Morning Routine

By Greg Zambrano

During the morning hours, while you are preparing to go to work and school, there is plenty of time to pray. If you prepare well enough, you could even attend Mass before school or work.

The way I have set a schedule that makes it possible to pray before school starts is Christ-centered.

First you must have the kids be prepared the night before. They must have dinner by 7 p.m. to make time to shower, place their backpacks by the front door (zippers closed and homework finished inside) and have school uniforms laid out. All this must be done by 8 p.m. in order to have enough hours of sleep.

Wake up is at 6 a.m., and each of us individually prays the morning offering prayer. Everyone gets dressed and ready, and we are in church for Mass at 6:30 a.m.. On the drive to church, we listen to an audio of the readings for that day. It makes a huge difference. It is more meaningful to the kids when they hear the readings before Mass, and they get a chance to ask questions.

Mass is usually over by 7:05 a.m., and, afterwards, we step into the adoration chapel until 7:15 a.m. Those approximate 45 minutes before breakfast gets you nourished by the Eucharist from receiving and consuming Jesus’s body and blood. Being in His presence during adoration is another gift from the Lord.

We are blessed to have the kids go to a parochial school, therefore I just walk them next door from the church to the school. The kids enjoy a wonderful breakfast and have plenty of time to chat and play with their friends before school starts.

An incentive for going to Mass and adoration for kids is breakfast and playtime with friends. An incentive for the parents is that they are in the constant presence of God, building a relationship for a lifetime with the All Mighty Lord.

I Did Not Want to Write This

By Charla Spalluto Misse

Some people long to have a voice … I don’t.

Some people are comfortable being judged … I’m not.

So why did I want to write a blog? … I didn’t!

When I was asked to contribute to the Clarion, before I could decline, I felt a sharp tug emphasizing that I was being ASKED to contribute … asked.

I often pray that, when I am asked, I will have the strength to give my fiat as Mary did. I needed some time to pray on it.

Over the next few days, I had many doubts, always concluding, however, that the Holy Spirit was asking this of me. The night before our first planning meeting, my mind was racing. I couldn’t sleep. I was truly terrified by the possibility of writing, of exposing myself to you.

Finally, I meditated on Christ’s ultimate sacrifice, His suffering so that I might live … Then, it became clear, and my heart calmed: if only ONE soul were strengthened by my words, it would be worth any hardship I might face. Indeed, I am blessed to have this opportunity.

So why do I want to write a blog? For Him … and for you.

Whenever I write, I promise to pray that I will choose the right words at the right time.

Why We Choose to Raise Our Children in the Catholic Church

By Ana Borden

There is one constant I turn to in my life in our ever changing, chaotic and imperfect world; it is my Roman Catholic faith. This foundation provides me with inner peace and happiness so much so that I consider it the most precious gift bestowed to me.

My faith is a progression fueled by life’s experiences, listening and acting on the living word and inner reflectiveness. This ongoing journey is a lively and blessed adventure with moments of great highs and lows.

Despite any deviation, we know that God’s love and grace for his children will never fault. And, this is why my husband and I choose to raise our children in the Catholic Church.

Because faith is  . . .  

  • internal peace.
  • hope following a tragedy.
  • not fearing death knowing there is eternal life.
  • forgiving, sometimes over and over again.
  • action
  • having conviction when others question you.
  • finding strength to conquer temptation during moments of weakness.
  • leading not leaving.      

Why have you chosen to raise your child in the Catholic faith?