Custom Jesus Icon: Self-Guided Icon Retreat!

Recently, I purchased this book Drawing Closer to Christ: A Self-Guided Icon Retreat by Joseph Malham* as I had heard of Icon Retreats before and was excited to try this at home!

The book is formatted with Scriptural and Theological reflections alongside step-by-step instructions to create a traditional painted Icon. I appreciated the special tips along the way, even though I opted to create a different image and use less traditional materials. While the author directs us to trace, etch and paint on a wood surface, I opted for a framed canvas from the dollarstore.  While I didn’t have access to traditional gold foil, my “gold spun” acrylic paint plus a little gold glitter paint added the texture and color and sparkle I was looking for.

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A New Way to Pray …in 2018?

Looking for a NEW Way to Pray in 2018?

Every time I feel frustrated, I’m on the verge of losing patience or getting all resentful, I can use that struggle as a prompt to pray, to surrender, to call out to God, admitting that I need Him now.

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Teach Me to Love My Littleness

I’ve found a new inexhaustible source of prompts to remind me to pray. And they’re all in-house. I don’t even need to look as far as the next person for pet peeves or sacrifices. Those pesky feelings of anger, resentment, pride and envy well up while I’m busy trying to get things done.
The near-occasion-of-sin translates into a real-life mad mom moment that just may or may not end well.
The incessant voice of frustration or negativity…confirms that the struggle is real. And maybe, the prevalence, the recurring nature of the struggle…can be used for good.

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When We Were Eve Blog Tour Stop #3


Equipping Catholic Families with…Book DeBriefs is a series of book reviews on awesome Catholic books published by Franciscan Media* and its imprint Servant Books, both offering excellent spiritual reading to boost prayer life, devotion and Faith.

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NEW! A Little Way to Pray

There’s something new here today and it’s kind of a big deal. If you’ve followed Equipping Catholic Families for a while, you’ll know that we’re always trying to share easy and practical ways to celebrate the Catholic Faith through crafts and activities and family traditions.  

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Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls: {Book Review}

I was intrigued about this book Be Yourself: A Journal for Catholic Girls* and thought that it would be just the right thing for 11 year old Bridget. I was right!

Journals and All about Me type books have been pretty popular with my daughters…especially during the tween years! While my older girls still journal, this one is perfect to launch Bridget into thoughtful journaling…and prayer journaling. I just love that this is a Catholic Journal featuring female saints among the prompts and activities.

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Reluctant to Regular Rosary Prayer

So… the Rosary is a remarkable prayer tool and devotion and I know many people who credit the Rosary for answered prayer and family blessings. Countless pope, saints and priests have encouraged us to say the Rosary, citing the Graces. Our Lady herself promises that her Immaculate Heart will indeed triumph, especially with increased dedication to this daily devotion. For years, I’ve heard the beautiful graces attached to daily recitation of the Rosary, especially said as a family.

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Why I Love My Catholic Faith

  1. The Eucharist. Just as we reminded ourselves on the Feast of Corpus Christi this past Sunday, we believe as Catholics that Jesus is present to us from the moment of Consecration when the bread and wine are transubstantiated into His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, from the inside out. He is thus present in all the Tabernacles in all the Catholic Churches throughout the world and we can visit His Holy Presence almost any time we want.

2. Confession. What an incredible Sacrament this is! We receive the full Mercy of God through this Sacrament when we humble ourselves to confess our faults and failings to a priest, receive absolution, do penance and resolve to sin no more!

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My Best Way to Pray

I tend to zone out a little watching the news and I absorb political news about as much as I retain medical details. Not very well.

I’m just not that opinionated. I have to push myself to be critical when writing book reviews and it takes me a little time to decide if I really like the movie I just saw..or maybe just the event of watching a movie in a big dark theatre and eating popcorn with quiet kids.

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Prayer Journal Prompts: Our First Ever Craft Kit…for Catholic Women!

We’re so excited to give you a sneak peek at our new…


Heart to Heart with Jesus:

Prayer Journal Prompts Craft Kit

Our first Cathletics Craft Kit designed for Catholic Women…and really anyone in the 14+ crowd who might like to prayer journal

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