Articles Tagged ‘parenting’

Say “yes” to the duty of the moment

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Doing the duty of the moment means focusing our whole person—heart, soul, body, emotions, intellect, memory, imagination—on the job at hand! The duty of the moment done for God is glamorous, exciting, wondrous." Catherine Doherty, Grace In Every Season Many years ago, when I was a much younger mother juggling pregnancies, little children, hospital shifts where I worked as a nurse, and all the other aspects of my daily life, I came across the writing of Catherine Doherty: in particular, her book Grace ... (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)

Defeating the poverty of indifference

On a wet, chilly Saturday morning in October, something wonderful but odd happened at my parish. Wonderful because it was during the Mass in which young people and their parents took part in a Confirmation enrolment ceremony. Odd because the promises that parents and the confirmandi made ought to be obvious and as natural as breathing for all who were there. We, the parents of the Confirmation class, promised to support our children by attending Mass each week and following a ... (Continue reading)

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Am I dumb because I have eight kids?

The Guardian UK recently published the article "Should we care that smart women aren't having kids?" The piece was based on the work of Satoshi Kanazawa, a London School of Economics psychologist who conducted research on the link between intelligence and maternal urges and wrote the book The Intelligence Paradox based on his findings. He concluded that the higher a woman's IQ, the less likely she is to have babies. According to Kanazawa's research, maternal urges decrease 25% for every 15 IQ points ... (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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