Monica Martinez

Monica MartinezMonica is a married mother of 6 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.

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! 

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 02:47

Tortas de Papa/Potato Cakes

The liturgical season of Lent has been my favorite since I entered the Church years ago.  I imagine it has something to do with the beauty of the intense time of penitential practice that had been missing from my spiritual life for so long.  One challenge that I encountered in the beginning was how to feed my family meatless meals since I was inexperienced in this area.  Fortunately, I have a devout Catholic mother-in-law who is also an amazing cook!  She passed this recipe onto me and I now enjoy making these for my husband and children during Lent.

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