Grow The Roses

Writing. Reading. Life. Love. Family.



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 →

What Catholic Church is based on

(This post is part of a series on 'Living as a Catholic in a Secular World') As a foundation for the future posts, here is a bit about the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church is more than just another denomination... Continue Reading →

How is your Prayer Life?

"Accustom yourself to pray this way and, God grant, soon you will nurture true prayer in yourself. Then there will be no need for rules. Labour, or nothing will come of you. If there is no success in prayer, then... Continue Reading →

You were not made for comfort

(Originally posted at Ignitum Today) Theres been a quote of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's that I've seen circulating in social media in recent weeks: "The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort; you were made for... Continue Reading →

Keeping Love in Lent

I’m participating in the Keeping LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2013, hosted by Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints, Truly Rich Mom and Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families. We'll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help... Continue Reading →

Growing the Metaphorical Roses

I'm in the process of a bit of a redesign here at Grow the Roses. "You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone... For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so... Continue Reading →

Are we on earth for our enjoyment?

I've been reading a book of the letters of Blessed Zélie Martin titled "A Call to a Deeper Love". Theres much I could say about her and her writing, but one thing that has stuck with me is: We're not... Continue Reading →

Feast of St Gianna Beretta Molla

Happy feast of St Gianna Beretta Molla. We have named our daughters for two modern saints - both strong, intelligent women and mothers who led beautiful lives and are great role models for women today. Our youngest (now 4 months old)... Continue Reading →

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