Volunteering at School is a Gift

By Kim Roberts

I have been asked to be the president of the parents’ club at my daughter’s high school, much to my daughter’s chagrin. I happily accepted the position and, even though this is a disjointed year, to say the least, we are doing what we can to contribute and lift the girls’ spirits.

Now, this is not my first rodeo. I have been president twice for my children’s elementary school and held many positions and volunteered countless hours at all of my three children’s schools over the years. Read More

Labor Pains

By Stacy LaMorte

It is believed that our Blessed Mother Mary delivered our Savior without the pains of labor.  Isaiah 66:7 says, “Before she comes to labor, she gives birth. Before the pains come upon her, she safely delivers a male child.”

I can remember thinking of this passage during each of my three pregnancies and reflecting, “It sure would be nice to not have to fear the pain of childbirth,” especially because my husband and I decided our birth plan would be natural childbirth and Lamaze for all our children. Read More

Fearless

By Greg Zambrano

 

The passion of Christ is a very violent and horrific event, but we should never be afraid of a crucifix – just respect and honor it.

 

Many courageous Christian men and women have stared at, venerated and exalted one. Valiant saints like Maximilian Kolbe, Edith Stein, Maria Goretti and others have given their lives for Christ through martyrdom. St. Ignatius of Antioch was martyred in the Roman Coliseum in 107 AD. Read More

Family Lesson

By Kristy Solis

A friend of our family told us, “The world would be a better place if all families stride to teach their families to be well intention in faith.”

Although I consider this less a family lesson and more a call from Jesus for all of us to always act with pure intentions, it made me more aware of the difference a family of faith or multitudes of families of faith could make in this world. Read More

The Holy Trinity and the family have a lot in common

By Megan Lacourrege

Megan Lacourrege

Theology of the Body” by Pope St. John Paul II is a thought-provoking read. A celibate himself, John Paul II took observations from his own upbringing and years of counseling couples amidst their marital trials to give public homilies on human sexuality. These homilies were transcribed and compiled to make “Theology of the Body.” Read More

The Gratitude Journal

By Ana Borden

One of the most well received gifts on Christmas Day was a gratitude journal for our oldest child.

During a year where the focus has been one of what went wrong versus what we should be grateful for, it has definitely been a good addition during our nightly routine. In just a few days, I learned a lot about how our daughter was feeling and what events during the day affected her the most. Read More

Glorifying the Lord and loving my neighbor

By Ty Salvant

God has gifted each of us with a variety of talents – mental and physical, personal and social. 

Coupled with our personality, our talents take different forms. Some manifest outwardly as with a singer, while others focus inwardly such as songwriters. But these are all talents nonetheless.  Read More

‘Bluey’ on Disney+: Choosing the better part

By Kristen Bourgeois

There are a lot of children’s television shows nowadays. So many options. And they all fall into different categories.  

Some have great quality when it comes to learning and problem solving. Some are shows that have no value at all. Then there is another group of TV programing that is good but is totally obnoxious to us parents (I’m looking at you, “CoCoMelon”). Read More

Childlike Wonder

By Stacy LaMorte

Leaving work to pick up my children from school recently, I was driving down Napoleon Avenue.  It was a beautiful, crisp autumn day, so I was already feeling grateful to God for the glorious weather when I saw two boys who looked like brothers standing on the sidewalk. Read More

Wallet and Cell phone

By Greg Zambrano 

One sunny day, the kids and I were outside the house. My oldest daughter asked if it is ok to judge others, to judge sinners and people who are in great mortal sin and don’t seem to care about coming home to Christ.

Right away, I thought she needed accurate information and direction from her dad. My idea was to teach her – with physical objects – so it could be easier to understand. Read More

Companions on this journey

By Kristy Solis

As we continue this journey through this pandemic, let us be companions on this journey.

Although this has been a difficult crossroad in life, it has affected individuals in many different ways.  Therefore, as we continue, if you have companions or even one companion, it will make this time bearable and worthwhile.  Even though we need to be distanced for safety reasons, companionship is a basic need and when it is not fulfilled, this will lead to emotional and physical issues.  Companionship is the basis of belonging as humans. It is human nature and we need to stride to work even harder to maintain companionship during this unprecedented time. Read More