Friday, October 27, 2017

100 Posts and 16 New Products

Hi readers! Thanks so much for following my blog! Guess what? This is my 100th post! Hard to believe this blog has been up and running almost two years! Email me at to let me know what your favorite post has been. I'd love to hear from you! 

More exciting news....I expanded the chaplet section in Handmade Catholic Shop! To get ready for the upcoming holidays, what better products to add than chaplets that send prayers to God!

The 16 new items include: Franciscan Crown, Carmelite Crown, Seven Sorrows Chaplet/Dolor Rosary, St. Andrew Chaplet, St. Padre Pio Chaplet, St. Kateri Chaplet, St. Raphael Chaplet, St. Benedict Chaplet, St. Peregrine Chaplet for Cancer Patients, St. Lucy Chaplet, St. Gerard Chaplet for Mothers, St. Patrick/Irish Chaplet, Sacred Heart Chaplet, Holy Ghost Chaplet, Precious Blood Chaplet, and the Divine Mercy Chaplet--all with prayers included. View these products under our Chaplets/Devotions section. (Use code THANKS for 10% off!)

I am also working on a new book Act of Hope about a fallen away Catholic actor who receives a fan letter from "Hope" who may remind him of a few things he's forgotten. I hope myself this story is ready for the holidays! Last but not least, I may be starting a new job soon. (Like on top of being an author, entrepreneur, and blogger, right?) So prayers for that would be appreciated! 

Well readers, just want to say thank you so much for all your love and support over the last two years! It's been great sharing stories with you. Here's to another 100 posts!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Having a Road Map

Are you already in a vocation and feel fulfilled, or like me still trying to discern? Sometimes I find myself asking God if He can just print out a "road map for life" that would be as simple as google maps. Then I realize google maps gets you lost, reroutes you, and tells you your destination is a burned down school--yes that actually happened to my uncle. We are not going to get lost in our discernment if we are seeking God's will. He desires to show us the way more than we want to follow it!

I have known people who have tried vocations in so many ways. One person was engaged to be married, then realized she had a vocation to religious life. Another was in religious life in one convent, tried a second, and ended up perpetually professed in a third. One was one year away from ordination and then realized he did not have a call to the priesthood, eventually met his wife.....and their son became a priest! None of this is infidelity to what we first tried, but rather a generous openness to wherever God leads! His ways are not our ways.

An ultimate failsafe for a vocation is peace. You won't be flooded with unshakeable doubts if you are on the right road. Uncertainty is normal in any big decision, but there will always be a calm, quiet conviction deep down that rests in your heart. Having that in our vocation is crucial because it will require perseverance until death and will be the means of our sanctification and the sanctification of those around us.

It is always important to have a spiritual guide in discernment because they can look at our life objectively, when we often feel clouded by our own feelings. Friends and family can often point out to us what is obvious that we cannot even see. Good books can tell us even more. We don't have to feel like our life is a question mark. Even when we finally discover our vocation, there will be things we don't have answers for throughout life. I think God allows this so we always rely on Him--always turn to prayer. We don't have it all figured out--no one does but God. 

If you're trying to figure out what God wants for your life, I can relate. It's difficult and you're not alone. That's why we have prayer to remember each other before God in seeking to become saints. Have courage. Sometimes when we feel we have so many questions, maybe what we need to ask ourselves is, are we really listening to what God is telling us?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Let Nothing Disturb You

Well I honestly think this is the first time I missed a week of blogging! Life happens.....a lot! Things get away from you, leaving you wondering which way is up sometimes. The Church provides even for moments like this in such a marvelous way through her glorious line of saints. 

Today we have such a special one, St. Teresa of Avila, a great mystic and doctor of the church. But for all her special gifts and knowledge, her simple maxims are the ones that touch the heart. I love this one: "Let nothing disturb you; let nothing frighten you; all things are passing; God never changes; patience obtains all things; nothing is wanting to him who possesses God; God alone suffices."

There is nothing more simple nor more sublime than these words. The "one thing necessary" is God. God is our happiness in this life and in the next. St. Teresa found God in prayer but also among the pots and pans. God is not far from those who love Him and are closest to those who suffer. There is something so consoling in the thought that God never changes even when things around us do. 

Let us pray to St. Teresa today that she may inspire us with a deeper love for God and a greater zeal for souls. Her example encourages us not to settle, but aim for the higher things and our greatest dreams. Even though there is much to be said for being a "little saint", why can't we aim to be a "great saint?" What could be wrong in such a noble desire if we desire this simply to give God greater glory?

A great piece of advice I once received was if you aim for Purgatory, you might miss and end up in Hell. If you aim for Heaven and miss, you could end up in Purgatory. The key? Aim higher! Because if we aim for God, we can't miss!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Blondies

Looking for a treat that melts in your mouth? If you eat chocolate and have to have more, this is the dessert for you! And guess what? It's gluten free....but you can't tell!


1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
4 t vanilla
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
2 cups GF flour
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (and sprinkle extra on top)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla and blend until mixed. Add flour, baking soda, and salt and stir until well blended. Add chocolate chips and mix. Spread into a greased 7x11 pan and bake for 20-25 minutes (for gooey or chewy blondies) or 30 minutes (for more like a cake). Serves 15-20. Enjoy!