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Of Note-July 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

After a cool and rainy start, we are in full summer swing here in Utah. We’ve had swimming lessons, baseball, picnics, and are planning at least 3 summer get-aways. Let’s take a look at what has been happening in the world of Catholic blogging.


Liturgical Living

Like Mother Like Daughter reviews a new liturgical cookbook, Cooking with the Saints. I’m a cookbook and cooking magazine junkie, so this one really intrigues me.

July is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood. From Catholic Cuisine’s archives comes this refreshing looking recipe for summer sangria. I bet one could make a “virgin” version of this recipe using juice instead of the alcohol. Be sure to read the insights from various saints included in the post.

Lacey of Catholic Icing has begun a video series entitled Catholic How to Draw.  In this installment, Lacey walks artists through drawing the Eucharist.

Hidden Gems

Kim of Musings From the Home has a wonderful minimalist idea for keeping track of all the stuff–boots, jackets, beach towels, etc. that come with having a large family.

Kendra Tierney of Catholic All Year straddles the categories of Hidden Gems and The Professionals. I found her recent review of two popular Netflix shows to be quite intriguing. I have been one of those who has just scrolled right on past the two shows disinterestedly. Her take on Good Omens and Lucifer is very interesting and may have piqued my interest enough in one of the shows to possibly give it a go.

Kendra’s post above created a bit of controversy and so I’m also sharing her follow-up post: Some Thoughts on Scandal (NOT the TV Show, as I have at Least Temporarily Learned my Lesson).

Kathryn of Team Whitaker wrote a wonderful resource post for families and teens applying for college scholarships. I’m bookmarking this one for our soon-to-be high school senior.

In this beautiful post on Joy of nine, Melanie writes “. . .best way to communicate with preverbal little people is to connect with their inner spirits, in with and through God.” Be sure and read Jesus is a Baby Whisperer.

In response to my most recent post for Catholic Sistas on Catholic Podcasting, Mary of the Not-So-Perfect Catholic offered her top ten Catholic Podcasts. Several over-lap my choices, but she has a few I’d not heard of before.

The Professionals

I happen to share a birthday with Saint John the Baptist and I could not help but share this gem from Philip Kosloski of Aleteia. I’m stumping for a return to celebrating the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist as it once was–like Christmas in June.

Therese Civantos Barber profiles Catholic mom and entrepreneur, Lauren Winter, of Brick House in the City. Lauren designs and sells “wordspiration” apparel that allows folks to wear their faith as a way to evangelize. 

Continuing the theme of Kendra Tierney’s posts above, Tim Serewicz of One Peter Five shares some thoughts on how Catholics can wisely consume media in today’s culture.

Writing for The Catholic Thing, David G. Bonagura explains beautifully why is seems some of our prayers go unanswered.

From the Archives

Ink Slinger, Rita Suva, wrote up a great resource list of ideas for observing the Church’s July devotion to the Most Precious Blood.

New Finds

A final continuation of the theme of Catholic media consumption comes through a website I’ve recently been familiarizing myself with and looks to be quite dynamic. Check out Array of Hope which organizes and promotes Catholic concert events, retreats, films, and other media.

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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