Absence makes the heart grow fonder: an Advent reflection inspired by my daughter.
My 4 year old daughter Princess and her cousin are best friends.
She sees her cousin almost every day. And when they don’t get together, she spends all her time talking about what she wants to say to her cousin or play with her when she sees her next.
But Princess’s cousin and her family went on vacation recently. For the first time, the two girls were separated by time and distance.
Life without her best friend is hard. Continue reading “Life without You: Advent, BFFs, and separation”
I’m not a doctor or a therapist. I can’t diagnose or treat depression. I can only offer you encouragement and thoughts from my own personal experiences. If you’re suffering from depression, please seek professional help (I highly recommend Pastoral Solutions Institute tele-counseling services). If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 immediately.
It was hard for me to explain all the feelings I felt.
I tried to tell my husband I wasn’t unhappy. But the tears and shouting that streamed from me every day said otherwise. I was unhappy. But I knew I shouldn’t be. Continue reading “Joy: the hidden gift I found in depression”
A modern examination of conscience. (But not too modern… we’re loyal to the teachings of the Catholic Church here!)
In God is my salvation and my glory: he is the God of my help, and my hope is in God. Psalms 61:8
Our hope in God is different from “I hope it snows.” The theological virtue of hope is not wishful thinking.
When we hope in God, we don’t expect good things to magically happen to us. Hope means we believe in eternal salvation and we pray and act with confidence to attain it. Continue reading “Hope: How to Live with Confidence in God”
Four steps to help you replace fear with hope when your kid makes a terrible mistake.
Suddenly your kid is “that kid.” The kid other parents warn each other about. The kid they tell their own children to stay away from. How did it happen?
- You tried to be the best parent you could.
- You read every parenting book.
- You researched every discipline strategy.
- You prayed every day for the grace to raise good kids.
You were sprinting the race of good-parenthood. Continue reading “When Your Kid is the Bully: Finding a Better Future”