As the Family Goes

JP II Quote

"As the family goes, so goes the nation, and so goes the whole world in which we live." John Paul II

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Blessed the People - Thoughts on the Readings for Trinity Sunday

"But there is more to our relationship than just the happy and positive.  The psalmist reminds us that, “The eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear Him, upon those who hope for His kindness. To deliver them from death and preserve them in spite of famine.”  Sometimes we see God in His glorious presence, but other times, it takes a moment of suffering.  Both are part of His plan."

Read the rest over at Daughters of Saint John.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Me! Me! Look at Me!

I don’t think it would come to anyone’s great surprise to know that there are a lot of things competing for my attention at any given time. And that makes daily life fairly intense for me most of the time. On the whole I can usually manage, but every now and again there comes a period of time in which it seems everything is coming at me at once, and I get bowled over.

Christ, the Great Teacher

Did I teach him everything I was supposed to, did I say all the right things, did I explain it all well enough for his seven-year-old heart to be truly prepared for this incredible sacrament he is about to receive? Only God knows. But I now know that regardless of my own ability (or lack thereof), I can trust completely in the grace of Christ truly present at Mass to make up for what I lack.”

Read the rest over at Daughters.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

True Self Care

Over the weekend I came across an article about self care, specifically as it relates to parents of disabled children. In it, the author talks about all the reasons why self care fails to accomplish anything of significance in the face of a real problem for parents of children with complex needs.  I can relate.  While I am not a special needs parent, I do lead a very intense life.  It can be isolating and lonely, and difficult to get the most basic things done for myself. Things like finding the time to bathe every other day, to fix my hair, to have a break from the constant demands of daily life, all of these are real challenges for me.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Stone Rejected by the Builders – Thoughts on the Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

“The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.” (Psalm 119:22).
As I reflect on the readings for this week, two feelings are dominant: shame at the ways in which I reject the Lord, and gratitude for His redeeming love and power to transform those mistakes. In the first reading from the Acts of the apostles, St. Luke brings us back to the fact that we were the ones who handed Christ over to be crucified – yes, the Lord is risen and it’s glorious, but you cannot ignore your role in His passion. “All of you and all the people of Israel should know that it was in the name of Jesus Christ, the Nazorean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in His name this man stands before you healed,” he tells us.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Once Upon a Time, a Friend Asked Me to Write with Her

...and oh, what a transforming experience it has been!  I have been keeping this personal blog for the better part of nine years now (writing more in some years, less in others), but this is the first time I've had a project to work on with another person.  You guys, what a blessing!  Here's how it came to be.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Loved by Extension

My husband has always been more dynamic than me.  When we were dating it used to drive me nuts how people who had known me for years would somehow gravitate more to him than to me.  It offended my childlike need for approval I suppose.  But now after many years of marriage, I take a certain security in it.