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By Jenny Dendinger “I really need help, but please don’t judge me when you see this mess.” Her message wasn’t unusual. Neither was her situation. My friend was a busy mom trying her best to keep up with life. Eventually, she reached a point where she was so overwhelmed that she swallowed her pride […]
By Jenny Dendinger I stared at my phone confused. The message was from a friend offering us free food provided by one of our chapel members. The text read, “Call him. It’s not charity. Don’t worry.” But it was charity. It was absolutely charity.
By Jenny Dendinger The other night, my teenage son asked me to play a video game with him. I was physically and emotionally spent from a long, hard day, but I took one look at my boy’s smile, and I knew where God was calling me to be. Everything on my mind felt so heavy […]
By Jenny Dendinger This month, our family celebrates its 18th birthday. We have five amazing kids filling the 1,600-square-foot house we bought right before we got married. Our oldest turns 17 this week, yet the memories of celebrating our first anniversary while holding our tiny newborn are still so fresh in my mind.
By Jenny Dendinger With tears in my eyes, I watched my son process into Mass. It was his first time serving and, with his older brother by his side, I prayed he wouldn’t be too nervous. When we joined the Traditional Latin Mass, we learned to genuflect and make the Sign of the Cross as […]
By Jenny Dendinger Two years ago, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Latin Mass Community started a Good Friday tradition that our family now participates in every year. We began with Lamentations in the church. Father threw rose petals into the air and blessed us with holy water while we sang.
By Jenny Dendinger Whenever I hear sirens from an emergency vehicle, I immediately make the sign of the cross and pray a Hail Mary. This practice has been ingrained in me for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure where I first picked it up; all I know is, the sound of sirens […]
By Jenny Dendinger For years, when my kids outgrew their clothes, I packed them up to store in the attic. What started out as a sensible practice while in the season of having babies, slowly turned into a bad habit. The more I packed and saved, the more it fed my fears of God not […]
By Jenny Dendinger When I was a child, there was a popular pet store in Covington called Mr. Fish. Inside you could find almost every pet imaginable! As soon as you opened the door, the aroma of puppies and bunnies and bird cages smacked you right in the face. (The excitement of that sensual experience […]
By Jenny Dendinger It’s so easy for me to view the saints as people that had extraordinary faith and lived exceptional lives. While I know that might be true, it’s also unhelpful when I see myself as ordinary. By assuming that their level of faith is out of my reach, I reinforce the lie that […]
By Jenny Dendinger My family recently lost someone very dear to us. Four years ago, Mr. Marvin was a stranger that happened to share a pew with us at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church every Sunday, but in the end, we were family. Friendly smiles eventually grew into hugs and phone calls and visits to […]