Poland's Wooden Gothic Churches

Nestled in the Carpathian Mountains of southern Poland near the Slovak border is a cluster of nine unique Gothic churches that are little known beyond Polish borders, but a great source of pride for those who live in Southern Małopolska, or "Little Poland."

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Carrie Gress
Love Is Beautiful

Being married as a Catholic means looking honestly at yourself and being set back on your course through the confessional with new resolve and the strength that God’s Grace brings. It’s humbling and romantic and hopeful.

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Carrie Gress
What's So Great About Fasting?

Fasting seems to be making a come back, and not just in Catholic circles. Like so many other areas, science and medicine are finding that this age-old practice actually has a lot of benefits for the body. But the benefits of fasting go well beyond the material, spilling over abundantly into the spiritual.

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Carrie Gress
Paper with a Past: Il Papiro

Nestled in a quiet corner of Florence overlooking the Ponte Vecchio, resides a small paper company called Il Papiro. Originally founded in 1976, this international paper company specializes in centuries-old paper decorating techniques dating back to the 16th century.

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Carrie Gress
Monastic Life at Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel is an 8th century fortress on the coast of Normandy that has long been associated with a mystical presence of Christ and the Archangel for whom it is named. The tiny island monastery is also experiencing a spiritual renaissance.

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Carrie Gress
The Iconic Turtleneck

Catholic women are called to be dignified and that includes our clothing. Style and fashion might tend toward frivolity or vanity in the grand scheme of things, but we’re composites of body and soul and what we’re wearing can inform others about who we are and what we’re about.

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Carrie Gress
The Light Shines in the Darkness

As we journey through Lent, it is interesting to note that it is no accident that Easter happens in the spring, during that time of year when the earth is reawakening. The days are growing longer, trees are nearly luminous with green budding leaves, and blossoms are bursting vibrant pinks, purples, reds, and white.

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Carrie Gress
Easter Prep: Stunning Eggs

Eggs have long been part of the celebration of Christ's Resurrection. An egg is a symbol of life and fertility, but the hallowed out form takes the symbolism one step further. It represents the empty tomb of the Resurrected Christ, which is why they have such a prized place at our Easter tables.

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Carrie Gress
Coffee, Roman Style

If you have stood in the piazza of the Pantheon before, you probably didn't know that you were in the vortex of a dueling coffee giants. Like prize fighters on either side of the ring, two companies have been locked in an Eternal-City battle for decades.

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Carrie Gress
Bees Wax Candles from Ukraine

I have another wonderful find from Etsy: bees wax candles made by Volodymyr Povkh from Ukraine. He started making candles after he noticed the absence of bees wax candles at his own parish in 2013. Today, he has dozens of unique styles for everyday use or for the sacraments.

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Carrie Gress
Little Book, Where Have You Been All My Life?

Much of my adult life was spent thinking architecture was impenetrable. There were just too many terms, too many elements, too many epochs of style; the thought of trying to figure them out was overwhelming. It would not have been so daunting, however, if I had had this little book.

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Carrie Gress
What Is It About This Woman?

In the end, Joanna Gaines is doing what has animated good mothers for centuries - made homes with beautiful and nurturing spaces so children can grow up healthy, happy, and set apart for Christ.

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Carrie Gress