O Mary, Mother of the Life Within, all life we entrust to You: the life of every expectant mother and the child within her womb, the life of every human body, the life of every human soul, the life of every newborn child and the life of all grown olf. You held the Lord to Your own Heart and drew Him so close in. So draw us now in all our needs, O Mother of the Life Within.



O Blessed virgin Mary, mother of grace, hope of the world. Hear us, your children, who cry to you.

Oh Mother of Mercy, have pity on me in my distress. You are all-powerful with your divine Son. He can refuse no request of your immaculate heart. Show yourself at true mother to me by being my advocate before His throne.

Above all I pray, O dearest mother, that through your most powerful intercession my heart may be filled with holy hope, so that in life’s darkest hour I may never fail to trust in God my Savior, but by walking in the way of His commandments I may be united with Him, and with you in the eternal joys of heaven.

Mary, our hope, have pity on us. Hope of the hopeless, pray for us.   (from the Novena to Our Lady of Hope.)





It’s strange the things we remember that make life growing up with our families special.  I was fortunate to be born into a family that believed in God, were strong Christian Catholics, and taught us kids the value of going to church each Sunday, of thanking God for what He gave us and enabled us to have, and best of all they taught us to take time out of a busy day to pray.  Especially during Lent.

Before I left home there were 6 of us children(one came later) and from the time I can remember, all my life, we said the Rosary every night during Lent.  No mater if my Father had to go back to work after supper, he came home around 5, we ate supper, did dishes, and ALL knelt down and said the Rosary.  If you don’t know what the Rosary is, it is the string of beads, we Catholics also call our Prayer Beads, they are blessed by the Priest, and saying the Rosary consists of The Apostle’s Creed(I Believe) The Our Father, Hair Mary, and Glory Be to the Father.  And they are said over and over, one person says the first part of the prayer, and we all answered with the second half. It takes about 20 minutes.  Believe me, by the time there were six of us kids, all kneeling down, it got quite lively.  But as a family it brought us closer together, and we had no question that our parents loved God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and us.   It is a very wonderful feeling to know you belong.

The other thing I remember is that If I was still awake when my parents went to bed, I could hear them saying their prayers on their knees each night, praying for our family and thanking God.  It is a very comforting feeling when you are a kid to know that your parents love us and each other enough to pray together on their knees after a very long day.

God bless all you parents out there if you pray together with each other and your children, that is the best way to show love for each other and also teach your children to take time to pray.

God bless you all.


My sister just reminded me that my father bought the shoe repair shop from a retiring cobbler in 1945, the year she was born.  That explains why a lot of my earliest memories are with my father coming home at 5PM and home on Sat.  After he bought the business he came home for lunch for 1 1/2 hrs. for dinner and rest and home for supper at 6PM. Many nights he went back to work and many nights he brought hand sowing home on shoes like moccasins.   He also worked until 5 on Sat. and he was such a sweetheart he would actually meet women before and after Mass on Sun. so they could have their good shoes for church.   We don’t know how many people he let pay him on time, but since no one had any money after the war which ended in 1945, we imagine there were a lot. I think he kept a record on little pieces of paper.  My mother kept the books since she was experienced in that area.  She brought a lot of things home on little notebook paper and she had to make sense of the ordering. My mother always spent part of Sun. afternoon doing the books.

Can you imagine the courage of a young couple buying a small business and expanding it big enough to support a growing family?  It is still there by the way, owned by my brother. It is LaCasse Shoe Repair in Skowhegan. He still does excellent work.