Category Archives: family

In Honour of World Communications Day 2015

One of my greatest pleasures and privileges as a blogger is to be part of the team at CatholicMom.com. On this website, founded by author and speaker, Lisa Hendey, I write a Gospel reflection for the third day of each … Continue reading

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Transforming weak Catholic families

Also posted at Catholic Insight. When you teach two classes of First Reconciliation and First Communion candidates on most Saturday mornings, you learn a lot about other families’ prayer lives. It doesn’t take long to see who prays at home … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

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Bl. Pope Paul VI’s Message to Women

Below is the full text of Bl. Pope Paul VI’s message to women as part of the  speeches and messages at the close of the Second Vatican Council,  December 8, 1965. You can read the entire text of the closing … Continue reading

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Dear young family at Sunday Mass

Also posted at Catholic Insight 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 … Continue reading

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Short shorts and midriffs: dressing our daughters

Posted at Catholic Insight According to webmed.com, girls begin a growth spurt around the age of 9 or 10, with the fastest growth at around 11 or 12 years of age. Typically, girls grow about three inches per year during … Continue reading

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Courageous words of wisdom from Msgr. Vincent Foy

In the June print issue of Catholic Insight, I wrote an article on Monsignor Vincent Foy who was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Toronto on June 3, 1939. He celebrated his seventy-fifth anniversary to the priesthood at a … Continue reading

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The Gift of Motherhood

The Catholic Register, Canada’s Catholic news source,  asked me to submit a short reflection for their Mother’s Day feature. Here is the text of my article:   When I was twenty years old, I self-assuredly told all my friends that … Continue reading

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Confession and the little child within us

Posted at Catholic Insight I have been thinking a lot about confession lately. As the First Confession and First Communion catechist in my parish, the past few weeks of class have been focused on mortal and venial sin, repentance, forgiveness, … Continue reading

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The Power of Sunday Family Dinner

Posted at Catholic Insight The advantages of the family gathering together to share a meal are well documented. Many experts in various fields of expertise tell us that the family meal helps our kids to stay off drugs, do better … Continue reading

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