Daily Catholic Quote from Pope Francis

“Do you listen to your grandparents? Do you open your hearts to the memories that your grandparents pass on?  Grandparents are like the wisdom of the family, they are the wisdom of a people. And a people that does listen to grandparents is one that dies! Listen to your grandparents.” (Pope Francis; Address to the Participants in the Pilgrimage of […]

Grandma’s Ice Cream

Grandma didn’t always make chicken and rice casserole without the chicken. And she didn’t always ask mom three times if she wanted to save or throw out the leftover peas. But these moments became the ones seared in my memory in the years after she’d gone. Though watching her sporadic mental hiccups in her final years seemed more funny than […]

Honoring the Gift of Children

“Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain who build…” (Psalm 127:1). After the love of God and a holy spouse, is there any greater blessing in this life than children… and holy parents? I don’t think so. I particularly enjoy this passage from Proverbs, especially as I am a grandfather twice over! “Children’s children are the crown […]

Pecan Pie Protestantism

My grandmother used to bake one pecan pie a year. Using her own pecans. From her own tree. Which she guarded with her very own rifle. She said she shot any crow that messed with her precious pecans and threatened that pie. Somebody might steal a scarecrow, so she figured she could do the job herself. Memommy was as tough […]