From Ashes to Life by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Silver round button with silhouettes of priest giving the cross to an parishioner in her forehead on Ash Wednesday celebration.

“Mama, what is that black dirt on that man’s forehead?”

Perhaps your child has asked you this question on Ash Wednesday. If so, did you have trouble responding?

Many parents in non-liturgical, Pentecostal denominations have not grown up celebrating Ash Wednesday. Although I grew up in a liturgical, mainline church, the church I now attend does not practice the custom of placing ashes on people’s foreheads on Ash Wednesday. Many believers are unfamiliar with this practice.

So, what does placing ashes on the forehead actually mean? Continue reading

Ten Little Night Stars

762126My friend Deb Gruelle gifted me with her latest board book Ten Little Night Stars. Sweet, precious, and adorable are all fitting adjectives for this counting book for little ones. Continue reading

The Greatest Love

Christ_on_the_Cross_silhouette“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16 NKJV

“I asked Jesus, ‘How much do you love me?’ And Jesus said, ‘This much.’ Then He stretched out His arms and died.”
– Unknown Continue reading

Jesus is My Valentine!

Bible Heart

Bible Words of Love

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Who is your Valentine? My husband likes to joke that every day is Valentine’s Day for me because I have him. He also likes to tease me that Valentine’s Day is just another way for me to milk him out of his hard earned money. I love his sense of humor.


Children enjoy making Valentine’s Day cards to give to their friends. My children loved taking an ugly shoebox and transforming it into a beautiful masterpiece decorated in red, white, and pink hearts. Continue reading

Less is more – New schedule for CCA

65071547_sSeveral of our authors have begun to realize that less just might be more when it comes to blogging. We have realized that people who subscribe to blogs that post every day don’t always find time to read all the posts.

So we have agreed to create a new schedule with only two posts a week instead of six. We hope you will find greater quality in our posts when we are under less pressure to write so often.

This change begins immediately (but this post doesn’t count – it’s just an announcement). Look for posts on Mondays and Thursdays in the weeks ahead. Continue reading