To Do List: All Saints’ Day

     To Do Today, Oct. 31: Remember what the Ven. Fulton Sheen said: “First the famine, then the feast!” If your family skips dessert, eats smaller portions of meals, or fasts in some other way on the day before a feast, as is the traditional Christian way to prepare for a coming holy day, you will experience…

Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Latin

Think Latin is for nerds and/or those with too much free time? No! Join the fun. Here are some reasons why you should: It’s coming back in style, both in and out of the Catholic Church. (Public schools have started offering Latin classes again in droves–I know, I have been tutoring their students!) There’s a Gregorian chant and Extraordinary…

The Gifts of Our Men

            My husband was not raised Catholic. He was one of the “nones” as they call them, having been raised with no faith in his family whatsoever. But from a youthful fascination with Catholicism, partly due to the Catholics in his extended family, he was receptive to investigating my Faith when we started dating. He…

A Chapter a Day

One of the best things my mom ever did for me and my sisters and brother was sit us down each morning and have one of us read a chapter of the Gospels. Just a chapter—no explanations or exegesis, just one of us reading a chapter aloud of St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke or…

Prayer Time: Before Getting on the Internet

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf has composed and posted on his blog a beautiful prayer to St. Isidore (of Seville), to be said every time you start surfing the web.  Because Father is amazing, he has gotten this prayer translated into 41 languages/scripts at last count, including Klingon (!!!) and Morse Code. (I like to use the Latin version myself, because I am an extreme…

Step #2: A Daily Prayer Rhythm

(See the Getting Started page for Step #1.) After your home altar is ready, the time has come to establish a daily prayer rhythm in your home. It’s not just a Sunday thing, this prayer stuff! Indeed, having been commanded to “pray without ceasing,” we are supposed to be ever-alert to the presence of God and…

Hallowe’en: A “Double” Vigil

       Hallowe’en is only a week away already! We are used to thinking of Halloween as a day to have parties, celebrate by trick-or-treating, and gorge on candy. Truthfully, in the tradition of the church, October 31 is really a fasting day in preparation for the great feasts that follow the next two days. (That’s…

Confident, Not Confused

If your child hasn’t come home yet, confused by a question from a non-Catholic friend or neighbor, get ready: he will. To us Catholics here in the wonderful Bible Belt, God has given a special responsibility to prepare our kids to lovingly witness to our neighboring Protestant brothers and sisters. They are curious, and they…

Latin Begins at Home

The Latin language is NOT dead! For Catholics, it’s our Mother Tongue. By emphasizing this fact at home, you and your kids can celebrate the upcoming feast days in a very special way: add some Latin to your prayers and devotions. Your children will be inspired by its beauty, mystery, and transcendence in your family prayer life.…