Continuing to Celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage During the Pandemic

By Ana Borden

Seven months into the pandemic, despite the chaos and constant changes, I have seen beauty emerge in the sacrament of marriage. Have the restrictions from the virus possibly created a refocus on the importance of this precious sacrament?

It is as if gathering restrictions have stripped away the unnecessary details, lists, desires and emotions beyond the couple and God – essentially, the distractions are gone. Read More

Strong is the only option

By Kristy Solis

Over and over, I hear that the world around us is overwhelming. This is true. A pandemic, fires and hurricanes have intertwined in our lives and have become our new norm. Yet, we still need to live daily life through all of these trials. Read More

Respecting All Life

By Charlotte Phillips

October is Respect Life Month. It often seems the only issue discussed and prayed for during this month is for an end to abortion. Abortion is an important life issue, but it is only one of the many that does not bring respect and dignity to human life.

In Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis reminds us, “Our defense of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development. Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection.” (Gaudete et Exsultate no 101). Read More

Laughing at the Days to Come

By Megan Lacourrege

Last year, I had the chance to hear a moving testimony by Kylie Bisutti. A former model, Kylie won Victoria Secret’s Angel Search in 2009. Even at the height of her success, she felt more insecure than ever. The pressure of seeming picture-perfect didn’t make her happy. She committed to leaving the industry in favor of becoming “a Proverbs 31 wife” out of love for her husband Mike. Read More

The Kingdom of God

By Charla Spalluto Misse

I love school; I delight in learning.  I get excited about knowledge theory and creativity.  I certainly feel blessed to participate in my child’s education.

I enjoy knowing what he is learning so that we can discuss it, expound on it and possibly find references in our daily activities.  I love to ignite my mind and marvel at the expanse and deeply layered wonder of God’s creation. Read More

Focus on what is right

By Greg Zambrano

Many world issues are being discussed by people right now: Who is going to win the presidential election? When will this hurricane season end?

Twenty-one years ago, back in 1999, it was Y2K and the worry of computers crashing worldwide. Everyone was worried about their life savings – something they had worked so hard for – could disappear because of a computer program malfunction. Read More

Learning Acceptance

By Kristen Bourgeois

Acceptance. It has been a hard skill to learn. Growing up in an alcoholic home, we learn to accept unacceptable behavior, we focus our energy on trying to change the things we cannot change, and we are either unaware or lack the skills to identify things that are actually in our control.

This is why the serenity prayer is always so helpful. “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” This prayer puts things back into perspective. Read More

Why Not ART?

By Mary Bruno

 

Artificial Reproductive Technologies (ART) such as in vitro fertilization

(IVF) and Intrauterine insemination (IUI) are (strangely) one of my favorite things to talk about. Most people don’t plan on being infertile, so when it hits, it can be devastating.

A common reaction to this jarring life circumstance is to turn towards IUI and/or IVF because most are unaware of any worthwhile alternatives. Read More

Wake of Positivity

By Stacy LaMorte

I have always loved being on and around water; it is a form of rejuvenation for me. With the beautiful weather we have been having, we have been spending a lot of time boating as a family. I love sitting at the back of the boat and watching the wake that is made from the outboard motor. It is so steady, constant and reliably unchanging. It affects the water around it in a major way, causing churning and waves that continue even long after the boat has passed. Read More

I Miss Their Smiles

By Sarah McDonald

Many things have changed over the past few months, but perhaps the most visible change is that of people wearing masks in public.

My husband recounted a story to me of taking our 2-year-old “Happy Face” to the pediatrician’s office only to have her try to pull his mask off the entire time. She even made faces at him in an effort to get him to smile at her. Read More

“Unless You Become Like Little Children”

By Megan Lacourrege

Megan Lacourrege

As a parent, much of my job is to teach my kids, but I love the moments when my kids teach me. It’s awe-inspiring, to be sure.

I often have reflected on Jesus’s words from Matthew’s Gospel: “Unless you become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” What better example is there to learn how to be like a little child than your own children? Read More