When Family Planning Doesn’t Go as Planned

By Megan Lacourrege

Megan Lacourrege

Many newly married couples dream of what their future families will look like. It can become disillusioning, then, when that plan doesn’t become reality. For some, that means have more children or having them spaced closer than anticipated. For others, like my family, it’s meant the opposite.

Our initial family planning aspirations were dashed when, soon after marriage, we had a very early miscarriage. We hadn’t been aware until then that a loss that early was possible. There was encouragement when we were able to conceive our daughter soon after. Read More

Trusting in the Slow Work of the Resurrection

By Charlotte Phillips

 

This time of quarantine brings with it a laundry list of emotions. Some days are filled with joy – the kids play nicely together, my husband and I get our work done with little interruption, and no one complains about dinner.

Other days do not go as smoothly – the kids are all craving attention at the exact moment my husband and I are on work calls, mean words are said, and tempers are lost.

Most days fall somewhere in the middle, just as pre-quarantine days did. While I am saddened by the reason we are forced to stay in our homes, good has come from our time spent together as a family. We are no longer rushing from one event to the next. While we are still dividing our time between work obligations and schoolwork, most afternoons allow for leisurely family walks or bike rides, and bedtime is less rushed with additional stories and new prayers. Read More

Sharing the Blessing

By Jenny Dendinger

Most Holy Trinity Parish in Covington recently paired with CRC Global Solutions to distribute a truckload of food to the needy during this time of crisis. Since my sister-in-law knew we could use the help, she generously offered to go wait in line.

When she pulled into my driveway, every spot in her SUV that wasn’t occupied by a child was overflowing with food. We unloaded and unloaded until my porch and walkway were covered in groceries. After looking at all we had, she took a few things for her family and then went on her way to share the blessing with her parents. Read More

National Day of Prayer

By Kim Roberts

Recently, we observed a National Day of Prayer across the country where we were encouraged to pray for those who have been impacted by COVID-19.

A Louisiana politician that I follow on Facebook appealed to his constituents with a post telling them that the National Day of Prayer is “a call to come together as a nation, a community of faith and pray for those that are suffering in our communities.” Read More

Following Christ’s Footsteps

By Charla Spalluto Misse

I was recently blessed with the opportunity to attend a prayer service with one of the Medjugorje visionaries, Ivan Dragicevic.  Following a mass, his talk, and a rosary, he experienced an apparition of Our Lady.  One of her messages to those present was to pray for vocations. Read More

To the Moms and Dads of the Class of 2020

By Sarah McDonald

This year has been full of the unexpected. Words like, unreal, surreal, tragic, heartbreaking have swirled around in my head as ways to describe this time of “stay-at-home.”

In my home, I am blessed to find happiness and grace even amidst the inevitable emotional breakdowns of my five little people who miss their grandparents, their friends, their teachers and their priests. Read More

Our Lady Guides the Family 

By Greg Zambrano

The 13 of May is a very special day for our family. We remember our trip four years ago to Fatima, Portugal. It was an amazing experience to be able to take the whole family and see, firsthand, the location where the apparitions of Mary to the three children took place.

Of course, I had a pop quiz for the kids. I knew that if they didn’t know the answer it was an amusing way for them to learn some fun facts about Our Lady. Read More

God’s Creativity

By Mary Bruno

One of my favorite things about God’s creation is the incredible array of colors he has given us. Stepping outside during different seasons gives us a front row view of thousands of hues and vibrancies that are pleasing to both the eye and the spirit. The diversity and beauty of God’s creativity is just as apparent in the different gifts he has given each of us. Read More

Hour of Divine Mercy

By Charla Spalluto Misse

Being together at home with our families during this unprecedented time of social distancing gives us many chances to pray together as a family.

As before, our family prays together each morning and night and before all meals.  Among many distractions, however, it can be difficult to come together to pray at times other than these unless a new routine is created. Read More

Unshakable Faith

By Kristy Solis

As we continue this journey through this pandemic, today marks approximately 60 days of shelter in place for our family.  During this time, we have learned as a family that it is important to pause, to reflect, to have faith and to keep moving forward.

I challenge you to stop and think, during this past month what has changed or what has not changed for your family? Read More

Give Us this Day Our Daily Bread

By Sarah McDonald

You know what was one of the most surprising elements of this quarantine for me? The early bread shortage.

Sliced bread supplies were scarce, and there were limits as to how many one could buy at a time. There are seven people in my house, one of whom is a 9-year-old boy, so one loaf of sliced bread does not last that long. It was a little scary to think that we might run out of bread. Read More