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How to Overcome Worry by Trusting God

Dear Sister, I worry a lot. I worry about myself and my family. People sometimes tell me that I worry far too much.  I can’t help it. As a child, I was trained to be responsible and was held accountable by my parents. Now that I am married, have a husband and children of my own, my worrying has increased […]

Real Role Models for Today’s Young People

He was one of those superstars that everyone admired and looked up to and so many of his fans and supporters were young people both male and female. There were the young athletes who admired his dedication and what we thought were natural abilities and talents. He was greatly respected as someone who beat the odds not only in his […]

Going Forward in this New Year by Looking Back

One of my favorite ways to learn about my faith and to grow in my relationship with God is to try and read as much as possible the writings of Pope Benedict XVI.  For some reason the Pope’s words always hit me right between the eyes and strike me smack dab in the heart.  Whether it is something he said […]

Our Children: Just Another Statistic?

Maybe it was Pope Benedict XVI’s declaration of the “Year of Faith” that got us thinking.  Or perhaps it was a knee-jerk reaction to the frequent attacks upon our faith from an increasingly post-Christian society that put the idea into our heads.   Whatever it was, my husband, Dan, and I recently came to the conclusion that sending our children to […]

Help in Times of Sickness

Ask a Carmelite Sister Dear Sister, I attended Catholic school in my elementary and high school years. At that time, I loved and enjoyed my Catholic religion.  Since then, though, I guess you would call me a “fallen-away” or “lapsed” Catholic. I hopped onto the train of life using the fast track and have been traveling at breakneck speed ever […]

I suffer from anxiety, can you help me?

Ask a Carmelite Sister Dear Sister, I suffer from anxiety.  Do you know of any remedy that could help me? I want so much to be rid of this affliction. Thank you and I enjoy reading your letters on Integrated Catholic Life. Dear Friend Anxiety is an affliction, indeed.  We all are anxious at times, but when the anxiety is […]

Teaching Kids What Matters – 10 Practical Lessons

Our family recently enjoyed a weekend visit from my 73 year old father.  This has been a tough few years for all of us, especially my father, as my mother passed away in 2010 after a long illness.  My parents were married for nearly half a century, a rare thing these days.  My mother was his best friend, partner and […]

How to Overcome Worry by Trusting in God’s Providence

Ask a Carmelite Sister Dear Sister, I worry a lot. I worry about myself and my family. People sometimes tell me that I worry far too much.  I can’t help it. As a child, I was trained to be responsible and was held accountable by my parents. Now that I am married, have a husband and children of my own, […]

Wisdom for Families Struggling in Stressful Times

Ask a Carmelite Sister… Dear Sister, I heard that Mother Luisita, your foundress, wrote letters of spiritual direction in code during the religious persecution in Mexico. Have they been decoded? If so, does she have any spiritual direction for families, helping them stay close to God especially during hard and stressful times? That is what my family is experiencing now, […]

Should I delay Baptism for my children until they are old enough to choose for themselves?

Ask a Carmelite Sister… Dear Sister, My wife and I are thinking of waiting until our newborn is old enough to be an active part of her baptism.  We see our roles as parents as preparing her for that great moment when she embraces the faith. I am wondering, do you know of other Catholic parents who are doing this? […]