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Of Note–June 2020

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.

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I struggled with motivation all of May. Current events have likely oppressed many of us. I was so glad to see a new month–especially June. My husband and I will celebrate our 29th anniversary and we have several birthdays in June. June is also devoted to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. It’s one of my favorite devotions. I don’t know about you, but I think the world needs a whole lot of mercy that can only come from the Divine Heart of Jesus. That being said, let’s dig into this month’s Of Note.

Liturgical Living

Many of us are still living quarantined lives and many summer activities have sadly been cancelled. Lacey has a wonderful idea for holding Vacation Bible School in your own backyard.

Speaking of the Sacred Heart, we will celebrate the Feast dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 19th. Why not make these simple and lovely cupcakes from Catholic Cuisine as part of your celebration?

Continuing with the Sacred Heart theme, Epic Pew has 4 ways you can celebrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus in June.

One manner in which we can shut out the noise of the world is by spending more time in prayer. Writing for Catholic Mom Vibes, Gessica gently walks readers through her method of mental prayer.

Hidden Gems

My beautiful friend wrote this piece about the first time her family was able to attend Mass since the quarantine.

Ginny of Not so Formulaic gives some really valuable advice for parenting during crises.

I’ve a feeling many more families will be choosing to homeschool next year. Leila Marie Lawler writes one of the most lovely Catholic blogs on the web and is a veteran homeschooler. If you are mulling the idea, check out her recent post and peruse the rest of her beautiful blog.

The Professionals

I love this article by Philip Kosloski because I absolutely love incense. He claims incense can reduce airborne disease. If that is true, bring it on! Fill our churches with smoke and prayer!

We’ve all experienced broken relationships at one point or another. Jeannie Ewing has some really lovely advice on how we can begin healing our wounded relationships.

My heart has broken many times upon hearing of people dying alone due to the restrictions put in place as precautions for the corona virus. In response to this very real tragedy, Susan Klemond writes about the importance of accompanying our loved ones as they die.

From the Archives

Recent events have often made social media a very toxic and difficult place to be. A little more than a year ago I wrote a piece for Catholic Sistas giving practical guidance on appropriate social media interactions for Catholics.

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Of Note–May 2020

Don’t you just adore our new format? It has been an arduous labor of love for our foundress, Martina, but I think it is absolutely gorgeous. If you agree, give her some love in the comments today.

Spring has finally sprung and it is beginning to look like the many restrictions we’ve been under during the Covid crisis are going to ease over the next several weeks. I’ve been scouring blogs looking for uplifting content worthy of linking in this monthly Catholic Sista series. Let’s dive in.

Liturgical Living

Julia of Purple Civet puts together kid friendly catechesis for each Sunday Gospel. Linked here is her May 3 Sunday Gospel lesson, but be sure to sign up for her weekly emails for subsequent Sundays.

Every month I turn to Catholic Icing for liturgical living ideas and Lacey never disappoints. May is dedicated to Our Lady and she has a lovely craft to celebrate.

Speaking of May being a month devoted to Mary, Joe Paprocki has a great Pop-Up Catechesis post and video on how to do a May crowning at home.

Hidden Gems

We are living in an unprecedented historical event. Elena of My Domestic Church promotes a terrific idea for journaling during this crazy time. What memories will you have of this time during Corona? What memories will your children have? Write it down. I bet our grandchildren will want to know what it was like living in 2020.

Leila, of Like Mother, Like Daughter, created the sweetest little doll quilt for her granddaughter. Her creativity, photographs, and writing always inspires me.

My beautiful friend, Ellie, wrote a profound reflection on not squandering this time on her blog The Bleeding Pelican.

The Professionals

If you are a lover of traditional hymnody and Gregorian Chant it is likely you have heard of CCWatershed, a website dedicated to promoting, documenting, recording, and composition of traditional liturgical music. The site also features a blog and produces some very fine articles on music and liturgy. This particular article by Andrea Leal really made an impression on me. As a Church musician I’ve greatly missed being able to sing during Mass. Her article inspired me to learn the lovely Stella Caeli Extirapvit and I’ve been singing it as a part of our family’s Sunday practice of Missa Sicca.

Anxiety, hormones, excitement . . . what ever the reason we might suffer from insomnia Philip Kosloski has a perfect prescription in a beautiful night prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours.

I am a huge fan of Anthony Esolen’s writing. In this piece for The Catholic Thing he takes on the controversial practice of making biblical language gender neutral. His arguments against the practice are some of the best I’ve read.

Ink Slingers

Writing on her personal blog, Tales From the Side of the Tub, Ink Slinger, Michelle, tackled the troubling, emerging idea of who is considered essential during a crisis. You may be surprised who she thinks is truly essential.

From the Archives

May seems a perfect time to revisit a post penned by Misty in 2013. There’s Something About Mary is a lovely article on how to cultivate a relationship with the Blessed Mother.