Gregorian Chant School

Gregorian Chant School

Gregorian Chant—Sacred music Chant music called to me long before my conversion to Catholicism. It is such a beautiful form of prayer, and I love attending masses where chanting is performed. It adds a certain dimension to the whole experience. Sacred music and Gregorian chants have gained a wider audience over the last few yearsContinue Reading

Lent – Responding to the call of Lent with Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Lent – Responding to the call of Lent with Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Lent

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series LentWhy I love Ash Wednesday and Lent Yesterday I woke with a strong desire to attend the Ash Wednesday mass and receive the mark of the ashes on my forehead. The ashes are, at their most basic level, a reminder as well as a call.Continue Reading

City of God draws Facebook readers

City of God draws Facebook readers

Reading the Classics with Saint Augustine 2014 Why not ring in the new year with Saint Augustine? Reading the classics has been an on-going goal and resolution of mine for several years so you can imagine how happy I was to discover a reading Saint Augustine Facebook group called the Reading City of God. IContinue Reading

Devotions to Mary in May and Mary gardens

Devotions to Mary in May and Mary gardens

May Day – Devotions to Mary, Mother of God Devotions to Mary increase in May. Today is May 1st. In Catholic tradition the first day of a month-long celebration honoring Mary, Mother of God. She is often referred to as Queen of May, and today many Catholics attend a ceremony called The Crowning of Mary.Continue Reading

Good Friday Veneration of the Cross devotion airs on EWTN

Good Friday Veneration of the Cross devotion airs on EWTN

Good Friday Celebration of the Lord’s Passion Today is Good Friday and EWTN is airing the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion from Rome with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It is nearing 3:00 pm, the hour in Rome, the hour of our Lord’s death, and the Veneration of the Cross is happening.Continue Reading

What is faith? Daily devotional books offer answers

What is faith? Daily devotional books offer answers

None other than St. Frances de Sales recommended reading daily devotional books by Catholic writer, theologian and Dominican priest Venerable Louis of Granada with the following admonition: “…to read him with fruit you must not run through him hastily; he must be pondered, and have his full weight, and chapter after chapter must be musedContinue Reading

A new pope, Francis, steps onto the world stage

A new pope, Francis, steps onto the world stage

Will Pope Francis surprise the modern world? Anytime a new pope is elected, people around the world wonder what it means not only for everyday Catholics but for the world at large. The modern world is no exception. The fact that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was so dark a horse that he’d beenContinue Reading

A moving experience – The Procession of Cardinal Electors to the Sistine Chapel

A moving experience – The Procession of Cardinal Electors to the Sistine Chapel

Cardinal Electors swear secrecy before Michelangelo’s Last Judgement Thankfully EWTN provided an uninterrupted opportunity to watch as each Cardinal took the oath before the massive doors closed. I waited and waited to see my adopted Cardinal, Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi Prefect of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, take his oath. Of course heContinue Reading

Pray to Saint Jude for help when you’re in a pinch

Pray to Saint Jude for help when you’re in a pinch

Now Saint Jude is not a saint I’ve called on for intercession in the past but the other day I embarked on a hopeless case and thought it might be time to pray to Saint Jude. I could use a little help: I had to renew my driver’s license — in person. It’s not likeContinue Reading

Welcome to Being Catholic day by day

Welcome to Being Catholic day by day

Yes, I know: One more Catholic convert blog I know, there are hundreds of converts setting up blogs and chatting about their conversion. Why bother? For me, as for many, it’s a desire to chronicle my journey. Although I’m finishing my third year as a Catholic this Easter, I still feel very new to theContinue Reading