Gina Sternfels Category

Walking by Faith with Autism

By Gina Sternfels April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month.  For our family, autism awareness, acceptance and action are every day.   Each year, I see growth in my awareness of what my son can do, and I have always had faith that there is more for him. But, I did not know how it would […]

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Little Faith-Filled Celebrations

By Gina Sternfels “The one who is faithful in a very little thing is also faithful in much; and the one who is unrighteous in a very little thing is also unrighteous in much” Luke 16:10. Through our years of autism struggles, I have learned to find little celebrations each day!  As a parent, it […]

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Placed In Path For Each Other

By Gina Sternfels We often hear that God places people in our paths. I have had experiences where I come to see this is true. I believe it’s God in divine action for us. I have been the recipient of that gift on many occasions, often after Mass. I have been approached by individuals who […]

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Christmas Can Remind Us

By Gina Sternfels Preparing for Christmas and hearing Christmas carols playing reminds me of Christmas Eve as a little girl all dressed up in the back seat of my dad’s car. I was squished between my brother and sister, listening to the Christmas carols playing as we headed to a family party followed by Midnight […]

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The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

By Gina Sternfels As my youngest son, Christian, prepares for Confirmation, he chose St. Padre Pio as his saint, a great model of faith and dependence on our Lord. “Today, I will reach up as high as I can. And God will reach down the rest of the way,” St. Padre Pio said. At Confirmation, […]

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Grateful for the Best Church Ever

By Gina Sternfels Mass had just ended, and my son, Ivan, exclaimed, “This was the best church ever!” It is a true treasure for my son to have the ability to share that thought with me at the most perfect timing. I love when I hear my son say unique phases that he puts together […]

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Who is my faithful servant?

By Gina Sternfels I am blessed to have “Jesus Girls & Coffee” in the morning, and we get to learn together how to be his faithful servants. They are other Catholic mom friends that help me prepare my mind and heart for the day.  In the past, we have done daily devotions and bible studies. […]

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Lift Me Up To The Lord

By Gina Sternfels Heading into the adoration chapel, I saw a father bringing his baby inside. The father’s face was bright with a smile, and he was beaming carrying his son. As I prayed, I was touched by the sounds of that sweet baby that I guess was around 9 months old. The father tending […]

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A Unique and Special Relationship with Dad

By Gina Sternfels In the reading “The Consecration to St Joseph,” I was given new perspectives on St Joseph’s role as the earthly father of Jesus and our father.  It was beautiful to explore how he is there to intercede for us.  It also shed a new light on how my husband plays with our […]

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Never Boring

By Gina Sternfels Raising a family is quite an experience for us all. For me, my sons always keep me on my toes. I adopted a motto, “Never Boring.” As silly as it sounds, this simple phrase helps me look at what comes my way and roll with it.  This is better than overreacting, as […]

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A Call Out of Comfort

By Gina Sternfels Comfort. Don’t we want that? The definition of comfort is a state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint. That sounds great, but God calls us for more. In a Bible study this week, a friend commented on how uncomfortable the Holy Family had to be following God’s plan. I had not thought […]

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