Your children are racehorses, not Legos

Having all the kids around reminds me of a basic fact: Families blend very different people. That’s something we know in theory, but it’s surprisingly hard to accept in real life.

Called to be children of God: Solemnity of All Saints

“See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God,” St. John writes in his first letter. Saints live deeply and purely this identity as children of God. This is the mission and the calling of the saints: to show the Father’s love and to be a witness to the invitation of the Father to become adopted children.  

The Lord hears the cry of the newborn

It's as loud as a fire alarm (except it goes off 20 times a day). It screeches like fingernails down a chalkboard. And rather than fleeing to escape it, we're supposed to run right toward it.

That I may gain Christ: Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi

Saints, by their lives, recall and proclaim the beauty and wonder of God in their own particular way. In doing so they declare the mission of God who loved us so much He gave us Christ and through Him, all goodness and love.

Love, like bread, needs to be made and remade

My mother may not have been the best of cooks, but there was never a night or a Sunday afternoon when she didn’t put a home cooked meal on the table in spite of working every day.