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Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine

“I should have been a better mother,“ St. Monica said to Bishop Ambrose about her son Augustine.  “If Augustine had been an easier child, God would not have given him a mother like you,” he responded. –Dialogue from the movie RESTLESS HEART: The Confessions of St. Augustine. Such a perspective is balm to a parent’s praying heart.  Ironically, the story […]

Fearing My Daughter

A Father struggles with the birth of his Downs Syndrome daughter, “’If she dies as a result of her surgery the pain will be over for all of us,’ we thought.”  “It’s a girl!”  The nurse announced. After the birth of seven healthy sons, those words should have brought great joy. Under different circumstances, I would have done back flips.  Instead, […]

The Mind of a Woman

Gazing into my newborn son’s eyes told me in an instant what I’d suspected for years: intellectual stimulation is not a prerequisite for contentment. What more could any woman want for than to be the recipient of this precious soul’s love and the provider of his care? The argument that to be “whole” a woman must also have a career lost […]