Author: Birgit J

bloom where you are

Bloom Where You Are

  There are a couple of flower boxes on our back porch railing. If you have any cats, you know what that means; anything growing there must be pretty persistent or risk being crushed under the furry bellies of our lounging feline friends. This has lead to discouragement on our part. We simply don’t bother to plant there anymore. That’s...

praying the rosary

5 Ways of Praying the Rosary

Praying the Rosary is a revered and desirable devotion for Catholic Christians – from the laity all the way to the pope. However, those for whom it is not yet a developed habit, the task is often daunting. As with any worthy behavior, the practice of praying the Rosary daily is something we can easily develop over time. I have...

eucharistic adoration, holy hour

7 Stages of Eucharistic Adoration

Whether we call it Eucharistic Adoration or Holy Hour, the time we spend with the Eucharistic Lord in Adoration offers many graces. Often, however, it is difficult to discern a clear plan of action. We might wonder if we are to wait for inspiration, use some formal format of prayer, or simply sit and wait with Him. Since our parish...

pro-life memes

Free Pro-Life Memes
4 Ways They Inspire

Popular wisdom advises that “a picture is worth a thousand words”. The shortened attention span brought on by our world of sound bites and snippets makes this seem self-evident. So, when I decided to leap into the digital world, it was natural to employ pro-life memes (posters) – to carry the message. Thus, Pro-Life Designs by Birgit was born! Pro-Life Meme Photo...

smells and bells, bread of life, jesus

The Smells and Bells of Mass
8 Ways Senses Matter When We Worship

Worldly Smells and Bells We are “fearfully and wonderfully” made by God and His crafting of us is undeniably intricate. Our five senses give us a plethora of experiences with which to enjoy all of His creation. Our immediate surroundings provide much in the way of sensory pleasure – to the point that we often take them for granted. Similarly,...

grace in marriage, wedding, matrimony

Grace In Marriage:
Reflections From a 17-Year-Old Bride

Witnessing the constant attacks against the institution of marriage leaves us gasping for a moral resolution. Surely punishment similar to Sodom and Gomorrah is waiting in the wings for our fallen world. It isn’t even necessary to list the many abhorrent sins against Holy Matrimony of our modern times. Unless you’re hiding under a rock your are at least marginally...