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Author Archives: Allison H.

Allison is a 40-something mother of seven, living in Alaska, accepted into the Church (together with her husband, thank God) in 2004. She spends her days homeschooling and packaging meat that her menfolk hunt and bring home. She cannot garden to save her life but picks wild blueberries like a champ. She has been published in an edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul and keeps a blog at www.northerncffamily.blogspot.com, writing about living out the Faith with children with cystic fibrosis.

Theological Virtues

Did you know that faith, hope, and love are gifts from God?  Our catechism says of these theological virtues, “They are infused byRead more »

Resting in the Blessing of God’s Presence

Addie (our five year old daughter with cystic fibrosis) had another clean culture last month: normal respiratory flora and normal vitaminRead more »

Was the Eucharist Ever a Little Snack?

An acquaintance recently joked, “-slippery slope! The Eucharist started out as ‘snack time’ for the Catholics and lookRead more »

Boob Tube Homeschooling

Our Alaskan sun begins shining through the windows again in February and stirs desires for planting and prettiness that the still-deepRead more »

Five Reasons Why I Love the Catechism

In the twelve years we’ve been Catholic, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) has remained dear to our entire family. Here areRead more »

Mark’s Questions

I read the gospel of Mark over the weekend, beginning with the historical prologue. I love this information, as the New Testament did notRead more »

emptiness and gratefulness

Advent Gratefulness and Emptiness

I would have had a newborn this week. I could be curled up on my couch with a beautiful new baby in my arms and a coffee table covered inRead more »

Our God is Here

The Mass three weekend’s ago was perfect. Of course, every Mass is technically perfect, but this one felt like the beginningRead more »

Witness to Confirmation

This weekend’s Confirmation Mass began with a bit of excitement and a late start. Our bishop came pealing into the parking lot from aRead more »

Keeping Our Sympathy

During a thirty minute wait in a physician assistant’s office a few weeks ago, I had enough time to read all of the informationalRead more »

Peace in Pain

You know how Paul wrote, “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’sRead more »

The Prayer of the People of God

Read the Psalms. They are pure poetry, but easier to understand than William Shakespeare, Gerard Manley Hopkins, or E.E. Cummings! TheRead more »

Code of Conduct

Our second son joined the Alaska Air National Guard and flew away to Texas for basic training last month. Before he left, he presented meRead more »

Mercy in Our Stories

The word mercy has been falling into my lap a lot lately. One of the books I read during Lent was Pope Francis’ The Name of God isRead more »

An Interview with Ken Howell, former Assemblies of God pastor

I’ve told of our conversion many times, and Catholic Sistas has published the story. This is the first time my husband has answeredRead more »