A Taste of Benedictine Hospitality

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As the youngest of 11 children, five brothers and five sisters, in a devoutly Catholic farm family, Fr. Guerric Letter learned early on to cook for a crowd and pass rigorous sanitary inspections. On the occasions when his mother and sisters would take a day off, the men still needed to eat. The one instruction he received from him mother and sisters? Don’t leave the kitchen a mess. . . . → Read More: A Taste of Benedictine Hospitality

Marriage is like Chicken Soup

Engagement Picture, 2004 (image courtesy of Stalzer Photography)

I learned to cook out of necessity. I was 34 when Lisa and I got married, so I would have starved otherwise. I had also found that women were usually impressed by men who could cook. Let’s be honest here. Before we met, I was single in my early 30s with no prospects. Needless to say, I was getting desperate. . . . → Read More: Marriage is like Chicken Soup

Strengthening the Mr. and Mrs. Once You’re Dad and Mom

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We were scheduled to lead a young couples event at a parish in eastern Iowa today. We’ve been defeated by the weather once again this winter and were not able to travel due to the snow. But all is not lost. We share with you, dear readers, a portion of our presentation titled “Strengthening the Mr. and Mrs. Once You’re Dad and Mom: The Beatitudes of Healthy Marriages.” Please keep in mind the target audience was young married couples with one or more little ones at home. . . . → Read More: Strengthening the Mr. and Mrs. Once You’re Dad and Mom

Mass Forward: A Reflection on Sunday’s Mass Readings

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Joel helps us prepare for this Sunday’s Liturgy of the Word with a reflection on the Mass readings. . . . → Read More: Mass Forward: A Reflection on Sunday’s Mass Readings

Why I Love My Wife, Volume 3

Lisa and Lydia

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to read from 1 Corinthians for a friend’s wedding. I’ve never really heard it or read it the same way since. It’s the standard to which we should hold ourselves, particularly as a married couple and parents. It’s a high standard, but so much depends upon how well we love. We directly impact the salvation of our spouses and children by how well we measure up to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. So, how’s my lovely wife doing? . . . → Read More: Why I Love My Wife, Volume 3

Can Miscarriage and Abortion Grief Coexist Peacefully?

In Memory of the Unborn Children

How should parishes and dioceses enter into the grief of post-abortive parents? How should the local Church recognize and remember the lives lost to abortion? . . . → Read More: Can Miscarriage and Abortion Grief Coexist Peacefully?

Our Advent Wreath — A Haiku

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We’re joining the Advent wreath link-up at CatholicMom.com and sharing a few photos of our wreath. Oh and we wrote a haiku, too! . . . → Read More: Our Advent Wreath — A Haiku

The Sound of Music + a Giveaway — two of my favorite things!

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Good news. In honor of tonight’s airing of The Sound of Music LIVE, we’re giving away a Sound of Music poster, T-shirt, and the soundtrack album featuring Carrie Underwood. All you have to do is two things, and these two things must be done by 11:59pmET TONIGHT. . . . → Read More: The Sound of Music + a Giveaway — two of my favorite things!

The Churching of Women: Postpartum Support, Catholic Style

Churching of Women

Once upon a time in colonial America there was something called a “lying in” period. This was the time, typically a month or so, following childbirth when a community would rally in support of a new mother. She would rest, regain her strength, and bond with her baby while the community kept up the household. Many of her attendants would be relatives, none of whom were paid, and the favor was returned following their own deliveries. My how times have changed! Maybe we are just a wee bit sensitive given that Lisa is just four weeks postpartum and what she wouldn’t give for a couple of extra hands just a few hours per week. Even so, we have reflected on how this postpartum experience, Lisa’s third, is significantly different from the first two. . . . → Read More: The Churching of Women: Postpartum Support, Catholic Style

Mass Forward: A Reflection on Sunday’s Mass Readings

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Joel helps us prepare for this Sunday’s Liturgy of the Word with a reflection on the Mass readings. . . . → Read More: Mass Forward: A Reflection on Sunday’s Mass Readings