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Newsletter 02

This week felt longer than it actually was, which usually is a fairly good indication that I’m worn out. The summer months tend to be busier (for all of us), with increased visitors at my day job, and more family-oriented activities, birthdays, etc. for our time away from work.

1) I tried out a new local restaurant this week, Katie’s Osteria. For a weeknight, it was crammed pack, and the air was a little hazy overhead from the oven which they keep at 800 degrees, so it was comfortably warm indoors, and the food was great. I’d love to go back. The only downsides were the crowds (and noise!) — and the prices were comfortably in a range that I’d call “a nice night out”.

2) This week also saw the return of Rodger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and the Lesley Anne Warren version, and the Brandy version, are both favorites of mine so I was quite eager to go see it on stage. Sadly, the production decided to go with a new book and some new lyrics, and it was not the beloved musical I grew up with. Very disappointed overall, and that was possibly my last visit to that particular theater. I still love musicals, but, our town is blessed with a number of theaters that host musicals so I’d rather invest my time and money where they’ll be using the book and lyrics to musicals that I know and love.

3) I’ve worked my way through all of the Father Ripperger talks on Apple Podcasts (finally) and am now looking for suggestions for great Catholic conferences and teachings if you know of any. There’s a ton of stuff on YouTube of course, but with the Apple Podcasts app, I can run it in the background and have other things going on. I tried out a bit of Catholic Answers Live, and it’s interesting, but I think for passive listening, a single focus of the podcast’s episode would be more helpful (for me, anyway).

4) Along those lines, I’ve also become aware that apparently pocket shrines (or oratories) were quite common amongst practicing Catholics back in the 1800’s, and even as late as the 1930’s-1960’s. With the former, it was often a little packet that unfolded into a cross-shape with medals and badges of the saints, and the crucifix, and Our Lady, and Our Lord, upon it. The shrines were used to create a little holy place to pray if you weren’t near a church.

Looking online, the shrines from the 20th century seemed to be more like passport folios, opening them contained a painting of a saint, and a prayer card, and the charming little phrase, “In case of an accident, kindly call a priest”. I love, love, love this idea! Many of these badges used inside of the shrines were bits of felt with paper illustrations attached, and some even had relics of saints. I think it would be neat to see these experience a resurgence of popularity again.

If you’re interested in purchasing one, I was able to find a vendor on Etsy called PiccoloDiLuce, who makes cloth versions and even some custom work, so you might want to check them out.

Photo of the Week:

A huge low-lying rainbow appeared over our town earlier this week following an early evening set of rain showers. The rainbow seemed to almost follow us as we traveled, so expansive it was, covering several miles from end to end.

Prayer of the Week:

“O God, thank you for all of Your marvelous works; these gifts that remind us of Your love and the divine mercy available if we turn to You with humble, repentant hearts. Help us then to be open to accepting Your grace and mercy, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. In the upcoming week, may we be attentive to the ways in which You speak to us and offer You all laud and praise. Thank you, Jesus, for the doors of mercy available to all, before the doors of justice come. Make our hearts ready for that day. In Jesus Christ’s holy and precious name I pray, amen.”

Keep reaching higher,


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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at


    • That oratory is incredible. Did you hand-sew them in? Is that difficult? I’d love to hear about that process. My grandmother passed away earlier this year and I inherited some badges that I’d love to try and honor in a little oratory like that someday. Thank you so much for commenting!


      • I added more buttons and hang the medals off them, that way when I’m compelled to wear one there’s no trouble. But you could definitely sew the medals directly into the cloth. How lovely that you have some of your grandmother’s medals. I wear a cross that belongs to my husband’s paternal grandmother. I think of her often, pray for her, and ask for hers.

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  1. I don’t mean to double post but my comment disappeared. Hmmm, WP and me don’t get along. Trying again. A friend sent me a link and it is a joy to discover another person who has enjoyed Fr. R’s talks. Audio Sancto has many good ones but most of the time I tune in to EWTN–my favorite is Fr. Mitch Pacwa when he breaks open Scripture.

    Here’s a picture of the little oratory that my friend sent: I have doubled my friends on high since that picture was taken 🙂 I love it.

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    • Hi Vijaya, lovely to meet you and thank you for posting! Apologies about the comment disappearing — my blog is set up so first-time posters have to be approved before they show up. (I used to get a ton of spam comments). Anyway! I love meeting fellow Fr. R fans. I haven’t heard of Fr. Mitch Pacwa, but I’m adding him to my list.


  2. Aha! Likewise Lauren. You will love Fr. Mitch. He offered a Lenten retreat on Isaiah 53 a few years ago in our area and it was so rich and powerful. Oh, another resource is the Opus Dei website–their priests give solid Catholic teaching.

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