I wrote a (free) Elisabeth Leseur devotional!

For months now, I have been working on a short, 7-day devotional based on the writing in Elisabeth Leseur’s diary. After many stops and starts, it’s ready to go! It is meant to be self-paced, and is in the format of Meditate – Pray – Act. Elisabeth believed that our prayer lives must lead toContinue reading “I wrote a (free) Elisabeth Leseur devotional!”

The narrow path

“Let us not linger in contemplation of the road ahead; let us follow the narrow path. Let us not look too far or too high, but right in front of ourselves, right next to ourselves. The good to be done is perhaps there.” – Elisabeth Leseur Every time I’ve read or thought about the “narrowContinue reading “The narrow path”

Examining my conscience

Hi there! It’s been very quiet around here. I’ve had lots of ideas floating around, but some of them haven’t fitted into the remit of this blog (i.e. not related to being in a mixed marriage). I’ve been contemplating whether to slightly readjust the premise of the blog to make room for a wider varietyContinue reading “Examining my conscience”

Why I’ve been quiet

It’s been a little while since I wrote on this blog. I think about it often, but I’ve been doing some reflection on my purpose in writing, and what exactly I want to achieve, or contribute, through this medium. Did you hear about Joshua Harris, author of the book I Kissed Dating Goodbye (1997) which wasContinue reading “Why I’ve been quiet”

When NFP… isn’t (NFP Awareness Week)

It’s NFP Awareness Week. For years – since before I became Catholic – I’ve been reading blog and Instagram posts by Catholic women (it’s always women) about the struggles, blessings, disappointments, and gratitude that come with practising NFP within a marriage. Some of these women experience hyperfertility and have struggled to space babies as they’dContinue reading “When NFP… isn’t (NFP Awareness Week)”

St. Gina, Patron of Nominally Catholic Spouses

Sometimes – quite frequently – I ask myself the following two questions: What would I have to do, in my particular circumstances, to become a saint? Which living Catholics do I think should become saints? The answers to both questions tend to lead me to the same answer, but unfortunately it’s one that I seem to forgetContinue reading “St. Gina, Patron of Nominally Catholic Spouses”

The wait is the cross

I recently finished reading My Sisters, the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell (which I mostly enjoyed, with a few reservations). It’s a spiritual memoir that centres around her deepening relationship with the saints as she faces struggles with infertility and her father’s descent into Alzheimer’s. It’s a quick, easy read that I recommend for people onContinue reading “The wait is the cross”

Finding holiness in “it’s not fair!”

This past weekend, my husband was out of town. My dad had come to stay with me and my toddler, which was lovely, but my toddler has been going through some major separation anxiety and melts down if I leave the room for even a few seconds. So, as Sunday rolled around, I realised IContinue reading “Finding holiness in “it’s not fair!””

Pope St. John Paul II: Free, Total, Faithful, and Fruitful

When I chose the name for this blog – Faithful and Fruitful – it was simply because these adjectives expressed how I want to live my vocation to marriage: Faithfully, to my spouse and to this sacrament; and fruitfully, meaning that I want my marriage to bear fruit in terms of children and virtue, butContinue reading “Pope St. John Paul II: Free, Total, Faithful, and Fruitful”

A weary soul

I mostly try to use this space to stay positive and be encouraging – I want to help you (and myself!) to embrace the truth that our personal faith lives need not suffer because our spouses don’t share our faith. But I also want to be real; and really, I don’t always feel upbeat. SometimesContinue reading “A weary soul”