December 15, 2018

Tag - Family

A Lost Paradise

Comedians, playwrights and pundits have had a field day with the institution of marriage. For generations, it has served as fertile ground for sitcoms, the stage and cinema from the Bickersons, the Honeymooners and Hennie Youngman to Who’s Afraid of...

When We Encounter God Face to Face

Immediately after World War II, an American couple went to China as missionaries, taking along with them their two small children. They were very happy preaching the Gospel, but then in 1949 the Communists took over, and the family was placed under...

The Perfect Man

It is, of course, proper during the Christmas season to focus our attention on the Christ child. Most of the well-known Christmas carols have Jesus as the subject, although a few give honor to the Blessed Mother. But what is rare is any mention of...

Why Family Matters

This year’s U.S. presidential campaign transfixed the public with unparalleled amounts of mudslinging against both major candidates. Meanwhile, American families are sliding downward in their own mire. Progressives like to talk about social inequity...

An Old Conversation

The year was 1952. Our family had just come from Mass and a small celebration at the local parish, St. Martin De Porres in Detroit. It was a Mass in honor of the celebration of my grandparent’s 68th wedding anniversary. I was 11 years old and I sat...

Storm Warning

There is a storm brewing within the pro-life community, and it is imperative that this community re-think its position when it comes to what constitutes a “pro-life” political candidate. The first storm warning has occurred in Ohio. U.S. Senator Rob...

Family: A Gift of Sanctifying Grace

The family is in the eye of a menacing storm. But it is a storm limited to our secularized western world. If we were to assign to children in Asia or Africa the task of drawing the picture of a family, you could bet that all children would draw the...

A Simpler Time and Place

I can remember when my grandfather retired. For years, he had worked beyond the time permitted by his employer but the courthouse in his home town had burnt down and with it all the records were lost. His employer, Budd Wheel, had to accept his...

On What’s Important

Many years ago, a colleague sat me down for a “wisdom” conversation. For more than an hour, he shared the story of his family and career. Then in his late fifties, he was filled with regret because of foolish choices, incomplete...