Marriage & Family

In The Bleak Midwinter Christ Comes to Us as Family

2020-12-26T04:24:09+00:00December 26th, 2020|God & Jesus Christ, GOODNESS, Marriage & Family|

 The 19th century poet Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) gave the world a great gift in her masterful poem about the birth of Christ, “In the Bleak Midwinter”. Certain verses of the poem are immediately familiar to most Christians through its celebrated musical setting by Gustav Holst (1874-1934). Both poet and composer were English-born despite their [...]

The Extraordinary Heroism of a Chinese Mother

2020-11-24T19:23:24+00:00May 14th, 2020|GOODNESS, Heroism, Marriage & Family|

If you were to consult a dictionary for terms like “heroism”, “perseverance”, “loving fidelity” and “longsuffering goodness”, you would likely come across a reference to a little Chinese mother known as Mamma Martina (her Christian name). A retired Italian missionary, who personally knew Mamma Martina, worked in a parish I used to visit some [...]

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