posted on Nov 8, 2016
I grew up in Roswell, New Mexico and moved to Evansville, Indiana in high school. I stayed in the Midwest for college attending Xavier in Cincinnati and then returned to Indiana after post graduate travels to Central and South America, a year of volunteer work with the Jesuit volunteer corps, and medical school.
My wife and I have been parishioners for about 8 years or so and our three children all attend St. Monica School. Cathleen and I have each benefited individually from various St. Monica ministries and together we've remained active in teaching and promoting Natural Family Planning. Most recently, after accepting the charge of writing a Father's Day reflection, I was struck by the richness of the introspective exercise and continue to find this to be the case with the daily reflections.
I've never questioned my parents’ wisdom (though there have been times I haven't wanted to hear it.) The older I get, the more clearly I see the dividends of their sacrifice and effort made in fostering a vibrant domestic church as I was growing up with my siblings. Now with a family of my own, I pray for the wisdom and the strength to help cultivate in my own children a rootedness in their faith. I want them to realize, as I am, that learning about and growing in our faith is a lifelong endeavor and I'm grateful for the daily reflection ministry to help press this growth.