Category: Marriage

messy, humble

A Serving of Humble Pie

Never say never. That’s what they have always said. And how true it is – both in this world and regarding Eternal Life! If you’re beyond a certain age and have children, you may already have experienced the phenomenon of becoming your parents. As a child, you resented their constraints and swore never to replicate that which had you straining...

Mother's Day, history

The Christian Origin of Mother’s Day

  Is Mother’s Day just another secular holiday contrived by greeting card companies? A bit of history reveals a much more pleasing origin. According to the History Channel, little known fact is that Mother’s Day originated in Europe and parts of the United Kingdom. There, during the fourth week of Lent, the faithful journeyed to visit their “mother church”. This...

motherhood

Shout Your Motherhood

Another Mother’s Day is upon us and with it come innumerable emotions. At the forefront, of course, is the beauty and blessing of cooperating with God (and your husband) in the creation of another, unique soul. Marriage, love, and God bring a gift beyond measure – motherhood. The value of this gift is biblically recounted numerous times. And so it...

The Saint Peregrine Novena, Cancer, and a Miracle

The Saint Peregrine Novena, Cancer, and a Miracle

As a victim of breast cancer, in blessed remission for thirteen years, the fresh diagnosis (or recurrence) of a friend strikes cold fear in my heart. Once you are a part of the cancer club, your life is never quite the same. Fortunately, the grace of faith was given to me. I also have a husband who is part knight...

our other child

Our Other Child – May She Rest In Peace

Editor’s Note: Our Other Child was first published in 2014. It is republished here as a tribute on what would have been her 103rd birthday. +   +   + I first met my future husband, Rick’s, maternal grandmother when he and I began our courtship. Rick was 17 and I had just celebrated my 16th birthday – the dating milestone set...

grace in marriage, wedding, matrimony

Grace In Marriage:
Reflections From a 17-Year-Old Bride

Witnessing the constant attacks against the institution of marriage leaves us gasping for a moral resolution. Surely punishment similar to Sodom and Gomorrah is waiting in the wings for our fallen world. It isn’t even necessary to list the many abhorrent sins against Holy Matrimony of our modern times. Unless you’re hiding under a rock your are at least marginally...

father, dad, Father’s Day

Fathers Day Without Dad

Smiling childhood photos with Dad and tributes to him are filling social media as we head into Fathers Day weekend. Yet sometimes the ideal set forth by a day of celebration is not reflected in your personal reality. The picture perfect vision of a Dad, standing by you from the moment of your birth may not be a part of...

patience, family

Patience – I Need It Now!

Patience is not one of my strong suits. Considering that one of my mother’s favorite sayings was, “Dear Lord, give me patience – and I want it right now”, there might be a correlation. After all, my mother influenced my life like no other. When my two younger brothers grew into unruly teens and Mom sought the advice of our...