Why We Love Lourdes (and a prayer request): Where Was Lulu Part II

Why We Love Lourdes (and a prayer request): Where Was Lulu Part II

Our family has a very special devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes. My parents volunteer there for a service week each year, my kids love the CCC cartoon about St. Bernadette, and, oh yeah, we believe that my husband is alive because of her intercession. So, even though we...
Toothpaste Jesus and Other Miracles

Toothpaste Jesus and Other Miracles

Move over Grilled Cheese Virgin Mary, make room for Toothpaste Jesus. That’s right. Toothpaste. Jesus.  He miraculously appeared on the back of my medicine cabinet nearly two years ago. Probably as an encouragement of my lax inner-cabinet housekeeping, but...
The Showdown – Italy vs America: 7 Quick Takes VIII

The Showdown – Italy vs America: 7 Quick Takes VIII

So here we are back the the good ol’ U. S. of A., and after spending every waking hour with my kids for ten days in Italy (and more non-waking hours than I’d prefer with them since we’ve been home) maybe I’m starting to embrace my boys’...
Our Pilgrimage to Italy, Part IV: St. Pio and Pompeii

Our Pilgrimage to Italy, Part IV: St. Pio and Pompeii

In the interest of coherence, I’m posting the trip a bit out of order, but the last two sites to discuss are the Shrine of St. Pio in San Giovanni Rotundo and Pompeii. Both were lovely and if you’re in the area, I’d heartily recommend stopping by...
Our Pilgrimage to Italy, Part III: the Amalfi Coast

Our Pilgrimage to Italy, Part III: the Amalfi Coast

When I was planning this trip, the aspect that caused me the most heartache was deciding how to get our party of ten from one place in Italy to another. Feet and buses are great for Rome, but then we wanted to see a number of spots in Southern Italy while keeping one...
Our Pilgrimage to Italy, Part II: Roma

Our Pilgrimage to Italy, Part II: Roma

This is the second in a series of posts on our family trip to Italy.  If you missed it, the first is here. Well, first thing after we arrived in Rome and checked in to our apartment near the Vatican, we had to head straight for St. Peter’s Square....