Appreciating the Seasons

By Stacy LaMorte

I love the t-shirt in New Orleans that says, “The Four Seasons of New Orleans: Carnival, Crawfish, Snowball and Football.” While we don’t have the most defined weather seasons here due to our relatively mild winters, we do have definitive seasons of our lives.

It took me some time and “wisdom highlights” in my hair as my friend Karen calls them, to appreciate the fact that all our lives are broken into seasons. Read More

A Multimedia Holy Week

By Casey Sprehe

Holy Week is here. In our family, we see Holy Week as the final push in Lent. It’s the last 1/2 mile of the Crescent City Classic. It’s our chance as a family to recommit ourselves to our Lenten penances and up our sacrificial game so to speak. There are several ways we do this. The way I’d like to share today surrounds media.

This COVID Lent has us watching Mass, stations, holy hours and praise and worship sets on our TV. It is a unique Lent for sure! Read More

Upbeat

By Charla Spalluto Misse

I try to start my day by saying “Thank you, God.  This is going to be a great day.”  No matter the challenges before me, I try to start singing.  I greet my family with “Good mornin’… Good mornin’” or “Zip-a-dee-do-dah.”

I look out the window and, despite the weather, I say “It is beautiful outside!” and I mean it.  I marvel at the awesomeness of God’s creation.  I choose to see the glory of God each morning and love to share hope with my loved ones. Read More

Friends in Faith

By Kristen Bourgeois

Friendships are important.  Yet, I seem to forget that in the midst of a crazy life.

Trying to connect with people on a good day, let alone a bad one, is difficult for a shy introvert like me. When I’m not in a “good place” in life, I tend to isolate myself; afraid to reach out.  I lock up my suffering and stuff it down, which inevitably only makes things worse. Read More

Getting Eye-to-Eye with God

By Leslie Bertucci

I was recently helping my grandson Ollie get ready for bed. He was struggling to undo the buttons on his shirt, so I sat on the couch and had him stand in front of me.

“Grandma needs to be eye-to-eye with you,” I said. His face immediately lit up with a huge grin. Read More

In Defense of Adoration

By Casey Sprehe

If we are affected by the sun, are we not affected by the “one” who made the sun? Just like we can sit outside in the sun on a cloudy day and still get sunburned, we, too, can sit in the chapel and not feel anything and still be affected by the “son.”

As a wife and mother, I know I need to spend more time before the Blessed Sacrament. While a holy hour or even a half hour may not be doable at this season in life, maybe 15 minutes is. Read More

Difference Makes a Difference

By Charla Spalluto Misse

As parents, we are responsible for monitoring our children’s growth and providing for their development. We regularly benchmark their

scholastic, emotional and physical progress usually with input from their teachers, coaches and other caregivers.

Typically, there are broad ranges of acceptable performance by age, providing children some “room to grow.” Read More

When your child’s dream dies

By Kim Roberts

Parenting is a tough and sometimes heartbreaking gig. But, what exactly do you do when you are on the sidelines watching your child’s dream die?

A bit dramatic I know, but at the time that is what it looks and feels like, and you are powerless to fix it. Read More

Faith Not Fear

By Stacy LaMorte

We have a responsibility as Catholic parents, now that Masses around the city have been cancelled to continue to profess the word of God to our children. They are not getting this reinforcement at school in daily prayer and Religion/Catechism classes so we, being their parents, need to step up and make sure this is being done at home.  We must feed our faith and the faith of our children by professing and hearing the God’s Word as much as, if not more than, the words that we hear from the media. Read More

Let’s Make Charity Go Viral

By Mary Bruno

Covid-19 is the 2020 party crasher no one anticipated. These are no doubt unusual and unprecedented times calling for mass individual quarantines and causing some widespread panic.

Part of the fear caused by this “invisible” enemy is due to how easily it is spread. Scientists state that it could be passed from one person to another by simply inhaling droplets in the air that have been somehow expelled from an infected individual.

The ease of becoming contaminated is our new temporary reality, and, for me, this idea brought to mind a different more pleasing reality. Read More

When you least expect It; reminding others of his presence

By Ana Borden

Our youngest surprises me with the most tender gestures on a daily basis. He puts the needs of everyone else around him first in the most genuine and unexpected moments, especially when he pauses, looks at me and says, “I love you, MaMa.”  

Each and every time, as my soul softens with tenderness, I marvel at his timing – a gift from God – as often times it is preceded, unbeknownst to him, by moments of frustration, confusion or uncertainty I have experienced during the day. Read More