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How to Plan a Sacred Heart of Jesus Enthronement Ceremony at Your Home

Jun 16, 2016 By Veronica Mena
How To Enthrone the Sacred Heart of Jesus In Your Home

Although this devotion arose in the 13th century, its popularity in modern times originated with a 17th century French nun and mystic, St. Margaret-Mary Alacoque, to whom Jesus taught the secrets of His Sacred Heart. While on a pilgrimage I visited the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Chapel of Apparitions in Paray-le-Monial[...]

Nine Unexpected Blessings of a Large Family

May 14, 2016 By Whitney Hetzel
9 Blessings in Having a Large Family

We don't get to choose our kids. Yet as I consider our nine children, I see they were perfectly chosen. Each brings a different personality and a unique perspective to our family life. Raising a large family is not easy. Along with the different personalities and unique perspectives comes inevitable conflict and stress. There ar[...]

3 Reasons This Mom is Grateful for the Sacrament of Baptism

May 10, 2016 By Whitney Hetzel
3 Reasons This Mom is Grateful for the Sacrament of Baptism

When my children were all young, and followed me like little ducklings, I didn't worry about Saint Augustine's words so much. However, as my children grew up and were no longer in a nice little line behind me, I began to wonder: what if they didn't cooperate with God? What if they strayed from their faith? These worries can't be[...]

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Why Latino Catholics Celebrate 3 Life Events in Ways that Other Cultures Normally Don't

Jan 14, 2016 By Veronica Mena

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