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By Charlotte Phillips It was such a joyful sound to hear a church full of little ones at one the end-of-the-year Masses at our children’s school. Sitting in the back of the church, I could not only hear the school children sing and respond with their loudest and proudest voices, but I could also see […]
By Charlotte Phillips A few weeks ago, I went to City Park’s Carousel Gardens with my family and found myself on the swings with our 7-year-old. We both excitedly buckled ourselves into our swing – him in the swing in front of me. As we began to swing in circles, I couldn’t help but think, […]
By Charlotte Phillips Dear God, We thank you for the gift of hope given to us by your resurrected Son. As we continue to savor this precious gift during these 50 days of Easter, Lord, help us remember how it feels to bask in the joy of the Resurrection.
By Charlotte Phillips On this third Sunday of Lent, we hear the story of the Samaritan woman at the well from John’s Gospel. During this time, the Jews and Samaritans did not get along with each other. Also, during this time, Samaritan women would have gone together to draw water from the well. The woman […]
By Charlotte Phillips Mary, Mother of God, pray for us. Mary, Mother of Jesus, pray for us. Mary, Mother of the Divine, pray for us. Mary, Mother of us all, pray for us. Mother of Hope, pray for us. Mother of Joy, pray for us. Mother of Light, pray for us. Mother of […]
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 Charlotte Phillips We recently celebrated our 7-year-old son’s birthday. His older sister wanted to use her own money to buy him a gift, so per her request, we walked down to the gas station to pick out some of his favorite candy. She settled on a bag of M&Ms and a king-size Reese’s.
By Charlotte Phillips On Sept. 8, the church celebrated the birthday of Mary. Growing up Catholic, our household said many of Hail Mary’s. And, growing up in a Dominican church and school parish, the rosary was often said at school, too. As I have gotten older and become a mother myself, my devotion to Mary […]
By Charlotte Phillips Today, my husband and I celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. Sometimes it’s hard to believe it’s been 14 years since we’ve said our “I dos” on that unseasonably cool (who are we kidding, less hot!) August night. But, most of the time, it’s hard to imagine life before we were together.
By Charlotte Phillips On the first day of summer camp drop-offs this summer, our children were holding two competing feelings – excitement to go to a new camp for the first time since the pandemic and nervousness about going to camp without friends.