His Presence Among Us

By Charla Spalluto Misse

You may know this story, as it occurred in Baltimore when Pope St. John Paul II visited in October 1995.
I was surprised to learn of it 20 years later. Because I was so touched by it and have often recalled it, I was compelled to share it with you. I wonder how many of you have heard this story before? Read More

MaMa, I Can’t See

By Ana Borden

I think we are not the only parents in any congregation to find themselves bringing their index finger to their lips or sharing the notorious glare that implies, “Wait until after Mass.”
We were quite honestly spoiled with our oldest child, who quickly became engrossed with the Mass and has had the gift of singing since a very young age. Read More

A Gift from My Child’s Religion Teacher

By Dawn Cusimano

A few years ago, I picked up my son from school and, as we drove down Carrollton Avenue, he shared something he had learned from his religion teacher that day.
She told the class that whenever they felt worried, afraid or overwhelmed, they could simply pray, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus” and know that Satan, the instigator behind this, would flee in fear. Read More

Our Christmas Traditions

By Gaby Smith

Anyone who has heard me talk on the radio, has heard that Advent and Christmas are my favorite seasons of the Church year! I love the vibe, the music and the activities.

Everything about this time of the year is magical. I love making it magical for my son. Read More

Yes, They’re All Mine

By Leslie Bertucci

In 1996, God led me and my husband Johnny to make the decision to start homeschooling our children. At the time, we had a fourth-grader, a first- grader, a 3-year-old and a 7-month-old.

It was the beginning of a great adventure that continued for 17 years. Read More

Christmas Morning Memories

By Sarah McDonald

One of my favorite things about Christmas now is to experience it through my children’s eyes. I know it is cliché, but watching their wonder and joy and excitement fills me with joy and a sense of magic.

As a child, I loved Christmas, but remember as I got older it lost some of its magic (I became the sister in The Polar Express who grew older and couldn’t hear the bell ringing anymore). Read More

Why Do We Have to Go to Mass While on Vacation?

By Kristy Solis

“Why do we have to go to Mass while we are on vacation,” my 7-year-old daughter pleaded when we were out of town.
At first, I was annoyed that she would even ask this question. My initial reaction (unspoken) “It is a matter of conviction! We always go to Mass, even if we are out of town!” Read More

Tempted to Go It Alone

By Stacy LaMorte

Certainly, as Catholic parents, we have thought about similarities in the way that God loves us as we love our own children. It is that unconditional love that you couldn’t possibly fathom before becoming a parent yourself.

I really thought when I was a teacher of fourth and fifth graders in California – back in my single days – that the way that I loved my students must be the way it feels to be a parent. Read More

O Come O Come Emmanuel

By Casey Sprehe

The holiday season is crazy. Crazy loud, crazy fast paced, crazy packed with events to attend.
Ironic that the Lord asks us at this time to slow down, be quiet and wait patiently on Him.
The Catholic faith is filled with traditions and ways to enter into the Advent season with more intentionality. Read More

What Child is This?

By Leslie Bertucci

For as long as I can remember, Advent has been my favorite liturgical season. Even as a child, I loved the joyful anticipation, the sure hope that SOMETHING BIG is coming; SOMEONE is coming.

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Celebrating St. Nick

By Ana Borden

The fondest memory I have of grade school occurred a few decades ago on Dec. 6, St. Nicholas’ feast day.

I recall my teacher announcing that they could hear St. Nick arrive and that we should put our heads down on our desk, cover our ears and eyes and be very, very quiet.

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