Tag: Love

Welcome to Baby Zélie!

We recently welcomed the birth of our second daughter who is named after the mother of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.  In thanksgiving for a healthy delivery (and overall lack of sleep), here’s some powerful saintly quotes on parenthood:   “When a child is given to his parents, a crown is made for that child in Heaven, and woe to the parents…

Discernment

  Discernment is a pain in the butt. Let’s get that out of the way first.   I remember first learning that the word “discern” comes from the Latin “to set apart,” or even “to wrestle” with a decision, and boy would I agree. It’s still one of my least favorite words. Of course, I write regarding discerning one’s vocation,…

The Cross of Beauty

This article comes via a brother from another mother.  The working title was:  “Ladies:  Please Put on Some Pants!” and was written in a moment of frustration after seeing the umpteenth girl in the gym with her butt exposed.  She had to adjust her shorts with every single movement she made, like so many other women I’ve seen in the…

Until Death Do Us Part

I’m sure it’s bizarre to begin dating—and be starting a marriage—with the thought of one’s impending death, but then again, I am a melancholic who grew up on Tim Burton movies. Sometimes we laugh about shark attacks or the imminent robotic takeover (which is actually no laughing matter). But both Jackie and I talk about death quite often, though, and…

Love Story: Real or Trouble?

Love Story: Real or Trouble By Jackie Francois I usually open up my girls’ sessions with having all the girls sing Taylor Swift’s “Love Story.” For the last five years, girls from 6-12th grade have all excitedly sung this song with a deafening loudness that Andrea Bocelli could hear from Italy. I know that this song speaks to a woman’s…