I was listening to EWTN radio this morning in the car as I drove to work, and Fr. Corapi was speaking about the nature and mission of the family: the nature is holiness, and the mission is to sanctify. Nature and mission, or, identity and mission. It struck a cord with what I had re-read and blogged about last night from Bp. Nickless' pastoral letter. Fr. Corapi even went on to quote the Latin adage nemo dat quod non habet ("one cannot give what one does not have") which Bp. Nickless himself quotes later in his letter.
It seems that yesterday was a good day to write about that part of the letter, since Fr. Corapi spoke about the very same thing this morning. He has also reminded me that those two concepts (identity and mission) apply to all areas of life.
He also talked about consecration and profanation, which I'll use next month as I begin to teach 6th graders about Moses and the Exodus. (It took us September through December to finish Genesis, and now I only have from January through May to finish Salvation History. That'll take some creative condensing on my part!)