The pain of childless women on Mother’s Day

From The Salt Lake Tribune:  To any guilt-prone women, the annual idealization of motherhood that sweeps across the country at this time of year can be agonizing. The image in the mirror seems less qualified, less nurturing, less altruistic, less crafty, less organized, less patient, less self-assured or wise or adventurous than the one these [Read More...]

Christians? What would the neighbors think?

A mother struggles with being both a Christian and a liberal academic—and it sounds like she’s embarrassed about it. Here’s writer Christin Taylor in The New York Times:  As I drove home from church, I eyed the bright foam sign my 6-year-old daughter held. “Jesus is Alive” it read in kid scrawl. “We’re supposed to [Read More...]

“You are married to the Lord and your daddy is your boyfriend”

A growing phenomenon in some places, as reported by the Daily Mail:  Purity balls, in which a girl pledges to remain ‘pure’ until her wedding day, symbolically ‘marries’ God, and promises her father that she will remain a virgin until she’s a wife, have become a phenomenon in America, now taking place in 48 out [Read More...]

Cardinal calls for “renewed” interpretation of Church teachings on marriage

From CNS:  In its approach to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, the Catholic Church needs to find a middle ground that does not destroy or abandon doctrine, but offers a “renewed” interpretation of church teaching in order to help those whose marriages have failed, Cardinal Walter Kasper said. “I propose a path that goes beyond [Read More...]

O’Malley on Francis: “I don’t see the pope changing doctrine…”

Photo: Essdras M. Suarez / Boston Globe From The Boston Globe:  Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley says he shares in the sense of wonder at how swiftly Pope Francis has captured the world’s attention and softened, with his sometimes startling words and personal gestures, the image of the Roman Catholic Church. But he cautions that those [Read More...]

Cardinal Schönborn describes meeting with pope, discussions about marriage and family

From the National Catholic Reporter:  “It is fascinating to see how Pope Francis is encouraging, reviving and renewing the church. Our meeting with him was an excellent lesson on how to live the Gospel today,” Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna said after a 90-minute audience with the pope during the Austrian bishops’ “ad limina” visit [Read More...]

American bishop on contraception: “That train left the station long ago”

The German bishops have weighed in on their survey results for the upcoming synod, and now an American bishop offers a snapshot of what some Catholics in his diocese had to say. Bishop Robert Lynch of  St. Petersburg, Florida, reports that nearly 7,000 people responded. Some highlights, from his blog:  Before you start looking at [Read More...]

“I have always had enough money to give my kids almost anything. But my wife and I decided not to.”

How do you raise a large family today? Any parent will want to read this account in Quartz from engineer Francis L. Thompson: My wife and I had 12 children over the course of 15 1/2 years. Today, our oldest is 37 and our youngest is 22.  I have always had a very prosperous job and [Read More...]

From the pope, a prayer to the Holy Family

From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis on Sunday invited the faithful to join him sprititually in prayer for the upcoming Concistory and for the next Synod of Bishops which will focus on the theme of the Family. Celebrating the Feast of the Holy Family on this first Sunday after Christmas, the Pope entrusted the work of [Read More...]

On the fourth day of Christmas…

…we spent a wonderful evening with family, including a lively posse of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. My sister-in-law baked a batch of her legendary chocolate-mint brownies. The house was positively teeming with life and laughter and love. God is good. Merry Christmas. Camera: Panasonic Lumix LX7 [Read more...]