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Blessed Virgin Mary with Roses (detail)
Artwork © by Jef MurrayBlessed Virgin Mary with Roses (detail) Artwork © by Jef Murray

Did Mary Have Days Like This?

I didn’t have a good excuse. No sudden death, news of great tragedy, or personal fall-through. The clock just met 4:00, the kid of choice started with the customary late afternoon ranting, and it all unraveled from there. Somehow, the everyday things – the weight of my worries, the onslaught of my duties, the trial of just getting through the […]

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Raise Prudent Kids, Not Independent Kids

What the Experts Say It is popular for parenting magazines to publish articles with advice from child psychologists about how to raise independent kids. But what does that mean? One psychologist tells parents in an article in Parenting Magazine titled “Flying Solo: Raise an Independent Kid” that no matter how loving they are, they are not the ones able to help […]

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On Slaying Dragons And Other Noble Pursuits

A Lesson In Motivating My Boy Child To Choose The Good In the three minutes we had been sitting in our church pew, Christopher, my five-year old, had managed the following: He “accidentally” tore several pages of the green Gather hymnal, He took off his brown leather school shoes and tossed them under the pew (revealing large holes in the […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope St. John Paul II

“The economic, social and cultural transformations taking place in our world are having an enormous effect on how people look upon marriage and the family. As a result many couples are unsure of the meaning of their relationship, and this causes them much turmoil and suffering. On the other hand, many other couples are stronger because, having overcome modern pressures, […]

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Encountering the Word — Deuteronomy 4:9-10

A Daily Quote From Sacred Scripture “Only take heed, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children—how on the day that you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, the Lord said […]

"The Holy Family (detail)" by Murillo"The Holy Family (detail)" by Murillo

What You Need to Know to Become a Holy Family

The Feast of the Holy Family celebrates the holiness and joy of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph of Nazareth. It’s place on the liturgical calendar is the Sunday following Christmas, unless Christmas falls on a Sunday. When that occurs, as it did three years ago, the feast is celebrated on Friday, December 30th. Pope Benedict XVI observed […]

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The Holy Family

The Passion of the Christ was the most intense movie I’ve ever seen. But there was a moment of comic relief, a flashback to a young Jesus in the back yard, building a new invention. It was the kind of table that is now a commonplace. But in a society where people reclined to dine, this table would have put […]

"Christ in the House of Mary and Martha" (detail) by Johannes Vermeer"Christ in the House of Mary and Martha" (detail) by Johannes Vermeer

When My Martha Tendencies Highjack My Desire To Be Like Mary During Advent

I woke up one morning recently and panicked about my failure to “plan” Advent.  After a few hours of agonizing about an approach, I concocted a plan of attack. “If we get an Advent wreath, make a calendar, prepare an empty manger with sacrifice straw and pull out all fifty of the Christmas books, I think we’ll be in good […]

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

We Teach Our Children That God Loves Them

As responsible and caring parents, we teach our children that God loves them. We also teach them to pray and to go to God with their needs. But how do we explain those times when God lets them suffer and their prayers are not answered the way they had hoped? It makes the most sense to look to Jesus for […]

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Ishmael: The Shepherd Boy of Bethlehem

Ishmael is a newly released, beautifully illustrated, hard cover children’s book which tells an interesting Christmas story about a teen aged shepherd boy who encounters the Christ Child. Senior Editor, Vivian Dudro took time from her busy schedule to discuss the book and its potential impact on children today. Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle: Ishmael is a new children’s book with gorgeous […]