7QT: 2 Days Late and Several Dollars Short

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It’s two days late and several dollars short of anything worth value, but hey, here’s another round of 7 Quick Takes Friday. . . . → Read More: 7QT: 2 Days Late and Several Dollars Short

Even Papa’s Peace Doves Get Pecked Sometimes

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“Christians who are afraid to build bridges and prefer to build walls are Christians who are not sure of their faith, not sure of Jesus Christ,” Pope Francis. Bridge building can be hazardous, huh? Just take a look at what happened to the peace doves Pope Francis released while, ironically, praying for peace in the Ukraine where violent protests have raged since late November. The moment provided a bit of inspiration for my latest piece at CatholicMom.com. . . . → Read More: Even Papa’s Peace Doves Get Pecked Sometimes

Am I Playing My Drum for Jesus or Myself?

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Is there a hobby, gift, or talent that has changed your life? Ever had to let go of it only to discover God was calling you to share the gift differently? It’s the question I pose at the end of my latest column for CatholicMom.com. I would be honored if you clicked on over and joined the discussion. . . . → Read More: Am I Playing My Drum for Jesus or Myself?

#SmallSuccess: I Think I Can, I Think I Can

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It’s Small Success Thursday hosted at CatholicMom.com where we stop to recognize the blessings and successes of this week. . . . → Read More: #SmallSuccess: I Think I Can, I Think I Can

Celebrating Small Successes: What-a-Week!

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It’s Small Success Thursday hosted at CatholicMom.com where we stop to recognize the blessings and successes of this week. . . . → Read More: Celebrating Small Successes: What-a-Week!

Kicking off the “Small Steps” Blog Tour

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I am honored to host the blog tour kickoff for the newest book in the CatholicMom.com Book series, Small Steps for Catholic Moms, by Danielle Bean and Elizabeth Foss. It’s a perfect prayer companion for busy moms. Learn more about this terrific spiritual companion and enter to win a copy! . . . → Read More: Kicking off the “Small Steps” Blog Tour

The Lost Art of the Handwritten Thank You Note

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Over the past few weeks, I have received what I consider rare treasures — handwritten thank you notes from a few family members and friends. I consider them rare as more often than not, notes of gratitude received these days tend to be delivered by way of email and Facebook. Looks like I’m not alone. According to the U.S. Postal Service’s annual survey, the average home only received a personal letter once every seven weeks in 2010, down from once every two weeks in 1987. . . . → Read More: The Lost Art of the Handwritten Thank You Note

Save a Life, Grope your Wife?!

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Have I sufficiently grabbed your attention? Head on over to CatholicMom.com and read my latest column about this t-shirt. It’ll all make sense in a bit. I promise. . . . → Read More: Save a Life, Grope your Wife?!

May Altars and Tips for Praying the Rosary with Kids

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Hot diggity! I’m on a “Pinisher” role lately. I recently spotted a few ideas on Pinterest for how to assemble a family May altar in your home. Given the month of May is dedicated to Mary, I set out to create an altar to honor Mary. Now the next logical step is to actually gather the family around the altar and pray a Hail Mary or two. So here are some tips for praying the Rosary with kids. . . . → Read More: May Altars and Tips for Praying the Rosary with Kids

Teens and Virtuous Social Media Use

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My latest column over at CatholicMom.com alerts parents to a new Facebook app called “Bang With Friends.” I think what horrifies me the most with this new app is teens, even preteens, have the ability to download an app and experiment sexually under the guise of logging onto Facebook.

What to do? Well telling Facebook to breakup with this app is one part of the battle. The other? Arming our children with a moral compass so that when exposed to the seedier cultural elements, they are emboldened with the fortitude to make good choices.

In a few weeks, I’m giving a talk to . . . → Read More: Teens and Virtuous Social Media Use