2013 Suscipio

I am finally getting around to this exciting post letting you all know the vision I have for Suscipio in 2013. This vision was just kind of floating around until your comments and suggestions on the Book Club Survey. Thank you for taking the time to respond and help make Suscipio an even better place on the web for the Catholic woman.


Here’s my vision for us…


Each month has a theme, based on the traditional dedication of that month, a book or reading that we will discuss, and some memorization for us to work on in community.


Dedicated to: The Holy Childhood of Jesus
Theme: Being Little
Discussion: Story of a Soul (Free online version or free audio version)
Memorization: Ephesians 4:25-32


Dedicated to: The Holy Family
Theme: Home
Discussion: Splendor in the Ordinary: Your Home as a Holy Place
Memorization: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13


Dedicated to: St Joseph
Theme: Sanctification of Our Work
Discussion: Holiness for Housewives: And Other Working Women
Memorization: Ancient Prayer to St Joseph


Dedicated to: The Blessed Sacrament
Theme: Practicing the Presence of God
Discussion: Practice of the Presence of God
Memorization: Spiritual Communion by St Alphonus Liguori


Dedicated to: Mary
Theme: Imitating Mary
Discussion: The Virtues of Mary
Memorization: Memorare


Dedicated to: The Sacred Heart of Jesus
Theme: Love of and for Jesus
Discussion: Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat- Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
Memorization: Matthew 6:25-34


Dedicated to: The Precious Blood of Jesus
Theme: “Offer it Up”
Discussion: The Precious Blood of Christ by Fr John Hardon
Memorization: Prayer Before a Crucifix


Dedicated to: The Immaculate Heart of Mary
Theme: Joy
Discussion: The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life
Memorize: Luke 1:46-55 (The Magnificat)


Dedicated to: 7 Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin mary
Theme: Sacrifice
Discussion: 7 Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Memorization: the Angelus


Dedicated to: The Holy Rosary
Theme: Daily Prayer and Devotions
Discussion: The Rosary: Keeping Company with Jesus and Mary
Memorization: The Rosary


Dedicated to: The Poor Souls in Purgatory
Theme: Penance
Memorization: The Prayer of St Gertrude for the Poor Souls in Purgatory


Dedicated to: The Immaculate Conception
Theme; Gratitude
Memorization: John 1:1-16


For example, January has been traditionally dedicated to the Holy Childhood of Jesus and our theme is “Littleness”. We will be discussing The Story of a Soul  and memorizing Ephesians 4:25-32 together.  I know January is half over, don’t worry. I found The Story of Soul online or a free audio version for those of you who do not own the book and the memorization is only 8 verses!


I want you to contribute, you want to contribute, and having a theme will help you. You may be inspired to write on sacrifices…that happens to be our theme in September. We would love to read your thoughts and meditations on sacrifice and you have eight months for that post to brew if you need.


Do you see a favorite book or topic on the vision?  Great!  You could help lead the discussion.  Is there a prayer on there you’ve always wanted to memorize, but haven’t?  (Um, you all know the trouble I have had with memorizing the Magnificat!)  How about a Scripture verse you would love to have tucked away, but have not found the support or encouragement to memorize…we’re going to memorize together!  Our own accountability and support group.


See those two blank spots under November and then again in December?  I’m stumped.  What, if anything should we discuss during the busy time of November and December.  Any suggestions?


Year of Faith at Suscipio


So look this over, print it out if you like, and let’s celebrate this Year of Faith reading, praying, learning, memorizing and discussing as the awesome group of women that we are here at Suscipio!


Welcome! I’m Jenny, the administrator of Suscipio and author of The Catholic Child’s Teaching Bible©. I have been married to Chris 20 years, strictly by the grace of God. We have seven precious souls from teen to baby. I hope my personal contribution to Suscipio shows what my life really looks like; It’s messy and beautiful and blessed beyond measure.



  1. In case this happened to someone else too, my kids got for me the book I’d been eyeing at Ignatius Press called Hallowed be this House: Finding Signs of Heaven in your Home by Thomas Howard (for February). It happens to be a reprint of Splendor in the Ordinary!

  2. Very inspiring! How does participation work? Is it a link up of blog posts and/or commenting as a form of discussion? Historically not good with keeping up but I’d like to check in and be inspired.

  3. Wonderful Jenny! May I suggest this to be a tab header? That way we can reference this rather quickly?

    Looks like a great year here at Suscipio!!!
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  4. I am so glad I found ya’ll.
    I love the way you have laid it all out and hope to participate as much as possible.

    I think in November and December, we could discuss:

    November – Advent and doing for others. Especially praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet. That is one of my favorites. It always hits me that I am praying for others and others are praying for me. We pray for the sins of the world. And it includes us all.

    December – Christmas and the importance of Jesus and the Holy Family in our lives. How grateful are we that Mary said Yes and she and Joseph were faithful… that they raised our Holy Lord? I’m in awe just thinking about them.

    That is my two cents.

    Hugs & blessings.
    I’m off to read the memory helps….

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  5. I am very excited about this and certainly I am hoping that I can contribute to Suscipio!
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  6. Ambitious! I like the idea of memorization. Was that your own, or did somebody suggest it?

    A question about guest posts: I submitted a post before Advent and have not heard anything regarding it. It was on trust, which is not one of the themes you listed. Did you decide not to publish it? Should I publish it elsewhere? The title may have been a little provocative, but I don’t mind your changing that if doing so helps it fit your vision of Suscipio.

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  7. I am totally on board with this!

  8. Thank you! Looking forward to it.

  9. Wow…a lot of inspiration going on!

    What a beautiful plan though : )

    I may not be able to participate in every book discussion depending on what I am reading for the Carmelites and with my spiritual director, but I would love to assist with April, *Practice of the Presence of God*. I will look into some posts for the other months as well.

    God bless you for all you do…
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  10. This looks all kinds of wonderful Jenny. Very excited to live out this year of faith with the wonderful women here.


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