Category: The Catholic Family

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Sunday, November 18, 2018
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: Sunday, November 18, 2018

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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church calls Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to assist you, parent or […]

The Top 9 Most Prestigious Catholic Schools in the U.S.
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The Top 9 Most Prestigious Catholic Schools in the U.S.

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If you grew up in a Catholic household or attended a Catholic secondary school, then a Catholic university will feel familiar. Besides familiarity, Catholic universities offer many other advantages for the young faithful student. Many emphasize service to others, Mass, and a structured environment, as well as traditional scholarly pursuits. The Catholic Church typically runs […]

couple, romance, marriage, dating, love
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Addicted to Romance

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Are romance novels an innocent pastime or something more dangerous? While I was working on Amazing Grace for Married Couples, a story we ended up not using involved a woman who became addicted to romance novels. It seems she is not alone. I’ve gone to garage sales and saw tables full of romance novels for […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Sunday, November 11, 2018
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: Sunday, November 11, 2018

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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church calls Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to assist you, parent or […]

What Wives Want Husbands to Know
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What Wives Want Husbands to Know

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What gives me the right to presume to speak on behalf of the wives of humanity? Who am I anyway? Where are all the letters behind my name, my credentials, or reviews from my peers? What I simply propose here is based on my almost thirty-nine years of marriage, (“street cred”), and the fact that […]

Breaking Open the Word at Home: Sunday, November 4, 2018
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Breaking Open the Word at Home: Sunday, November 4, 2018

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Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents The Church calls Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to assist you, parent or godparent, […]

The Changing Celebration of Halloween
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The Changing Celebration of Halloween

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Over the years of my childhood, I experienced a transformation of Halloween.  When I was young, we donned costumes and wandered the neighborhood with Dad trick-or-treating, and always had a good time.  Mom’s seamstress skills and ninja-mad crafting capabilities helped create some fantastic Halloween-night ensembles.  She sewed Dracula capes and fuzzy Daniel Boone coon-skink caps.  […]

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents: October 28, 2018
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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents: October 28, 2018

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The Church calls Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from “Catholic Lane” is to assist you, parent or godparent, with using the Sunday Mass readings to teach the […]

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents: October 14, 2018
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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents: October 14, 2018

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The Church calls Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from “Catholic Lane” is to assist you, parent or godparent, with using the Sunday Mass readings to teach about […]

dating, marriage, love
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Desiring More, Settling for Less

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What is it about we humans wherein we want diamonds, but we settle for broken glass? We see this in many areas of our life; jobs, exercise, and relationships to name a few. We want good things for ourselves, meaningful work, a sleek rock-hard body, a learned mind, a happy fulfilling marriage- all of which […]

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents: October 7th, 2018
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Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents: October 7th, 2018

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The Church calls Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to assist you, parent or godparent, with using the Sunday Mass readings to teach about […]

Are You an Insecure Woman?
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Are You an Insecure Woman?

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Are women more prone to insecurity than men? Maybe. At least about some things. Who is under the magnifying glass more on appearance? How about how clean a house is? My brother-in-law once said, housework is more a reflection on the woman than the man. Fair or not, it’s true. That’s not to say that […]

Putting in Mom Hours
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Putting in Mom Hours

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I’ve been putting in a lot of Mom Hours lately. You know, days when one doesn’t even get a solid fifteen-minute break.  (Not to say anything of the night.) Of course it’s been busier than usual with the selling of our home and the purchasing of another, but it’s more than that. It’s the start […]

A Sin Corrected
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A Sin Corrected

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30 years ago, my husband, Max, and I were married in the Catholic Church. I was not yet baptized and didn’t belong to any church when I was pregnant with our first child. Max III was born on March 24, 1986. After he was born he developed a strep-B blood infection and wasn’t expected to make […]

Men Just Need to be Men
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Men Just Need to be Men

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The culture has been hard on men for decades, but many are rising up against that tide. It’s something that both men and women should get behind. God made us male and female to complement one another, so when men grow stronger, women and families do too. Here are some of my favorite examples below. […]

A Gift for My Grandmother and Saint Anne’s Gift to Me
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A Gift for My Grandmother and Saint Anne’s Gift to Me

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The summer of 2008 was a summer of opportunity for me.  I was able to attend the International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City, Canada with other young adults from the state of Wisconsin through Catholic Youth Expeditions, a retreat ministry founded by Father Quinn Mann, a priest of the Diocese of Green Bay. As part […]

Essential Oils: The Good, the Bad, and the Occult
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Essential Oils: The Good, the Bad, and the Occult

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Scents are in everything from cleaners, air fresheners, cosmetics and lotions and even drawer liners. And in recent years, the big business of essential oils promises health and well-being through smells. Who doesn’t like to breathe in a good smell? Taking a deep whiff of chocolate or lavender is pleasant. But if you want to […]

<em>Humility Rules</em>: Book Review
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Humility Rules: Book Review

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Anyone need a good book for teenage boys?  That’s inspiring, short, and hilarious? If so, you’re in luck. Ignatius Press has just the thing: Humility Rules: Saint Benedict’s 12-Step Guide to Genuine Self-Esteem by Brother J. Augustine Wetta. Recently a friend of mine gave this book to me, and I read it in a day […]

Slow Down This Summer
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Slow Down This Summer

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The children of their own accord made a little shrine in our trees the other day. (They affectionately call these trees, The Wildness.) They gathered lilacs and other flowers in bloom, made blue sashes with star badges, and used sticks for swords.  They also made a little flag. It was all in honor of Mary, […]

How to Survive Insomnia
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How to Survive Insomnia

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I was asked the other day if I suffer from insomnia? Uh, yes. From time-to-time anyway, and it’s terrible.  I never used to have a problem sleeping. Anybody remember those college days of setting the alarm clock for 10am? And sleeping all the way through the night, until 10am? Yeah, that’s a little pathetic, but […]

Good Marriage Prep Matters
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Good Marriage Prep Matters

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In my work preparing engaged couples for marriage, I find myself pondering what might have been different for us, if my husband and I would have been required to take the same prep that is currently offered in the Diocese of Phoenix. While we were married in Phoenix over thirty-eight years ago, the marriage prep […]

His Mother Brought Him to Lourdes, His Heavenly Mother Healed Him, Now He's a Priest
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His Mother Brought Him to Lourdes, His Heavenly Mother Healed Him, Now He’s a Priest

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Mothers make great sacrifices for their children, that is widely known. That they are often the gateway to sainthood perhaps less so, and yet, behind every great saint (to steal a phrase), is likely to be an attentive mother. Fr. Christy David Pathiala would probably agree. He speaks of his own mother with great reverence, […]

Creative Mother's Day Gifts
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Creative Mother’s Day Gifts

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What can you give to the woman who makes the best meatloaf and taught you how to tie your shoes?  Often, children feel that no gift is  enough to thank the woman who loves them like no other, while for mother’s the humblest  of gifts are treasured. Motherhood, when done with love, (yes, some have […]

What’s It All About, Alfie?
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What’s It All About, Alfie?

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For the second time within a year, England has a high-profile case of court-mandated murder of a desperately ill child. The first was Charlie Gard, and now comes Alfie Evans. Alfie missed several developmental milestones in his first seven months of life, which did not alarm physicians at the time. It’s not known precisely what […]

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