Yesterday was the feast of the Assumption of Mary, a holyday of obligation. Our schedules were all over the place so my wife and I had the bright idea of trying to go to Mass as a family, at noon.

We should have known when my daughter did a victory lap around the pews before Mass that we were in for a wild ride.

Needless to say, it was a spectacle… for everyone else. Our kids have never been worse in Mass.

Sidenote, I don’t think I’ve ever been in a quieter Church (besides our kids). Before Mass, I mentally pleaded for someone to play music or something as our daughter repeatedly ‘whispered’ – where mommy go?

Thankfully, we survived.

But the experience was a reminder to me that my path to sanctity is being a husband and father. It is in the context of my family where I am tested, where I grow, where I learn virtue, and develop character. And, this Mass was a prime example of how we’re tested.

We might be married, have kids, or hope to get married and have kids one day. But if we’re called to the married life – it’s important that we don’t lose sight of marriage as a vocation. It’s our path to holiness. And it’s not ‘out there’ somewhere –  it’s here, right in front of us.


Be the Men,


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