. Why am I still sweating it out in the Heart of Dixie? Not sure. I love my job, my friends, and my parish (my family is not here)—I suppose that is why.

    I am a convert from being utterly unchurched. I celebrated 10 years a Catholic this past Easter Vigil and it was glorious. Was I even living before I entered the Church?? I sure thought I was. Anyway, the last 10 years have been the most joyful of my life. They haven’t come without trials but the LORD knows I would NOT have made it through them alone.

    I love reading, listening to music, and creating “art” but have never been able to pinpoint a favorite book, author, song or band. I am always looking for suggestions on good reading material. I love crossword puzzles and photography. And man, oh man, do I love coffee.

    I’ve started, stopped and started blogging again so many times. I’ve had a food blog; a poetry blog; a ranting blog; a photography blog; and I ended up with a stale, lifeless, unvisited Catholic-ish blog. I haven’t posted in years. I am a big proponent of the New Evangelization. I thought that a blog was the way to go for me but it always felt forced. I think I’ve found that I have more success using social media tools, especially Instagram (@hashtagCatholic), to evangelize the Digital Continent.June 29, 2017 – 1:19 pmReplyCancel

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