The Rich Young Man and Different “Tines” of Things

The Rich Young Man and Different “Tines” of Things

Things you never imagined yourself saying before you had kids #374:  “Don’t eat off the same fork you use to comb your hair!” That unanticipated statement came one morning when the kids were at the table eating their breakfast and I was bustling back and forth between...
Why We Bring the Baby to Church

Why We Bring the Baby to Church

At our current duty station, we know very few Catholics with little kids. We’ve been to a couple different parishes and the parishes here reflect the unfortunate state of the town: dying. When the government closed the base in the 1990s and the steel plant left,...
I’m Sorry.  I Think I Judged You

I’m Sorry. I Think I Judged You

            I grew up in a large family.  In November of 1977, I became the fourteenth child born to my parents.  Three minutes later my twin sister came along.  Three years later saw the birth of our youngest sibling, my sister Bridget. It’s hard describing what that...
If Mama Ain’t Happy…

If Mama Ain’t Happy…

When I was growing up, our parish priest would talk often about how men needed to be good fathers and to be active presences in their homes. He would usually start out talking about how if you want to love your kids, the most important thing you have to do first is to...
On Learning How To Wife

On Learning How To Wife

I’ll be honest, before I got married I thought being a wife looked pretty easy from the outside. How hard could planning one meal every evening, grocery shopping, cleaning, respecting the man you love and chose to be with, and getting him into heaven, possibly...