The "Church" of the Bouncy Castle

The "Church" of the Bouncy Castle

Last weekend two days after the "Brexit" result of the EU referendum we went along to our local parish school summer fair to participate and show support.
It’s a highly organised event with many parents and school staff working well together to provide lots of amusement and fundraising activities. The curious thing though was that no one (so far as I could ascertain) was in deep discussion or intense debate over the referendum... 

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Embracing the Joy of Parenthood

Embracing the Joy of Parenthood

The world now knows that my husband and I are expecting our 4th little blessing in December! From the moment we told our children we were having another baby, our oldest announced, “I’m going to name the baby “Baby Sweetheart.” And he faithfully prays for Baby Sweetheart each night and our family prayer time.

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Are We Married in Heaven?

Are We Married in Heaven?

I always giggle a little when a couple misunderstands the question on immorality in the online marriage prep course. It’s an understandable misinterpretation: the difference between immorality and immortality is a “t”. While we are asking about things are not-moral in marriage, some couples give us an explanation of how they think they are soul mates for eternity and their love is immortal.

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Fathering is about inspiring...

Fathering is about inspiring...

Last month I was invited by a friend of mine, who is a Deputy Head teacher in a boys Catholic school, to give a 20-30 minute talk on the various ways the Church supports and promotes healthy marriage and family life and why.

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Fathers: You Are Not Interchangeable; You Are Irreplaceable

Fathers: You Are Not Interchangeable; You Are Irreplaceable

“Gender equality” is a hot phrase in today’s culture, right up there with “gender identity” and “gender fluidity.” The problem is, equality doesn’t mean to be exactly the same, and your bodily characteristics of male and female don’t change back and forth according to your mood.

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Mary Had a Little Lamb...

Mary Had a Little Lamb...

June, as we know, is the month dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. When I read the headline the other day that married persons are 14% less likely to suffer a heart attack it got me thinking about how mind, heart and body stand more of a chance of being healthy and wholesome from a physiological perspective, if we see the needs of all three from the spiritual perspective first.

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Budgets, Baby Gates, and Boundaries

Budgets, Baby Gates, and Boundaries

When our youngest learned to crawl, once he got the hang of it- he just took off. I used to be able to sit him on the floor with a few toys around him and check in on him every few minutes while I got things done around the house. I clearly remember the day when I set him down, got something out of the fridge, turned around, and he was gone.

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Do We Have a Heart for Christ?

Do We Have a Heart for Christ?

This weekend marks the beginning of June, the month dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. In times gone past, many Catholic families and homes were annually consecrated to the Most Sacred Heart but sadly like many traditional devotions this has diminished considerably. Maybe it’s because there simply isn’t enough awareness about it and clergy have forgotten to raise awareness of it and promote it. But there is always fresh opportunity and impetus to come to a devotion with new vigour and purpose. 

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Why Does Mary Get to be the Perfect Mother?

Why Does Mary Get to be the Perfect Mother?

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve long had a hang-up with perfectionism. And for a long time, I really struggled with Mary. It just didn’t seem fair to me that Jesus made his own mother perfect, but left the rest of us to struggle. Why couldn’t he have made the rest of us perfect, too?

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The Lord wants us truly to be a la mode!

The Lord wants us truly to be a la mode!

Pope St. John Paul II once wrote in a book, entitled The Way to Christ that: “Men must be taught to love, and to love in a noble way; they must be educated in depth in this truth, that is, in the fact that a woman is a person and not simply an object.”  

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