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25. Perspective art project

“Keep your eyes on the crucifix, for Jesus without the cross is a man without a mission, and the cross without Jesus is a burden without a reliever.” --Fulton Sheen Think for a moment about Christ on the cross. Usually,... Continue Reading →


24. Making Lent more penitential

Our family is blessed in that we are not spiritual novices. This makes Lent a bit of a challenge since giving up chocolate isn't really going to help any of us develop spiritually. I've always wanted to celebrate the Great... Continue Reading →

19. Will the Mother of Divine Grace curriculum adequately prepare my child for Confirmation?

I have seen this question asked many times in different places and thought it would be fun to address it directly as I am currently preparing 4 children (ages 8-14 years) to receive their Confirmation in May. The first answer... Continue Reading →

18a. Mass Holy Card for kids

When Alison and I gave this talk we handed out a holy card printed on 1/2 of an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper in landscape if you want to make one yourself. The holy card image above with a quote... Continue Reading →

18. How to take your kids to Mass without losing your soul

When you approach the tabernacle, remember that He has been waiting for you for twenty centuries. -- St. Josemaria Escriva This is a distillation of unsolicited advice that my friend Alison and I offered to a group of moms before... Continue Reading →

13. Sex, Santa and other non-issues

In my self-righteous 20s or my prideful 30s, I could have told you exactly how to do many things right. OK, well, I still can, but I will moderate my tone a bit. I'll simply tell you how we do... Continue Reading →

10. Mother Culture

Do you know about Mother Culture? This transformative concept came from  A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola which I read when I was a young homeschooling mom with 5 little people. I believe you would do best to read her... Continue Reading →

7. On Raising Our Kids to Stay Faithful

A few weeks ago Sr. Augusta of the Nashville Dominicans gave a 2 hour talk on How to Pray as a Family. She referenced a study (sadly I missed the name) which had investigated what influences children to continue to practice... Continue Reading →

15. Praying with our children

Last year I was thinking about family prayer and realized that when my parents stopped praying my bedtime prayers with me is when I stopped praying. Remembering that St. Vincent de Paul's family prayed the rosary at the table before... Continue Reading →

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