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A new friend

One of the great things about being Catholic is that we Catholics know how to interact with the Saints. Blessed Mother, St. Monica, St. Joseph, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Anthony, among others, all find their way into my prayer life on a regular basis. The lives of the saints are models of holiness. But these holy men and women are not mere historical figures. They continue to live as part of the Church Triumphant. Therefore, it is as natural to chat with them and ask for their prayers as it is for me to ask for your prayers.

Some may say that asking for the intercession of saints is unnecessary. They go straight to Jesus. They are right. It is unnecessary. This is a both/and proposition, not an either/or option. We go straight to God--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He hears and answers our direct prayers. But in all honesty, I know there are folks who are much better at praying than I am. Souls who spend their days in the direct presence of God in Heaven are definitely a step above my…

Baby Hunnell

Perhaps a few astute readers noted the slight change in my blog subtitle a month or so ago. In case you didn't, here is the big announcement. My son and daughter-in-law who were married this past December are now expecting a baby! The due date is the end of November. An ultrasound today shows a growing beautiful baby, but no details as to gender. That is okay. Boy or girl this baby is loved.

Memorized Prayers

There have been times when my non-Catholic friends shook their heads at repetitive and rote prayers. The "Hail Mary" is a lovely prayer, but after you have said one, why on earth would you need to say fifty? I on the other hand have often wondered how mothers can raise children without a ready "Hail Mary" on their lips or a Rosary in their pocket.

These last few days have taught me a few things about rote prayer. Most of the time I have no problem carrying on a conversation with God. Unfortunately, I am sure that I also am apt to do more talking than listening. I happily chat with Blessed Mother, St. Monica, and many other holy men and women as I ask for their intercessory prayers. But sometimes, as in the last few days, the need is so great and the pleading so intense that mere intellect cannot formulate the words. That is when my words return to the familiar. A "Hail Mary", an "Our Father", the "Anima Christi", or the "St. Mich…

A little Soul

My husband and I were driving around town this afternoon when I noticed a vanity license plate that said "I GOT". Then I noticed the vehicle was a KIA Soul. Hence the license plate verbiage. The driver's message was "I Got Soul". How cute.

I don't think I had ever taken note of this model of automobile before. It is a small boxy thing. Not really my cup of tea. And this vehicle was black. Does that mean the driver has a black soul? When your Kia Soul needs a bath, does that mean you have a dirty Soul? When it goes to the shop are you Soul-less? When you trade it in do you sell your Soul?

As I said, this style of car is not my first choice, no matter what the name. However, after contemplating the possible implications of the name, I am thinking the marketing folks missed the mark on this one.