The Domestic Church

Pie plate connection

Small acts of kindness show how connected we are – and can be – in a world that sometimes feels so focused on individual happiness.
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Popsicles before dinner

I have come to see that there are times when the best parenting move is the one that is best for the parent.
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Embrace all the New Year brings

We can’t know what lies ahead. As much as we might not like uncertainty, there’s also a gift in not knowing what the future holds.
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The gift of a ‘banana tree’

During this season of giving, as we thoughtfully select gifts for people we know and love – and maybe even for strangers – how wonderful to consider that a gift may bring joy not just in the moment of opening, but also for years to come.
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Tell me a story

Stories help us incorporate memories and traditions into our family. They help us know who we are.
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Accompanied by angels

We want to believe the sun will rise tomorrow and we’ll embrace the fullness of another day. We must live life with that hope. There is no other way.
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Make room for the essential

As we begin the start of a new school year, and children and young people are filling their backpacks for a season of new opportunities, maybe we, too, can take the time to look at what’s filling our lives.
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When less – or different – is more

As the first blossoms of spring transition into the vibrant greens of early summer, may we be open to the opportunities that lie ahead, recognizing that each of us can contribute to our family, our community, and our world in different ways at different moments.
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Call your mother

When you’re talking to your mother, she understands. And you can always just pick right up where you left off later. 
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Being present this Lent

Were we present at Jesus’ crucifixion? We were, and we are. We can place ourselves in that moment, meditating again on the tremendous sacrifice Jesus made for each of us on the cross. We were there. This Lent we are there.
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A little lesson in trust

Sometimes the large, life-changing moments are the ones that show us we need to turn everything over to God. Sometimes it’s the flat tire or a snowstorm derailing our plans. But each time we have an opportunity to come away trusting Jesus a little bit more.
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Find extraordinary in the ordinary

We can encounter God in the awesome majesty of a mountaintop sunrise or a scrunched bouquet of dandelion’s in a child’s fist.
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