Marriage & Family

The Extraordinary Heroism of a Chinese Mother

2021-02-15T04:23:21+00:00February 14th, 2021|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 [...]

A Father’s Love Remains to the End

2021-09-12T18:14:37+00:00January 17th, 2021|Inspiration, Marriage & Family, VIDEO|

The first recorded piece of human art is believed to be a tiny, 30,000-year-old sculpture of a goddess found in Australia (called the Venus of Willendorf). The extraordinary Lascaux caves in southern France give us a record of Stone Age man (15,000 years ago) telling of his hunting exploits in remarkable cave drawings. From [...]

In The Bleak Midwinter Christ Comes to Us as Family

2021-09-12T18:11:15+00:00December 26th, 2020|God & Jesus Christ, GOODNESS, Marriage & Family, VIDEO|

 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 [...]

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