The Cause of Our Joy

The child is the beauty and joy of God present in the world – that greatest gift to a family. — Bl. Teresa of Calcutta

Yesterday I happened on this picture of our children from eight years ago, when life was simpler and my hair was darker.

It is in children that marriage blossoms: they crown that total partnership of life which makes husband and wife “one flesh”; this is true both of the children born from the natural relationship of the spouses and those desired through adoption. Children are not an “accessory” to the project of married life. They are not an “option,” but a “supreme gift,” inscribed in the very structure of the conjugal union. — St. John Paul II

Along with our six children who died in miscarriage, these four “shoots of the olive” (Psalm 128:3) are what perfect our marital joy and purify our marital love.

Do not children themselves in a way continually “examine” their parents? They do so not only with their frequent “whys?”, but with their very faces, sometimes smiling, sometimes misty with sadness. It is as if a question were inscribed in their whole existence, a question which is expressed in the most varied ways, even in their whims, and which we could put into questions like these: Mama, papa, do you love me? Am I really a gift to you? Do you accept me for what I am? Do you always try to do what is really best for me? — St. John Paul II

Deo gratias!

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15 comments on “The Cause of Our Joy

  1. Ben Patterson says:

    Great Picture! Hard to believe that is 6 years ago.

  2. Erin Wenham says:

    So darling! I love Catherine’s pixie hair cut!!!

  3. Rosary Maker says:

    The hair is always darker before the dawn of the teenager.

  4. oneview says:

    Oh, I can also see Patti in the faces of your beautiful children in this photo! What joy 🙂

  5. Victorious Love says:

    Thank you for your faithful witness to marital love wrapped up with in family life. My heart rejoices!
    The beauty, the bliss and the purifying love transforms our inward self into the outward selfless expression of generative love. Even now the love of your children who have gone before you remains deeply alive in the love of your spousal communion.
    Praise God for your family life and the great reunion of love that awaits you in heaven!

  6. Lindsay M says:

    This was at Morgan and my graduation party at FSU- so actually 8 years ago! How time flies! Much love to you and your sweet family. 🙂

  7. Judy Svendsen says:

    Thanks for sharing the picture! It’s neat seeing pictures of the kids when they were younger! It’s been fun going through pictures getting ready for Nicole’s party. Times goes by so fast. It’s hard to believe our second is off to college.

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