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“Everyone tells you to guard your heart, but you can’t. Your heart WILL be broken. But every child you care for deserves your broken heart. All children deserve someone to love them enough to suffer for them.”
Every year, for the Jewish fast of Yom Kippur, my father‘s family fasts from sundown to sundown. As part of the fast, they ask one another for forgiveness--and grant forgiveness--for any wrongs done that year. My father takes part out of solidarity and love for his family, although he is Catholic, because asking and granting forgiveness is always relevant....
Lately, it seems I’ve been scolding my children a lot.
I scold when they’re sluggish. When they fight, whine or procrastinate. When they distract themselves. When they’re too boisterous. All this seems to require me giving a lecture. Yes, my kids need discipline, but what can I do to build them up in goodness? .....
I don't think it was until my second child turned 2 that I suddenly realized, "Hmm, I haven't been praying much." I tried getting up early to pray, but found myself falling asleep over my prayer book. I tried having prayer time during my two girls’ afternoon naps. That worked until the arrival of baby #3.
I wondered, “Was St. Paul actually serious when he said we should ‘pray without ceasing?’” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) I can't even begin, it seems, so I haven’t even gotten to the ceasing part.
Here's a handy how-to guide on the Jesse Tree Advent devotion! This family prayer tradition begins on the 1st day of Advent and takes some pre-planning, so it's helpful to start thinking about it in November. (The 1st Sunday of Advent in 2017 falls on December 3.) .....
"This child's guardian angel loves her very much." She told me with slow and deliberate words. Then she walked away. I knew that her words were true. But I also understood that this special love existed in part because Annie was faithful in her communication with her angel.