As Mothers Day Looms, Two Obituaries to Die For – UPDATED


Well, in a manner of speaking. I hope when I die, my kids can manage to produce something as wry and fun as this: Waffle House lost a loyal customer on April 30, 2013. Antonia W. "Toni" Larroux died after a battle with multiple illnesses: lupus, rickets, scurvy, kidney disease and feline leukemia. She had previously conquered polio as a child contributing to her unusually petite ankles and the nickname "polio legs" given to her by her ex-husband, Jean F. Larroux, Jr. It should not be … [Read more...]

A Prayerful Book Tour with a Pregnant Theme


A few days ago, while talking about myself I took a breath to mention Sarah Reinhard and her new book, A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism. It's the first " Book" to emerge from the creative partnership between Ave Maria Press and Lisa Hendey. I recently met Sarah Reinhard while at an event in Dallas, and she is one of those tiny, dynamic balls of energetic smarts; not only is she raising three small children, writing … [Read more...]

Bridget and Her Cross

Every once in a while, somebody tells you a story that makes all your problems look small, and your vision feel blurred. That is the sense I've been getting these past three weeks, watching the status updates on my friend Bridget's Facebook page. They concern her daughter, who was born on April 15th, and whom Bridget and her husband brought home immediately, pending the formalization of their agreement to adopt her. Before spooning up the details, I should make it clear that Bridget and I have … [Read more...]

To My Mother, the Reluctant Catholic

BY MAX LINDENMAN -- GUEST POST My mother is the best Catholic I've ever known. That might sound a little strange when you consider she hasn't been to Mass since the fall of 1962, but there is is. While raising me, by herself, in Manhattan of all places, she was stewardship personified. When we moved to the City in 1979, she was working as some kind of sub-sub-sub-editor for the company that published The World Almanac and Book of Facts. I don't know what her salary was, but it was low. … [Read more...]

The Metamorphosis of Motherhood

Don't tell my sainted mother, but tomorrow I plan to blog a tribute to her. For now, here are some articles of more general interest. Here, my Patheos colleageue Pat Gohn discusses, the psychological, moral and spiritual transformation that goes with becoming a mother: The sacrificial side of motherhood first becomes evident during a pregnancy. A woman yields her body and wellbeing that a child may take shape and develop, as it changes her shape and her calendar forever. While a biological … [Read more...]