Rooting Daily Decision in Faith by Practicing Observance

Posted by Teresa Coda on Oct 8, 2019 7:07:00 AM

Over a kosher breakfast several months ago, a good friend and I—both new mothers and in transitory phases of life—speculated about where we might eventually settle down and what our ideal geographical and social living situations would look like. 

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Topics: Practice, faith, family life

Christian Marriage and Family Life as Leaven in the World

Posted by Tierney Vrdolyak on Aug 7, 2019 7:06:00 AM

This past June, Archbishop José Gomez visited the University of Notre Dame to address Catholic leaders from around the country who were on campus for Liturgy Week and other conferences hosted by the McGrath Institute for Church Life. In keeping with Liturgy Week’s theme, “Liturgy and the Domestic Church,” the Archbishop’s talk centered on the importance of the family and the need to discover ways that the Church can nourish and support family life.

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Topics: family life, marriage, Archbishop José Gomez

Can we still experience wonder and awe?

Posted by Lesley Kirzeder on Jun 26, 2019 7:00:00 AM

I’m known among my friends and family as a staunch curmudgeon when it comes to technology – particularly regarding kids, teens and our collective use of smartphones and social media. Back in 2007, I peered at ads of the forthcoming iPhone with lots of suspicion and a little fear, much like the way one looks at a feral cat. Surely, it was the beginning of the end. 

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Topics: Culture, Catholic imagination, family life, wonder

Family life and the role of order

Posted by Mary Korson on May 10, 2019 7:01:00 AM

Anyone with very small children – think, 0-3 years old – knows that things often do not go according to plan. There’s the blowout diaper right as you walk out the door. The nap-strike that leads to an emotional meltdown when dinner needs to be made. The relentless demand for a story when a deadline looms. Yet, we’ve all heard the adage “kids thrive with schedules.”

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Topics: family life, virtue, parenting

A lesson in almsgiving from an 8-year-old

Posted by Lesley Kirzeder on Apr 13, 2019 7:32:00 AM

Out-of-uniform “dress down” days are a common way for Catholic schools to incentivize charitable giving among their students. This month’s dress down day at my children’s grade school benefitted the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, so the school was collecting canned goods instead of money.

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Topics: almsgiving, Lent, prayer, family life, inspiration

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