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Sanctifying Rest: Planning a Holy Vacation

Sanctifying Rest: Planning a Holy Vacation Summertime and vacations are nearly synonymous. Many families plan trips around common interests, location or themes. When our family plans a vacation, we found that centering it around our faith has had a wonderful impact on us all. Growing up Catholic meant we had the freedom to explore historical … Continued

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Life Giving Love

Life Giving Love ~ Overcoming Woundedness How Woundedness Affects Our Relationships We all come from a family.  Within our family of origin, our faith, opinions, needs, character, the way we argue and the way we show love, are formed for our future family.  Sometimes we may question why God chose this particular family for each … Continued

Married couple

Of Ukraine, Adoption, and Lent

Of Ukraine, Adoption, and Lent This past week, as the story of the Russian aggression against Ukraine unfolded, I was recalling my father’s story and the Ukrainian woman who saved him and called him her own. I would like to share that story with you, but also share a deeper meditation on our own adoption … Continued

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Choosing to Live and to Love in the Day that You are Given

Choosing to Live and to Love in the Day that You are Given Yesterday a dear friend’s husband passed from this life. On Christmas Eve, just over a month ago, my best friend’s husband died suddenly. Just four months ago my dad passed away. The fragility of life has my attention. There are seasons in … Continued

Woman and Child Eating Dinner - Witness to Love Traditions

Household Sacramentals, or the Traditions that make Our Home a Domestic Church

  Household Sacramentals, or the Traditions that make Our Home a Domestic Church Memories, the experiences of yesteryears, especially childhood ones of sounds, smells, and customs form a background to our experiences today. Sometimes recalling a simple warmth of a tradition opens a world of deeper meaning, an “a-ha!” moment, which offers a glimpse at … Continued

Witness to Love - Culture of Home

The Culture of Home

The Culture of Home In 2020 due to the unprecedented world wide events, many of us were forced to quarantine in our homes. Since then many people have adapted to a new lifestyle of either working from home, going to school from home, eating more homemade meals, or simply spending more time at home with … Continued

Family Passing Down Catholic Faith

Passing Down the Faith

Passing Down the Faith   According to Roman Catholic theology, the entirety of divine revelation and the Deposit of Faith is transmitted to successive generations by way of scripture and sacred tradition. The word “tradition” actually means handing down something to another person.  This is the most basic meaning of Catholic tradition: it is the … Continued

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A Theology of the Family: The Home as a Missionary Outpost

A Theology of the Family: The Home as a Missionary Outpost   The pandemic has presented both an opportunity and a challenge for evangelization within marriage and family life at the parish level. During 2020 many church parishes were closed and homes became, for a short time, the place where families prayed and sacrificed together. … Continued