Posts by Stefania

From the Heart of a Child

From the Heart of a Child

Yesterday evening, we were doing a late spring family project of repainting the deck by the pool. It was such a wonderful time with my two youngest children F., seven, and J., five. We were taking turns scraping the old paint off and wiping down with a rag the dirty areas and sweeping up the […]

What is Praising? 

What is Praising? 

Praising is to give thanks for the blessings or crosses in our lives and to recognize what God is doing for us. The Gospel is a story of praise. “Without joy,” Pope Francis says, “we Christians cannot become free, we become slaves to our sorrows. Sad, hopeless, anxious Christians cannot advance the Gospel”. On many different occasions, Pope Francis has […]

LENT: A Family’s Journey (Part ...

LENT: A Family’s Journey (Part 2)

LENT: A Family’s Journey (Part 2) If you think our Lenten promises have already created a holy household, you are probably too optimistic about us, or you haven’t seen us in action! As you may know, we have started Lent with great enthusiasm and a list of daily sacrifices. Our pre-teenage girls had decided to […]

Our Family Reflection: for Lent!

Our Family Reflection: for Lent!

This lent is off to a great start! Each of the kids, for the first time, are excited and interested in taking part in lent. In the preceding week, the older kids mostly ( aged 10 and 11), but even the little ones (4 and 6), were excited about the things they were going to […]

Family’s journey through Lent

Family’s journey through Lent

Is Lent just a time for grown ups? Is it too austere for the children to understand and embrace? While Christmas seems to be the most exciting season of the year, packed full of gifts and indulgences, Lent appears as its sober counterpart, a time of gloomy penance and fasting. Certainly, fasting and abstinence is […]

Community Day in the Snowstorm

January: an interesting Community Day for the PA group. Jonas, the first heavy snow storm brought icy blizzard and blocked roads, canceled trains and flights – the weekend the PA group had scheduled their monthly meeting. Offices, schools and shops were closed, and churches had reduced attendance. Yet PA Emmanuel Community defeated Jonas, and the […]