Social Media is impacting our culture and history in a way that is undeniable . . . and fast. If you look at the effect social media has on people of all ages, it can be quite unsettling. As an adult, studies show the use of certain platforms effect general happiness. For example: A New, More Rigorous Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You Feel For the youth: The American … [Read more...] about Catholic Social Media Influencers: Volume 1
Sometimes we see our loved ones carrying a cross and we wonder "why was that cross given?" We wish we could take it away. Once we acknowledge the suffering is not something we can remove, we look for ways we can help. We search for ways to be Simon who helped Jesus carry His cross. We desire to make our friends' crosses lighter. Unfortunately, we probably all know someone who has been diagnosed … [Read more...] about Cards and Letters to Angela
My little boy needs fine-motor skills practice. I would love to someday be able to sit down with him and say "lets journal together" . . . and then have 15 minutes where we sit together and write in our prayer journal. I don't know if that will ever happen . . . but we have been working on a "pre-school prayer journal" for over a week now - and it is going great! My son asks if we can "do a … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Start a Pre-School Prayer Journal
A powerful picture of a crowd during the Pope's visit to Philadelphia was shared on social media a little over a year ago. The photo captured a group of people lined up on the sidewalk, anxious to see Pope Francis pass by and wave to them. All of them were holding their phones... except one elderly woman. The expression on the old woman's face clearly demonstrated that she was enjoying the … [Read more...] about Dear America, Please Look Up
Last year I came across the practice of choosing a word to be a "theme" for the year. It was the first I had heard of this idea . . . and this year, I'm jumping on the bandwagon. I'm choosing a word . . . and hoping that it brings me success, productivity and helps me be a better version of myself. The word I am choosing is . . Plan. However, one of the first quotes that came to mind when I … [Read more...] about This Year, I’m Planning on Making God Laugh!
On Christmas Eve, our pastor, Father Connors, encouraged us to "open the gifts our faith gives us"! I loved his homily. Father Connors had all of us envision children running to the gifts under the tree Christmas morning . . . then just standing there, looking at them, but not opening them. He said, "that would never happen!!!" We all couldn't help but imagine what really happens - lots of … [Read more...] about Five Presents You Can Open in His Presence