The Value of Youth Group

By Dawn Cusimano

When I was in high school and beginning preparations to make my Confirmation, I was struggling with a dry faith life. I wrestled with the decision to move forward with receiving the sacrament. Read More

Making Time for Us

By Sarah McDonald

My husband and I both have full-time jobs to add into the mix of our marriage and parenting our five children. So, when you add up the amount of time we are at work while the kids are at school, extra-curricular activities, volunteering Read More

Let the Children Come to Me

By Greg Zambrano

In Matthew 19:13-15, the blessing of the children is discussed.
“Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ After he placed his hands on them, he went away.” Read More

El Día de los Reyes Magos

By Ana Borden

One of my favorite days of the year is Jan. 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, or as most New Orleanians would tell you, the first day of Carnival season.
Yes, entering the start of the king cake season is a plus, but for me it signifies most importantly the 12th and final day of the Christmas season. Read More

When You Just Can’t Do It Anymore

By Gaby Smith

Hey there tired parent. I understand you. You’re too exhausted to get back up and keep on going.

You had a long day at your job, where you spent half of your day putting out fires or you were caught up with errands/school activities that drove you nuts. Read More

The Voices that Matter

By Leslie Bertucci

Every day, we’re bombarded by so much noise, so many voices vying for our attention: texts, emails, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, TV, radio.

And, then, there are the actual human voices calling out to us. How can we possibly learn to filter out the useless noise and focus on the few voices that really matter?

I believe God gives us the grace to notice the voices that are most important to us, if we let him. Read More

A Prayer Group at Home

By Charla Spalluto Misse

Throughout my life, I have most often prayed alone. Of course, I go to Mass and pray before meals with my family. I also say morning and evening prayers with my child.
Other than that, my daily time of personal reflection and prayer is usually alone. I have very little experience with the power of group prayer and, frankly, did not know what I was missing. Read More

Spouses First = Kids First

By Stacy LaMorte

I know it seems counterintuitive to say so, but putting your spouse first is, in turn, putting your kids first.

When we have a happy, supportive marriage, we have a strong, stable base for our children to grow and flourish spiritually, emotionally and physically. Read More

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