Childhood

how to pray for child in hospital

God’s Fingerprints On The Hardest Days

By Shauna'h Fuegen | January 30, 2023

“You need to leave from here and go directly to the hospital. He needs to be admitted tonight, and he will need surgery.”  There is so much I don’t remember about this moment. Was my 8-year-old son Andrew in the room with us when the orthopedist said these words to me? He must have been,…

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Finding Rocks on The Way

By Kimberly Knowle-Zeller | November 14, 2022

No cloud in sight, the sun shines and sparkles on the water. Isaac runs ahead of me and perches on the side of the creek, his shoulders resting on his knees with his hands clasped together. He holds this posture, like a scientist pondering the workings of the world. I come beside him and sit…

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Love’s Mystery Deeper Than Memory

By Rachael Stowe | September 26, 2022

Bundled against the freezing weather, I pushed the stroller down the sidewalk. Baby napping inside, coffee in hand, a book balanced on the bar, and the big kids off on a bike ride with Jeff. This little routine had become a beloved ritual in the chaos and isolation of quarantine. But today was different. The…

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Carrying Our Homes

By Sarah Bahiraei | September 12, 2022

She bounds down the concrete steps in her almost-two-year-old glory: wearing a backward t-shirt with the tag jutting out below her chin and a bright pink tutu over her pants. Her ponytail has migrated to the side of her head, sprouting like a horizontal palm tree. Thanks to the unsolicited comment from a neighbor tinkering…

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Look, Mama, Look: Do You See?

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | March 21, 2019

Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer. It presupposes faith and love.  Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.  —Simone Weil Look, mama, look, do you see?  A thousand times a day, tugging at my sleeve, calling out in the rearview mirror, yelling from upstairs, downstairs, around the corner, from the other room—look! Come…

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how to pray lectio divina with kids

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | October 13, 2015

Want to pray lectio divina with your kids? I had never heard of lectio divina until I started graduate theological studies. Thankfully I was blessed to study with the Benedictines, who are steeped in this prayer practice (which St. Benedict wrote about in his Rule dating back to 500 AD). So I learned from wise sisters and brothers how…

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a prayer for a new school year

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | September 8, 2015

Here is a prayer for all of us in the midst of transition: to a new season, a new schedule, or a new school year. A prayer to God who guides us all. You are Alpha and Omega.      Bless the end of our summer and the beginning of our fall. You are Abba…

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Why You Have To Go To Church

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | August 15, 2015

Why do you have to go to church, my child? I thought I wasn’t going to have to answer that question for a few more years. Maybe even a decade before you started stomping around with teenage eye rolls of disgust when I ask you to get dressed on Sunday morning, and not in those…

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A Prayer for the Sleep-Deprived

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | August 7, 2015

I am tired. How about you? I am tired all the time. I’m tired of talking about how tired I am. I know I was tired before I had kids – tired from college, tired from grad school, tired from work. But since my first child was born, I have been weary to my bones. This is the happy…

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eat, pray, light, bless: celebrate a baptism anniversary

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | July 23, 2015

Our sweet babe just celebrated his first baptism anniversary. One trip around the sun, one whole year a Christian. It’s a big milestone in our family. I’ve written about baptism anniversaries here and here, too. But I always find that these days sneak under the radar, despite circling the dates on the calendar and trying…

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I sing it for you

i sing it for you

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | March 18, 2015

I roared at them tonight. And when I say roared, I mean bellowed from the very core of my being – the tired, angry, frustrated, exasperated, unheard and unnoticed depths of my body and soul, from which I was completely and utterly and maddeningly sick of having asked, cajoled, coaxed, pleaded, begged, demanded, and commanded them…

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Morning Prayer Matters: Easy Ways to Start Your Day

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | February 12, 2015

Here are 4 simple ways to start the day with God as a parent: A prayer from childhood Growing up a mile from our small-town Catholic school, we always had just enough time on the drive each morning for my mom to make us pray (ok, sometimes to a chorus of groans) her classic, quick…

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God’s Fingerprints On The Hardest Days

