What a week.
My girls auditioned for the next FPMT show - Fiddler on the Roof. "To life! To life! L'chai-im!"
My SIL had her first baby four days before her 45th birthday.
Marches for Life took place all over the country. We joined our march from the St. Paul Cathedral to the Capitol - in prayer and in spirit, given the marathon weekend we had ahead of us.
Then our Holy Father put his foot in his mouth with the rabbit comment, incongruent with his previous words of support of mothers and large families.
Perspective? Humanae Vitae and Casti Connubii. Go read them if you haven't already. If you have already read them, re-read them. Such wisdom! Such insight! Such incentive to stay healthy - physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially. This healthy & chaste living is what impresses me most about families large and small. It takes oodles of self-control to be a life-giving family, whether you dedicate your generosity to raising many children or by serving others outside your family.
From the Imitation of Christ:
It is difficult for people to withdraw themselves from wordly desires when their spirits are still weak and inclined to the things of sense. While in this state their hearts are heavy when they try to detach themselves and they are quickly angered by those who oppose them.
If they give in to themselves, then they suffer remorse of conscience because they have yielded to temptation and do not find the peace of mind they desired.
We find peace only by resisting our passions, not by giving in to them.