Archive: September 2009

Ben at Two Months, Sophie at Eighteen Months

Today we took Ben and Sophie to the pediatrician for their two-month and eighteen-month check-ups. Both had gained an inch in height. Ben now weighs 13 pounds, 9 ounces. Sophie is 22 pounds, 30 inches. Ben is about 80th percentile in height and 90th...

Monday Night Football

At last Dom’s got a son to watch football with him. Ben actually seems more interested in watching the rotating fan than in his first Patriots game.

Sophie Crashes

I was just nursing Ben and checking my email when I looked up to see Sophie had grabbed her blankie and her dolly and put herself down for her nap on the living room floor under Ben’s swing. Guess this morning’s trip to the playground...

Trials and Patience

My brothers, you will always have your trials but, when they come, try to treat them as a happy privilege; you understand that your faith is only put to the test to make you patient, but patience too is to have its practical results so that you will...


Today I am lighting a candle and praying for peace. Today I pray for the repose of those who died, may they find eternal rest. Today I pray for the families and friends who are still grieving their losses, that they may be consoled. Today I pray for...

Toddlers and the Spiritual Life

This morning I cleaned the front windows in the living room, dusted the windowsill and everything on it. Then this afternoon since the cleaning supplies were out, I washed the sliding glass door. Wiped it until it was perfectly clear. I knew it...

Treading Water

I’ve been feeling glum again. About the state of the house again. I can resign myself to dirt and chaos for a limited time; but it still gets to me. A continual background whine that can only be tuned out for so long before I start to claw at...

Benedict Smiles

and laughs and coos….

Benedict Smiles from Domenico Bettinelli on Vimeo.
I’m sure this will mostly be of interest to the grandparents and uncles and other relatives who live far away.


Go read this beautiful piece by Katherine of Evlogia about the Jesus Prayer, about God’s mercy, about what is lost in translation: Often our English words have already been charged with meaning before they are borrowed to explain the truths of...