|Jim Littleton on the radio|
James Littleton and his wife Kathleen have been members of
Regnum Christi for much of their married lives. Fourteen children
later, and after surviving a life-threatening bout with cancer, Jim
and Kathleen have started a ministry, "Forming Faithful Families," to
aid in the New Evangelization. Following is an interview with
Jim providing more details.
First of all, please give us an
update on your health? How are you feeling?
I have been
doing very well. By the grace of God I am
still cancer free since All Saints Day, 2011. I had
a little set back wherein I was hospitalized with H1N1
influenza and double pneumonia in January, but by the marvels
of our loving Father, I bounced back quickly to 100%.
Thanks be to God! The management medications I take for
my bone marrow/adult stem cell transplant lower my immune system,
so picking up bugs can be more serious for me.
But our merciful Father is in command of the life
and health of each person, so we are all in
good Hands. Every moment of every day is a gem
of a gift from God.
Any major developments or news with
your family you can share?
My wife Kathleen will be graduating
in June with a Masters in Pastoral Theology from the
Institute of Pastoral Theology of Ave Maria University.
most exciting news is that Kathleen and I are grandparents
with our first grandchild expected to be born in April
to their amazing parents, Ryan and our daughter Tara Reeves.
Our fourteen children now range in age from 28 to
8. The oldest of our two sons is in the
college seminary for the Archdiocese of Chicago discerning the priesthood.
Three daughters obtained Masters degrees this past year, one in
Biblical Theology and two in Literature. A fourth daughter will
start her Masters this year at the University of Chicago,
and another daughter is thriving as a Montessori educator. Our
high-school-age children attend St. Ignatius College Prep, and the four
youngest keep us young at heart and appreciative still of
the gift of small children in our lives.
Can you give
me details on the website “Forming Faithful Families”?
Forming Faithful Families
is a Catholic family ministry in service to the New
Evangelization, offering parish-based and small faith community programs, retreats, services
and resources. My wife and I are available as speakers
nationwide. You can find out more at our website: http://www.formingfaithfulfamilies.com/ or call 708-334-1988.
Any more books in the works?
human level, Kathleen and I hope not, because it is
very hard work. But if God were to call us,
I am sure we would say yes.
We really want
to focus now on creating awareness about our current publications.
(Go to our website to find out more: http://www.formingfaithfulfamilies.com/our_books.)
Our first book is Better by the Dozen, Plus
Two. Kathleen has written a sequel called Better By
The Dozen Plus Two, Part Two:Lessons Learned through Loss and
Leukemia by a Family of Sixteen. And of course there
is my book, Healed through Cancer and Other Adversities.
our books, storefront ministry, and speaking engagements, we are involved
in the new evangelization of spreading the good news of
the love and mercy of Jesus Christ for all of
his children through radio media work, and in the future
perhaps some video and television work.
You seem to find
time to do a great many apostolates. How, and why,
do you do them all and still find time for
We pour ourselves into our apostolates as a response
to the amazing love and mercy Jesus has poured into
our souls. We are re-invigorated daily at Holy Mass, and
by receiving the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus.
So our apostolic work is simply an overflow of the
gift of our spiritual lives and grace made available to
us through the Catholic Church.
Kathleen and I take one day
at a time. We try to live by a Hierarchy
of Values (see our book Better by the Dozen, Plus
Two for more details) which includes not neglecting our spouse
and children, but rather being present to them and loving
them. Of course there is always some element of struggle
in maintaining this proper balance, but we try to live
immersed in God’s wonderful will doing what He inspires us
to do, a little each day, a little at a
time; and it is amazing how much this adds up,
how much God can accomplish for His beloved children through
each of us, His children, in this manner.
Also the center
|Jim and Kathleen Littleton|
of operations for most of our ministry, The Family Hearth,
located in Frankfort, Illinois, just a short three blocks walk
from our home. It’s like another home where our family
gathers and helps others. Our slogan is “Honoring Home, Faith
and Family Life.” There we sell fresh coffee and tea,
gifts, home décor items and books. We offer spiritual guidance,
life coaching and faith sharing programs such as:
• Scripture Reflection Group
on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm
• Christian Cancer Support Group on Thursdays
at 5:30 pm.
