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I know I said, "Thy Will Be Done" but....

The diagnostics are over. We have an answer. My daughter tore both her ACL and MCL in her knee. That means surgery. That means no freshman soccer season in the fall. That means hours and hours of physical therapy and rehab if she wants to play again. And she does want to play again.

The good news is that these challenges, pains, and sufferings are not for naught. As my daughter commented, the souls in Purgatory are probably feeling hopeful since she will have plenty of trials ahead to offer up on their behalf.

It is times like these that the words “Thy will be done” come to mind. I pray these words every day, but do I really mean them? Am I really ready to accept His will when it hurts like Hell? Christ shouldered the sins of the whole world—past, present, and future—through His Passion and Death. He redeemed the whole world—past, present, and future—through His Resurrection. He calls me to cooperate with Him in the world’s salvation history. I really shouldn’t be surprised if that mean…

Prayer Request

My daughter seriously injured her knee on Monday during the final game of a soccer tournament. If you have been following my blog for a while you know soccer is a big part of my daughter's life and she was on track to play soccer in college this fall. Her injury is probably not soccer career ending, but it very well may be freshman season ending. We are in the middle of the diagnostic portion of the process. I have no doubt that our prayers are being heard since it is nearly miraculous that we have managed to schedule both an MRI and a follow up appointment with an orthopedic surgeon within four days of her injury. Such speed in the military medical system is nearly unheard of. In any case, she has both a physical and emotional challenge ahead of her. I would greatly appreciate it if you would add her intentions to your daily prayers. Thank you.

Holy Matrimony vs "Marriage"

Remember what a hard time my seventh grade CCD class had when we studied the sacrament of Holy Matrimony? The societal portrayal of marriage just doesn’t match Church teachings on marriage. The California Supreme Court has now increased the confusion with their ruling that a ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Fr. Robert Araujo offers an astute analysis of the legal morass that will follow such a ruling:

Prior to the Goodridge decision being handed down, I argued in the Wardle-Strasser-Duncan-Coolidge anthology Marriage and Same-Sex Unions: A Debate, which was published in early 2003, that there was no discrimination, no inequality in the laws that restricted marriage to the union of one man and one woman. These laws applied equally to all persons regardless of their sexual orientation. But now, with Goodridge and In Re Marriage Cases, the meaning of equality has been given a skewed definition. Thus, I think it is now possible to expect that the actions of states which target tho…

Running the Race

My daughter will be playing soccer in college next fall. The coach sent her a day-by-day exercise plan that begins this week. This regimen will make sure she is ready for the August pre-season. To say it is intense is a major understatement. Of course my daughter already trains hard but preparing for the college level of play steps it up a notch. The program requires a lot of running--and more running--and more running. Sprints, shuttle runs, distance runs—they’re all there. Like any good Catholic, she looked at this challenge and figured there had to be a saint ready to help her out. A Google search found St. Sebastian to be the patron saint of athletes. He is an acceptable prayer partner but she was hoping for someone a little more connected to her specific training. John Paul II was a soccer player so he is probably happy to offer his prayers for her endeavors. He was a goalie, not a field player, but that’s closer than just general “athlete”. Then this Bible verse came to mind:


A Rosary for Soldiers and Their Families

I have a lot of connections to the military. I was a military dependent when I was born because my father was in the Air Force. I served as a doctor in the Air Force for three years. My husband has served over twenty years in the Air Force. Now my son begins his service to our country as an Army lieutenant. That is why this article in the Arlington Catholic Herald caught my eye.

As she was driving back from a memorial service for a young family friend and four other soldiers killed in the war in Iraq, Lynda MacFarland felt compelled “to do something” to bring comfort to the grieving.
Inspired and humbled by the strength of the family members the soldiers left behind, MacFarland’s first thought was to immerse herself in prayer for troops and their families — with a “rosary for warriors.”
It was “divine inspiration,” said MacFarland, who conceded that she never had a devotion to the rosary nor did she know all the prayers.
After learning the prayers she didn’t know, MacFarland decided that …

Where's Catholic Mom?

I know I've been absent for the last week, but I have a really good reason. I've been to Aggieland (College Station, TX) for the graduation and commissioning of my oldest son.

My cadet graduated!

Then he became a Lieutenant! (Dad is administering the oath of office )

I got to help pin on his gold bars

Regular blogging will resume soon. Right now I am feeling a little teary-eyed as the first one leaps from the nest, but I am also very proud. He may be out of my house, but he will never be out of my prayers. There are prayers of thanksgiving for the privilege of being this young man's mother and prayers of supplication as he continues his journey.

Pizza, Prayer, and Peter Kreeft

What would you think if you were seated in a room with six eighth-grade boys and they spent an hour and a half talking about God? That was my experience last night and all I could do was say, “Wow!” A group of us with eighth-grade boys who were confirmed this past fall decided to have the boys read Because God is Real by Peter Kreeft and get them together every couple of weeks to discuss it. Last night was our first group session. We began with a prayer and some pizza and then it was time to get the discussion rolling. The book is a series of questions and answers. The boys talked about the questions that most impressed them, the questions that surprised them, and the questions and answers they just didn’t quite understand. The discussion also took tangential trips into their experiences explaining their faith to those who do not believe and standing firm in their faith when others dispute it. We touched on the papal visit and Pope Benedict’s thoughts on faith and reason. These are no…