Category: Seven Quick Takes

7QT: Summer Saints and Novenas

1. The Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel begins on July 7 and ends on July 15. You can find all the novena prayers here on Catholic Fire.   2. The Novena to St. Anne is the second July novena. Saint Anne’s feast day is on July 26th, so the St. Anne Novena is traditionally started on July 17 and ends on July 25; however, you...

Seven Ways to Enjoy the Summer on a Budget

This summer our budget is somewhat limited, but we still need the refreshment and relaxation that a vacation can bring. Here are seven inexpensive ideas for a enjoyable summer.    Take some short trips to nearby nature spots — state parks, lakes, or waterfalls. Recently, we visited Chase Lake and Chase Lake Falls in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. Plant a garden. It can be a vegetable...

7 QT: Seven Sizzling Books for Summer

Here are seven inspiring and uplifting reads for summer: 1. The Perfect Blindside by Leslea Wahl – This is an intriguing, award-winning novel that I was unable to put down. It is a Catholic romance story that is filled with action and suspense. It is an inspiring story of redemption and transformation. You will absolutely love it! Genre: Young Adult,  religious fiction, Christian, sports and...

7 QT: Mary, Mother’s Day, and More

  May is the month of Mary. May 13th was the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. Here are a couple of photos of the Fatima festivities in our diocese, including the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which visited our diocese this past month.   2. Mother’s Day is a difficult day for me for many reasons, some...

7 QT: Fatima, Food, and Flowers

1. This is an amazing month! We celebrate the centennial of Fatima this month. I am giving away a FREE copy of my new book, “Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World.” The book blog tour began this week and am blessed to have some great reviewers. Here is what they have had to say about the book so far:   Carolyn Astfalk: “This detailed story...

7 Quick Takes: Easter Joy, Divine Mercy

Happy Easter to all of you! As Catholics, we celebrate the Easter season for fifty days. I hope and pray that your heart is filled with the joy of the Resurrection of our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Alleluia! This week’s Seven Quick Takes will be primarily a photo journal of my some of my activities and joys of the past few weeks. Enjoy!...

Seven Quick Takes: My New Book on Fatima

1. I am so excited to share with you my new book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed The World. It is now available for pre-order at TAN Books and at Amazon. Here is a description of my book: Fatima. Few place-names in the Christian world conjure up such powerful images and associations than this humble town in Portugal. For it was there that Our Lady...

7 Quick Takes: Best Books of 2016

Since I am busy working on my third book, this will be a quick post. Here are my seven favorite non-fiction books from 2016: 33 Days to Merciful Love by Michael E. Gaitley, MIC How to Be Holy by Peter Kreeft Champions of the Rosary by Donald Calloway, MIC 7 Secrets of Divine Mercy by Vinny Flynn The Four Keys to Everlasting Love by Manuel...

7 Quick Takes: Christmas Edition

1.  The Christmas lights in Wichita this year have been amazing! On Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, which is characterized by joy, we went out to view the lights around the city.  Here is just a sampling of what we saw. Enjoy!   2.  I had my own Christmas miracle this past week, I signed a contract with TAN Books/St. Benedict Press. Praise...

Seven Quick Takes: Advent-Christmas Mix

This will be very quick, as Christmas is coming soon and I have barely begun to prepare for the season. I have been preparing spiritually for Christ’s coming during this Advent season, however, which is more important than preparing materially. I have been attending daily Mass, going to Confession on a frequent basis, and praying the Rosary and the Chaplet once or twice a day....