• Women’s Book Study Group on Mondays at
• Women’s Prayer Group on Fridays at 1 pm.
also started a ministry called "One More Baby for Jesus."
The purpose is to create awareness and bring the Catholic
Church’s beautiful teachings on the openness to life and the
sanctity of life down to a simple, concrete application in
daily family life. We like to present this way of
life, not as an imposition, but the sharing of a
gift, an invitation.
The Family Hearth is also the location of
the radio studio where we produce our radio ministry programming.
(Click the following link to listen: Radio Program, Forming Faithful Families
on Radio Maria or, for the audio and podcast page,
click here --Audio & Podcast Page.)
Tell me about your
Kathleen and I have begun a program with Radio
Maria called Forming Faithful Families. The weekly program is in
service to the New Evangelization, and consists of reflections and
anecdotes pertaining to our Catholic faith, scripture, the sacraments, the
Eucharist, the Blessed Virgin Mary, prayer, marriage, family, parenting, openness
to life, forgiveness and much more. We reflect on the
certainty of the infinite personal love of Jesus for each
of us, that He is supremely interested and in control
of every detail of our lives, and that He is
always bringing the greatest good out of everything for us.
Faithful Families is full of encouragement and imbued with an
assurance that our awesome and merciful Father is constantly performing
“marvels of love” (Ps.31) in our lives. We will walk
closely with you as we persevere down the road of
Love together. When we have Jesus, we have everything!”
Podcasts are available for free anytime at http://radiomaria.us/faithfulfamilies/. Additional
audios of my program, Pouring it Out Radio, are available
Can you give any words of
encouragement for discouraged “faithful Catholics” out there who are distressed
with our country and world right now?
Every age has its
trouble and we will always have trouble in the world.
Don’t be weighed down by this! Our Lord Jesus anticipated
this. He said: “In the world you will have trouble,
but be brave: I have conquered the world (John 16:33).”
Only in Jesus will we find peace. When we have
the sublime peace of Jesus, we are able to share
that peace with others and that peace truly can spread
across the world.
Do we really think there are storms
in our lives, currently raging or yet to come, that
are beyond our blessed Lord’s power? We must be convinced
there is nothing that will ever happen or can ever
happen that is beyond the power and control of our
loving and merciful God. We are invincible when we take
Jesus into our boat. Nothing can harm us then, nothing!
Don’t doubt. Count on this! (See Better by the Dozen,
It all comes down to love, love and love
again. We receive love and we give love. If we
can live in love, we will not fear. As our
loving Father tells us repeatedly, and as Blessed John Paul
II, the Great, would constantly proclaim: "Be not afraid!" Fear
is not of God. “In love there can be no
fear, but fear is driven out by perfect love: because
to fear is to expect punishment, and anyone who is
afraid is still imperfect in love. We are to love,
then, because he loved us first.” (1John 4:18-19, JB).
lots of insight in my book, Healed through Cancer and
Other Adversities. We must become like St. Paul, “overwhelmed by
the love of Christ.” (see 2 Corinthians 5:14). We need
to ask the Holy Spirit to gift us with an
unshakeable faith. We will become like Mount Zion, a “Mountain
Fortress” in Christ. “Those who trust in Yahweh are like
Mount Zion, unshakeable, standing forever” (Psalm 125:1, JB).
would like to add?
Without a special grace, a divine strengthening,
Kathleen and I are convinced that no one can come
to know, accept, embrace, live, and persevere in the Church’s
gift of truth in our culture today – to know
the truth about the essence and meaning of marriage, the
pivotal role of the family, openness to life and chastity
according to one’s state in life. This will come first
and foremost through a Eucharistic revolution of individuals and families
committed to the gift of daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Spiritual
Communions, and prayer, including scripture. From this approach will flow
work in the arena of evangelization - empowered by grace,
overflowing from our spiritual lives, from our union with God.
join us in our ministry! We are always looking for
volunteers to help. For more information contact my wife Kathleen
Click the following links to read some past
stories about Jim and his family on this website: