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Getting more out of church

September 18th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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At some point in our lives, nearly all of us have been stuck in the wash-rinse-repeat cycle of Sunday Mass. We go to church, listen to the Gospel, receive the Eucharist, drive home and do it all over again the next week.

When we’re operating out of habit, we’re present but not really present. It’s a shame, too, because active participation in Mass offers a special opportunity to deepen our faith and more fully explore our relationship with Christ. Read more »

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Schedule God into busy summer family plans

July 14th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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My family missed Mass a few weeks ago. It doesn’t happen often, so my youngest looked genuinely confused when I told him we weren’t going.

“Like at all?” he asked.

If there was ever a time when guilt felt good, this might have been it. Read more »

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Motherhood, a labor of love

May 5th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Few women are prepared for the life-changing experience that motherhood brings. Sure, they may discover new curves in old places after having a baby or even develop a keen knack for multitasking during the toddler years, but these physical changes pale in comparison to the internal ones.

 For it is the living, breathing — and occasionally terrifying — act of raising children that causes the most profound changes. It is in these transformative moments that women become mothers, a vocation unlike any other. Read more »

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It’s Friday during Lent. What’s for dinner?

March 13th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Few things are constant in our home except the nightly debate over dinner. If one kid likes spaghetti and meatballs, then two don’t. Eggs? Yuck, says the middle one. Tacos, lasagna, rice, beans, baked carrots — even pie — there’s always at least one dissenter in the crowd.

No one is starving at our house. But we do tend to obsess over what we eat. Given that, you’d think that Fridays during Lent would be a meal minefield with our house of five abstaining from meat. Read more »

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Going to Mass strengthens our marriage

February 3rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Sunday Mass is supposed to be a time of peace and reflection, an opportunity to deepen our relationship with God and celebrate Jesus through the gift of the Eucharist.

And, of course, it can be all that. But if you are parents of small children, church can feel more like a game of liturgical hot potato, where you take turns tossing off a squirming child and trying not to be the one left holding the diaper blowout at the sign of peace. Read more »

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Our elders root us in our Catholic faith

January 13th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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I got rid of one of my grandmother’s old lamps last week. After years of use it had become more shabby than chic.

I held onto it because it was a tangible reminder of my grandmother, a fiery woman with a head of red hair to match. She worked as a librarian for a magazine at a time when most women stayed home. Read more »

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LOF: The Holy Family knew the struggles of ordinary family life

December 22nd, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized

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            The other day I joked that parenting was a bit like trying to fit one more school photo into the picture frame hanging on the wall. You open it up and find so many wonderful memories inside, then try to squeeze in one more and hope the whole thing doesn’t come crashing down.

            Some days, when the laundry is manageable, the dishes are done and the house is reasonably clean, I feel like we are actually handling life with three kids, two working parents, a dog, a fish and a calendar that magically fills itself. Read more »

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Living Our Faith — Create your own Christmas family traditions

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Sometimes I get stuck on how I think Christmas morning should be: namely, me well-rested and with a cup of coffee warming my hands as my children cheerfully take turns unwrapping beautifully wrapped presents from under the tree. Read more »

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How to make a Jesse tree with your family in Advent

November 23rd, 2016 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , , ,

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This time of year most of us aren’t thinking about the weeds in our garden. But after spending much of the summer battling unwanted vines in our yard, I’ve learned something about the power of long roots. They ground us, pun intended, and connect us to something beyond ourselves. Read more »

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Start a family tradition this Advent

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In an age where we can get just about everything we desire in an instant, Advent is wonderfully old-school.

It’s four weeks of pressing pause, which is not like hitting the snooze button. Instead, it’s a chance to re-engage with those we love and joyfully prepare for the Christmas season. It’s taking a breath amid the chaos and seeing what’s really around us. Read more »

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