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...

Unsolicited Feedback

At the beginning of this week, Franciscan Media exhibited at the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) in Cleveland, Ohio. I was fortunate to be able to attend and was pleased at the number of attendees who stopped by our booth—either to see what new things we had or to tell us how much...

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...

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