Family

"Into the Wild" © by Jef Murray—(Click sketch for artist's gallery.)"Into the Wild" © by Jef Murray—(Click sketch for artist's gallery.)

In the wilderness I will make a way

“In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth—and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters—Then God said: Let there be light, and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-3). The Right Perspective What do I have to offer that is worthwhile for others to read? What […]

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Perspective — Going Back

  “A humble soul does not trust itself, but places all its confidence in God” (St. Sister Faustina). I registered my eighth child at the high school of my youth today. A familiar smell which brought me back to being a 15-year-old faintly and suddenly filled my nostrils as I opened the same heavy doors that were opened in the […]

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The Four Keys to Everlasting Love

Most of us didn’t receive an instruction manual when we became engaged.  We likely participated in the required pre-Cana classes at our parish and completed the FOCUS test.  But that may have been the end of our premarital instruction.  Once the wedding was over and the honeymoon phase fizzled down, we were left with a marriage—a lifetime.  Suddenly the pomp […]

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The Right Perspective—Raising Children Who Will Turn to God

“Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:18) Country music singer Joey Feek died recently after a long, hard battle with cancer. She left behind her husband Rory and their little daughter Indiana, “Indy.” Rory wrote on […]

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These Children are a Blessing

Those whose lives are diminished or weakened deserve special respect. Sick or handicapped persons should be helped to lead lives as normal as possible.  —CCC 2276 One of the few issues my wife and I were concerned about when we decided to join the Catholic Church in 2005 was how to include our oldest son, Alex, who has high-functioning autism. […]

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The Good News About Imperfect Families

Do we have to go to church?” my five year old, Camille, whined as we readied for the Good Friday Stations of the Cross. “It’s boring and stupid,” she said, tears dripping down her cheeks and punctuating her overly dramatic sentiments. “I want to go to the Stations. Today is the day Jesus died. I want to comfort Him,” I […]

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A Courageous Example and a Loving Parish

This past Sunday, I had an opportunity to witness a very special moment at my parish. An eighteen-year-old man with high-functioning autism was taking his first turn as a lector at Mass. The lector role is an important one with serious responsibility, but this young man showed confidence and little fear as he read a very long first reading from […]

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“All are Equal in Dignity in the Sight of God”

“By reason of their Baptism, all Catholics are equal in dignity in the sight of God and have the same divine calling.” (Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities; 1995) When I became a mom of a child with a developmental delay who otherwise appeared typical, I wasn’t shaken enough to notice people who were marginalized. However, […]

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Set Your Teen Up for a Life Of Virtue

In the style of Dorothy Sayers, I write this post to help parents raise their teenagers to be virtuous adults. While my kids are younger, I was once a teen myself. Furthermore, I teach eighth and ninth grades, which means I am around teenagers a lot. Still, I find myself lower in degree of experience of those who are tasked with educating […]

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On Accepting Help

I was in desperate need of Confession recently. When I finally decided I couldn’t put off the spring-cleaning my soul so desperately needed any longer, I scoured the Internet looking for a local church and made plans to go.  I knew I would have to bring all six kids with me because my husband was working and I was dreading […]