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Bowling Bumpers and Beatitude

There’s something hilarious about watching young kids and pre-teens bowl. The funky shoes go on, the digital screens display their nicknames, and the bumpers come up. On a muggy spring night I watched a group of fifty kids (including 3 of mine), ranging from 7 – 15 years old, hurling...

Wherever the Catholic Sun Doth Shine

“Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, there’s always laughter and good…” coffee? (original quote is a poem by Hilaire Belloc) My husband and I were on vacation recently, visiting a small town on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. We grabbed a Tim Hortons and sat on a bench, enjoying...

Fishing and Tradition

One of the great life skills handed down from generation to generation is fishing. That’s why early one Saturday morning in Spring, my sons and I sat perched in our 12-foot aluminum boat. We had our fishing rods in hand, hope in our hearts, and no clue what we were...

Suffering For the Sake of Others

Have you ever had a sleepless night? Going a night with little to no sleep can completely derail one’s ability to function the next day. Now imagine having a sleepless or restless night for an entire year. Unfortunately, I have been battling insomnia for the better part of 12 months....

Childlike on Sundays

My almost-two-year-old loves Sunday Mass at our parish. He knows that in the gym, next to the main building, awaits his utopia of tricycles and other toys. As soon as we settle ourselves in the pew on Sunday, he is already making his way over. Unfortunately, that means either my...

St. Ignatius of Loyola

Not many people have interesting stories that include cannonballs. They usually spell disaster, as cannonball wounds are hard to recover from. However, getting struck by one was the event that God used to wrench St. Ignatius of Loyola out of a grand military career, and to call him into His...

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