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STEWARDSHIP | The best of both worlds

Many of us probably don't need more evidence that God exists, but in case you do, take a trip to Italy. My wife and I just returned from a two-week vacation there. Venice, Florence, Pisa, Pompeii, Sorrento, Positano, Assisi, Rome and Vatican City, the best of both worlds, a little taste of heaven here on earth.

I had no idea what was in store for us. What I thought was going to be a sightseeing trip quickly developed into a religious pilgrimage.

Two things have stuck with me from the trip. First, the beauty of God's creation. Second, the beauty of man's creativity inspired by God.

FAITH AT HOME | How to widen our hearts on Mother’s Day

For mothers who have lost children.

For children who have lost mothers.

For women who long to be mothers.

For mothers who never got to meet their children.

As my husband and I are writing a book on miscarriage for Catholic couples, I've posed the question on social media: Has your parish's blessing on Mother's Day included prayers for women who long to have a child or women who have lost a child?

COMING OF AGE | Answering the call to evangelize requires overcoming fear

Every Catholic is called to evangelize and share God's love with others.

I recently attended some meetings that reminded me of this call. Through the theme of the V Encuentro (Fifth Encuentro) — a multiyear process of gatherings leading up to a V National Encuentro of Hispanic Ministry this September — people were reminded that all baptized are "Missionary Disciples: Witnesses of God's Love."

POP CULTURE CATHOLIC | On children and the kingdom of God

The same weekend Alfie Evans passed from this life to the next, I spent the weekend at my sister's house, babysitting my niece. My weekend was filled to the brim with all things childhood. As a single woman with no children, I found the entire weekend both utterly exhausting and spectacular. While I spent the weekend buying huge milkshakes, glow-in-the-dark punch balloons and jewelry that had strawberry scented lip-gloss hidden somewhere in its form, my thoughts occasionally returned to poor little Alfie and his parents.

GROWING UP CATHOLIC | Mary’s encouraging parenting example

Like most parents, I've warned my children, in no uncertain terms, not to punch each other during disagreements. Recently, the 3 year-old was in trouble for taking a shot at her brother. She carefully explained, "You never told me not to hit back." She'll be a lawyer when she grows up.

Faithful Fan | Junior hockey player’s prayer of thanks got notice

Jake Cox felt lost when the buzzer sounded ending the St. Louis Jr. Blues hockey team's season in the finals of the NA3HL Fraser Cup March 31 in Romeoville, Ill. The Metro Jets of Waterford, Mich., won 3-2 in overtime and claimed the championship despite a valiant effort by Cox and his teammates.

A forward on the Jr. Blues, Cox was filled with emotion — because of the loss and his junior hockey career ending. He didn't want to be the first one off the ice, so he wandered around and then decided to pray, kneeling at center ice and making the sign of the cross.

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