The Domestic Church

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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Making memories on an evening walk

As a mother of two growing children, I’m getting used to following along behind. I want them to be cautious and hang back and stay young just a little while longer. But they see a wide open world ahead of them, without a danger in sight. They want to run free.
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Trusting author of our life stories

We have to accept that even with the suffering and challenges life can bring, God is writing a more wonderful story than we could imagine.
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Conversation and a cup of tea

When I mention my sister’s baby girl, her eyes light up with pleasure. A few minutes later when she asks about my sister, she is surprised – and ecstatic – to hear that she has a baby.
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Here comes the bridesmaid

God doesn’t care whether we’re immaculately dressed in fancy clothes or wearing an old bathrobe with sausage grease on the sleeve.
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Going fishing

What do I do to inspire others to become fishers of men? Do I ever convey that joy, that excitement, in being a follower of Christ that someone would stop to ask me about Jesus?
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Call to compassion

Yes, we encounter pain and suffering on earth, but we walk with one another, and God is with us every step along the way.
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When I am not enough

“We are to become vessels of God’s compassionate love for others,” St. Clare of Assisi said.
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