Essays on Faith, Family and Culture

The Man in the Van

I've been silent lately, more so than ever in the past, on my various blogs. Part of this is the lurking feeling that everything that can be said about 2020 has been said: COVID virus, race riots, murder hornets. I'm waiting for Godzilla to rise from the Sea of Japan and a sharknado to arrive… Continue reading The Man in the Van

Essays on Faith, Family and Culture

Holding the Father’s Hand – Salesian Thought

Trusting the will of God is an important aspect of Salesian thought. My morning meditation today came from the book Set Your Heart Free - 30 Days with a Great Spiritual Teacher (St. Francis de Sales). I'll link to it at the end. Photo by S&B Vonlanthen on Unsplash Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me,… Continue reading Holding the Father’s Hand – Salesian Thought

Essays on Faith, Family and Culture

When St. Francis de Sales Found Me

What is Salesian spirituality? It's a life-changing spiritual approach that's part of the Catholic mystical tradition. It follows the direction of one of the doctors of the faith, St. Francis de Sales. He's my patron, my spiritual guide, my guru. And, not coincidently, he's the patron saint of writers. He chose me as his daughter… Continue reading When St. Francis de Sales Found Me

Essays on Faith, Family and Culture

When Church Means Pain, What’s a Parent to Do?

Families with children diagnosed with autism, learning disabilities, and intellectual disabilities need their church families. But churches are ill-equipped to welcome them. I’m embarrassed to admit this. I never thought about what it must be like to take a child with a hidden disability to church.   From my spot among the choir, I’ve watched… Continue reading When Church Means Pain, What’s a Parent to Do?