By Shauna'h Fuegen | January 30, 2023 |
how to pray for child in hospital

“You need to leave from here and go directly to the hospital. He needs to be admitted tonight, and he will need surgery.”  There is so much I don’t remember about this moment. Was my 8-year-old son Andrew in the room with us when the orthopedist said these words to me? He must have been,…

READ MORE

Finding Rocks on The Way

By Kimberly Knowle-Zeller | November 14, 2022 |
how to create with kids

No cloud in sight, the sun shines and sparkles on the water. Isaac runs ahead of me and perches on the side of the creek, his shoulders resting on his knees with his hands clasped together. He holds this posture, like a scientist pondering the workings of the world. I come beside him and sit…

READ MORE

Love’s Mystery Deeper Than Memory

By Rachael Stowe | September 26, 2022 |
motherhood mystery love

Bundled against the freezing weather, I pushed the stroller down the sidewalk. Baby napping inside, coffee in hand, a book balanced on the bar, and the big kids off on a bike ride with Jeff. This little routine had become a beloved ritual in the chaos and isolation of quarantine. But today was different. The…

READ MORE

Carrying Our Homes

By Sarah Bahiraei | September 12, 2022 |

She bounds down the concrete steps in her almost-two-year-old glory: wearing a backward t-shirt with the tag jutting out below her chin and a bright pink tutu over her pants. Her ponytail has migrated to the side of her head, sprouting like a horizontal palm tree. Thanks to the unsolicited comment from a neighbor tinkering…

READ MORE

Look, Mama, Look: Do You See?

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | March 21, 2019 |
pay attention to child as prayer

Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer. It presupposes faith and love.  Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.  —Simone Weil Look, mama, look, do you see?  A thousand times a day, tugging at my sleeve, calling out in the rearview mirror, yelling from upstairs, downstairs, around the corner, from the other room—look! Come…

READ MORE

how to pray lectio divina with kids

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | October 13, 2015 |

Want to pray lectio divina with your kids? I had never heard of lectio divina until I started graduate theological studies. Thankfully I was blessed to study with the Benedictines, who are steeped in this prayer practice (which St. Benedict wrote about in his Rule dating back to 500 AD). So I learned from wise sisters and brothers how…

READ MORE

a prayer for a new school year

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | September 8, 2015 |

Here is a prayer for all of us in the midst of transition: to a new season, a new schedule, or a new school year. A prayer to God who guides us all. You are Alpha and Omega.      Bless the end of our summer and the beginning of our fall. You are Abba…

READ MORE

Why You Have To Go To Church

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | August 15, 2015 |
why take kids to church

Why do you have to go to church, my child? I thought I wasn’t going to have to answer that question for a few more years. Maybe even a decade before you started stomping around with teenage eye rolls of disgust when I ask you to get dressed on Sunday morning, and not in those…

READ MORE

A Prayer for the Sleep-Deprived

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | August 7, 2015 |

I am tired. How about you? I am tired all the time. I’m tired of talking about how tired I am. I know I was tired before I had kids – tired from college, tired from grad school, tired from work. But since my first child was born, I have been weary to my bones. This is the happy…

READ MORE

eat, pray, light, bless: celebrate a baptism anniversary

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | July 23, 2015 |

Our sweet babe just celebrated his first baptism anniversary. One trip around the sun, one whole year a Christian. It’s a big milestone in our family. I’ve written about baptism anniversaries here and here, too. But I always find that these days sneak under the radar, despite circling the dates on the calendar and trying…

READ MORE

i sing it for you

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | March 18, 2015 |
I sing it for you

I roared at them tonight. And when I say roared, I mean bellowed from the very core of my being – the tired, angry, frustrated, exasperated, unheard and unnoticed depths of my body and soul, from which I was completely and utterly and maddeningly sick of having asked, cajoled, coaxed, pleaded, begged, demanded, and commanded them…

READ MORE

Morning Prayer Matters: Easy Ways to Start Your Day

By Laura Kelly Fanucci | February 12, 2015 |

Here are 4 simple ways to start the day with God as a parent: A prayer from childhood Growing up a mile from our small-town Catholic school, we always had just enough time on the drive each morning for my mom to make us pray (ok, sometimes to a chorus of groans) her classic, quick…

READ MORE