Gina Sternfels Category

God, how can I build your cathedral today?

By Gina Sternfels At a recent Catholic conference, I was reminded of the story of the three brick layers that resonated with me. A man walked up to the men working. He asked the first man what he was doing, and his response was, “I am laying bricks.” Next, he asked the second man, who […]

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Living My Vocation of Marriage Better

By Gina Sternfels   God has me present in my vocation as a mother and a wife. To do my best for my family, I must be sure I care for myself and my relationship with my husband. For us, that is time together to focus on our relationship with God, our father.      […]

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Icons are ‘Windows into Heaven’

By Gina Sternfels Being a mom with three boys at home, I missed my creative time and space. I love to paint, but my duties were away from the brushes. However, it has been on my bucket list for years to take an Icon painting class, and finally, I was able to do an online […]

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Mary, our Mother, here for us

By Gina Sternfels In the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus shares, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself” Luke 10:27.   When the apostles asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor,” he […]

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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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