Trust in the Lord

By Kim Roberts

My youngest daughter, just like my oldest daughter, is a competitive cheerleader, meaning she cheers year-round.

Practices start in the summer with competition season kicking off in the fall and going through the new year, culminating with the Super Bowl of cheerleading – The Summit held at ESPN in Walt Disney World. Read More

Seek and Find

By Charla Misse

As I make plans for fun and enrichment this summer, I am inspired to spend some time with the Holy Spirit.  I personally try to recognize “his presence” throughout my day. It’s a very comforting and centering habit that I would like to teach my child. It takes practice, but it can be done at any time and place.

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“Faster Mommy”

By Sarah McDonald

Last Christmas, Santa brought my children a climbing rope swing for the tree in our backyard. My two older boys took quickly to the challenge with my middle boy making it up the rope first. This lit quite a fire under #1, who very soon after figured out how to get himself up to the top. You gotta love some brotherly competition! Read More

Kids need time for summer fun

By Gavin Lewis

Prior to the summer of 2020, my family and I would pack up once the school year ended and head out for a much-needed vacation. The kids were always restless and ready for a fun time, and we needed a brain break from having to help with multiple projects, tests and assignments – as if we were in school again. Read More

A Prayer for Mother’s Day

By Charlotte Phillips

 

Dear Lord,

Today we give you thanks for our mothers. 

For the mothers who birthed us from their wombs, and for the mothers who birthed us from their hearts, we give you thanks.  Read More

Renewing Our Wonder and Awe

By Casey Sprehe

March 2021

Excitedly bringing up the gifts at Mass, Blaise McCaffery is the only kid I know whose smile passes out of his mask. His eyes squinted so hard, his face creases manifold. The kid beams with joy as he brings up the gifts to be blessed at the altar of the Lord.

In just a few months, it will be his turn. He will get to receive his first Communion. 

April 2021

Blaise has been waiting for this day like a modern-day kid waits for his Nintendo Switch on Christmas morning. He knows it is coming. He expects it. He awaits it with eager anticipation. He cries when it is not his turn to receive the Eucharist just yet. He is going to explode, via his smile, it seems, if he does not have the Eucharist soon.  But his turn is coming, it is tomorrow. He says, “I’m so happy I don’t want to go to sleep. I want to get out of bed and go to St. Benilde now.”

May 2021

It is the day. True to form, he is up at 6:30 a.m. asking if he can get dressed in his Easter best because TODAY is the day.  The joy never leaves him. He is truly a living sanctuary.

When asked what it tastes like he says, “It tasted like foam and unleavened bread.” He explained that he has unleavened bread every Holy Thursday with his family. It tasted just like that. Out of the mouth of a babe, Blaise typologically describes the Eucharist. And today, he has said at least a dozen times, “I feel new and happier.”

Renew our wonder and awe Lord, for your true presence in the Eucharist. May we pine for it. May we delight in it. May we become new creations ordered to our happiness found only in You.

Never Boring

By Gina Sternfels

Raising a family is quite an experience for us all. For me, my sons always keep me on my toes.

I adopted a motto, “Never Boring.” As silly as it sounds, this simple phrase helps me look at what comes my way and roll with it.  This is better than overreacting, as a mom can sometimes do.  God is having me grow here for sure! Read More

Speaking the Truth

By Greg Zambrano

Reading the Clarion Herald recently after my child brought home a copy from school, I saw so many names of people coming in to the Catholic Church on the Easter Vigil.

I can tell it is not an easy journey. So much time, dedication and tears have transpired to enter the church. The person that comes in the Catholic Church is in search of the truth and desires to be in full communion with Christ. Read More

Family Team-Building

By Megan Lacourrege

Megan Lacourrege

Team-building can be important in the workplace, but, in a family, it can be just as valuable. There are a couple of free resources my family has used to grow in our relationships with each other.

One is the “Five Love Languages,” which was created by author Gary Chapman. He identified five different ways to show love to others: acts of service, physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time and gift-giving. Chapman created a quiz, which is available for free online, to identify which “love language” is the primary way that you prefer love to be shown to you. Read More

Baptisms and Funerals: Mirror Images

 By Leslie W. Bertucci

In the middle of April, I was blessed to attend both a baptism and a funeral, within days of each other, immediately before and after the feast of Divine Mercy.

At first glance, these two events seem to be polar opposites. Thanks to Mother Church and the beauty of the sacraments, the two are like mirror images of one another. Read More