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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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The Gift of Giving

By Charlotte Phillips We recently celebrated our 7-year-old son’s birthday. His older sister wanted to use her own money to buy him a gift, so per her request, we walked down to the gas station to pick out some of his favorite candy. She settled on a bag of M&Ms and a king-size Reese’s.

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Mary, Our Heavenly Mother

By Charlotte Phillips On Sept. 8, the church celebrated the birthday of Mary. Growing up Catholic, our household said many of Hail Mary’s. And, growing up in a Dominican church and school parish, the rosary was often said at school, too. As I have gotten older and become a mother myself, my devotion to Mary […]

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Sharing married life with the one she loves

By Charlotte Phillips Today, my husband and I celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. Sometimes it’s hard to believe it’s been 14 years since we’ve said our “I dos” on that unseasonably cool (who are we kidding, less hot!) August night. But, most of the time, it’s hard to imagine life before we were together.

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Summer Camp Jitters

By Charlotte Phillips On the first day of summer camp drop-offs this summer, our children were holding two competing feelings – excitement to go to a new camp for the first time since the pandemic and nervousness about going to camp without friends.

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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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