Category: Family

Finding Our Place: An Update

Finding Our Place: An Update

[ 0 ] March 16, AD 2014 |

I thought I would take a moment to update you on a topic near and dear to my heart. Several weeks back, I wrote an article about finding a place for my family in terms of Young Adult/Family Activities at our local parish. I expressed a concern that, as a thirty year old mother with […]

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Parish Life on a Military Base

Parish Life on a Military Base

[ 3 ] January 24, AD 2014 |

Military families tend to make friends quickly. When deployments and PCS’s loom large, wasting time isn’t an option. You have to make yourself available and actively seek out relationships, or you risk many years of loneliness in places far from home. Although we’ve only been living the military life for a short while, we are […]

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We Need to Hear More from The Dads

We Need to Hear More from The Dads

[ 2 ] January 23, AD 2014 |

I was watching the Pro-Life March on Washington for most of the day yesterday. I’ve smiled at how young the protesters look, marveled at the immense size of the crowd, and listened intently to the speakers. I’m in awe of this whole pro-life movement and how they continue to stand up for their fellow human […]

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Families Support Each Other

Families Support Each Other

[ 1 ] January 8, AD 2014 |

A man shared with me recently that at his swimming competitions when he was a little boy, he would watch his teammate embrace his coach at the end of competitions and think of his own father. Although his father never went to his swimming competitions (only his mother), the image of his teammate embracing his coach at […]

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Parables In Parenting

Parables In Parenting

[ 2 ] December 30, AD 2013 |

Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. These lines always seemed particularly beautiful to me, even as a child. They are so intimate, so feminine. When I became a mother myself they became even more powerful because they reveal the heart of a mother, pondering the mystery of her child, her heart […]

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A Christmas Wish

A Christmas Wish

[ 0 ] December 25, AD 2013 |

When I was a girl, Santa Claus always came while we were at Midnight Mass. It was one of my favorite traditions. We would get home around 1:00 am, the tree would be ablaze with lights and the presents were heaped in piles around it. It was years before I figured out how it was […]

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Six More Reasons Why Everyone Should Have kids

Six More Reasons Why Everyone Should Have kids

[ 237 ] December 21, AD 2013 |

Last August, I wrote about why everyone should have kids. At several points in the combox, I was called out for being selfish. According to both troll and pleasant soul, the reasons I provided in said post were all about me. It got me thinking, perhaps I am guilty of such crimes? And so, here’s […]

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Merry Digital Christmas

Merry Digital Christmas

[ 0 ] December 15, AD 2013 |

As the day of Christ’s birth hurtles towards us, it is definitely easy to get caught up in the spin of things. Retailers, desperate to meet their bottom line and land a huge haul this shopping season, barrage us with seemingly great offers on all kinds of interesting items. Some are actually great gifts, others […]

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“Dashing” Through The Christmas Season

“Dashing” Through The Christmas Season

[ 2 ] December 15, AD 2013 |

Let me start off by saying that I love Christmas. I really do. While the decorations and tree trimming and family dinners and presents are all fantastic, I love Christmas because it is the birthday of Our Lord, and one of the foremost liturgical feasts of the year. Having said that, it is often the […]

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Does Jesus Love the Elf on the Shelf?: Five Ways to Celebrate the Sacred in the Secular

Does Jesus Love the Elf on the Shelf?: Five Ways to Celebrate the Sacred in the Secular

[ 4 ] December 10, AD 2013 |

We’re in the thick of the Christmas season, well, the secular Christmas season. We all know the Christmas season doesn’t start until after Christmas, right? That was a little obnoxious, but as Christians, some of us might be tempted to think we stand above the “secular” Christmas. Like, “Ugh, you buy your kids Christmas presents? […]

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Veiled Words: Modesty in Speech and Thought

Veiled Words: Modesty in Speech and Thought

[ 4 ] December 2, AD 2013 |

“The Victorians pretended sex did not exist; the moderns pretend nothing else exists.” Archbishop Fulton J Sheen This is my first post writing for Ignitum Today, and in honour of that I thought I would try to ignite a little debate on a nice controversial topic, sex. Seven years into marriage I’m somewhere right between […]

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Defining “Young Adult”

Defining “Young Adult”

[ 12 ] November 17, AD 2013 |

Who are considered the “young adults” in your community? Are they teenagers? Are they single twenty-somethings? Are they young professionals? Are they young mothers and fathers? It seems that one of the terms that is frequently used to describe a Catholic activity is “young adult.” Who is expected to attend these events? Recently, I attended […]

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An Interview with Simcha Fisher, Author of <em>The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning</em>

An Interview with Simcha Fisher, Author of The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning

[ 13 ] November 8, AD 2013 |

Simcha Fisher’s book, The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning, is still sitting pretty in the Top 10 on Amazon’s list of Catholic books. The incredible interest in the book isn’t surprising since frank, balanced conversations about natural family planning –- the only method of spacing children approved by the Catholic Church –- are desperately […]

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Liturgical Parenting

Liturgical Parenting

[ 1 ] October 26, AD 2013 |

Liturgy is a lot like parenting. No. Liturgy IS parenting. Jesus Christ is the groom and His Church the bride. Together they have done a wonderful job of cosmically birthing a multitude of Christians. In an effort to raise their children to the heights of charitable virtue, they provided us with the rhythmic order of […]

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True Mission or a “Poverty Vacation:” Are Mission Trips a Waste of Money?

True Mission or a “Poverty Vacation:” Are Mission Trips a Waste of Money?

[ 5 ] October 17, AD 2013 |

By James Franke I’ve heard the argument a hundred times, phrased a hundred different ways. It all boils down to the same basic mentality: short term mission trips, those eight to ten day “poverty vacations” are nothing more than a waste of time and money used to make students, young adults, and families sacrifice one […]

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Ralph’s Mom

Ralph’s Mom

[ 1 ] October 11, AD 2013 |

Recently my son and I were at the grocery store. He was wearing a Thomas the Tank Engine shirt and was playing with the cart as we waited in line at the deli counter. He turned the cart in a circle and then smiled up at me and the woman ahead of me.     “Is […]

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