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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

Thanksgiving and the Grace of Gratitude

“Pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks…” (1Thessalonians 5:17). Was Paul for real? Is it even possible to pray without ceasing? To give thanks...

Kathy Hendricks

Labor Day Reflections: Work and Christian Spirituality

There is a beautiful golf club down the hill from us. Because so many of its members live in houses on its perimeter, it’s not unusual to see people...

Kathy Hendricks

Celebrating Our Freedom to Advocate and Care for Others

It isn’t exactly summer reading, but I just finished Blaine Harden’s Escape from Camp 14. It tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only known person to...

Kathy Hendricks

A Memorial Day Reflection

When my husband and I set off on a cross-country trip four years ago, we knew we would visit numerous historical sites. We did not think so many of them...

Kathy Hendricks

A Valentine for God

Valentine’s Day may be two weeks away, but I don’t think it’s too soon to start reflecting on its lovely themes and associations. My affection for the...

Kathy Hendricks

Virtue Series: Wellness and the New Year

Long before the term “holistic medicine” came into use, Hildegard of Bingen was putting it into practice. This twelfth century figure had a resume that...

Kathy Hendricks

8 Printable Catholic Christmas Prayers

The Catholic Christmas season begins on December 25th and ends in January on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. During this season, we celebrate the...

Kathy Hendricks

The Season of Advent

My favorite season of the year is approaching. Setting out familiar symbols puts me in the mood for a time of joyous expectation. Advent is about to...

Kathy Hendricks

A Halloween Prayer for Families

The neighborhood is starting to light up. Orange lights are strung across porch railings and pumpkins, scarecrows, and witches are perched along...

Kathy Hendricks

Holy Labor Day

It’s been a few years since I wrote the “Ripples” reflection for my online column, From My Home to Yours. Nevertheless, I remember the story well. I...

Kathy Hendricks

Celebrating Freedom

The more media I am exposed to, the more I appreciate the Cardinal Virtues. While justice is always a timely pursuit, the other three virtues – prudence,...

Kathy Hendricks

Prayer of the Week: St Patrick's Day Prayer

On March 17, people all over the world celebrate Saint Patrick with parades, parties, and the wearing of green.

Kathy Hendricks

Christmas Whole Community Catechesis Handouts

Sadlier offers whole community catechesis seasonal events that can be used with the entire parish community or all the students in a school community or...

Kathy Hendricks

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

I used to love Thanksgiving. Helping my mother stuff a gigantic turkey, one that barely fed our large family, was always a treat. I’d set the table for...

Kathy Hendricks

Teach Kids About Saint Peter the Apostle

The Church celebrates the Feast Day of Saint Peter the Apostle on June 29th. Saint Peter’s given name was Simon at birth. He and his brother were...

Allie Johnston

Recognizing Valentines from God

Somewhere in the bottom of a trunk lies my valentine from Donny Murphy. I picked it out of the paper sack that our teacher passed around the room, thus...

Kathy Hendricks

Entering 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

Sounds of Advent

Have you noticed the newest warning in theaters these days? In addition to the reminders to turn off cell phones and cease conversation, moviegoers are...

Kathy Hendricks

The Gift of Giving

“Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with...

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

From Holidays to Holy Days

Holidays at our house were occasions of fun and festivity. One of my favorites was the Fourth of July. Eating on the back porch and watching the...

Kathy Hendricks

Reproducible Prayer Cards: A Valentine for God

Between now and February 14th, reflect on the lovely themes and associations of Valentine's Day. A bishop once told me that he considered prayers of...

Kathy Hendricks

Giving Thanks for Hard Workers

Every time I am tempted to throw myself a pity party over how hard I am working and how little others seem to appreciate it, I get a reality check. Today...

Kathy Hendricks

Labor Day Reflections

There is a beautiful golf club down the hill from us. Because so many of its members live in houses on its perimeter, it’s not unusual to see them riding...

Kathy Hendricks

People of Pentecost

During Lent, I wrote about directing a day of retreat centered on the people of the Passion – those figures from Scripture who were present during the...

Kathy Hendricks

Easter Glimpses of Grace

Some of us are old enough to remember a song about the Boston subway system called the “M.T.A.” It bemoaned the fate of Charlie, who didn’t have the...

Kathy Hendricks

Thanksgiving Grace

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I love a holiday that invites us to simply be content. Never mind that it has become laden with holiday sales...

Kathy Hendricks

Honoring Armed Service Veterans

As this Veteran’s Day approaches, I hope we will all give deeper consideration to the sacrifices given so generously and to pray for all veterans –...

Kathy Hendricks

The Grace of Interdependence

It isn’t exactly summer reading, but I just finished Blaine Harden’s Escape from Camp 14. It tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only known person to...

Kathy Hendricks

Reflections on the Mid Atlantic Congress

As I settle back into a routine after four energetic days at the Mid Atlantic Congress, several images remain lodged in my memory. One of the most...

Kathy Hendricks

Veterans Day: Considering the Sacrifices

  Three years ago my husband, Ron, and I were in the middle of a trip around the country. We traveled for close to a year, visiting all forty-eight of...

Kathy Hendricks

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