Michelle Macicek Category

When we drop God, we allow the devil in

By Michelle Macicek One of my girls recently started preparing some reflections for the upcoming school year that she will use as a student preacher. She sometimes runs them by me, which is such a gift. I would really like to share this one because it relates to all of us.

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The Battle Between Martha and Mary

By Michelle Macicek Wowzer! The last few weeks have been quite a marathon!! From the normal end of the school year festivities with six kids: closing programs, class parties, exams, etc. We have also had two graduations (with lots of events preparing and celebrating those milestones) and a Sweet 16!

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When the Answer is No

By Michelle Macicek Over the past few months two of my daughters have separately worked and trained to try out for something that they wanted very badly. Unfortunately, after each try out the answer was “no” for both of them. When they each received the email with this news, my first reaction was one of […]

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Best road to take: model Jesus

By Michelle Macicek “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” These are the words that Jesus first speaks while hanging on the cross. I was reminded of this during our parochial vicar’s homily this past weekend, and I found myself wondering how in the unfair, undeserving agony he was in he could […]

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Perfection

By Michelle Macicek I recently had the gift of spending a weekend with my college roommates and the fellowship and conversations were so incredibly life-giving and refreshing. We all live in different cities now and do not have the opportunity to get together as much as we would like to, but we have this beautiful […]

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The Gift of Giving

By Michelle Macicek Where does joy come from? My guess is that people will answer this question with a variety of answers. When we turn to sacred Scripture, we hear one resounding answer. Joy comes from following Jesus. Sounds easy right? So why aren’t we all picking up our crosses and sprinting to follow him?

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Anxiety

By Michelle Macicek “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Phillipians 4:6-7. Jesus tells us not to be anxious, but why does […]

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Words can soothe or harm

By Michelle Macicek There have been a couple of situations recently that I have either been involved in or heard about that have reminded me of the power of our words. The words we speak can be a tool with great power to share the truth that God has given to us in sacred Scripture, […]

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God responds to us with gentleness

By Michelle Macicek It was a usual Sunday morning where we were hustling to get the kids ready for Mass, and I was so incredibly thankful to be back “home” after Ida and very much looking forward to the normalcy of being at Mass in our parish. As we sat down in our pew and […]

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Be calm about COVID-19 in front of the kids

By Michelle Macicek As we gear up, again, for the start of a school year with COVID protocols, it feels like we are right back where we started last year. We had a reprieve this summer that felt like we were in the clear for a moment, and things were pretty “normal.”  I actually found […]

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Let your own kids know they can turn to God

By Michelle Macicek Praying with your kids is just as important as praying for your kids. This was not something I realized in the first few years of parenting and, if I’m being completely real, it was not something my husband and I were good at until a few years ago.

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