Monday, April 14, 2014

Movie trailer right here for DOLPHIN TALE 2!

Winter and the gang are headed back to the big screen!

Alcon and Warner Bros. will be releasing DOLPHIN TALE 2!
     This September, the original cast (Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, and Winter the Dolphin) are teaming up again to help save a new member of the Dolphin Tale family, Baby Hope. 
     DOLPHIN TALE 2 promises to be just as great as the original. I am sharing a sneak peek of the trailer so that you can see for yourself! The sneak peek is currently available via this private link. 

     Here's the private link to see the movie trailer! 

God bless!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Prayer is a surge of the heart!

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Prayer is a surge of the heart!: Hello! "Prayer is a surge of the heart!" according to Saint Therese of Lisieux. Recently I was teaching my second grade ...

Review: "The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions"

"I converted to Catholicism many years ago but I have always felt a bit like an outsider when it comes to understanding how Mary cares for us and intercedes for us - so this book caught my eye because I was curious about the miraculous medal and I knew very little about it. I like how the book was divided into two main parts - essentially the story of how the MM came about and the second half included encouraging stories. The author related a lot of her own experiences handing out the medals and that was one of the more interesting things about the book I thought - how her efforts have touched the lives of others and I found that very inspiring. The book concludes with some prayers and devotions in case you aren't familiar with them (which I was not). Someone else commented that it does a good job of explaining the difference between superstition and faith and I agree - it really helped me to "get it" when it comes to why many (especially Catholics) feel a special connection to Mary.

I found this book so interesting that I read it in two days and it is one I would go back and read again. She writes with a clarity and sincerity that isn't overly sentimental but refreshing and inspiring and makes you think. If you are on the fence about this book - I'd say buy it. It would be great if she did a follow-up book with more stories - I'd buy that one too!" [as seen on Amazon]

Available here:

God bless you and keep you!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A review in the National Catholic Register

Here's a review of my book Bringing Lent Home with Saint Therese of Lisieux from the National Catholic Register:

Go on Thérèse’s Lenten Retreat

Book review of Bringing Lent Home With St. Thérèse of Lisieux

 Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 8:55 AM Comment
Feel free to order here:
Bringing Lent Home With St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Prayers, Reflections and Activities for Families
By Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
Ave Maria Press, 2013
96 pages, $2.95
To order:

During Lent, Catholic parents have the valuable opportunity to catechize their children about the true meaning of this beautiful liturgical season and offer their children — and themselves — opportunities to grow in holiness.
In Bringing Lent Home With St. Thérèse of Lisieux: Prayers, Reflections and Activities for Families, popular author and EWTN host Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle leads families on a retreat, using St. Thérèse of Lisieux as a spiritual guide to anchor domestic churches in prayer, fasting and almsgiving this Lenten season.
The wisdom of St. Thérèse guides families through each day of Lent — all the way through to Easter Sunday. Each day’s devotional reading offers a quote from the Little Flower and a brief excerpt from her life, as well as fasting and almsgiving suggestions, points to ponder and a simple yet poignant prayer.
The parent reflections in the book are particularly moving. Here is one example:
"The Blessed Mother has much to teach us. She remained with her Son, Jesus, to the bitter end and witnessed every drop of blood he shed on our behalf. While in his agony on the cross, Jesus gave his Mother Mary to all of us to be our Mother.
While Mary won’t always perform miracles for us as she did with St. Thérèse the day she was cured of her illness, Mary will work miracles in our hearts and will indeed bring us closer to her Son. We need to ask her to guide us."
Calling to mind important Catholic truth and saintly wisdom, this booklet offers both spiritual depth and practicality of format. The saint’s spirituality is shared in an easy-to-understand manner, even for children. The short devotions are perfect for busy families’ schedules, and the suggested activities for fasting and almsgiving are creative and doable.
As a doctor of the Church whose spiritual doctrine consists of the "Little Way," St. Thérèse is an excellent spiritual guide and model of holiness for both children and adults, especially for Lent.
This booklet is a beautiful spiritual companion for your family this Lent — and Lenten seasons to come.
Jean M. Heimann blogs at

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God bless you and yours!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My recent chat with Teresa Tomeo on Catholic Connection

I was chatting with Teresa Tomeo this morning on her wonderful show, "Catholic Connection." We discussed a family's Lenten journey and Saint Therese of Lisieux, Mother Teresa, and St. Teresa of Avila. Here's a link so you can listen in case you missed it:

God bless you and keep you!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

"Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ in breadth, Christ in length, Christ in height,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, through belief in the Threeness, through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation.
Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of Christ. May Thy Salvation, O Lord, be ever with us."

