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6 Inspirational Quotes about Fatherhood

6 Inspirational Quotes about Fatherhood

By Susan Ciancio This weekend, we celebrate all the dads in our lives. It’s not only a time to honor them, but it’s a time to seriously reflect on the importance of fatherhood. The Bible tells numerous stories about fathers who lead their families as God commands. One...

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A Life Rooted in Christ

A Life Rooted in Christ

By Susan Ciancio On June 11, we celebrate the feast day of St. Paula Frassinetti. Paula was born in Italy in 1809 and grew up the third of five children. Her mother died when she was nine, leaving her—as the only female—to take care of the house. From the time Paula...

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Feeling and Expressing Gratitude Builds a Culture of Life

Feeling and Expressing Gratitude Builds a Culture of Life

By Susan Ciancio“Happiness is wanting what you get not getting what you want.” My dad used to say that all the time. As a kid I would roll my eyes. I understood it, but not to the depth I understand it as an adult.   This week, when discussing the wisdom of...

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A Summer of Saints

A Summer of Saints

By Susan Ciancio Summer is almost upon us! No school. No CCE. Lots of relaxation. But just because school is out doesn’t mean education—especially pro-life education—has to stop! In fact, pro-life education should be a lifelong journey. Children need role models who...

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Fun K-2 Lesson Teaches Kids the Importance of Caring for Others

Fun K-2 Lesson Teaches Kids the Importance of Caring for Others

By Susan Ciancio And the king will say to them in reply, “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” – Matthew 25:40 In the Gospel of Matthew, we hear Jesus tell His followers that how we treat others is how we treat...

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5 Ways to Trust Like St. Peregrine

5 Ways to Trust Like St. Peregrine

By Susan Ciancio Saturday is the feast of St. Peregrine. St. Peregrine is known as the patron of those with cancer, but also the patron of those with other illnesses as well. His is a beautiful story of faith and of putting trust in the Lord. St. Peregrine Laziosi was...

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If We All Just Stood Up

If We All Just Stood Up

By Susan Ciancio I watched the judge read the verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial on Tuesday, and I kept thinking to myself, If only he had just stood up. I couldn’t get that phrase out of my head: If only he had just stood up. How different things would be in...

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‘Man Oh Man!’ Getting Excited for Our Faith

‘Man Oh Man!’ Getting Excited for Our Faith

By Susan Ciancio Don’t you just love people who exude excitement? They make you smile. They make you happy! They even make you excited. Why? Because excitement is contagious. Those of us listening to the Bible in a Year podcast with Fr. Mike Schmitz know this feeling...

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A Triduum Reflection

A Triduum Reflection

By Susan CiancioFr. Mike Schmitz recently said that “there’s no greater life that can possibly be lived than the life as a Catholic Christian.” And in the life of a Catholic Christian, there’s no more sorrowful nor more joyous a week than Holy Week. As we approach the...

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Why CLSP? And Why Now?

Why CLSP? And Why Now?

By Susan Ciancio The Culture of Life Studies Program is a Catholic pro-life educational program for students preschool aged through high school. Our lessons cover a wide range of topics—from one-day lessons on saints, to handprint lessons with activities for younger...

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