Evangelizing through the Catholic Arts

Springtime: A Time for New Beginnings

SpringtimeI love Springtime, because it is a time for new beginnings. Blossoms pop up out of the ground, and leaves pop out on the trees, evidencing new life. This should give us all hope for better days ahead. Springtime is a season that comes around every year, but it is also a season of our lives.

Hope in My Students

My fondness for Springtime centers around my students; those graduating with undergraduate degrees. As an Adjunct Professor of Theology, it always gives me joy to see students graduate, filled with boundless energy to change the world with their newly earned degrees. As each student begins one of my classes, I meet with each of them, one-on-one. I want to know Continue reading

Our Lady of Fatima Feast Day & Call to Prayer

Our Lady of Fatima

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, marking the first of six visitations to three children in Fatima, Portugal. On May 13,1917, Lucia dos Santos, and Francisco and Jacinta Marto were tending their sheep when Mary first appeared to them, asking them to come to that same place on the 13th of every month for the next few months.

Our Lady of Fatima Calls Us to Pray the Rosary

In her visitations, Our Lady asked them to pray the Rosary daily to obtain peace. This request was made at the time of the first World War.

On her third visitation, Our Blessed Mother gave the children a prayer to recite. We now say this prayer at the Continue reading

How to Pray the Rosary

Rosary

How to Pray the Rosary

Rosary Guide

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the “Apostles’ Creed”
  2. Recite one “Our Father”
  3. Then recite three “Hail Marys”
  4. Finish with one “Glory Be”
  5. Announce the First Mystery and then say one “Our Father”
  6. Recite ten “Hail Marys” while meditating on the respective Mystery
  7. Then recite one “Glory Be”
  8. Conclude the decade with the Fatima Prayer
  9. Announce the Second Mystery; then say one “Our Father” and repeat steps 6-8 as you continue through the remaining Mysteries.
  10. Say the “Hail Holy Queen”
  11. And conclude with the “Final Prayers”
  12. Make the “Sign of the Cross”

Mysteries of the Rosary

Based on the day of the week, we reflect on the mysteries Continue reading

Warmer Weather Requires a Chat About Modesty

ModestyWell, even in Kenosha, Wisconsin, they must be wearing summer clothes, by now. At least I hope everyone has tucked away the sweaters and brought out lighter clothing. With the warmer weather, here in North Carolina, I see lots of tank tops and short shorts. In my humble opinion, that’s okay if you’re running errands around town or attending a picnic. But, when I see such attire at Sunday Mass, well, I give a double-take. I try not to judge the person, but I must admit that I question the prudence of the choice of attire. Modesty seems to be lacking.

When I see such skimpy attire at Mass, I wonder what the person thinks of God. Does she realize Continue reading

May: The Month of Mary and Motherly Love

Motherly LoveWe have a long-honored tradition of dedicating May as a month to honor both Mary, our spiritual mother, and our earthly mothers. We set aside this time to specifically demonstrate our appreciation for motherly love.

Whether our earthly mothers are alive or have passed on, we express our eternal gratitude for their unconditional, self-giving love. My mom passed away 19 years ago. Yet, to this day, I express gratitude for all the sacrifices that my mom undertook for me.  Together, with my dad, my parents sacrificed a lot to ensure that I received the best chance at life. The same can be said for Mary, our spiritual mother. She sacrificed her own Son, watching Him die on the Cross, Continue reading

Saint Joseph, the Worker Feast Day

Saint Joseph Saint Joseph is so special to the Catholic faithful, that we have two feast days set aside each year to honor him: March 19th and May 1st. Typically, on March 19th, we honor Saint Joseph as husband of Mary, and foster father to Jesus. We thank him for being such a good role model, as a faithful husband and father.

Today, we honor Saint Joseph, the Worker, a carpenter, by trade. He worked diligently to provide for his family. Humble in nature, compassionate in heart, he remained ever faithful to God, and Mary. Beyond his humility and compassionate nature, there is so much to admire about this beloved saint. He truly was a virtuous man Continue reading

A Love Such as Heaven Intended – Book Review

A Love Such as Heaven IntendedIn A Love Such as Heaven Intended, the third in a Civil War series, Amanda Lauer shows us that even during times of war, love wins. In this enchanting book, we meet Josephine Katherine Bigelow, a social elite, of the Washington D.C. circuit. As a recent graduate from the Georgetown Academy for Young Ladies, Josephine has grand plans to become a writer. Thinking she needs no further education, she readies herself to conquer the world with her pen. Yet, her father, on the other hand, Brigadier General Matthias Bigelow, has different designs.

Although the country is at war, and the General is one of President Abraham Lincoln’s right-hand men, he wants to see his daughter receive more education. But, Continue reading

Waiting for a Miracle – Book Review

Waiting for a MiracleWaiting for a Miracle, by Cyndi Peterson, M.D. is a story of faith, conversion of heart and a mother’s love, all wrapped up in one page-turning true story. Cyndi Peterson is a dermatologist, married to a pediatrician. She is a lukewarm Catholic, going through the motions. Too busy with the demands of the world, Cyndi paid little attention to faith and a relationship with Jesus. That is, until one day when that nagging emptiness became a bit much to take. To squelch the nagging feeling, Cyndi begins to sneak around trying to learn more about Jesus. She attends events at her Church, reads books and does some soul-searching.

As Cyndi’s faith begins to blossom, we see a conversion of Continue reading