Category: Parenting

  • Loving the Neighbor Within Our Own Home

    A wise priest once said to me, “It is often easier to love the orphans in Africa than it is to love our own siblings.” I thought of that quote today as we were doing a lesson on “loving one’s neighbor” in third grade CCD. The first page of the lesson talked about how we […]

  • The Hidden Life of Jesus

    This is the week of the hidden life of Jesus. No, that is not an official Church designation, but if we follow the liturgical calendar in which this past Sunday was the Feast of the Three Kings and next Sunday is the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, then this week covers about 30 […]

  • Loving our Fellow Mothers: How to End the Mommy Wars

    The greatest commandment tells us to “Love God and Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.” Sometimes it seems that the hardest “neighbors” for us mothers to love are our fellow mothers. The “mommy wars” are so much a part of life. If a group of mothers gets together and any parenting subject comes up, chances are […]

  • Learning to Love

    It would seem that love just comes naturally, and so it does. Babies come into this world hard-wired to attach to their mothers. We also have a natural drive once we reach puberty to search out a mate. Yet, for many, the ability to feel and/or show true healthy love has been diminished due to […]

  • When Moms Fail

    by Heidi Hess Saxton I recently came across this article from ABC News (, about an adoptive mother who has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison for the March 2008 death of her 14-month-old son, who had Down syndrome. The family had adopted little Nicoli and another four-year-old from Russia; both boys were medically fragile. […]

  • In Search of Grace

    “Grace” is one of those terms we often use without being quite sure of what it means. As a child, I was taught about being in a “state of grace” which meant that one hadn’t committed a mortal (a.k.a. serious) sin. As an adult, I’ve heard grace described as something we can tap into whenever […]

  • Different Children’s Bible Versions

    by Christa Kowalczyk Bibles for children are a beautiful addition to a family library. Various children’s bibles are available in almost every bookstore around the metro. One of the greatest things parents would do to their child is to teach God’s good news. A good birthday gift is to give your kids a children’s Bible. […]