|What do the Bishops need to discuss? Lego fatalities.|
|The aftermath of the war|
As I think about the upcoming Synod and the Pope's call to go to the peripheries, I can't help but think that we should all look to the center to figure out what they're doing right. If the peripheries refer to those who are in difficult or irregular marriage and family situations, then the center would represent those happy, successful families who have it figured out. Not that any family is ever "successful" in the sense of having attained a goal or crossing a finish line. But some families have things more right than others. And you learn a skill best by trying to emulate those who have mastered it, not simply by avoiding the errors you see in yourself. So look to the parents who can hold together a house of eight kids, look to the parents who can weep with joy at their child's wedding, look to those who can discipline their kids for fighting and still laugh at a Lego catastrophe, and figure out what they're doing right. To learn about love, look to the large families.