The Coming of Love…and nothing like it.

A friend has just announced the birth of a granddaughter and emailed pictures - isn't the internet a wonder - of the precious newborn, Isabella, so that we might share in their joy. In the picture this babe is only minutes old and already snuggling up to Mama, and Mama is gazing at her with such naked love it is almost too much to see. How miraculous! So this is how God keeps us going! It's not the babies, per se, it's not the corporeal creation - it's the LOVE that becomes created at the same … [Read more...]

O God, You Are the Wayside Resting Place

Likewise, the spirit also comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26Inexpressible groanings seem to be the stuff of my life these days. My groans mingle with tears at the bedside of my brother as he slowly, slowly retreats into himself in these last days. I watch my brother, now in hospice as we have reached that point, and I realize how small our lives are, and how a … [Read more...]

A bruising and most contemptible death

I wrote a few weeks ago about a beloved brother and said he was “dying by inches”.I was wrong. He is dying, not by inches but millimeters, and we have been told that we are now, truly, near the end.My grief for my brother (really my brother-in-law, but my husband’s family could not be more dear to me if they were my own, and so I choose to leave off that in-law crap) is rather different than the grief I am feeling for the family as a whole, but I am grieving for all of them. After dealing for ove … [Read more...]

Humanae Vitae, the most misunderstood musing

Over at Captain Ed's Place there is a lively discussion taking place in the comments thread regarding the SCOTUS refusal to hear the appeal of Catholic Charities concerning California law. In a nutshell, California has told Catholic Charities - an excellent gang of people who help anyone in need with everything from tonight's supper to job counselling - that their health plan must - must, mind you - offer health insurance coverage with includes artificial contraception. Got that? A non-profit … [Read more...]