Being a Good Neighbor

By Ana Borden

One of the many places we evacuated to the first six weeks following Hurricane Katrina was Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Words will never express the emotions following the days and weeks following the devastation when hope seemed to cease.

After many anxious days and sleepless nights, an invitation came through on one of the news broadcasts, “Dolly Parton is inviting all impacted by Katrina to spend a day at Dollywood.” Read More

Always God’s Children

By Megan Lacourrege

 

Megan Lacourrege

“Mom, I need help!”

I can count on hearing these words echo through my house regularly. I always wonder what I’m going to find. A spill? A request for help reaching something high up? An invitation to play a game?

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How will they know we are Christians?

By Ty Salvant

“We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord.

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord.

And we pray that all unity may one day be restored.

And they’ll know we are Christians

by our love, by our love

Yes, they’ll know we are Christians

by our love.”

Recently, we sang these words to one of my favorite Mass hymns, “They’ll know we are Christians by our Love.” This hymn brings me joy and makes my heart skip a beat, yet it also causes anxiety for me. Read More

Wedding Interrupted

By Kim Roberts

I’ve been trying to wrap my head around all the havoc Covid has wrecked in everyone’s life over these many long months. The isolation, illness, panic, loss of freedoms, missed milestone events and just the joy that has been sucked out of day-to-day life. Read More

The Nativity of Our Lady

By Charla Spalluto Misse

When my son was 3 while we were driving to preschool, I explained that I was going to Mass for the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, in other words, for our Mother Mary’s birthday.

My son’s “job” at that time was to pick balloons for all celebrations. So, he asked when he would pick the balloons for the birthday celebration.

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Why I Write

By Kristen Bourgeois

I’ve always been introspective, and I love to write. I’ve got journals dating back to high school. But somewhere along my conversion, I stopped writing about the circumstances of whatever drama was unfolding at the current moment and started writing down what God was doing in my life.

Mostly, I wrote down what God was doing in my life because I didn’t want to forget it! Read More

Parenting in the Time of Corona

By Casey Sprehe

Sleep train a baby – check

Potty train a toddler – check

Send a kid to school – check

Parent during a pandemic – ????

As a planner, I often prepare for my kids’ next phase of life. Honestly, it has been helpful in many aspects of parenting. Gleaming on wisdom of those who have gone before me, I have found valuable information on raising my children. Read More

Losing a pet

By Christine Bordelon

I know pet lovers out there understand the difficulty of losing a beloved animal as we did recently when our 16-year-old Maltese Chloe died.

The only pet I had growing up was a parakeet, Pretty Pete, but, I’ve always loved them as did my husband had multiple pets as a kid. When we married, we knew a dog would be in our family. Read More

When you do not understand

By Kristy Solis

The world is struggling around us, this includes families and especially children. We instill in our children to lean on their faith to carry them through this uncertain time.

When you do not understand the world around you, it is a time for renewal and to seek faith. It is a time to pause in faith and to inquire “What does Jesus need us to learn during this momentous time?” Read More

The word of God comes to you

By Greg Zambrano

During quarantine time, we’re stuck at home, and we can’t go to Mass or adoration as easily as we used to. The solution I’ve found to remain close to God is reading the Bible.

Jesus said he is the way, the truth and the life. He is part of the “trinity” of God the father, the son and the Holy Spirit. He is the word of God and, through Scripture, we see Jesus accomplishing what he was sent to do by his father. Read More

Marriage and Sanctity: A Match Made in Heaven

By Megan Lacourrege

In July, the Church celebrates two sets of married couple saints: Sts. Zelie and Louis Martin, the parents of St. Therese, and Sts. Anne and Joachim, the parents of the Virgin Mary.

These are not the only married couple saints. There are quite a few others. (Even John Paul II’s parents have begun the canonization process!) Saints like these might make a current-day Catholic married couple feel both inspired and intimidated. We may desire sanctity but question our ability to achieve it, especially along with a spouse! Read More