His First Homily

Here is the text, as translated by the Vatican Radio, of Pope Francis' first homily.  Short and sweet and so challenging. In these three readings I see that there is something in common: it is movement. In the first reading, movement is the journey [itself]; in the second reading, movement is in the up-building of the Church. In the third, in the Gospel, the movement is in [the act of] profession: walking, building, professing.Walking: the House of Jacob. “O house of Jacob, Come, let us wa … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Our Call to Service

Like many of you, I have been watching the news with excitement, waiting to see the white smoke and hear the words Habemus Papam!Yesterday was a day of great joy for so many of us.  It was a great day to be a Catholic.  Perhaps I am becoming a sappy old mother, but I cried the moment I saw Pope Francis and again when he humbly bowed his head in silence and asked for our prayers.By all accounts, Pope Francis seems to be a man of service, a man of action, and I love that.  Our Church is a c … [Read more...]

The Conclave

What an exciting time in our Church!  Of course it is imperative that we all pray for the Cardinals, for Pope Benedict, and for our future Pope.  Lent is a great time to make sacrifices for these intentions, and some of my friends have even adopted a specific Cardinal in this time leading up to the Conclave.In addition to prayer, here are a few quick links with educational resources for you and your children--1)  This site provides an amazing animated series of slides that explains the fu … [Read more...]

Simon of Cyrene and My Way of the Cross

I'll admit, yesterday was a very lousy day.  It was one of those days where I wanted to crawl into a hole, sob, and just go to sleep.  I did a lot of crying, and that always gives me a nice pounding headache.  My name, Kellie, means warrior, and so I often look at the sufferings in my life as parts of a great big spiritual battle.  Holding onto that analogy, last week ended with some sparring, and this week began with a great big uppercut to my jaw.  It was the type of uppercut that knocked me do … [Read more...]

10 Ways for Families to Enjoy Little League

Just yesterday I received a Little League notice in my inbox.  Registration is happening now, opening day has been scheduled, and I’ve already calendared our mandatory “field clean up day.”  Mr. Red is all signed up to coach our oldest son, and my body feels warmer just thinking about baseball.Every year since my childhood, the beginning of baseball season was such a hopeful time.  The world was coming out of its dark slumber.  Birds were in the air, tulips were blooming, and the Phillies … [Read more...]

Big Family Disney Adventures

We are back!  We arrived home last night after a straight 15.5 hour drive and all I could think was -- that went great!!!  Of course there were a few hiccups, but what a wonderful time of family memories and warmth.The good --The price!  We saved money by driving, and staying off Disney property.  The trip was literally 1/3 to 1/2 of the price because of these two choices.  Just to give you an idea, you can rent a full house 20 minutes away from Disney, for a full week for $900!!!!  … [Read more...]

Feeling Loved and Field Hockey

My winter blues began in January.  So at the end of January, I developed a battle plan for February that included 2 key parts.  First, we are going on vacation.  Not just any vacation, but our first family trip to Disney World.  Not only are we all escaping the cold weather to go do something fun, but the weeks leading up to the trip have passed quickly as we pour over maps and plan our days in Florida.The second thing I am doing--I am playing field hockey.  Last night, I dusted off my stick … [Read more...]

Confessions — Cutting Mommy Corners

So on this Thursday morning, the last day of January (Praise God!), I'm going to list 5 things that I do to cut corners on a somewhat regular basis.  It's a hard time of year right now.  Days are short, and the darkness and cold and grey skies seem never ending.  Kids are sick.  Moms and Dads are sick.  And while we live in a rather large house, every winter it feels just a little bit smaller.The builders have been e-mailing each other in the past few weeks, and these e-mails have titles like … [Read more...]

On the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

This is so beautiful, I have tears in my eyes.Thank you to Lori at Grace in my Heart for this link. … [Read more...]

Thoughts for Thursday — Birthday Edition!

This little boy is celebrating his 5th Birthday today!  5 years ago today, Augustine Daniel Miller (Gus), entered this world just before midnight.  Born on what would have been his great grandfather's 98th birthday (my grandfather only lived to 96!), we went with Daniel as a middle name in honor of my grandfather.  Gus arrived after a very short labor, and he was enormous!  When they put him on the scale, it read 10. 13.  My husband asked, "is that the time?"  I'll never forget the look on the mi … [Read more...]