Monica Martinez

Monica MartinezMonica is a married mother of 6 in Florida who is an enthusiastic convert to the Catholic Church and a lay member of the Home of the Mother. For many years she was a teacher and counselor in the public school system but now she labors with love in her home teaching and counseling the hearts of her own children.

Wednesday, 03 April 2019 16:51

Here's Your Lent

Years ago there was a family-friendly comedian who became well known for his punch line, “Here’s your sign”.  He would talk about how as humans we often say things that point to the obvious and in the end sound silly.  A simple example - you see a person walking up with fishing poles and a line of fish and you ask, “Did you go fishing today?”  You ask a question that all the observable facts point to as obvious.  These phrases can make us sound not so smart, and so this comedian made it part of his act that it would be appropriate to give people a “stupid sign” who make such comments - thus the phrase, “Here’s your sign”.  Although a little brute sounding, he made his point well.

Friday, 08 February 2019 01:03

As Iron Sharpens Iron

Recently my husband and I attended a one-day diocesan marriage conference.  It was such a treat to listen to a variety of speakers who were devout in their faith, well-educated and able to deliver their messages with the perfect balance of humor and seriousness that the topic of marriage and family life merits.  It was a time to learn a few new things and to remember some things we had been taught before.  Couples were given time to go to reconciliation, spend time in prayer together before the Blessed Sacrament, and to sit, talk and reflect on their marriages.  It truly was a beautiful day, a much needed pause for reflection and renewal in the middle of the busyness of family life.

Friday, 01 June 2018 00:17

Among the Pots and Pans


Several months ago I started having issues with my dishwasher.  I live in a humid climate, and I suppose the humidity was the culprit.  I started to find little spots of mold inside the dishwasher.  I would clean the spots, run dishwasher cleaner, let it air out, but the spots would return.  The mold started to show up in many tiny and hard to reach spots. So I decided to start handwashing the dishes until I could find the time on a weekend to take apart the pieces and give it a complete steam cleaning barring my husband finding the right tools for the job. 

Thursday, 10 May 2018 09:46

Summer Faith Building Ideas

Summer time is just around the corner!  The days are getting longer, children are coming to the end of their school year, and warmer days are on the way.  Many parishes also bring their catechism classes to a conclusion in the month of May, often with the celebrations of the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.  That being said, the catechist led lessons and homework are soon coming to a close.  To add to that, the kick-back and relax attitudes that come with summer are on their way as well.  They don’t call them the “dog days of summer” for nothing! 

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