So now that I am firmly in my 40’s, I get called “ma’am” almost exclusively. I climb the stairs — at my fastest speed — at the breakneck pace of my two-year-old ascending normally. I notice how everyone looks younger than I do.
In recent years, as I have intentionally tried to explore overall purpose in life and how marriage and parenting fits into that from a Catholic lens, the role of praying for my family has been one clear piece as we journey together towards heaven. I have discovered that linking prayer to routines can help with consistency. Here are some of the ways that I currently pray for my husband and our five girls throughout the rhythms of my daily routines.
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Autumn and Natalie Merchant are similar. I get all sentimental, sad and discontent when Natalie Merchant enticingly sings…
It was a sweet and gratuitous offer from Father, one that I didn’t want to accept. He kept calling it a contemplative retreat — whatever, it was a silent retreat, and I live an eremitic life.
As parents, we instinctively prepare our children for every kind of weather, coach them on the right attitude on the field and off, all in order to keep them physically and emotionally safe.
I am proud to be Catholic and a member of a thriving parish (Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Beaverton, Oregon.) So why do I bring this up?