The Magdalene Cake (Orange Cardamom Chiffon)
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by Emily Malloy
2d ago
By Emily Malloy A cake inspired by a candle. Though it seems strange, it is the truth.  This cake was inspired by the aroma of our popular No. 11 Magdalene candle. The Magdalene candle was inspired by the immensity St. Mary Magdalene's love for Jesus. Her love was made manifest as she generously washed his feet with her hair and sought him out at the dawn of the Resurrection. This candle captures scents that the great saint certainly knew: sweet blood orange and the warm spice of cardamom. The bright, rich blend of this candle evokes Mary's deep joy in her life transformed by th ..read more
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Access to the House of God
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by Noelle Mering
1w ago
By Denise Trull “But I through the greatness of your love have access to your house.” This little verse tucked away in Psalm 5 gave my heart a little start one morning as I prayed Lauds by my living room window. It’s a beautiful expression of a wonderful truth, as many of the inspired Psalms are -- expressions that are filled with comfort and awe at the same time. It is the word ‘access’ that gave me pause. Access has an intimate, trusting appeal to it. It speaks of someone who has openly allowed us to enter and exit the door to their inner sanctum, which is perhaps locked to mere strangers. I ..read more
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The Miraculous Medal: Ireland's Hope and Ours
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by Carrie Gress
3w ago
By Carrie Gress A story out of Ireland two months ago got little attention here across the pond, but it offers a rare ray of hope in the culture war.  As The Guardian explained, back in March, on the International Day of Women, the Irish voted on a proposed referendum that would have changed language in the constitution, redefining the family, no longer founded on marriage, but based on "durable relationships." It also proposed changing language about motherhood, removing reference to a “mother’s duties in the home" to more general language about care from family members. V ..read more
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The Out-of-the Box Vocation
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by Noelle Mering
3w ago
By Denise Trull When I finally reached the end of Maisie Ward’s biography Caryll Houselander, Divine Eccentric I closed the cover slowly and simply collapsed into the cushions of my sofa. What a ride it had been. I have been spiritually fed, enchanted, and consoled by many of Houselander’s books over the years. I have come to consider her my spiritual guide, as she so often speaks straight to my heart with her attractive and refreshing quirkiness. Monsignor Ronald Knox, a contemporary of Houselander’s and a most original and charming writer himself, says this about Caryll: “…she seemed to ..read more
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Making Beauty in Our Homes Indispensable
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by Carrie Gress
1M ago
By Carrie Gress I recently met Lucia Bertaggia and Margherita Vezzani, the masterminds behind Barefoot Home. Both women were raised in Italy and have brought the bounty of their culture to the U.S. in their stunning linen products. Their goal is to “make beauty indispensable.”  The duo has adapted medieval design to create their unique and beautiful patterns. Their fabric is ordered from Milan, and then stitched with care in the midwest. Barefoot Home’s thoughtful designs, carefully sourced fabric, and attention to detail all create an incredible finished product.  TOH: Ho ..read more
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The Gift of Great Taste
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by Emily Malloy
1M ago
Now available in the TOH Mercantile is a wonderful gift box that can be given to a hostess, bride-to-be, or a loved one "just because" called The Gift of Great Taste. It is an understated gift that packs a lot of flavor, and extraordinary flavor at that.  Contained within this precious kraft box affixed with a navy grosgrain ribbon is a crowd-pleasing appetizer or side dish. It is actually a delectable party in a box...just add a crusty loaf of bread!  As I had mentioned in a recent post on bread dipping oil: "It is always a joy to host a gathering of friends. Breaking bread with th ..read more
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Why We Call Them Fathers
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by Noelle Mering
1M ago
“At the sight of the crowds, His heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like  sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36 By Denise Trull This past Lent, I was determined to do one thing well: to attend and pray the Stations of the Cross. My Church, the Oratory of St Francis de Sales, gave me this wonderful opportunity each Friday evening for six weeks, and with the miracle that is grace, I managed to find my way to a pew at 6:00 pm each of those nights. It was intended as a sacrifice to God on my part, but as is the way with the graciousness of the Lord ..read more
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Let Your Kids in the Kitchen (Tips for Teaching Children to Cook)
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by Emily Malloy
1M ago
By Emily Malloy Education is an essential process of childhood. Simultaneously, an important aspect of parenthood is the cultivation of necessary skills and virtues within children. These younger members of society are like sponges eager to absorb information. Given the ease with which children soak things up, it is vital they are given countless opportunities to absorb the good in a world of chaotic noise. Kids are also eager to take in food, and typically with a greater voracity than information. If your children are anything like mine, they are always hungry. Herein lies an opportunity ..read more
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What Was I Made For?
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by Noelle Mering
1M ago
By Muji Kaiser Shortly after the 96th Academy Awards aired, I stumbled upon an article announcing singer Billie Eilish’s win for Best Original Song, “What Was I Made For?”, on the soundtrack for the movie Barbie. I was familiar with Eilish but couldn’t recall the song, and took a moment to pull it up on YouTube. “What Was I Made For” is a sad song, sung beautifully by Eilish: Think I forgot how to be happy, something I'm not, but something I can be. Something I wait for. Something I’m made for. I was taken by the feelings of emptiness it conveyed. Also striking, however, were the comments in r ..read more
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Honoring the Mystery
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by Noelle Mering
1M ago
By Denise Trull I have been recently taken with the intriguing concept of the desert fathers' admonition to remain a mystery to one another. It is a beautiful thing to think upon. If we are part of the body of Christ, the mysterious Christ who dwells within us, then we too are also a mystery--not to be wholly fathomed by any other creature. It is our dignity to be such, to not be transparent and easily understood. We each exist with hidden depths of joy and angst and great, surprising powers over evil that gloriously erupt at times and shake others awake with the beauty of it--this ‘us’ that p ..read more
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