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Top Ten Table Manners

Good table manners aren’t just about making your mother happy. Whether we care to acknowledge it or not, how we eat is an outward sign of our inner personality and character. By teaching table manners early and often, they’ll become second nature. Has your family...

Eight Strategies for a Calm, Fruitful Advent

Most of us are distracted with so many things. Busyness is a stress-inducing condition of daily life. We rush from one place to another, and try to juggle one too many commitments. With only one month left before Christmas, our lives are going to be even more rushed....

The Gift of Faith: A gift for my daughters

Advent marks a new beginning for the Church. A new calendar year. A new season of awaiting the birth of our Saviour. With all of the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations, there is the inevitable attention to gifts and what will Santa bring this year. My...

Priest in a Tijuana Cab – The Unspeakable

The unspeakable from the back seat of a Tijuana cab. Its too late to walk home. I grab a cab. From the back seat I see 3 holy cards tucked into the frame of the ceiling light. It’s dark so I can’t be sure but one looks like Don Bosco and one like Mary Help...

Don’t Miss Grace Filled November

When fall arrives I often think about how important it is to reflect on significance of November. At the beginning of November we celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls Day and Remembrance Day follows soon thereafter. These three days remind Catholics to be united in...

New Traditions are Hard to Start

By the time my husband John and I were married four years we had two children. One thing we struggled with over the years was merging our different backgrounds to create our own family traditions. For instance, how to celebrate a birthday. I have my own ideas about...

7 Tips for a New School Year

Fall is coming.  School has already started for some and is still to begin for others.  Often times fall can be a major source of stress, especially for moms.  New activities starting, homework, car pools, religious education, and on and on.  So what’s a busy family...

Frugal Fitness the YouTube Way

So many people assume you need an expensive gym membership, a personal trainer, and $200 Nike’s to be succesful at fitness. And of course those do work for some people, but they aren’t necessary at all. If the financial aspect of fitness is preventing you from getting...

The Last Photo

  Two weeks ago, I went into our closet to pull out the pieces of my husband’s police uniform in order to make sure that everything was ironed and ready and that all of the components were there so that he could work his paid duty that evening. If you aren’t...

Why We Need Our Friends

“I really don’t like my husband much these days,” the young wife complained to another married woman. “Don’t worry, it’s a ten-year marriage thing. It’s not your relationship, it’s the stage your relationship is in,” the older married woman counseled. In these days of...

Spirituality and the Summer Months

  Don’t you find the summer months a wonderful time to catch up on your reading? I once stumbled upon a book written by St. Alphonsus Liguori, who is a Doctor of a Church. It had me on the edge of my seat. I know summer can get busy with trips to the waterpark,...

You Before Me is Better than Me Before You

“Wait for it…It’s going to make you raaaaaaaage.”      That’s what my friend texted me who had told me about the book, and soon-to-be-released movie, “Me Before You.”  She suggested I read it, not because under normal circumstances it would be worth my time (or hers),...

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