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  • Congratulations from Dad

    by Maris L. Franco

    I graduated from college in the spring of 2004. It took me five years, not the four I had hoped for, but, as I always told myself, what’s important is that I did it. I had spent the last five years of my life going to school, working, and studying hard. … read more

  • When a service member comes home

    by Paul Boudreau

    C26D: The flight from Dallas to Los Angeles is tedious, but it’s the final leg of a journey that started two days ago in Fallujah, 35 miles west of Baghdad in Iraq. It was there Sanchez lived for 18 months with his Marine unit, in the midst of … read more

  • My Mom is the Best!

    by Catholic Digest Staff

    We asked you why your mom is the best - and you told us! Read these readers' responses, then check out our I Love My Mom contest page to find out how to enter or to send your mom a special gift.     My mother, Clarice Trzaskowski, is the… read more

  • Adventures of a wary godmother

    by Kim Camlet

    I suppose I should’ve expected the stunned expression that came across my goddaughter’s face when I told her the news. But I definitely wasn’t expecting that she would flee across the room and dive for cover in Grandma’s lap. … read more

  • The journey that changed my life (Part 1)

    by Lawrence P. Levitt

    As my family approached the small village of Radvan, Slovakia, on a sunlit summer afternoon in 1982, we were struck by the sight of dozens of people running through town clasping bouquets of yellow daisies. “Ritter! Ritter! Ritter!” they … read more

  • The journey that changed my life (Part 2)

    by Lawrence P. Levitt

    In Part 1 of author Larry Levitt’s story, “The journey that changed my life,” we traveled along with Levitt, his wife, Eva, and their family as they toured the Europe Eva and her family left behind 40 years ago. After a touching reunion with… read more

  • What should we tell the kids?

    by Catholic Digest Staff

    Two of the biggest lies parents tell themselves are “kids are oblivious” and “kids are resilient.” The truth is, kids are neither. It is well known that children are great barometers of a family’s stress level. Though children… read more

  • My mother the worrier

    by Julie Rattey

    "Call me when you get home!”“Put a turtleneck under that. Do you want to get sick?”“Don’t make eye contact with strangers!”For as long as I can remember, my mother has been a worrier. It didn’t matter whether … read more

  • Shepherds, kings, gold-foil stars...and llamas

    by Peggy Weber

    Every child’s eyes focused on the altar, watching the annual Christmas pageant in rapt attention. Mary and Joseph entered, carrying Baby Jesus. The chorus of fourth and fifth grade girls sang, “Gloria in excelsis Deo.” This poignant… read more

  • Yellow buses and fond memories

    by Peggy Weber

    Last fall, my morning commute was slowed by a yellow school bus that had stopped to pick up students for their first day of school. Watching the little ones with their freshly scrubbed faces, new backpacks, and swinging lunch boxes begin a new school… read more