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How Parish Catechetical Leaders Can Engage Families with Rituals of Faith by Sharing Stories

If I had to name a single issue around catechesis that crops up again and again as I traverse the country, it’s how to equip catholic families to share...

Kathy Hendricks

January Psalm Reflections

My mother used to wait to take the Christmas tree down once my siblings and I were back in school because she thought it would make us sad. In truth, she...

Kathy Hendricks

Prayer for Setting Up the Crèche

Setting up the crèche is a beloved tradition in both homes and parishes. I have seen a number of beautiful Nativity sets over the years. Many of them...

Kathy Hendricks

Free Thanksgiving Prayers & Reflections for Catholic Families

As families gather to share a meal and express gratitude for their many blessings this Thanksgiving, they have the opportunity to pray. With these prayers...

Kathy Hendricks

How Mercy and Love Can Heal Our Wounded World

“Have mercy!” my grandmother used to exclaim when presented with some kind of shocking news. This was usually accompanied by the clasping of her hands to...

Kathy Hendricks

Honoring the Dignity of Every Human Being

“If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of...

Kathy Hendricks

Letting Our Catholic Faith Inspire Us To Console Families Who Suffer

“All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” -Leo Tolstoy  As I entered the church that day, I knew the...

Kathy Hendricks

The Freedom of Limitations

It has been over thirty years since my husband, Ron, ran his first Pikes Peak Ascent – a race to the top of a 14,000-foot mountain. At the time, the...

Kathy Hendricks

Flowers for the Blessed Mother

What do you think the following flowers have in common: rose, thistle, violet, marigold, carnation, lily, and forget-me-not? Each one has a legend that...

Kathy Hendricks

Family Spirituality: What Makes a Marriage?

Every morning my husband, Ron, leaves a piece of dark chocolate by my computer. I savor its bitter-sweetness in small bites throughout the day. Recently...

Kathy Hendricks

Closing the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Just over a year ago, I wrote a blog about the Jubilee Year of Mercy. It included an explanation of the opening of the Holy Door in the Vatican and in...

Kathy Hendricks

Living as Faithful Citizens: Download a Prayer for the Election

I wish I knew how to contact Mrs. Andrews. I would love to send her a much-belated thank-you the Civics class she taught when I was a junior in high...

Kathy Hendricks

Growing Gracefully

When I grow up, I want to be like Aunt Julia. After a brief visit with her in Orlando this past weekend, I feel warmed by her spirit, her easy laugh, and...

Kathy Hendricks

Making Time for Friendship

How are you making time for friendship in your life? Too many of us put off time with friends as the busyness of life enfolds us.

Kathy Hendricks

Cultivating the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

“What if this year we were to let the Holy Spirit turn us into people of overflowing fullness?” Brother Roger of Taizé

Kathy Hendricks

The Joy of Summer

“…The important thing is not to think much, but to love much…” Teresa of Avila

Kathy Hendricks

Getting Ready for a Summer Catechetical Program

I once visited a church that was getting ready for a summer catechetical program. The air of excitement was palpable as volunteers bustled around getting...

Kathy Hendricks

School’s Out– This Summer Reconnect with God's Creation

Yesterday I set up an “anti-gravity” chair on our deck. It reminds me of patio furniture from my childhood that my parents referred to as “bar-wise...

Kathy Hendricks

Summertime Resources for Catholic Catechists & Families

The printable resources below can be used throughout the summer months to revitalize faith with an open and adventurous spirit!

Kathy Hendricks

Celebrate Father's Day with a Reflection on the Our Father

For years I have been getting up early to accompany Ron to his races. When our children were small, this entailed bundling them into the car and driving...

Kathy Hendricks

Spiritual Practices: Keeping a Gratitude Journal

“What a grueling two days it’s been… Can I even give thanks for the pain and struggle?” Even now, almost twenty years after writing those words, the...

Kathy Hendricks

Spiritual Practices: Visio Divina

A few months ago, our children gave Ron and me a weekend at the beautiful Broadmoor hotel. Located at the base of the foothills in Colorado Springs, this...

Kathy Hendricks

Lectio Divina Catholic Practice; The Spiritual Art of Sacred Listening

“For haphazard reading, constantly varied and as if lighted on by chance does not edify but makes the mind unstable; taken into the memory lightly, it...

Kathy Hendricks

The Importance of Catholic Signs and Symbols in the Home

Welcome to our guest blogger, John Collins. John is a National Religion Consultant for Sadlier and a popular speaker at conferences and workshops around...

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Spirituality Practice: Keeping a Journal

I have been journaling for a long time – since 5th grade, in fact. My best friend, Stephanie, and I were each given little diaries with those flimsy...

