Because of this, one of my biggest take home messages of the year has interestingly been an intense reaffirmation of how often the most worth-it things are not the easiest.
For some reason, the Saints seemed so out of reach. It was tough to think that people existed who walked this earth let God fill them so much that there wasn't room for anything else. Meanwhile, I felt so far from that. I lose my patience so easily, and tend to seek my own comfort, and am prone to anxiety and worry about things I can't control. I feared that I'd read something by a Saint and be frightened off...of what, I don't exactly know. But I didn't trust that it would be helpful, at least not for a while.
I love having conversations with the kids about our Catholic faith. Their insights and questions astound me and amaze me time and time again, and it's such an honor and a privilege to engage with them. Recently, while doing a short follow-up at bedtime to our most recent faith formation lesson, in which our six-year-old … Continue reading Why Didn’t God Just Take Away the Tree?
Breathing Hope So much of my life is framed by hope. I hope the kids will sleep well, I hope the weather will be nice, I hope I'll have time to drink my coffee. Hope, hope, hope. Little things like that. And big things, too. I hope I'll be a published author some day. I … Continue reading The Inescapable Beauty of Hope
Hello friends! Lorelei was interviewed this week for Relevant Radio's Morning Air program about her recent article: "Being Gift in a Take World." Check it out by clicking here! She's the first guest right at the beginning of the show. Thanks! -JP and Lorelei
The Disease of What’s Best for Me There is a disease rampant in our world today. A disease called “What’s Best for Me.” Entertainment programs are filled with tips on how to make our lives better. How to get the best deal. How to make ourselves look good. How to advance in our careers. How … Continue reading Being “Gift” In A “Take” World
A few weeks back, I hopped on an airplane and headed to Columbus, Ohio to film an episode of ETWN's The Journey Home, hosted by Marcus Grodi. I was met at the airport by Scott Scholten and his wife Barb. Scott produces and directs the show, and they also have a special B&B apartment in … Continue reading My Experience on EWTN’S The Journey Home
We All Want Happiness Men, many of us are being led astray. We all want happiness. But not everyone seems to know where to find it. What’s more, I suspect many of us who think we have it are blind to the possibility that what we have pales in comparison to the real thing. Those … Continue reading Men, We Are Being Led Astray
The Prayers of a Child My kids, well the ones old enough to talk, talk to God like he's a friend. They just tell him what they hope for in their own lives, and who they want to intercede for. Felicity for the longest time prayed for her preschool teacher who had a bothersome tooth. … Continue reading The Prayers of My Children
Many Families, Many Approaches There are as many ways to manage a family with young children at Mass as there are families that attend. Many people will have something different that works for them. I’m always on the lookout for ideas and have read several articles on what age appropriate expectations are, as well as … Continue reading How This Catholic Family Approaches Mass With Young Children