Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Thank you to Sarah for allowing me at Snoring Scholar today and can't wait to host her over here at Of Sound Mind and Spirit. Head over to Snoring Scholar today to check out Sarah's work and my new post about The Prayer of Abandonment.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
We are the first moms in history to have grown up with widely available birth control, the first who didn't have to worry about getting knocked up. We were also the first not only to be free of old-fashioned fears about our reputations but actually pressured by our peers and the wider culture to find our true womanhood in the bedroom....So here we are, the feminist and postfeminist and postpill generation. We somehow survived our own teen and college years (except for those who didn't), and now, with the exception of some Mormons, evangelicals and Orthodox Jews, scads of us don't know how to teach our own sons and daughters not to give away their bodies so readily. We're embarrassed, and we don't want to be, God forbid, hypocrites.
Monday, March 21, 2011
A photo arrived about a week later, showing Becky at home, sporting that should-be-stylish exhausted “new mom” look, holding a tiny Nick sprawled across her arms, wearing a onesie and little hand socks. Becky was the first of my high school or college friends to have a baby and by default Nick became “our” first baby too. I think he was just a few weeks old when I made it down to Houston to visit for the first time. I smile today remembering what an outing it was to push the stroller through her apartment complex to get the mail.
We rejoiced with every milestone – first tooth, first words, first portraits, first Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. His first haircut and first birthday party - a picnic in the park wearing cute little overall shorts. My grandfather – who died before my own children were born – loved Nick playing at his feet. I remember the first time the man who would become my husband held Nick. Watching them together I knew what kind of father he would be to our children. These images are so bright and vivid and happy in my memory.
The promise and joy of that Sunday morning eighteen years ago is overshadowed now with grief. The pain of losing him ten months ago is like a crusting sore that you try not to pick at. Except on days like today when his absence is overwhelmingly crushing.
Today, we should be celebrating his adulthood.
He should be at school laughing with his friends over goofy presents and their plans for tonight.
He should be taking senior photos and buying his graduation robe.
But he is gone from our lives in a moment of self-desperation that we can never understand.
And those of us left behind wake up today wanting to scream and cry and beat something until there is nothing more. Until we are completely empty and numb.
But life doesn’t work like that. I walk outside and the promise of new life surrounds me. Spring is back, with warm fragrant air, birds calling loudly, azaleas bursting into color, and trees popping with new leaves. Life marches forward, pushing us through one milestone date to another. Somewhere in this day I will grieve and I will pray and I will remember that little boy of my memories and the man he almost became.
Happy Birthday Nick. We know you are with God today, though we very much wish you were here with us.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
For half an hour, broadcast journalist and author, Teresa Tomeo, along with Janet Morana and Astrid Bennett Gutierrez, tackle women’s issues from a Catholic perspective. Six episodes taped last December are now scheduled to air once a month, on the second Friday, beginning this Friday (tomorrow) with an introduction. Future episodes address hard hitting topics such as vocation, feminism, contraception, and self-esteem. The show seeks to introduce women to the fullness, beauty, and grace of our faith, with positive discussion. Questions or suggested topics for future episodes are welcomed.
Personally I’m looking forward to watching the introduction episode, not only to see what kind of chemistry they bring to the screen, but also to learn more about the three hosts. We spotlighted Teresa Tomeo during Catholic Speaker Month in October 2009, but I’m unfamiliar with her co-hosts: Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life and Astrid Bennett Gutierrez, Executive Director of Los Angeles Pregnancy Services and Vice President of Hispanics for Life and Human Rights.
Will they be witty? Will they be serious? Or will they find just the right casual informative spark that attracts women to tune in every month?
Find out on Friday night, 6:30/5:30 on EWTN.
Edited to add: If you do not get EWTN on your local cable or satellite subscription, you can watch the show at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on Friday online at www.EWTN.com. Scroll your mouse over to the "Television" tab and select your Internet settings.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
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Thursday, March 3, 2011
At times in our life, we face obstacles that seem too difficult. We label them impossible and in doing so, we limit our own potential to achieve greatness.
In 1977, 15 year old Rick Hoyt, a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, asked his father if he could participate in a five mile benefit run. Though his father was not a long-distance runner, he ran the entire five miles, pushing Rick's wheelchair.
Since that time, they have completed together over 1000 races, including marathons, duathlons, triathalons and six Ironman competitions. In 1992, they biked and ran across the United States - 3,735 miles in 45 days.
Witness the love of this one father for his son and consider, if he would do all this for his son, How much does God love you?
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
No matter how you try to say it, Texans across the state are excited about celebrating 175 years of Independence today.
Last year we presented the basic facts about Texans declaring their independence from Mexico. This year we invite you to travel the Texas Independence Trail visiting Texas landmarks hosting upcoming events. The Texas State Historical Association provides a helpful list with links of event dates throughout March and April. No matter where you live in Texas, there will be an event, exhibit, lecture, or re-enactment.
If you can't travel across our great state of Texas, you may be interested in taking a tour of the new online exhibit presented by the Texas State Library and Archives showcasing a dozen carefully selected documents honoring the people and events of the Texas Revolution including our own Declaration of Independence (pictured above).
"Texas will again lift its head and stand among the nations" - Sam Houston