Charla Misse Category

Tradition Not Yet Lost

By Charla Spalluto Misse My husband was confirmed Catholic as an adult, just after our first child was born.  I am exceedingly grateful that we share the same faith and have many opportunities to grow and praise together. He attended RCIA at St. Patrick’s on Camp Street where he thoroughly studied the catechism.

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Become Like Little Children

By Charla Spalluto Misse It is common to see young children upset by things that adults consider relatively trivial. As children mature, we generally expect them to be more understanding and to temper their expectations. Well, when I was not-so-young (15 years old), my parents gave me a very nice pair of blue leather tassel […]

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Making the Best of Your Time

By Charla Misse After work, I was looking forward to playing with my son. When he saw me and enthusiastically asked me to join him, I was just thrilled. Before we could begin, however, I got a message there was a work issue to be handled from home and would take a good deal of […]

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Forged by Fire

By Charla Misse When I was young, I suffered severe headaches. My friends really never knew. I carried on throughout the day as best I could until I was home and able to retreat into my family’s care.

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Little things can make a difference

By Charla Spalluto Misse I look for ways to encourage prayer and devotion in my home and in our school.  I try very hard to discern and carry out the Lord’s Will. I am so frequently humbled, however, struck by the enormity of another’s work toward the glory of God.  So much more than I […]

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Losing Focus

By Charla Spalluto Misse My child is extremely focused. I often have to wait for him to finish something before he can really listen to me. I respect my son’s disposition, though. He is showing no disrespect when he isn’t focused on me. He is simply consumed.

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Just Driving Thru

By Charla Spalluto Misse After a long day of work one evening, when I was single, living in Virginia and feeling particularly homesick for New Orleans, I went to the drive-thru at Popeye’s.  If you knew me, you would think that was pretty funny since I don’t particularly like fast food.  Still, there I was, […]

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My Guardian Dear

By Charla Spalluto Misse In my second year of college, I was fortunate enough to go on a ski trip to Vermont with friends. As I went to school “up north,” I discovered that all my new friends had been skiing since they were young. I, on the other hand, had only been skiing a […]

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A Prayer Group at Home

By Charla Spalluto Misse Throughout my life, I have most often prayed alone. Of course, I go to Mass and pray before meals with my family. I also say morning and evening prayers with my child. Other than that, my daily time of personal reflection and prayer is usually alone. I have very little experience […]

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His Presence Among Us

By Charla Spalluto Misse You may know this story, as it occurred in Baltimore when Pope St. John Paul II visited in October 1995. I was surprised to learn of it 20 years later. Because I was so touched by it and have often recalled it, I was compelled to share it with you. I […]

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What will you leave behind?

By Charla Spalluto Misse Oct. 22 was the Feast Day of Pope St. John Paul II. Being a saint of modern time, his prolific teachings and far-reaching efforts profoundly touched the lives of most Catholics today. I remember his visit to New Orleans in 1987. While most youth encountered him when he spoke at the […]

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