Archive for Saints

St. Edith Stein: Making New Friends in Heaven

This post is part of a series on the lives of the saints. If you are interested in more information about what a saint is, check out this introductory post. Basically, saints are holy men and women whose lives demonstrate the glory of God and are now in heaven in his presence. Read More →

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St Gianna Molla: Making New Friends in Heaven

 This post is part of a series on the life of saints. If you are interested in more information about what a saint is, check out this introductory post. Basically, saints are holy men and women whose lives demonstrate the glory of God and are now in heaven in his presence. 

Today’s new friend is St. Gianna Molla. A 20th century saint known for her life as a wife, mother of four, and doctor. Read More →

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St Blaise: Making New Friends in Heaven

This post is part of a series of posts on the life of saints. Basically, saints are holy men and women whose lives demonstrate the glory of God and are now in heaven in his presence.Check out an earlier post if you are interested in more information about what a saint is

Today’s post is about St. Blaise. I remember going to a service on St. Blaise’s feast day as a child and being very confused, my mom explained what was happening, but it was not an ordinary tradition. At the end of the service people had their throats blessed using candle sticks. When I saw that St. Blaise’s feast day coming up I knew I needed to do some more investigating. Read More →

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Come Holy Spirit…In Remembrance

Lately the prayer on my heart has been Come Holy Spirit.

The Salt Stories: Come Holy Spirit... In Remembrance

In the last 2 years we have lost many dear friends and family members. Each loss has been an opportunity to dwell on a life well lived, with glimpses of God’s glory. Today I would like to honor one of our dear friends, Deacon Timothy Borbas.
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The value of ancient words

Is there value in repeating ancient words?

Often I feel more comfortable in the tradition of spontaneous prayers. Prayer where I piece the words together in the moment and express myself like I would to a friend over coffee. This free form stream of conscious type prayer is a sincere and powerful extension of my heart, but recently I have found a new peace and strength in the prayers passed down through Christian tradition.

A huge collection of ancient prayers dripping in history, theology, and truth are still repeated by millions of Christians from all over the world today. Words that were written down long ago and have journeyed through history in the mouths of searching people. Maybe you have prayed some of them before, some come from scripture like, The Our Father, The Magnificat, Simeon and Zachary’s Song, and The Doxology. There are also many prayers passed down through tradition of the church like the prayers of Ignatius of Antioch and Hippolytos of Rome, the Nicene creed, and the church’s liturgical prayers of baptism.

So this is my attempt to understand how the prayers of the historic church can be a peaceful and beneficial part of my regular prayer? Read More →

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The {Little} Way

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In honor of two newly canonized Saints, Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, I have for you a special letter. Written by the daughter of these two saints to a spiritual mother. Read More →

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St. John Paul the II… Making New Friends in Heaven


This post is part of a series of posts on the life of saints. Check out an earlier post if you are interested in more information about what a saint is. Basically, saints are holy men and women whose lives demonstrate the glory of God and are now in heaven in his presence.

Today is the feast of St. John Paul II. He is the pope that I grew up on, that ushered us in to the 3rd millennia, and who has an extra special place in my heart. Recently I heard of our last three popes, if Pope Francis is a shepherd, Pope Benedict was an academic, and St. John Paul the II was the philosopher. This is true, St. John Paul the II produced many beautiful works of philosophy and faithfully sought answers to why and how God made us and the world.

Let’s find out more about the man behind this modern-day philosopher. Read More →

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St. Teresa of Ávila… Making New Friends in Heaven

Today is the feast of St. Teresa of Ávila, the mystic rock star and doctor of the church. Not gonna lie, I have gotten the different saints named St. Teresa mixed up in the past, and I really enjoyed getting to know this saint as I was writing this post.
This post is part of a series of posts on the life of saints. Check out an earlier post if you are interested in more information about what a saint is. Basically, saints are holy men and women whose lives demonstrate the glory of God and are now in heaven in his presence.

So lets jump right in with a cliff notes history of St. Teresa of Avila.

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What is a saint?…Making new friends in heaven

I am always up for making new friends. As a family we have wanted to dive deeper into investigating the life of the saints. To learn more about the lives of holy men and women and to see how God is glorified in their life. I think the best way to do this is one at a time. A sort of cocktail party of saints if you will. So this is the beginning of a series of posts outlining our exploration and discovery of new friends and prayer partners in heaven.

Each post will have historical information, ways to celebrate the feast day, book suggestions, quotes, art, and prayers. I hope that together we can learn more and grow in holiness.

Below is my search for answers about saints.

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