Tag: Catholic

When Kids Cry in Church

When Kids Cry in Church

Guess what, moms and dads — kids cry in church!  Shocking, isn’t it?  I know.  It’s even been confirmed by Pope Francis!  Who knew?  Yes, friend.  Children fuss and cry and flail around and poop their pants and spit up all over everything…IN CHURCH!!  Can […]

New Year, Same Me

New Year, Same Me

In a few short hours, a new year…a new decade…will dawn.  Is it really possible that it’s going to be 2020?  All signs point to yes, but still.  I have a hard enough time believing that the 90s weren’t just a decade ago, but 20 […]

An Advent of Peace

An Advent of Peace

Never would I have believed it if someone had told me 10 years ago that a two-day, 638-mile road trip with my family of six could be peaceful.  Truly, that sounds horrible to me!  Yet, here I am with day two well underway.  Rain is […]

An Advent of Joy

An Advent of Joy

“Happy birthday, Baby Jesus!” I whispered to myself through clenched teeth.  Of course, while the words were pleasant enough, the tone inside my head was considerably…not.  This is supposed to be the joyful week of Advent, I thought.  But if these children keep bickering on […]

An Advent of Love

An Advent of Love

This week, we light the second candle on our Advent wreaths.  To the Hope we found last week, now we add an Advent of Love.  Love of the Father who sent us His Son.  Love of the Son who humbled himself to be born into […]

An Advent of Hope

An Advent of Hope

Hope.  Such a short word; such earth-shaking meaning.  It inspires us, lightens our loads, carries us onward.  Hand in hand with faith, Hope draws us out of ourselves and into something greater.  And in this first week of Advent, our focus on Hope brings us […]

Be Prepared for the Rain

Be Prepared for the Rain

I love my green Hunter boots, even though I hardly ever wear them.  Rain passes so quickly around here and it’s usually too warm to make wearing them worth it.  Today, however, it’s been cloudy and cool so my favorite boots came out of the […]

7 Siblings, 300 Years, 1 Amazing Milestone

7 Siblings, 300 Years, 1 Amazing Milestone

I was a 15 year-old sophomore in high school when my grandparents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  That is quite a milestone, isn’t it?  Even at such a young age, I remember feeling the importance of it.  Looking back, it seems like such a long […]

September Reads — I Honestly Loved Them All

September Reads — I Honestly Loved Them All

It’s not often that I can honestly say I loved every book I read in a month.  Usually, I’ll like some more than others.  There might even be books that I downright dislike.  But to have read a book a week for a whole month […]

When you feel like the littlest of flowers

When you feel like the littlest of flowers

I’ve never had a great devotion to St. Therese of Lisiuex whose feast day is celebrated today in the Catholic Church.  Sure, she has an incredibly interesting backstory.  Yes, she’s known to have been incredibly pious.  She’s one of only four women Doctors of the […]