I Am Related to an Italian Saint

By Kim Roberts

Our family recently discovered that we have a saint in the family.

On my mother’s side, my great, great aunt Anna Francesca Boscardin was canonized as St. Maria Bertilla Boscardin in 1961 and is the patron saint of rejection.

What I have learned from my aunt’s life is relevant today. Read More

My Daily Prayer

By Sarah McDonald

“Oh Lord, I do not know what will happen to me today, but what I do know is that nothing will happen today that you and we together cannot handle. This thought is enough to help me to face the day in peace. I adore you in your wisdom and your love and commend myself into your hands with complete trust.” Amen – St. Ignatius Read More

The Importance of Bringing Little Ones to Mass

By Kristen Bourgeois

My son, Nathanael, was about 6 weeks old when I ventured out to St. Joseph’s Abbey for daily Mass by myself.
It was the perfect time, in the mid-morning, when I knew the baby would be napping in between being fed. Read More

Living in this Moment

By Ana Borden

Before Halloween costumes were even conceived, anxiety began to creep in when I started receiving messages regarding Christmas presents for the kids and plans for the holidays. Read More

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