~From The Breastplate of Saint Patrick

God bless you and yours!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Irish Soda Bread!

Below is a blog post from the past:

Getting ready for Saint Patrick's day tomorrow, my son, Joseph and I made some Irish soda bread tonight. I'm telling you, it was delicious! It really tasted too good for a Lenten Friday. We used my friend, Mary Maguire's old time recipe (and adapted it a little). We doubled this recipe to make two loaves; one for tonight (just to make sure it tasted good!) and one for tomorrow!

Here is the recipe:

3 cups flour (I use whole wheat flour, sometimes unbleached white, and sometimes spelt and gluten free flours)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. caraway seeds (optional, but I lOVE them!)
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup butter softened
1/2 cup sugar (I usually substitute honey or agave nectar, and sometimes I combine them)
1 egg
1 cup raisins (I use a mix of golden and black raisins)

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and caraway seeds in a large bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly; stir in raisins and sugar. Add beaten egg and buttermilk to mixture; stir until dough clings together. On lightly floured surface, knead gently and shape into ball. Grease and flour cake pan lightly; pat to fit pan. Brush top with beaten egg and cut a deep cross in top of bread with sharp knife. Bake in about 350 degrees oven for about an hour or until a cake pick, inserted in center, comes out clean. Place on wire rack and brush top with butter.

We substituted soy butter for the butter (but some years we use real butter) and we shaped our loaves into rounds and baked them on cookie sheets rather than in cake pans, both ways work well. We didn't put an egg wash on top this time. Sometimes I use half whole wheat flour and half unbleached white flour to make the bread a bit more nutritious. [Edited today: Lately I have been baking it with gluten free flours or a mix of spelt flour.]

Also, I'll let you in on a little secret. I don't usually have buttermilk on hand, so instead, I use regular milk with a couple of tablespoons of Apple Cider vinegar mixed in to curdle it. Don't worry, this is safe and some recipes give this option.

Every time we make Irish soda bread we ask ourselves why we only make this bread at St. Patrick's day. It tastes so delicious we should make it more often!

I hope you get a chance to make some Irish Soda bread. :)

God bless you and yours!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A surge of the heart!

St. Therese of Lisieux has said that prayer "is a surge of the heart." 

Specifically, she said, "For me prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look towards Heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy."

Sometimes, I think we make prayer too complicated. Certainly, our desire for prayer comes from a good place in our hearts. But, I believe that God does not want us to be setting ourselves up for failure by scheduling an unrealistic prayer schedule (even during Lent). Yes, God wants us to pray.

But, possibly it might be in a way we are not planning.

After I sent out the newsletter yesterday a woman wrote to tell me to say that she was relieved to read in my message that we shouldn't be overly regimented in our prayer life. I was referring to being patient with our little ones in the family when gathering for prayer.

This woman had recently learned many new prayers and told me in her email, "...Just so you know, I was just discovering all these wonderful prayers and novenas, and wanted to do it all. But quickly realized it's not about quantity, but quality." I admire this woman's beautiful desire to "do it all." But, she also learned a valuable lesson.

This reminds me of what St. Therese had said about wanting to embrace the whole package of what God called her to. She said, "You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all." Saint Therese accepted God's will in her life. Even though she thought she would be a missionary and travel to the five continents to evangelize Therese needed to be content with what God had planned for her--to stay in the convent and to pray for the world from there.

Our lives are very busy and we need to surely carve out the time for prayer and then try to stick to it. God is awaiting our conversations with Him. But, we also need to be patient and loving with the ones God puts in our midst (and ourselves).

For instance, we might have scheduled an early prayer time before the kids get up and suddenly a child bursts into the room with an immediate need. We, in a sense, excuse ourself from the prayer with our Creator to minister to the one our Lord helped us create--an active prayer! God does not want us to neglect our duties toward others whose care we are responsible for.

We need to strike a balance with our contemplative prayer and our active prayer life. Set aside time for prayer each day and trust God with how it will unfold in your life. If it doesn't go as planned, don't give up--try again! Graces are indeed flowing through your prayers no matter how "successful" they may feel or seem to be. All prayers are valuable. Keep them going!

