Keeping a Mary Spirit Throughout a Martha Day

Keeping a Mary Spirit Throughout a Martha Day – 5 CD set Gleaned from 19 years as a Third Order Carmelite, this is a 3- Day retreat led by Donna at the Palisades Retreat Center in Federal Way, WA. This 5 disc set will help to explode your prayer life. The topics covered are: Disc 1: Desire, Rule of Life, Attachments, Goal of Love, Ora Et Labora, Morning Offering Disc 2: Bonus – A Vision of Heaven Disc 3: Method, Purity of Intention, Meditation, Liturgy of the Hours, Resolutions, Perseverance, Examination of Conscience Disc 4: Neglect of Prayer, Mass, Suffering, Temptations,… Continue Reading

Prayer, by reason of its nature

Prayer, by reason of its nature, is the converse and union of man with God, and by reason of its action upholds the world and brings about reconciliation with God; it is…   a bridge over temptations, a wall against afflictions, a crushing of conflicts, future gladness, boundless activity, the source of graces, invisible progress, food of the soul, the enlightening of the mind, an axe for despair, the annulling of sorrow, the reduction of anger, the mirror of progress, the realization of success, a proof of one’s spiritual condition, a revelation of the future, a sign of glory.  … Continue Reading

People to Pray for Your Intentions

Below are links to sites where you can request prayers from groups of clergy, religious and laity for your intentions. What you can do is draft one simple request, then copy and paste/post it to as many of these sites as you like. Whole groups of Christians praying for you constitutes the Church herself praying for you; what could be more powerful (except the euCHaRIST, of course)? _____________________ “And the prayer of faith shall save the sick man: and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he be in sins, they shall be forgiven him.Confess therefore your sins one… Continue Reading


St. Teresa of Avila

My favorite saint, St. Teresa of Avila, doctor of the church, 1515-1582 has her feast day today, Oct. 15. Charming, witty, determined, candid, outspoken, passionate (sounds like a New Yorker, no wonder I feel an affinity toward her), she experienced mystical visions and miraculous events, but she also talked with God in an almost conversational tone, frankly speaking her mind on everything. Her “Bookmark” is one of the most famous prayers written EVER. We don’t even know for SURE if she is the one who wrote it, but we DO know that it was found written on a bookmark that… Continue Reading


St. Therese’s Song

My second favorite saint (my most favorite is also this month), St. Therese of Lisioux, doctor of the church, 1873-1897 has her feast day, Oct. 1. She became a saint not by performing great miracles but by doing little things with great love – putting up with frustrating companions, obeying superiors, finishing the laundry. So ordinary did she appear, some of the sisters in her convent were completely unaware of her remarkable prayer life until after her death. Some even thought she wasn’t special at all. She wrote this prayer: My life is an instant, a fleeting hour. My life… Continue Reading


All Creatures Bless the Lord – Praying Parrot

Daniel 3:57-88 The “All Creatures Bless the Lord” song from the book of Daniel makes the rounds of everything in nature blessing the Lord, including a line that says, “All you birds of the air, O bless the Lord.” This parrot, Charlie O even ends his night prayer with a song, and I just LOVE the ending! Made me laugh out loud! Keep praying. Keep singing. Charlie O does. Donna


A Catholic Songwriter Hails Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

Since I’ve been a songwriter for most of my life, I bet you wouldn’t guess that I really don’t enjoy poetry. Actually, I avoid it, it is usually so bad. BUT THIS… I love this! And I’m sure many people would, that’s why Henry Wordworth Longfellow is so famous. Excellence has lasting power. Enjoy! A PSALM OF LIFE by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Tell me not, in mournful NUMBERS, “Life is but an empty dream!” For the soul is dead that slumbers, And, things ARE NOT what they seem. Life is real! Life is earnest! And the GRAVE is NOT its… Continue Reading


Oldest Existing and MIRACULOUS Scapulars

Two great founders of Religious Orders, Saint Alphonsus Liguori, founder of the Redemptorists, and Saint John Bosco, founder of the Salesians, had a very special devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Both wore her Brown Scapular. When they died, each was buried in his priestly vestments and scapular. Several years later, their graves were opened: the bodies and sacred vestments in which they were buried were reduced to dust, but the Brown Scapular that each was wearing was perfectly intact. The Scapular of Saint Alphonsus is on display in his monastery in Rome; that of Saint John Bosco is… Continue Reading


Praying the Psalms

HOW DID YOU PRAY TODAY? One of the classical definitions of prayer suggests that “prayer is lifting mind and heart to God”. Our problem is that we don’t always do this when we pray. Rather than lifting up to God what is actually on our minds and in our hearts, we don’t always pinpoint exactly the real truth of our thoughts and feelings. Instead of sharing from the depths of our souls, we tell God what we think God wants to hear – not our vile thoughts, deep resentments, loathing for others, or our disappointment with Him. “But expressing those… Continue Reading


Morning Glory

Usually when 3 people tell me I should do the same thing, I take it as a hint from God.  But 10 PEOPLE?!?!?   So many are telling me that I need to read Michael E. Gaitley’s book “33 Days to Morning Glory, A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration.”   I hesitated at first because as many of you know, I had already made my consecration to Mary according to the method of St. Louis de Montfort 18 years ago.  I also joined Maximilian Kolbe’s Militia Immaculata and on his feast day (the day before the feast of the Assumption)… Continue Reading