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What the Faith: A Layperson's view of our church

What the Faith: A Layperson's view of our church

Pray for your enemies too

Posted by Monica Pittman on 7/08/19

It is really easy to pray for people we care about. We only want the very best for them and are not afraid to ask God to grant them whatever they need.  Daily, those we love are remembered by name in conversations with our Lord. 

What about those who ... Read More »

First (of many) Communions

Posted by Monica Pittman on 5/16/19

Just in case you haven’t noticed, there have been some First Communion Masses happening around the valley. I was, by accident, at two different churches when they had their First Communion celebrations.  While both churches did it a little different, they were both beautiful.  The children receiving their First ... Read More »

Free Will - Our Greatest Gift

Posted by Monica Pittman on 2/07/19

When God created us, He wanted us to love Him freely and without any force or coercion from Him. To achieve this, He gave us all free will.  Free will means we are able to think for ourselves, to make decisions on our own and ultimately to live with ... Read More »

Ordinary time is not necessarily normal time

Posted by Monica Pittman on 1/23/19

I spent the entire Holiday season coming up with different ideas for this blog. There are so many things to write about over the holidays: commercialism, keeping Christ in Christmas, the best sugar cookie recipe, New Year’s resolutions, really the list could go on forever!  But there is always ... Read More »

The shape of a family

Posted by Monica Pittman on 12/03/18

Families come in all sizes and shapes. Each one has their own habits, traditions, and ways of having fun.  For instance, my brothers, sister and I, along with our spouses and children, meet at our parents’ house most Saturday nights for dinner and to play games.  Some nights it’s ... Read More »

Holiday Advice

Posted by Monica Pittman on 11/21/18

Holiday Advice? No Way!

I looked at the Holiday merchandise appearing in stores before the Halloween candy was even given out.

Houses in my neighborhood have the Christmas lights put up in late October.

Advertisements on the television are exclaiming “Black Friday Prices all Week!”

Magazine covers, news stories, ... Read More »

All Saints Day

Posted by Monica Pittman on 10/30/18

Since All Saints day is coming up (Nov 1), I knew I wanted this blog to be about the Saints. However, my thoughts were quite jumbled and finding a good place to start was eluding me.  So, I looked up the Patron Saint of Writers.  It happens to be ... Read More »

Rosary Reconnaissance

Posted by Monica Pittman on 10/22/18

Pope Francis has asked us to pray the rosary daily during October asking Mary and St. Michael to intercede for the protection of the Church. We have so many prayers in our arsenal it’s no wonder the Holy See chose the most powerful and strongest weapon we have to ... Read More »

A Mass of Thanksgiving

Posted by Monica Pittman on 10/01/18

I was asked several years ago by an employee why I go to mass every week. My response was that it was a way to undo all the worries and trials of the previous week and start the new week fresh.  That has always been true and still is.  However, ... Read More »

Don't let the Toaster Ruin Your Marriage!

Posted by Monica Pittman on 9/18/18

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (ccc 1641) describes the Grace of the Sacrament of Matrimony as:

“…This grace proper to the sacrament of Matrimony is intended to perfect the couple’s love and to strengthen their indissoluble unity. By this grace they ‘help one another to attain holiness in ... Read More »


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