Worst of all apostates is the clever person who can explain the Faith but who loves only himself.
— Pavel Chichikov
Walt and Wendy Cukierski are the proud parents of eleven “blessings” — Walter Jr., Weston, William, Wellsley, Wyatt, Wade, Waylan, Woodman, Walker, Wiley and Wilson (due any moment).
The Cukierski family, whose home is in the state of New York, has their own Internet apostolate specializing in Catholic sacramentals and dedicated to “help[ing] save the innocent unborn and to draw folks closer to the Catholic faith.”
“Walt and I met on the third day of college,” says Wendy, via e-mail. “I was 17 and he was 18, and within a month, we knew we wanted to be married. We were wed at the age of 20 and will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary next February.”
In addition to evangelization and pro-life activism, the Cukierski’s love “raising chickens, organic gardening, hydroponics and all things simple.”
The Web site for The Cukierski Family Apostolate is www.cukierski.net.
RTWT. Wendy Cukierski reminds me of these lines from Wendell Berry:
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?
— from Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
I have gotten to know Wendy somewhat from various email lists and forums. She has clearly mastered the art of laughter at the end of the world. And, I think Walt must have asked (and answered) the question Mr. Berry recommends for us all.
They are very blessed.