Category Archives: parenting

St. Monica: Parents’ Not So Little Helper

The Antiphon for the Canticle of Zechariah, Morning Prayer for August 27, Memorial of St. Monica reads: “You answered her prayer, O Lord, you did not disregard her tears which fell upon the earth wherever she prayed” As a mom, … Continue reading

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Am I Dumb Because I Have Eight Kids?

Also posted at Catholic Insight Magazine The Guardian U.K. recently published an article entitled 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 … Continue reading

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Life on the Rock (or Taking a Break)

I won’t be blogging for the next three weeks since it’s time for a vacation. By the magic of scheduled posts on wordpress, there should be a couple of posts appearing here while I’m away that will also run at … Continue reading

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Empowering Our Youth to Make a “Mess”

Posted at Catholic Lane and Catholic Insight In one of his World Youth Days homilies, Pope Francis told the throng of enthusiastic young adults that he wants “a mess”. “I want to tell you something. What is it that I … Continue reading

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Helping Our Children Discern Their Vocation

Also posted at Catholic Insight, catholicinsight.com Also posted at The New Evangelist/Companions of the Cross “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 … Continue reading

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Remembering the Sweetness of Childhood

This is a picture of three of my older children enjoying some early morning fishing with their dad. These adorable little cherubs are in their twenties now and on the brink of venturing out on their own. Long gone are … Continue reading

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What Kind of Man Has Eight Kids?

A man who: works hard to provide for his family considers his family first in every business decision can’t wait to come home after a long day at work expects his children to work hard expects his children to be … Continue reading

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Enthroning the Sacred Heart of Jesus in our Family

Also posted at Catholic Insight, catholicinsight.com 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 … Continue reading

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Honouring Our Mothers and Fathers

Also posted at Catholic Insight, catholic insight.com 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 … Continue reading

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To All Moms from the Pure Jerzy Kidz

Tomorrow, Mother’s Day, a group of us, friends and family, will be participating in the Sporting Life 10 km. run to raise funds for Camp Oochigeas, a summer camp for kids with cancer. It will be our second year taking … Continue reading

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