Kathy Hendricks

Practicing Spirituality– Download a Spiritual Practices List to Get Started

“You haven’t practiced, have you?” I can still hear Mrs. Baumann’s stern voice, calling me to task for showing up unprepared for my weekly piano lesson....

Kathy Hendricks

The Human Search for Meaning

Welcome to our guest blogger, Sr. Maureen Sullivan, OP. The following article is an excerpt from a presentation she will be giving at the Los Angeles...

Kathy Hendricks

Holding the Doors of Mercy Open

As the New Year dawns, I’m expecting an uptick in new members at our local fitness center - those making resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. The...

Kathy Hendricks

World Day of Peace

It was the song that always ended our concerts, sometimes as an encore after receiving a rousing response from our parents and classmates. To this day I...

Kathy Hendricks

The Hope of Christmas

It hasn’t been an easy Advent in which to hope. As the shadow of the bombings in Beirut and Paris continued to hover over us, the shootings in Colorado...

Kathy Hendricks

Celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy

“I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the...

Kathy Hendricks

Saints Louis and Zelie Martin

The recent canonization of Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux, is an extraordinary event. It is the first time the Church has...

Kathy Hendricks

Family Faith: Home as the Domestic Church

You can tell a lot about a family by looking at their refrigerator door. Photos tell stories about relationships and rituals. Schedules and appointment...

Kathy Hendricks

The World Meeting of Families: Afterthoughts

“Here comes everybody.” This is how James Joyce described the Catholic Church in his book, Finnegan’s Wake. It’s a perfect way to describe the scene at...

Kathy Hendricks

How My Family Plans to Take Action After Pope Francis' Visit to Philadelphia

Hard to believe it’s been a week since the start of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) Congress, and two days since Pope Francis set Philadelphia on...

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Takeaways from World Meeting of Families: Waste Time on Your Kids & Stress Less

The World Meeting of Families (WMOF) wrapped up today in Philadelphia, and our first reaction is, "Wow." It's been an overwhelming four days of workshops,...

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The Devlin Family's Day Two Reflections from the World Meeting of Families

On the drive to the hotel last night, we were talking about how for three days, we've only seen one person from our corner of the world, but thousands...

Guest Blogger

A Rocky Start & Prayerful Reflections of the First Full Day of WMOF

The first full day of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) got off to a rocky start for the Devlins.

Guest Blogger

The Devlin Family at Opening Day of the World Meeting of Families

“With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love.” Ephesians 4:2 When you bring thousands of people together from...

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The Devlin Family Travels to the World Meeting of Families

Guest Blogger, Jim Devlin, Sadlier’s educational consultant for Ohio and Kentucky, is attending the World Meeting of Families this week with his wife and...

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Going Popeing at the World Meeting of Families

Guest Blogger, Jim Devlin, Sadlier’s educational consultant for Ohio and Kentucky, is attending the World Meeting of Families this week with his wife and...

Kathy Hendricks

Join Sadlier at the World Meeting of Families

I am sharing this blog space all week with Jim Devlin, Sadlier’s educational consultant for Ohio and Kentucky. Jim is attending the World Meeting of...

Kathy Hendricks

Looking Ahead to the World Meeting of Families

It’s been close to a year since I received the invitation from Archbishop Chaput to be a speaker at the World Meeting of Families. I was, of course,...

Kathy Hendricks

Making a Spiritual Retreat

“Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” Mark 6:31 I remember my first spiritual retreat vividly. After taking a year off from...

Kathy Hendricks

Caring for Our Common Home: Pope Francis and the Environment

“We were not meant to be inundated by cement, asphalt, glass and metal, and deprived of physical contact with nature.” Laudoto Si, 44

Kathy Hendricks

Mountaintop Spirituality

There is nothing like a trip into the Colorado Rockies to clear the mind. My husband, Ron, ran a half marathon in Vail this past weekend, and I went...

Kathy Hendricks

Summertime Spirituality- Drawing Inspiration from Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Ron and I just returned from a long weekend in southwestern Colorado. After two delightful days with our daughter, Anna, at her home in Durango, we drove...

Kathy Hendricks

Travel through Each Day of Life with Jesus

For the past several weeks I feel like I have been in the middle of the American version of the film “If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium.” My travel...

Kathy Hendricks

Blessing for a Mother's Voice

With Mother's Day approaching, I thought to make my prayer of the week one that can be gifted to mothers for their own personal prayer. Last week I spent...

Kathy Hendricks

Special Needs Families

When our daughter, Jenny, was born, Ron and I had never heard of the term “special needs”. Nor did we understand what Down Syndrome meant. We only knew...

