10 Tips Fostering Everyday Holiness and Happiness in the Home

So, we’re about half-way through the longest liturgical season, so unfortunately named Ordinary Time.

But Catholic living can add so much richness to our everyday life and celebrating our Faith and family culture can be an active pursuit all year long! Here are ten ideas to foster your own family culture…while integrating the richness of our Catholic Faith with Saints, Sacraments, Scripture, Catechism and Prayer!

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5 Tips to Pray MORE, From the Heart, When You’re TOO Busy

St. Francis de Sales once said, “Every one of us needs half an hour of prayer a day, except when we are busy – then we need an hour.”

I always feel at least a little bit better after I pray, especially when I prayer-journal and I’m praying from the heart. So why don’t I pray always, pray unceasingly, or at least pray for a consistent time each and every day? I have good intentions, but the day runs away from me. There are always more things to do, unexpected challenges, conversations, and needs. It’s hard to prioritize prayer and it’s difficult to remember to reach out in prayer, even when I really need to.

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The Saints Can Prompt Us to Pray

The Communion of Saints offers us mentors in our Catholic Faith, patrons of almost anything you can think of for intercession, and models of persistent pursuit of holiness, wholeheartedly seeking virtue, prayer, and union with God. While many of the Saints gave us specific teaching about prayer, we can also look to their particular patronage as a special prompt to pray as they did or to pray for their intercession.

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Library of How Saints Pray

I’ve been creating my own Masterclass-for-me, researching what the Saints teach us about prayer. I’ve discovered some AWESOME books…some are probably familiar if you’ve ever jumped into Catholic spiritual reading, but some are a little obscure, written by holy men and women, not yet declared saints…a couple of them are still walking around in our time!

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May the SAINTS be with You! Saints Days and Devotions for MAY

Join us to celebrate May Saints, the Monthly Devotion dedicated to Our Blessed Mother Mary and the continued joyful season of Easter! Do you see something you like? Click on the pictures and/or links for easy crafts and already-formatted Catholic Craft Kits that come with permission to copy for home use, year after year!

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The Saints Were Prompted to Pray. Are YOU?


There are so many ways to pray! We have such a rich tradition of classic prayers and devotions, but we can also speak spontaneously to God in familial conversation. We are told by Jesus and by St. Paul to pray without ceasing and yet we are easily distracted and sometimes forget to pray.

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Holy Week Printables


Here are some LAST MINUTE Craft and Family Tradition Activities with printables you can purchase, print and PRAY with right away!

Gospel Graces

This craft kit makes a good review ANY time of year of Jesus’ Public Ministry. It includes full Lenten Calendars (for all three Liturgical Cycles) AND postcard Prayer Prompts of all the key events with Gospel Reading references, illustrations and Prayer Prompts!
Use year after year during LENT…and ALL through the Year for Prompts to Pray through Jesus’ Public Ministry!

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April Saints and Devotion of The Eucharist!

Equipping Catholic Families for April Saints!

Welcome to our monthly summary of crafts and family traditions related to the Monthly Devotion, Key Feast Days and the appropriate Season of the Liturgical Calendar.

The Monthly Devotion for April is The Eucharist!

We love the Mass! Here are a couple more resources to help us focus at Mass and prepare for the Sacrament of the Eucharist:

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Equipping Catholic Families with Lent Craft Kits

The Lent Challenge Calendar

The LENT CHALLENGE Calendar Craft Kit offers black and white templates to help you GIVE, PRAY and LOVE through the days of Lent (year after year!), with: TWO different sized Calendar templates with lots of options and reminders and easily customized to YOUR FAMILY:
Give+Pray+Love LENT CHALLENGE Calendar PDF Download: $10

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Pray More Women’s Retreat

I just curated our first-ever St. Mark’s Women’s Ministry Weekend Retreat this past weekend and it was packed with prayerfully-chosen videos of Fr. Mike Schmitz and Fr. Casey talking about why we pray and how we pray MORE.

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