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Dear young family at Sunday Mass

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To the young family who sat in front of us at Sunday Mass, this is for you. You made me smile as I was reminded of what Mass with young children is all about. How old are your three beautiful children: six, three, two? Yes, you do have your hands full. You arrived promptly and everyone was so beautifully dressed as you piled into the pew in front of us. Mom, you had your bag of picture books and holy cards ... (Continue reading)

To Cohabit or Not To Cohabit

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At the close of a year online magazines will often post lists of Hollywood’s best and brightest who have married, divorced, reproduced, dated, or broken up over the past year. This year was no different and I found myself scrolling through pictures of seventy-odd marriages that happened in 2013. I got halfway through when I started noticing a trend. Every other description said something like: “So-and-so wed his long-time girlfriend” or “She and her partner of twenty-seven years made it ... (Continue reading)

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Blessed Pope John-Paul II: “Families become what you are”

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On a recent Saturday morning, I had the privilege of speaking to the Raising Faith-Filled Kids Group at the Newman Centre in Toronto. We looked at ways in which Catholic families can grow in holiness. In his 1981 Encyclical Familiaris Consortio: The Role of the Family in the Modern World, Blessed Pope John Paul II urged: "Families, become what you are." He explained: "spouses are therefore the permanent reminder to the Church of what happened on the Cross; they are for one another and ... (Continue reading)

Vatican releases survey on faith and doctrine: world says Church is now democracy

The Vatican just released a survey asking for parish-level input on next year's Synod on Faith and Family. The questionnaire has been sent to all Catholic parishes; England has already set up a website where Catholics can complete the form. It is 38 questions long and includes a preamble detailing the Church's official position on each subject. The reader is meant to answer the questions according to how they understand and live the teachings. Despite what most "news" sites are claiming, Pope ... (Continue reading)

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The Pope Francis effect (or why I’m having a tough time)

I have a confession. I'm having a tough time adjusting to Pope Francis. I admit that I'm a Pope Benedict XVI fan girl and I'm still getting over Pape Bene's understandable departure. It's like when your best friend moves far away and no matter how hard you try, you can't help but compare all your other friends to him. Or when you're at an extended family gathering and both your grandads are there and even though you respect both of them, ... (Continue reading)

Helping our children discern their vocation

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"When I grow up, I'm going to be a priest and a policeman." "I want to be a nun who rides horses and sings. Can a nun have babies?" "Mummy, when I grow up I'm going to marry you." I smile as I remember these statements made by some of my children when they were very young. As the mom of eight children, I have been listening to my children's future plans for many years and it's interesting to observe how their plans ... (Continue reading)

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Enthroning the Sacred Heart of Jesus in our family

For a parent, there is nothing more humbling than understanding that God has entrusted us with the care of his precious little ones. Nothing in life makes us realize the enormity of our responsibility as well as the reality of our inability as when our newborn is first placed in our arms. It is the most incredible moment and also the scariest moment. On our wedding day, the priest asks us if we agree to receive children lovingly from God. Of ... (Continue reading)

Our imperfect family rosary

When I was growing up, my immature self believed that the family rosary was something that had to be endured. Through no fault of my parents, the nightly ritual was anything but idyllic. My siblings and I were called into our parents' bedroom where we knelt facing the crucifix. My older brother and I would sneak jabs and pokes at each other and then my mother would scold and separate us. I would often rush through the responses hoping that ... (Continue reading)

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Honouring our mothers and fathers

He gently leads his dad down the aisle. Mass is about to begin and he knows it will take a few minutes to get him settled. The son's hand firmly grasped around dad's elbow, they continue slowly, carefully, to their favourite pew. The younger instructs the elder to hold the back of the pew in front of him and he guides his father gently down into the seat. He places the sturdy cane on the floor and then helps dad ... (Continue reading)

St. Gianna and the working Catholic mom

First, a clarification: All moms work, whether they stay at home or go out and earn a paycheque. For this post, I am defining "working mom" as those of us who work outside the home. In the twenty-five years that I have been a mother, I have worked as a full-time and part-time RN. I was also a stay-at-home mom for a few years, homeschooling for three of those years. Currently I am an RN in independent practice and own a ... (Continue reading)

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