Kathy Hendricks

The Gift of Grandparents

I wish I had listened more to my grandmother. She died when I was nineteen and she was well into her nineties. By then she had ceased most of her...

Kathy Hendricks

Prayer of Grace Before Meals

On Thanksgiving, families and friends gather to share a meal packed with tradition. This often includes a prayer of blessing or, at least, a naming of...

Kathy Hendricks

Time to Disconnect

We bought a new phone the other day and it took us all evening to set it up. What used to be a simple task—plugging the unit into a phone jack—now entails...

Kathy Hendricks

The Intricacy of Family

Family: “…an intimate community of persons bound together by bIood, marriage, or adoption for the whole of life.” (A Family Perspective in Church and...

Kathy Hendricks

The Gift of Older Sisters

I missed Sisters’ Day (August 3rd). Keeping up with all of the “official” days to celebrate people in our lives seems rather arbitrary. Instead I find...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Virtues Series: Loyal Loved Ones

“Wherever you go, I will go…” (Ruth 1:16) These words from Ruth to her mother-in-law, Naomi, encapsulate the bond between two women from divergent...

Kathy Hendricks

7 Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life

There is a nice parallel between the strength and stamina built in the body through physical workouts with that of the soul. I am often asked to speak to...

Kathy Hendricks

Front Porch Moments

One of the best things about summer is my morning time on our front porch. It’s where I head first thing with my journal, a glass of orange juice, and...

Kathy Hendricks

The Path of Parenthood

My husband, Ron, has been training the past few months to run a 50 mile race. This is not a typo. Fifty - five-oh - miles! In addition, the race will...

Kathy Hendricks

Mother’s Day Reflections

She was the last one off the plane. In addition to the toddler she hoisted on one arm, the diaper bag thrown over the other, and the two large plastic...

Kathy Hendricks

A New Year of Favor

I gave up making New Year’s resolutions a long time ago. Since most of them tend to fade into memory by the beginning of February, they seem a bit...

Kathy Hendricks

Angels All Around Us

I once read that the most well-known angel in modern times was Clarence, the character from “It’s a Wonderful Life.” He is an endearing figure. His...

Kathy Hendricks

Back to School

The yellow buses are back in action. Newspaper ads remind parents of all the supplies their children and teen-agers need. There is a noticeable absence of...

Kathy Hendricks

Wedding Days

My daughter, Anna, is getting married soon and I am trying to hold it together. I figure on the day of the wedding, however, I’ll be a blubbering mess by...

Kathy Hendricks

A Day for Fathers

For years I have been getting up early to accompany Ron to his races. When our children were small, this entailed bundling them into the car and driving...

Kathy Hendricks

A Prayer for Fathers

If there is one single parable that comes to mind as we prepare to celebrate Fathers Day, it is probably the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-22). The image of a...

Kathy Hendricks

Celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family

        The feast of the Holy Family, usually celebrated on the Sunday following Christmas, marks a time to honor these three flesh-and-blood figures of...

Kathy Hendricks

Slaughter of the Innocents: Newtown, Connecticut

There is a persistent ache in my heart as the news from Connecticut keeps unfolding. Images of distraught parents, frightened children, and somber law...

Kathy Hendricks

Weathering the Storm

The weather this past week has been unseasonably warm for Colorado. The grass outside our kitchen window is even greening up a bit. This makes the...

Kathy Hendricks

New Evangelization and the Beauty of Hospitality

Every time I run into someone who remembers my mother, I am reminded of her gift of hospitality. There is generally some story about a meal shared, a...

Kathy Hendricks

Another Kind of Homelessness

An acrid smell wafted into our home last night, and triggered dreams about fear and loss. Although the High Park fire is burning over one hundred miles...

Kathy Hendricks

Father’s Day Reflection

While attending a summer festival in downtown Denver over the weekend, the number of fathers who were shepherding children caught my attention. They...

Kathy Hendricks

A Mother's Voice

I spent Saturday doing something wonderful: leading a retreat for mothers of young children. Our time together included conversation, laughter, prayer,...

Kathy Hendricks

Feast of The Holy Family

A few years ago I received a Christmas catalog that featured a set of snowmen dressed as the Holy Family. The accompanying blurb promised that the trio...

Kathy Hendricks

Natural Encounters

 There was a deer on the driveway this morning. It has been around for a couple of weeks, feeding on ripened crabapples that have fallen from a tree in...

Kathy Hendricks

The Roman Missal: Liturgical Language

As far as texting goes, I am a relative newcomer. I use it primarily to stay in touch with my two children, thus accumulating no more than a half dozen...

Kathy Hendricks

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