Call Mrs. Piggle Wiggle!

390px-MRS_PIGGLE_WIGGLE

My 8 year old son recently told me I needed to be more like Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, who just understands children. In a certain sense I agree, I could be more patient and understanding at times, but with the huge caveat that I don't have a cupboard full of magic potions to cure many childhood bad habits. We have been going through a "Heedless Breaker" stage (if you are familiar with the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle stories), and, while I am all for natural consequences, the bill for all the things broken … [Read more...]

God in the Small Ways

The rain is steady outside my window. As it pitter pats, I sit here on the couch, retreating to my fuzzy slippers and fleece pullover. My 2yo daughter is to my right snuggled under a blanket. A steaming cup of coffee is to my left. Warmth fills my soul and God enters. Thank you, Lord, for the little times like these, the small ways you reach me when life seems to buckle under weightier things. It is often that I become distracted by the larger items in my day to day. They are the big things, … [Read more...]

Celebrating Easter with the Via Lucis

For Lent this year, I focused on teaching my kids the Stations of the Cross.  I didn't grow up in a Catholic family and only one of my children  is school age, so they haven't been exposed to the Way of the Cross very much.  I made Stations of the Cross eggs and bought Way of the Cross coloring books from our local Catholic Book store.  We did a station or two as a family after dinner each night for the last two weeks of Lent leading up to Easter Sunday. Like many of you, now that the … [Read more...]

He is Risen!

DSC_3339

  Alleluia! … [Read more...]

Changes

IMG_5160

Holy Week and Easter were very different this year than in years past, in large part because all of our children have passed the magical age of three and are now old enough to sit through longer (and later) Masses. In years past, my husband and I have split up for the Triduum - one of us would attend Holy Thursday Mass and the other would attend Good Friday. We learned our lesson after a couple of nightmarish experiences spent in the cry room with screaming toddlers - ours and about 25 others. … [Read more...]

“For He is Risen, As He Said…”

Happy Easter! We traveled with a joyful sorrow through Lent, and here we are on the other side...on the side of tidied hearts and kept promises and reinvigorated faith. I know that sometimes it is so easy to lack enthusiasm for Lent, but as I sit here on Easter Monday, I am thoroughly grateful for it and for the grace I was given as I struggled through it. I'm grateful for the increased discipline it put in my life in very specific areas within my family life, and for the hard work of trying … [Read more...]

As Lent draws to a close, let’s remember that Easter is a season

My self control as I walked through the grocery store yesterday afternoon was remarkable. I was picking up a few things to round out the hearty dinner that we will have tonight before heading to the Princeton Chapel for Holy Thursday Mass. All around me, there were Easter desserts on display. Our grocery store has a gourmet bakery department and people must have been working hard because there are chocolate cakes shaped and decorated like eggs, there are bunnies covered in coconut and there … [Read more...]

Faith, politics and young adult literature

The Christian who seeks to live his faith through political action conceived as service, may not adhere, without going against his own beliefs, to ideological systems which oppose - radically or substantially - his Faith and his perception of man.  Therefore it is not licit to act in favor of the Marxist ideology with its atheistic materialism, its dialectic of violence, and the way in which that ideology understands individual freedom within collectivity.  This same ideology denies any … [Read more...]

Holy Week Begins ~ Sharing our Faith in Little Ways

It is Monday of Holy Week, and we are about to embark on the holiest and most special time of the year in our Faith.  I awoke this morning feeling slightly overwhelmed by all the obligations of Holy Week.  As I opened up my calendar and e-mail to make a plan, I had the most lovely note in my inbox. A little background first --yesterday, we attended a beautiful Palm Sunday procession and Mass at our Parish.  This year, our Pastor asked the First Communicants to bring a loaf of bread to the … [Read more...]

For the weekend: Practical Wisdom from Pope Francis

I am so grateful for the practical advice and wisdom that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, shares with us.  In his general audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis began a new cycle of catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of God), starting with wisdom.  His full message can be found here.  Below is an excerpt that I found spoke right into the heart of my daily life as a wife and mother: "If we listen to the Holy Spirit, … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X