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About danardoyle

I am a Catholic, working wife and mother. I have three children ages 7, 14 and 21. I am extremely busy, as you can imagine. I aim each and every day to put God first in my life, to teach my children the Faith, to be a supportive spouse, keep the house in order, and do my job outside of the home well, too. That's an impossible task - without Divine intervention! Here, I hope to share my triumphs and struggles with other working moms in the same boat. I will share the tools I have discovered to making it all work - most days!

The Gift of the Holy Priesthood

Please read my latest post at NOLA Catholic Experience.  Thanks!

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Why do Catholic’s do that?

Today, I thought I’d address some things that Catholics do that may perplex people of other faiths.  For example, Why do Catholics make the sign of the cross to start and end a prayer?  “In the Sign of the Cross, … Continue reading

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They have 6 kids – They must be “good Catholics.”

They have 6 kids – They must be “good Catholics…”  (snicker)  It really bugs me when people pass judgement on couples who have big families.  Who says that 2 children is the perfect number?  Who says one must have a … Continue reading

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Why Do Catholics Pray to Saints?

I typed that question to get your attention.  We don’t actually pray to saints – we ask their intercession.  “Ah, but there is but one mediator between God and man, and that is Jesus,” you might say. (1 Timothy 2: … Continue reading

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Purgatory – Where is that in the Bible?

One of the things that differs between Catholics and other Christians is our belief in purgatory.  If you were to challenge a Catholic and say that purgatory is not in the bible, you would be partially correct.  The word “purgatory” … Continue reading

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Reflection on the Gospel for Sunday, March 30, 2014

Readings for Sunday, March 30 I  think that today’s gospel about the healing of the blind man is more about spiritual healing than about physical healing – at least as it applies to us, the modern-day readers.  Our world is … Continue reading

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Why Are Catholic Bibles Longer that Other Christian Versions?

You may or may not know that Catholic bibles are slightly longer than other Christian bibles.  The Catholic Old Testament has 46 books in comparison to 39 in Protestant bibles. Both of our New Testaments contain 27 books.  How did … Continue reading

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A Subtle Grace – Great Reading!

I have a friend in Canada who writes great fiction.  Ellen is particularly gifted at writing Catholic, historical ROMANTIC fiction!  If you are looking for a compelling Spring read, you should order her book!  Her long-awaited sequel to  In Name … Continue reading

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Catholicism 101 – Where do our beliefs come from?

Our beliefs come from 2 places – Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition.  We believe that the bible and the tradition passed down to us from the apostles make up the single deposit of our faith.  Many Christian religions base their … Continue reading

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Reflection on the Gospel for Sunday, March 22nd, 2014

Readings for Sunday, March 22, 2014 I love this Sunday’s gospel story.  Jesus is so wonderful, so kind, so amazingly loving and compassionate.  Jesus approaches the Samaritan woman who had come to draw water from the well.  Samaritans were despised … Continue reading

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