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Of Note-June 2019

Welcome to Of Note – A Collection of Orthodox Catholic Reading, a series dedicated to sharing great orthodox Catholic content around the inter webs!

Let’s face it, we are all busy, modern women and we just don’t have the time or the energy to vet or read everything the Catholic blogosphere has to offer. We have streamlined that for you and offer you the most worthy, relevant reads that will keep you informed and in-tune without wasting your precious time. Each month, on the first Friday, you can find Of Note filled with posts that are inspiring, knowledgeable, cover current events, and liturgical living.

We are continually looking for new and lesser known bloggers to feature here on Of Note. If you write a blog or know of one we should take a look at leave a link in the combox or email me at: OfNote@CatholicSistas.com

We have just recently completed our 20th year of homeschooling. I don’t know about y’all, but I am ready for summer! Take a look at what we’ve been reading this month.


 Liturgical Living

First Holy Communion and Confirmation season is in full swing. Elizabeth Clare has some great ideas for preparing the little one’s for receiving Jesus for the first time. Many of her choices would make terrific gifts for the First Communicants in your life.

I am super excited about the new virtues devotional for kids put out by Blessed is She. Bobbi of Revolution of Love blogs about the book here.

I have an especial devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. This year the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart falls on Friday, June 28th. Catholic Cuisine has some inspiring food ideas to help celebrate and because it is a Solemnity, it is also a “meat Friday” which is explained beautifully by Kendra of Catholic All Year

This piece on OnePeterFive by new contributor J.P.Murphy encourages readers to take up the Breviary and the joy it has brought his family in praying parts of The Office each day.

Hidden Gems

Haley of Carrots for Michelmas writes beautifully about her parenting struggles and how she’s learned to recognize how much God loves her through her children.

My dear friend Katie wrote this touching post on learning to surrender and let Him lead the dance he has called us to on her blog Blessed with Full Hands.

Carissa, blogging at The Myth Retold, manages to perfectly express the emotions so many of us felt as we watched Notre Dame burn during Holy Week.

The Professionals

An interesting exchange on Facebook sent me searching for the identity of the woman caught in adultery in the Gospels. Tradition holds that she and Mary Magdalene/Mary of Bethany are one in the same. Providentially and quite recently, Rev. Jerry J Pokorsky wrote a great defense of this traditional understanding on The Catholic Thing. 

Also writing for The Catholic Thing and somewhat on the same topic, Brad Miner wrote this review of the recent movie Mary Magdalene. Based on his assessment, we’ll be staying away from seeing this film, but as people of faith it’s important to know how subjects of faith are being depicted by secular media.

There is something about classical music that brings peace to the soul. I loved this article on Aleteia by Cerith Gardiner on how playing classical music in an animal shelter helped calm nervous and stressed out pups. She continues the article touching on how beneficial classical music is for humans as well.

From the Archives

As mentioned above, I am ready for summer. Are you? From our own archives I have the perfect resource for keeping the kids active and  (mostly) tech free.

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About Maurisa Mayerle

Maurisa is a Catholic convert from a non-denominational Evangelical background, happily married to a “retread” cradle Catholic. Chris and Maurisa have been married since 1991 and have 7 amazing and unique children. In 2012, Chris retired from the Air Force, took a corporate pilot position, and the family moved to beautiful Utah. Her interests include creative cookery, photography, reading, singing, apologetics, homeschooling, traveling, hiking, gardening, and caring for her 8 laying hens and 1 bully rooster. Maurisa maintains a personal blog at www.halfadozenproductions.blogspot.com