I’ve heard it said that daughters carry their fathers with them even when they aren’t around. Today is the anniversary of my father’s death, so that phrase is on my mind today, a phrase that certainly rings true for me. I probably carry Dad in my heart even more today, five years later. September 30, … [Read more…]
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux died on this day in 1897. So did my dad. Well, not in 1897, of course. Rather, on September 30, 2009. And it’s no small coincidence that his death occurred on the same day as the saint who is known for doing small things with great love also died.
This one’s for you, dad! I pray one day my kids will proudly say the same of me as I do about you!
July 31 is one of those days. If he were still here on earth, my dad would celebrate his 62nd birthday today. Many life experiences have been celebrated since his death — more babies, his grandchildren, have been born and welcomed into our extended family; deaths and burials of other family members; job changes; marriages; new home purchases; a few winters, springs, summers, and falls. The extraordinary and the ordinary. And the Chicago Cubs still suck.
It was August 2009 and I needed a favor. I had determined the best person to ask was my sister Sarah. In a weak, desperate moment I said what every normal person says when favor-seeking, “If you do this for me, I will run Dam to Dam with you.” (Dam to Dam is a 20-kilometer … [Read more…]
A note from the Editor: The Gospel reading for the Fourth Sunday of Advent focuses on Joseph’s role in the Christmas story. In Joseph, God gives us a model of faith, obedience, and service through sacrifice. I often think about my father when I read and reflect upon Saint Joseph, so it is timely to share … [Read more…]