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  • Mom’s kitchen

    by Joyce Stark

    “One day, my table will be clear. Just a vase of flowers on it!” I recall muttering to myself.   Toys, textbooks, makeup, and sports gear always littered the tabletop. Why can’t the girls go to their rooms to paint their fingernails… read more

  • Dancing with my son

    by Susan B. Townsend

    I have always loved to dance. My mother used to joke that I learned to dance in utero. She often sang to me while she was pregnant, and both she and my father loved music — a passion I shared from a very early age. I grew up listening and dancing… read more

  • My husband, the romantic?

    by Deb Stanley

    “What’s the most romantic thing your spouse has ever done?” the emcee asked the three couples. My husband Scott and I were attending a wedding for one of our friends, and a family rendition of “The Newlywed Game” was taking place. … read more

  • Relocating for love

    by Marion Fernández-Cueto

    Falling in love isn’t always geographically convenient. What happens when a state boundary (or two) separates you and your potential soul mate? Award-winning writer Marion Fernández-Cueto explored this dating dilemma in the summer 2010 issue … read more

  • The Christmas stockings

    by Julie Rattey

    “Come look at the stockings,” my boyfriend said.   Dan led me into the family room of his parents’ house, where four colorful stockings hung from an old-fashioned fireplace. It was late in the evening on December 24 — our first Christmas … read more

  • My Mom is the Best Contest Results!

    by Catholic Digest Staff

    It’s true, of course, that God is neither male nor female.  But it’s also true that our parents, at their best, are tangible signs of God’s love and care for us. The Scriptures are full of both paternal and maternal images for … read more

  • 8 keys to keeping kids Catholic

    by Carol Cimino, SSJ, Ed.D.

    "I can’t understand it!” she wailed. “I sent her to Catholic school for 12 years and she doesn’t even go to church!”   If I had a nickel for every time a parent said those words (substitute “religious education… read more

  • 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

  • Why Mother’s Day is every day

    by Susan Konig

    On Mother’s Day, I am sometimes given small gifts: paper flowers, toast and coffee in bed, a homemade card. Some years, I am sent out for a manicure so I can escape, for a short time, the very motherhood that is being celebrated. I go swiftly and… read more