Our first holiday without Kevin J. and we missed him terribly... don't plan to do that again any time soon. The Easter Vigil Mass was lovely and Easter day we spent hiking in the fine weather. We even texted Kevin J., back on campus, and got him to get out for a jog 'with us' too!
Lent was filled with the usual Lenten illnesses and appliance breakdowns. God really knows how to keep us clinging to Him by our fingernails. :) We are learning to praise Him in all things.
There were also some exciting opportunities to be a teensy part of defending life and liberty.
Monica was invited to attend a dinner featuring our Lt. Governor as the main speaker. She was joined by a lively table of young republicans and he graciously spent time talking with them.
Lt. Governor Calley is in the center, Monica is in the back row, far left.
The HHS mandate that will force Catholics and others to violate their conscience on life issues, resulted in rallies across the country. One of the very best speeches from our rally was given by a Deacon from a local parish. Well worth the read.
My blind brother Dan was adopted as a small child from war torn Vietnam. Dan has struggled as an adult, partly from spending his early years in a dreadfully impoverished orphanage in Saigon. Saigon embodied the horrors of war. It's a heavy burden to overcome. Our family was thrilled for him when he married a wonderful young woman named Melissa a few years ago.
Tonight she enters the Church.
Melissa is sighted and is a consultant for the blind. I think she is called a mobility trainer. Her job is to help those who have lost their sight learn how to manage daily life. Often she has to drive rather a distance between clients and she began to listen to Catholic radio on her long drives. About the same time she was assigned to assist an elderly nun in a cloistered order. The nuns welcomed her, befriended her and when they learned she was interested in the Church, they prayed for her. With those cloistered nuns praying... she was as good as 'in'. :)
Tonight she'll be in. Melissa's parents and my parents are driving out together to be there. Her parents are a little uncomfortable with it, but there are going to support her, God bless them.
Please pray for my sister-in-law, Melissa, and all the new Catholics entering tonight!