The Blessing of Children: A Brief Lenten Reflection

My wife and I, being absurdly in love with one another while struggling to be faithful Catholics, are very open to, and actively pray for, a large family.

This often brings about reactions of bewilderment from friends, even Christian ones, along with the inevitable question: “How do you think you’re going to afford all those kids?”  To which our reply is always the same: “God will provide.”

For some reason, that answer never seems to suffice. When it comes to having children, God’s will needs to fall in line with their will. 

However, the Scripture makes it clear that children are ALWAYS a blessing, no matter the situation:   Certainly sons are a gift from the LORD, the fruit of the womb, a reward.  Psalm 127:3-5

My wife and I know that raising a big family will bring many struggles, and that money doesn’t just fall from the sky.  But as the Lord blesses us with children, his grace gives us strength and motivation to work hard and accept the necessary sacrifices as we provide for our family. 

When we trust God’s will, we’ll find more joy than we could have ever hoped to achieve on our own.


3 thoughts on “The Blessing of Children: A Brief Lenten Reflection

  1. We had our kids as they came, wound up with 5. The quantity was never an issue. And yes re blessings. In catechism class the kids learn how often Bible couples longed for children.

  2. I grew up as the seventh of fifteen children. One lived only for days, the rest of us are still here. My father was epileptic, medication mostly controlled his condition, but not completely. He was a father of five when he was fired for having a seizure at work. He ended up in business for himself, and he always seemed to me to be ahead of the crowd (he had a heat pump installed when they were first invented). He could build anything, fix anything, and the only time I saw him really scared was when he had two little children in hospital with TB. He had kidney stones, gallstones, trigeminal neuralgia (often called the suicide disease). He brought us to church and lived his faith. Not all of us are believers, although I was reassured to hear that one of my brothers who thinks he’s an atheist responded charitably to a difficult situation because he could “still hear dad telling him what he should do inside his head” and I laughed and cheered for all the grownups who hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and mistake it for Mom or Dad. My dad wanted only to see his kids well and independent and not to leave any debt behind. He gave away most of his possessions in the two years before he died. Sometimes, if it was something really good, you would say “Dad, are you sure you want to give this to me…and he would say, “well, there’s one condition, you’re not allowed to bring it back.” Anyway he died with money in the bank, even though he was generous. It is the fashion now to think that you need a safety net to have children, and that it’s foolish to bring them into a world of uncertainty, but security is an illusion and God is still in charge just like He always has been. Children are His best gift, and He will always answer your prayers (after He brings you to your knees), and whatever it looks like to the world, He knows what He’s doing.

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