Book Review: “Cloud of Witnesses: A Child’s First Book of Saints”

By Sarah McDonald

Over the past two years, we welcomed our fifth child and many nieces, nephews and friends. We are blessed with new life and baby blessings from God. Read More

The Beauty in the Moment

By Gaby Smith

This morning, I was laying in bed with a cup of coffee. It’s my morning tradition and a little “reward” for getting up at 5 a.m. for work. I love coffee in bed and look forward to it every day.

After my son was done with his breakfast, he ran and jumped in my bed (luckily I had time to put my coffee down before it spilled everywhere). Read More

The truth that’s worth It: One I wish I’d known sooner

By Courtney Elmer

Have you looked in the mirror today?

I’m sure you have at least once … what did you tell yourself?

Was it something positive? Or were you silently kicking yourself for something you did or didn’t do? Something you have or don’t have? Read More

Engaged

By Kim Roberts

So, my first-born, eldest daughter became engaged on Good Friday.

While she has been out of college for three years and working and supporting herself as a graphic designer for some time now, I can’t help but think of her as my little girl. Read More

Forged by Fire

By Charla Misse

When I was young, I suffered severe headaches. My friends really never knew. I carried on throughout the day as best I could until I was home and able to retreat into my family’s care. Read More

A family that prays together

By Kevin Sprehe

Praying with my children could often be better described as a circus, herding cats or a fire drill.  Half the time they are jumping on my shoulders, running around throwing toys, doing cartwheels or simply not paying attention. Read More

Let Fathers celebrate Father’s Day the only way we know how

By Gavin C. Lewis

Father’s Day holds so many different meanings for me, because I grew up without my father.

What I realized growing up and watching other families celebrate, is that there is no standard way to celebrate Father’s Day, unlike  other holidays. Read More

Live like it’s 9/11

By Stacy LaMorte

I recently had the amazing opportunity to travel to New York City with my family over Mardi Gras break. We had a wonderful time, and not once did I hear, “I’m bored!” There was so much to do and so much to see.

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Celebrating baptism anniversaries

By Leslie Bertucci

There is more to us than meets the eye. We are more than just flesh and blood; we are soul and spirit. So the day we become part of the body of Christ through the sacrament of baptism is just as important as the day we are born. Maybe more so. Read More

Veni Sancte Spiritus

By Greg Zambrano

“Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your spirit and they shall be created and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.” Amen.

You can also find the Latin version which is also spectacular, “Veni Sancte Spiritus.”

We pray this prayer together as a family at the end of the rosary to always remember and honor the Holy Spirit. Read More

Pentecost

By Casey Sprehe

Feasts and fasts. Purifications and celebrations. The church’s extremes throughout the year are chances for me to model for my kids what liturgical living looks like.

Pentecost – the birthday of the church – is a time we draw them into the celebration more than Sunday Mass. Read More