Simply Divine Mercy

"As often as you want to make Me happy, speak to the world about my great and unfathomable Mercy." -Jesus to St. Faustina

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The Case for Catholicism: Answers to Classic and Contemporary Protestant Objections

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I am grateful to Ignatius Press for the opportunity to share this book with you today!

To call this book comprehensive would be an understatement.  Right out of the gate in The Case for Catholicism, Trent Horn begins a clear, concise, and extremely thorough explanation of our Faith.  The book truly delivers on its promise to provide us with answers to Protestant objections.

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Catholic Kids, the Works of Mercy, and a Hands-on, Fruitful Lent


*This is a guest post from author Ginny Kochis. Scroll down to read more about Ginny at the bottom of this article!

I’m not a pro when it comes to liturgical living, especially as it’s viewed today. I grew up in a home that was solidly Catholic, but celebrating feast days through the year wasn’t something we regularly did.

We had an Advent wreath. A Christmas tree. We went to Stations of the Cross and gave things up for Lent. But there were no sweet buns for St. Lucia, no shoes for old St. Nick. We didn’t dress as saints on All Saints Day; our evening meals didn’t reflect the feasts of the Church.

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Colorful, Edible Prayer Time for Kids!

Colorful, Edible Prayer Time for Kids!

I’ve talked to a lot of moms who struggle with creating or maintaining a prayer time with toddlers and young children.  Our family has found a couple of little ways to make family prayer time more enticing and more relaxing for everyone.

So, I thought I’d take a moment to share what’s working for our family.  Note:  This does NOT mean it will work for your family, but hopefully this will inspire you to incorporate prayer in creative ways in your own home!

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3 Ways The Friendship Project will Make You a Better Person

3 Ways The Friendship Project will Make You a Better Person

Authors Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet became friends years ago.  They previously wrote Divine Mercy for Moms, which is a good book, but in my humble opinion, this one is even better.

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Because One Attempted Suicide is Too Many…

Because one attempted suicide is too many.

The Class Period I will Never Forget…

I walked into my geometry class, settled into my seat, and realized that this would be no ordinary class.  My teacher came back to school very quickly after his son committed suicide.  I did not know his son personally.  He was a couple years ahead of me in high school.  Some of my friends knew him well and were deeply affected by his passing.

I didn’t know it as I sat there in class that day, but my life would also be deeply affected by the passing of this boy.

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Our Lady of Fatima: 100 years of stories, prayers, and devotions


Have you heard the message of Fatima?  Even if you are familiar with Mary’s apparitions at Fatima, I guarantee you haven’t heard the story told quite like this before.  And if you’re skeptical about the whole thing, all the more reason to pick up this book.

Mary wants to lead us to her Son, Jesus Christ.  She wants peace for the world, and she wants us to repent of our sins so we can all make it to Heaven!

There’s no better time to pick up this book than right now, as we are about to celebrate the 100th anniversary of these apparitions.  In fact, the Church will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, which is right around the corner.  On this day, Pope Francis will also canonize Jacinta and Francisco, two of the Fatima visionaries, as Saints for the whole world to celebrate!

In this book, author Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle takes readers through a century of fascinating stories related to Fatima.  She recounts what occurred in this city back in 1916 and 1917, and the fulfillment of the Fatima prophecies that have taken place since that time.  She also shares things that Sr. Lucia experienced later in her life as she worked to ensure that Mary’s message spread throughout the Church, and that things were completed as Mary and Jesus requested.

In these pages, you will hear remarkable stories you’ve never heard before, and details that you won’t find in other places.  Did you know that Saint Mother Teresa planned a top secret mission in Russia specifically to occur just as Saint John Paul II consecrated Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart?  Did you know she pulled it off?  Do you know about the devotion of the Five First Saturdays?  Do you know why Mary specifically requested five and not six or seven?  Have you heard the Fatima prayers?  Do you know how you can incorporate these prayers into your daily life to make atonement for the sins of the world?  All of this and more is shared in this fascinating book.

Perhaps as astounding as the Fatima miracles themselves, are the personal experiences of the author that she shares at the end of the book.  I don’t want to spoil the ending, but it’s unbelievable what this woman endured for the sake of this writing, and the timing of her injuries is absolutely astounding.

In short, I had a hard time putting this book down!  You won’t want to miss this exciting read, especially as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima apparitions this year.

We all must now do our part to make reparation for the sins of this world.  Find out what you can do to live the Fatima message today!

