• Walking with Mary through Holy Week

    Walking with Mary through Holy Week

     The darkness and silence make me uneasy. I can hear Jesus' slow and shallow breathing. I wish I could breathe for him, but that would only prolong his anguish. The ground beneath the cross is soaked with the blood of the Sacrificial Lamb. That bloof ...

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    Brown packing paper and crayons

    Brown packing paper and crayons

    What do you do with your brown packing paper? You know, the stuff that's crumpled and wound around the items in the packages you ordered online? Here, at Walking by Heaven's Light, is what I do with mine:   http://walkingbyheavenslight.com/brown-packing-paper-and-crayons/

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    The Little Consecration

    The Little Consecration

    Barbara McGuigan and I had a marvelous discussion today about our Blessed Mother on EWTN Radio's "The Good Fight." Thank you to all of you for listening, and thanks to those who called in with your wonderful insights, comments, and questions! I'm posting this in response ...

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Marge Fenelon
Author, columnist, speaker

Marge Fenelon is a Catholic wife, mother, author, columnist, and speaker. She’s a frequent contributor to a number of Catholic publications and websites and is a regular guest on Catholic radio. She’s written several books about Marian devotion and Catholic family life and has touched the hearts of audiences in a variety of venues. Her latest book is Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom (Ave Maria Press, 2013) 

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A Great Lenten Companion!

Ecce Mater Tua – Behold, Your Mother

 Marian Stations of the Cross

 

Marian Stations of the Cross

Illustrated by Mark Fenelon

Spend this Lent with your Mother Mary as she walks the Way of the Cross with our Lord Jesus. A unique devotional written from the perspective of a child yearning to console his grieving Mother. Bulk orders available!

Click here to order.

 

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Walking with Mary through Holy Week

stabet mater The darkness and silence make me uneasy. I can hear Jesus’ slow and shallow breathing. I wish I could breathe for him, but that would only prolong his anguish. The ground beneath the cross is soaked with the blood of the Sacrificial Lamb. That bloof should be mine, not his. How can he love me this much?  ~Ecce Matrr Tua – Behold, Your Mother: Marian Stations of the Cross, Twelfth Station

As we move into Holy Week, those lines from Ecce Mater Tua are swirling about my head …more

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Mary as Inspiration for the Modern Mom

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Heads up, friends.

Tonight I’ll be speaking to members of Legatus at the North Hills Country Club in Menomonee Falls, WI. Legatus is a faith-filled group whose mission is  “to study, live and spread the Catholic faith in our business, professional and personal lives.” I’ll be speaking about Mary as inspiration for the modern mom.

I’m looking forward to getting to know the Legatus folks. If you’d like to know more about this awesome organization, check out their website here.

 

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Son Rise at 6am CST

Brian PatrickJoin Matt Swaim and I as we chat about five ways to rev up your Lent tomorrow, Thursday April 10 at 6am CST. It’ll put more steam in your engine. Promise!

http://www.ewtn.com/radio/weekday/thesonrisemorningshow.asp

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Pope Franics’ catechism on the gifts of the Holy Spirit begins today

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Today, the Holy Father begins his catechetical series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which will take place during his General Audiences each of seven consecutive Wednesdays.

In his first catechism, Pope Francis teaches about wisdom. You can read the full translated text here. For now, I’d like to point out a few lines that especially struck me:

And wisdom in fact is this: it is the grace to be able to see everything with the eyes of …more

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PETA wants to convert Jeffrey Dahmer’s house into a vegan restaurant. Do they really know what they’re doing?

Jeffrey Dahmer

This post makes me sad. Oh-so sad.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has announced that it will convert the Akron, OH home of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer into a vegan restaurant. Dahmer, nicknamed the Milwaukee Cannibal, was a sex offender and killed 17 men and boys, afterwards he ate (yes, ate) body parts from …more

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Is your Lent losing steam? Five ways to put more coal in the engine

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We’re a week and a half away from Easter Sunday. How’s your Lent going?

If you’re like most of us, it’s beginning to lose steam. Or, perhaps it started losing steam a while back. And, if you’re like most of us, you’re tempted to just let go of the things you so enthusiastically pledged to do or give up back on Ash Wednesday. “Lent’s almost over,” you say. “I might as well give up and try again next year.”

You could do that. Or, you could use this an an opportunity to get the steam engine …more

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Israeli government strike ends and Pope Francis will go to Israel

Old City from the Mount of the OlivesOn day nine of the novena to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots for Pope Francis’ safe and successful visit to the Holy Land, I received a message from a colleague. In it was the link to an article on CatholicCulture.og titled, “Striking workers return to Israeli foreign ministry, easing concerns on planning for papal visit.”

Well, then.

Looks like Pope Francis is Israel-bound, his trip coinciding with my trip there with the Catholic Press Association (or rather, vice versa). In any case, we’ll both be there at the same time – the Holy Father and me – and I am feeling grateful and blessed.

Our Lady, Undoer of Knots has come through again!

Thanks so much for joining me in the novena. I appreciate your prayers as well as all the thoughtful messages I’ve received about my trip.

As I posted on my Facebook page, I’ve given a presentation or handed in a major assignment every two weeks since January 1. I’ve got two more, and then it will be time to prepare (in more practical ways) for my trip to the Holy Land. So, please continue your prayers for me, as I pray for you in these coming weeks.

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Our Lady, Undoer of Knots Day 9 in petition for the Pope’s safe and successful visit to the Holy Land

Mary Undoer of KnotsNovena to Mary, Undoer of Knots – Day 9

1. Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary

6. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots

Meditation for Day 9

Our Lady Undoer of Knots
Most Holy Mary, our Advocate, Undoer of Knots, I come today to thank you for undoing this knot in my life…You know very well the suffering it has caused me. Thank you for coming, Mother, with your long fingers of mercy to dry the tears in my eyes; you receive me in your arms and make it possible for me to receive once again the divine grace.

Mary, Undoer of Knots, dearest Mother, I thank you for undoing the knots in my life. Wrap me in your mantle of love, keep me under your protection, enlighten me with your peace! Amen.

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me.

PRAYER TO MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS (Closing Prayer)


Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.
You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots.
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life.
No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot…I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all, You are my hope.
O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains.
Hear my plea.
Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me

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Our Lady, Undoer of Knots Day 8 in petition for the Pope’s safe and successful trip to the Holy Land

Mary Undoer of KnotsNovena to Mary, Undoer of Knots – Day 8

1. Make the sign of the cross

2. Say the Act of Contrition. Ask pardon for your sins and make a firm promise not to commit them again.

3. Say the first 3 decades of the Rosary.

4. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)

5. Say the last 2 decades of the rosary …more

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