By Casey Sprehe
Excitedly bringing up the gifts at Mass, Blaise McCaffery is the only kid I know whose smile passes out of his mask. His eyes squinted so hard, his face creases manifold. The kid beams with joy as he brings up the gifts to be blessed at the altar of the Lord.
In just a few months, it will be his turn. He will get to receive his first Communion.
Blaise has been waiting for this day like a modern-day kid waits for his Nintendo Switch on Christmas morning. He knows it is coming. He expects it. He awaits it with eager anticipation. He cries when it is not his turn to receive the Eucharist just yet. He is going to explode, via his smile, it seems, if he does not have the Eucharist soon. But his turn is coming, it is tomorrow. He says, “I’m so happy I don’t want to go to sleep. I want to get out of bed and go to St. Benilde now.”
It is the day. True to form, he is up at 6:30 a.m. asking if he can get dressed in his Easter best because TODAY is the day. The joy never leaves him. He is truly a living sanctuary.
When asked what it tastes like he says, “It tasted like foam and unleavened bread.” He explained that he has unleavened bread every Holy Thursday with his family. It tasted just like that. Out of the mouth of a babe, Blaise typologically describes the Eucharist. And today, he has said at least a dozen times, “I feel new and happier.”
Renew our wonder and awe Lord, for your true presence in the Eucharist. May we pine for it. May we delight in it. May we become new creations ordered to our happiness found only in You.
By Gina Sternfels
Raising a family is quite an experience for us all. For me, my sons always keep me on my toes.
I adopted a motto, “Never Boring.” As silly as it sounds, this simple phrase helps me look at what comes my way and roll with it. This is better than overreacting, as a mom can sometimes do. God is having me grow here for sure! Read More
By Jenny Dendinger
Since we started attending Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) in December, I decided to add on a Latin class to our homeschooling adventures. We already had the books waiting for us on the shelf, but I’d been avoiding them out of fear. I had never taken Latin before, so we would be learning the new language together.
I’ve been homeschooling for over 10 years, and I’ve loved watching my kids learn and grow. Their young brains are so eager to soak up knowledge! Read More
By Greg Zambrano
Reading the Clarion Herald recently after my child brought home a copy from school, I saw so many names of people coming in to the Catholic Church on the Easter Vigil.
I can tell it is not an easy journey. So much time, dedication and tears have transpired to enter the church. The person that comes in the Catholic Church is in search of the truth and desires to be in full communion with Christ. Read More
By Megan Lacourrege
Team-building can be important in the workplace, but, in a family, it can be just as valuable. There are a couple of free resources my family has used to grow in our relationships with each other.
One is the “Five Love Languages,” which was created by author Gary Chapman. He identified five different ways to show love to others: acts of service, physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time and gift-giving. Chapman created a quiz, which is available for free online, to identify which “love language” is the primary way that you prefer love to be shown to you. Read More
By Leslie W. Bertucci
In the middle of April, I was blessed to attend both a baptism and a funeral, within days of each other, immediately before and after the feast of Divine Mercy.
At first glance, these two events seem to be polar opposites. Thanks to Mother Church and the beauty of the sacraments, the two are like mirror images of one another. Read More
By Ty Salvant
One of my many projects currently underway is a journal to reflect on our motherhood journey. In it, there are questions to reflect on the mother you had, the mother you are, and the mother you want to be.
While preparing it, I asked my mother if there was anything she would have done differently. Much to my surprise, one of her most known characteristics is the one that she would have changed. It’s also the last thing I would have expected her to say. That conversation was so profound for many reasons. Read More
By Kristy Solis
Recently at Mass, we had a visiting priest, who is currently serving as a papal missionary.
During his sermon, the papal missionary spoke of taking a selfie with the Pope. It was the word selfie, which engaged my daughters and other children throughout the sermon, even though the selfie was not the message of the sermon. The message was God is with each and every one of us. Read More
By Ana Borden
Recently, I brought our son to the eye doctor for a checkup. To our surprise, he needed glasses!
Recalling getting my first pair of glasses at around his age, I anticipated his reaction the first moments after seeing through these new pairs of lenses. As soon as he adjusted them on his face, he started pointing out signs he was unable to read previously. Read More
By Stacy LaMorte
Life can be overwhelming sometimes, especially for parents. Being the parents of three teens now, my husband and I regularly question which phase of our life was more difficult – being the parents of three toddlers or three teenagers.