Category: Faith Hits Home

Nearly half of all American families do not meet the definition of nuclear family. Each type of family has its distinctive characteristics, advantages, and challenges. “Faith Hits Home” tackles societal issues facing today’s modern Catholic family and sheds light on the ability to accept yourself, your beliefs and values, your questions, and all you may be struggling with in your faith at home.

Newfound Friends

As we enter January and February, I can’t help but feel a bit melancholy after the excitement of Christmas. Now I have two more months of bleak weather where I’m likely to be trapped indoors with fighting kids who will start to push me to my limits. This is the perfect...

Setbacks as Opportunities

My doctor smiled as she entered the examination room and delivered the news I hoped to hear: “You’re good to go!” It had been two years since I learned that I had breast cancer, two years since I had had a mastectomy. Now, two years later, a mammogram confirmed what...

Prayer as a Conversation

Prayer is not easy for me, much less for my kids. In fact, I fail far more than I succeed. Any success I have is credited to the Holy Spirit and some miracle of my cooperation. Maybe you struggle with prayer, too. Here are some things I’ve found useful in...

Gratitude Amid Chaos

My cell phone rang at 5 a.m. I didn’t recognize the number—but I recognized my mom’s voice on the other end of the line. “There’s been a fire,” she explained. “We’re OK.” My parents had been staying at their vacation condo in Florida.  A neighbor’s porch caught fire early in...

With Every Sunrise

When Pope Francis announced the start of the Year of the Consecrated Life last November, he set forth three aims: To look to the past with gratitude, to live the present with passion, and to embrace the future with hope. While these aims were announced in the context of celebrating...

The Family Circle

If I hear my car making a strange noise, I call my dad to ask his advice. He knows just about everything auto-related, so I trust his diagnosis and his opinion on the repair quotes from mechanics. If I have a question about my taxes, I call my mom. As...

A Month of Transition

The month of May is significant. It is the month in which Mother’s Day is celebrated. It is the month of graduations. And, for Catholics, it is the month of Mary. For me, this May holds special significance, as it is the month in which my youngest child graduates from...

This Lent, Set Yourself Up to Succeed

Sidebar by Sarah Reinhard Lent is the time of year I love to hate. It’s all too easy for Lenten practices to turn into big, impossible jobs. And yet, after the overload of Christmas, there’s something about the spartan that’s appealing. The three pillars of Lent are fasting, almsgiving, and...

Celebrating the Fifty Days of Easter

Lent appears to never end. But Easter seems gone in a snap. Some years I blink and wonder if I missed it. But in actuality, while the plastic bunnies and egg-laden trees disappear by Monday afternoon, to Christians, Easter is a fifty-day season! Think about it. On Good Friday we...

On Loss, Love, Hope

A story of how one couple follows the example of our risen Lord, even when their pain seems unimaginable. It was the phone call every parent dreads. In the early-evening hours on the last day of 2014, the police called a close friend of mine with tragic news. A driver...

Loving Yourself

The safety drill on airplanes is familiar. After you’re seated, the flight attendant explains that if oxygen masks drop from the overhead compartment, parents must put their masks on first and then assist their children. As I sit through those drills, I sometimes wonder if I would be able to...

Weathering the Storm

I’m the captain of a small boat that’s being buffeted by a hurricane. The only other passengers on board are my two terrified children huddled below deck. I grip the lifeline tightly and fight against the waves that try to sweep me overboard. I’m tempted to give in and let...