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Hey, Mom and Dad...Slow Down!

The other day I was driving to work when I got caught in a massive traffic jam courtesy of a construction project. I had told myself to remember not to come this way, but in the frantic struggle to get the kids ready and out the door to school on time, it slipped my mind. Now I was stuck—and annoyed.
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In Praise of Mothers and Grandmothers

Pope Francis was raised by two spirited women: his mother Regina and his grandmother Rosa who lived around the corner from his childhood home in Buenos Aires. His love and appreciation for mothers and grandmothers are evident in his speeches. Here are a few colorful quotes and anecdotes.  
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Pope Francis on Motherhood

On my way to board a plane in Milwaukee’s airport, I recently noticed a “Lactation Station.” Although this enclosed “container” had a happy face painted on the outside, it seemed a most uninviting place to nurse a baby.
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Everyday Mercy

A few weeks ago, I was sitting with my dad in his room at the retirement home when I noticed that he kept scratching his leg. I grabbed some lotion, knelt on the ground in front of him, and rubbed the lotion on his legs. When I was done, he relaxed back into his chair and said, “Thanks. That feels so much better.”
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Your First Rosary

Your grandmother gave it to you for your First Communion. It came in a hinged box just like the one in which engagement rings crouch importantly. She handed it to you after the epic Mass at which you received Your First Communion. You were still dressed in your awkward uncomfortable first dark suit in which you looked like a tiny businessman or your rustling uncomfortable white dress in which you looked like a tiny debutante.
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Beauty Beyond the Mirror

You look beautiful.” That’s what I said to my 17-year-old daughter, Maddie, recently as she left for a dance at her school. After she left, I thought that what I should have said to her was, “You are beautiful.”
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Pope Francis: ‘Build Mercy in the Home’

Image: creativevix.com. Pope Francis cares deeply about the health and happiness of today’s families. Just seven months into his papacy, he announced that he would host an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to discuss the pastoral challenges facing modern families. Only twice before in the fifty years since Pope Paul VI established the Synod of Bishops has a pope called an “extraordinary” synod, which signals the urgency and importance of the chosen theme. The discussions on the family began in October 2013 in Rome, and they have since sparked conversations in millions of homes and parishes around the world.
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Families, Faith, and Social Values

  In the 1980s, when I was a young Franciscan priest, I served as a rural pastor in the Philippines. It was a graced time in my life. I could visit and spend time with the people of the villages. Children in the rural villages were raised in a strong communal context. Everybody knew everybody else. Children were taught by the example of the adults around them, as well as by the example of their own older siblings.
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Finding the Purpose of Suffering

It's been months since the loss of my grandmother, but my family is still stinging from the thought that we won’t be able to see her the way we did. Grandma spent these last years in a nursing home. As my mind wanders, I think, selfishly, that my routines will change. I won’t be able to pick up hot donuts on my trips to New York and swing by to have an early morning visit with her.
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Courage in Christ

Image: Volkan Ölmez. My great niece died of a cerebral stroke this past weekend. There were no symptoms or warnings; she just collapsed. The best doctors could not save her life. Anna was a freshman at a Catholic high school in Cincinnati. Naturally, all her peers and friends are distraught. Her parents and her brother are just inconsolable. All of our families are in shock, as are all of Anna’s friends and teachers. What a bright, talented young lady Anna was. She played in the band at the all-boys high school in the same area of town, and was loved by all the students of both schools. She had a bright future and an outstanding personality.
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