The Domestic Church

The Domestic Church

Rita Buettner is a wife, working mother of two and a Catholic Review blogger.  Read her Open Window blog here.


Touched by God’s mercy
Feb 14 2017
When I walk out of the confessional, I always feel lighter, loved, forgiven and touched by God’s mercy.

The full, marvelous picture
Jan 17 2017
Trust. That’s the key to believing that God’s plan and his timing are perfect, even when we can’t see or understand.

Miracles are all around us
Dec 20 2016
Miracles have been on my mind lately, especially since I spoke with our friend Kate Mahoney about her miracle – documented by the Vatican – that led to the beatification of St. Marianne Cope.

When the saints come marching in
Nov 10 2016
Saints aren’t just people who lived a long time ago and loved Jesus and performed miracles. They are also members of our family.

The love of a dog
Oct 04 2016
As a child, I had longed for a dog to walk and play with and call my own. I never dreamed that a dog could teach me so much about love. But she did. And she changed my world.

When I am not enough
Sep 19 2016
“We are to become vessels of God’s compassionate love for others,” St. Clare of Assisi said.

Life is not a race
Aug 18 2016
Life doesn’t always seem fair. And God’s timing often doesn’t match ours. But life is also not a race. And many of the dreams you have along the way ultimately become reality eventually, or a different dream comes true.

Dreaming of an ordinary summer
Jul 07 2016
At the end of the school year, when Rita's kindergartener came home with his summer bucket list, he had written three words: “Swim. Movies. Picnic.”