Category: Family

Go Home and Love Your Family

Go Home and Love Your Family

[ 1 ] September 22, AD 2014 |

I’ve reached that point in my 20-something life where many of my friends are getting married. August is for weddings, apparently. In between the various ceremonies, receptions, and gift registry orders, the most lovely joy simply has been to witness those close to me transition from one season in life into a new one with […]

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Pope Francis’ Missionary Impulse: a Transformation I Didn’t Want

Pope Francis’ Missionary Impulse: a Transformation I Didn’t Want

[ 3 ] September 3, AD 2014 |

By Sarah Summers Granger “I dream of a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything.” – Pope Francis Ten years ago, I didn’t want a transformative impulse. I wanted stability, peace, a small dose of the Holy Spirit – just enough to keep me on the straight and narrow. After all kinds of turmoil in my […]

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The Expectant Couples Guide to Praying the Joyful Mysteries

The Expectant Couples Guide to Praying the Joyful Mysteries

[ 1 ] August 29, AD 2014 |

As my wife and I await the arrival of our second child, our first daughter, we have been filled with many similar emotions and feelings that stirred within us during our first pregnancy. In May 2012, we found out we were expecting our son, Noah, who was born in January of 2013. As I reflect […]

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Embracing My Inner Hobbit

Embracing My Inner Hobbit

[ 3 ] August 28, AD 2014 |

Today, a cashier told me that I seemed “really down-to-Earth,” and I decided to take it as a compliment.  A few years ago, however, that would not have been the case. I used to think that caring about the “higher things” meant yearning for a sort of grand existence, feeling destined for greatness.  Recently, I […]

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Crybaby

Crybaby

[ 3 ] August 25, AD 2014 |

Confession time: I’m one of those criers. You know the type. We have a very low crying threshold. Our triggers are many, varied and sometimes trivial: Commercials. Movies. Newspaper columns. Speeches. A particular prayer. And on, on, on. I wasn’t always like this. Oh no. I knew about the criers, because my mom is one. […]

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The Ephesians 5 Wife: Subject or Spoiled?

The Ephesians 5 Wife: Subject or Spoiled?

[ 8 ] August 24, AD 2014 |

The Bible mentions subjugation of wives and everyone gets upset, but Christian Grey does it and nobody bats an eye! Tell me how this makes sense. I know why this is the case. There is absolute confusion in our culture about sex, love, pleasure, intimacy, marriage, and the Catholic Church. There is such a tangled […]

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3 Lessons from My First 3 Months as a Dad

3 Lessons from My First 3 Months as a Dad

[ 3 ] August 20, AD 2014 |

This past May 31, our daughter, Lucy Benedicta, was born, changing our lives forever.  From learning how to hold a baby, to changing a diaper, to installing a car seat, I have had many new experiences as a first-time dad. So far, fatherhood has had its share of highs and lows, but mostly exhaustion in […]

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Called to Be Saints, Called Home: Lessons on Sainthood from the Parenting Trenches Part 2

Called to Be Saints, Called Home: Lessons on Sainthood from the Parenting Trenches Part 2

[ 1 ] August 7, AD 2014 |

(This post is part of a series. Read Part 1 here.) Until I put it into the context of the child and parent relationship, I never understood how desperately God wants sainthood for every human being. I knew that God was my Father, but my concept of that love was based entirely on my experience as a […]

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Spiritual Attacks on the Expectant Mother (and How to Combat Them)

Spiritual Attacks on the Expectant Mother (and How to Combat Them)

[ 8 ] July 31, AD 2014 |

Whether a woman is expecting her first child, or her fifteenth, pregnancy is filled with many emotions. There is joy and excitement mixed with anticipation and a little nervousness. All these emotions are appropriate, given the weight of what this new little life entails. Like mothers throughout time, I felt these slew of emotions during […]

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Children of God: Lessons on Sainthood from the Parenting Trenches, Part 1

Children of God: Lessons on Sainthood from the Parenting Trenches, Part 1

[ 1 ] July 31, AD 2014 |

The other night at bedtime, I vowed not to read any stories to anyone who did not clean up their toys.  When they saw that there was no possible appeal of this horrible sentence, my children climbed up in the rocking chair together and read each other a story.  Even though they were conspiring to […]

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Love is Patient, Love is Kind

Love is Patient, Love is Kind

[ 1 ] July 25, AD 2014 |

My baby woke me up at 11, 2, 4 and 6:30 am. The bug bites keep me uncomfortable. I miss my husband – we’ve been apart for almost one month. I am surrounded by my family, the people who I love the best and who know all my buttons. They fix me breakfast and take […]

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A Gift for My Grandmother and Saint Anne’s Gift to Me

A Gift for My Grandmother and Saint Anne’s Gift to Me

[ 1 ] July 20, AD 2014 |

The summer of 2008 was a summer of opportunity for me. I was able to attend the International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City, Canada with other young adults from the state of Wisconsin through Catholic Youth Expeditions, a retreat ministry founded by Father Quinn Mann, a priest of the Diocese of Green Bay. As part of […]

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On Polished Wedding Rings

On Polished Wedding Rings

[ 2 ] June 28, AD 2014 |

I always thought that wedding rings should be simple, like tiny little handcuffs that you would use to happily shackle yourself to another person for the rest of your lives. And so, choosing a wedding band was easy when my husband and I married nearly five years ago. It was a simple, white gold band […]

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So Much Time and So Little to Do

So Much Time and So Little to Do

[ 3 ] June 20, AD 2014 |

“We have so much time, and so little to do… Stop, strike that, reverse it.”  – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I have a problem. You see, things are busy. Life with four small kids, a house to clean, food to prepare, a few projects on the go, people to see or call, things […]

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And God Made A Father

And God Made A Father

[ 1 ] June 12, AD 2014 |

“I can’t believe you have a freakin’ kid.” I hear that phrase a lot now from my old high school and college friends. “I know,” I say in reply. “It’s crazy.” It is still a little weird to me, I guess. It’s even weirder how time seems to have sped up since the day I […]

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Slender Man Stabbing: Five Things You Can Do

Slender Man Stabbing: Five Things You Can Do

[ 2 ] June 7, AD 2014 |

The news is full of violence. It is hard not to become desensitized to the terrible ways humans treat humans. A recent story that really tore at my heart was the stabbing of a 12-year-old girl by two of her friends of the same age. The two girls, Morgan and Anissa, say they plotted the […]

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