The day I married my husband was one of the happiest days of my life. While true, that’s an unremarkable statement, one we’ve all probably uttered at one time or another. But for me there was a shadow behind it: the day I married my husband was the day I accepted that I would never walk into a Catholic church again.
One day about 10 years ago, the Martinez family, St. Louis parishioners, received a sample roll of toilet paper in the mail.
They had never received one before, and they have never received one since. To most of us, this might seem like an insignificant occurrence, but for Susan and Glenn and their children, it marked a definitive confirmation of a leap of faith they had just agreed to take.
I am a member of what is commonly called the “sandwich generation,” still raising kids on one side and caring for aging parents on the other. Rolheiser’s 2014 book, The Sacred Fire, explores these three phases of life -- childhood, maturity, and aging -- from a spiritual perspective, outlining three stages of Christian discipleship that correspond to each of these generational stages