By Stacy LaMorte
I love the saying: “When you’re feeling down, look up!”
Sitting in my hair stylist’s chair one recent Friday afternoon, even with the exciting hair salon smells and sounds buzzing around me, I was feeling down. So, I looked up! Above her cabinet, my stylist had a jute basket with the word “Stuff” neatly printed in black. Read More
By Kristen Bourgeois
When my husband and I started dating, I had recently come back to the Catholic Church. I finally made my way to confession. Many years had passed since my last confession, with the last one prior to my confirmation. Confession was still new and scary to me. Read More
By Michelle Macicek
As we gear up, again, for the start of a school year with COVID protocols, it feels like we are right back where we started last year. We had a reprieve this summer that felt like we were in the clear for a moment, and things were pretty “normal.”
I actually found myself longing, from time to time, for some of the stillness and quiet that came with our lives being somewhat put on hold last summer. Read More
By Mary Bruno
When you hear “NFP,” what do you think of? Is it Catholic birth control or a waste of time? Is it something that has been healthy for your marriage or helpful for your health? Maybe you don’t think of it at all. Regardless of your present perception of natural family planning, I have a proposition for you and how you view one of God’s many perfect designs. Read More
By Kim Roberts
As the events of the world unfold around me and my family and I watch with utter disbelief what is transpiring, I find myself searching for answers and finding solace in my faith.
I do not know how I could live in these ugly, turbulent times without my faith.
I recently read a 1974 article written by Archbishop Fulton Sheen where he predicted the slow decline of Christianity with the symptoms stemming from the breakup of the family, divorce, abortion, immorality, violence and general dishonesty. Read More
By Greg Zambrano
Our ultimate goal is to be with God in heaven. It is the purpose of our creation. The Baltimore Catechism says, “God made me to know him, to love him and to serve him in this world, and to be happy with him forever in the next.”
St. Paul 2 Corinthians 12 speaks about visions and revelations of the Lord. Also, he mentions of being in the third heaven and hearing ineffable things which no one may utter. Read More
By Charla Misse
Today, I recalled the Wedding Feast at Cana, one of my favorite mysteries of the holy rosary.
It gives me confidence that our Mother Mary, so beautiful and compassionate, will intercede on behalf of me and my husband when we are in need. Her son, filled with devotion and love for his holy mother, will, in turn, bless us with whatever is lacking. Read More
By Christine Bordelon
For about three years now, I have been a weekly adorer at my parish’s adoration chapel.
Before I committed to a regular schedule, I would go to adoration occasionally when I felt a strong need just to be calmed in God’s presence. My first few times, I dropped in the chapel during rough patches in life or to pray for my children’s safe travels or successful medical procedures. Read More
By Gavin Lewis
As an educator and a father, I am always torn when summer break draws near.
On one hand, the need for my kids to get back to school and stop eating me out of house and home is at the forefront of my mind. On the other – knowing that I need to set my alarms and begin my days much earlier – makes me feel like I need a few more weeks of relaxation.
I would be willing to bet the kids feel the same way. Read More
By Sarah McDonald
This week, the world is watching the one-year delayed Olympic games.
This past weekend, I watched my son and his incredible teammates accomplish a dream on the baseball diamond.
Through these competitions, it would be easy to get caught up in the glory, but what has stood out to me the most is the humility. Read More
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 to his child’s noises tried to make him happy. He leaned over, wrapping his hands under his child’s arms holding him up. Read More