During a low point in my life, one of my best friends shared a simple piece of wisdom that has stuck with me after all these years.
4 youth ministers share strategies for robust youth programmingU.S. Catholic
Creativity, communication, and authenticity are key to building relationships with Catholic youth.
5 parish practices for cultivating connections across generationsU.S. Catholic
How to plan parish events that foster real friendshipsU.S. Catholic
Be the host with the most and welcome newcomers to your parish with these tips.
To parent in the present, practice ‘memento mori’U.S. Catholic
The only certainty in our lives—and the lives of our children—is that one day they will end.
Discussion Diversity: 3 Things to Talk About Other Than CoronavirusAmendo
No matter what’s going on in the world, it is always a good time to learn more about the people who matter most to us, and getting a break from discussing topics that cause stress and boredom is an added perk. These questions have done the trick for me.
Feeling Anxious? Be of ServiceAmendo
It’s normal to be disappointed and anxious during uncertain times, but the good news is that there are things we can do to help our emotional state as we live through our current reality. One of those things is to help someone else.
The Benefits of Boundaries: Making Our Limits Clear in Life and LoveAmendo
While initiating a discussion about boundaries can be scary, awkward or vulnerable, the conversation may be more welcomed than you imagine, and either way, the end result is worth it.
Reflecting on the Annunciation: How Saying ‘Yes’ Can Make All the DifferenceBusted Halo
We make hundreds of yes or no decisions daily, even if just to ourselves — no, I won’t stay in bed even though I kind of want to; yes, I’ll invite a new neighbor over for coffee — and good reasons for both our yeses and our nos can lead to wholeness and holiness. But looking back on my life, I see that a few yeses, which, like Mary’s, came in the face of uncertainty and even bafflement, have led to a life that I love.
Analyzing Anger: What a Door-Slamming Moment RevealedAmendo
Door-slamming isn’t a practice that I’d recommend, but I learned some valuable lessons from one surprising outburst. I’m taking those lessons with me as I tread more gently across my threshold.