A Novena for Parents who have Lost a Child

There is nothing we can say that will make things easier for a parent who lost a child; but perhaps there is something we can pray. [Read more…]

Lessons From Our First Ambulance Ride: Gratitude and Empathy

He was breathing, but they were very small breaths in and nothing out. In less than 20 seconds He began to turn blue. Something was wrong. [Read more…]

Oh Be Careful Little Eyes – A Review of the Little Prince

Our family of 8 piled onto the couch for a much anticipated movie night. We eagerly launched Netflix and selected their critically acclaimed adaptation of the beloved children’s book “The Little Prince.” I quickly began to regret that we had not screened the film first. [Read more…]

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Forgiveness doesn’t Preclude Justice.

We must forgive. In fact, in the Lord’s Prayer our own forgiveness is tied to how well we forgive: “Forgive us our trespasses as [in the same way] we forgive those who trespass against us.”

But too often we conflate forgiveness with mercy, passivity, and reconciliation. [Read more…]

‘Don’t Talk About the Baby’ #ShatterTheStigma

That first night, when I went to bless my children, and I came to where her name was supposed to be, I broke down in heaving sobs. The only other time in my life that I’ve wept with such intensity was 17 years earlier on the day I signed away my rights to my eldest daughter, giving her up for adoption. I lost my child, and nothing could be done about it. [Read more…]

Of Perseverance and Participation Medals

I recalled my own small trophies from my childhood. They sit in a box gathering dust beside the small plastic busts of classical composers that I received from my piano lessons. These cheap trinkets certainly weren’t life-changing. They didn’t cause me to expect the world to give me a hand-out, but they did provide a moment of joy. [Read more…]