What Catholics Can Learn from Our Protestant Brethren

I am a staunch Catholic and I love my faith. I believe the Pope is infallible. I believe Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. I pray to (but don’t worship!) Mary. I talk to the Saints. I believe purgatory exists… I believe all the Catholic “stuff”. That being said, there are various things I…

Spoiler Alert! The Pope is Catholic!

For months, the media has been spinning an exciting drama based on the odds of Pope Francis changing essential Church teachings. I have a surprise for them: Pope Francis is Catholic. No essential teachings are about to change. We might come to recognize more and more, however, how little the secular media really knows about…

Gospel Trivia Bingo

Here’s another resource I thought I’d share – Gospel Trivia Bingo. The file includes the bingo cards, markers, calling sheet and study guide. It could be used by families, or by religion classes or home schooling groups… My kids aren’t old enough for it yet, but I’m planning on giving it to teachers at the…

An Apt Reminder for the World…

I just finished embroidering this today, and thought it is a good message to share with the world on this day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria… God is love. He is not death, war or bombing. We don’t need more violence. As my parents always told me when I was growing up,…

A Mother’s Burnt Offering

Just a word of encouragement for other mothers. I’ve seen several comments online from mothers talking about how difficult it can be to arrange mealtimes, when you have several kids in the house, a husband off at work and, in some cases, a full-time or part-time job yourself. Meals pose an even greater challenge for…

Catholicism Series – Fr. Robert Barron

Taking Jesus for granted can be pretty easy. As Christians, we talk about him, pray to him, worship him. We know that he saves us and that we can meet him in Scripture, the Sacraments and the Church. We know the miracles he works. We believe he rose from the dead… And we’ve heard or…

8 Things to Remember about the Catholic Church

Every time I open my computer and go online, I find countless articles, blogs and Facebook comments questioning the Catholic Church about something. Maybe it’s mainstream media challenging the Church about its moral position regarding homosexuality, contraception or abortion. Maybe it’s Catholics pushing for the Church to change its stance toward women and the priesthood…

I am Choosing to Live

“I’m participating in the Keeping LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2013, hosted by Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints, Truly Rich Mom and Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families. We’ll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help us focus on Lenten sacrifices, prayer and good deeds, and how to carry them out…

Why I Am Still Catholic In Spite of the Abuse Scandals

After the public release of previously secret files regarding accusations of sexual abuse directed at 122 priests of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Jose Gomez announced on Thursday, January 31, 2013, that Cardinal Roger M. Mahony would be removed from all public duties. This is only one of many press releases from the past year concerning…

Keeping Love Fresh After Having Kids

Right after my husband and I got married, we spent a lot of time together. We had every evening and all weekend long to do nothing but be together – cook, play games, watch movies, visit family and friends, or go to beautiful places in the country that we enjoyed seeing over and over again.…

The Problem of Suffering and Evil

After the recent shooting rampage in Sandy Hook Elementary School, I saw countless social networking posts raising the question of how a good God could allow such evil to happen. The same question has been asked many times, in reference to 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, cases of domestic violence, wars… whenever society is shocked by some…

Smiling with the Angels…

A friend of mine passed away today. I knew her for several years in college – afterwards, I saw her infrequently, mainly due to distance: we left RI to head in opposite directions – I went off to the Middle East, while Erin headed down south of the border to Mexico. Erin was just a…

Organizing the Blog: Bits and Pieces of Heaven

When I started this blog almost a year ago, we chose the title “Eyes on Heaven.” Since then, I’ve written many posts on a variety of topics. Some posts have been about our life, our babies, our struggles, our family updates, successes and memorable moments. Others have shared pictures of our travels and where we…

Iraq and the Bible

Although Iraq, as a modern country, did not begin until 1932, when it gained full independence from Britain, the people, culture and historical significance of the region date back to antiquity. This land, referred to at times as Babylon, Mesopotamia, or the Land of Shinar, is the region most often referred to in the Bible,…

Living Our Faith in Jordan

I always wanted to live in the Holy Lands. In my mind, that meant Jerusalem. Even though I have never been to Jerusalem, I realized that my wish was fulfilled after moving here to Jordan, which is part of the Holy Lands, both historically and currently, as it continues to be part of the diocese of Jerusalem.…

Clay Creations

“The Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being” (Gen 2:7)  Last week, we watched The Agony and the Ecstasy, a 1969 docu-drama about Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel. Although Hollywood took some liberties in its portrayal…