• Blessings & Struggles of Being a Caregiver

    by Lori Hadacek Chaplin

    It was a Sunday afternoon when my eldest daughter, Ella, came upstairs to tell me in a worried voice, “Grandpa says he’s going to town. I told him that it was too dangerous, but he won’t listen to me.”   I went downstairs… read more

  • Faith on the go

    by Danielle Bean

    Faith on the go   Where are you enjoying this summer edition of Catholic Digest?   At a recent Catholic women’s conference I attended, a smiling ladyapproached me while waving a recent copy of Catholic Digest and thanking me for … read more

  • Society's New Sinners

    by Ray Guarendi

    I spoke with a mother of five children who is expecting her sixth child. She shared that she is amazed at how many people feel free to disparage her family size. She feels reluctant to tell others she… read more

  • Dads Give The Gift of Faith and Learning

    by Danielle Bean

      It was sharing time. My first-grade teacher gathered the children in class and we sat, cross-legged in the sharing circle. “We’ll go around the room,” she told us, “And tell what our parents’ jobs are.” The … read more

  • Contemplating an Empty Nest

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. The youngest of our four children is leaving for college at the end of the summer. He is counting the days until he begins this new adventure, but as the day of his departure grows closer, I can feel myself growing more anxious. I’m worried … read more

  • Heroic Moms

    by Lori Hadacek Chaplin

    For Mother’s Day 2015, Catholic Digest offers readers great Mother’s Day gift ideas --but first, we highlight three mothers who exemplify heroic motherhood.   More than morning sickness It’s par for the course for pregnant mothers to … read more

  • Beloved Dog Teaches Lessons in Life & Death

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. Our family dog, Rory, is nearly 15 years old. When we got him, our children were seven, five, three, and a newborn. They have virtually no memory of life before we brought Rory into our family. He has been a great pet. His presence in our home has… read more

  • What Is So Bad About Wanting to Be Rich?

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Q. Whenever we ask our 13-year-old son what he wants to be when he grows up, he says, “All I want to be is rich.” He talks incessantly about the things he hopes to have in the future, including expensive sports cars, the latest technology… read more

  • My Thanksgiving Ice Bucket Challenge

    by Tom Hoopes

    Every time I saw an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video on Facebook, I thought of my mom, smiling, on Thanksgiving Day 2006.   Maria Segura Hoopes would have loved seeing the misery of ALS wedded with the goofiness of all those videos—because… read more

  • Making the Most out of Summer

    by Lisa Klewicki, Ph.D.

    What is your first thought about summertime? “Yay, no more schedules! Time to have fun!” or “Uh-oh, what do I do without the school-year routine? The kids will be bored.” Whether you are looking forward to the unstructured freedom… read more