Roxane Salonen describes how the "mustard seed" of one couple's faith has blossomed into a beautiful family tree.
Roxane Salonen looks at the teachings offered about marriage in a recent USCCB pamphlet, "Life Matters: Explaining the Reality of Marriage to Family and Friends".
August is a month for dads around the Salonen home. It’s the birthday month for both my husband and father. It’s also the month my husband’s and my parents celebrate their wedding anniversaries. So this year, August brought
At summer’s beginning I’d listened on Catholic radio to an interview with a remarkable woman known to many as “the nun who kissed Elvis Presley.” From that point on, I’ve been deeply intrigued by the story and soul
At long last, he’s arrived! A year ago, we received word our bishop, Samuel Aquila, had been appointed archbishop of the Denver Archdiocese. I’d just taken a position as director of communications for the Fargo Diocese, which
Yesterday was a day of contemplating life and death at our hearth. It started when I was backing out of the driveway to run an errand with my daughter, and we noticed our 8-year-old under the large
I didn’t even see it until I backed out of the driveway. Maybe the van nudged the nearby tree just enough to push it out. Maybe it was already there, though it didn’t have a squished appearance
They say sticks and stones might break your bones, but words won’t hurt. I, however, beg to differ. Words do hurt, and lately, I’ve being hearing one word in particular being flung around wildly in a way that
The other day, I found the Church in my mail. Not email, but the snail-mail variety — old school. The envelope was hidden among the pile of mostly junk, and since it bore the return label of
Next spring, our youngest of five will be Confirmed in the Church! With First Eucharist happening the same day, we’ll have nudged all of our birdies through all the Sacraments of Initiation that spring day in the future.
Last night, I was privileged to dine with national Catholic radio host, author and apologist, Patrick Madrid. I should probably mention there were 600 other people at the Catholic radio fundraiser he graced as keynote speaker, but I
Somehow, I made it out of D.C. alive. There were times I wondered if it would happen, truly. For one, 50+ hours traveling on a bus with mostly teenagers, virtually no leg room and an aisle seat, and
Editor’s note: I would like to express condolences to Roxane and her entire family as they say goodbye to her father. Roxane, you are in our prayers as we pray additionally for the repose of your father’s
My mom isn’t prone to being easily rattled. So when she says something like, “Is there any chance you can get away for a visit?” I know it’s time to be attentive. She said these words to me
One summer during junior high, I volunteered to help with Vacation Bible School and was assigned to be an aide in the first-grade class. I found the kids to be absolutely precious — so full of wonder,