RSSArchive for February, 2017

A Mother From The Beginning

A Mother From The Beginning

  When I was pregnant with our first baby our parish priest at the time brought around a relic of St Gerard Majella to our house. Whilst he was very generous in lending us the relic so that we mighty prayerfully accompany our pregnancy it was what he said leading up to it that was […]

Blessed Jacinta And Francisco: Visionaries Of Fatima

Blessed Jacinta And Francisco: Visionaries Of Fatima

    Francisco and Jacinta Marto were just 8 and 6 years of age respectively when they, and cousin Lucia dos Santos, witnessed the visions of Our Lady of Fatima. During the first vision, Lucia asked Mary if the children were going to go to Heaven. ‘Shall I go to Heaven too?’ ‘Yes, you will.’ […]

Lunch Hacks For Busy Mums

Lunch Hacks For Busy Mums

    If there’s a universal rule about packed lunches it’s this: after a while they become boring and uninspiring. The Earl of Sandwich may have been on to something, but our reliance on the carb loaded midday meal is a peculiar feature of our Western diet. As the primary lunch maker in our house […]

Book Review: Fast Talk And Faith

Book Review: Fast Talk And Faith

  To say I was surprised to find a devotional that incorporated Gilmore Girls and Scripture, as a means to improving our prayer lives, is something of an understatement. To be honest, I was somewhat sceptical, but Mary Carver has written a bright, engaging and thought provoking devotional. It covers a range of topics, including; […]

The Domestic Missionary

The Domestic Missionary

  I’ve been meditating on the lovely expression of Saint Teresa of Calcutta: “the call within the call.” Her approach to seeing Christ in the distressing disguise of the poor remains inspiring. Of course, we are not all called to serve God within the religious community of the Missionaries of Charity. Although we are called […]

100 Years Later – But Have We Learned Anything?

100 Years Later – But Have We Learned Anything?

   100 years ago the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three Portuguese children at Cova da Iria, on the outskirts of Fatima. Over the course of six months, Mary appeared to Lucia dos Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto. On July 13, 1917 she revealed to the children a secret. After many years, […]

Juggling Housework And Work

Juggling Housework And Work

   Motherhood might be universal but each of us have a unique set of circumstances, a particular environment in which we live out our vocation. From the home schooling mum, to the stay at home mum, to the full or part-time working mum. Sometimes it feels like we’re juggling too many balls all at once […]