5 Ways to Foster Your Son’s Vocation to the Priesthood

Sep 17 5 Ways to Foster Your Son’s Vocation to the Priesthood

Vocations.  We all have one.  It’s a special gift that God gives to each one of us and they are at the same time universal and as individual as we are.  Mine is to marriage and motherhood.  While this is a common vocation, my specific vocation is unlike anyone else’s simply because it’s mine, and because I am unlike anyone else.  God gives us, in giving us each a vocation,...

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Ask Not What You Can Get Out of Mass, But Whether Due Worship is Given to God

Aug 21 Ask Not What You Can Get Out of Mass, But Whether Due Worship is Given to God

One of the problems with contemporary Christianity is that too often Christians focus on what they “get out of Church.” I am thinking specifically of the plight parents find themselves in when their sweet newborn grows out of sleeping at Mass and becomes the loud and active baby. Their experience of Mass changes from one of focused prayer with very involved participation to distracted prayer...

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St. Thérèse, Jane Austen, and Raising Saints

Apr 24 St. Thérèse, Jane Austen, and Raising Saints

I have been thinking a lot lately about raising a holy family and what it takes to do so, especially when there are so many negative influences in our society. I want to keep my little girls safe in their Catholic world forever, though I know that I cannot. I want to preserve the innocence of their minds and hearts, so that they do not know about great evils committed by others. I don’t want...

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Review: Our Holy Father, the Pope

Mar 12 Review: Our Holy Father, the Pope

I have a confession to make: I enjoy reading children’s books.  I mean, not all of them, obviously, because often I find that merely labeling something as being written for children relieves the author of any obligation to practice good writing.  Have you seen some of the fodder that lines the shelves in most children’s sections in libraries and book stores alike?  Terrible....

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Lent with Littles

Feb 26 Lent with Littles

It’s almost that time again.  That’s right folks: Lent will be here in exactly one week.  If you’re at all like me, and by that I mean a fairly busy mom to a decent size family, who homeschools and basically has no time to herself, you may not be prepared for it.  How does one make Lent meaningful to children who are barely old enough to understand what a sacrifice is or why...

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