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Alison Blanchet

Unwrap the gifts God has given to you

When Jim and I celebrated the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony last October, we received so many wonderful gifts. We left them all, unopened, at my parent’s house until November, when we returned to visit my sister and brother-in-law and their three young children. My niece and nephews arrived a few days before we did and […]

Help your children navigate the challenges to their faith

Dear Parents of 2015, I feel for you. I don’t think parenting has ever been easy — and I feel personally responsible for helping my own parents take several years off their time in purgatory — but in the past few months I’ve been especially sympathetic to the difficult topics the world has been throwing […]

Make a sacrifice of the ugly cry

A few weeks ago I was on staff at a Catholic summer camp, attended by teens from all over the diocese. They arrived not knowing each other and left as total BFFs, swearing to keep in touch, hold annual reunions and be in each other’s weddings. Something about sleeping on bunk beds and swatting mosquitos […]

The grass is always greener at the Joneses

After months of searching, Jim and I were ecstatic to find a house to rent. Living in a one-bedroom apartment as newlyweds was romantic, but my shoe collection and his two drum sets were struggling to coexist peacefully in the single closet. I was excited about new appliances and the original oak floors that match […]

‘Owl’ get straight to the point

During Lent, my husband and I met Sarah at “Soup and Stations of the Cross”. Sarah is 8 years old and in third grade but carried herself like she was about 30 and this soup supper was her evening to network. Sitting down at our table, she began by asking us where we work and […]

Keeping a clean carpet and a spotless soul

A few weeks ago I made a very grown up decision. I went to Wal-Mart and shelled out $43.84 (plus tax) for a new vacuum cleaner. My old vacuum bit the dust a few months ago, but I had been lazy about replacing it. A few screws and an extension cord later, the machine was […]

Confessions of a Pope Francis fangirl

Like many of you, I am a fan of Pope Francis. I love St. Francis and went to Franciscan University, so he had me at his choice of patrons. When photos started circulating of him washing the feet of the poor, taking public transportation and paying his hotel bill, I was smitten. Clearly the third […]

Prioritizing spiritual nourishment

Have you heard of Georgi Readman? Probably not — the teen had her 15 minutes of fame on the homepage of Yahoo News a few weeks ago when they wrote about her addiction to Ramen noodles. According to the article, she has eaten only instant noodles for the past 13 years. Yeah, Ramen. Those packaged […]

Add spiritual regimens to your list of resolutions

This past month I revisited an inner battle that you might be able to relate to. With daylight savings time causing a sunset long before I’m home from work, what little fitness time I used to carve out of the day by running or walking after work was no longer a possibility. The “Groupons” for […]

From election woes to election whoas!

Election 2012 was a day when my wildest dreams did not come true. As much as I told myself that no matter what happened, I’d be ready to accept the future with the  certainty that God remains sovereign, 11:55 p.m. found me face down in my pillow, posting “it’s the beginning of the end” on […]

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