Grow The Roses

Writing. Reading. Life. Love. Family.



Desperately Seeking Community

Disclaimer: This piece is written in the style of a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew a junior demon, Wormwood. This is based on C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters, which is well worth a read.  My dear Wormwood, You requested some tips on one... Continue Reading →


A Letter to Silence and Solitude

Dear Silence and Solitude, I miss you. Over the past few years I have seen our time together dwindle. From long periods a few years back, to now brief glimpses of each other, sweet moments that are far between. Our... Continue Reading →

Witnessing to the World

With the call to the new evangelisation, how do we pass on the faith in today's world? In his 2014 Message for World Communications Day, Pope Francis asks "How, then, can communication be at the service of an authentic culture... Continue Reading →

10 Things You Need to Be Reminded Of

We live in a modern world. We are often blinded by distractions and every now and then we need to be reminded of things that the modern world doesn't tell us. As a woman I think that is especially true. As... Continue Reading →

The Secrets of Happiness

How happy really are we today? How do we define that we have really 'lived'? We live in a marketing led world – a place of big dreams and bucket lists. Generally we have a high standard of living, yet we are constantly... Continue Reading →

Four under Four

I have been quiet on the writing front in recent times. Mostly due to the fact that three months ago we welcomed our fourth child and second son into our family. While many find us absolutely crazy for having four... Continue Reading →

The Contradiction of being a Modern Woman

Being a woman and being Catholic in the modern world is seen as somewhat of a paradox. What a contradiction it can seem in today to be an intelligent, well reasoned woman and yet also be a practising, devout Catholic. Isn’t... Continue Reading →

The Importance of Life Media

One of the downsides of being pro-life in 2013 is the negative stereotyping. Being"pro-choice" is so normalized and they seem to have the popular debate covered. They have the jargon, while we as pro-lifers have to well explain our side... Continue Reading →

What does Faith mean to me?

In the Year of Faith I was asked by the NZ Catholic newspaper to write about what faith means to me. Here's my thoughts: Faith to me is life. In our world today, particularly in my peer group, faith I... Continue Reading →

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