I hope you can find a quiet few minutes today to lift your heart up in a loving conversation with God. Close your eyes and speak to Jesus. Tell Him that you love Him. He's there waiting for you...

God bless you and yours!

Monday, February 24, 2014

SON OF GOD movie

SON OF GOD in theaters Fe. 28th

SON OF GOD comes to us from producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, the husband-and-wife team responsible for the record-setting and award-winning miniseries THE BIBLE. It's the first major studio film about Jesus' teachings and ministry in over half a century!

In honor of the film's release, I am offering my readers a chance to win an official SON OF GOD prize pack. Each package will include a copy of the SON OF GOD soundtrack, the SON OF GOD companion novel, as well as a 1000 piece puzzle that is sure to entertain the entire family!

To enter the contest, simply leave a comment on this blog post telling me why you want to win it...Good Luck!

Watch for this movie which will be debuted in theaters everywhere on February 28th.

God bless you and yours!

Friday, February 21, 2014

A Mother's Intuition

Prayer is so essential. I can't imagine what people do do without it.
     After my daughter walked out the front door the other day for her appointment, I had a strong feeling to get right on my knees (in front of the picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) to pray and ask protection for my daughter even though the temperature finally got above freezing and the roads should have been safe. 
     A few minutes later a very strong intuition/inspiration came to me, I stopped everything and sent up another plea to God--this time with more urgency. 
     "Please help her, Lord!" I seemed to cry out from the deepest recesses of my heart. 
     I also called upon the Blessed Mother, Angels and Saints. Only about a minute later my daughter's text message came through telling me that she was "okay" but that she had just crashed into a huge snow plow truck when she lost control of her car (on a slippery icy spot)!    
     I have no doubt that God protected her and Mother Mary was there too. Thank the good Lord that she is fine, just shook up as anyone would be. 
     I am so thankful for a mother's gift of intuition and the graces from God to pray.
     Please be careful out there wherever you may be. Also, listen carefully to God's whispers to your soul.

God bless you and keep you!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Practicing the virtues...

Check out my book, Catholic Mom's Cafe: 5-Minute Retreats for Every Day of the Year for prayers, tips, and advice to navigate the daily struggles of Catholic motherhood. My new television show "Catholic Mom's Cafe"on EWTN will premiere in the near future.

God bless you and keep you!

Monday, February 10, 2014

God's timing is impeccable!

