Thoughts on Mothering in Christ

Children are open to the Spirit in a simple and natural way; I cannot impose adult spirituality on little children because then I am not working in sync with what the Spirit of God is doing in their souls. “Unless you become like little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of God.” Children are like sponges; they absorb values, attitudes, culture and spirituality simply through … Continue reading Thoughts on Mothering in Christ

A Good Irish Wake for A Good Irish Man

Everyone else had left the funeral home as Cecil’s family and mine shared another amusing memory and laughed together.  I had broken the ice with the first story but soon everyone spoke up and added their favourite memory of Cecil and the Juneau’s. The atmosphere was reminiscent of a traditional Irish wake. I looked around the circle at our former neighbour’s smiles and I was … Continue reading A Good Irish Wake for A Good Irish Man

Small Success Thursday: The Mustard Seed of Prayer

‘Whoever flees from prayer flees all that is good.’ St. John of the Cross Prayer. We often think of prayer as something difficult, especially contemplative prayer. If we read the classics, written by the saints, it seems to take years of arduous training to pass through gradually ascending levels to reach the pinnacle of prayer, complete union with Christ where we can say with St. … Continue reading Small Success Thursday: The Mustard Seed of Prayer

Small Success Thursday: The Tetter-Totter of Life

Happy Thanksgiving to all Americans;  Canada celebrated Thanksgiving six weeks ago. Just this last week, I have discovered a new dynamic between parents and adult children. I have decided to call it the tetter-totter of life because when we are weak, our children are set free to rise up to help,  just as if they were sitting on the other end of a tetter-totter. My … Continue reading Small Success Thursday: The Tetter-Totter of Life

Saying ‘Yes’ to the Unexpected with Mary

I have experienced a bit of the shock and wonder that Mary must have gone through when the angel Gabriel announced that she would become a mother. I can only imagine her initial sense of bewilderment at the idea of becoming a virgin mother of God; just becoming an ordinary mother was dramatic enough for me. Moments after giving birth to my first child, still in … Continue reading Saying ‘Yes’ to the Unexpected with Mary

Spirituality: Child’s Play

A relationship to the living God is child’s play.  Children are open to the Spirit in a simple and natural way; their spirituality is not only taught, it rises from within them as they listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit in their own hearts. St. Paul assures us that all men have the basic laws of God carved into their hearts. In modern language, … Continue reading Spirituality: Child’s Play

When Life is Stripped Down to The Basics

One afternoon before a special occasion, I was ironing cotton dresses and shirts for church the next day. Six year old Mara watched for a while and then pointed to the iron and asked, “What is that mummy?” I laughed because I realized that this little girl had never seen me iron; I usually used the clothes dryer as my wrinkle smoother when I wasn’t looking for … Continue reading When Life is Stripped Down to The Basics

Listen

“I just gave you that book to write to keep you busy in between appointments; your real work is all these interruptions.” The biggest stumbling block to truly listening, especially to children, is our self-important business. Henri Nouwen SJ, a Jesuit author and university professor, complained to God about all the undergraduate students who knocked on his office door, interrupting his important writing. God’s answer? … Continue reading Listen

Holy Laughter

Even though icons and holy cards often depict the saints and the entire Holy Family with a miserable scowl on their unhealthy looking faces, the truth is that the saints lived in God’s presence and in His joy. St. Francis of Assisi is the most famous, joyful saint.  Look at our pope, whose name sake is Francis; his very countenance radiates authenticity, kindness, joy and the … Continue reading Holy Laughter

Catholic Woman’s Almanac {CWA}

with Jenny at Suscipio Tell us what you’re thankful for…a gratitude list. Spring is finally here and my garden is growing!!! all  at once daffodils, tulips, lilacs and siberian  irises are blooming! What are you  thinking? Thoughts on nature Colossians 1:16-17 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were … Continue reading Catholic Woman’s Almanac {CWA}

The JOY of Mothering Nine9 Children

I wanted to be a missionary when I was in my early twenties and was not interested even in dating at university. Suddenly, in a space of a few hours I knew God’s call was marriage;  His presence was so strong, I received an inner image of Jesus’s hand on Michael’s and my heads.I was disappointed but I said yes to becoming a mother even though I … Continue reading The JOY of Mothering Nine9 Children

7QT Fridays

hosted by Jenny at Conversion Diaries Thoughts on mothering in Christ. children are open to the Spirit in a simple and natural way   Children are like sponges; they absorb values, attitudes, culture and spirituality simply through osmosis. However, it goes deeper than that. Children’s spirituality is not simply taught, it rises from within as they listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit in … Continue reading 7QT Fridays

Interviewed by IBILLIONLOVESTORIES.COM

Sat, 02/23/2013 – 20:26 — Paul Cody Imagine Sharing and Cherishing the LOVE of 9 children raised on a Hobby Farm in southern Ontario, Canada ! When people look at Melanie Jean Juneau their eyebrows shoot up, their mouths drop open and they sputter, ”YOU had 9 children?? This is because she is 5’ 1” and weigh 104 lbs. She was pregnant or nursing for 17 years … Continue reading Interviewed by IBILLIONLOVESTORIES.COM

Newborn, Unborn: People,Simply LITTLE People

They are all people: in utero newborn infant baby toddler People Albeit little people Still they are people With Dignity Not an it Not simply a part of the mother’s body Not owned by the mother Not reflections of mum’s ego Not characters to fulfil unfulfilled dreams and ambitions. Children Toddlers  Babies unique definite personalities and characters Look back once they have grown and discover … Continue reading Newborn, Unborn: People,Simply LITTLE People

Who Needs a Teddy Bear When You’ve Got a Teddy Baby?

There is something about a baby’s open, trusting gaze that literally draws love from us. A newborn can see clearly to about 8″, just far enough to focus intently on his mother’s face. It is almost as if the initiative to bond comes from the baby first, especially when I consider the fierce hand grip that they are born with. To ensure that an infant … Continue reading Who Needs a Teddy Bear When You’ve Got a Teddy Baby?

Joyful Chaos

One afternoon an acquaintance stopped by for a cup of tea with two preschool children in tow. At first she was very nervous and jumping up at every disturbance she heard as the kids played. Trying to soothe her nerves I explained, “Relax and let them have fun; anything that could be broken probably is and anything that is not, probably should be.” Her mouth dropped … Continue reading Joyful Chaos