Author: Birgit J

Ouija Board, demon, spirits

The Demons Amongst Us And the Ouija Board

Decades after its introduction, an unsavory ‘parlor game’ is still making the rounds. In fact, it is at the top of children’s wish lists and flies off of store shelves around the holidays. Offered by Hasbro, for children ‘age 8 and up’, the Ouija Board is once again rearing its demonic head. In years gone by, this ‘toy’, also called...

veil, chapel veil, mantilla

Why Women Are Wearing a Chapel Veil Again

A resurgence in the optional devotion of wearing a mantilla, or chapel veil, has many people in the pew scratching their heads. Why would women, especially younger women, return to a practice that is described as submissive and subordinate? The answer to this question lies in the motivation leading to the devotion. It may be simpler to address the mistaken...

social media, facebook, mewe

Social Media for Catholics
Why Facebook is Still Relevant

Following the upheaval caused by Facebook and how it doesn’t play nicely with others, I ventured into the world of other social media outlets. The medium I settled on was MeWe. In the end, however, Facebook won out. Here I explain the reasoning behind my full-throttled return to the social media giant. Love it or hate it, the value of...

saint francis

Saint Francis of Assisi
So Much More Than A Garden Statue

As arguably one of the favorite among all the saints – among Catholics, Protestants and even non-Christians – Saint Francis has quite the reputation. Yet, to quell rampant secular misrepresentations, wisdom dictates that we take a closer look at this multifaceted saint. At first glance, he holds quite the worldly image as a kind of garden decoration who holds bowls...

love, gift of self

Jesus’ Gift of Self
Giving Ourselves to Others

“That our nation may become a Culture of Life that rejects abortion, and more effectively welcomes children for Jesus’ sake, therefore welcoming Him, we pray to the Lord…”, from the General Intercessions for Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Priests for Life As a pro-life service to the Church, Priests for Life offers supplemental pro-life prayers and meditations to Catholic dioceses...

give a hand, survivor

Do This Survivor A Favor
Don’t Go Komen Pink For Me

October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is a tough month for me and many other informed survivors. This year, however, the pink forces are arriving earlier than ever. As an almost thirteen-year breast cancer survivor, it would seem that the colorful efforts by Susan G Komen and other groups would warm my heart. By all appearances, they portray their activities and...

gone with the wind, humble

Scarlett O’Hara or Saint?
A Time For Humble Service

During this tumultuous time of Church and State upheaval we find ourselves at a loss. How to respond, when Satan in nipping at the toes of clergy and statesman alike? A good and humble solution is to reaffirm our need for childlike trust in God. It is when we ‘let go and let God‘, that we finally concede that these...

breast cancer club, susan g komen,

A Member of the Breast Cancer Club
Komen Doesn’t Speak For Me

It isn’t yet October but the ‘pink’ breast cancer awareness folks are already ramping up their fundraising frenzy. This most likely leads you the believe that, as an almost thirteen year cancer survivor, I am enthused about the varied events, products, and stories coming out of the breast cancer money machine. After all, isn’t awareness and funding a part of...