Are You a Believer of Growth Mindset?

By Ty Salvant

One of my many projects currently underway is a journal to reflect on our motherhood journey. In it, there are questions to reflect on the mother you had, the mother you are, and the mother you want to be.

While preparing it, I asked my mother if there was anything she would have done differently. Much to my surprise, one of her most known characteristics is the one that she would have changed. It’s also the last thing I would have expected her to say. That conversation was so profound for many reasons. Read More

Are Selfies the answer to engaging the next generation in faith?

By Kristy Solis

Recently at Mass, we had a visiting priest, who is currently serving as a papal missionary.

During his sermon, the papal missionary spoke of taking a selfie with the Pope. It was the word selfie, which engaged my daughters and other children throughout the sermon, even though the selfie was not the message of the sermon. The message was God is with each and every one of us. Read More

“Mama, I can see the moon!”

By Ana Borden

Recently, I brought our son to the eye doctor for a checkup. To our surprise, he needed glasses!

Recalling getting my first pair of glasses at around his age, I anticipated his reaction the first moments after seeing through these new pairs of lenses. As soon as he adjusted them on his face, he started pointing out signs he was unable to read previously. Read More

Mind Over Matter

By Stacy LaMorte

Life can be overwhelming sometimes, especially for parents. Being the parents of three teens now, my husband and I regularly question which phase of our life was more difficult – being the parents of three toddlers or three teenagers.

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Learning to love unconditionally

By Kristen Bourgeois

Parenting is about learning how to navigate through life’s challenges with your little ones. As a young parent, I thought love would come naturally and easy. And, sometimes, love does work that way. But, sometimes, love isn’t easy and, if I’m completely honest, I don’t always know what I’m doing.

Somewhere along the line, in my own upbringing, I attached task completion and success with my own lovability. And, I definitely don’t want to pass that belief system onto my boys. Read More

I Saw Jesus at Mass

By Mary Bruno

We all know Christ is present at Mass, but it’s quite special when we are able to see such a striking resemblance of him in the congregation.

My husband Chris and I moved to the northshore several years ago and began to notice a doting father caring for his handicapped daughter every Sunday at Mass. His care and attention captivated us both – a beautiful representation of Christ himself right there in the pew.

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Confirmation is the beginning of adult faith

By Michelle Macicek

Our oldest daughter recently received the sacrament of confirmation. While there are many reasons to find joy in this, there was one I was most excited about.

When our children are baptized and receive their first Communion, we invite those present – family and friends – to write a small note of encouragement or their favorite Bible verse for them. We keep these notes in a box and planned to give them to our children to read before they make their confirmation. Read More

Holy Family Reflections

By Kim Roberts

I recently attended a Council of Catholic School Cooperative Clubs meeting at St. Clement of Rome in Metairie, and Father Andrew Rudmann, parochial vicar of the parish, addressed the group.

He captured my attention immediately with his first question, “How long do your children exist?” After a moment, everyone knew the answer, “Forever.” Read More

Prayer for the Bad Guys

By Charla Spalluto Misse

 

When my son was 6 years old, seemingly out of the blue, he said to me, “We need to pray for everyone, even the bad guys.”

I am always grateful when he shares his insights and teaches me things. I listen closely and think about his ideas. When I asked where he learned that, he said that he “just knew it” and went about his play. Read More

P Kid Popcorn

By Charlotte Phillips

Several months ago, when we got home from school, our oldest son asked if they could play outside and eat popcorn before starting homework. It was such a beautiful day that I couldn’t tell him no!

He went inside to pop the popcorn while his sister and brothers played. When the bowl of popcorn appeared, they all gathered under the oak tree in our front yard. My mama heart filled with joy as I watched my four beautiful children giggle and share their special snack. Read More

Let us Break Bread Together

By Sarah McDonald

 

Have you noticed that since the world started its assault on bread (and pasta), it seems like a sadder, angrier place?

Think about it, since the war on grain began, mortal enemies have been made of the “opposite” side of one’s ideology, and civil dialogue has become a lost art. Read More