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

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