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Gifts of the Holy Spirit

By Charla Misse The “Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts” is the oldest of all novenas and the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. During the novena, each of the Holy Spirit’s seven gifts is pondered alone on an individual day: fear, piety, fortitude, knowledge, understanding, counsel and wisdom.

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An Annual Examen

By Charlotte Phillips In Ignatian Spirituality, one prayer St. Ignatius invites and encourages people to pray is the “Examen,” which is simply a prayer to reflect over the past 24 hours of our lives. We can also pray an annual Examen over the last year. As we prepare to begin a new liturgical season, or […]

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An Advent How-to

By Ty Salvant How are you investing in your marriage this Advent? There are several ways to observe this holy time as a couple, which improves your marriage and models healthy relationships for your inner circle. Regardless of their age, our children are watching us. Our examples teach them how to interact, manage conflict, serve, […]

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The Gift of Failure

By Stacy LaMorte Do you know the best gift you can give your kids that spans every age group, gender and budget? The gift of failure. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.” I do not claim to […]

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Don’t overthink, just do and let God do the rest

By Vivian Marino There is an old saying that goes, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” Recently, I found myself to be the student with inspiration drawn out from an unexpected teacher. A few weeks ago, I participated in Lectio Divina (divine reading) which involves reading Scripture, meditating, contemplating and then praying about […]

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Wedge Between love ones

By Greg Zambrano Relationships start, flourish and sometimes sadly come to an end even though everyone mixed well.  These transformations remind me of a carpenter taking a piece of wood and, using a tool such as a wedge or chisel, transforming the wood with a break, rip or tear. This image is the basis of […]

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Working on our Weaknesses

By Ana Borden As early as first grade, I recall disliking English class for various reasons. I found drawing and painting, in lieu of writing, an easier outlet to communicate. Thankfully, my mother guided me to focus on writing and grammar and reminded me often of the importance of mastering this class and the art […]

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The Power of Yet

By Jenny Dendinger It’s so easy for me to view the saints as people that had extraordinary faith and lived exceptional lives. While I know that might be true, it’s also unhelpful when I see myself as ordinary. By assuming that their level of faith is out of my reach, I reinforce the lie that […]

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Seeing Jesus in your child

By Kristy Solis For those who have been blessed to know and embody Jesus, it is easy to recognize Jesus around them and in others. Have you ever seen Jesus in a child? For children, it comes so naturally and effortlessly. If you pay attention to your children, you will see Jesus. I challenge you […]

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Building Saints

By Kim Roberts While attending a parent club meeting recently, our guest speaker spoke about how parents are in the business of raising saints. I thought about that on the drive home and mused could she literally have meant that all of our children were going to be actual saints? Well, that couldn’t be what […]

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Show your children positive images of differences

By Ty Salvant When my youngest was born, I started reciting the alphabet-speaking adjectives she possessed or that I wanted her to develop. You are adventurous, brave, calm, driven, empathetic and so on. I would have to recreate the words with each recitation, because I didn’t remember the previous selection. A friend encouraged me to […]

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