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  • 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

  • My wonderful, unusual Catholic wedding

    by Barb Conley Waldmiller

    There’s an old saying that says if you want to hear God laugh, make a plan. As a young girl I had two plans: I would never marry someone named Ken (my name is Barb), and I was not going to get married in the month of June (too cliché for… read more

  • The Catholic Digest Wedding Guide - more frequently asked questions

    by Paul Boudreau

    How do I go about getting married in the Catholic Church? Once you’ve decided to get married, you need to call your local parish office and tell them you wish to begin the marriage preparation process. They will explain the procedures and help… read more

  • A survival guide for the two-faith family

    by Dr. Gregory Popcak

    Bethany is a practicing Catholic. Jim, her husband of four years, is a largely fallen-away Lutheran. Despite the potential challenges, they managed to negotiate their faith differences acceptably well. Bethany would plan to fulfill her Sunday obligation around… read more

  • Grandparenting isn't for sissies!

    by Thea Jarvis

    I started praying with my oldest grandchild when he was still in his crib. If I were lucky enough to tuck him in at night and still had the energy to complete a rational sentence, I’d take his soft, pudgy hands in my own and make the Sign of the… read more

  • How to help our college-age children keep the faith

    by Dan Connors

    I didn’t notice him come in. The college snack bar was noisy that day and full of students like me wanting ice cream on a very warm October afternoon. My chemistry class was in an hour and I sipped my milkshake while perusing my notes from the … read more

  • How can I keep my kids Catholic?

    by Woodeene Koenig-Bricker

    We stand on the sidelines of our sons’ soccer match, a gaggle of parents stamping our feet against the creeping cold, huddling under umbrellas away from the drizzling rain that began with the game. As the game slip-slides away, we become not parents of… 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