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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. […]

"Guardian Angel" (detail) by Pietro da Cortona

On Smiling Angels and Joy-Filled Hearts

It is difficult to be a parent today, especially if you have a child or children with special needs. The days are emotional roller coaster rides often filled with frustration and only fleeting glimpses of progress. These families often push the pause button on their old lives as the focus becomes all about therapists, adaptive learning, fighting with schools for […]

"King David in Prayer" by Pieter de Grebber

How to Examine Six Areas of Your Life to Discover “What’s In Your Heart?”

The things that we do tell us who we are. You have heard the saying, “Actions speak louder than words.” We know this is very true. There are many people who deliberately say one thing and do another. We refer to these people as hypocrites. They lie about who they are, intentionally, in order to gain something they desire. But, […]

Jenny and her boys

The Blessing of New Life and the Culture of Death

Have we forgotten? Each of us was first a thought in the mind of God, Who in His goodness created us in love and freedom. He created us to share eternity with Him in this life and in the life to come. This call to communion with God is the very dignity of the human person. We come alive at […]

Ballerina

Trying and Trusting and Being So Good…

She came home in tears, my little ballerina. She wanted the part of Clara in the dance theater production of The Nutcracker. So did about 37 other girls. Only one got the part of course, and that year it was not my daughter. I don’t normally throw celebrity quotes at my children. Because, well, normally I don’t see most celebrities […]

A Blossoming of Hope

It was late summer when I boxed up my belongings, said goodbye to family and friends, and impetuously moved from one coast to another to be with the boy who’d stolen my heart. His name was Dan, and I was completely smitten. That December he dumped me . . . for the monastery. On the outside I tried to appear […]