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By Phillip Garside As a Christian parent, one of the stressors of Christmas is helping children distinguish between the cultural holiday and the religious import. For young children, cognitively explaining the distinctions may simply sow confusion.
By Charla Misse The “Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Seven Gifts” is the oldest of all novenas and the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. During the novena, each of the Holy Spirit’s seven gifts is pondered alone on an individual day: fear, piety, fortitude, knowledge, understanding, counsel and wisdom.
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 […]
By Ty Salvant How are you investing in your marriage this Advent? There are several ways to observe this holy time as a couple, which improves your marriage and models healthy relationships for your inner circle. Regardless of their age, our children are watching us. Our examples teach them how to interact, manage conflict, serve, […]
By Vivian Marino There is an old saying that goes, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” Recently, I found myself to be the student with inspiration drawn out from an unexpected teacher. A few weeks ago, I participated in Lectio Divina (divine reading) which involves reading Scripture, meditating, contemplating and then praying about […]
By Gina Sternfels On a Monday, a friend called and shared something with me. He was participating in a small prayer group, and I came to his heart, and these were the words to share with me. “God has you right where he wants you.” I was grateful he called to tell me. As a […]
By Greg Zambrano Relationships start, flourish and sometimes sadly come to an end even though everyone mixed well. These transformations remind me of a carpenter taking a piece of wood and, using a tool such as a wedge or chisel, transforming the wood with a break, rip or tear. This image is the basis of […]
By Ana Borden As early as first grade, I recall disliking English class for various reasons. I found drawing and painting, in lieu of writing, an easier outlet to communicate. Thankfully, my mother guided me to focus on writing and grammar and reminded me often of the importance of mastering this class and the art […]
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 Lisa Janusa “Sing to the mountains, sing to the sea. Raise your voices, lift your hearts. This is the day the Lord has made. Let all the earth rejoice!” These lyrics taken from Psalm 118 in the Old Testament and put to music are an example of praise and worship which is an essential […]
By Kristy Solis For those who have been blessed to know and embody Jesus, it is easy to recognize Jesus around them and in others. Have you ever seen Jesus in a child? For children, it comes so naturally and effortlessly. If you pay attention to your children, you will see Jesus. I challenge you […]