Singing Our Praises

How many of us stay through the end of Mass and sing the closing song? Do you listen to the final song even if you don’t like to sing? I enjoy singing the last song. It’s usually something upbeat and joyful. So I personally made a conscience effort to try and get my 13-year-old boy to join in song. I...

People Are Watching

I helped an elderly parishioner to her car on Sunday after a parish gathering. It was raining, and she was carrying a glass dish that had belonged to her mother. It was only natural for me to offer to help her as she juggled an umbrella, dish, purse, and car keys in the rain. In addition to thanking me for...

Mom, Do You Believe That?

As my son and I were driving to school one morning, the morning show we were listening to was talking about guys being bad dancers. The broadcaster said men can’t dance, their dancing is goofy, they look terrible, etc. The hosts were even taking calls from anyone willing to talk about a particularly bad...

What Makes a Good Marriage?

My little sister gets married in exactly one week from today. In between feeling equal parts old and stressed (due to my role as Matron of Honor), I’ve been reflecting on what I could say to her as she enters this new stage in her life. One of my favorite books is by Dr. Ray Guarendi—Marriage: Small...

New Beginnings

It’s been a season of new beginnings in our household: new jobs, graduations, and engagement announcements. My house hasn’t seen this type of change in some time. It’s both an exciting time (filled with hope for the future) and a foreboding time (filled with “What...

A Slap in the Face

One evening after returning home from work, I was sitting in our family room talking to my husband and children. At some point in the conversation, my son walked up and slapped me in the face. His look of glee quickly changed to concern as he realized what he had done. He was sent to his room immediately. As...

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