#CatholicFamilyCulture The Spiritual Life

A couple facts have recently dawned upon me regarding the attempt to offer daily bits of advice regarding the building up of a Catholic Family Culture:

  1. The average parent who would hopefully be reading such blog posts, tweets, or FaceBook posts probably doesn’t have time to be checking such things on a daily basis; if you do, that might be another issue.
  2. Being attentive to such things requires a bit of time which is not available to me either.
  3. I don’t need to be emotionally or psychologically bolstered by anyone giving daily attention to my Twitter feed or FaceBook wall.

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Authentically Looking at the Human Person III: A Real Reformation

We – or maybe I should say “I” – have been reflecting upon the way that we see other people as people.  One of the flaws underlying the mainstream culture is a confusion regarding who we are as human beings. Continue reading “Authentically Looking at the Human Person III: A Real Reformation”

A Catholic Kind of Advent & Christmas

While it may seem simple (or totally predictable, given my background), one of my favoriteIMG_0874 pastimes, especially during the summer is to walk through shallow – and not-so-shallow – streams.  Whether it’s in a field or in the mountains is irrelevant (although I think I’d prefer a stream running through a mountain meadow); there’s something peaceful and intriguing about such an experience. That being said, on multiple occasions I’ve unintentionally found myself up to my neck in water or carried downstream by a powerful current.  To stand in anything more than a trickle requires calculated treading and sure footing. Continue reading “A Catholic Kind of Advent & Christmas”

Just another day…of the unexpected

This is a city with millennia of history; why should I expect anything other than lots of cool surprises? Yes, I’m a slower learner.  Now, since yesterday was a day that ends in “y,” so it was a good day to visit yet another of the 5,000 (yes, 5,000) chapels in Rome.  This time it was a neighborhood to the south around the Colosseum. Continue reading “Just another day…of the unexpected”