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The End of Kindergarten

By Charlotte Phillips My middle son graduated from kindergarten today. When I picked him up from school a couple of days ago, I noticed I could see the tip of his white sock poking through a small hole in the toe of his shoe. Will these shoes make it through a day and a half […]

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A Prayer of Thanksgiving

By Charlotte Phillips Dear God, As we continue to celebrate our new life in the resurrection of your son, Jesus, we thank you for your presence in the ordinary, everyday moments. For the gift of leaves swaying in the gentle spring breeze, for the songs of birds chirping, for the vibrant colors of flowers blooming.

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The Gift of Grandparents

By Charlotte Phillips On Mardi Gras day, my in-laws beat us home from the Zulu parade, ready and waiting to pick up our four sweet kiddos before making the five-hour return trip back to Florida. My husband and I told them to spend the night and leave the next day. “If we wait until tomorrow […]

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The gifts of our imaginations and unstructured play

By Charlotte Phillips It was the end of a particularly busy week. After I picked the kids up from school, I still had a couple hours of work to wrap up my week. After picking out and enjoying our weekly Friday king cake, I sent the kids outside to play. “What are we supposed to […]

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Making Time for God in Prayer

By Charlotte Phillips As we reach the end of another year, many of us have begun to think about our new year resolutions. Exercising more, making better food choices and less screen time seem to regularly be at the top of everyone’s list. For anyone looking to make more time for God in prayer in […]

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Beautiful Chaos

By Charlotte Phillips Recently, I was sitting in our boys’ room waiting for our littlest one to fall back to sleep. As I sat there struggling to keep my own eyes opened, I started thinking to myself, “It is almost as though our lives got super busy as quickly as things came to a halt […]

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God’s Unconditional Love

By Charlotte Phillips The other day after dropping my daughter off at ballet, my middle son and I made a quick trip to Target. As we were pulling into the parking garage, I noticed an elderly couple going to their car. The wife sat in her wheelchair as her husband lovingly pushed her chair. The […]

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The Triple Colloquy

By Charlotte Phillips On July 31, we celebrated the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola. One of my favorite prayer tools from St. Ignatius is the Triple Colloquy. St. Ignatius introduces this prayer during the Spiritual Exercises. So, what is the Triple Colloquy? The word colloquy simply means conversation. During this prayer experience, you […]

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The Beauty of Ritual

By Charlotte Phillips Recently I went to the funeral Mass for Father Marty Gleeson.  Mass began with the procession of several priests along with Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Archbishop Emeritus Alfred Hughes.  I was surprised how joyful I felt watching these men gather to mourn and celebrate the life of their fellow brother in Christ. 

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A Prayer for Mother’s Day

By Charlotte Phillips   Dear Lord, Today we give you thanks for our mothers.  For the mothers who birthed us from their wombs, and for the mothers who birthed us from their hearts, we give you thanks. 

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P Kid Popcorn

By Charlotte Phillips Several months ago, when we got home from school, our oldest son asked if they could play outside and eat popcorn before starting homework. It was such a beautiful day that I couldn’t tell him no! He went inside to pop the popcorn while his sister and brothers played. When the bowl […]

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