Moms

Special Children, Blessed Fathers and The Profound Witness They Offer

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

She sat in the first pew, directly in front of our parish’s beautiful gold tabernacle.  She was dressed for the occasion, donning a simple white dress and she had a small lace veil clipped into her hair.   Her excitement over the upcoming event left her wiggly and every few minutes, she’d look over at her teacher and flash a grin […]

A Mother’s Serenity Prayer

When the heat goes out and the temperature is minus-two degrees outside and I wonder when the oil company will arrive to save us from this dangerous situation, —Lord, help me to accept hardship as a pathway to peace, to take as Jesus did the sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. When we are on day […]

Three Good Catholic Reads

During the last week of January, when the grey had permanently settled in the sky and all I could see out my windows was a world painted the colors of a penitentiary, I received a late Christmas package: a box of review copy books. When I tore into the brown UPS package, my heart leapt with joy because although it […]

Six Ways to Avoid Becoming a Virtual Family

The Virtual Family: Connected or Disconnected?

I took my family out to dinner one evening after my younger son’s lacrosse practice. As we were catching up on each other’s day and making plans for the coming weekend, I noticed a family had been seated at the table next to us. What struck me as odd was that the dad was on his iPhone answering an email, […]

An Online Conference for Catholic Moms

When I first heard about Tami Kiser’s idea for a free online conference for Catholic moms, I was enthusiastic. Apparently, I’m not the only one. A week after opening registration, she already had 1000 moms registered (and that was almost two weeks ago!). The conference, Catholic Conference 4 Moms, March 6-9, isn’t just free, but specifically designed for a busy mom’s […]

Does the Church Say Humans Evolved from Matter?

After Pope Francis’ comments last week about evolution and the Big Bang, a mommy-friend asked me a question. Us mommies like clarity because we need clear answers for inquisitive children. She said: “I get that the Big Bang is possible, simply caused and designed by God. I get that life changes and evolves over time. No problem. But, does the Church really say that human […]

Book Review: Stories for the Homeschool Heart

We are delighted to run this guest contributor book review from writer Patrice Fagnant MacArthur for Stories for the Homeschool Heart.  The authors are Theresa Thomas and Patti Maguire Armstrong and the publisher is Cheryl Dickow, owner of Belazel Books.  Theresa, Patti and Cheryl are contributing writers to the Integrated Catholic Life eMagazine. Movie Review by Patrice Fagnant MacArthur: As […]