Full disclaimer, I am a “new dad”.  I don’t have 5, 10, or 15 years of experience under my belt. I have 4 children, a 3 year old son Luke, a 1.5 year old son Jude, one baby in heaven, and one baby on the way! I am constantly learning how to be the best… Read More


Every so often a big company or corporation hits the nail on the head with a video advertisement that shows a profound respect for life. It’s not that these companies are pro-life per se, but they have the big budgets to produce the kind of video that will easily move hearts when it’s seen. This… Read More


The routine and ritual of the Sunday mornings of my childhood are forever etched into my memory. My siblings and I looked forward to Saturday night sleepovers at my Italian-immigrant Grandmother’s house and on Sunday morning we awoke to the smell of frying meatballs and simmering sauce. Hand in hand, we walked with my Grandmother… Read More


Let’s face it – family life is tough. Most days in my house are a far cry from the perfection of the Holy Family and resemble an episode of “Leave it to Beaver” gone south.  Parenting is hard work and having resources that can help parents through the challenging times is a great asset. I’m… Read More


November 1-7, 2015 is National Vocations Awareness Week – a week, according to the USCCB website “dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education…”  In celebration of this week, here are some ways my family fosters an openness to a religious vocation in our domestic church.  1. Talk. talk.… Read More


The Holy Family of Nazareth is the model par excellence of family life.  With so many questions about the true nature of family life running through the news and the culture, reflecting on God’s design for family has never been more critical. This edition of Catholic Journal Prompts features reflections on the Holy Family and… Read More


Last week was a rough one. Our homeschool was just two weeks into the back to school torture, ahem, routine that occurs every September and already I found myself out of patience, out of energy, and out of gas…literally.  Turning the ignition key of my car early one morning as my kids loaded their backpacks for our once-a-week co-op, I glanced… Read More


My family and I were blessed this past weekend to attend the Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate in our Diocese. A young man, whose journey to the priesthood we have been privileged to witness and be part of, was being ordained along with three other men. The Ordination Mass was just heavenly. There was so… Read More