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Life Lessons in Child Loss

Life Lessons in Child Loss

Trigger warning: child loss. Eleven months ago today, my family suffered the unspeakable tragedy of losing our 6th child, Margaret, to Down Syndrome. What we expected to be the joyous birth of — by all accounts — our healthy baby girl was in an instant turned into the...

In Praise of Timely Signs

In Praise of Timely Signs

Nearly a year ago, we lost our precious Margaret to unforeseen Down Syndrome in the early hours of what was, by our planning, to be her birthday. A week later, we returned her to the earth, her soul already having passed to the mercy of our God who calls the children...

The Fruit of the Resurrection

The Fruit of the Resurrection

Today’s Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours includes the prayer response “fructus resurrectionis tuae, Domine, nobis concede” — Grant us, O Lord, the fruit of your resurrection. When we consider the fruit of the resurrection, we may think immediately of the...

Upcoming Improvements

A huge thank you to the designers at The Sprout Studio for their hard work in designing this site for TGC. Post-launch, a few things have become apparent to me about improvements I didn’t request as part of the initial design. I’ll be making those soon and I just...

Responsibility

Here at TGC, we take very little seriously. That’s why we thought it might be important to spell out those things we do take with an abundance of seriousness. Please take a moment to read through the following statements. Questions? Concerns? Please feel free to...

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

The life of our family was forever changed on May 26, 2020. Expecting the birth of our 6th child mere hours after a marathon of early morning intrauterine hiccups, we arrived at the hospital only to find that our sweet Margaret Clare’s heart had failed her. Her almond...

A Brief History of Thy Geekdom Come

A Brief History of Thy Geekdom Come

A long, long time ago, on a blog far away, a Catholic writer wrestled between the urge to stay relevant with sneers and jeers toward his fellow Catholics and the good humor of the Holy Gospel. Briefly a “public Catholic” with my face beside a byline on New Advent...

In Praise of Our Lady of Lourdes

In Praise of Our Lady of Lourdes

June 7, 2012 was a difficult day for us. My wife gets morning sickness pretty early in pregnancy and we’ve known as early as a week or so after conception when she’s with child, so we had known for several weeks at this point that our third little bean was on the way....