Charla Misse Category

The Wedding Feast at Cana

By Charla Spalluto Misse Do you remember the readings chosen for your wedding?  I always remember one reading, in particular, a reading that my husband and I chose together and that I always enjoy hearing, “The Wedding Feast at Cana.” I am always heartened to imagine our loving Mother Mary beseeching Jesus to save the […]

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The Nativity of Our Lady

By Charla Spalluto Misse When my son was 3 while we were driving to preschool, I explained that I was going to Mass for the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, in other words, for our Mother Mary’s birthday. My son’s “job” at that time was to pick balloons for all celebrations. So, he […]

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Unfinished Business

By Charla Spalluto Misse I believe that being a member of a Christian family means happily serving each other whenever possible.  As a parent and spouse, like me, you probably find that you are often called into “spontaneous service.”  That means frequent interruptions. 

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Answers

By Charla Spalluto Misse I have an older friend with whom I correspond by email.  Just before he left New Orleans to retire in his native country, we had dinner together. This special friend recently wrote to me that he was always sorry he didn’t offer me any good advice at our last dinner when […]

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Noise Reduction

By Charla Spalluto Misse Last winter, I visited my sister in New York City.  Because I expected long wait times for plane boarding and during travel, I brought prayer cards and my rosary to spend my free time in reflection.  I also had a few chances to walk the big city streets alone; each time […]

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Following Christ’s Footsteps

By Charla Spalluto Misse I was recently blessed with the opportunity to attend a prayer service with one of the Medjugorje visionaries, Ivan Dragicevic.  Following a mass, his talk, and a rosary, he experienced an apparition of Our Lady.  One of her messages to those present was to pray for vocations.

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Hour of Divine Mercy

By Charla Spalluto Misse Being together at home with our families during this unprecedented time of social distancing gives us many chances to pray together as a family. As before, our family prays together each morning and night and before all meals.  Among many distractions, however, it can be difficult to come together to pray […]

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Lenten Reflection: Hunger & Thirst

By Charla Spalluto Misse I am surely not alone in feeling that this Lent has been especially poignant and sorrowful.  I remember when I first heard that the Blood of Christ would no longer be passed at Holy Mass and that the St. Joseph’s Altars were being closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.  That was […]

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Upbeat

By Charla Spalluto Misse I try to start my day by saying “Thank you, God.  This is going to be a great day.”  No matter the challenges before me, I try to start singing.  I greet my family with “Good mornin’… Good mornin’” or “Zip-a-dee-do-dah.” I look out the window and, despite the weather, I […]

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Difference Makes a Difference

By Charla Spalluto Misse As parents, we are responsible for monitoring our children’s growth and providing for their development. We regularly benchmark their scholastic, emotional and physical progress usually with input from their teachers, coaches and other caregivers. Typically, there are broad ranges of acceptable performance by age, providing children some “room to grow.”

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Carry On

By Charla Spalluto Misse The NolaCatholicParenting writers all have such uplifting and positive outlooks.  In writing and in person, they are so amazing to me: role models for keeping their faith foremost. It is easy to see that they “let go and let God.” I marvel at their relentless pursuit of God’s design and their […]

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