The beautiful and the quirky

My husband has had an interesting year. First, we had some family dramas early in the year, involving sickness and worry about one of our kids and some burnout, which I touched upon here. In the later part of the year it was employment issues. Then one of his good friends moved overseas the other week, with his…

Restless nights and welcome dawns: An Advent reflection

At this point during Advent, Gaudete Sunday, I always remember one particular early dawn. Or rather, how it felt to see that day dawn. It was the day our first child was born. I’d been admitted to hospital the afternoon before, to have labour induced. My mum and husband had stayed while I had dinner…

What Mother Teresa taught me about sowing world peace

As the canonisation of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta approaches I’m reminded of one of her oft-repeated themes; the need for peace in the home. She said, often, that world peace begins within the family, that home is where we sow peace, and that love begins not with the doing of great charitable works in…