A Lay Person's Pathway to Doing the Lord's Loving Will

I can't help but love Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict the XVIs' 1992 joint-writing endeavor, the Catechism of The Catholic Church, as the two authors relate Christ’s teachings to the world in a clear, heart-provoking and beautiful manner.

November 4, 2018 by Dane Baird

Saint Monica and Saint Augustine

In the first year of seminary studies I had a professor named Don Jaime. That would be something like Professor James in English, but I'll...

October 26, 2018 by Fr. Colum Power

Baby in Heaven

I received a phone call notifying me that Javier, Ana’s 5-monthold had just passed away. We immediately went to see how she was. I didn’t know...

October 18, 2018 by Home of the Mother Magazine

Recipes and DIY’s

Chicken Noodle Soup

Prep Time: ~ 20 minutes Total Time: ~ 60 minutes

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Amy is a Catholic homeschooling mom of 6 children and a Fertility Care Practitioner for the Creighton Model System. She and her family are Lay Members of the Home of the Mother and live in Jacksonville, Fl.

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Natural Family Planning and Your Health

When people think of the words ‘Natural Family Planning’ they may think of the Rhythm Method.  But, if you can imagine how much modern medicine has changed in the last 50 years, then imagine what we now know about a woman’s cycle and when she is fertile or infertile.  Natural Family Planning or now known as FABM’s (Fertility Awareness Based Methods) are much more than just avoiding or achieving pregnancy naturally. Some of them, including the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, also allow women to monitor and maintain their own reproductive and gynecologic health.  

True Beauty

What is true beauty?

I had a very interesting experience at a retreat I went to one year.  I went to confession and confessed that I felt like I was worrying a lot about my appearance.  I was starting to get older and I was thinking about it too much and what others thought about the way I looked.  I know I am not the only one who only puts the best picture on my Instagram or Facebook pages, right?  Love those filters!  WELL, instead of the usual 1 Our Father and 3 Hail Mary’s that I had been accustomed to since entering the church as a former Protestant in 2001, I was told to not wear makeup for a month as my penance. 

Whole Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots


1 (3-4 lb )  whole chicken
2 c.  baby carrots
3 baking potatoes, cubed or 1 lb. small new potatoes
1 Vidalia onion  or yellow onion, chopped
Olive oil
1 ½ Tbsp.  sea salt
1 tsp.  pepper
1 Tbsp.  garlic powder
1 ½ Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped or 1 1/8 tsp. dried rosemary

How Natural Family Planning saved my health and soul

Years ago as a newly engaged woman, I dreamt of my wedding day and spending the rest of my life with my best friend. I thought about the future and hoped that God would bless us with children, but I never even thought of prayerfully asking God about the size of our future family. 

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