Two Articles Published on Catholic Stand Dec.5 and 6

ARE YOU WEARING DUNG-COLOURED GLASSES? Ah, we love to make fun of those in love, the young and the naive who view the world through rose-colored glasses.  But what about the rest of us, those of us who wear dung-colored glasses? We should chuckle just as loudly when we realize this tendency to see darkly.…… Continue reading Two Articles Published on Catholic Stand Dec.5 and 6

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…… Continue reading Saying ‘Yes’ to the Unexpected with Mary

7QT Friday- Honouring the Courage of Newborns

Recently, I decided to write an article about someone who deserves to be commemorated. The first person to pop into my head, was my five-week old old granddaughter, not some famous person who has accomplished great deeds. What I found most startling about this little person, called Lila, was a look of utter surprise as…… Continue reading 7QT Friday- Honouring the Courage of Newborns

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…… Continue reading When Life is Stripped Down to The Basics

Protecting Life in a Neonatal Wing

Pregnant with my seventh child, I was bedridden in the high-risk, neo-natal wing of the maternity ward for a week while waiting for a housekeeper to come to run my home and help tend my six children. I faced 6 months of bed rest but that one week gave me perspective and kept me from…… Continue reading Protecting Life in a Neonatal Wing

Becoming a Mother

When God called me to be a mother and not a missionary or a contemplative, I was disappointed. I longed to surrender my whole life to God as a consecrated nun. Little did I know that mothering WAS my path to His heart. Outwardly, my life is diametrically opposed to anything I could have imagined…… Continue reading Becoming a Mother

Is a Mother’s Life Her Own?

Is it true that once you have a child, you life is not your own? A child’s whole world revolves around his mother for at least 3 years. In fact infants have no sense of an identity separate from their mother till after the “terrible two” are over. The bonding  between mother and baby is…… Continue reading Is a Mother’s Life Her Own?

The Answer for Colic

Catholic Woman’s Almanac {CWA} Thanking God For:   MODERN MEDICINE!!! Attention all mothers! Remember Colic? It kicks in when your placid, sleeping newborn starts to wail in pain at about two-three weeks old. You will never guess what I just learned from my daughter and new grandson, it was probably acid reflux and TREATABLE with infant ranitidine or…… Continue reading The Answer for Colic

You had 9 Kids!!!

You would think having nine children would turn you into a frazzled wreck with a figure like the Pillsbury Dough-boy and a brain gone to mush. People look at me, their eyebrows shoot up, their mouths drop open and they sputter, ”YOU had 9 children?? This is because I am 5’ 1” and weigh 104 lbs. I…… Continue reading You had 9 Kids!!!

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