August 15, 2016
It's a small thing, and the "worldwide" probably already was assumed.
But, for me, adding that one, little word now reminds me (and God, I hope, Who already knows -- but still loves to hear from us! -- our heartfelt desires) that the influence of evil is stronger and deeper and more devastating than ever in today's world.
God, however, is stronger and bigger and more powerful than any evil. So, we need Him. All of us. More than ever. And His mother always will lead every heart unerringly to Him.
It will take the concerted, prayerful, worldwide effort of Christianity, God and humanity, to combat the depths of today's evil. Together.
The great parliamentarian Edmund Burke stated, "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
The great Capuchin saint St. Padre Pio de Pietrelcina stated, "Pray the Rosary, for the Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world," and, in reference to his rosary, "Bring me my weapon!"
If you can't go to a pro-life march, travel on a mission trip, volunteer at a shelter, serve on an inter-faith committee, attend a conference on human trafficking, etc., you CAN pray your Rosary.
Right now. Any time. For a worldwide increase in the virtues of faith, hope, and charity. Together!
August 9, 2016
For anyone who might be interested, there is a Facebook group called "Catholic Saints Peg Doll Swap" (just google that group name on Facebook). The group facilitates long-distance saint peg doll swaps! (Currently, they also are doing a "Jesse Tree Ornament" swap, but their primary interest is peg dolls.)
Even if you don't participate in a long-distance swap, the group does post some interesting tips and photos of other women's peg dolls to share tips and ideas. One gal even posted instructions on how to make a PREGNANT peg doll. (Yes! Really!)
...I think I see a "Mysteries of the Rosary" or "Feast Days" peg doll swap in my future, with "The Visitation" now being one of them!
Through these "holy reminders" (as Mother Angelica used to say), may God bless all our homes with His angels and saints! Enjoy!