Melissa Musick Nussbaum is a teacher and writer and speaker. She is the author of seven books and a contributor to many more. She has written articles for publications from Notre Dame Magazine to First Things. She is a regular columnist for NCR and its sister publication, Celebration. She and her daughter, Anna Keating, are the authors of The Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up a Catholic Life. She and her husband have five children and eleven grandchildren. Melissa is working on a memoir about her family and hometown, Tulia, Texas. She makes a mean chocolate chip cookie and what her grandson, Leo, swears is the world's best chocolate cake.
Melissa Musick Nussbaum
My Table Is Spread: Go to Mass in November and hear the truth: We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses, all the saints and all the souls, all the beloved dead, whose number we will soon join.
My Table Is Spread: I've been thinking about shepherds these last weeks and about parents and about how alike the roles are. Both shepherds and parents have one task: to take care of their flocks. That's it. That's the whole thing. Feed my sheep.
My Table Is Spread: As clouds gather over those shepherds in the church who have led their flocks into the deserts of abuse, we set a newly baptized child on a path to follow Jesus.
My Table Is Spread: My husband and I began to notice the rising pile of debris on the wooden bench just behind our garage. The bench was a construction site: Robins were building a nest.