What If They Don’t Bless Children?

About a year ago, my family was on vacation and attended Sunday Mass at a local church. In our parish, our kids go up to Communion with us because the ministers bless the kids (and adults) who do not receive. As my son approached the Eucharistic minister at this church, the minister presented the host to...

Slides and Swings and Simple Things

One evening, my husband and I came home to find our kids playing with some of our neighbors in the backyard. We recently had put up a swing set, and that particular day we had just put up our basketball hoop. It was a nice surprise to come home to this impromptu party in our backyard. We handed out...

How Much Do YOU Know about Mary?

May is a particularly appropriate month for learning more about Mary. Yesterday afternoon, I had the opportunity to hear Chris Padgett speak about Mary, the Mother of God. Despite being a lifelong Catholic, I feel like there are many things I know about Mary, but can’t really explain to anyone. This...

God Gave You

Several months back, I was at an event sponsored by the Athenaeum of Ohio. Even now, I still think about the brief talk that Fr. O’Cinnsealaigh gave that evening. During his talk, he mentioned praying to God about all the pain and hurt and suffering that goes on in the world—from natural disasters to the...

An Unexpected Ending

Last month, we exhibited at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Though I love attending conventions for Franciscan Media, they also can be quite stressful—especially when you are in charge. It was on Saturday, February 23, that I found myself in a bit of a pickle. I had set up a luncheon for some...

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