Jennifer Fitz

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5 Ways to Stay Sane During Lent

My specialty in the spiritual life is Failing at Lent. I’m pretty at good at failing Ordinary Time, too, but there’s nothing like the deadlines and aspirations of Lent to help me understand just how lousy a Catholic I can be at times. Still,...

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How to Survive Sunday Mass with an ADHD 6-Year-Old

A mom on a discussion forum posed an age-old question: How do I get through Mass despite my ADHD 6-year-old’s superpowers for creating catastrophic chaos? Six is tough for energetic kids. They need to be at Mass, the brain is just on the cusp of...

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Is Your Parish Bogged Down in Pay-to-Pray Evangelism?

Recently the Sunday Gospel instructed: Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. (Luke 14:13-14) This passage applies in all aspects...

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How the Boy Scouts are Teaching Girls about True Womanhood

The decision of the Boy Scouts of America to create troops for girls is understandably controversial (see Boy Scouts Are Just Scouts Now, And That’s Making Girl Scouts Mad), and I’m not writing today to insist that decision be permanent. What I...

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9 Practical Ways Lay People Can Help in These Scandals

I do not know a single Catholic who is not horrified by the depravity of the McCarrick scandal and the extent of the complicity among our clergy. But a more difficult question then arises: How do we, ordinary lay people lacking any authority for...

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How to Be Catholic When Your Bishops Are Not

The McCarrick scandals are proving to be a breaking point for many Catholics. Here we have not a man engaged in a struggle against temptation – who of us isn’t? – but a man whose shamelessly predatory behavior was tacitly condoned by countless...

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Are People with Disabilities Welcome at Your Parish?

In 1978, the US Catholic Bishops wrote, “For most Catholics the community of believers is embodied in the local parish. The parish is the door to participation for individuals with disabilities, and it is the responsibility of the pastor and lay...

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Surviving the Suicide of Someone You Love

In March of 2017, Anthony Gallegos committed suicide. Since that time his mother, Catholic writer Leticia Ochoa Adams has blogged openly about the raw and unvarnished reality of surviving the suicide of someone you loved dearly. Today we’re...

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Fr. Rob Galea’s Journey from Desperation to Hope

Missionary priest and evangelist Fr. Rob Galea is the author of Breakthrough: A Journey from Desperation to Hope (Ave Maria Press, 2018), the memoir of his conversion, vocation, and work in the ministry. Today we’re talking with Fr. Rob about...

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How to Be a Catholic Missionary

Today I’m talking with Michael Hall, Director of Ministry Training and Program Development with Catholic Christian Outreach. Michael, can you tell us in a few words what CCO does to fulfill the Great Commission? CCO is a movement dedicated to...