Sarah McDonald Category

Making Time for Just One

By Sarah McDonald As I have written about before, we have five children; a pretty large family by today’s standards though it is perfectly normal for me having grown-up the oldest of five. I had an incredible childhood filled with opportunity and never wanting for anything.

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Women In Witness

By Sarah McDonald A few months back, my NOLACatholic Parenting column in the Clarion Herald was about raising Catholic daughters in today’s #MeToo world. I lamented the seeming lack of examples of women in today’s world and made a bold call for women to embrace authentic feminism. Needless to say, there were strong reactions … […]

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My Mother’s Day prayer

By Sarah McDonald It is the question that comes with every holiday, “What do you want, mom?” It’s natural for me to ask my children around Christmas and their birthdays about gift wish lists, and I am very grateful that they are generous enough to even ask me. When asked by my sweet 8-year-old (who […]

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Occasions of Prayer

By Sarah McDonald Before I had my own children, I read an inspiring Facebook post from a NOLACatholic mom and friend about how when her children heard sirens, no matter what they were doing, they would stop and pray for all of those affected. I remember thinking, I want my children to do that. too!

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Renewing Our Sacraments

By Sarah McDonald Our family has been filled with sacramental grace lately! With the birth of our fifth last fall, we witnessed her baptism. Earlier this year, our oldest received the sacrament of reconciliation.

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Mass and the Mardi Gras Mambo

By Sarah McDonald “Oh, it’s Carnival Time, everybody’s having fun!” goes the song, but, first, NOLACatholics – go to Mass! There is perhaps no weekend in New Orleans that is plagued by spotty attendance than the weekend before Mardi Gras.

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Where’d You Go to School, Mom?

By Sarah McDonald We all know that in New Orleans, the answer to “Where’d you go to school?” is meant to be answered with your high school alma mater. I never gave much thought to the impact that question has in our little world until my daughter asked me the question. And, upon hearing my […]

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Making Time for Us

By Sarah McDonald My husband and I both have full-time jobs to add into the mix of our marriage and parenting our five children. So, when you add up the amount of time we are at work while the kids are at school, extra-curricular activities, volunteering

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My Daily Prayer

By Sarah McDonald “Oh Lord, I do not know what will happen to me today, but what I do know is that nothing will happen today that you and we together cannot handle. This thought is enough to help me to face the day in peace. I adore you in your wisdom and your love […]

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Christmas Morning Memories

By Sarah McDonald One of my favorite things about Christmas now is to experience it through my children’s eyes. I know it is cliché, but watching their wonder and joy and excitement fills me with joy and a sense of magic. As a child, I loved Christmas, but remember as I got older it lost […]

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My Advent Journey with Mary

By Sarah McDonald Soon after welcoming our first child, I became more deeply connected to Mary, Mother of God, in my own prayer life. So much so, that in my daily prayers, I include, “Mary, Mother of God, pray for us,” in my own personal litany. When I was pregnant for my second child, that […]

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