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Feastday Freebies - St Therese of Lisieux

Feastday Freebies – St Therese of Lisieux

  Saint Therese of Lisieux is an inspiring saint – and that’s putting it mildly! Today, October 1, is her feastday and to celebrate we’re giving away some digital images for your devices. And there’s no catch! Read Sarah’s reflection on Saint Therese of Lisieux here and, for more spiritual insight you can’t go past the […]

Supernatural Heroes

Supernatural Heroes

  There is a certain type of magnetism that pulls little boys towards fictional superheroes. As the mother of 3 boys (and 2 girls) I know this all too well! Certainly, there is little wrong in wanting to be a hero and save the day – nobody in my house actually enjoys playing the villain […]

DIY Fatima Set

DIY Fatima Set

  This is a cute, and relatively easy to make, craft that will help your children reflect upon the story of Fatima. What you’ll need: 4 dolly pegs with stands (I buy mine in a pack of 6 from a local craft store) Craft glue Felt – green, white, brown are the main colours here […]

5 Women Sanctified Through Their Maternity

5 Women Sanctified Through Their Maternity

  I love reading the lives of the Saints – at least the ones that seem like ordinary and relatable people – and their journey to sanctification. But one thing that started to bother me was that I had trouble finding examples of Saints who were sanctified through their maternity. That is, that they didn’t […]

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.’ […]

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, […]

I Want Them To Be Holy

I Want Them To Be Holy

  How many times have we heard the secular bastion of good parenting encapsulated in the expression: “I just want them to be happy”? And, I guess, there’s nothing inherently wrong in this. I mean, as parents we do love to see our children well and enjoying themselves. And happier children make us feel as […]

God Saw You Needed This Trial

God Saw You Needed This Trial

  This earthly life is one of trial and don’t we mothers know it? Every day in our domestic realm there seems to be new trials, new challenges and a certain amount of battle fatigue. No sooner are our children out of one challenging phase than they’re entrenched in another: nocturnal restlessness, biting, sickness, curiosity […]

Book Review: A Family Of Saints

Book Review: A Family Of Saints

Once in a while you pick up a book that immediately resonates with you, one you read slowly, savouring each chapter and meditating on it during the day when the cares of life prevent you from reading on any further. One that inspires you to greater things, to loftier ambitions and to an increased spiritual […]

In Zelie's Footsteps

In Zelie’s Footsteps

  Its school holidays at the moment and we’re nearing the end of the second, of three weeks, rest from the rigid and demanding school routine. And the kids have been sick the whole time. Master 8 brought a cold home for the holidays, and it gradually infiltrated the rest of the family. Kids fell […]