Encountering the Word — Proverbs 31:26-29

Photography © by Andy Coan

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” (Proverbs 31:26-29) If […]

Everyone Needs Another Mother

Artwork © by Judith Costello

As my son prepares to leave home for college in just a few months, I feel a bit lost. Who’s going to be there to say, “It’s late and time to get to bed. Put those things away now. Are you feeling OK?” The importance of parents—for the spiritual health of children–can never be overstressed. It is parents who instill […]

Mary as a Parent, Relating to Me

My understanding and devotion to Mary really ripened when I had my first daughter.  I remember lying there in the hospital, the newborn sleeping in her little contraption, and taking up my rosary.  The mysteries that day were the Joyful Mysteries, and as I prayed them, using a little meditation book, I started crying. I had never thought before about […]

The Godliness of Motherhood

According to a Jewish proverb, “God could not be everywhere, so He made mothers.” This is a fine, enduring sentiment. I do think, however, that by reversing the statement we come closer to the truth: “God could be everywhere and proved it by creating mothers.” This image is consistent with the American novelist William Makepeace Thackeray’s remark, in Vanity Fair, […]

Of Wedding Bells and Baby Booties: 10 Reasons to Have Kids Early in Your Marriage

The Blessing of Children

It’s amazing how you can go from normal gal to alien life-form in a microsecond when you announce to others that you are pregnant after being married for a year or less.  Some people go as far as to allude that you’re throwing your marriage away or signing your own social life’s death certificate before you have had a chance […]

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 […]

10 Lessons from My Mom on How to be a Great Mother

Just a few short months ago, I became a mother, and now I am just months away from meeting my little one on his birthday in December. The blessings multiply as pregnancy continues—with every little kick and each ultrasound picture of my little boy sucking his thumb or smiling big (just like his mama) in the womb, I thank God […]

A Mother’s Love and Witness are Powerful!

I am exceedingly thankful that God has given me a very interesting life—filled with many struggles, challenges and endless heart-warming joys too. I constantly pray that I can be His hands and feet, to be His humble instrument to impart the faith—first in my family where He has placed me to be a wife and mother of five on earth […]

When I Was “Pro-Choice”

There was a time in my life when I was “pro-choice.”  I was raised by parents who were adamantly pro-life members of the Baptist church in the small Georgia town where I grew up, but their passion for this cause had little effect on me at the time.  When I left the Baptist church as a teenager, my immaturity and […]

A Year of Faith for Mothers: A Welcome “Change”

It’s only natural to be thinking about possible new beginnings and changes in our lives at this time of year. After all, we as Catholics are embarking on a Year of Faith proclaimed by our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI. What is Our Lord expecting of us in this brand new Year of Faith? We might wonder. What will He […]