Posts Tagged ‘family life’
Our Christmas journeys (and hosting) this year taught us the importance of being present with others – a lesson the three wise men knew well.
Parents and families play a crucial role in fostering vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. One religious sister reflects on specific ways that her family formed her to hear and heed God’s call.
A Christmas two-for-one special: two posts about Christmastime by Stacey and Josh. Stacey writes about the importance of “presence” – not just presents – at Christmas, while Josh writes about the importance of traditions for families and faith life.
Often enough, Christmastime is stressful for couples, overloaded with everyone else’s high expectations and the competing demands of family, friends and workplace associates. What are some of the causes of
At Mass on Sunday, December 15 you’ll probably see the priest wearing rose-colored vestments. Learn about the significance as we mark the midway point of Advent.
Josh and Stacey’s oldest son is 13, and sometimes feels like the world – and his parents – are against him. Josh writes that intentionally spending time together, especially playful time, goes a long way in fighting bitterness and building unity.
Advent is here. Sara and Justin write about their efforts to truly celebrate Advent and not jump right into the Christmas season. They say small things matter: the Advent wreath and celebrating saints in Advent, for starters.
The Advent season this year begins Sunday, December 1st. How does your family celebrate Advent? Here is a list of time-honored traditions to prepare your hearts and home for the coming of the Christ Child.
Did you know that husband and wife are the ministers of the sacrament of marriage? In this reflection, Josh Noem writes about what it means to live out the sacrament of marriage in daily life, and how that leads to true freedom. “Marriage and family life is a way for us to give our lives over to love 349 ways every day, and it gives us glimpses of heaven every single day too.”
In their new book, Tim and Sue Muldoon write that spirituality can be found “right in the messy midst” of home life. They encourage families to see their lives as a pilgrimage together, and they suggest reading Scripture together as a family as a way to foster each other’s faith.
After a disastrous “eating out” experience, Justin and Sara talk about how it’s too easy to settle for low standards instead of striving for excellence – a principle that applies to family life as well as restaurants.
Do you thrive on routine, or love being spontaneous? Sara and Justin write about the importance of routine to their marriage and family life: “I am convinced that our routine is the key to thriving as persons and maintaining the balance we need in our family.”
Hospitality has always been important to the Noems. Here, Josh talks about being hospitable…to his wife: making her homecoming after work pleasant and tending to her needs.
Domestic violence is never justified, said the U.S. bishops in their statement “When I Call for Help.” Read the article to learn recent statistics about domestic violence and to become more familiar with “When I Call for Help.”
“Having a boy who is almost a teenager at the dinner table is kind of like eating with a vacuum cleaner,” writes Josh. In this post, he reflects on the importance of sharing meals as a family, and how it’s about more than what’s on the plate.