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Abundant life

About twice each school year, our family finds itself in a rut. The routine of getting up, getting to school and work, coming home, eating, doing homework and chores, going to bed, and getting up again the next day to do it all over again gets to be tiring and monotonous and depressing.


When the routine starts to take over our lives, it’s important for us, as parents, to notice and help our children learn to rise above the everyday routine. As Catholics, we are not put on this earth to be drab drones. We are called to be vibrant, alive and full of love. Schoolwork and chores are important, but we must not be consumed by them.

Signs that monotony is taking over are: difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, increased procrastination, lack of caring about having fun, loss of sparkle and general grumpiness. When we see these signs, John and I try to plan something life-giving for our family. It can be something as small as a "make your own sundae" night or renting a good family movie. If time and money allow, we might plan a weekend getaway, so that unfamiliar surroundings can enliven us. Helping others can be very eye-opening, so we look for opportunities to volunteer with local organizations.

Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. John and I want to think about and imagine and pray about what "more abundant life" would look like for our family and then work to bring this image of abundant life to reality. It is really important to us that each person in our family is able to keep his or her heart open to God’s presence in our lives. If we find our noses pressed to the proverbial grindstones, we might miss some wonderful miracles.

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