Megan Lacourrege Category

You don’t need to be “Supermom” to be a super mom

By Megan Lacourrege This Christmas break, my entire family got sick. I think all families can understand how trying the situation can be. In my family, I tend to be hardest hit by illnesses. I was laid up in bed, and I felt useless. Thankfully, my husband was available to help with our kids, which […]

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Let’s Prepare for the Big Party

By Megan Lacourrege To be honest, I’m only starting to understand Advent as being a penitential time. With the Christmas carols, yummy treats and fun traditions of the season, it certainly doesn’t seem like a time dedicated to tackling sin, but it is. It is a perfect time to address our appetites so that we […]

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A Saint for Every Season

By Megan Lacourrege As a cradle Catholic, pictures, statues and stories of the saints have been backdrops to my daily life. However, it was at my sacrament of confirmation that the saints really became personal. I had narrowed my choices for confirmation patron saint to a handful. I was very drawn to St. Brigid of […]

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Tradition Accentuates Christ While Tying the Knot

By Megan Lacourrege This September, I had the joy of standing in my cousin’s wedding. The whole evening was beautiful. I was most intrigued that, during the ceremony, the couple chose to tie what’s called a “unity cord.” The cord was made of three strands of rope each converging from a different direction, symbolizing the […]

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Walking Pieta

By Megan Lacourrege In the past, I had struggled with feeling close to Mother Mary. My miscarriage changed that. Nothing quite prepared me for being told at my 12-week prenatal appointment that my baby had died. My doctor said I could wait to miscarry naturally or have surgery. My doctor also informed me he’d be […]

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Seeking Safe Spaces

By Megan Lacourrege “Safe spaces.” It’s something I was seeking after experiencing two miscarriages. I didn’t have a name for it at the time, but I learned this phrase through a presentation hosted in 2019 by the Archdiocese of New Orleans when Michaelene Fredenburg, the CEO of Life Perspectives, shared data-driven suggestions on how to […]

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Healing Through Miscarriage as a Family

By Megan Lacourrege The road to healing after experiencing two miscarriages has been a challenging one for me and my family. There are no one-size-fits-all ways to approach the grief journey one goes on after such a loss. I have been particularly affected by the fact that I have four children, but people only see […]

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Family Team-Building

By Megan Lacourrege Team-building can be important in the workplace, but, in a family, it can be just as valuable. There are a couple of free resources my family has used to grow in our relationships with each other. One is the “Five Love Languages,” which was created by author Gary Chapman. He identified five […]

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Self-Image is transformed through self-gift

By Megan Lacourrege   I remember first becoming body conscious in elementary school. Girls were called “fat” or “ugly.” Unfortunately, I was in that number many times, and it deeply affected my self-esteem. I was a bit surprised to discover that this way of making fun of others continued well past school. Most shocking to […]

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A Cinderella Story

By Megan Lacourrege A few years ago, I was teaching in the parish school of religion to sixth graders. We were studying the Old Testament. When we got to the story of how David became king, I was struck by the similarities to the fairy tale “Cinderella.” God instructs the prophet Samuel to go to […]

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Addressing PTSD after miscarriage takes patience

By Megan Lacourrege The shock of losing a baby to miscarriage is difficult enough, but it can be overwhelming if, afterwards, you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It’s well-known that people, like soldiers or accident survivors, may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, but few realize that miscarriage can also cause PTSD.

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