A Mother's Heart - Part 4

This is the fourth of a five-part entry written by “Anonymous". Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 A Marian Response A good priest friend of ours (Ah yes…another one of those good priest friends.…


A Mother's Heart - Part 3

This is the third of a five-part entry written by “Anonymous". Read Part 1 and Part 2. Checking Boxes Let’s admit it, we have ALL looked askance at our neighbor and said in our heart of hearts, ‘I’m…


A Mother's Heart - Part 2

This is the second of a five-part entry written by “Anonymous". Read Part 1 here. “Got any tips for being a saint?” When my daughter was little, back when we only had half of the number of children…


A Mother's Heart - Part 1

This is the first of a five-part entry written by “Anonymous". Let me begin selfishly…by talking about me. I am an only child. My parents divorced when I was 7. I lived with my mother throughout my…


Into the Snare

Psalm 66 "...You led us, God, into the snare..."  What? Why would God lead us into a snare? That sounds cruel! Not like the behavior of a supposedly loving, concerned Father.  I'm not sure I can love…


The Chaste Man Loves Differently

He does not see humans as objects…but as children of God. Others sense his pure motivations. Old and young, men and women; all feel secure in his presence. He does not seek his own gain.   He loves…


Little Miracle

I am 24 years old now. I was born with congenital heart disease, which led to my three open heart surgeries - at 13 days old, 2 years old, and 13 years old. The trauma resulted in childhood seizures…


Cultivation

My tastes, habits, and desires are almost all cultivated. Whatever I tend in the field of my life is what will grow strongest and remain hardy even in times of drought. I regularly cultivate two…


What Have I Received from Encourage?

A place to tell our story – When a family member first comes to our Encourage group, he or she is given as much time as needed to tell their story. In my case, I probably spent an hour or more on the…


7 Characteristics of Authentic Male Friendship - Part Four

The following piece is written by “Elliot N”, an anonymous member of Courage International. This is the fourth and final part of a series on the topic of authentic male friendship. Read Part 1, Part…