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About Kristen West Mcguire

I'm a wife and mom. Sometimes I work, and sometimes I homeschool and sometimes I just meddle, Although I worked at a military chapel for a few years and even taught CCD, most of my life I have been just a pew-sitting, kid-shushing Catholic mom. Since my conversion in 1992, I've been propositioned to join Opus Dei, Regnum Christi, the Neocatechumenal Way, Cum Christo (at least I think that is what Ultreya meant), and at least a few third orders, I just don't go for that extra stuff. I'm a Plain Jane Catholic.

My favorite hymn this Christmas season…

From Jeff Ostrowski at Corpus Christi Watershed, we borrowed this gem with chant and polyphony for Midnight Mass. Came off beautifully, and easy to work up for our small choir.   http://www.ccwatershed.org/media/pdfs/14/12/21/14-28-36_0.pdf

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Every day…a chat with the big guy upstairs…

I like this post…better to not talk of it so much. Just do it.   http://www.ccwatershed.org/blog/2016/jan/2/mental-prayer-through-hymns/  

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Spirituality and stress relief: Make the connection – Mayo Clinic

Stress relief — Discover the connection between spirituality, stress relief and a healthier, happier life. Sourced through Scoop.it from: http://www.mayoclinic.org Working at a place where prayer is a part of the daily routine has been very good for me… See … Continue reading

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Does “Mindfulness” Have a Place In Catholic Spirituality and Practice? – Patheos – Patheos (blog)

Patheos (blog) Does “Mindfulness” Have a Place In Catholic Spirituality and Practice? Sourced through Scoop.it from: http://www.patheos.com See on Scoop.it – Just a Plain Jane Catholic

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Lazy Saturday mornings

This is the first Saturday morning in awhile where I didn’t have to be up and out the door. Of course, others of the brood did– Sean worked at 6 am, Mary had cheer at 7 am and Dan is … Continue reading

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A new Ave for a new season…

Helping with the liturgical music has had a deep and lasting effect on my soul. For one thing, my piano skills are mediocre at best, so it is a humbling thing for me to play when I cannot coerce anyone … Continue reading

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Sheesh. We’re starting to look like the von Trapps again.

Some years back, you might know that I worked at the base chapel. Spent too many hours there. My little guys thought that active participation in the Mass included them ushering and bringing up the gifts EVERY SINGLE WEEK. As … Continue reading

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