The Day I Met Pope Francis

“God always surprises us; he bursts our categories; he wreaks havoc with our plans. And he tells us: Trust me; do not be afraid; let yourself be surprised.” I couldn’t have agreed more with Pope Francis when I heard him preach these words. It was October 13, 2013. I was standing in St. Peter’s...

7 Ways to Thank Mom

It would be a scary world without our mothers. Moms are proof that God loves us. Regardless of our age, our location, or our independence, there’s something unmistakably comforting about them. Franciscan Media and Servant Books offer titles that would make excellent gifts for moms who are looking for...

April Showers

April showers are yielding to May flowers, right? During the past month, I’ve been watching two flowering trees in my backyard very closely. Two years ago I picked up a Dogwood tree and a Redbud tree from Lowe’s, with dreams of having clarions of spring out my back window. That’s the way...

Family Trees with Many Branches  

When I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, I remember having two friends who were being raised by a single mom and one friend from a blended family. The rest came from traditional two-parent families like my own. Times have certainly changed. Although there are still plenty of traditional families...

Stop the Bullying!

Recently, I have heard story after story—in the news, from friends and families, and even at my own dinner table—about kids being bullied. It’s rampant. It’s everywhere. As we’ve unfortunately witnessed time and time again, it can be deadly. And it needs to stop. I know, I know. Bullying has gone...

You Did What?

When Mark and I first got married, we went through all the required Pre-Cana classes and even decided to go for the full Engaged Encounter weekend as opposed to the abbreviated one-day class. Come our wedding day, we thought we were set. Finances? Check. Number of children desired? Check. Extended family?...

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