The importance of grandparents is a topic I’m oddly passionate about. Both my maternal grandparents died before I was born and my paternal grandparents lived over an hour away and quite frankly they were not very grandparenty. So I had no real experience having grandparents like you see on TV. Because, of course, TV grandparents… Continue reading Grandparents, extended families and Sts. Joachim & Anne
This morning V decided to get up early. “We stay in bed until the sun comes up” I tell her, silently pleading for a few more minutes of shut eye. She nurses some more but is adamant it is time to “Get up!” I waver back and forth between putting a movie on for her… Continue reading Dancing in the rain
Over and over again, we hear to become closer to God, to believe more fully in God, we must believe with a childlike wonder, childlike faith. Matthew 8:13 says: “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” I never really understood this, and… Continue reading To live with childlike wonder
A few weeks ago we had a young, visiting priest say mass. It turns out he grew up in our parish and his entire family was there to support him before he returned to Rome for further studies. It was a beautiful thing to witness. His homily was long. And it was wonderful. He started… Continue reading Forgiveness
Often times, as I’m examining my conscience in preparation for confession, or when I’m reflecting at mass, I come to the conclusion that I need desperately to devote more of my time to prayer and religious education. This has been something I’ve wrestled with for the past year or so. But I still put it… Continue reading How hard is a moment?