“When we step into the family, by the act of being born, we do step into a world which is incalculable, into a world which has its own strange laws, into a world which could do without us, into a world we have not made. In other words, when we step into the family we step into a fairy-tale.” — G.K. Chesterton
I can often get sappy here about my family, I know. But family is the soul of existence, the ground and goal of social order, the deepest structure of the Church, and the very inner beauty of God.
It was God who established the Church in order to heal the human family, and take it up into His own Triune Life.
A friend of mine, before she had her first baby, once said to me something like this, “It’s just crazy. A new person I don’t even know, doesn’t know us. My husband and I discerned marriage, spent lots of time deciding whether we were a good fit for each other to be bonded together for life. But our baby? No choice on who this is, on either side. Soon this child will pop into our world and join a family he or she never chose. I don’t even know who this is inside me! I know it’s wonderful and a gift, but it’s really scary…”
I added, “Yes! Mystery is the flip side of every true gift. Get ready for the ride of a lifetime…”
Sell your cleverness, and purchase bewilderment.