Snail Mail

By Stacy LaMorte

When is the last time you sent a handwritten note or letter via “snail mail”?

Let’s not let the art of letter writing become a thing of the past. Our children don’t love it, but my husband and I have them write “thank you” notes for gifts that they receive and physically put them in the mail to the recipients. Read More

Everyday Suffering

By Kevin Sprehe

As a parent, one of the hardest things to endure is to watch your child suffer. Now, there are varying degrees of suffering a child may endure. This will not explore extreme, heart-wrenching suffering. Read More

God Gives Us Everything We Need

By Gavin Lewis

To 2019 and beyond!!! 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run then walk, and if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you must keep moving forward.“ 

During the holiday season, we all looked toward 2019 and how we would continue to move forward once the clock struck midnight and 2019 was no longer a thought, but a reality. Read More

On Being a NOLA Catholic Kid

By Casey Sprehe

Only 8 years into this parenting gig, I’ve decided that our Mass experiences rank high in the stressful times of parenting.

I find it helpful to remember I was once a kid in church. It knocks down my expectations of how I want my kids to perform. It also reminds me, that this too shall pass, whatever hard phase of parenting I’m in, it will pass. Read More

The Value of Youth Group

By Dawn Cusimano

When I was in high school and beginning preparations to make my Confirmation, I was struggling with a dry faith life. I wrestled with the decision to move forward with receiving the sacrament. Read More

Making Time for Us

By Sarah McDonald

My husband and I both have full-time jobs to add into the mix of our marriage and parenting our five children. So, when you add up the amount of time we are at work while the kids are at school, extra-curricular activities, volunteering Read More

Let the Children Come to Me

By Greg Zambrano

In Matthew 19:13-15, the blessing of the children is discussed.
“Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ After he placed his hands on them, he went away.” Read More

El Día de los Reyes Magos

By Ana Borden

One of my favorite days of the year is Jan. 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, or as most New Orleanians would tell you, the first day of Carnival season.
Yes, entering the start of the king cake season is a plus, but for me it signifies most importantly the 12th and final day of the Christmas season. Read More

When You Just Can’t Do It Anymore

By Gaby Smith

Hey there tired parent. I understand you. You’re too exhausted to get back up and keep on going.

You had a long day at your job, where you spent half of your day putting out fires or you were caught up with errands/school activities that drove you nuts. Read More

The Voices that Matter

By Leslie Bertucci

Every day, we’re bombarded by so much noise, so many voices vying for our attention: texts, emails, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, TV, radio.

And, then, there are the actual human voices calling out to us. How can we possibly learn to filter out the useless noise and focus on the few voices that really matter?

I believe God gives us the grace to notice the voices that are most important to us, if we let him. Read More

A Prayer Group at Home

By Charla Spalluto Misse

Throughout my life, I have most often prayed alone. Of course, I go to Mass and pray before meals with my family. I also say morning and evening prayers with my child.
Other than that, my daily time of personal reflection and prayer is usually alone. I have very little experience with the power of group prayer and, frankly, did not know what I was missing. Read More