A few people asked me why the blog posts slowed down. So I thought I would address that this morning since I’ve blogged more than ever the last few months! I support two important activities for my children (outside of paying the bills and homeschooling): Blue Knights and First Lego League.
Blue Knights is a boys evangelization effort I run with some willing and faith filled Dads. I am the head coordinator this year for both our year groups, and my friend Les (John Paul’s Godfather) runs the first years. I am very happy to report three other friends are very excited and participating as well…one runs the before meeting games and the two new dads are digging into the program very quickly. This effort is time consuming though. We have one template meeting a month, and the second I have to brainstorm inside the program objectives. Between the meetings my sons and I work on the evangelization questions, daily prayer, and a few craft projects. The work is worth it when you see all the boys light up hearing about the great lives of our saints and teaching of our church.
The second major activity is the Darebot First Lego League team. Les runs this group, and I am one of two dedicated assistant coaches. During the fall and winter we can meet two to three times a week for several hours to prepare for the competition. I am helping build out the project and team building aspects of the competition. Thankfully Les is a great coach for the kids, and I just have to keep up.
For both activities I run separate WordPress blogs. You can view them and see all the fun events and activities yourself. It is where life is on display, and some pretty fun street & documentary photography! Here are the sights! Darebots and St Michael’s Blue Knights
So the next time you wonder where are the pretty pictures trees, flowers, Americana, and grace you’ve come to expect regularly…just know they go on in two different venues. I’ll keep pushing on here the best I can as well!
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!
When you give my girl music, a dress and a light saber you get a whole new version of the Saber Dance! She takes after her big sister who as I type is spinning in the kitchen as she loads up her breakfast cereal. All children at some point need to enter the real world, but for now I love keeping them safe to dream and play in a wholesome way.