What Do Stay-at-Home Mothers DO All Day?

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Every mother is a working mother.It's just that some mothers go out into the world and spend their time and their energy in the workplace, advancing someone else's goals and dreams.And some mothers expend that same energy building, creating, laboring for those whom they hold most dear in all the world:  their husbands and children. *     *     *     *     * I know that not every family can afford to have one of the adult wage-earners stay at home.  I know that some women have worked har … [Read more...]

94 Years—But Who’s Counting?


We spent another grace-filled Mother’s Day with my mother-in-law, Ruth Schiffer. After ninety-four years of hard work, her knees have failed her; but her spirit is vibrant and loving. She never complains, and I know that she spends her days in prayer for all of us, her family. Now that she’s homebound, she watches the Mass on television—once, twice, three times each day. She prays the Divine Mercy chaplet.So on Sunday, we enjoyed her company. We played dominos, ate lunch (then stayed for dinn … [Read more...]

For Mothers Everywhere: On Scrubbing Toilets and the Challenger Disaster

Twenty-six years ago, on January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, disintegrating over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of central Florida.  All seven of its crew were killed, including the “Teacher in Space,” Christa McAuliffe.On this sad anniversary, it’s not space flight I want to talk about, though.  I want to talk about jealousy, and about the seasons of life.When the Challenger exploded, I had three young children at home.  To supplement our … [Read more...]