BOGO offer for CatholicMom.com Readers!

cm_logo_final_vertical-copy_300Thanks to Lisa Hendey and Barb Szyskiewicz for helping to spread the word about “The 40 Day Challenge” over at CatholicMom.com!

As a special “thanks” to CM.com readers, I’m offering a special deal on Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta and Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

BOGO! That’s right … Just sign up to receive my #40DayChallenge reflections, then  order one copy of Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta for $15 (postage paid), get a copy of the Advent book . . . free!

Just send a check payable to Heidi Saxton at 10350 Royal Oak Court, Osceola IN 46561. Limit one free book per customer.

God bless you!

On the Feast of Holy Innocents

peek babySee, the home of God is among mortals.

He will dwell with them as their God;

they will be his peoples,

and God himself will be with them;

he will wipe every tear from their eyes.

Death will be no more;

morning and crying and pain will be no more,

for the first things have passed away.

Revelation 21:3-4

Close on the heels of Christmas joy comes a solemn feast, in which we recall the children slaughtered by Herod’s soldiers in his insatiable quest for power. Nowhere are the names of these innocents recorded for posterity. All we know is that the Church remembers them each year as martyrs, souls who suffered unjustly, and in that suffering made participants in the reign of God. In their brush with Immortality, the Word made flesh, they themselves were made immortal.

From life to death to life eternal, this is the pathway each of us has been called to walk. In the past year, thousands of souls have made that journey toward eternity, to experience a new kind of “Emmanuel, God is with us.” Perhaps you lost someone dear to you this year, too, and have experienced the truth of the words of Mother Teresa:

Death can be something beautiful. It is like going home. He who dies in God goes home even though we naturally miss that person who has gone. But it is something beautiful. That person has gone home to God.

Is there someone you need to release into the arms of God right now? Someone whose absence weighs upon your heart with longing and regret? Or do you know someone who is fighting this all-too-common human battle, and struggling to endure? If so, close your eyes and feel the prayers of your sisters in faith, who are praying for you right now. You are not forgotten. If not . . . please join in the prayer, for those in need of strength.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, mother of the heartsick and suffering, pray for us.

heidi-2013 About the Author

Heidi Hess Saxton is a Catholic wife and adoptive mother of two teenagers, and author of Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta and Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Servant). This year she spent Christmas with her elderly parents and sisters, who gathered in Georgia to spend one more Christmas baking cookies with their mom, who is ready to go meet Jesus. She would appreciate your prayers.

Mother Teresa on Catholic Connection!

cath_connection_12Good morning! Please tune in to “Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo” this morning at 9:20 … Teresa and I will be talking about Mother Teresa. Then leave a comment here, and enter a drawing to win a free copy of Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta!

Hard to believe Rose Sunday was here and past … but there is plenty of good reading to keep you going through the New Year!

Want Help Talking to Teens About Sex?

coleen-kelly-mast-2This morning my interview with Coleen Mast (“Mast Appeal with Coleen Kelly Mast”) will be airing — or you can click on the archives here.

But rather than go on about my book, I’d like to take this opportunity to promote Coleen’s resources, which I’ve admired for a long time.

Dr. Coleen Mast has a wealth of material for parents of kids of all ages to help them talk with their teens about issues pertaining to sexuality. Her “Sex Respect” resources are a terrific way to talk with your kids about these delicate issues. We bought the “Love & Life” program for our teenagers. You can find out more about her program here at “Respect Incorporated.”

Lent with St Teresa.jpgOf course, if you’ve already HAD this talk, or are confident you don’t need any additional help … go ahead and pick up copies of my books, Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta or Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta!

“Catholic Women Now” Loves St. Teresa!

cath-women-nowJulie Nelson and Chris Magruder, of Catholic Women Now — Iowa’s new radio show “for Catholic women, by Catholic women” (88.5 FM) kindly invited me to join them on the show on Wednesday, Dec 7 at 9:30 CST!

As before, just post a comment here and I’ll enter you into a drawing for a free book!

Thanks, Catholic Forum!

Teresa-21This morning at 10:05 (or you can listen to the podcast here), Bob Krebs and I chat about Mother Teresa and the lessons I learned from her books on “The Catholic Forum.”

Wilmington listeners, if you already have your Advent reading planned, consider my next book,
Lent with St. Teresa of Calcutta,
which will be coming out in January!

A Mother Teresa Miracle: Thankfulness

morning-air-bannerTomorrow morning at 7:45 on “Morning Air with John Harper,” I’ll be chatting with John (of course) about Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

Although Mother Teresa and Advent go very well together — her life was all about walking toward the light, even while in darkness — I’m especially thankful to be talking about her the day before Thanksgiving. Because when I think of Mother Teresa, the first word that comes to mind is “thankful.” No matter what, she always found reasons to be thankful for the merciful hand of God, who provided for her every need.

In one of my favorite stories about Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity, the Sisters came to Mother wanting to know how they were to feed the hungry poor their breakfast that morning. The larders were bare, and they had nothing to cook.

“Just pray,” Mother reminded them. Moments later, large trucks pulled up to the children’s home. For some reason school had been canceled that day, and the bread for the children’s lunches was no longer needed . . . so the school send the food over.

It’s a lesson we can find woven into the life stories of many great saints like Mother Teresa and Solanus Casey: When you have need of something, start by thanking God for it. The answer might not come exactly the way you’d expected … but it can be a source of Thanksgiving all the same.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!