I love God's timing.
     I had a lot going on today. The timing of events was a bit tricky (pretty much typical for many busy women, right?). As I was driving back from dropping one daughter off at the gym after dropping another daughter a bit earlier to my husband who was taking her to the train, I exhaled and prayed, asking God to work out the timing for the train. It seemed that my daughter might miss it.
     As soon as I prayed, a saw a beautiful brown owl fly right up in front of my car and up above me to land on the telephone wires. It was a such pretty sight. I love when God puts owls in my path.
     I continued on to the Post Office where I would sit in the car for as long as it took to assemble a bunch of packages that needed to be postmarked by today. It was about 4:30 PM and I needed to hurry. I got everything ready within the confines of my car while I prayed a few prayers for God's holy will.
     I then went into the Post Office and when I was up at the counter a woman came over and asked if anyone had seen her credit card, She had left the Post Office earlier after taking care of her business there but seemed to have lost her card. I looked around but didn't see a card.
     When I finished my transactions I went outside to go to my car but I saw the same woman just outside the door talking to another person about not being able to find her credit card. I started asking her where she looked for it so far and where she had walked earlier. Then I started to help her re-trace her steps. I also told her that she needed to put a coat on because it was freezing out. She agreed she should have worn a coat.
     I walked her to her car but there was no sign of the credit card anywhere. She was very worried that her husband would be angry at her because it was his card. She decided to give up and go home because she didn't know what else to do. I questioned her a bit more about what it looked like and came to find out that she had dropped her receipt after she left the Post Office.
     "Where?" I asked.
     "Over there by the flag pole," she remembered.
     "But, I already looked there," she added.
     I was thinking that if she dropped her receipt she might have dropped the credit card too. We both thought that perhaps someone had found it and picked it up since she didn't see it over there. But, I wasn't ready to give up quite yet (though I was freezing cold and did need to go to pick up my daughter).
     Since she was already in her car and I knew she was cold I told her that I would go over to the other end of the parking lot and look for it. I told her when she drove by to leave the parking lot she would see me and would know if I had found it or not.
     I started to walk toward the flag pole.
     "Please, Lord, help me find her credit card."
     Before I got to the flag pole, for some reason on the way I decided to look under the back of a car. When I did, I could see what looked like a driver's license lying under the car and crouched down to discover that it was a credit card! I could definitely understand why the woman couldn't find her card. It was totally hidden beneath the car! I bent down a bit further, picked it up, and rushed over to the woman's car. I held it up to her window to get her attention as she was getting ready to back up and leave. The look of astonishment on her face was well worth all of the looking in the freezing cold.
     She opened her car door and received the card from me and was extremely thankful. I told her that I was very happy I had found it for her.
     "You're some kind of an ANGEL!" she said. She just couldn't get over that someone was "sent" to help her.
     I reached into my pocket and pulled out a blessed Miraculous Medal.
     "I think you're supposed to have this too," I told her. I kissed the medal and touched it to the one I wear which Mother Teresa gave me.
     She accepted the gift of the medal and just looked at it. She then told me that she was very happy to receive it.
     "I need a miracle right about now," she told me referring to the Miraculous Medal.
     I told her that I think God already gave her a miracle--her credit card was found!
      I also gave her my business card and told her that she could email me if she'd like to know more about the Miraculous Medal and she could also check out my website for more information too. I explained that I was an author and wrote about the Miraculous Medal and many spiritual things.
     Then--at the exact same time we asked one another what our names were. Her name is Anne, by the way. Please say a little prayer for her.
     Anne was in awe and was beaming about the blessed encounter. I gently touched her arm and told her that she could feel free to be in touch and that I would pray for her.
     God's timing is always incredible and one hundred per cent impeccable. Had I been afforded the time earlier at home to finish assembling the things I needed to get into the mail today I probably wouldn't have encountered Anne at the Post Office. We have to totally trust God with the timing of everything in our lives. He knows what He is doing.
     Oh, and by the way, my daughter made her train with a bit of time to spare. :)

Snapped this pic out the car window on the way home after meeting Anne.
Seems like God painted the sky with water colors--beautiful! 
Be sure to take the time to look at the sky and God's beautiful handiwork in Creation all around you--wherever you may be. Take a moment today to reach out to a stranger in some way. You will be blessed indeed!
God bless you and yours!

Enjoy my visits on EWTN's Women of Grace.

Here is a link for you to watch the five shows on EWTN's Women of Grace when I recently visited with Johnnette Benkovic:


God bless and hugs,

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

My recent EWTN Bookmark appearance!

I'm happy to share my recent visit with the wonderful Doug Keck on EWTN's Bookmark Television show. Doug and I discussed two of my recent books: Embracing Motherhood and The Miraculous Medal. Just click on the link and then click to make it full screen if you'd like.


 God bless! Donna-Marie

Discussing women's gifts and dignity on Women of Grace!

Watch Monday through Friday at 11:00AM/11:30PM
Tune in this week to EWTN's Women of Grace!

I am visiting with Johnnette Benkovic all this week on EWTN’s Women of Grace television show. We have a new show for each day!

This is what Johnnette Benkovic has to say: "What is the important role that mother's play in this our day and time? Find out on this week's #WomenofGrace TV series, "Catholic Moms 'For Such a Time as This'" with author and friend Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle. Watch Monday through Friday at 11:00AM/11:30PM on EWTN or via our website: "

I hope you can join us! 

God bless!

PS I will try to get links to the archives which will be on YouTube and the EWTN website and I'll share them with you.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Appearing on Women of Grace all this week!

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Appearing on Women of Grace all this week!: Watch Monday through Friday at 11:00AM/11:30PM Tune in this week to EWTN's Women of Grace! I am visiting with Johnnet...

Monday, January 13, 2014

Angels for Kids!

I chatted with dear friend and radio personality, Teresa Tomeo this morning. We discussed the holy Angels and my book Angels for Kids.

Here's a link to our chat:

I hope you enjoy it.

God bless you and yours!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Delicious gluten-free pizza on the grill!

Catholic Mom's Cafe: Delicious gluten-free pizza on the grill!: Our oven isn't working and we had a hankering for home-made gluten-free pizza. We love the pizza crust from "Against the Grain.&qu...