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Dorothy Day And Her Prison Dress

Pictured here is Servant of God, Dorothy Day, holding her prison dress. Dorothy had been arrested, along with 40 other women, for picketing at the White House on behalf of women’s suffrage. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail, she served 15 days before being released, ten of them on a hunger strike. When I see this picture of her I think of her quote, “Don’t call me a Saint. I don’t want to be dismissed that easily” Dorothy didn’t want to be called a Saint, not because Sainthood offended her, but because calling her a Saint was often…

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Saint Oscar Romero – 10 Quotes From Our Newest Saint

  Saint Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez was a voice of justice for the Catholic Church in El Salvador. He served as the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador. He spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture. In 1980, Romero was assassinated while offering Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence.  “There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried” “We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step…

St Gianna

8 Reasons to Get to Know St. Gianna

8 Reasons to Get to Know St. Gianna by Lindsay Schlegel When I was growing up, I didn’t know anyone named Gianna. Statistics show it was something like the 900 most popular girl name in the United States in the late 1980s. Since 2006, however, the name has been in the top 100, and there’s good reason: an amazing and saintly woman named Gianna Beretta Molla, whose feast the Catholic Church celebrates on April 28. St. Gianna was a wife, mother, and doctor. Her name means “God is gracious,” and St. Gianna knew and understood that in a way our…


Happy Birthday, Flannery!

Happy Birthday, Flannery! This weekend we’ll observe Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. In another year, we’d celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25 (this year it’s moved to April 9, the day following the Octave of Easter). March 25 was also Flannery O’Connor’s birthday. While it’s not an official holy day, I’m planning to take a little time to celebrate this woman often hailed as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century and a devout Catholic through and through. I studied English at a Catholic university, but somehow didn’t manage to learn much…

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Imaginative Prayer

Imaginative Prayer Written by – Anna Bonnema Today, while walking at a hurried pace a man in front of me paused, turned around, and with kind eyes and a smile asked, “What are you looking for?” He apologized for seeming to interrupt me, but my rushed clip, and when he turned, my darting eyes reminded him of the squirrels he could see from his window-frantically digging tiny holes under the giant pines looking for the acorns that would sustain them. My initial surprise at the question turned to warmth and I answered honestly that I was tired, and looking for…

Prayer Requests

How To Find Time to Pray – From a Mom of 13!

As a homeschooling mom of 13 children I get asked “how do you find time to…….” In this blog entry I’m going to address the issue of “how do you find time to pray?”. For as long as I’ve been a mother (26 years!) I have heard “wake up earlier than your children and you will find quiet time.”. This has never worked for me. I think my children are born with internal alarms that go off when my toes hit the ground, no matter how quiet I am. Late at night isn’t really an option here either. Currently we…

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An Imperfect Guide to Seeking Perfect Prayer

When I was 17, I had this amazing realization: I am a morning person. I realized this early into my senior year as I began to discern what the Lord’s will was for me post-high school. With the overflowing and overwhelming life of an overinvolved teenager, I quickly discovered that if I wanted to have time for prayer every day, I had to make that time. Between school, work, volunteering, theatre, choir, and my vibrant social life, this time could only realistically be found in the morning. I started to wake up an hour earlier than usual to spend the…

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