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How Do You Measure a Day?

I often go to bed at night thinking of all the things I need to accomplish the next day. In fact, sometimes I fall asleep without finishingRead more »

The War on Cops Has to End

A few weeks ago, I walked into the grocery store and was immediately assaulted by the Time magazine cover declaring that “BLACK LIVESRead more »

A Time For Every Event Under Heaven

My oldest son is graduating from high school tomorrow. Tonight is Baccalaureate Mass.  The feelings that have arisen in me are perplexing. Read more »

What to Do When Your Mother Betrays You

I remember the day like it was yesterday and yet it’s been over 30 years ago. I was only 10 or 11 years old and I was feeling down. I wouldRead more »

Five secrets to a strong marriage

Recently, I had the privilege to interview Gil and Sandra Cragen, honored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter as the longest-married coupleRead more »

Interview with Sr. Constance, Little Sisters of the Poor: Year of Consecrated Life

When Sr. Constance of the Little Sisters of the Poor agreed to an interview with Catholic Sistas for the Year of Consecrated Life, I had noRead more »

Entirely Too Connected… Or Not?

Last weekend, my oldest son and I had the opportunity to have an overnight trip together. His soccer team was playing two games aRead more »

She Did it with Dresses

My daughter loves for me to tell tales from my youth. Yesterday I recalled a Mom story and regaled her with this one of unrequitedRead more »

Hang Up the Phone and Play!

It was Saturday afternoon and the sun shone brightly in the sky. After so much rain recently, my children were excited to be outsideRead more »

Book Review–Smile of a Ragpicker: The Life of Satoko Kitahara

Japanese culture has always been close to our family. My husband was born in Tokyo; his Irish-American parents had settled in the mountainsRead more »

Praying for Our Priests

Recently two reports were made public by the German Catholic Bishops’ Conference. In one, the results of a survey are presented claiming aRead more »

What Catholic Women Want {to Wear, That Is!}

Hey fellas! Believe it or not, Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Have you given any thought to what you’d like to getRead more »

Interview with Bernadette Snyder, Consecrated Virgin: Year of Consecrated Life

One of the beauties of the Catholic Church is how diverse an institution it is. We have clergy who are celibate and clergy who areRead more »

A Test of Faith

While preparing for Lent this year, one thing I wanted to do was attend daily Mass and Eucharistic Adoration more often. One of my favoriteRead more »

“Mom, I don’t believe” Update

This is an update on my article a year ago about my then nine year old son struggling with believing in God (linked here).  The articleRead more »

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