My 3-year-old grandson, Lukas, could be a poster child for strong-willed boys. He often displays a temper as well as rock-solid stubbornness. When he sets his mind to something, there's no budging the mountain. And "Lukey-Dukey" is the stereotypical "all boy" in that he loves to wrestle.
My youngest grandson, Lukas also can be incredibly, even willfully sweet. Give him a bag of Skittles, a sack of fries, a bottle of a flavored drink — he promptly shares it with whoever is at the table. "Drink it," he says, as he shoves the bottle of slightly sour liquid at you. "It not sow-ah."
The musical "Hamilton" has captured the attention of most of the nation and the Nelson household hasn't been exempt. As a lover of history, I didn't need much convincing. My high school daughter first brought it to my attention and we began playing tracks as we were driving around town. The music is catchy and the lyrics clever, but I think one of its greatest achievements is the ability to tell us a story we thought we knew from a different perspective.
This year, Thanksgiving week starts right after the formal conclusion of the Year of Mercy. How do we incorporate what we have gained from the prayers, talks, readings and reflections that most of us took part in during the year to shape the way we think about and celebrate Thanksgiving?
So much of our Thanksgiving pivots around what fills us with satisfaction and a sense of sufficiency. Like most people, my gratitude is tightly wrapped around all the good things or blessings in my life.
It isn't difficult to look at the world today and be left with profound feelings of uncertainty, uneasiness and concern. Our global perspective provides many instances of real human tragedy and suffering. For example, we might point to the migration crisis or the persecution of Christians taking place in many parts the world and quickly realize the challenges we face.
By Joseph Kenny | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @josephkenny2
This fall is bringing the best in good sports and faith-filled sports personalities to St. Louis.
One of the appearances is on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Former Baltimore Raven Matt Birk will be the keynote speaker at the Vitae Foundation Pro-Life Event in St. Charles. Birk was the headline speaker at the March for Life this year, giving a powerful witness to the value of life.