We Catholics witness today a sad turning point in out church history. We are looking at a demographic cliff of dying churches, and a youth which overwhelmingly not staying home in the church. The ability I had to swing into a local church for a Rosary, in a town not my own, in the presence of the Lord in Adoration may not be available to my children. I saw today a glimpse of hope I the church I visited today…one sixty plus parishioner, one 50 something, a 19-20 year old young man, and me Mr. Middle Aged man all sat together in the chapel. This was an encouraging mix to be part of for a Rosary.
On this trip I did find hope, as I met men living lives full of charitable work (done in God’s name not theirs) all searching for better understanding of God’s law. It reminded me, even though in the course of human events matters may appear bleak…if we pray for and believe in the supernatural power of God we may yet be surprised in how the world can turn to hear his word again. I know this does not avail me of my duties to evangelize, but it gives me faith to redouble my devotion and duty to live the word I deed.
It is an interesting week in our house. Most of the normal home life continues. Dance, Robotics, and letting the kids play outside….normal life. After a few months being under so many guns it was nice to also have friends over and see a movie with them…and eleven kids had a pizza night! Then there was the opportunity to just for a few minutes enjoy John Paul getting to settle down on my chest for a nap…after a few minutes of ear piercing complaining!
Life is still crazy, but it needs living and sound of worship to abound for it to have meaning.
What we wanted to do!
First day of our family retreat weekend…got out of town fine. No issues traveling. Early dinner nice. Thunderstorms for dessert…not originally in the plans. No the pool is off limits. This means a quick improvisation for the rest of the evening. Oh well…Daddy and the family are together. We’re doing fine watching a little Star Wars spoof before bedtime.
I hope this portrait is part of a long term series. I promised myself I would improve my portraits for a while…so here it goes!
The hour is almost here!
Are you ready? Easter is. Day on the calendar, but the challenge to your faith in the one true God could come at any time. Are you ready to carry your cross?
I can only hope and pray I will not fail my Lord when my time comes. That cross looks heavy to me!