Category: Seven Quick Takes

7 Quick Takes: Music, Movies, Books, Saints, and More

1. What I am singing now: We are learning this hymn in choir for Advent and Christmas.   © 2017 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. **ALL IMAGES ARE PROPERTY OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC. FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY. SALE, DUPLICATION OR TRANSFER OF THIS MATERIAL IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. 2. What I am watching now: The Star: A Must-See Christmas Movie  The Star is a delightful,...

Seven Quick Takes: November News

1. This fall has been a particularly busy season for me, as I have been writing new book proposals, doing research for new books, participating in radio interviews, and reading and reviewing several new books. Here are some fabulous fall reads I hope you will enjoy as much as I have. 2. November started off with one of my favorite feast days of the year...

Seven Quick Takes: Fall Blessings

1. We have been blessed with beautiful fall weather here and I have been walking outdoors a lot enjoying the beauty of God in nature. Above are photos of the lake, which I view from my walking path. Below that is the path I walked on today.   2. Our neighborhood has the most beautiful trees. Here is a photo I took of one my favorite...

SQT: 7 Powerful Prayers for Peace and Protection

1. Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of...

7 Quick Takes: Saints, The Rosary, and More

1. The saint of the day for September 1 is St. Giles (650-710), abbot, hermit, and patron of the poor and disabled. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, Saint Giles is invoked for protection in times of plague and epidemic. Read more. 2. Saint Ingrid of Sweden is the saint of the day for September 2. Born in Skänninge, Sweden, in the 13th century, St....

7 Quick Takes: Celebrations, Saints, Giveaway

  1. This evening, my husband and I joined our community (the Community of St. John) to listen to Fr. Joseph Mary, the Prior of St. Joseph’s in Princeville, IL, speak on The Future of Catholicism. This was our last chance to see him as Prior, as he goes on sabbatical for one year.  Afterwards, he will be re-assigned. Fr. Joseph Mary was there when...

7 Quick Takes: Saints, Feasts, Books, and Prayer

1. August 4th is the feast of St. John Mary Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests. He is such a special saint and a dear friend to me that one post hardly seems enough to describe the many virtues of this holy man. He was a gentle, charitable, humble, faithful and obedient French country priest. John Vianney was born May 8, 1786 in the...

7 QT: Fatima, Saints, and Prayers

1. Pete Socks at Patheos recently reviewed my book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World:  This year marks the 100th anniversary of Our Lady appearing to three shepherd children in the small town of Fatima Portugal. As such a number of books are being released to mark the occasion. A few of them I will review here. Today we will take a look at...

7QT: Hot Summer Reviews, Interviews, and Saints

1. I was so happy to read Sarah Reinhard’s review of my new book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World in The National Catholic Register. You can read the full review here.  2. I recently visited with Pete Socks to discuss my latest book Fatima: The Apparition that Changed the World. 3. Here are some hot tips on family videos I recently enjoyed watching...

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...