Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Molly McBride and the Christmas Pageant – Book Review

Molly McBride and the Christmas PageantJean Schoonover-Egolf does it again, with the fourth installment of the Molly McBride series. She continuously brings entertaining, yet educational stories to children, teaching them a different virtue in each book. In Molly McBride and the Christmas Pageant, Molly learns all about the virtue of obedience. She has her heart set on taking the leading role of “Mary” in the Christmas pageant, only to learn she has been assigned the role of a sheep! Now, let’s be honest. That’s quite a letdown, if you ask me, especially when you think you deserve the leading role. Yet, we see as the story progresses how important it is for us to be obedient to authority.

Molly McBride Learns About Obedience

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How Many Loaves and Fishes are Enough?

Loaves and Fishes

In today’s Gospel, we hear about the loaves and the fishes; the miracle that Jesus performs to feed 4,000 people who sat with Jesus for several days. They are hungry. With compassion, Jesus asks his disciples, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied, “and a few fish” (Matt 15:34). Seven loaves of bread and a few fish seem a paltry sum for feeding so many people. Yet, how many loaves are enough for Jesus? I say He could accomplish the same fete with just one loaf of bread, for He is God.  Jesus can do anything! Yet, the seven loaves and the few fish feed 4,000 men and an uncounted number of women and children, with Continue reading

Our Lady of the Roses – Guest Post – Janice Lane Palko

Our Lady of the RosesToday, I welcome Janice Lane Palko, who will tell us all about her new book, Our Lady of the Roses. Janice, I turn over the website to you.

How a Short Story Becomes a Novel

Many writers look upon their books as their babies. If so, then my latest novel, Our Lady of the Roses, was an unintended pregnancy. I didn’t set out to write this book, but as the late painter, Bob Ross, used to say, I’ve come to regard it as a “happy accident.” One of the marketing tips the experts advise authors to employ is to offer a free short story to readers to introduce them to the author’s writing style and entice them to Continue reading

A Time for Gratitude

A time for gratitudeAs we approach Thanksgiving Day, tomorrow, I have much to be thankful for and, therefore, consider this time of year to be a time for Gratitude. I am grateful for a deep, strong faith in God, who is always there for me. He blesses me with all that I need, and graces me with even more. I am thankful for my husband of 40+ years, and for his love; a mirror of God’s love for me.

When we count our blessings our moods lift. When we realize all for which we are grateful, we come to realize that we have much. I don’t have a palace. Yet, I do have a very nice home that keeps me warm and dry Continue reading

Show Compassion 24/7/365

Show CompassionWe’ve reached that point during the year where showing compassion seems to be on turbo-drive. For some reason, as we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas our hearts melt and compassion gushes forth from all of us. Maybe it’s because when we show compassion, we become more like Christ, and that’s a great feeling. Well, I’ve got a plan to make that feeling come alive 24/7/365.

Show Compassion

My wish is that the depth of compassion that we experience during this time of year could be spread over the entire year, 24/7/365. Yet, just like in the retail business, where stores enter the “black” on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), our souls enter the “white” of purity at this time of Continue reading

Embrace Self-Control During the Holiday Season

Embrace Self-ControlSelf-control and the holiday season go together like a pair of mismatched socks! Yet, if we were willing to embrace self-control during this holiday season, rather than get carried away by all the scrumptious food, drink and purchases, then our wallets will be fatter, and our waistlines will be thinner. I consider that a win-win situation.

Embrace Self-Control

It’s not easy cutting back on the sweets or foregoing the purchase of what seems like the perfect gift. And no one is saying that we shouldn’t partake in either. I’m just saying that we need to maintain a healthy balance. We can accomplish this if we have a game plan.

As to the calories, create a limit per day. Or, create Continue reading

A Time for Expressing Unselfishness

Expressing UnselfishnessAs we embark on the holiday season, we find that now is a good time for expressing unselfishness. We find ourselves taking part in filling the local food bank, so that others, who are less fortunate than ourselves, may have enough to eat. Such a gesture opens our hearts to other possibilities, like volunteering at a homeless shelter, serving meals, or giving of our time to help someone in need. Perhaps you might drive someone to a doctor’s appointment or visit a relative in a nursing home. Whatever touches your heart to do, know that it is a call from God asking you to give of yourself to others.

Expressing Unselfishness

Expressing unselfishness is an easy thing to do. All Continue reading

A Time for Hope!

A Time for HopeOne may look at the evening news and ask, “When did we lose our way?” We see rampant corruption bubbling to the surface within our government. There are immigrants in cages at our southern border. The opioid crisis seems to be on the back burner. Our priorities seem off-kilter. It’s at times like this, that it is very easy to lose hope. Yet, these are the very times when we need to hold onto hope. This is a time for hope!

A Time for Hope

Every day I pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, with the intention of having truth and justice revealed, and God’s Will be done. Well, I would say that God is doing a very good job at Continue reading