Am I Creating a Good Catholic Family?

December 15, 2021

If you’re feeling behind in December, if you’re wondering if you bought enough presents or created a special enough experience for your kids… the core of these fears is about enoughness.

But most of us haven’t defined what enough is. We feel like there is a problem but we’re not sure how to articulate it. Today Sterling shares what she thinks we’re worried about and how to focus our brains on something else.



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“And when night comes, and you look back over the day and see how fragmentary everything has been, and how much you planned that has gone undone, and all the reasons you have to be embarrassed and ashamed: just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God’s hands and leave it with Him.” -Edith Stein

“Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily. To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully. To wait for the unfolding of Thy will, patiently, serenely. To meet others, peacefully, joyously. To face tomorrow, confidently, courageously.” – St. Francis of Assisi


Hi, and welcome to the Made for Greatness podcast. I’m your host Sterling Jaquith. And today on episode 59, I wanna talk about creating a good Catholic family. And this has come up for me as I’m kind of watching December playout. This is coming out in December about a week and a half before Christmas. And the internet is aflutter and the Instagram pictures flow plenty. And I notice that each year there is more and more noise about liturgical living and celebrating all the days. And most of the specialty days involve a lot of food. And so I have been having a lot of conversations with my kids who are asking me, Hey, why do my friends get to eat lots of bread or watch lots of TV or have lots of cookies, and I’m having to tell them, you know, Hey, that’s totally fine.


Lorissa Horn & Sterling Jaquith

Sterling and Lorissa are very different moms. Lorissa lives in town, her family loves playing baseball, and she’s proud to send them to Catholic school. Sterling lives in the country, her family loves camping, and she unschools the kids.

The thing these women have in common, an unyielding devotion to Christ. Seriously, if you hang out with either of them, they’re gonna talk about Jesus, a lot. He’s the center of their life.


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