Fatherhood · Human Dignity · Loss · Relationships · Uncategorized

Treasure the Moments

In 2006 my father-in-law, William F. Mongan, who was affectionately called Bill, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Despite being 82 years old, the family was devastated. It came on the coat-tails of Bill losing his beloved wife, Fran, who he adored. During her battle with ovarian cancer, Bill willingly took on the role… Continue reading Treasure the Moments

Fatherhood · Marriage · Motherhood · Relationships

My Children Aren’t the Enemy to My Marriage (even when it feels like it)

“The children born to them – and here is the challenge – should consolidate that covenant, enriching and deepening the conjugal communion of the father and mother.” – Pope John Paul II, Letter to Families After I read those words a few months ago I was simultaneously relieved and convicted. It can be a challenge indeed… Continue reading My Children Aren’t the Enemy to My Marriage (even when it feels like it)

Birth · Fatherhood · Motherhood · pregnancy

Why a Woman’s Experiences During Childbirth Matters

There’s a phrase that I’ve heard often when it comes to the topic of childbirth. Due to give birth again in a few weeks myself, I’ve heard it more often lately. I’ve heard it said to mothers of newborns, to pregnant mothers, and in a variety of situations. It’s the phrase “As long as the… Continue reading Why a Woman’s Experiences During Childbirth Matters

Fatherhood · Relationships

When the Love of a Father Doesn’t Make Sense

The wounds are almost palpable sometimes. When we have the eyes and sensitivities to see, we begin to discover them everywhere. In people we know, in families broken, in entire cultures crumbling, we see the effects of the crisis of fatherhood. God designed the human family to be father and mother, their love becoming flesh… Continue reading When the Love of a Father Doesn’t Make Sense