Called to Love

“Our hope is that the winter of humanity will gradually be transformed to the bursting forth of love, for it is to this that we are called.” –Jean Vanier

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Secret Genius of Catholic Motherhood

      I have a restless yearning.  It follows me, leads me, is ever-present with me.  It is that Catholic moms come to a fuller understanding of who they are.       I have a hunch that the vocation of Catholic motherhood is yet to be rightly understood, that it is like a…

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Our Christmas Miracle

     Some people experience great manifestations of God’s love and power on Christmas.      In our family, this year’s Christmas miracle was this: Snowman poop.Ron got this as a gift for Sebastian on the Feast of St. Nicholas on Dec. 6.  Sebastian had found it in his shoes, placed by the door next…

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Unplugged and Off the Grid

   Unplugged, unreachable.  It was heaven.  I got to be at Christ in the Desert monastery in Abiquiu, New Mexico last week.   Jake had asked to go on a week-long retreat, discerning his vocation.  Ron and I said yes, and then had to figure out how to pull it off!  It turned out that I…

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I’m on a mission

     I am on a mission.  It’s a motherly mission.  I am on a mission to be a vital part of the kingdom of God through my vocation as a mother, to see my six children get to heaven, and to help them find their ways of flourishing in God’s kingdom.         …

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Real Faith

   Real Christian faith is summed up in these words of Ignatius of Antioch:“Let us . . . see who can be the more wronged, the more cheated, the more rejected, in order that no weed of the devil might be found among you, but that with complete purity and self-control you may abide in…

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The Mother of Maximillian Kolbe

     One of my favorite women in history is the mother of St. Maximilian Kolbe.       When Maximillian was young, he was a terrible boy.  His mother was constantly annoyed with him.  One day, exasperated, she exclaimed, “What will become of you?”  This bothered Maximillian, and he ran to the nearby church and…

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Nuts!

   Yesterday, we took our dog, Charlie, to get neutered.  Poor guy!  We were all feeling sorry for him, and talking about him at dinner.    I was not all that hungry, so I just had a small bowl of pistachios while the rest of the family was eating lasagna.  Sebastian demanded to have some…

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