Daily Catholic Quote from Pope Benedict XVI

“Vacation time offers the unique opportunity to pause before the thought-provoking spectacles of nature, a wonderful ‘book’ within reach of everyone, adults and children. In contact with nature, a person rediscovers his correct dimension, rediscovers himself as a creature, small but at the same time unique, with a ‘capacity for God’ because interiorly he is open to the Infinite.” (Pope Benedict XVI) If […]

Creating Summer Family Memories

One summer I encouraged Catholic moms to be mindful of their prayer schedules when changing over to a new season. I gently but straightforwardly reminded, “While making plans for our families this summer, let’s not forget about the prayer. Summer is certainly not a time for our faith to inadvertently go on vacation, after all. Changes in our schedule once […]

Take Your Faith with You on Vacation

Just prior to a summer 2003 family vacation to Disney World, Gail Coniglio had developed a devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. She made the 3-½ hour trip quite frequently in the summer with her husband and two young children. They always made time for Mass. One year, they went to Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine in Orlando, which […]

Taking a Vacation WITHOUT Taking a Vacation from the Faith

There are times in my past when a vacation would apply to all areas of my life:  leave from work, leave from routine, leave from Sunday Mass.  Growing in my faith has taught me a vacation is the perfect opportunity to slow down and keep God at the center of my heart. As a Catholic momma who works outside of […]

Don’t Take a Vacation From Your Sunday Obligation

Summer is finally here, so let the vacation planning begin!  Airline tickets: check.  Hotel and rental car reservations: check.  Bags packed and ready to go: check.  Catholic church selected near our destination and appropriate clothes packed: huh? Part of the fun of traveling is the unique opportunity to visit new parishes, explore different church architecture styles and artwork, or perhaps […]