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The Cycles of Parenthood

“Beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts the most.”

This quote from the movie Hope Floats has always struck a chord with me. And lately I’ve been thinking about it a lot. In fact, a few weeks ago, after a particularly trying and chaotic morning, I posted on Facebook: “Before kids, mornings were so much easier. But they sure weren’t as adventurous or fun.”

All the News That’s Fit to Share

Seek truth and report it.

Minimize harm.

Act independently.

Be accountable and transparent.

Those are the four principles that the Society of Professional Journalists says are the foundation of ethical journalism. These days, though, there seems to be a debate as to whether those codes are being regularly honored in reporting. We regularly hear phrases like “fake news” and “alternative facts.” The line has blurred so much between news reporting, satire, and commentary that it’s often hard to tell where the lines used to be.

A Challenge to Catholic Schools

 

Starting this week, Catholic schools across the country will celebrate their unique identity and mission during Catholic Schools Week. The purpose, according to the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), is to “focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our Church, our communities, and our nation.” Statistics, however, are showing that many families are choosing to send their kids to public schools instead of their local Catholic schools.

A Trip to the March for Life

This month, thousands of people will gather in Washington, DC, for the annual March for Life. My 16-year-old daughter, Maddie, will be one of them. She’s going with her high school’s Saints for Life club to show her support for a cause about which she feels strongly.

Year of Mercy, Continued

This week, the United States will inaugurate its 45th president. It will officially mark the end of a very long—and nasty—election season. A season that, let’s be honest, did not showcase our kindest and most caring behavior.

Everyday Mercy

A few weeks ago, I was sitting with my dad in his room at the retirement home when I noticed that he kept scratching his leg. I grabbed some lotion, knelt on the ground in front of him, and rubbed the lotion on his legs. When I was done, he relaxed back into his chair and said, “Thanks. That feels so much better.”

A Mother's Day Reflection by a First-time Mom

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Image: Laura Lee Moreau.

Nighttime has become sacred for me. I'm not quite sure when it became that way, but it was sometime during my pregnancy. I give thanks each time night comes, for it has become "our" time—time for you and me to celebrate our mother-daughter bond.

The Challenge of Being a Positive Parent

Siblings together by the sea
Image: Joshua Clay.

The other day during a leadership seminar I’m taking, the instructor said something that really struck a chord with me. We were discussing motivation. He noted that, while people really need to motivate themselves, it is possible to create an environment that is conducive to motivation.

Year of Mercy: It's a Family Affair

The Allegory of Mercy

Image: Fresco at Parz Castle, Allegory of Mercy.

One night, I came home from a busy day at work. As usual, I was attempting to get the daily rundown of the kids’ activities, read the mail, check the messages, and get dinner started. That’s when it all came apart. 

“Mom, Riley hit me,” reported Alex. 

“Mom, I want pink milk,” demanded Riley. 

“Mom, I feel like I’m going to throw up,” cautioned Maddie. 

Another typical night in the Brigger house, I thought.

Connecting Food and Faith

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These days, families seem to be busier than ever. Unfortunately, one of the first things that seems to get lost amidst chaos is the family dinner. Father Leo Patalinghug, a priest in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is trying to reverse that trend. He’s doing that through his Grace Before Meals movement which encourages families to prepare and enjoy meals together. It is a movement that Father Leo says has its heart in the Eucharist.