my next rosary obsession

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I think I’ve found my kindred spirit…

The Wrap-Around-a-Rosary was created to fill two specific needs. If women today are going to maintain a devotion to the rosary they need something accessible, not tucked in the glove box or shoved in the bottom of an overcrowded purse. Also, in an age of mass-produced trinkets, women need reasonably priced but still beautiful devotional pieces.

You won’t find the one in the picture in the shop. It’s on it’s way to ME!



Create in me a clean heart!

Colleen Mitchell: 10 Prayers to Pray When You Have Forgotten How

I love this list!  I know all of them, I’ve prayed most of them.  John 6:68 is a weekly prayer sung as part of the Alleluia before the Gospel  in my former Lutheran synod.  I learned the adaption of Matthew 8:8 after converting to Catholicism as we pray it every Sunday as part of the Mass.

But my favorite by far, one that isn’t included in this list, is Psalm 51:12-14.   It is traditionally sung as the offertory in the Lutheran liturgy, except during Lent.  I pray it almost every day – either by saying it or singing it.  One of the most incredible gifts I’ve been given by the church that birthed and nurtured my faith for nearly half a century.

Create in my a clean heart, oh God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with your free spirit.
Psalm 51:12-14

Creating Selah
Pause & Listen
Create in me a clean heart
My Lord and my God

This is who I want to be. This is who I am working to be. This is who I am, thanks to the wonderful gift of faith I’ve been given.

What the heck is faith formation?

Adult Faith Formation

1. Invite and Enable Ongoing Conversion to Jesus in Holiness of Life.

Grow in their relationship with God for the whole of life
Develop an understanding of the Bible and their faith tradition
Deepen their spiritual life and practices

2. Promote and Support Active Membership in the Christian Community.

Live as disciples of Jesus at home, at work, in the community, and in the world
Participate in the life and ministries of their faith community

3. Call and Prepare Adults to Act as Disciples in Mission to the World

Engage in service and mission to the world

I see it mentioned I lot, I hear people talk about it (although usually regarding elementary and middle school students preparing for the sacraments), and I think about it.  If I’m going to think about it, I really should have an idea what the CHURCH says about it!



Blue Holes for a Blue (skies) Day

Today we hiked the Echo River Spring trail and the River Styx Spring trail at Mammoth Cave National Park.  This was Hike #5 of our #52HikeChallenge2016.

Flat gravel trails.  Beautiful views.  Few people.  And awesome scenery. Couldn’t ask for more.  I think this is my favorite hike so far, although I’m looking forward to seeing Cedar Sink again now that the flowers are popping out.



Listening for the “still small voice”

Discovering God in Silence

And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

  • 1Kings 19:11-13