What the Church (and world) needs from you

Graduation season is upon us, when everyone from Ph.D. candidates to preschoolers don gowns and caps to accept accolades and degrees for their hard work.  For some of these graduates, their work as students is finished. As humans, the quest for knowledge must never have a conclusion. Sadly, for many Catholics, their completion of Catholic high school or their reception […]

The Nest Begins to Empty

As I was addressing my daughter’s high school graduation invitations last night, I began to reminisce about the journey my daughter has taken in life.  I find it difficult to put into words how proud I am of her: knowing her struggles, knowing her convictions, knowing her faith, knowing her success despite it all.  My sweet baby girl, so young […]

What We’re Looking For

High school graduation marks the end of the nesting period and the beginning of quasi-adulthood.  Parents are a weird mix of merry and melancholic, while many graduates are saturated by relief, excitement and panic. The nostalgia of graduation season leads me to an observation that applies to rising college freshmen, and to all of us, really. Each year I watch […]

Keep Moving Forward, With God

This past weekend my family headed south four hours to pick up our three college students and to attend the graduation of our oldest.  All six of our younger children piled into two vehicles—one driven by me, the other driven by their father.  Actually, the five girls, aged 15 to five, rode with me and Grandma, and the sole at-home […]