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Advent, Momma Mary, and the {Slightly Messy} Art of Offering It Up

As Advent comes to a close, for me it has not been without a fair amount of spiritual introspection and reflection of the BlessedRead more »

The Blood of the Martyrs

Today, as the Catholic Church celebrates Holy Thursday, and with that the institution of the Most Holy Eucharist and the Priesthood, mostRead more »

Your 2016 Handy-Dandy List of Lenten Resources

Lent comes early this year–February 10th is Ash Wednesday! That’s just three weeks away, folks. So instead ofRead more »

You Did It to Me: Pray for the Living and the Dead

Welcome to the series “YOU DID IT TO ME” where we will be discussing the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. This will be a twice aRead more »

The Happy Catholic: A Summer Resource Guide

We are living in some crazy times. The headlines can be very discouraging to the devout. Suddenly, it seems we are living in a parallelRead more »

Seven Things That Are (Way) Better as a Catholic

Having spent most of my life as an atheist (I converted just 13 years ago), I have a good basis of comparison for the difference betweenRead more »

Mothers with Muscle Memory

We’ve made it to mid-Lent. How is it going for you? As always, it starts with a gusto and, at least for me, becomes so much moreRead more »

Combat Liturgy

The tradition of the Church, and of the Goorchenko family, is to celebrate the great feasts of the Nativity and Pascha with a late nightRead more »

A Heavenly Lesson from St. Gertie

On Sunday, November 2, we confirmed our suspicion of being pregnant. Ah, seven kiddos. Downsizing just before number six was born, IRead more »

Three Deaths, Many Lessons

I’m sure that non-Catholics find it more than a little odd that we believe there can be merit to suffering.  The history of theRead more »

When Life Gets Old

Isabel, ninety years old, bed-ridden, unintelligible, unable to communicate, afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. This is myRead more »

How to Lose Weight the Fast Way

::disclaimer:: This post is not intended to cause distress toward those who suffer from eating disorders. The title may inadvertentlyRead more »

Five Ways to Avoid Purgatory

In part one of this series on purgatory, we talked about what purgatory is and why it’s logical (and biblical) that we need to be purifiedRead more »

Line-by-Line Prayer Reflection: Anima Christi, Part 5

This is the fifth in a series of posts reflecting line-by-line on the Anima Christi. It’s all about the cross ~ A crucifix, that is. CrossRead more »

I give up!

This Lent has been a particularly fruitful time for me. I cannot remember another one in recent memory when I have remained so focused onRead more »