June 29th, 2008

Praying for Our Children

I sometimes feel anxious about my children’s futures. I sometimes watch the news and wonder how on earth my children will make their way in this broken world. Someone once advised me, though, that rather than wringing our hands with worry over our children’s futures, we should instead get busy praying for those futures:

1. Pray for your child to know his/her vocation and to be open to the will

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June 22nd, 2008

Well, that was exciting

A couple of hours ago, the sky turned black and we hunkered down for what looked like it would be a whopper of a thunderstorm. As rain pounded the roof and wind bent the trees, Dan asked me to look up the weather report online. It was then that we saw the words:

Tornado Warning.

Very funny, I thought. Would someone please alert the local weatherman to the fact that

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June 15th, 2008

Champion for Mothers and Babies

If you wanted an un-medicated birth and felt supported by medical professionals in your decision … If you wanted your newborn baby to “room in” with you at the hospital and the staff willingly accommodated your request … If you ever struggled with breastfeeding and had access to a La Leche League group or lactation consultant who answered your questions and calmed your fears … If you have never

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June 5th, 2008

Power of Prayer

Sr. Patricia Proctor, the feisty little spitfire of a Poor Clare nun, has done it again. The best-selling author of 201 Inspirational Stories Of The Eucharist, 101 Inspirational Stories of the Sacrament of Reconcilation, 101 Inspirational Stories of the Rosary, and others, has recently announced the release of her latest book:

101 Inspirational Stories of the Power of Prayer

Even people of faith can sometimes take prayer for

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May 25th, 2008

Memorial Day 2008

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

May 21st, 2008


Our parish church was vandalized yesterday. In the late afternoon, someone used votive candles to set fire to the altar linens, the wooden altar that holds the tabernacle, and the floor in the center aisle. Candles and a crucifix were strewn across the floor and pages were ripped from the missals.

All things considered, the damage was rather minimal. The church certainly wasn’t burned down and the Blessed Sacrament was

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May 11th, 2008

Mother’s Day 2008

Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege — to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven.

Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus

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April 14th, 2008

Meeting Mary

When people stop me after Mass to tell me how well behaved they thought my children were, I usually smile and say “thank you.”

I have got to stop taking credit for any of it.

Yesterday, I attended Mass without my husband and without my two oldest boys. It was just me, two big girls, two middle kids, and two babies. I don’t care if Raphael is 3 years old,

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