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Tara Brooke is a wife, mother, educator, and child of God.  Tara has worked in various aspects of ministry in the Catholic Church for over 20 years, her last years as a Director of Marriage and Family Life for her local diocese.  She now stays home and tends to the needs of her growing and beautiful family.  She has three biological children...

Tara Brooke is a wife, mother, educator, and child of God.  Tara has worked in various aspects of ministry in the Catholic Church for over 20 years, her last years as a Director of Marriage and Family Life for her local diocese.  She now stays home and tends to the needs of her growing and beautiful family.  She has three biological children and two adopted children, both with Down Syndrome. She loves helping engaged couples grow in their understanding of the Sacrament of Marriage as well as helping enrich already married couples in growing in holiness together.  She resides in Bismarck, ND with her amazing husband, Deacon Dan! 

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When Unlikely Prayers are Answered:

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Wow!!!  Yes, that is the correct word to begin this blog post!  I think I am still in shock!  On the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus our country just experienced the overturning of an almost 50-year-old law regarding abortion.  Roe vs. Wade was overturned!  

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Saintly Parents Inspire Holy Children: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

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I have always had an interest in the holy men and women who the church considers saints, especially those resolute moms and dads who were able to raise a family and live their faith fully.  There are so many beautiful examples in our church of saintly parents…whom I desire to be like!  I love sharing these inspiring stories in hopes that these holy men and women will also inspire you.  In this article we will look further at the life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton…one of my favorites.  When we look at her life, we are able to see that parenthood can make us saintly! 

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Catholic Marriage Prep and Theology of Body

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The Catholic faith is a well-spring of knowledge.  It is chalked full of wonderful teachings, prayers, and devotions.  From birth, our parents are called to teach us the simplest of prayers and those prayers begin our beautiful relationship with Jesus himself. Most of us are baptized as infants, but before we receive Reconciliation and the Eucharist the hope is that our relationship with Jesus has turned into our own friendship…a beautiful, simple friendship. Catechesis and more Sacraments follow, all the while, growing that relationship with the Lord. 

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We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!

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In 1996 John Paul II during this very time stated, “We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!”  Profound words from one of the greatest evangelists of our time. What do these profound words mean?  

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Are You Like Christ or Are You Christ!

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This past Sunday I was standing next to my husband at church.  This is a rare occurrence because my husband is a Deacon and he’s typically on the altar sitting next to the priest and not in the congregation with me and the kids.  I am so glad that he was there as I needed his support for the very powerful Gospel reading.  I needed to feel the squeeze of his hand…I think he also needed to feel the squeeze of my hand.  The Gospel was filled with challenge, after challenge. 

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Infertility in Marriage

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Working in ministry, I have spent time with many engaged couples over the years, who when asked their goals for marriage they reply, “To start a family!”  When I was engaged, I remember very fondly the excitement I had to announce that we were expecting our first child.  I was the girl who had baby names picked out from the time I was 10-years old.  (Grace for a girl and Logan for a boy!)  I was ready and I simply couldn’t wait. 

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Is Marriage Worth It?

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Agape Catholic Ministries, specifically the Catholic Marriage Prep section, has offered online Catholic Marriage Preparation for the past 18 years!  Dan and I have had the pleasure of being on their staff for the past two years and it has been a tremendous gift.  We work alongside some of the most amazing and wonderful couples who work desperately to bring meaning to the Sacrament of marriage for many engaged couples. 

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In our mission statement at CatholicMarriagePrep.com we say: “Agape Catholic Marriage Preparation invites couples to a deeper relationship with each other and with Christ, one couple at a time.  Online, on-demand instruction rooted in Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, combined with personalized mentoring from a trained married couple, builds a foundation for a strong, healthy, Christ-centered marriage between a man and a woman.”  Who does that best serve?   From the very inception of CatholicMarriagePrep.com serving military couples has always been on our hearts, even offering a military discount.

Tara Brooke
28 June 2022

Wow!!!  Yes, that is the correct word to begin this blog post!  I think I am still in shock!  On the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus our country just experienced the overturning of an almost 50-year-old law regarding abortion.  Roe vs. Wade was overturned!  

One You May Have Missed

Dan Brooke
24 August 2021
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Spirituality
Prayer
This is the second part of a series on being more purposeful about deepening our relationship with God through prayer.  The first part can be found here, and I recommend starting there. I stood on one side of the door and my daughter hid on the other.  I don’t yell or call names, but I sure can be mean.  It’d been a long day, my mind had been filled with anxieties about work, and my daughter had been in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Half an hour later I stood outside her room and knocked.  It was time to apologize.

 

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