Doing My Part

By Jenny Dendinger

Having five kids means I referee a lot of fights. Sometimes I spend time listening to each side and helping them sort through their feelings, and other times, when I’m really fed up with the fighting, I shut it all down. I immediately take away the source of the disagreement and send everyone to different corners of the house with instructions to think about what they did wrong. Read More

Seeking Safe Spaces

By Megan Lacourrege

Megan Lacourrege

“Safe spaces.” It’s something I was seeking after experiencing two miscarriages.

I didn’t have a name for it at the time, but I learned this phrase through a presentation hosted in 2019 by the Archdiocese of New Orleans when Michaelene Fredenburg, the CEO of Life Perspectives, shared data-driven suggestions on how to create safe spaces for bereaved parents. Read More

When Mary Received the Eucharist

By Leslie W. Bertucci

Picture this scene: The Blessed Mother sits in her room, lost in thought. Perhaps, she is sitting in a chair made especially for her by Joseph or Jesus. She ponders the events of the previous months: her unspeakable sorrow as she watched her only son tortured and crucified; her elation at the wonderful news of his resurrection on Easter Sunday; seeing his glorified body with her own eyes. Read More

The Game of Chess

By Ana Borden

Growing up, my father would pull out a marble chess board – that is if a soccer game was not being televised – when Spanish priests from St. Theresa of Avila Parish would regularly visit us.

Padre Miguel, in particular, would share his childhood memories from Spain before we enjoyed tapas for dinner. This included playing chess as a child, and, sometimes, he played a game or two with us kids. Read More

Prophets of a Future Not Our Own

By Ty Salvant

You have probably heard a version of this reflection several times over your lifetime.

“We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.” Read More

Be You

By Kristy Solis

Maybe it is in our human nature, but we think we need to succumb to others or we need to be who others expect us to be. This expectation is even imparted to our children.

Sometimes, as parents, we may place unnecessary expectations on our children. When this occurs, it creates undue stress and anxiety in each one of us, whether it is an adult or a child, to be something that we are not. Read More

The Gift of Fog

By Stacy LaMorte

My best friend has breast cancer. I have had a really difficult time wrapping my head around all of this and even typing those words causes me to bristle. She has already had surgery to explore the area, remove the cancer and reconstruct her body. Now, she is on the chemo part. Read More

Prayer

By Kristen Bourgeois

I recently attended a conference with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans (CCRNO) at Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner. As part of the conference, there was a healing service with a Eucharistic procession. 

I’ve attended healing services before that have always been profoundly impactful in my faith journey. I knew logically that the Eucharist consisted of the body, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ. But, it was at some point, this realization became personal to me.   Read More

Three Non-Faith Reasons Why We Never Considered Artificial Reproductive Technologies

By Mary Bruno

There are many reasons why Chris and I have never considered IVF or IUI, artificial reproductive technologies (ART). Some are a direct reflection of our deeply rooted Catholic faith and our respect for human life from conception to natural death. But the truth is that we don’t need our religion to tell us that IUI and IVF are not our healthiest options. There are just as many important factors unrelated to our faith that have influenced us to steer clear of artificial means of conceiving a child.

Even without that faith component, it remains a matter of physical, emotional and marital health. Read More

Listen to God

By Kim Roberts

God works in mysterious ways for sure. Things that are not even on our radar manifest at the most perfect time. 

I had been at my job for six years, working parttime and not actively looking for a new job. I was comfortable where I was, used to the routine and liked my co-workers, but I knew I needed more hours to help make ends meet at home.  Read More

In the depths

By Greg Zambrano

“Out of the depths I cry to thee, O Lord! Lord, hear my voice,” Psalms 130. This Scripture verse is a strong supplication towards God. 

Don’t we often find ourselves in a similar feeling or situation? We are at the end of hope, the max of our faith in God and others.  Read More