Maybe having children is a goad to holiness because it shows us just how little progress we actually make in holiness.
The work of preparation involves paring or trimming things out of our lives, like using a paring knife to trim the vegetables and cut away the fat from the chicken in a gumbo.
I’ve been tracking the reaction to Bishop Daniel Martins’s post “Jesus, Mel Gibson, and the alpha issue,” posted on Monday. It has provoked a number of people to articulate some kind of alternative theological space.
In those PhD years, I think I learned a number of things about structure, sin, silence, and solitude.
Very few of us would be moved to emulate St. Benedict Joseph Labre's life. Even his biographer found it too extreme to propose for imitation.
It’s a whole new level of children-should-be-not-heard — we’re moving toward children-need-not-actually-exist.