Virginia at Fatima

I have a 4 short videos with details from our visit to FATIMA–and all the sites of the Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Angel 100 years ago! First and very important: you can get a Plenary Indulgence this year THREE different ways for the 100th anniversary of Fatima! Visiting Fatima is one way (hooray!), but there are TWO OTHER WAYS you can get it without leaving your hometown. Please get our pamphlet explaining everything>>click here (sold in 5-packs very inexpensively so you can get enough for your school, your parish, all your friends). Here’s a map of where everything happened. The children lived in Aljustrel (we visited their homes–see the video), but they took the sheep to different places to graze, and the Blessed Mother appeared usually in the

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Virginia at the catacombs

Today on our honeymoon we visited the catacombs in Rome. I have a short video telling about the catacombs below, but first just a few comments. The early Catholics decorated the walls of the catacombs with paintings and prayers. What is one painting we saw several of? Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Do you remember the favorite Psalm of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton? It was Psalm 23, the “Lord is my Shepherd” Psalm. It was her favorite Psalm because it helped her to trust Jesus and not be afraid. I think the Catholics who had to hide their Faith from the Romans who often persecuted them probably repeated this Psalm a lot for that reason, too. Moms: This is a great Psalm to comfort children! It is very short and easy to memorize, even for little children, especially if you download these

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Virginia at the Vatican

I’m on my honeymoon–but my husband and I wanted to share with you this one-minute video (down below) about Saint Peter’s Basilica! Our visit here today was such an amazing experience. Before you watch the video, get your kids and show them some things that are so inspiring about our Catholic Faith, its history, and all the saints and early Christians who have given us so much! First, the statue on the right is Saint Peter holding the keys to Heaven. Read about Jesus giving them to him in Matthew 16:15-19. Then, Jesus told Peter in front of all the other Apostles that He prayed specifically for Peter to be the one who would strengthen the faith of all of them (Luke 22:31-32). After the Resurrection, Jesus commissions Peter to serve His Flock–His Church!–as the

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Prayers for a priest friend

My wife Kerri and I recently received an email from a priest friend, asking us for our prayers. Here’s what he said in his email (edited only minimally): “For my part, I have some news that might be difficult for you, but it is what it is. In the fall, I will be formally XX basically as a leave of absence. I will not be jumping to , but rather will get a job (that is a bit daunting at age XX) and supporting myself. The purpose is to discern if I will stay in public ministry or seek to be dispensed. I tell you not to cause you any distress, but because I think that you should know. And also to ask that you pray for me in all of this. ” Wow. Can you join us in these prayers for him, as well? This, of course, really hits home to us at this particular time, because we are preparing

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Our "Backyard Catholic VBS" is back (& it's FREE!)

So many moms asked us to bring back our Holy Heroes Summer Faith Adventure in which my-kids-teach-your-kids in the totally Catholic VBS! So: we DID! It’s a completely Catholic VBS which you can do in your backyard at your own pace–over a single week or space it out throughout the summer! It is completely FREE online here with everything you need. A great idea from other moms: Get your neighbors over and have the teenagers run it for the little kids while the moms chat and relax. Everyone will love it (and they will learn about their Catholic Faith in an unforgettable way). HERE IT IS: completely online with everything you need –OR– save your printer by purchasing the Deluxe Leader’s Package or Basic Leader’s Package. You can also get every child an inexpensive

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