And a note to any skeptics:  With Mary, you have nothing to fear except fear itself.  Fear of Mary will only keep you from Mary, which will only keep you from a deeper intimacy with Christ.  Our Mother Mary who is Our Lady of Fatima, is the Mother of Jesus Christ who is our brother.  Hence, she is our Mother, too, and Jesus also gave her to us on the Cross.  Mary is truly amazing.  She also only wants to do the will of her Son.  She wants to support Jesus as much as possible in the work of bringing all souls to Heaven.  Perhaps you will be able to get to know her just a little better through the words in this book.

This book is available on Amazon and from Franciscan Media.

Mother Mary, pray for us!  God bless you!

Don’t Miss Divine Mercy Sunday!

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Mary Garden Showers is committed to spreading a message of love and mercy, with help from the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy & the beautiful Divine Mercy message.

Today we’d like to direct you over to our friends at Divine Mercy for Moms, who have shared a beautiful article full of ideas and resources to help you make the most of this awesome, special feast day – that’s right around the corner!

Click here to be redirected to this article!  Peace & blessings to your family!  We hope you have a very special Divine Mercy Sunday.

– Serena & Kaitlyn, Co-Directors of Mary Garden Showers, Charlotte, NC

P.S.  God is merciful & He loves you!  Pass it on…

Positive Adoption Language


This post is courtesy of a little card put out by a friend Callie Jet & the lovely ladies at Talk About Adoption.  They are birth moms, so they know a thing or two about talking about adoption.  It just seemed really important, so I wanted to share it here.


The Do’s and the Don’ts When Referring to a Birth Mother’s Decision of Adoption


DO:  Unintended pregnancy / Unplanned pregnancy

DON’T:  Unwanted child / Did not want your baby


DO:  Birth Mother / First Mom / Biological parent(s)

DON’T:  Not keeping your baby / Did not keep your baby


DO:  Make an adoption plan / Made an adoption plan

DON’T:  Adopt out / Adopted out


DO:  Choose adoption / Chose adoption

DON’T:  Get rid of / Give up / Put up / Got rid of / Gave up


DO:  Place for adoption / Placed for adoption

DON’T:  Give away / Hand over / Gave away / Handed over


Check out for lots of great info!

P.S.  God is Merciful & He loves you!  Pass it on…


The Bare Necessities Baby Registry


What does my baby really need?  This question is on the minds of many mothers who make the potentially daunting, often exciting trip into a baby store to set up a baby registry for their child.

What does my baby really need?  This question is also on the minds of the many mothers who are pregnant and raising children in dire conditions, in impoverished areas of the world where they can only dream about stepping foot in a luxurious baby store.

It’s important to keep this worldly perspective in mind when you go to set up a baby registry, because you really don’t need everything advertised. Read the rest of this entry »

faith under fire


When I was a little girl, one of my favorite books was called “It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny.”  I’m not sure whether that title is true.  I’ve never actually been a bunny.

But I have been a Christian.  I am a Christian.  And after one quick look around the world, I think we can all agree that it’s not easy being a Christian.

Fortunately, God always goes with us into the hard places!  If you need to be reminded of this, then “Faith Under Fire” by Matthew Archbold is a great book for you!

Mind you, this book is not for the faint of heart.  But then again… is Christianity?  I mean, the great symbol of our faith is a crucifix, a cross, something used to kill someone.  And as Christians, we are all called to follow Christ even if it costs us our life.

This book will take you to these hard places.  It will show you that Christ is always there, that He always goes before us, and that He always overcomes evil.  Yes, we must suffer with Christ while we are on earth, but if we stay close to Him, this suffering brings us into new and everlasting life.  And this is why we should count suffering as joy!

“Faith Under Fire” takes you through the stories of several courageous individuals who exemplify through their actions what it means to be a true Christian.  They are people who have tried to follow Christ with their whole heart, no matter what the cost. 

Some of the stories are difficult to read and contain some gory details.  For this reason, I would give this book an R rating, and I would not give it to teens without reading it first and providing a lot of guidance and discussion. 

The author anticipates that this is a book for discussing, so each chapter contains some very helpful questions at the back.  This makes the book ideal for any kind of Bible Study, book club, or group of friends wanting to explore their faith together on a deeper level.

Be prepared to walk through a whole range of emotions as you read this book.  But if you’re looking for something that’s going to prepare you for absolutely anything this world can throw at a Christian… don’t miss “Faith Under Fire!” 

“In this (salvation) you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 1: 6-7

This book is available on Amazon and from Barnes and Noble

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P.S.  God is merciful and He loves you!  Pass it on…