Tara Brooke is a wife, mother, educator, and child of God.  Tara has worked in various aspects of ministry in the Catholic Church for over 20 years, her last years as a Director of Marriage and Family Life for her local diocese.  She now stays home and tends to the needs of her growing and beautiful family.  She has three biological children and two adopted children, both with Down Syndrome. She loves helping engaged couples grow in their understanding of the Sacrament of Marriage as well as helping enrich already married couples in growing in holiness together.  She resides in Bismarck, ND with her amazing husband, Deacon Dan! 

Never Stop Dating Your Spouse!!!

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“Never stop dating your spouse!”  This has been advice that I have given all engaged couples since I started working in marriage preparation.  This is one of the most important concepts to a happy and healthy marriage.  This has not always been easy in my marriage, but it truly is something that is non-negotiable in our marriage.  My husband and I have been married almost sixteen years and dates have been a foundation for us!  It is something we have always had to look forward to in the moments when we have felt like two passing ships in the night. 

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Love...Is Not a Feeling

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“I fell out of love!”  “I just don’t love him anymore!”  I heard these statements several times during my time as a Director of Family Ministry while I was working with people in struggling marriages.  I would hear these statements and I knew I had to send a challenge back to them?  I would always respond by saying, “How do you define love?”  Almost 100% of the time I would hear, “I just don’t feel the butterflies anymore.”  “When I look at her, I have no happy emotions.”  After I heard that, I knew I had material to work with 😊  Call me manipulative, but I believe that in today’s world we just do not understand love! 

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Helplessly Devoted to You

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I have confessed several times in my previous blogs that I am kind of a lone ranger, and I don’t let a whole lot of people get to terribly close to me.  Part of this is that I don’t like letting people know my emotions, but another part is I have this heart that cares so terribly deeply that their hurts literally become my hurts too.  If I let somebody get to know me, then in turn, I get to know them and begin to care so deeply about them and their lives too.  This is not to say that I do not care about the lives of my acquaintances, but with a person I call friend, that care intensifies so much. 

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Desperado

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“Desperado…why don’t you come to your senses; you’ve been out ridin fences for so long now.  Oh, you’re a hard one…I know that you got your reasons, these things that are pleasin you, can hurt you somehow…”  I love the Eagles, but this song may have influenced my life far to much!

Does anybody else do everything in their power to make themselves look stronger than they really are, or am I the only one who does that? 

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"In the Silence of the Heart, God Speaks!"

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“In the silence of the heart, God speaks!”  This is a quote by Mother Theresa that has come to mean a whole lot to me in my life.  Our world is so full of distractions and is so very loud.  I thought after I left my full-time job to come home that things would slow down, and the distractions would be less…Who was I kidding?  Now instead of five adults telling me what to do I have five wonderful children harping orders at me.  I think, no I know, that my kids are more demanding than the Bishop I used to work for!  (Man do I miss working for my bishop!) 

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Why Wait?

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Why Wait?  Is anybody as bad as a procrastinator as I am?  I find a reason to put off anything!!!  It is a blessing and a curse!  Of course, the blessing is that I have learned to work very well under pressure, the curse is that I have to work under pressure.  I have had plenty of conversations in my head that go something like this: “I should do, x, y, or z!  But if I do that now I can’t do this?  Oh no worries Tara, you can do that tomorrow!”  I live by the motto of, “Why do today, what I can do tomorrow!” Instead of the ever-famous Benjamin Franklin quote, “Don’t put off until tomorrow, what you can do today!”

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Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

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Why do bad things happen to good people?  I have worked in church ministry for over twenty years, and this is the question that I have been asked several times within that ministry?  I know there are many articles and books written about this topic, but still the question remains.  In fact, I would be lying if I did not say that I was asking that same question right now in life!  Not about my own life…I feel incredibly blessed most days, even though my life is certainly not perfect, but about the life of one of my dearest friends. 

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