Ana Borden Category

The Rose Bush

By Ana Borden There are a few things I still recall about my grandmother before she passed away when I was a child. Among them was her love for rose bushes that grew in her yard. As a hobby, she cultivated beautiful heirloom roses in various hues of pinks and red. Following her passing, my mother propagated “offsprings” […]

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The Gift of Water

By Ana Borden Water is a gift from God. It nourishes us not only physically but spiritually, as we experience, for example, in the sacrament of Baptism.

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Actions Speak Louder than Words

By Ana Borden Every Sunday, we attend Mass as a family. My husband leads us into a pew and steps to the side as we each enter. As we leave the pew to receive Holy Communion as a family, once again he steps to the side and allows each of us to go before him. It […]

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Sunday, A Day of Rest

By Ana Borden This past weekend, one of my sisters came into town for a long weekend visit. We had dinner with our parents every night, and even had a beignet run and playground fun Saturday morning. On Sunday, we attended Mass as usual and, that afternoon, we celebrated Christmas early as a family. My sisters […]

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A Bouquet of Flowers

By Ana Borden Recently, my husband arrived with four beautiful orange canna lilies. It was a tiny bouquet in comparison to previous ones he had brought me, but the significance was more profound than any other. He stopped by multiple stores to find the perfect ones in the same color from our wedding. The time, energy and […]

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Do Mommies Get Sick?

By Ana Borden My oldest son recently had a revelation. As members of our immediate family got sick one after the other this past week, I took care of each them with very little rest while continuing with the usual busyness of child care, home making and working. It led him to ask me, “Do […]

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Play Ball

By Ana Borden For the past 2½ months, it seems as if there has been nothing but baseball, baseball and more baseball in our household – from on the field to watching every kid-appropriate baseball movie. We learned, via watching “The Rookie,” that St. Rita was the unofficial baseball patron saint. We became true followers […]

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The Game of Chess

By Ana Borden Growing up, my father would pull out a marble chess board – that is if a soccer game was not being televised – when Spanish priests from St. Theresa of Avila Parish would regularly visit us. Padre Miguel, in particular, would share his childhood memories from Spain before we enjoyed tapas for […]

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The Act of a Wave

By Ana Borden Recently, we traveled to Disney World. Face coverings were still required and hiding cast members’ smiles, however there was still a sense of recognition thanks to a friendly hand wave.  As Americans we are used to this gesture, and, as customary, we wave and acknowledge back, which is a sign of recognition […]

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“Mama, I can see the moon!”

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 […]

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A Covenant of Life and Love: Why Children Should witness the sacrament of marriage

By Ana Borden During the days prior to my sister’s and brother-in-law’s wedding, our children had many questions about the sacrament of marriage, and, of course, about their roles as ring bearers and flower girls. We were very happy to see their excitement and, most importantly, to see them witness their stunning aunt and her […]

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