When We Can’t Love Unconditionally

By Ty Salvant

Disillusionment is a feeling of disappointment resulting from the discovery that something is not as good as one believed it to be.

Disillusionment can be cyclical, occurring hourly, daily, weekly or monthly and can be brief or linger depending on our response to it. Read More

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 has asked me not to embarrass him) what I wanted for Mother’s Day this year, my quick answer was a full night’s sleep. We all laughed because we know that isn’t happening …

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Are you a Martha or a Mary?

By Greg Zambrano

Are we giving children the proper example in our behavior during Mass?

As a community, even if we don’t have children or if they are long gone, grown up and left the house, we should still consider that there are children observing your behavior.

We must be good examples and help parents raise their children Catholic, even if we never say hello. Read More

How to Stay More Present in This Busy, Crazy World

By Courtney Elmer

“I just want to live in the moment.” Ever said this to yourself? I definitely have.

For years I felt like there was never enough time to get it all done. Whenever I sat there trying to embody whatever it meant to actually be “present,” I failed miserably.

But one day things shifted for me, as Thomas Merton’s words echoed in my head: “Now. Here. This.” Read More

Catholic Education

By Gavin Lewis

I often have conversations with parents (Catholic and non-Catholic) surrounding why they choose to send or are considering sending their children to Catholic schools.

We discuss the true meaning of Catholic education, what it looks like in action and if the Catholic portion in Catholic education is really that important. Read More

Am I Good Enough, Lord?

By Ana Borden

As a parent, one of the daily struggles I face is juggling and distributing my time, energy and resources equally among all our children and my husband while multitasking the responsibilities of schedules, households, my business and relationships. Read More

What Does God Inspire You to Create?

By Kristy Solis

During family prayer, a recent devotion was related to Genesis: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

It made us reflect as a family on the creativity of God to creative an entire world.  Both of my daughters were in awe of this grand concept.  Both of them are creative by nature with a love for art in many different forms. Read More

Prayer in School

By Kim Roberts

Our society is constantly being bombarded by news both on the television and through social media. We have more information about what is going on in our country than ever before.

We can see first-hand the battle for morality and ethics in our society is being played out right before our eyes. Read More

How My House Plants Taught Me About Life’s Choices

By Gaby Smith

I have five living plants in my house. Each one has taught me about life decisions.

Yes, I sound crazy, but hear me out. I love succulent plants. I think they’re cute and adorable, they look good in any room, and they’re very EASY to maintain. Plus, I’ve named all of my house plants, so I’m attached. Read More

Find Your People

By Stacy Lamorte

Do you choose to spend time with people who share your religious values?

One of my best friends started a women’s social and business networking group called “LikeMinded Ladies” here in New Orleans. While it has absolutely no religious affiliation or requirements, I find that there is a very “Christian” quality about it, in that it is a group of very positive, kind women who are there for each other. Read More

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! Read More