A Sacramental Oasis

By Jenny Dendinger

Blessing ourselves with holy water might appear to be a simple act, but its absence in our lives these last few months has been painfully noticeable for my family.

Before COVID-19, the only time the holy water was missing from the font was during the Triduum. I’ve also heard that some churches remove it for the entirety of Lent, but thankfully, my parish has never adopted this practice. Read More

Christ’s Salvation

By Greg Zambrano

Some time ago, I was going through a stressful moment – the very common stresses of 2020: COVID 19, hurricanes, kids not behaving, people out of work, watching the news and seeing all the protest/destruction of our USA cities, health issues, too much going on.

To take my mind off of the worries, I took two blessed candles out of storage. I placed them in the center of a table in candle holders and prayed a rosary. Read More

Kindness

By Sarah McDonald

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

– Mother Teresa of Kolkata

Very recently, I found myself in the familiar position of mediating a fight between two of my boys. Their tempers were flaring as they started raising their voices towards me as each tried to explain their side to me loudest and first – because, obviously, that would determine whose side I would choose, right? Read More

Do Clothes Make the Mass?

By Kim Roberts

Being a woman of a particular age, I recall attending Mass every Sunday with my family dressed in “church clothes.”

My sister and I almost always wore dresses or skirts, my brother always wore dress trousers with tucked in button-down shirts, and we all wore dress shoes.

We never questioned it; we knew that we were expected to dress properly for church – without question. It was a sign of respect. Read More

Take Care of Creation Responsibly

By Stacy LaMorte

Our Holy Father has asked us in the month of September to responsibly use our resources that God has given us.  He is not only asking us to pray for this change, but to model it as well.

It is hard to know the right things to focus on: composting, rain barrels for watering our lawns, recycling, reusing items, not polluting our water systems with contaminants, etc. There is so much to be done that it can be paralyzing, causing us to feel like none of our actions will change anything globally. Read More

The Wedding Feast at Cana

By Charla Spalluto Misse

Do you remember the readings chosen for your wedding?  I always remember one reading, in particular, a reading that my husband and I chose together and that I always enjoy hearing, “The Wedding Feast at Cana.”

I am always heartened to imagine our loving Mother Mary beseeching Jesus to save the newlywed couple from embarrassment, interceding on their behalf.  It reminds me that she is always watching with a compassionate heart.   Read More

My Miscarriage Taught Me to Long for Jesus

By Megan Lacourrege

I think it is impossible to look at the ultrasound pictures taken during pregnancy and not to begin dreaming. That’s how it’s been for me, anyway.

In 2018, when I saw the ultrasound image of a teeny, tiny baby at just eight weeks in my womb, I wondered who that little person was. I dreamed of meeting him and holding him. I wanted to know what he looked like and what his personality would be. Read More

Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

By Charlotte Phillips

When the schools closed on March 13 to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, I don’t think any of us expected to still be living in this state of limbo six months later.

Finishing the last nine weeks of the school year around our kitchen table while my husband and I worked from home was less than ideal. Our daughter was sad to miss her ballet recital, our oldest son was upset he didn’t get to play flag football, and I was sad to miss our middle son’s pre-school closing program. Read More

In Thanksgiving for Answered Prayers

By Sarah McDonald

On Sunday, August 23, as the threat of a hurricane double whammy loomed over New Orleans, we went to Mass as a family for the first time in several weeks. My husband and I figured there was no better time to attend together even if it meant mask-distracted 6 and 4 year olds.

When we returned home, my neighbor was outside gardening. She cut two flowers and gave them to my “Happy Face” child who loves flowers and all things girly, points she has made very clear in her just 2 years of life. Read More

Being a Good Neighbor

By Ana Borden

One of the many places we evacuated to the first six weeks following Hurricane Katrina was Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Words will never express the emotions following the days and weeks following the devastation when hope seemed to cease.

After many anxious days and sleepless nights, an invitation came through on one of the news broadcasts, “Dolly Parton is inviting all impacted by Katrina to spend a day at Dollywood.” Read More

Always God’s Children

By Megan Lacourrege

 

Megan Lacourrege

“Mom, I need help!”

I can count on hearing these words echo through my house regularly. I always wonder what I’m going to find. A spill? A request for help reaching something high up? An invitation to play a game?

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