Extend God’s Grace

By Kristy Solis

During this overwhelming time in the world, of an on-going pandemic and a recent hurricane, we must extend grace to others. Through all these trials, we strive to continue to live daily life. Read More

Can’t Change It

By Stacy LaMorte

Hal Elrod was about 20 years old when he was hit head-on by an oncoming drunk driver. He required 11 surgeries for his injuries and was in a coma for six weeks. When he finally came to, his doctors all said that he still had a very long road ahead of him declaring he may never walk again, but that he was pretty much out of the woods as far as them worrying about him living or dying. Read More

Do You Practice Thankfulness?

By Ty Salvant

The holiday season carries with it an air of gratitude or desire to count one’s blessings, making it a perfect time to start new traditions and habits. A “Thankful Pumpkin” is a newer trend that helps encourage the positive practice of gratitude with the entire family.

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The Saints are our friends

By Kristen Bourgeois

I’ve heard it say we don’t find our saint friends, but they find us. How we stumble across a particular saint, for me, has always seemed arbitrary. But probably not arbitrary to the saint who has been privately praying for us without our knowledge. Read More

Beauty Blooms from Murky Waters

By Mary Bruno

It only took one dose of not-so-tasty medicine for our 4-year-old daughter to cringe and run away screaming at the site of the next 29 doses. Thank God for chocolate syrup! But that antibiotic finally started to heal her from an aggressive sickness.

A good friend of mine has had three very challenging pregnancies that have required her to be on bed rest each time. But it forced her and her husband to grow in intimacy in other areas of their relationship. Read More

Pray the Rosary

By Kim Roberts

As October and the month of the rosary draws to a close, I can’t help but reflect on the goals I set for this month and did not achieve.

As the month approached, I told myself I would pray the rosary every day without fail. I planned to deeply meditate on the mysteries and pray from the mind, body and soul. Well, all of those lofty goals did not come to fruition as life got in the way. I know, that is not an excuse, but it is the truth. Read More

Are We Ascending?

By Greg Zambrano

 

There are so many amazing stories of the Bible that really inspire, while at same time instruct and catechize you. One bible passage that I really enjoy is Genesis 28:10-17 – Jacob’s dream of the stairway to heaven. It is a short story in the bible that kids could really enjoy. 

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Got Milkweed?

By Charla Misse

When I see a butterfly, I am reminded of the miraculous transformations allowed by our supremely powerful and omniscient God in the Luminous Mysteries of the Holy Rosary. I think of all the opportunities we have for change in our lives and the great mercy that our Lord extends to us. Read More

When You Have Nothing to Write About

By Sarah McDonald

I am going to be really honest here. Sometimes, there is nothing to write about. Sometimes life is hard, really hard – exhausting. Sometimes family life, work life and even faith life are all overwhelming, and it’s hard to find words. 

Sometimes, in the midst of your mind being so full you don’t think you can take one more thing, you can’t process enough to write a sentence on the paper. Read More

Having the faith of a child!

By Gavin C. Lewis

When my family and I evacuated for Hurricane Ida, I really had no expectations on when we would return. I made the same mistake I did during my Hurricane Katrina evacuation – I only packed three outfits, two pair of shoes, forgot a few items and shrugged it off like we would be back in a day or two. The kids however, were packed as if they were going on vacation with sunscreen, swimsuits, toys, sunglasses, dolls, blankets, snacks, etc. Read More

Words can soothe or harm

By Michelle Macicek

There have been a couple of situations recently that I have either been involved in or heard about that have reminded me of the power of our words. The words we speak can be a tool with great power to share the truth that God has given to us in sacred Scripture, but our words can also be a tool to hurt, tear down or go against what our father has asked of us. Read More