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The ministry of making roomLaura Kelly Fanucci

Our family learned this summer that we are expecting a baby in March -- due on the feast of the Annunciation. A delightful date to think of welcoming another child. As the weeks progress, our baby's ...

Sharpen your pencils for the school of love Laura Kelly Fanucci

Did you know the family is a school of love? The Second Vatican Council declared this teaching, St. John Paul II deepened it and Pope Francis affirmed it. Our Catechism of the Catholic Church spells ...

In praise of dad jokes and divine humorLaura Kelly Fanucci

My husband is down in the kitchen, cooking eggs for our four boys. From upstairs, I hear him serve up a little extra on the side: a classic dad joke about "makin' bacon." As I smirk to myself, I can practically ...

A month to pray, respect and remember Laura Kelly Fanucci

What surprised me most was not that she had carried her grief quietly for half a century. Not that she could tell me exactly how old her babies would be today. Not that her bright eyes brimmed with ...

When hard conversations have to happenLaura Kelly Fanucci

''I wish we didn't have to talk about this." What parent hasn't thought or uttered these words, taking a deep breath before jumping into a hard conversation with their child? Whether a crisis at home, ...

How to widen our hearts on Mother's Day Laura Kelly Fanucci

For mothers who have lost children. For children who have lost mothers. For women who long to be mothers. For mothers who never got to meet their children. As my husband and I are writing a book on ...

Walking at their paceLaura Kelly Fanucci

I balance the laundry basket on my hip while coaxing a sleepy preschooler downstairs. He wants me to carry him. I explain that my hands are full. He crosses his arms and pouts. I ask him to come with ...