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...
Four Ways You Can Help the Souls in Purgatory

Four Ways You Can Help the Souls in Purgatory

It was the hottest week of the year in St. Louis, and we were making our summer visit to my parents’ house. We slept in the nice cool air-conditioned basement bedroom that was my bedroom when I lived at home. One night towards the end of the trip I woke up with a...
Want to Be More Attentive at Mass? Sit with Kids

Want to Be More Attentive at Mass? Sit with Kids

When I look back on my days before kids (and I have to force myself to remember sometimes that there were, in fact, days before kids in my life), I find myself romanticizing them (the days, not the kids).  My clothes were cleaner, or at least less covered in mystery...
Holy Smoke! Why Liturgical Symbol Matters

Holy Smoke! Why Liturgical Symbol Matters

A few years ago I found myself holding young Benedict, my then-fifteen month-old pride and joy, amazed that he was being so good for me at Sunday mass.  I asked myself if God wasn’t giving me a little break so that for the first time in a long time I might actually...