Two vastly different -- but ultimately uplifting -- views of parenthood, or impending parenthood, are in recent celebrity news. Both are worth a read. First we have Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ), waxing eloquent about his role as father to his two adopted children. It's moving, it's inspiring, and, quite honestly, it made me realize how often I fall short in the parenting department.
From the Catholic Digest interview with Caviezel:
"And how has that affected you and your wife’s faith life?
"'Well, you’re mirrors, aren’t you? Every day when we go to school we pray the Rosary. We don’t talk, we pray. I always feel we communicate better in the prayer. If I don’t stay consistent, they won’t be consistent.'
"How else has being a father changed you?
"'I guess you love more. I see my wife take care of the children, and (to see) how they respond and how my children are makes me love them more. To add to that, I’m more in control of my duties as opposed to being caught up in the world. I’m not ruled by my feelings, I’m ruled by love, which is a decision. And that is being implemented into my children — that it’s not how I feel, it’s what I’m going to do. That’s what my faith has taught me and now it’s teaching them, but it won’t mean a hill of beans unless they see that coming from both of us.'"
And at a different end of the celebrity spectrum, we have People magazine reporting on a decision by reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian to have her baby rather than choose abortion.
From the People magazine interview:
"Although Kardashian sought out the advice of others, she says it was her decision – and hers alone – that was the most important.
"'I really wanted to think it through for myself, and not hear what my sisters were saying, or what Scott was saying. Even though I took it all in, I wanted it to be my decision," she says. "My doctor told me there is nothing you will ever regret about having the baby, but he was like, 'You may regret not having the baby.' And I was like: That is so true. And it just hit me.'"
To read the full interview with Jim Caviezel, click HERE. To read the People story on Kardashian, click HERE. And a thank you to Ed Mechmann at Varia for the lead on both.