How to Make Jesus (not TV) the Center of Your Home

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It seems like everyone has a TV as the focal point of their living room.

It’s either mounted on the wall or erected on a TV stand. The furniture is centered around it. Even home decor is organized to accent it.

But when I was a kid, my mom showed me there’s another way.

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Praise the Lord, You Stinky Diapers, for His Love Endures Forever

I look down at my sink perpetually filled with dishes, and I feel overwhelmed.

I look down at my floor, currently covered in crumbs, and I feel tired.

I look down at my phone, too often lit with news of the latest hate story, Church scandal, and political turmoil, and I feel dejected.

Some days, the cross of life weighs heavy.

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21 Best Resources for Family Rosary Time: Books, Tools, and Toys

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“Pray the Rosary every day” – Our Lady of Fatima to Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia.

My kiddos know the importance of the daily Rosary. They even remind us to do the family Rosary on busy days when it almost escapes us!

But that doesn’t mean they sit still like perfect angels for the duration of Rosary time.

We have an entire collection of tools and toys to help make Rosary time quiet, peaceful, and prayerful.

Let’s start with ideas for babies and toddlers, and work our way up through the ages and stages!

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In the Wake of the Storm, Rebuild Your Life on the Rock of Christ

It’s easy to do good things in fair weather.

Look at these two men in the parable of the house on the rock.

Notice: they both built houses!

Up until the storm, both these men appeared to be living good lives.

They built good things, they did good work, their outward actions seemed to be the same.

But there was something very different about their two lives…

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When Catholics Don’t Act Like Christians

I once had a protestant friend tell me, “You’re the first Catholic I’ve known that actually lives a Christian lifestyle.”

I was really taken aback.

It’s heartbreaking to me to think that so many Catholics profess the faith but aren’t living it out.

We’re all called to be witnesses to Christ.
We’re called to be in the world but not of it.

And that can be really really really difficult.

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We Need a Little Joy Right Now

When this whole covid thing went down, I was one of those (perhaps slightly obnoxious) “living my best life” people.

I enjoyed having my husband home, slowing down, extra time for prayer, doing fun at-home projects with the kids.

Being without the Mass was hard (real hard) but we had Adoration in churches nearby!

But now, with things opening up again but *still* not being back to normal – I’m starting to feel worn down.

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Teaching Your Kids about the Latin Mass.

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I’ve fallen in love with the Latin Mass.

The first time I went was about a year and a half ago. I had heard about this “Latin Mass” thing for years, but never had the opportunity to go.

I thought it would be cool to see what it was all about.

It was more than cool.

It was incredibly moving. It grabbed hold of my heart and won’t let go.

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The Line We Draw In Our Hearts

While the kids watched a movie, my husband and I both took the opportunity to relax in our own preferred ways – he with a few episodes of his favorite show, me in a nice hot bath.

As I soaked in the tub, I heard the movie end and the kids begin to get rowdy.

I waited for a minute or two, hoping my husband would corral them and start the bedtime routine, but he didn’t.

So I got angry.

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