As the mother of five wildly imperfect children...

I wholeheartedly concur with Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk and his essay on parents desiring "flaw-free children".  (Before you jump all over me, I am wildly imperfect myself...and am made aware of that every single day.  Thankfully, my kids put up with me.)

Practically, this means overturning our culturally conditioned attitudes toward “imperfect” children and accepting every child without preconditions. We must push back against the almost ubiquitous pressure that counsels us to ensure that our children are born without defects.

Keeping in mind that each of our children is a gift from God, even when we are dealing with mental illness, teenage angst, zits, car accidents, bad grades, and defiance is a challenge....but we accept them without preconditions.  May God continue to bless us in our imperfections.

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