A Christmas Tradition Blooms from Grief

By Megan Lacourrege
Contributing Blog Author

We were hunched over a Bible, praying like we never prayed before. We had just returned from a 12-week prenatal appointment where we learned our baby had no heartbeat. Read More

Christmas Traditions

By Kim Roberts

With the Christmas holidays upon us and parents striving to make sure their children are reminded of the reason for the season, I can’t help but reflect on my family’s traditions during the holidays. Read More

Why We Wait to Decorate

By Sarah McDonald

As I drove through town the week before Thanksgiving, I noticed not one or two but several homes decked out with their Christmas decor. 

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A Special Place for Santa

By Kristy Solis

The Christmas season has arrived. Most families have traditions that are cherished annually every Christmas season. Read More

Words Do Speak Louder

By Ana Borden

What if everyone paid attention to the words they used and the message they conveyed during conversations, in emails and social media posts? What if we took a deep breath and paused to think about how our words and message will affect others, especially during moments of anger, confusion and hate. Read More

Advent is a Happy Time

By Gaby Smith

Advent is my favorite liturgical season. I love the Masses, the music, the anticipation for the birth of Christ and more. I love the season of giving. Call me cliche, but my favorite time of the year is Advent and Christmas.

Our traditions include the Advent wreath and the decorating of the Christmas tree. It’s just a happy time. Read More

Loss, as well as life, are causes for reflection at Advent

By Megan Alfonso Lacourrege
Contributing Blog Author

Christmas is upon us, and with it comes the familiar excitement and expectation. While there is sometimes stressfulness that accompanies the present buying, party planning and the like, the season is generally joyful. Read More

Servant Hearts

By Casey Sprehe

Our family is blessed. Our needs are met. And, if I’m being honest, most of our wants are, too.

The pull to focus on our first-world problems is very strong. I find gratitude and giving good antidotes to prevent that. It’s a battle that often, I let the other side win. Read More

Are You Giving Your Kids the Right Kind of Praise?

By Courtney Elmer

As parents, we want to make sure we’re supporting, encouraging and loving our children through our affirming words and offering gentle guidance whenever necessary.

And, as Catholic parents, raising virtuous children is an even higher priority.

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My Top 10 Things Families Can Do to Observe Advent

By Sarah McDonald

When I told my children last year that Advent was supposed to be observed like Lent, I think I saw literal terror in their faces.  Imagine my little ones trying to compute how the secular holiday season compares to Lent, the season of prayer, fasting,and almsgiving. Honestly, it’s hard for me to fathom as well! Read More

Holy Souls

By Charla Spalluto Misse

It was not until this year that I realized how immensely holy souls need our help.

At 7 years old and having lost loved ones this year, my son was more cognizant of All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2) than ever before. Read More