The Domestic Church

Heaven is not so far away

As Catholic Christians, we know that we never really lose anyone we love. We might just be physically separated for a while.
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Humility cometh after a fall

The journey toward greater humility might not be one that comes easily or without significant challenge. It might not even be one I want to pursue. But it is necessary if I’m going to grow in my relationship with Christ.
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All in the timing

Maybe, I find myself realizing, we all long to understand time better so we can know how to make better use of it.
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Of spilled juice, and joy

I make messes by accident and on purpose over and over and over, and God continuously offers forgiveness and strength and peace.
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Sounding out the words

How wonderful that, even when life isn’t easy and we struggle to be all we can be, our Father is watching us with a divine love that is beyond understanding.
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Saving a seat for a stranger

The responsibility to make everyone feel welcome at Mass begins with each of us.
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Wearin’ of the Green

I’ve never been to the Emerald Isle. But throughout my childhood, my mother made sure my siblings and I knew we were Irish.
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Lesson in love

In the wake of the death of her brother-in-law, Rita Buettner encourages readers to build a legacy of love.
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Say ‘yes’ to God’s plan

As we look at the New Year ahead of us, it’s impossible to know what opportunities and challenges we will encounter during the next 365 days. We have no choice but to say yes to all of it, even the unknowns.
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The anticipation of Advent

Jesus does not just come to us when we are perfect. He comes to us as we are, even if we are shepherds watching our sheep in the fields.
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Gift of gratitude

Gratitude doesn’t always come easily, but there’s almost always something to be thankful for, though it can take time to see it.
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Wrap mother-to-be in prayer

Instead of baby showers, Rita Buettner has been throwing prayer gatherings for friends and relatives who are awaiting the arrival of their babies.
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