The verdict is in…getting your own crib is what a man is supposed to do! John Paul began the journey of leaving our room to the boys bunk area by testing out the crib. He found the decor very masculine, the sound system soothing, and dancing animals to his liking.
I felt a wide range of emotions as I set up the crib. Here is, not even three months old, and he is already outgrowing the clothes and his cradle! It is the start of the journey to adulthood for John Paul. At least he has a stuffed St John Paul the Great to keep him company! Despite the knowledge he has to grow up, I don’t want him to do it completely alone!
It must not be much different than the feeling Jesus must have as he sees us move on in our lives… He wants us to be individuals, he gives us the tools to grow and live good independent lives. He just does not want to see us do it all alone. He actually begs us to bring him along. Oh that we could always do that!
Joy comes from little victories in life
Yesterday the joy of the children, especially Kellie Marie, displayed visible joy when seeing their mother work a complex problem outside for the first time in a year. I could not miss the chance to capture this miracle moment though. A moment where the culture of life shone through the Joy in the Yard.
Today my wife will join other mothers in a Rosary for the success of the synod in Rome. We need the church Fathers to support needs of natural law families in an world increasingly hostile to Christians. We need to have provide a clarity and compassion to each of us sinners. Many false prophets call us to us today. The desire to lead us astray of the true Wisdom dispersed on our very natures before recorded time began.
We need to ensure people understand there is no dishonor in coming to the confessional, doing penance and returning to full communion in the Universal Church. Mercy cannot flow without acceptance of our own faults, and recognition of God’s Wisdom being the path to heaven. This means pastoral care is intensely personal, and needs to be so since the Holy Spirit will interact with each of us differently to achieve God’s plan for the world.
St John Paul the Great pray for us and your brother princes of the church today!
Today I found myself blessed to watch my son Kevin participate as an altar server at mass for the first time. It is a moment which almost put tears of joy in my eyes. Why? I could see in his eyes and his deeds he wanted this moment with all his heart.
Last night Kalen and I prepared Kevin by holding a practice mass, as conducted at RCA with Father Tran’s preferences, twice on our deck. Kevin impressed me with his memory of how the bells rung, the way people stepped around the altar, holding his hand on his chest and the procession in which he would accompany the priest to the nursery to deliver the Eucharist to those working there. I already knew he memorized much of the consecration prayers, but this was pretty amazing for me to see first hand. For all of his daily eight year old distractions, he was paying attention every mass.
Today two upper school boys, John Paul and Stephen, took Kevin over to the chapel to set up and do a final rehearsal. This is something which endears me to Regina Caeli. Our youth are normal youth, but we parents call them out a little more each year to live their faith. At the end of a 15 minute preparation, Kevin came out tripping over the seam of the smallest cassock and stood with Father Tran and Stephen to enter the mass.
He went down the isle with his serious face on, and nervously looked over to Stephen from time to time to make sure he was doing the right thing. Stephen looked out for Kevin as a big brother should, and Kevin earned a smile from Father Tran. Kevin sure made his Daddy proud. It sounds silly to many, but I was proud because he entered the Army of Christ today at the altar of our Lord as a willing servant for the community. it is a major step on the road to adulthood of life and faith.
Thank you God for letting me see this day in the company of so many good friends!
Just a moment of fun as my son reaches for the sky. I never knew one could get so high on a swing…but he pulled it off! It reminded me of what we can do when we don’t let fear overcome our lives, and let our faith in Christ guide us on the right path to achieve the aims of God above. it may be close to the meaning Christ wanted us to remember when he said we needed “Faith like a Child.”