Family

Don’t Ever Ask Dad to Babysit the Kids!

Dads should just never be asked to babysit the kids. It’s not because dad is not competent.  No, he’s able to do all the things the kids require, even if he has to use the trial and error method to figure out what seems obvious to mom. It’s not because dad doesn’t really want to spend time with the kids.  He loves […]

Out of the Darkness and Into the Light

A recent Lenten homily spoke to my heart in a profound manner.  Our rural Catholic community doesn’t boast of many grandiose things.  We are a humble church and a humble people.  But our pastor spoke boldly and confidently.  He pierced the hearts of many with these words: “God is challenging us to step outside of what is comfortable and familiar.  […]

Cultivating Community to Support Mothers

It’s Not Enough To Tell Mothers To Stop Whining And Learn To Love Motherhood, We Have To Cultivate Community To Help Them… In an article entitled How To Stop Whining And Learn To Love Being A Mother, the author, Anna Mussman, addresses a malaise that has settled over the discussion of motherhood via social media. It’s obvious, Mussman claims, from […]

St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Roswell, Georgia—Photography © by Michael Bickerstaff

What’s Holding You Back from a Deeper Faith

Looking back at my childhood, I am thankful for the many gifts the good God sent my way in the form of people who knew and loved Him and chose to share that knowledge and love with me. There are so many examples from the good Catholic sisters and priests who taught me to my Presbyterian friend, James, who announced […]

"The Virgin at Prayer" (detail) by Sassoferrato

Real Stories of Prayer

The Power of a Praying Parent series “Real Stories of Prayer” by T. Thomas Prayer and suffering united to the Cross of Christ unleash God’s power, invite Him in and allow Him to work fully in our lives. This was made manifest to me eleven years ago when I was suffering from cancer.  Just after diagnosis and before staging, I had to […]

"The Holy Family (detail)" by Murillo

Lessons from the Holy Family

The Feast of the Holy Family celebrates the holiness and joy of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph of Nazareth. Each year, this celebration occurs on the Sunday following Christmas Day, unless Christmas falls on a Sunday, then it falls on the following Friday—which it does this year! The Church wants us to see the important link between […]

How Should We Pray for Our Children?

The Power of a Praying Parent series “How Should We Pray for Our Children?” by T. Thomas The first installment of this series addressed the fact that prayer is the best gift parents can give to their children. Now, let’s look at some ways we can pray for our kids. We can: Pray the Rosary—Meditating on each mystery and thinking of how […]

Advent: Letting Go of our Expectations

This year, Advent isn’t going as I had hoped, not even close.  I had promised myself that we wouldn’t overdo anything—baking, decorating, planning, shopping.  I wanted the liturgical season to be experienced with joyful and eager hope, rather than the frenzied flurry of pre-Christmas planning that tends to occupy the weeks preceding Christmas Day. Despite the fact that my family […]

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

Speak less, Do more

  When I was a child, I awoke many mornings and found my mother in the kitchen preparing breakfast or folding laundry, while she watched Protestant television evangelists preach the word of God. Some days, I stumbled downstairs to find her curled up on the couch, tears running down her face as she listened to the morning message. I caught […]

"Suffer little children to come unto me" (detail) by Juan Urruchi

The Best Gift for Our Children is Praying for Them

The Power of a Praying Parent series “The Best Gift for Our Children is Praying for Them” by T. Thomas Most of us would do anything for our kids, right? We give birth after hours of labor, sometimes without pain medication just so those kids will have “the best” start. We struggle through those early, sleepless weeks, tending to our babies’ every […]